Having qualified at the Ben Lomond Hill Race in early May, Morpeth Harrier Cat Macdonald lined up to make her debut to represent Scotland in the Hill Running Senior Home International, which incorporated the GB up and down trial for the European championships, in Alva in the Central Lowlands on Sunday.
Sunday's event, organised by UK Athletics, incorporated the Senior Home International with teams from all the Home Nations represented. Organised on a course over 18km with around 1000m of ascent over the rolling Ochils, the Women’s race was won by Scout Adkin (13th overall, representing Scotland) in a time of 1hr 25min with Shildon athlete Kate Avery 2nd in 1:29 and 19th overall and Edinburgh University athlete Holly Page 3rd and 20th overall in 1:31.
Macdonald finished 27th overall and 9th female, and was the third counter for the Scotland team in a time of 1:36. Her selection followed a highly successful cross-country season and the win at the classic Ben Lomond Hill Race a fortnight ago.
England won with Scotland in 2nd place and Northern Ireland in 3rd. Team Manager Angela Mudge said before the race that the rolling nature of the course would almost certainly suit Catriona's running style.
She also ran the Uphill Only race two days earlier on Friday evening at Ben Lomond in typically west coast wet and murky conditions.
Nick Swinburn, running for Northumberland Fell Runners, also ran both events and finished 12th overall on Sunday finishing in a time of 1:25.