Chalmers’s choice as he aims to be cas­tle king

● In­ver­ness run­ner is go­ing at Brodie but un­de­cided on league

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT - BY FRASER CLYNE

Sean Chalmers ap­pears more than ca­pa­ble of test­ing the course record in Sun­day’s Brodie Cas­tle 10km but much may de­pend on whether the In­ver­ness Har­rier de­cides to com­pete in the North District Cross-coun­try League match at Evan­ton to­mor­row.

Scot­land in­ter­na­tional Kenny Wil­son (Mo­ray Road Run­ners) set the Brodie record of 32:06 in 2016 but he will be an ab­sen­tee this week­end as he is re­cov­er­ing from his fine marathon de­but in Frank­furt where he recorded 2:22:39 to move into sev­enth po­si­tion in this year’s Scot­tish rank­ings.

Chalmers set his best 10km time of 30:40 when fin­ish­ing second, nine sec­onds be­hind Metro Aberdeen’s Cameron Strachan, in last month’s River Ness 10km. If Chalmers goes into the race fresh there’s no doubt that Wil­son’s mark is within his reach. A tough cross-coun­try race the day be­fore may, on the other hand, take the edge of his sharp­ness.

Chalmers said: “I’m un­de­cided about do­ing the league match on Satur­day, but I’m def­i­nitely run­ning at Brodie. I’ve never raced there be­fore.

“I’ve not done any races since com­pet­ing in the River Ness 10km so I’d say I’m in about the same shape as I was then. I’ve been train­ing on my own quite a lot re­cently but I’ve now got back into a group and that will help me.

“I’d like to get my 10km time down un­der 30min soon, so I’ll be look­ing for some fast races in the new year.

“I’ll do the North District cham­pi­onships in De­cem­ber, the in­ter-district at Stir­ling in Jan­uary and the na­tional at Falkirk in Fe­bru­ary.”

Ewan David­son, who won the Brodie race in 2018, is also in the field as is his club­mate James Wil­son, who was third last time out.

Amy Hud­son, who re­cently set a per­sonal best time in the Chicago marathon, is ex­pected to de­fend her ti­tle in the women’s di­vi­sion of the race, which has at­tracted a ca­pac­ity field of 450 run­ners.

Her op­po­nents in­clude club­mate Les­ley Hansen, who was second in the Scot­tish marathon cham­pi­onships ear­lier in the year, and con­sis­tent north run­ner Louise Cart­mell (Mo­ray Road Run­ners). Marie Baxter (JS Kin­tore), who wasn’t too far be­hind Hud­son in Chicago, is also in the line-up.

Mean­while, John New­som (In­ver­ness Har­ri­ers) is among the top run­ners ex­pected to take part in the Evan­ton league match.

Teenager Emily An­drew (In­ver­ness Har­ri­ers) won the first women’s league race of the sea­son and will aim to build on that.

BET­TER BY A DIS­TANCE: It could be a big week­end for Sean Chalmers

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