Two Scottish athletes are with the GB and NI team for the European Mountain Running Champs this weekend – Andy Douglas (pictured above) and Anna Macfadyen.
The team have headed to Slovenia to prepare for tomorrow’s action in Kamnik with races for Senior Men and Women and Junior Men and Women on uphill-only courses.
Andy, of course, is hugely experienced at this level while for Forres Harriers youngster Anna this follows on from racing for GB at the World Cross in Uganda back in March.
‘I’ve been a lot of hill runs in preparation but I’ve not raced at this level before in hill running so I don’t know how it might go,’ Anna told the Press and Journal.
‘The British team won gold in the Junior Women’s race last year so I will try and do the best I can and hopefully we get another good result for the team.’
All the best to both athletes and the rest of the British team from all at scottishathletics.
Scotland 4 x 100m men in Belfast – Adam Clayton, Allan Hamilton, Adam Thomas and Fraser Angus
The Belfast International took place in Northern Ireland in midweek with a number of Scottish track and field athletes involved.
scottishathletics helped organise in sending over a Scotland 4 x 100m men’s team to Belfast and they duly won their race, beating representative teams from Wales and Northern Ireland with a run of 40.68.
The quartet in action featured Adam Clayton and Fraser Angus, as they prepare for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in a fortnight. Allan Hamilton was on the opening leg with the two teenagers next before Adam Thomas brought the baton home.
There is likely to be another international opportunity for Scotland relay teams at the Manchester International in August.
Sprint hurdler Heather Paton went close to a Gold Coast qualifying standard (which is 13.50) among some of the individual results by Scots, which were as follows: Clayton 10.81 100m; Paton 2nd in 100m H in 13.55; Angus 3rd in 200m in 21.86; Mhairi Patience 400m Hurdles in 59.99; Andy Frost 62.80m hammer.
*With thanks to Allan Scott, scottishathletics Performance Manager, who was with the athletes in Belfast and is team manager for the Team Scotland athletics at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
The Scottish Mid-Trail Champs will return to Fife again later this year.
Fife AC have kindly agreed to host the championships with Falkland Estate again the venue for races for all age groups – with medals on offer from U15 through to U20/Seniors/Masters.
Saturday 2 September is the date for diaries and the Senior races are contested by men and women, in the same race, over a distance of around 12K. The start-finish area as at the Strathmiglo end of the estate.
There are U11 and U13 development races, too, but these are not part of the Scottish Championships. It all happens on the day Fife AC host their ‘Festival of Trail Running’ and welcome all standard of athletes from beginners in this discipline to Scotland internationals.
The U20/Senior/Masters race for men and women is over 12K with the U15 and U17 mixed gender races over 5K. For the U11 and U13 races, the distance is 3K.
The 2017 UK Inter Counties and England Athletics Track & Field Championships will be held at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium, Barkers Lane, Bedford, on the weekend of July 29/30.
Up to two athletes can be entered in each event for each Scottish District providing the athlete has entered the England Championships in the normal way and they have met the required championship entry standard.
Please note all athletes MUST enter themselves individually for the England Athletics Championships. CAU (Counties Athletics Union) medals and England Athletics medals will be awarded to top three athletes.
If you want to be entered into the CAU, please contact scottishathletics President, Leslie Roy, with the following information: Name; event; PB; 2017 Season Best; scottishathletics membership number; Email address.
Please contact Leslie by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date for expressions of interest is July 10.
With thanks to Leslie Roy