The UK Inter-Counties Hill Running Championships were held at Flower Scar race in Yorkshire, attracting some of the UK’s top hill and fell runners..
And it was a good day for Scottish hill runners with around 20 athletes making the trip to compete at a strong level of competition.
In the men’s race, Jonathan Crickmore (Scotland East) was third overall, and Tim Morgan (Scotland East) was first U23. In a fine team effort, Scotland East took the team silver medals, finishing just one point behind the winners Derbyshire.
The Scotland West team was sixth overall and it was good to see five Scottish runners make it into the top 20.
In the women’s race, Polly Edwards (Scotland East) was third U23, and the Scotland East Team was fourth.
All finished out in Japan. Happy to qualify for World Champs later this year. It was fun playing around with our relay order today. 6th place is maybe not what we were hoping for, but is a good starting point for what is to be a very long season ahead. Lots of work still to do. pic.twitter.com/Q7WZSIZlJX
— Zoey Clark (@_ZoeyClark) May 12, 2019
Zoey Clark was with GB and NI over the past week or so at the IAAF World Relays in Japan.
The 4x400m team duly finished sixth in the final and that is enough to secure qualification for the 2019 World Champs later in the year in Doha.
After a good run in the heats, the team was unchanged in personnel from the heats but altered in order. Emily Diamond led off before handing over to Laviai Nielsen on leg two.
Throughout the entire race a blanket could cover the first six nations with Nielsen keeping the British team in the mix before handing over to Clark.
Clark kept her rivals close and Amy Allcock did the same on anchor with little separating them from the medal positions – Poland taking gold ahead of the USA and Italy.
The British team clocked 3:28.96 for sixth and Allcock said: ‘Everyone is beatable at the end of the day. We came here to be competitive and, although sixth is what we came out with today, we know that we can push higher and aim for more come Doha.’