Scottish international ultra runners Fionna Ross (Harmeny/Team Nathan) and Marco Consani (Garscube/Teaminov-8) enjoyed a successful weekend (19/20 December) at the annual 24/12 hour races in Barcelona. Ross set a new Scottish record (81.3 miles) while placing first lady in the 12-hour event, and Marco moved into second place on the all-time Scottish 24 hour rankings, with a finishing distance of 159 miles.
41-year-old Marco’s performance puts him behind Don Ritchie and into eighth on the all time GB rankings. Fionna bettered the previous record held by Debbie Consani by nearly 2 km. Debbie, who was there as support for husband Marco, was one of the first to congratulate her friend and occasional training partner. It also puts Ross in second place on the GB all time 12-hour rankings. Only the legendary Eleanor Robinson has run further.
Ross was naturally delighted with her run: “To break Debbie’s Scottish record, was not really in my mind going into the race, as I didn’t think I was in shape to challenge 80 miles at the moment. I am absolutely thrilled to finish the year on a high, as things did not go too well for me in the first half of the year.”
In what were near perfect conditions, with temperatures in the mid-teens during the day with negligible wind, Consani made his usual steady start and then slowly moved through the field.
He said afterwards: “I went into the race with a target of just over 250km and it all seemed to go to plan. This makes up for the disappointment of my below par run at the World 24 hour champs in Turin on April and puts me well in contention again for selection for future championships.”
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