11th December 2017
Away from the European Cross Country Championships, a few races survived the poor weather conditions this weekend. Catch up on a few of the highlights….
Scottish East District Championships, Livingston, 9 December
In a closely fought senior women’s race, Steph Pennycook (coach: John Lees) prevailed over her Fife AC teammate Annabel Simpson (Steven Doig), the Scotland international taking victory by just over 10 seconds. Jamie Crowe (Derek Easton) was a surprise winner in the senior men’s race, edging out Kris Jones by just one second, with Michael Ferguson (Ken Hogg) third and GB marathoner Robbie Simpson (Martin Cox) fifth.
West District Cross Country Championships, Irvine, 9 December
Triathlete Grant Sheldon was the big winner out on the west coast as he snatched victory on the line from Andrew Douglas (Sophie Dunnett), both men awarded the same time. Just three seconds back was Lachlan Oates (John Montgomery) capping off a thrilling three way battle. There was perhaps a surprise winner in the senior women’s race, Michelle Sandison getting the better of Elspeth Curran (Lawrie Spence) and Nicola Hood (Graham Smith).
North Eastern County Championships, Redcar, 9 December
Sonia Samuels prevailed on her return to the North East, winning the 8km senior women’s race by just short of a minute. That’s the marathoner’s first outing since an impressive 2.29 run in Berlin in September. Jack Martin (Dave Turnbull) was victorious in the senior men’s race, his first time lifting the trophy after third and second place finishes in the past.
Cardiff Met Grand Prix 1: Christmas Classic, Cardiff, 10 December
British and Welsh record holder Bethan Davies (Andi Drake) opened her indoor campaign with a 12.42 clocking in the 3000m walk, which at this early point in the season tops the world rankings.
Full results to follow