Scotland head for Leeds; North Hill Champs

Thursday 1st November 2018

European Championship medallist Eilish McColgan is set to race for Scotland at the Leeds Abbey Dash 10K on Sunday.

McColgan, who won silver in the 5000m in Berlin, will now lead our female selection for the race in Yorkshire.

It’s always a terrific race which is conducive to PB performances and Scottish athletes have delivered some good times in recent years – including 32.05 course record run from Eilish.

In terms of the men, the Scottish contingent is now three strong via Adam Craig, Euan Gillham and Kenny Wilson.

Current form was taken into account as part of the selection process including the Scottish 10K Champs at Stirling and recent races in Inverness and Glasgow. Under the Road Running and Cross Country Commission guidelines, one athlete in each team is U23.

Here are the Scotland teams:


Eilish McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill, Liz McColgan); Mhairi Maclennan (Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds, John Lees); Steph Pennycook (Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds, John Lees); Annabel Simpson (Fife AC, Steve Doig) U23


Adam Craig (Inverclyde AC, Matthew van Lierop); Euan Gillham (Kilbarchan AAC, Robert Hawkins) U23; Kenny Wilson (Moray Road Runners, Carol Sim)

We wish all Scots racing in Leeds at the Abbey Dash 10K all the very best for Sunday’s race – and their coaches, clubs and supporters.


North District Hill Champs

Knockfarrel Hill Race

Organised by Highland Hill Runners, the race takes place this Saturday (November 3) and is the fifth staging of the scottishthletics North District Hill Championships.

The race starts at 1pm from the Old Station in Strathpeffer. Registration is open from 11.45am, and parking is available at the Strathpeffer Shinty Pavillion. Entry fee: £5 (or £7 for non SA members). Entry on the day only. You must be over 16 on race day.

The race is 8km, with a total climb of 360m. The course records have both stood for some time: Male: 37:24 – Graeme Bartlett (2000); Female: 43:20 – Tracey Brindley (2004). There is a course map available online

Medals for the North District Champs will be awarded in the following categories (providing you are a scotttishathletics member) :  U20, Senior, V40,V50 and teams. There are also prizes for the leading males and females, plus age categories and club prizes.

Prize-giving and refreshments will be available after the race back in the Shinty Pavillion.

For any queries about the race, please contact the organiser, Katy Boocock,by email:  For queries about the North District Champs, contact Paul Rogan,

With thanks to Malcolm Patterson


Tags: Abbey Dash 10k, Adam Craig, Annabel Simpson, Eilish McColgan, Euan Gillham, Kenny Wilson, Knockfarrel, Leeds, Mhairi Maclennan, North Hill Champs, Steph Pennycook

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