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Sean Chalmers and Annabel Simpson triumph at 2022 Inverness Half Marathon

March 13, 2022

Sean Chalmers makes history by becoming the first runner from Inverness Harriers to win the Inverness Half Marathon in its 37-year history

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Inverness Half Marathon 2022
First male and female for the 1/2 Marathon, Sean Chalmers (in a time of 1:06:16) and Annabel Simpson (in a time of 1:13:40)

Sean Chalmers of Inverness Harriers and Annabel Simpson of Fife Athletic Club have won the 2022 Inverness Half Marathon, completing the course in 1:06:16 and 1:13:40 respectively.

The pair were the first to cross the finish line against a record 3,400 sign-ups to the event, which made its return for the first time since March 2020.

The Inverness 5K, which took place alongside the Half Marathon, was won by Luke Nelson of University of Aberdeen Athletics Club and Caitlyn Heggie of Ross County Athletics Club, in times of 0:17:15 and 0:17:30 respectively. Over 1,000 runners signed up for the 5K.

Sean Chalmers made history by becoming the first runner from Inverness Harriers to win the Inverness Half Marathon in its 37-year history. He was also awarded the Graeme Moffat Memorial trophy for the fastest Inverness Harrier in the Half Marathon.

Malcolm Sutherland, Director of Inverness Half Marathon and 5K, said: “A massive congratulations to our winners, Sean Chalmers and Annabel Simpson for the Half Marathon and Luke Nelson and Caitlyn Heggie for the 5K.

“With the last Inverness Half Marathon and 5K taking place just a couple of weeks before the first Covid-19 lockdown, this year’s event was extra special. We were delighted to see record numbers of entrants signing up and taking on the Half Marathon and 5K, and the buzz throughout the day was amazing.

“Runners came from across the UK and our volunteers and supporters ensured they were given a warm Highland welcome back. We’d like to thank everyone involved in making the event such a success, especially all of the runners, many of whom were raising funds for charity. We hope to see you all again next year.”

The official charities for the 2022 event were SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), Alzheimer Scotland, The Archie Foundation, Highland Hospice and Mikeysline.

Winners of the Half Marathon were presented with their medals by Depute Provost of Inverness, Bet McAllister, who is also a former Inverness Harriers coach.

Depute Provost of Inverness Bet McAllister said: “What a fantastic day! Well done to everyone who took part in the Inverness Half Marathon and 5K, especially to the winners.

“As a former Inverness Harriers coach, it always brings me such joy seeing people take part in events like this and achieving their goals. Not only is this event great for participants, but for Inverness and the wider area, as well as the charities that are supported. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

Full Inverness Half Marathon race results can be found here.

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