There’s still time to enter this year's Inverness Half Marathon on 8 March with entries open until midnight on Tuesday (17 February). The race looks set to be one of the biggest and most competitive in the 31-year history of the event.
As well as the half marathon, hundreds of runners will take part in the accompanying 5K fun run which is open to people of all ages and abilities, including wheelchair entrants and children accompanied by adults.
Men's title-holder Robbie Simpson (Deeside Runners) is unable to compete this year due to being in Austria at the time, but the five men who finished immediately behind him in 2014, all plan to return. North cross country champion John Newsom (Inverness Harriers), who was runner-up last year, will be joined once again on the starting line by 2011 winner Andrew Douglas (Inverclyde AC), Gordon Lennox (Forres Harriers), Graham Bee (Inverness Harriers) and George French (Garioch Road Runners).
Hungarian orienteering international Fanni Gyurko joins a stellar lineup in the women’s field though last year’s winner, Nicola Duncan, looks set to miss out as she struggles to overcome injuries. Notable female entrants include Jenn Wetton (Central AC), who was third last year going on to win the Scottish marathon title in September's Baxter Loch Ness race, Megan Crawford (Fife AC), Shona McIntosh (Hunters Bog Trotters), Sarah Liebnitz (Inverness Harriers) and Jessica Oliver-Bell (Shettleston Harriers).
Race director Malcolm Sutherland said: "It's great that so many of the top runners keep coming back and we'll be delighted to see them in Inverness again. There's also a lot of new faces and hopefully others will sign up when they realise just how competitive a race it's likely to be."
More information about the Inverness Half Marathon & 5K Fun Run, is available at the event website and updates will also appear on Facebook and on Twitter.