2 Dec

Shona Looks To Impress At Inverness

ShonaWomen’s champion Shona McIntosh will be hoping to add a third Inverness Half Marathon winner’s medal to her collection a decade after her first appearance at the race. Entries for the 32nd edition of the race through the Highland capital on 13 March have already broken through the 1,000 barrier and it’s expected that more than 2,000 will run on the day.

McIntosh of Hunters Bog Trotters first took part in 2006 when just under 900 runners completed the course. She finished seventh in the women’s competition, clocking 1:29:28.  The following year she improved to finish second woman in 1:23:06, and in 2008 she claimed her first victory, with a time of 1:19:33. Her best performance, however, came in the 2015 with an impressive 1:16:48, almost 13mins quicker than her debut.
 
The Edinburgh-based McIntosh is looking forward to returning to the race in 2016: “I’ve always enjoyed competing at Inverness. It’s always a good race. The course is undulating, but I quite like that. There’s usually a good quality field as well which is great because the more competitive it is, the more likely you are to run a good time. I think that’s why the times are usually very good. The Inverness race also comes along at a good time or me as I’m aiming to do well in April’s London Marathon and it’s ideal to get a decent half marathon six weeks or so beforehand.”
 
Inverness race director Malcolm Sutherland is delighted Shona is coming back and hopes others will follow her example: “It’s always encouraging when people keep returning, especially over such a long period of years. As Shona said, our race comes at a perfect time in the calendar for all those runners planning to do a spring marathon, whether it’s one of the majors such as London, Boston, Rotterdam or Paris, or one of the smaller ones dotted around the country.”
 
Registration is open until 23 February, but organisers are encouraging people to sign up as soon as possible. Full details are at the event website