An enthusiastic crowd turned out in fine, albeit slightly windy, Highland weather to watch over 3000 runners compete in the Global Energy Inverness Half Marathon, 5K Team Attack and 5K Fun Run, the largest field ever in the 28 year history of the event.
At the end of 13.1 miles it was a double win for Ethopian runners Yared Hagos and Hana Abo.
Hagos stamped his class on proceedings by taking an early lead in the blustery conditions before going on to win the men's competition in 1hr 5min, which is the third fastest time in the event’s 28 year history.
The inaugural corporate challenge 5K Team Attack was a fiercely fought contest. And, appropriately, the first ever winners of this race were “Global Construction ‘A’ Team”. Led home by Craig Robb, who came fourth, they crossed the finishing line with an aggregate time of 1:42:13 from their four scoring runners, with Michael Spence, Kevin Williamson and Elaine Wilson completing the team.
This year’s 5K Fun Run attracted over 1000 runners ranging from school children, youth sports groups, mums and dads and friends as well as a few grandparents joining in the race. Many ran for their own enjoyment and personal challenge, while others took on a more competitive spirit. Coming first in the boys and girls events respectively were Stephen MacKay and Jenny Bannerman, both of Inverness Harriers.
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