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Inverness Half Marathon and North District Championships attracted a strong turnout of Western Isles runners to the Highland capital yesterday (Sunday 10 March).

Among those running were 12 members of Stornoway Running and Athletics Club, members of the leisure running group Isle Jog and a number of individuals who travelled to take part.

And one member of Stornoway Running and Athletics Club got a distinguished mention in the results, as Lewis runner Muriel Macleod was third placed in the North District Championships, finishing the course in 01:23:41.

For the second consecutive year, the Scottish Half Marathon Championships and North District Championships took place as part of Inverness Half Marathon.

The Inverness Half Marathon follows a scenic route through the Highland capital – alongside the River Ness with the finish line at Queen's Park Stadium. The Inverness 5K offers a flat and scenic route beside the river.

Muriel Macleod was among a strong female field, with Mhairi Maclennan from Inverness Harriers setting a new female race record in the Inverness Half Marathon, finishing in 01:11:47.

The first Stornoway male runner home was Point’s Jonathan Fairgrieve, who finished in 42nd place in a total field of 2,230 runners. His time was 01:14:38.

This year's event sold-out early, with 2,940 signing up for the Half Marathon and a record 1,300 for the 5K.

Runners ages ranged from a one-year-old in the 5K to an 80-year-old Half Marathon finisher.

The widely publicised issues over commemorative medals and t-shirts – delayed on shipment to Scotland because of the conflict in the Red Sea – was turned to advantage by Inverness bakery Harry Gow, who produced medal-shaped biscuits for all finishers. 

The official medals and finisher T-shirts will be posted out to participants as soon as possible following the event.

Event director Malcolm Sutherland said: "Having the Scottish Half Marathon Championships and North District Championships as part of the event again this year is an honour for us.

“I'd like to thank everyone who made the event possible; from our amazing team and hundreds of volunteers to our sponsors and partners, and the local communities along the route who cheered our runners on.

“And, of course, a huge thank you to Harry Gow for creating our special medal-style biscuits for this year's event. It was fantastic to see our runners cross the finish line and celebrate their sweet success!"  

Inverness Half Marathon and 5K raises tens of thousands of pounds annually for charities, including this year's official charities SAMH, Alzheimer Scotland, Highland Hospice, Centred, New Start Highland and Mikeysline.

The 2025 Inverness Half Marathon and 5K takes place on 9 March 2025 and early-bird entry is now open at: www.invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk

The pictures show Stornoway frontrunner Jonathan Fairgrieve in his SRAC red vest (Inverness Half Marathon), the finisher’s biscuit earned by Point runner Tommy Stewart (Thomas Stewart) and Stornoway Airport firefighter Murdo Maciver with finishers Laura Burns and Katy Graham of Back (Murdo Maciver).