Andy Douglas wins the Snowdon race back in 2019
The 47th Snowdon International Hill race returns to Llanberis in Wales this weekend after a three-year absence.
Scotland are sending a strong team to compete on Saturday in the International, where runners race to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales and back down the same route.
For 2022, there has been a slight change to the course, with the start now on the main road and then heading up the main tourist path to the mountain top.
The race starts at 2pm and given the current forecast is for a very hot day the track will be busy with day walkers, adding an extra challenge to the extremely fast descent. The course is approximately 10 miles with 1085m of climb to the summit.
Holly Page and Kirsty Dickson (Carnethy) helped Great Britain to team gold in the European Uphill Only Championships and will be representing Scotland for their first time. Joining them are Catriona MacDonald (Bellahouston) and Caroline Marwick (Highland Hill Runners).
In the Scotland men’s team, John Yells (Lochaber AC) and Ross Gollan (Shettleston) will be joined by James Taylor (Carnethy) in his first Scottish international.
Congratulations to the athletes on the selections and good luck for Saturday.
Holly Page (second from left) and Kirsty Dickson (on right) will race for Scotland in Wales this weekend – after winning gold medals with GB at the Europeans
Andy Fallas tops the podium after his Trail race win in France
The European Masters Off-Road Running Championships
Scotland was well represented in the inaugural European Masters Of Road Running Championships in Le Ferclaz near Annecy in France.
On Friday (8 July) the Masters athletes raced over an uphill only course covering 10km with 750m of climb. Then, on Saturday, runners raced over a 37km 2100m trail race, following the trails around the village.
The Scottish athletes racing for the British Masters had a very successful weekend with Andy Fallas and Jill Stephen wining the trail race outright and picking up medals in the following events.
Gold – Angela Mudge (W50 Carnethy), team W50 gold (Angela, Sue Ridley and Rebecca Faulkner)
Silver – Sula Gray (w40, Hunters Bog Trotters), Paul Faulkner (M45 Carnethy), Sue Ridley (W55 City of Edinburgh), team M60 silver (Stewart Whitlie, Des Crowe & Adrian Davis)
Bronze – Stewart Whitlie (M60 Carnethy)
Gold – Andy Fallas (M40 Carnethy), Jill Stephen (W40 HBT) and Stewart Whitlie (M60 Carnethy)
Thanks to Dan and Sula Gay (HBT) for hosting the Scottish runners.
The Scottish W50 Women’s team on the podium after their Uphill Only race victory
The East District Hill Running Championships were held on Sunday 10 July at the Dollar Hill Race in very hot conditions.
The race starts from Dollar Academy and climbs three tops in the Ochils covering 15km with 960m of ascent. Thanks to the Ochil Hill Runners for hosting the event.
MSEN: 1 Ben Van Dijk (Ochil HR); 2 Myles Bax (Edinburgh AC); 3 Scott MacLeod (Edinburgh AC)
WSEN: 1 Posy Musgrave (Ochil HR)
M40: 1 Russell Plowman (Ochil HR); 2 Stephen Dickson (Fife AC); 3 Kevin Davie (Carnegie)
F40: 1 Diana Challands (Moorfoot); 2 Hannah Campbell (Kinross RR)
M50: 1 James Ashworth (Ochil HR)
W50: 1 Louise Burt (Fife AC)
M60: 1 Gordon Pryde (Lomond HR)