Andrew Butchart – National XC title helped him win Grand Prix (photo by Bobby Gavin)
National XC winner Andrew Butchart will collect £750 in prize-money after success in the scottishathletics Cross Country Grand Prix.
And Fife AC’s Angela Richardson took the Women’s overall prize following the six-race series which included the national events as well as British Cross Cahllenge races in Liverpool and Birmingham.
Butchart has been a regular at the likes of the East Districts in recent years and victories there, at Bellahouston for the 4K Champs and at Callendar Park proved decisive for the GB international.
Alex Hendry made it a Central AC 1-2 with 180 points (20 adrift of the winner) to land £400 and Aberdeen AAC’s Michael Ferguson took third place to pick up £250. Andrew Douglas (Inverclyde AC) and Mark Mitchell (Forres Harriers) were Senior medallists at the National XC and they finished fourth and fifth in the Grand Prix.
Fife AC’s Angela Richardson at the National XC – has now won Women’s GP
Richardson amassed a tally of 129 points in the Women’s table – competing in five of the six events, missing only Liverpool. The Fife athlete won by 13 points from Freya Ross (Edinburgh AC) on 116 with Rosie Smith (Hunters Bog Trotters) third on 110.
Eilidh Mackenzie (Stornoway) and Michelle Sandison (Springburn Harriers), the North and West champions respectively, took fourth and fifth in the overall series.
In all, there was £4000 of prize-money to be distributed among the top 10 men and top 10 women – from the £750 top prize scaled down to £20 for 10th place.
More info on the Cross Country Grand Prix on the dedicated page