Athletics: Bog Trotter takes second

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Hunter’s Bog Trotter Joe Symonds proved his recent third place in the Scottish Cross Country Championships was no fluke when he smashed his personal best time by more than a minute in finishing a close second in the Global Energy Inverness Half Marathon.

Symonds was timed at 66 minutes 23 seconds and was pipped on the line for the £1000 first prize by Ethiopian Hailu Million after a bold break.

But Gillian Carr (Corstorphine) captured the £1000 women’s first prize also in a personal best time of 76:08.

Symonds’ fellow Commonwealth Games marathon contenders Ross Houston and John Newsom (both Central) were third and fourth respectively.