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Trail Win & Scotland Vest

12/09/2015

Jim Buchanan wins his first Scotland vest, being invited to run in the Masters International Cross Country competition in Dublin this November.

 

Teams representing the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland will compete across the age group bands from thirty-five years of age.

 

Jim came back to running some five years ago as a sprightly forty-five year old, and through hard training and persistence has got his first Scotland vest having turned fifty!  “I would like to acknowledge the role of DRC in keeping me motivated across those years – thanks guys!”

 

Whilst elated at selection, however it was still business as usual as Jim headed to Fife to compete in the Scottish Athletics Mid Trail Championship on Saturday 5th September. Hosted by Fife AC, a series of age group races are held across the scenic Falkland Estate. Both senior and masters, men and women competed in one race across 14k of forested hillside.

 

Jim knew of several key age group opponents he had to keep an eye on, several with faster recent times on the road. Trail running though requires a much more responsive approach to the surfaces and geography, so Jim stared slowly, but kept opponents within sight for the first 5k, then closing each down gradually. By half way he was in a group of five runners, the two lead ladies, a v40 Cambuslang runner and a key opponent from Calderglen. By maintaining pace and refusing to let anyone pass, they gradually fell back.

 

Jim came 7th overall, and claimed the gold medal for being top v50. The overall position should really have being about 11th, because several of the top lead runners got ‘lost’…..whilst it may feel great to run too fast to pay attention to the marshals and route markers it’s a bit self defeating. Sometimes the tortoise does beat the hare!

 

Full results can be found at :

 

http://events.scottishathletics.org.uk/events/18200-16682-fife-ac-trial-running-festival-incorporating-the-scottish-mid-trail-championships#results

 

 

 

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