The first international opportunity for hill runners this year is the U18 Home Countries Mountain Cup, a re-vamped version of the U18 World Mountain Running Cup (which had to be cancelled).
The event is taking place in Ambleside on 24 July. There are more details online.
Scotland will be sending a team of four male and four female athletes born in 2004 or 2005.
Looking towards that, the selection race will be at Luss on Saturday 19 June, being held in conjunction with the first Scottish Athletics Junior Hill Running League Race.
Athletes interested in competing/selection should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend, four East District junior hill runners will be heading down to the Inter-Counties Hill Running Championships in Glossop.
Runners will race over the traditional Up the Nab Junior Fell Race route, U17s over 5.6k/250m and U19s over 9k/450k.
Competition will be strong as the race also counts in the English Junior Challenge and Championship Series.
In the U17s Isla Hedley (Fife AC), Isla Patterson (Gala Harriers) and Zico Field (Gala Harriers) and in the U19s Struan Bennet (Fife AC) are all heading down for the event.
For our juniors this will be their first hill race of the year,so we wish them very good luck.
Andy Douglas – set a Course Record at East Champs but Inverclyde AC athlete wasn’t eligible for Champs (Falkirk 2020 photo by Bobby Gavin)
East District Hill Running Championships – Results (downloadable .csv)
The East District Hill Running Championships were held on a gorgeous Wednesday evening over the Red Moss Kips Race.
Conditions for the 2 June event were fast underfoot, the trails were bone dry and there was a nice cooling easterly on the summits.
First man home in the East District Championships was Eoin Lennon (Carnethy HRC) in 40.46, equalling the previous course record, with club mate Sam Tosh 13 seconds behind. James Dunn (Corstorphine AAC) was a further 19 seconds down.
Andy Douglas was first man home overall in 38.48, breaking the course record by nearly two minutes, but as a member of Inverclyde AC competes in the West District.
The MV40 honours went to Andy Fallas (Carnethy HRC) and MV50 to club mate Andy Macrae. Des Crowe (Penicuik Harriers) followed in his son’s (Jamie) footsteps by claiming a district title taking the MV60 category.
Megan Crawford (Fife AC) flew round to set a new course record of 47.39, with Kirsty Dickson (Carnethy HRC) in second and Alice Goodall (Edinburgh AC) was third woman and first U23. The FV40 winner was Judith Turner (PH Racing Club) and the FV50 title went to Carole Fortune (Gala Harriers). Lorna Broadhurst (Harmeny AC) won the FV60 category.
In the team competition, Carnethy HRC easily won the men’s category with three finishers in the top five. EUHH won the ladies team award.
A few medals were awarded on the night but those still to be awarded will be posted out.
Thanks to Jamie Thin, HBT and all the marshals for organising a successful event, organising the weather and overcoming a few challenges along the way.
With thanks to Angela Mudge