Girvan based Scottish International Veteran runner Kerry-Liam Wilson secured his second National V40 title with a very impressive but hard fought cross country win at the Scottish Athletics Masters XC Championships which were held this time round in Kilmarnock.
A very cold,wet and bitter day greeted the 400+ athletes for the two race schedule and by the time the athletes were round the course a few times it was starting to get cut up and heavy going but that didn’t deter Kerry-Liam as he led from the gun but was soon caught by Stevie Cairns of Hunters Bog Trotters,
Kenny Richmond of Shettleson and defending champion Robert Quinn of Kilbarchan prior to the end of the small lap.With two large laps to go Kerry-Liam stayed within touching distance of those three fore-mentioned runners but the lead trio had opened up a seven second lead and it looked like Kerry-Liam was facing a lonely run as he was about twenty seconds clear of the group behind him.Near the end of the first large lap Kerry-Liam had managed to pull himself back into the lead group which was down to just two as Cairns had started to suffer with the fast pace at the start of the race and had been passed by Kerry-Liam and now the Veteran Internatiolist runner was within two seconds of the lead duo and was fighting with everything he had to stay incontention of not only the race win but the first V40 as Richmond is in that category and Quinna V45.
The race winner was going to be out of this group now and with the last hill section coming up Kerry-Liam was still in third place but managed to get to the front just before the runners started the big climb back up the hill and held that going over the top of the hill and opened up a gap and kept that gap through the tricky wooded section
and with 300 meters to go Kerry-Liam was extending that lead and raced to a fantastic race win, first V40 National Champion, first Scottish Veteran Harriers Club Champion and Team Cambuslang claimed the team victory for the FIFTH year in succession.
Kerry-Liam said: “Going into the lead on an uphill section and with Kenny and Robert having hill running experiance as both are Scottish Champions and Robert a World Champion and has a CV about a mile long of the titles he’s won so I thought they would come back at me again but I just gave it my all and was hurting going through the tricky wooded section and with still 300 meters to go all I could think about is getting to that line.I didn’t know the length of the gap so just had to focus on the finishing line and thankfully got there first to claim my second race win at this event in three years and successfully defend my V40 National title.”
Kerry-Liam was backed up by former Girvan residents Colin Donnelly who took first V50 prize, Steve Wylie and Dave Rodgers to secure the team title. All guys finishing inside the top eight of the race.
Girvan AAC were represented by Stephen Flanagan and Angus MacTaggart (pictured above) and secured times and places of 38:18,37:06 and 124th,111th respectively.