Sunday, 20 February 2011

National XC at Falkirk

Sarah McCormack had a tremendous run in Moorfoot colours at the Nationals at Callendar Park, Falkirk, finishing 4th in the senior Women’s race behind Freya Murray.

In the top 10 throughout, Sarah dug in from half-way on the 8km course to break away from her group, which included Diane Lauder from Gala. Freya Murray was away and gone and the gap to the medal positions was also too big, but Sarah was making good ground on 4th and 5th up the final hill with 1km to go. Down the “back straight” at the 400m mark she was into 5th and working hard to close the 5m gap to 4th. Round the last sharp turn for the final downhill stretch of 180m Sarah produced an impressive kick to sprint clear and cross the line in 4th. Enough to elicit enquiries from the National Endurance Coach regarding her Scottish eligibility which alas is non-existent, being a cosmopolitan mix of Irish father, English mother and Bruce Springsteen (Born in the USA!).

Some good runs from the juniors too with the U13 Boys team finishing in 7th, only one place behind Edinburgh AC.

Gregor Nicholson

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