Sarah McCormack continued her fine run of form on Saturday when representing the East of Scotland in the UK Inter-Counties Hill Running Championships at Shining Tor in Derbyshire, taking the silver medal behind GB Internationalist Lizzie Adams over the 12km course. This was the first of three legs in the UK Athletics McCain Mountain Running Challenge for 2012 and Sarah showed marked improvement on last year’s outing when she was 9th just along the road at Broughton Heights, clocking a near 5-minute turn-round against last year’s winner Olivia Walwyn who was 3rd on this occasion. Sarah’s time of 54mins 36 secs compared very favourably with the top male Scot Prasad Prasad who finished 13th in the men’s race in 49.29.
Team silver also came Sarah’s way, backed up by 5th placed (and recent Gypsy Glen winner) Sara O’Neil (HBT) and 12th placed Charlotte Morgan (Carnethy) in the East of Scotland team.
Scout Adkin was making her senior representative debut for the East aged just 18 but was hindered by a severe stitch. Despite a prolonged stop, she still managed to finish a commendable 22nd in the field of 60, albeit behind some of her contemporaries who she would usually beat.