Running Clubs In The Highlands
At A Glance Inverness Harriers
Inverness Harriers president, Keith Geddes, tells us about the historic club, its past achievements, and plans for the future...
Who are Inverness Harrierss? Inverness Harriers Amateur Athletics Club was established in 1947. It caters for all abilities and aspects of the sport of athletics. The club’s fortunes dipped in the 1960s but in 1976 the club experienced a major revival and membership started to rise. We’ve gone from strength to strength since then and offer a variety of options for runners, ranging from track and field to cross country, road running and hill running.
How many members? We recently broke our membership record now standing at 352.
What sort of ages and abilities? It’s very diverse as everyone is welcome, from 9 upwards. We try to involve the younger members in all of our events then, as they get older, they can choose the areas they’d like to specialise in. We have a joggers night on a Wednesday which is very popular and allows members to ease themselves into running. Inclusivity is emphasised strongly - we welcome disabled athletes.
Where and when do you meet? Our training nights are at Queens Park Stadium on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 8.30pm. In winter we move indoors on a Thursday night to the Inverness Leisure facility adjacent to the track.
What kind of routes do you cover? It depends as we have various groups. Distances vary from 3 miles to long runs. We aim to have something for everyone! We’re lucky to be in a part of the world that is very scenic so it’s not a place people get bored of running in.
Do you have any famous past members? High jumper Jayne Barnetson is probably the club’s most successful athlete - fourth in the European Junior Championships in 1985 and in the World Juniors the following year. Charlie Forbes was also a successful athlete around the same period. He’s still at the club in a coaching capacity, helping continue our tradition of bringing on young talent.
Tell me more about this young talent? There is a lot of emerging athletes at the club, who I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of in the future. Notable members include Graham Bee who was a bronze medallist at North District x-country Champs in 2014, 3K and road race runner Dean Cunningham, Jenny Bannerman who has won various road races and trail races this year, and Jodie Lynch - the current marathon club record holder, set at New York Marathon. There’s also sprinter Jason MacLean who has achieved 100m qualification times at British and International level for the Disability Commonwealth Games.
Do you organise any of your own races? Yes, there’s the Dochfour Dash in July which is a 5 mile trail run along the Caley Canal. We also have the Inverness Harriers Road Race scheduled for February/March 2015. On the athletics side of things we have various track and field graded meetings. You can find out more online.
Are you involved in other events? Due the nature of the club, our members run at races all over the country. We had 10 members running at London Marathon and there is a strong Inverness Harrier turnout at local events such as Loch Ness Marathon and Inverness Half. The Northern Scot 10K Series - Moray Road Runners 10K , Nairn 10K, and Benromach 10K - is very popular.
How do I find out more about the Inverness Harriers? If you’re interested in joining, you can visit our website!
Running Clubs in The Highlands & Islands
- Badenoch AAC
- Cairngorm Runners
- Caithness AAC
- East Sutherland Athletics Club
- Highland Hill Runners
- Inverness Harriers AAC
- Lochaber AC
- Nairn Area AAC
- Nairn Road Runners
- North Highland Harriers
- Orkney Islands AAC
- Ross County AC
- Skye & Lochalsh Running & Athletics Club
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