Ultra runners will compete for Scotland in Perth in March.
It’s the Anglo Celtic Plate event with the main international race taking place over 100k (with 50k championship races therein, too).
And we are pleased to announce nine athletes have been selected to represent Scotland in the ACP at North Inch, Perth.
Dougie Selman (Corstorphine AAC); Chris Richardson (Metro Aberdeen); Henry Hart (Belgrave); Nikki Johnstone unattached; Stuart Paterson (Ochil)
Amanda Woodrow (Edinburgh AC); Sheena Logan (Fife AC); Jacqueline Wilson unattached; Catherine Cowie (Portobello)
Scotland will compete against teams from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Ireland at Perth.
We send our warm congratulations to all those selected and to their families, coaches and clubs.
Scotland men at the ACP in April 2023 (photo by Adrian Stott)
Here are a few notes from Adrian Stott on the Scotland selections . . .
The men’s team features a mixture of experience with some strong new faces.
*Dougie Selman, Corstorphine, was Scotland’s leading finisher, in fith place, in Northern Ireland in the 2023 ACP at his debut at the distance. He recently set a marathon PB of 2:20:27 in Valencia in December.
*Chris Richardson, Metro Aberdeen and Scottish 100km champion in 2021, will be winning his fourth Scotland and is rewarded for his continuing consistency at the distance.
*Three men are winning their first Scotland vests.
Henry Hart (Belgrave) has had good performances in 2023, with a victory in Italy at the Strasimeno 58km event in March and a 2:23:31 marathon PB at Frankfurt Marathon in October. He is also a previous winner of the Thames Path Challenge 100km.
Nikki Johnstone is originally from Moray but has been living in Berlin for several years. He set a new Scottish 50km road record last February, running 2:56:21.
Stuart Paterson (Ochil Hill Runners) had a fine 2023 with a marathon PB of 2:28:24 at Manchester in April, followed up with fine wins at the Cairngorms Ultra in June, the Ochil Ultra 50 in September and the Glen Ogle 33 in November, where he just missed Paul Raistrick’s long-standing course record,
*The women’s team sees second vests for Amanda Woodrow (Edinburgh AC) and Catherine Cowie (Portobello). Both represented Scotland at last year’s Anglo Celtic Plate where they finished fourth and fifth respectively.
*Woodrow was Scottish 50km champion in 2022 and ran a marathon PB of 3:07:52 recently in Valencia, while Cowie won the 55 mile Caterun Trail in 2023 which incorporated the Scottish Ultra Trail Championships and more recently won December’s 50km West Lothian Shale Trail.
*Two new Scotland vests:
Sheena Logan (Fife AC) has a solid endurance background with a marathon PB of 2:54:06 and several Ironman Triathlons completed. She was first woman at November’s Glen Ogle 33 in sixth place overall
Jacqueline Wilson (Unattached) has achieved podium finishes in the last two years on the trails at the Highland Fling, The Devil ‘o the Highlands and the full West Highland Way Race, coupled with a recent marathon PB of 3:11 in York.