Scout set for Turkey trek

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A PEEBLES High pupil is set to scale the heights of Turkey after guaranteeing her selection for the Great Britain under-20 mountain running team.

Scout Adkin, 17, claimed a convincing victory in the UK Athletics uphill trial race near Keswick on Sunday and will now head to the European Mountain Running Championships in Bursa in July.

She was neck-and-neck with Ffion Price from Wales for most of the 4km course and 400m climb.

But even Price, the 2010 World Youth Mountain Challenge winner and 2011 Welsh cross-country champion, could not keep up with her Moorfoot RC rival and Adkin claimed a 12-second victory in 22 minutes and 26 seconds.

Despite the Keswick course being the Adkin’s first taste of uphill-only racing, Gregor Nicholson of Moorfoot Runners said: “Scout will head for Bursa in Turkey on July 10, knowing she is well suited to the tough physical and mental test which uphill racing entails.”

And subject to sufficient recovery from a double ankle sprain incurred in the Yetholm Hill Race two weeks ago, Moorfoot’s Sarah McCormack heads to County Wicklow this Saturday for the Irish European trial race in the hope of joining her training partner in Turkey.

Meanwhile, a bumper card for Selkirk Games’ 110m handicap sees a total of 11 heats line up on Saturday.

Galashiels teenager Callum Murray of TLJT, the recent winner of the Earlston Games 110m handicap, has been placed on a mark of 10m by handicapper Don Campbell, while Hawick Games sprint victor Greg Turnbull of TLJT goes from 3m. Second to Turnbull at Hawick, Iskan Barskanmay of Jed AC, competes from 5.5m.

However, Colin Bruce will miss out on defending his title because of injury.

Home hopes are pinned on Ryan Henderson (9.5m), Nyle Godsmark (12.5m), James Purves (20.5m), Geoff Keen (12.5m), Marc Cockburn (13m) and Allan Smith (9.5m).

Another sprint event on the Selkirk programme is the 90m handicap.

Kelso’s Colin Welsh runs from scratch in the 800m handicap, while Callum Whillans of Hawick (57.5m), Selkirk’s Greg Gibson (65m), Stuart Somervail from Jed AC (70m) and Karane Haldane of Duns (195m) are amongst Borders athletes in the half-mile.

The 1,600m handicap sees Darrell Hastie of Kelso on scratch. Amongst those Hastie has to catch are Kelso’s Chris Black (95m), TLJT’s Adam Craig (85m), Ryan Milligan of Langholm (125m), Andrew Johnson from Jed AC (140m) and Hawick’s Gary Law (400m).