The Aberdeen-based Inverness Harrier, who received his Scottish title at Kilmarnock final month, is shifting down distance from his more moderen successes to make his debut at this fourth working of the Inverness race.
Nevertheless, he ought to have loads of competitors from a variety of outstanding street racers, together with Stirling College scholar Hamish Hickey, previously of Ross County, who now runs for Central AC.
Scottish 10k champion and half marathon internationalist Sean Chalmers emerges as favorite for the 2022 version of the Campus 5k which takes place at Inverness Campus on Friday night.
Additionally within the discipline is Shettleston Harrier Lachlan Oates, who just lately relocated to Lossiemouth, whereas the Wilson brothers of Moray Highway Runners also needs to be outstanding.
Kenny Wilson is a longtime Scottish internationalist, whereas his fast-improving brother James emerges from a decent 10k battle with eventual winner Hickey finally Saturday’s Forres Video games. Ewan Davidson ought to additional contribute to a robust Moray contingent.
There’s much less depth within the ladies’s race, the place Inverness’s European Junior cross nation champion Megan Keith has determined to not run prematurely of a serious race in Lancashire subsequent weekend. Nevertheless, she is anticipated to undertake pacemaking duties on dwelling floor.
This leaves the quickest feminine seed as Catriona Fraser of Inverness.
Organiser Ross Cairns is delighted this type of occasion is discovering its toes once more.
He stated: “The Campus 5k already has a terrific fame as one of many quickest 5ks in Scotland and a historical past of attracting main runners.
“Depth in street racing continues to be recovering after the pandemic, however we nonetheless have numerous main males working, though this yr’s ladies’s race isn’t as sturdy as earlier than.
“We’re more than happy to be placing this on once more and sit up for a wonderful evening of racing.”
Stroma Fraser, in the meantime, defends her Scottish under-17 heptathlon title at this weekend’s Scottish multi-events championships at Dundee.
Additionally at stake for the 16-year outdated Munlochy-based Inverness Harrier is a spot within the Scottish U17 group for a multi-events worldwide in Belfast in September.
Already this yr she has received the Scottish indoor pentathlon title in addition to the Scottish faculties 300m hurdles and pentathlon outdoor.
On July 16, she can be within the 300m hurdles and lengthy leap on the British Colleges Worldwide, additionally in Belfast, the place her team-mates will embody fellow Inverness Harrier Lachlan Buchanan.