Thirteen proved to be anything but unlucky for runners who crossed the finish line of Inverness Half Marathon on Sunday (13 March). Superstitions about completing a 13.1 mile race on the 13th day of the month did not deter runners from all over the UK taking part.
First male to cross the line of the half marathon was GB mountain running international Andrew Douglas of North Highland Harriers in a time of 01:05:39. Douglas’s victory meant he also picked up the Scottish North District Championship title.
Douglas commented on his performance afterwards: “That’s almost the same time as I ran in Barcelona earlier this year. I thought I could maybe dip under it but the wind was really strong over the final mile and I couldn’t quite find that extra second. However, I’m really happy with my performance on what isn’t an easy course and I had to cope with windy conditions.”
In the women’s race, Central AC’s Fanni Gyurko finished first in 01:17:45 with Marie Baxter of Garioch Road Runners winning the Scottish North District Championship, completing the half marathon in 01:25:54.
The 5k was won by Jenny Bannerman of Inverness Harriers, who completed the course in 17:27 and first male was club mate Lucas Cairns in 18:48.
Race director Malcolm Sutherland reflected on another successful event: “Runners can be notoriously superstitious people, so we did wonder if running 13 miles on the 13th would make people think twice, but there were no such worries at all. We were very pleased with the level of entries, and the spread of participants from all over Scotland and beyond shows that people are willing to travel to take part in quality events like Inverness Half Marathon.”
The half marathon followed a course starting on Bught Road and out into the suburbs of Inverness before returning to the city centre. The 5k, which was completed by adults and children, also started at the same point, and followed a scenic route alongside the River Ness.
Full results are available on our race listing page.