Keep taking the hills, Dr Finlay

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Fort William GP Finlay Wild blazed a trail on the hills above Dingwall to win the Scottish Hill Running Championships.

In only his second race of 2021, the Lochaber Athletics Club member had a superb race to storm home a clear winner, breaking his own course record set in 2013 by an amazing four minutes.

Building a lead from the start, Finlay, 37, ran on his own for the whole race, crossing the finish line in one hour, one minute and seven seconds. Alasdair
Campbell of Cambuslang, in second, was a distant six minutes behind with Robin Howie of Highland Hill Runners in third.

There was a strong field of Lochaber runners with the consistent Callum Fraser in seventh place in 1:11:08 and Stuart Crutchfield in ninth place in 1:12:16. Sarah MacDonald was first Lochaber woman in 1:24:46 and eighth woman overall.

Other Lochaber times were: Alfie Bentley, 30th, 1:21:55; Gregor Davidson, 31st,  1:22:13; Matt Bradley, 32nd, 1:22:53; Angus Cameron, 34th, 1:24:34; Kenny
McIntyre, 54th, 1:36:21; and Amy Disher, 97th, 1:54:03.

Next up is the district hill running championships at Meall a’ Bhuachaille on October 23.

Photo (NO_F43_FinlayWild_ScottishHillRunningChampion): Finlay Wild, centre, topped the podium at the Scottish Hill Running Championships.