A busy day in the hills on Saturday. Chronologically, first up was Sarah McCormack who was down in the Lake District for the Fairfield Horseshoe which closed early at a max entry of 600. No official results seen yet but Sarah was pleased with her run for 2nd in a quality field behind Victoria Wilkinson and ahead of Helen Fines and Olivia Walwyn, all GB Ints.
The Scottish Athletics Junior Champs were next at Rowardennan on the lower slopes of Ben Lomond. Disappointingly small fields but hey, you've got to be in it to win it. Quite a tough course for the juniors with a mix of the rocky tourist path, some reasonable trails and some tricky off-path rough and boggy sections. In only her second ever hill race Mairi Wallace took silver in the U15 race finishing nearly a minute closer to the Schools XC champ than in her first race on East Lomond two weeks previously. Jacob Adkin looked very strong in the U20 race and also took silver close behind a Helm Hill raider from England with his nearest Scottish rival Andrew Lawler (Law) 48secs back in 3rd. Lucas Cheskin had a much improved run to finish 4th ahead of last week's 3 Bridges winner Luke Foss (also Law). This should pretty much guarantee Jacob's selection for Scotland for the WMRA Youth International in July and Lucas's run might also put him in the mix for consideration.
In the senior Ben Lomond race which followed, Andrew Cox looked to have a good run for 11th in 1.16.44.
Finally, Scout Adkin was up at Glenshee for the Scottish uphill trial on Glas Tullaichean for the senior home international in 2 weeks time and guaranteed her selection with another 2nd place behind HBT's GB orienteer Tess Hill and ahead of Charlotte Morgan (Carnethy).
So four 2nd place finishes on the day but all very pleasing. Well done all.