Capital champion Maddie Murray (Edinburgh AC) just failed to retain her Scottish 4K Cross Country title, chasing home Scotland’s Athlete of the Year Milnathort’s Laura Muir in a mudbath at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park.
Murray was 19 seconds down on the 22-year-old Glasgow University vet student, who was fifth in the 1500 metres at the World Championships in Beijing earlier this year.
Third was Jo Moultrie (Glasgow), while back in 10th place was Olympic marathoner Freya Ross (EAC), who with Murray, Rachel Dunn (12th) and Lauren Wilson (21st) helped Edinburgh claim the team title.
Murray, who is running for Scotland in the Leeds 10k race next weekend, is hoping that last weekend’s perfoemance and the extra distance training she has been putting in will help her finish among the selection places in the European Championship Trials in Liverpool at the end of the month, which Muir is also targeting.
“The senior women’s race is over 8K at Liverpool and I’ve been factoring that into my training,” said Murray.
Ross is also going to Liverpool. “I enjoyed my splash in the mud – everything is going in the right direction and I’m feeling much more confident,” she said.
Andy Butchart (Central) won the men’s race to retain his title in 12.02, chased home by club-mate Ali Hay with Tewolde Mengisteab (Shettleston) third.