Scottish middle distance track star Mark Mitchell will make his half marathon debut in the Highlands on 13 March at the 31st Inverness Half Marathon. Time is running out to sign up for the race, with entries closing at midnight on Tuesday 23 February.
The Forres Harrier, who narrowly missed 1500m selection for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, is excited by the prospect of joining a field approaching 2,000 runners in the half marathon which also hosts this year’s Scottish North District championships.
Mitchell said: “The longest I’ve ever raced on the roads before is 10km so it’s a bit of a step up. However, I’ve been doing regular 10 mile runs at a decent pace in training and I’ve done a good 20km session. These have felt reasonably comfortable so I think I should be fine. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do, although I’ve no idea how it might go. It will be a new experience for me.”
Race Director Malcolm Sutherland is delighted that Mitchell plans to compete in the race which has already attracted many top class athletes. He said: “Mark’s decision to take part adds another dimension to the event. He will be very much an unknown quantity for the more seasoned long distance men to consider. We already have some outstanding athletes signed up, including last year’s winner, Tewolde Mengisteab and his Shettleston Harriers clubmate, Polish international Kamil Sieracki. It will be very interesting to see how Mark fares against them.
“We also have an excellent women’s line-up including the top two from 2015, Shona McIntosh of Hunters Bog Trotters defending her title against Jenn Wetton of Central AC.”
Anyone wanting to take part in Inverness Half Marathon (or 5K Fun Run) can enter online at the event website.