Gala Harrier Isla Paterson first female finisher at national hill-running championships

​Gala Harriers Ava Richardson, Kirsty Rankine, Poppy Lunn and Isla Paterson picked up podium placings at Sunday’s Scottish Junior Hill-Running Championships at Kingussie in the Highlands.
Poppy Lunn, Ava Richardson, Kirsty Rankine and Isla Paterson at KingussiePoppy Lunn, Ava Richardson, Kirsty Rankine and Isla Paterson at Kingussie
Poppy Lunn, Ava Richardson, Kirsty Rankine and Isla Paterson at Kingussie

​Contested over a five-kilometre route featuring 250 metres ascent, the championships saw under-20 Paterson clock a time of 28:06 to finish as first female runner back and 17th overall.

At under-17 level, all three podium positions were secured by Harriers, with Richardson finishing first, Rankine second and Lunn third.

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Richardson was 32nd overall in 30:14, Rankine 33rd in 30:52 and Lunn 61st in 35:23.

Those times saw Rankine and Paterson secure the overall under-17 and under-20 female junior hill-running league titles respectively, contested across seven races concluding at the weekend.

Richardson finished as runner-up at under-17 level in the league.

Fellow Gala Harrier Irvine Welsh was also in action at Kingussie, finishing 13th in a time of 26:36 to claim overall second position in the league.

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Seb Darlow was there too, competing at under-15 level, and he crossed the line 30th overall in 30:03, less than half a minute behind Gala over-40 Tim Darlow’s 29:35 for 26th place.

Overall winner, out of a field of 80, was Team East lothian’s Angus Wright in 23:46.

Stratheran Harrier Harris Pagett was second in 24:17 and James Slimon, of Highland Hill Runners, third in 24:49.

Making up the rest of the top five were Kilmarnock Harrier Jonathon Downey, fourth in 25:00, and Perth Strathtay Harrier Struan Gatherer, fifth in 25:12.

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Also on Sunday, Gala Harrier Katie Rourke was first female finisher, and 17th overall, at the 18km Salomon Three Mealls trail race near Kinlochleven in the Highlands, contested over a route featuring an ascent of 779 metres.

Her winning time was 2:04:47, almost two minutes ahead of the second woman back, England’s Millie Barnes, 18th overall in 2:06:53.

The 18km race’s overall winner was Scot Andrew Douglas in 1:29:31.

Fellow Scot Alistair Thornton was runner-up in 1:33:14 and Stewart Rodney, classified as British, was third in 1:38:59.