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Inverness Harriers runner Sean Chalmers becomes Scottish 10k champion

By Will Clark

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Maryburgh athlete Sean Chalmers has been crowned Scottish 10k champion in Kilmarnock.

The Inverness Harriers athlete claimed the national title by setting a new course record with a time of 29.59.

He held off the strong challenge from James Donald of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers over the final 300 metres to beat him by six seconds with 30.05 at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena.

Speaking to Scottish Athletics after winning the race, he said. "It was windy and definitely tough in the early stages so I’ve very happy to win and get a time that’s quite close to my personal best.

"I think on the right day you could get fast times. "As it happened, I managed to close with a 2.44 last kilometre and it was in my mind that I didn’t really want to get into a track race with Donald over the final stages as he’s pretty quick. "Thankfully I’d a wee gap and held him off."

Chalmers is now planning to take part in the 5k at Aberdeen and then the Campus 5k in Inverness.

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