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On the weekend the Olympic Games opened in Tokyo, members of Lochaber Athletics Club were racing to glory in Inverness.
Callum Fraser won the UHI Inverness 5K Open, one of two top class road races which sees runners battle it out over four and a half laps of the UHI grounds around two lochans. They were limited to 50 runners per race due to Covid-19 regulations.
Callum Fraser, having completed the Dollar Hill race six days’ previously, led from the start, followed by runners from Cambuslang Harriers and Peterhead. He finished in an impressive personal best of 16 minutes 57 seconds.
Callum said the short power races were also good strength building for hill running.
Equally impressive was Lochaber junior section’s Fraser Anderson who came tenth, improving by three minutes on his previous 5k best with a time of 18.32. Racing over a different type of event will give him good experience at this level.
It was a busy weekend for the juniors as two also participated in the last open graded track and field meeting of the season on the all-weather track in Inverness.
Angus Davies made his 800 metres track debut. He was in second place after the first lap and finished the race in fourth place in a time of two minutes 52 seconds. Angus also debuted in the high jump with a leap of one metre 25cm and jumped 3.94 and near his personal best in the long jump.
Maddison MacMillan was third in the 200m and improved on her personal best time with 31.1 seconds. This followed a time of 14.9 in the 100m. Maddison completed the afternoon with fourth place in the long jump with 3m 45cm, just below her personal best.
Although the North District track and field championships were cancelled due to Covid restrictions, Elgin Athletics Club has organised a North Area Trophy event at the end of September in Inverness which willl effectively be an area championship.
Lochaber youngsters are encouraged to take part to gain experience of track and field and to compete against athletes from other clubs.