Stubborn Sarah

STRENGTH and mental fortitude are essential attributes for hill runners and Moorfoot Runner Sarah McCormack certainly proved her elite status in Tirana, Albania last Sunday when representing Ireland in the World Mountain Running Championships.

The PhD student from Peebles was delighted to finish in 37th place despite turning an ankle on what others have described as a very dangerous course. She was the first Irish finisher and came home ahead of one of the GB team which picked up team bronze.

Sarah said: “I was happy with my run, but the race itself was awful – 35 degrees, no shade, they ran out of water, and there were very dangerous, narrow, switchback descents.

“Half the Irish team was injured or sick or both. I came down with food poisoning after the race and was ill across three countries on the return journey!”

An enforced, but deserved rest follows.

z Rowan Marr (Gala Harriers) and Louise Mercer (Teviotdale Harriers) have been selected to represent Scotland at the Junior Home Hill Running International in Wales on September 24.