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Teenager sets course record at Inverness Half

Teenager sets course record at Inverness Half

Natasha Phillips wins Scottish half-marathon title plus there is a quick 10km for Jonny Mellor and a world 40 miles record for Ollie Garrod in our latest UK results round-up

INVERNESS-HALF MARATHON (Including Scottish Championships), March 12

Natasha Phillips, the Scottish under-20 cross-country runner-up, and only 17 years old, made a stunning half-marathon debut with a 71:56 clocking to set a women’s course record and win her first Scottish title.

The previous record was set by Kenyan Cathy Mutwa (73:21) in 2007.

The former swimmer and prospective triathlete said: “I am just delighted that I did and it was such an amazing atmosphere. I felt good and I went out fast but did think have I gone round too fast then I got to 6km and my legs started to hurt.”

Also under the record and around 100 metres back was Fionnuala Ross.

Fraser Stewart was first man in 65:24.

1 Fraser Stewart 65:24 Cambuslang H
2 Lewis Rodgers 65:38 Fife AC
3 Hamish Hickey 65:46 Central AC
4 Luca Fanottoli 66:18 Central AC
5 Michael Ferguson 66:23 Aberdeen AAC
6 Kenny Wilson 67:29 Moray Road Runners
7 Rob Sinclair 68:22 Highland Hill Runners
8 Ruairidh Gollan 68:34 East Sutherland AC

1 Natasha Phillips 71:56 Dundee Hawkhill
2 Fionnuala Ross 72:17 Shett
3 Virginie Barrand 74:03 Metro
4 Yvonne McNairn 79:30 Giff N
5 Claire Bruce 79:34 Metro
6 Rhian Dawes 79:43 VPCOG

First three women at Inverness

MBNA CHESTER 10km, March 12

Jonny Mellor won in a fast 29:20 from Omar Ahmed with former English National cross-country champion Charlie Hulson in third.

The first M40 was Olympic marathoner Scott Overall in fifth.

W45 Kirsty Longley was first woman.

1 Jonny Mellor M35  29:20
2 Omar Ahmed Birchfield H 29:36
3 Charlie Hulson Deeside AAC 30:09
4 Lewis Gamble-Thompson New Marske M35 30:40
5 Scott Overall Blackheath & Bromley M40 31:22
6 Lee Gratton Cannock & Stafford AC M35 31:29
7 Daniel Eckersley Kingston AC And Poly M35 31:57
8 Andrew Chambers M35 31:59
8 Jack Bromley Buckley RC 31:59
10 Ben Biggs Buckley RC 32:00
11 Daniel Bradley TonbridgeM35 32:05
12 Barry Stephenson Dartford M40 32:13
13 Ben Kruze Stratford Upon Avon M3532:13
14 Ricky Challinor Buckley RC 32:20
15 Jack McVann Hillingdon  32:21

1 Peter Speake Wilmslow Running Club 32:29
2 Andrew McCarron Queen’s Park Harriers 32:57
3 Martin Green North Wales Road Runners 33:10

M60: David Ogden South London Harriers 37:00


1 Kirsty Longley Liverpool Pembroke & S W45 35:33
2 Carla Davies Preston Harriers W35 35:41
3 Joanna Marsden…

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