A talented island athlete proved once again that she is at the top of her field after winning the women’s race at the North District Cross Country Championships last Saturday.
Eilidh MacKenzie (pictured above while competing at the 2011 Island Games in the Isle of Wight) from Lewis finished the 6.4-kilometre course in a time of just over 27 minutes, winning the race for the third time in four years.
It is particularly impressive considering the 24-year-old normally concentrates on track events, specialising in the 1500 metres.
It was also a good day for fellow Stornoway Running and Athletics Club member Connor MacLean who won the men’s under-20 section.
“It was quite a challenging course,” Eilidh MacKenzie said. “I’m very pleased with the win as, overall, I felt quite comfortable.
“After a tricky spell over the past couple of years I feel my training is beginning to fall into place again and things are going well.”
Although she represents SRAC, Eilidh is based in Edinburgh where she works as a French and German translator.
“It was just good to get a race on a Saturday,” she said. “I don’t normally do cross country, but it keeps me strong over the winter months. I won’t have another race now till after the New Year.”