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Aberdeen AAC's Stewart Millar will defend his title in the Kongsberg Maritime secondary schools 2.5km on Saturday and he could be in with a great chance of breaking the course record of 6min 58secs set by East Sutherland's Liam Barnsby in 2013.

Stewart, who also won the MPH primary schools race in 2011, came close last year when recording 7min 1sec to miss the mark by just three secs. Liam was nine secs behind in second position while Banchory Stonehaven AC's Calum Kitching was third in 7:30.

Aberdeen AAC's Naomi Lang smashed the girls' record last year when clocking 8:03. The Aberdeen Grammar pupil won't defend her title, however, because she has been selected to represent Scotland in this weekend's London mini marathon. Congratulations Naomi.

Her Aberdeen AAC clubmate Rebecca Eggeling should,however, be among the challengers to lift the title on this occasion. Rebecca, who has recently returned to Scotland after a spell living in the United States. She has a good record at Balmoral, having won the primary schools race in 2011 and 2012.

Last year's MPH primary schools 1.5km girls champion Laura McNeill, from Aberdeen, has stepped up to the secondary schools race but the 2014 runner-up, Alyth Gollan (East Sutherland) returns to bid for victory while Forres runner Ben Cameron defends his title in the boys 1.5km race.

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