Battling through hyperthermic conditions last Saturday down in Hawick saw Kerry-Liam Wilson successfully retain the Scottish Athletics National Masters Cross Country M40 title after a tight battle with Irvine AC’s Billy Richardson with only eight seconds separating the two runners.
Kerry-Liam also successfully retained the Scottish Veteran Harriers Club Cross Country title with the win giving Kerry-Liam another history making moment by winning this for a record five years in a row.
Since 2010 Kerry-Liam has won the M35 once and now four M40 National titles with three first places and two second places in the race which were still enough for the Masters Internationalist to win his age group.
Kerry-Liam said afterwards: “That’s the worst I’ve felt after a race due to the conditions! Getting to the highest point in the race we endured horizontal driving rain/sleet which took your breath away instantly.
“Taking my first ever fall in a race on the way back towards the end of the first lap I landed awkwardly and winded myself but got up and tried to regain my pacing, all the time still being chased down by Billy.
“Slipping again on an uphill section towards the finish didn’t help either as I must have lost a second of two there as well. Billy endured a slip coming into the home straight which could have seen a very different outcome but thankfully I held it together even though I was sore through the pain of the fall and the weather.”
Girvan AAC had two runners representing the club with Colin Brash 26th in his age category, the M45 finishing in 112th place. In the Ladies race Jo Schreiber finished seventh in her age group, the F45 with a great placing of 32nd.