Kerry-Liam defends masters title

Tollcross Park in Glasgow was the venue for the British Masters Athletics Federation Cross Country Championships and it proved a worthwhile trip for local runner Kerry-Liam Wilson.

The Girvan man successfully defended his M40 title from Sunderland last year with a fourth place finish in the 8km distance race.

Kerry-Liam was in the lead group from the gun and for those spectating it wasn’t clear until the last lap who actually was going to win the race. In the end it was a club mate of Kerry-Liam’s who took the top honours.

Robert Gilroy won the race taking the gold medal in the M35 age group.

He was followed home by last year’s winner Phil Hinch of Tipton who took second M35. Between Phil and Kerry-Liam was Andy Morgan-Lee of Thames Hounds and Hares who took the gold medal in the M45 category leaving Kerry-Liam to retain the the M40 title quite clearly ahead of the next M40.

Eighty-seven seconds separated Kerry-Liam and Bellahouston’s Crispin Walsh. More good news was to follow Robert and Kerry-Liam as along with Jamie Reid Team Cambuslang took the M35-44 team gold medal.

Scottish Veteran Harrier Club spokesperson Ada Stewart said: “This is a great result for Kerry.

“Not many guys can say they’ve defended a title at this level. Coming off his BMAF 10-mile gold medal win two weeks ago, Kerry is proving his status and worth at these championships.”