Olympic athlete Weynay Ghebresilasie is to make his Highland debut in next month's Inverness Half Marathon. The 22-year-old Eritrean is one of more than 2000 runners to have signed up for the 33rd edition of the popular race, which takes place on Sunday 12 March.
Ghebresilasie, who successfully applied for asylum in Britain after representing his country in the 3000 metres steeplechase at the London 2012 Olympic Games, recently moved to Scotland and joined Shettleston Harriers. He has linked up with a number of other Eritrean runners to have followed the same path to Glasgow in recent years, the most notable of which include Tsegai Tewelde, who represented Great Britain in last year's Rio Olympic marathon, and Tewodle Mengisteab, winner of Inverness Half Marathon in 2015 and fourth last year.
Shettleston coach John Mackay says Ghebresilasie is still settling into life in Glasgow but believes his club's latest recruit can make a big impact when he competes in Inverness: "It will certainly be interesting to see how he gets on at Inverness and, of course, Mengisteab is coming back to run there as well, so it should be another good race.”
Inverness race director Malcolm Sutherland said: “Shettleston runners have a long association with our race. I am looking forward to seeing how their latest recruit, Weynay, gets on. He will certainly add another touch of class to the race which is shaping up to be another cracking contest with three of last year’s top four men all planning to take part again. The women’s field is strong as well with Central AC’s Loch Ness marathon champion Jenn Wetton having signed up along with one of the top local runner Sarah Liebnitz of Inverness Harriers.”
Entries for the race close on Tuesday (21 February). For more information and to sign up, visit the Inverness Half Marathon website.