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Inverness Harriers win medals in North District, East District and British Championships after top performances across the UK


By Andrew Henderson



Inverness Harriers have been in action across the country this weekend, taking medals everywhere they went.

Julie Wilson and Jenny Bannerman each won medals at the British Seniors 5k Championship.
Julie Wilson and Jenny Bannerman each won medals at the British Seniors 5k Championship.

Closest to home was the North District Cross Country Championships at Gordonstoun, where the Harriers took team bronze in the men's senior race.

They were led home by Andrew Johnstone, who finished eighth overall, and Donnie MacDonald who crossed the line in 14th overall – and second in the masters' standings, where Inverness also won team gold.

It was a similar story in the senior women's race, where Lelsey Hansen was the club's top performer finishing seventh overall and second in the masters results.

Again, the senior women won team bronze and masters gold.

The under-20 and under-17 men's races saw individuals claim bronze medals too, for Thomas Burnett and Ruairidh Stirling respectively, but individual gold came in the under-17 women's race.

There it was Caitlyn Heggie who crossed the line first, followed by clubmate Katie Meek in second. Iona Scott then finished sixth to give the Harriers team gold.

Caitlyn Heggie won North District Cross Country gold at Gordonstoun. Picture: James Mackenzie
Caitlyn Heggie won North District Cross Country gold at Gordonstoun. Picture: James Mackenzie

Further medals came for Inverness in the under-15 and under-13 girls' races.

While it was a successful outing in the north, one Harrier was also competing in the East District Championships.

Lucas Cairns, representing the Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds, won gold in the under-20 men's race.

On top of that, two Harriers were in London for the British Masters 5k Championships at Battersea Park this morning.

South of the border, Jenny Bannerman finished in 17:35 to finish third overall, and second in the women's over-35 category – adding more medals to her Scottish Veterans' title won back in June.

Julie Wilson, in this case representing Edinburgh Athletics Club, ran 20:11 to claim the women's over-55 category.


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