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Ultra runners get ready for Anglo Celtic Plate action in Perth

Ultra runners get ready for Anglo Celtic Plate action in Perth

Friday 22nd March 2024

Scotland athletes line up for the ACP last year

By Adrian Stott

International ultra running returns to Scotland again this weekend with the annual 100km Home International event, the Anglo Celtic Plate, being staged in Perth.

The event takes place on Sunday and will feature both the British and Scottish 100km road championships for 2024.

There is an accompanying 50km distance, which also incorporates the British and Scottish 50km road champs for 2024. There are also open races at both distances.

Races take place on a traffic-free loop course at the North Inch Park on the banks of the River Tay. The loop is measured at 2.381km and is known to produce some fast times.

A full list of entrants for both races is on the event race site

Live tracking will be available HERE

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Scotland look set to challenge England for the team competition in both the men’s and women’s events.

Five men and four women were originally selected for Scotland. As usual, this year’s race involves teams from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

The Scottish men’s team features Chris Richardson (Metro Aberdeen), Dougie Selman (Corstorphine), Nikki Johnston ( LG Nord Berlin), Henry Hart (Belgrave) and Stuart Paterson (Ochil HR).

For Richardson, it is a fourth ACP appearance, and he has proved to be a solid sub 7-hour performer over 100km.

Selman ran an impressive debut, finishing fifth in last year’s ACP in Northern Ireland. Following a marathon PB of 2:20:27 at Valencia in December, he has put in a solid training block.

For Johnston, Hart and Paterson, it will be their first 100km road event, though all have impressive marathon and ultra performances behind them in the last 12 months.

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Scotland women won the ACP trophy in Northern Ireland last year

The Scotland women’s team comprises Catherine Cowie (Portobello), Sheena Logan (Fife AC) and Jacqui MacIntyre (unattached). Unfortunately, Amanda Woodrow (EAC) is a late withdrawal due to injury.

The England teams look very strong on paper.

They are led by the experienced Ollie Garrod (Belgrave) and backed up by Alex Milne, who placed 15th at last year’s Comrades ultra-marathon in South Africa, backing that up with a superb 2:51:25 50k performance in December.

The England Women’s team is led by Sarah Webster, from the Isle of Man. A representative for IOM in the marathon at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and winner of last year’s Anglo…

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