Kerry-Liam narrowly misses out on award

Kerry Liam with David Weir.
Kerry Liam with David Weir.

Last Saturday evening at the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow saw local runner Kerry-Liam Wilson in the running for the Kukri Scottish Athletics Masters Athlete of the Year title after his very successful year to date.

The past 12 months have seen the Girvan based International runner nominated for the aforementioned title after scooping all Masters gold medals in the Cross Country and Road R acing Grand Prix.

Kerry-Liam won six in total and was up against Fiona Matheson and Angela Mudge.

Angela is a champion hill and mountain runner and Fiona a champion runner on the track as well as the road and this year smashed two world records at the 1500 metres and 3000 metres and it was the latter runner who scooped the coveted prize.

A Scottish Athletics spokesperson said “Kerry-Liam can hold his head high with what he has achieved this year. It really was a hard decision to make but it came down to the two world records.

“Any other year Kerry-Liam would have been the winner but we can’t ignore what Fiona has done. Fiona like Kerry-Liam is a late starter to the sport and credit to both and it shows with both of them being selected to run for Scotland Veterans over in Belfast in two weeks time at the British and Irish Masters International Cross Country event.”

Kerry-Liam added: “I was initially disappointed but immediately stood up and gave Fiona a standing ovation.

“Once the ceremony was over I went over to congratulate her. She said, “if it was up to me Kerry then you were the worthy champion for what you have shown and done on the circuit this year and it’s a shame that it wasn’t shared”.

“I thanked her for that! I know Fiona really well and it was touching to hear her say that.

Olympic runners Lynsey Sharp and Freya Murray-Ross were there to receive awards with Lynsey picking up the Kukri Athlete of the Year award. Paralympian David Weir was guest of honour at the glitzy ceremony.