She may be a vegetarian but a mountain of Turkey awaits Scout Adkin who slogged out a convincing victory in the UK Athletics Uphill Euro-Trial Race near Keswick on Sunday, hence guaranteeing her selection for the GB U20 team for the European Mountain Running Championships in Turkey in July.
Scout was neck and neck with Ffion Price from Wales for most of the course over 4km and 400m climb on the slopes of Lattrigg and Skiddaw. But even Price, the 2010 World Youth Mountain Challenge winner and 2011 Welsh Cross-Country Champion, could not live with the relentless pace set by her Moorfoot rival on the last grueling 500m section and Scout drew clear for a clear victory with the rest of the field spread-eagled behind.
The European Championships alternate between uphill only courses and up/down courses. This was Scout’s first taste of uphill only racing but she will head for Bursa in Turkey on 10 July knowing she is well suited to the tough physical and mental test which uphill racing entails.