Great news that Mairi Wallace has been selected in a team of three to represent Scotland in the WMRA Youth International Cup in Janske Lazne, Czech Republic on 25 June, (that's Beltane Saturday - who sets these fixtures?!). This will be her second international vest having been in the Scotland U17 team at last year's Junior Home International when she helped Scotland to team gold.
It's an uphill only race this year over 2.9km/300m and in all but name it is effectively the European U18 mountain running championships. In racing at this event she will be following in the footsteps of Scout and Jacob Adkin.
Mairi's trial race result in 2015 was actually good enough for selection for this event but she was too young to be eligible that year. This year, it's a very strong age-group on the hills in Scotland and Mairi is probably due Laura Stark from Kilbarchan a big thank-you for opting out of the Scotland Youth team as a result of winning the GB U20 trial for the European Junior Championships which take place only a week later. But the Scotland team still includes the current Scottish cross-country champion Anna MacFadyen and trial winner Grace Whelan. Mairi will be one of the youngest in the race as she is not 16 until October and will be eligible for this race next year too.
Well done Mairi!