Fresh from his excellent win at the Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships,
Scott Beattie was quickly on his travels again at the weekend, as he headed for Elgiobar in Spain, to compete
in the annual high profile European Athletics Permit Cross Country Meeting on Sunday 22nd January 2017.
He finished a good third in the Junior Men’s event, behind Catalonia’s
Abdessamad Oukhelfen, and fellow Brit Sam Stevens of Leicester Coritanian.
In a fast run race, Beattie was only caught in the later stages after establishing an early lead,
however he summoned up enough to hold off a last-ditch final challenge
from another fellow Brit Tom Mortimer of Stroud, to hold on to a vital third place.
Oukhelfen’s winning time was 20m18s, Stevens clocked 20m26s,
Beattie’s time was 20m40s, only beating Mortimer by a mere second.
38 Runners in total completed the course.
Providing Beattie recovers from this outing, he will most certainly line up
in his club’s Under 20 Men’s squad in this weekend’s Northern Athletics
Cross Country Championships in Knowsley Safari Park on Merseyside,
where he is one of the favourites to claim an individual medal.