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WATCH: Dingwall Academy pupil claims women's title at Nairn 10k for first time

By Will Clark

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Caitlyn Heggie. Picture: Beth Taylor
Caitlyn Heggie. Picture: Beth Taylor

TEENAGER Caitlyn Heggie powered her way to victory to claim her first Nairn 10k title of her career.

The 17-year-old Inverness Harriers athlete claimed victory by 16 seconds as she recorded a winning time of 36 minutes and nine seconds on Sunday afternoon.

Halina Rees of Highland Hill Runners took the silver medal with a time of 36:25 with last year's champion Jenny Bannerman of Inverness Harriers in third place in a time of 37:14.

Heggie, a sixth year pupil at Dingwall Academy, is no stranger to success, as last year she was crowned under-17 Scottish Cross Country champion.

She also won at the under-17's women's race at the Youth Athletes Road Races in East Lothian.

She says she was pleased with how she performed to win the women's title for the first time.

She said: "I actually did the girls 5k race here four years ago before Covid and I was the first woman then.

"So it was nice to come back and do it in the 10k this time.

"This is definitely the best race I have done this season as the cross country season did not go how I wanted, so I rank this pretty high, near the nationals I would say."

James Wilson and Caitlyn Heggie winners of the Nairn 10K. Picture: Beth Taylor
James Wilson and Caitlyn Heggie winners of the Nairn 10K. Picture: Beth Taylor

Heggie felt conditions were perfect for running as she put in a dominant performance.

"It was actually nice, it was windy going out so although I didn't realise how nice that wind was as when we turned around I started to sweat a lot

"But I like seven or eight degrees."

Heggie says she is now targeting the Young Athletes 5K Road race later this month where she is looking to go under 17 minutes in the distance.

James Wilson wins Nairn 10K. Picture: Beth Taylor
James Wilson wins Nairn 10K. Picture: Beth Taylor

In the men's race, James Wilson celebrated winning the Nairn 10K for the first time in his career.

The Moray Road Runners athlete was too quick for the chasing pack as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 31:57.

He was 32 seconds ahead of James Tole of Metro Aberdeen in second place who finished in 32:29 with Shaun Cumming of Highland Hill Runners third in a time of 32:36.

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