Matt and Claire win golds at Scottish Trail Champs; East League XC

Tuesday 17th October 2023

Men’s podium at Speyside (photos by Stuart Ross Medai)

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Our Scottish Trail Champs took place in Speyside on Sunday over the inaugural Skiddadle-Speyside 10km event.

The wet and cold conditions didn’t dampen the enjoyment of the event which started in Archiestown and followed forest trails to finish in the Cardhu Distillery grounds.

In the men’s race, Matt Knowles (Edinburgh University) led from the gun and was a clear winner from local athlete James Wilson (Moray RR).

In the women’s race, Claire Bruce (Metro Aberdeen) stormed round to win by over two minutes from Murial Macleod (Stornaway), who was second overall and first V40, with V50 Allie Chong (Giffnock) taking third place overall.

In the team event Moray RR were first home in the men’s race and Spey Valley took the women’s golds. The race was an open event so runners not affiliated to scottishathletics are also included in the results.

Thanks to Sally Bruce and her team for organizing an excellent event and hosting the trail championships.

Photos on Facebook by Stuart Ross Media

Category winners.

Senior Women: 1 Claire Bruce (Metro Aberdeen); 2 Monica Padilla (Highland HR); 3 Isla MacKay (Lochaber AC)

W40: 1 Murial Macleod (Stornaway RAC); 2 Iona Robertson (Highland HR); 3 Emma Vacaro (Moray RR)

W50: 1 Allie Chong (Giffnock); 2 Gillian Sangster (Dundee RR) 3 Susan Brown (u/a)

W60: 1 Jackie Nicol (Forres); 2 Jane Angilley (Keith & District)

W70: 1 Linden Nicholson (Lasswade AC)


Senior: 1 Matt Knowles (Edinburgh UHH); 2 James Wilson (Moray RR); 3 John Fergusson (East Kilbride)

M40: 1 Donnie MacDonald (Inverness H); 2 Scott Phimister (Moray RR); 3 David Scott (Metro Aberdeen)

M50: 1 Nicholas Gemmel (Garscube H); 2 Walter Henderson (Cumbernauld AAC);  3 Iain Macleod (Corstorphine AC)

M60: 1 Steven Worsley (Inverness H); 2 Simon MacDonald (Moray RR); 3 Greig Cruickshank (JogScotland)

M70: 1 James Treasurer (Lochaber AC); Phill Thompson (Moray RR)

With thanks to Angela Mudge


Action from East League meeting at Kirkcaldy (photo by Neil Renton)

The East League XC season kicked off with a visit to Kirkcaldy last weekend.

Nancy Scott of Edinburgh AC won the Women’s race and the Edinburgh club took the team race.

Alastair Marshall of Central AC has been in fine form in recent weeks and continued with his victory in the Senior Men’s race. Central AC, holders of the League Shield, won the team race.

Results now up at:
East District League 2018-9 (

It was the first time an East League meeting had been held in Kirkcaldy since 2007. The U17/U15 Women’s race result is worth a look . . .

Kirkcaldy (Beveridge Park) – 25/11/2007 Under 15 Girls/17 Women results (

With thanks to Alex Jackson


Tags: Claire Bruce, East League XC, Kirkcaldy, Matt Knowles, Scottish Trail Champs

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