Athletics: Madeleine Murray comes to the fore

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EDINBURGH ATHLETIC CLUB appear to have found a new hot prospect in women’s distance running.

Madeleine Murray, a 20-year-old Australian-born Queen Margaret University podiatry student, helped the Capital club capture the silver medals behind Central AC in the Scottish Cross Country Relay Championships with a storming run at Cumbernauld on Saturday.

Laura Dunn then held off Kilbarchan on the anchor leg of the three-stage race with a determined run to clinch second.

Central were led off by Morag MacLarty with a split of 13:54 for the first 4000m stage but the fastest overall was Laura Muir, who took Glasgow University from 51st to 13th on the second stage in 13:45.

Central also retained their men’s title, thanks to strong running from quartet Andy Butchart, Alex Hendry, Robert Russell and Ali Hay, who were a minute clear of Shettleston Harriers with Inverclyde third.

Central also won the young females title.

Edinburgh’s Ross Houston completed a great weekend for Central by setting a Commonwealth Games qualifying time of 2:18:33 in 25th place in the Frankfurt Marathon.

Hayley Haining clocked her second Games qualifier in Frankfurt (2:36.40), with a new qualifier Joasia Zakrzewski (2:39:22) behind her.

Eilidh Child (Pitreavie) beat off strong competition from Chris O’Hare (EAC), Muir, Eilish McColgan and Susan Partridge to claim the Scottish Athlete of the Year Award at a dinner in Glasgow.

European U-20 1500m champion Jake Wightman (EAC) shared the under-20 award with discus-thrower Nick Percy, while Katie Purves (EAC) pipped clubmate Ben Robbins for the U-18 award.

Former Edinburgh Southern president Elsie Morris was made an honorary life member for her services to officiating.