Moorfoot youngsters reach heights

Siblings Scout and Jacob Adkin joined a host of Borders runners at the recent  Home International hill running event.
Siblings Scout and Jacob Adkin joined a host of Borders runners at the recent Home International hill running event.

MOORFOOT sister and brother Scout and Jacob Adkin were in action for Scotland at the hill running home international at Melmerby near Penrith on Saturday, with fellow Borderers Gala Harriers’ Kerry Sandilands and Louise Mercer and Edinburgh AC’s Sue Ridley from Peebles.

In his first international race – he was selected in June for the WMRA international but could not attend – Jacob had a storming run to finish sixth. He was first Scot home over the 4.3km uphill only Under-16 course. He had come third in the Scotland trial but was finishing strongly and again he was closing in on those ahead towards the finish at the top of Hartside.

Scout, an experienced junior international for Scotland and GB, was earning her first senior vest having only just turned 19. She too had an excellent run over her 10km uphill course, finishing strongly over the closing kilometre after a sensibly steady start to come home 12th overall and third of the five-strong Scotland team.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Sue Ridley, adding to her vast haul of international caps, finished close on Scout’s tail in 14th, helping Scotland to team silver behind a very strong England outfit.

Kerry, making her international debut, and Louise were competing in the Under-16 and Under-18 events over 4.3km.

In the U16 race, Kerry finished a creditable 14th place in 28mins 52secs. A “reluctant” hill runner, the Earlston High School pupil said that the event was “a big step up but a great experience”.

Louise, who was one of the younger competitors in the U18s race, couldn’t find her usual form on the hills and struggled over the last climb into 15th position in 28mins 11secs.

In the U16 team race, the Scots finished in the bronze medal position behind the formidable English team and Irish girls.

This is the last event over the hills and the athletes will now be focussing on the cross country season which begins in October.