Organisers are urging home supporters to turn out in force as Scotland take on the cream of British and Irish junior hill running in the Borders this weekend. Saturday (16 September) sees the tough slopes of Cademuir Hill, on the south side of Peebles, play host to the Home Countries International for under-17 and under-20 teams from Scotland, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Each team comprises four runners in each of the four races, which also incorporate the British and Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships, and are open for non-international runners to enter on the day.
Scotland team manager Jane Robertson said: “We can hopefully maximise our home advantage in trying to wrestle back the City of Edinburgh Trophy which England narrowly won last year.
"It has helped that, thanks to the local club Moorfoot Runners, we were able to hold our selection races over the same course in August. The testing course is very spectator friendly with great views over the Border hills so we hope the locals will come out in force to support our young Scottish internationalists.
"We want to see the Saltire being waved across Cademuir Hill with lots of vocal support on Saturday as they battle against the best of the rest of Britain and Ireland.”
A long list of familiar names have sampled success in the home international hill running events. Both Brownlee brothers (Alistair and Jonny) have won the U17M race, Scottish Olympians Andrew Lemoncello and Freya Ross (then Murray) have both won medals (in 1998 and 2000 respectively), while recent GB World Championship marathon debutant Andrew Davies won back in 1997.