Andrew Douglas will return to the scene of one of his most remarkable victories when he takes part in the 30th Inverness Half Marathon on 9 March. The Scotland international won the event in 2011 in a time of 1hr 7min 53secs, but it was the gap between him and the second-placed runner that grabbed all the headlines…
Douglas finished an amazing 6mins 33secs ahead of his nearest rival, Ben Livesey of Forres Harriers. The second-placed athlete still had more than a mile to run by the time Douglas had finished. It is, by far, the biggest winning margin in the history of the popular race which in its first year attracted around 400 entrants, but now has more than 2,000 taking part.
Douglas, 27, who has also finished second, third and fifth in his three other appearances in the half marathon over the past eight years, was unaware of his record. He said: "I never realised that was the case. I remember it was a very cold day but I just seemed to get into a good rhythm out on my own at the front."
The Edinburgh-based athlete, who competes for Inverclyde AC, is looking forward to returning to Inverness and is hoping for another good performance to set him up for April's London Marathon in which he is aiming for the 2hr 19min qualifying standard needed to be considered for Scotland's Commonwealth Games team.
He said: "I don't know whether 2hr 19min is a realistic target for me at the moment, but I should have a better idea after the half marathon. There’s likely to be a good field at Inverness and hopefully we can all work together and make it a fast race."
Entries for the half marathon, 5Km and Team Attack close at midnight on Wednesday 19th February. Full details can be found at the event website