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11 Sep

Record Chance At Scottish Half

Bryan MackieOrganisers of the Scottish Half Marathon are hoping to see a new course record at this year’s race on 19 September. Last year’s winner, Bryan Mackie (Edinburgh AC), will return to defend his title after winning the 2014 event with a time of 1:11:22.

The 36-year-old has since improved his personal best to 1:10:17 in finishing fourth at Edinburgh Marathon Festival Half Marathon. Inverness Harrier Gordon Lennox will lead the Highland challenge, with Andrew Pearson spearheading the contenders from south of the border. Heading the women’s field will be Catriona Probert of Edinburgh AC. Probert is a sub three-hour marathon runner who has all the credentials to stay the 13.1-mile course.
 
Mackie has identified a close race rival from within his own training camp: “The Scottish Half Marathon comes at a busy time for me with four races in six weeks and training has been adjusted to take this into account. I expect tough competition from my training partner Disco Stu (Stuart Johnston). ‘Disco’ was third last year but has since kicked on and pushed me very close over races at 5k and 10k not to mention a few spankings he's handed out to me at training.”
 
Abi Beautyman, elite coordinator, said: “It’s great to see that the Scottish Half Marathon attracts some of the best club runners around. It looks to be an exciting and competitive race with key athletes in the field improving on their times since last year. Who knows, hopefully we might see a course record!”
 
For more information visit the event website