FIFE AC athletes rose to the occasion on Saturday as Holyrood Park hosted the televised Great Edinburgh Cross-Country event, which incorporated the Scottish Inter-District Championships.
Morgan Windram-Geddes, representing Scottish Universities, had the race of her life in the senior women’s 5km, placing a magnificent fourth, only six seconds down on third place, with the leading trio representing Scotland in the combined Celtic Nations contest versus Wales, Ireland and Ulster.
Helen Sharpe, yet again travelling over from her Amsterdam base, represented Scotland East in 24th with Megan Crawford 32nd and Fiona Bracegirdle 38th representing Scottish Universities.
The trio of Jamie Ingledew 10th, Tristan Rees 13th and Adam Scott 19th all ran well for Scotland East in the under-13 boys’ race, while Katie Aitken 17th and Ana Brocklebank 18th had their usual close battle in the under-13 girls’ event.
Stephanie Pennycook, representing Scotland East in the under-17 women’s championship, found herself lining up against an elite field of international athletes, with her race not only incorporating a Celtic Nations team race but also a Great Britain v USA v Europe Select competition.
Undeterred, Stephanie placed 50th ahead of several internationalists and the majority of the runners representing West of Scotland
Newly-crowned European junior champion, Emelia Gorecka (GB), ran out the winner ahead of Amy Cuffe (USA).