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Strong SRAC Team At Inverness Half Marathon
SRAC Team at Inverness Half - Graeme, Keith, Roddy, Andy, Jim, Neil, Jonny and Spike
Eight senior club members travelled to Inverness last Saturday for the annual Inverness Half marathon, which this year attracted over 1,600 runners. Top performance again was in-form Jonny Pritchard, who ran a personal best of 1.20.16, to finish first SRAC club member, and 45th overall. Said Jonny “I was on for sub-1.20, but I felt the strong wind in the last few miles. Next time!”
This result confirms Jonny as the current fastest SRAC distance runner, after a similar victory in the Scottish National Cross Country Championships last month. He is unlikely to compete in this weeks Western Isles XC Championships in the castle grounds, as he is focused on another distance race next month. Conditions in Inverness were great for running, apart from the wind near the finish, and it allowed Roddy Gillies to run his fastest half marathon in nine years. A great run in 1.26.13, Roddy was only forty seconds off his lifetime best – a record he’ll surely beat in the coming road racing season. Neil MacRury ran close to his best in 1.35.38, despite the good weather – Neil prefers the tough conditions!
Andy McMahon, well known for his Guinness World Record attempts, ran an incredible 1.39.40, wearing full army uniform, including boots and regulation helmet. Because of the red tape involved in confirming such world records, it will be some months before this is confirmed as another record for Andy.
In form Keith Bray ran 1.41.49, and will be running in Saturday’s XC, as will Spike McIntosh, who ran Inverness in 1.50.17. This was better than Spike was expecting, and no doubt helped by his need to catch the bus to Ullapool – and to track down his missing mobile phone! Carloway men Graeme Miller and Jim Bruce were not far behind in 1.52.59 and 1.54.26 respectively. Jim was in front for most of the race, but tired near the end as the stronger Graeme finished well. Jim has recently returned after injury, and hopes to reverse the positions with Graeme at Saturday’s cross country.
The SRAC club outing to the Inverness half marathon was not only successful in terms of running performances, but was also another excellent SRAC social and team building event.