Scotland’s Charlotte Morgan has won the Women’s Long Distance Mountain Running title in the WMRA World Cup series – for the second time.
It is a fine achievement by the Carnethy HR athlete who won in Spain at the weekend to wrap up the overall victory with a race to spare.
Charlotte, who won the WMRA Long Distance Mountain title in 2018, competed at the Zumaia Flysch race in the Basque Country.
Despite afterwards nursing cuts and bruises from a fall, she over-hauled the early leader, Spaniard Oihana Kortazar, midway through the 42k race and then pulled away to win in 5:18.30 with her rival at 5:26.25.
‘I like running in Spain – Spain is the place,’ grinned Charlotte, our Masters Athlete of the Year back in 2018.
‘But it was a hugely challenging race, ridiculous in many ways in fact. I fell again today.
‘I did not know what to expect but I managed to catch the leader before halfway in the race and then was able to push on and get away from her. OIt’s great to win the race and the overall title.
WMRA are set to announce their World Cup winners following further races this coming weekend but were happy to confirm Charlotte’s success to us – many congratulations!
Our Women’s U20 medallists at Cademuir – Georgia Ledingham (centre), Pippa Carcas and Anna Dalglish
It’s the final weekend of our scottishathletics Junior Hill League coming up on Saturday – with races taking place at Cioch Mhor.
A number of athletes in various age groups need to compete to meet the criteria of three performances across the season to then place in the overall tables.
Point are awarded as follows: 1st place 25 points; 2nd 20 points; 3rd 17 points; 4th 15 points; 5th 14 points (reducing at one-point intervals thereafter).
The championship at Cademuir is double-weighted. Best three performances are taken into account for those who run three or more times.
The Alex Brett Memorial Cioch Mhor hill race hosts the scottishathletics Senior Championships on Saturday.
Traditionally the race is held in March but due to Covid this year’s event was postponed until October, when the farmer’s ‘year’ permitted access again.
The route involves a river crossing which could be interesting given the recent rainfall, marshals are on hand to oversee the safe passage of competitors.
The women’s field includes Caroline Marwick (Highland Hill Runners), Heather Anderson (Fife AC) and Sophie Horrocks (Carnethy HRC) and a strong V50 contingent from Fife AC.
In the men’s event Ross Gollan (Shettleston Harriers), Alasdair Campbell (Cambuslang), Sam Tosh (Carnethy HRC) and Hamish Battle (Aberdeen Metro) will all be in contention.
Races on Saturday are at noon.
With thanks to Angela Mudge