21 Jan

Inverness Half Headed For Record Turnout

Inverness HalfInverness Half Marathon is heading for a record number of participants with close to 2,000 people already having signed up for the 31st edition of the event on 8 March. The latest high profile runner to do so is Scottish marathon champion Jenn Wetton.

Wetton has already had considerable success competing in Inverness. Last year, running under her maiden name of Jenn Emsley, she set her lifetime best half marathon time of 1:16:59 when finishing third behind Portobello's Nicola Duncan who won in 1:23:27.

She returned to the Highland capital last September producing a fine performance to win the Baxters Loch Ness marathon, and the Scottish title, with another lifetime best of 2:46:6. Gearing up for a third visit north and she said: "I'm really targetting the Inverness Half Marathon this year and I'm hoping I can improve on my best time which I set there last March. I have some friends who I visit in Inverness, so I was able to check out the course before I ran it last year. It's definitely a good course and certainly one on which you can run fast times.

"It would be good if there were a few fast runners at the front of the race because that always helps produce fast times. Nicola Duncan did really well last year when winning. It's a pity she has been injured for such a long time but it would be good if she was able to come back again in March."

Shettleston's Tewoldeberhan Mengisteab is the leading entrant so far for the men's race. The Glasgow-based athlete has a best time of 1:5:25 set in 2011. He was runner-up behind Ethiopian Yared Hagos in the 2012 Inverness Half Marathon when he recorded 1:06:59.

The race day programme of events also includes a 5k fun run. Entries for the half marathon and 5k close on 17 February. For more information and to enter, visit the Inverness Half Marathon website