Scotland Women won the team race at Snowdon in 2018
Eight Scots head for Wales this weekend for the annual Snowdon International – which also features the WMRA World Cup.
Scotland compete against the home nations plus Ireland and Italy over a 16k course with 994m of climb.
For the first time, it is part of the World Cup Series and that should add to what is already a competitive field and raise the standard even further.
Andy Douglas, who won the European Mountain Running Champs team gold alongside Jacob Adkin and Robbie Simpson, is racing his first Snowdon International. Lochaber’s John Yells is representing Scotland for the first time.
Last year’s second place finisher Miranda Grant, who lives in the shadow of Snowdon in Llanberis, is once again representing Scotland in her home race. This is the first year the women’s team race is now equal to the men’ – with four athletes representing Scotland in each division.
Andy Douglas (left) with Robbie Simpson and Jacob Adkin (on right) as they celebrate Senior Men’s gold at the Euro Champs with GB
‘It all starts at 2pm on Saturday and Snowdon will be extremely busy with walkers attempting to climb the highest mountain in Wales,’ said Angela Mudge, National Lead on Hill Running for scottishathletics.
‘This gives the race an added element of fun, trying to navigate round the tourists whilst descending at top speed. We wish all the team all the very best of luck on Saturday.’
Scotland Women: Scout Adkin (Ambleside), Miranda Grant (Hunters Bog Trotters), Loiuse Mercer (Edinburgh AC), Jill Mykura (Carnethy HRC)
Scotland Men: Ewan Brown (Corstorphine AC), Andy Douglas (Inverclyde), James Espie (Deeside), John Yells (Lochaber AC)