Impressive displays by young island athletes in Edinburgh

Island athletes posted some impressive displays at last Saturday’s Scottish inter-district cross-country championships in Edniburgh.

Stornoway’s 16-year-old Connor MacLean — running for the North district squad  — finished third in the under-17 age group. The bronze medal run continued what has been an impressive rise for the teenager in his first year of competing in the under-17 category.

Eilidh MacKenzie, who recently won the North of Scotland championships, took bronze in the women’s race. The Edinburgh-based multiple World Island Games champion, who still runs in the Stornoway vest, finished third behind Portobello’s Nicola Duncan and Central AC’s Fiona Thompson.

Elsewhere, Harris runner Peigi MacKellar was the top north runner in the under-17 event. The Stornoway club athlete took 10th spot in the district championships and 28th overall in a race which was combined with an international match between teams from GB, Europe and the USA.

Stornoway’s Michael MacMillan (under-17) and Robert Jones (under-20) also acquitted themselves well while there was further island representation in the younger age groups.

North Uist’s Paul Morrison came in 22nd out of a strong field of 40 in the under-15s race which also featured Lewis MacAlpine and Kyle Munro (Stornoway) and Owen Johnstone (North Uist).
Stornoway’s Finlay Emmot and North Uist’s Finlay MacVicar also ran for the North in the under-13 race.
The junior races on the Holyrood Park course were followed by a high-class elite event — the Bupa Great Edinburgh International — which featured top athletes from across the globe.