Top Scots’ secure senior victories at the Perth Cross Challenge

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Megan Keith and Jamie Crowe were the senior winners at the British Athletics Cross Challenge fixture in Perth on Saturday.

Scone Palace was the backdrop for the fourth leg of the five event Series, and the last before the Final in Loughborough in March.

Megan Keith (handicap -1.8), silver medallist in the U23 race at the European Cross Country Championships last month, continued her impressive Autumn / Winter season as she comfortably won the senior women’s race to capture full Cross Challenge points.

Keith finished 14 seconds ahead of Fionnuala Ross (handicap -1.0) who won the battle for second place ahead of Scout Adkin (handicap 2.5) and Alice Goodall (handicap 0.1) who were separated by a matter of seconds.

Keith, who was second in Liverpool last November, spoke afterwards, “It was a very hard race against the girls today. The hills and the mud certainly made it a tough one. I was cautious over the first lap and a half, and then I tried to put in a hard last lap, but the conditions made that harder today.”

In the senior men’s race, Jamie Crowe (handicap -3.7)  secured a significant victory in his career as he finished ahead of Kristian Jones (handicap -5.8) to take the maximum Cross Challenge points.

Crowe, who competed for GB & NI at the European Cross Country Championships in Dublin 2021, returned after 10 months out with injury to take the win by over 10 seconds ahead of Jones, while James Kingston (handicap -6.1) completed the podium positions in third place.

The Central AC said after his win, “I have surprised myself to be honest. I have had some consistent training recently, but I didn’t know how fit I was, so I was happy with that performance today.

“I’ve raced here three times and won three times, so it is always a good course for me.”

Cross Challenge leader, Edward Bird (handicap -4,4), secured maximum points in the U20 men’s race as he dominated the contest to win ahead of Sam Hodgson (handicap -3.9).

Bird was part of the gold-medal winning U20 team at the Euro Cross last month, so he once again continued his impressive form on the cross country terrain. Hodgson was clear in second place ahead of Joe Ponter (handicap -3.1), with Rowan Miell-Ingram (handicap -4.2) in fourth place.

Megan Harris (handicap 0.7), Rebecca Flaherty (handicap 0.2) and Hannah Ryding (handicap 0.2) were involved in a tantalising conclusion to the U20 women’s race, and Harris came out on top, with just two seconds separating the top three.

Harris and Flaherty were both members of the GB & NI team in Turin last month, and the former grabbed the victory to secure the all important full Cross Challenge points.

Results from Perth

UK runbritain rankings for endurance events and age groups 

Other results from the weekend are on the following links: 

Road/multi terrain