A pleasing case of ‘seconditis’ for Moorfoot Runners

IT WAS a busy day in the hills for some of the Moorfoot Runners last Saturday.

Chronologically, first up was Sarah McCormack who was down in the Lake District for the popular Fairfield Horseshoe race (14.5km/914m climb) entries for which closed early at a maximum of 600.

A good descent saw Sarah finish second female in a quality field behind Victoria Wilkinson and over two minutes ahead of Helen Fines and Olivia Walwyn, all GB Internationalists.

The Scottish Athletics Junior Hill Running Championships were next to get underway at Rowardennan on the lower slopes of Ben Lomond. This proved to be a tough course with a mix of the rocky tourist path, some reasonable trails and some tricky off-path rough and boggy sections.

In only her second ever hill race Mairi Wallace (12) took silver in the U15 girls’ race (2.7km/155m) finishing nearly a minute closer to the Scottish Schools U15 cross-country champion than in her first race on East Lomond in Fife two weeks ago.

Jacob Adkin (16) looked very strong in the U20 men’s race (6km/360m), leading before the final descent and he too took a Championship silver medal close behind a Helm Hill raider from England. His nearest Scottish rival Andrew Lawler (Law & District) was 48 seconds back in third. Lucas Cheskin (16) had a much improved run to finish fourth ahead of last week’s 3 Bridges winner Luke Foss (also Law & District).

Moorfoot coach Gregor Nicholson told us: “This should guarantee Jacob’s selection for Scotland for the World Mountain Running Association’s Youth International in July which he had to decline last year due to a clash with a school trip. And Lucas’s run might also put him in the mix for consideration.”

In the senior Ben Lomond race which followed, Moorfoot Andrew Cox looked to have a good run for 11th in 1.16.44.

Finally, Scout Adkin (19) was up at Glenshee racing on Glas Tulaichean (7.4km/670m) in the Scottish uphill trial for the Senior Home International in Keswick in two weeks time. Scout secured automatic selection with another second place behind GB orienteerer Tessa Hill (HBT) and over a minute ahead of third placed Charlotte Morgan (Carnethy).

Nicholson added: “It might have been a day of Moorfoot seconditis but all were very pleasing results which augur well for the season ahead.”