Italian job earns Jacob bronze

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Moorfoot runner Jacob Adkin pulled on the GB vest for the second time on Sunday for the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy and came home with a Junior Men’s team bronze medal.

In an event dominated by Uganda, who took three of the four individual titles on offer and a straight 1, 2, 3 in the senior men’s race, 18 year-old Jacob battled home 23rd of 72 starters in the junior men’s (Under-20) race and was the third and final counter for the successful GB team.

On a course described by one of the more experienced senior GB women’s team as the “hardest I’ve ever done”, the 8.4km uphill route comprised a mixture of steep village switchback roads, sections of steps, precipitous mountain trails and an immense working marble quarry – the Bacino di Gioiathe source for many masterpieces of Italian art.

The senior women ran the same course as the junior men and former Moorfoot member Sarah McCormack had an excellent 15th-place finish for Ireland.

The previous week in Telfes, Austria, Sue Ridley from Peebles was running in the World Masters Mountain Running Championships and had an excellent run for an individual bronze in the W45 category on another tough uphill course, this time with the finishing sprint straight up a ski jump take-off runway.