Matt hits the road running in Falkirk

Matt Dougall (centre) takes pride of place on the podium at the Scottish Schools Road Race Championships.
Matt Dougall (centre) takes pride of place on the podium at the Scottish Schools Road Race Championships.

Galashiels Academy pupil Matt Dougall had a fantastic victory in at the Scottish Schools Road Race Championships in Falkirk.

Held in the shadow of the Kelpies there were record entry fields with many races having more than 200 runners from all over Scotland.

Gail force winds made conditions demanding and cold for the participants and, competing in the Under 16 boys race Dougall immediately went into the leading group who were forcing the pace on from the gun.

With 600m to go the 15-year-old Galashiels runner took the lead and continued to build the pace towards the finish with only two runners from the West able to go with him. A decisive kick with 200m to go saw Dougall run in a clear winner in a time of 6 minutes 44 seconds.

The win capped a fantastic year for the middle distance athlete who was selected to run for Scotland in April.

Solid performances from other Borders school pupils in the U16 boys race were Euan Hood in 38th and Josh Abbot in 44th.

Fellow Galashiels Academy pupil Thomas Otton had a strong run in the over 16 boys race finishing in 5th place.

Matt would like to thank the Rowan Boland Trust, Border Sport and Leisure and Antonio Caterino of Monte Casino Italian Restaurant, Melrose, who have all provided significant financial assistance that has allowed him to fully progress his running across the UK this season.