Last Sunday saw the Anglo Celtic Plate take place at North Inch Park in Perth. This event is a 100k ultra comprising teams from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and held over a 2.381k loop. The day also featured an open 100k as well as a 50k, with both also incorporating the Scottish and British Championships at these distances.
Making his debut, both in a Scotland vest and at the 100k distance, vest was John Hammond, who had been selected for the team in 2020 before the event was cancelled. For this reason he was determined to make the most of the opportunity when it came his way again, making him the first PH athlete to run for the senior Scotland team. By his own admission, Hammond found the race tough, but finished in 17th position overall in 7:42:04, and can certainly be proud of his debut.
Meanwhile, in the open 50k race, Kevin Hughes was racing his first ultra and also put in a very solid performance. Having run the first 42.2k in a faster time than he recorded at his one and only marathon last August, he went on to finish the race as 3rd V50 in a very respective 4:03:38. Not too far ahead was club mate, and more experienced ultra runner, Martin Butcher who completed his 21 laps in 3:59:16 to place as 10th and 3rd V40. Unfortunately it seems that there was a single masters category for all over 40s so no national medals to report on this occasion!
Well done to all and thanks to Adrian Stott and his team of organisers for putting on a great event. Thanks also to Steve Adam for the superb race photos.