Report by Phil Mestecky
Cademuir hill was the venue for the latest round in the Junior Hill League with Scotland and District vests at U17 and U20 also up for grabs – ahead of the Junior Home International on the same course on September 10.
In the 3km race for U15s and U13s, there was double joy for Edinburgh AC (and the Daunt family) as Emi finished first in the U13 girls and Josh romped home ahead of the field in the U15 Boys race.
Representing the local club, Moorfoot Runners, Murray Learmond won the U13 Boys race while Holly Simpson of Giffnock not only won the U15 Girls title but also broke the course record into the bargain.
The 6km was open to U17s, U20s and Senior runners, but it was a speedy U17 who was the overall winner.
Rowan Taylor of Lasswade took 20 seconds out of the rest of the field by the finish. He was followed by U20 Tom Hilton of Moorfoot in second and Angus Wright of Team East Lothian in third. Struan Gatherer from Perth Strathtay was second U17 home.
For the women, the race was won in fine style by Lizzie Welsted of Colchester Harriers, visiting the area on holiday. Behind her, were two U20s – Rachel Giffen of Springburn Harriers and Isla Paterson of Gala.
Our First U17W was Katie Meek of Inverness Harriers, getting her reward after a long journey, with Kirsty Rankine of Gala in second, less than 30 seconds behind.
Photos by Neil Renton
2023 Scottish Athletics Junior Hill League Update
With two rounds left in this year’s Junior Hill League, the competition is starting to take shape.
In the U15G category, Anna Elizabeth Ross from VP-Glasgow has the lead on 87 points with Inverness duo Rosie Conroy and Anna Meek on 77 and 71 points respectively.
However, there are double points available at Creag Bheag, Kingussie on September 17, so watch out for Holly Simpson of Giffnock making a late surge for the title.
For the U15 boys, it is also all still to play for. Ethan Scobie of Giffnock currently leads by just one point from Joel Gillan of Central. If Joel takes maximum points at Creag Bheag, however, he will be very hard to beat.
Our U17 women are led by Katie Meek, with Kirsty Rankine in second place and Ava Richardson (Gala) and Eliza Konig (Fife) in third and fourth. Any of these could still claim the title as could Jessica Taylor of Edinburgh and Erin McElney of Greenock if they race well at the last two league counters.
Rowan Taylor has won his last four U17 Men’s league races, with the only blemish on his record being second place at the first race of the season at Dumyat.
It’s hard to look past him for the league winner but it is mathematically possible for Dan McGuire of Harmeny to catch him.
In the U20s, the women’s competition is a two-horse race with Rachel Giffen leading on 92 points and Isla Paterson on 84. In the U20 Men’s league, Tom Hilton leads Gala’s Irvine Welsh with several others not completely out of the running.
Two league races remain:
17 September: National Junior Hill Running Championships* (U13 up to U20), Creag Bheag, Kingussie
23 September: Alex Brett Cioch Mhor Junior (U11s up), Dingwall
*Double League Points available at the National Championships.