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Fortrose vet Caroline Marwick equals best time to finish second at Highland Cross

By Will Clark

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Former champion Caroline Marwick says she was pleased to equal her best finishing time at the Highland Cross as she claimed second place in the women's race.

Highland Cross..Caroline Marwick...Picture: Callum Mackay..
Highland Cross..Caroline Marwick...Picture: Callum Mackay..

The Fortrose equine vet crossed the line in four hours and three minutes to claim silver at the 50-mile duathlon between Kintail and Beauly.

Champion Jill Stephen from Dufftown successfully defended her title with a time of 3.55.41.

Sally Wallis of Deeside Runners was in third place in 4.06.54.

Marwick (37) was competing in her 11th Highland Cross and won the race back in 2016.

But she was over 10 minutes faster than her winning time six years ago in one of her best performances on Saturday.

"I am happy with what I did, I was hoping for a faster time and to get under the four hours, but it wasn't to be.

"I was feeling tired on the climb of the run but after that it picked up a bit.

"But I equalled my best time the last time I did it in 2017.

"I feel that I have been consistent each time I have competed and my winning time in 2016 was actually much slower, because it was an east wind that year."

Despite windy conditions, Marwick felt it did not hinder her performance.

"It was OK, there wasn't any point where it felt there were crosswinds which can be the worst.

"There was a bit in my face but it was mainly behind me.

"This is my 11th Highland Cross, this is up there with the best of them as is any one where you can get at least a top five placing."

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