A number of excellent performances in recent months, including two PB’s have earned Moray runner Kenny Wilson his first Scotland vest. The Knockando distillery worker will run for his country at a 10k event in Leeds on 5 November.
Wilson will be part of a Scotland team competing at the International Leeds Abbey Dash 10K, against the best from the UK, Ireland and other parts of Europe.
His form has peaked this autumn, as he was seconds off a medal position at the Scottish 10K championships in Stirling, before smashing his personal best at Loch Ness a fortnight later.
The Moray Road Runner is closing in on one of his personal targets of breaking the 30-minute mark in a 10k race – he clocked 30:25 at Loch Ness - shaving 20 seconds off his previous best at Stirling.
Wilson is currently ranked fifth in the Scottish rankings on the Power of 10 website, and inside the top ten for half marathon distance.
“I’m delighted. It’s my first Scotland call-up. I think I started running when I was 12 and I’m 27 now so that’s 15 years in the making to try and get there. I’ve definitely had to be patient,” he said.
“But I can’t wait to pull on the vest. It’s really exciting to be able to do it. There’s a lot of competition when you compete nationally. A lot of them are capable of going under 30.
“When I run at Leeds, it will be a high quality field. I think there was one year where everyone in the top 30 went sub-30.
“Maybe in the past I haven’t raced as well when I went south and had to battle in races, but Stirling was the first time I got it right and managed to stay in the front group all the time.”