Maddie Murray wins Home Countries title

Steph Twell was the first Scottish athlete home, finishing second, but was representing GB
Steph Twell was the first Scottish athlete home, finishing second, but was representing GB
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Athletics star Maddie Murray (Edinburgh AC) notched up another fine result when she won the Home Countries women’s race at the Antrim International Cross Country meeting in Northern Ireland.

The victory on Saturday allowed Murray to add to the Scottish senior women’s title that she won at Falkirk last month.

Murray, whose father is Australian and mother British, has been living in Scotland for the last seven years but was only cleared by Scottish Athletics to run for Scotland a week before Saturday’s race.

Coached by Edinburgh’s John Lees, Murray was actually fourth overall in the race which was won by Ethiopian Birtukan Fente Alemu from Scotland’s Steph Twell, who was representing Great Britain and non-scoring on this occasion.

Twell finished 16 seconds behind Alemu who won in 24 minutes and 12 seconds. With Fiona Thompson (Central) 16th and Charlotte Morgan (Carnethy) 18th, Scotland took the bronze medals in the team race.

Corstorphine debutant Michael Crawley was first Scottish runner in the senior men’s race in 18th place with Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 1500m runner Jake Wightman (EAC) 21st, Scott McDonald (Central) 25th and Callum McKenzie (Corstorphine) 26th.