Three Scots will be part of the 16-member GB and NI team for the European and Downhill Running Championships (Uphill and Downhill) in Skopje, Macedonia later this month.
The selection of Anna Macfadyen, Andy Douglas and Lauren Dickson reflects the strong state of hill running in the country: Scots won the trials race at Sedburgh in two of the four qualifying categories.
Consistently strong performer Andy Douglas, who will be making his fifth consecutive appearance at the European championships, will lead the Senior Men’s team after winning the trial race. He’ll no doubt be looking to improve his last performance, when he finished fourth in at his last uphill/downhill at Arco two years ago.
Lauren Dickson and Anna Macfadyen will be strong additions to the Junior Women’s team after taking the top two positions at Sedburgh.
Lauren’s (Lasswade AC) selection to represent GB/NI will be her first. Anna (Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds), on the other hand, has previously represented Great Britain at both hill running and cross country events.
Team Leader Anne Buckley commented: “We have selected a team mixed with experience and new faces which is very positive heading into the European championships. We have a good record at the event and I’m confident our strong teams will deliver on this stage once again.
“It is encouraging to see athletes make the step up from the junior ranks to making teams at senior level, and I’m sure this will act as encouragement to those in the junior teams on this occasion.”