Great Britain mountain running international Andrew Douglas is encouraging runners to enter the 33rd Inverness Half Marathon on 12 March 2017. The Edinburgh-based Caithness man has featured on the podium on all five of his appearances in the Highland race over the past seven years.
His victory this year was achieved in a speedy 65min 38secs – just one second outside his lifetime best set in Barcelona last February, and the fourth fastest time in the history of the race. He also won in 2011, was runner-up in 2010 and finished third in 2012 and 2014.
Douglas said: “I always enjoy competing at Inverness. It’s almost a local race for me and it has been great in recent years to see more and more members of my club, North Highland Harriers, taking part. It’s an excellent course, well organised, and seems always to be capable of delivering fast times.
“I’d certainly be happy to do it again in 2017. It all depends on my racing schedule, but it has always been good for me to run there in the past. I want to see how fast I can run a half marathon in 2017 and I’d like to try for under 65mins. I’m not sure which races I’ll do yet, but Inverness is certainly in my thoughts.”
Inverness race director Malcolm Sutherland is pleased Andrew is keen to add the half marathon to his busy competition schedule, saying: “We are delighted that Andrew and many of Scotland’s other top distance runners show faith in our event by travelling north on a regular basis to take part. We have seen some fantastic performances from the elites over the years and, should he decide to return, we will take pride in welcoming him back in 2017.”
Half marathon entries have already broken through the 1,100 barrier and expectations are high that more than 2,000 runners will sign up to take part. Registration is open until 21 February, but organisers are encouraging people to enter as soon as possible.
For more information, visit the event website.