In an African dominated World Cross Country Championships,
held in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday 26th March 2017,
Morpeth Harrier Scott Beattie was second counter for
a Great Britain and Northern Ireland squad,
which finished as tenth team in the Under 20 Men’s event.
They were the first of two European squads,
the other being Spain, who finished thirteenth.
Beattie finished 47th in a finishing field of 99,
moving through steadily and sensibly on the bumpy dry
grassy course formed on what was the old airfield.
He had been around 65th or 66th on the first of four laps of the 8k course,
and with conditions of very low humidity, he progressed to his final placing, which was very creditable.
Beattie’s time of 26m01s was three minutes and twenty-one seconds
adrift of race winner Jacob Kiplimo of the host country.
He was also four places and nine seconds adrift of fellow Brit
Sam Stevens of Leicester Coritanian, who led the GB Team home.
Further team support came from Inter Counties winner Jonathan Shields of Sheffield & Dearne,
who finished 60th in 26m35s, and Hugo Milner of Derby, who was 69th in 26m58s.
Other non-scoring performers in the GB team were
Luke Prior of Wells City (80th) 27m24s,
and Benjamin Davies of Bedford (87th) 28m01s.