Anna Macfadyen, Andy Douglas and Lauren Dickson represented GB at the Euro Hill Champs
The UK’s top mountain runners converge on Keswick this Sunday as they bid for selection for the World Championships.
There are two trial races – one for Juniors and one for Seniors, with men and women now running the same distances – with up to four places available in each of four GB and NI teams.
The races are uphill only, with the juniors finishing two-thirds of the way up Skiddaw after 6.8K and the seniors doing 10.4K and racing to the summit. Entry to the races is on the day, and scottishathletics is keen to encourage as many Scottish athletes as possible to have a go and compete.
‘Even if you don’t think you have a realistic chance of selection, this is a great (and rare) opportunity to take part in a high quality uphill race in the UK and gain valuable competition experience into the bargain,’ said Malcolm Patterson, Scotland hill running coach.
Among those expected to race are AndyDouglas, hoping to gain GB selection for the fifth year in a row, and Anna MacFadyen, fresh from her silver medal in the junior women’s race in July’s European Championship. Lauren Dickson, eighth at the Euros, also plans to race.
Other Scots set to compete include Euan Gillham (now a senior, but 13th in the 2016 World Championships as a junior), Jacob Adkin, Lachlan Oates, Annabel Simpson and Tom Martyn.
The World Championships will take place in Canillo, Andorra on September 16.
With thanks to Malcolm Patterson