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Ultra runners set for 2024 Anglo Celtic Plate

Ultra runners set for 2024 Anglo Celtic Plate

The Sri Chinmoy 100km and 50km utra races in Perth this weekend incorporate the UKA championships and the annual Anglo Celtic Plate Home Countries International

International ultra running is heading to Scotland again with the annual 100km Home International event – the Anglo Celtic Plate – in Perth on Sunday (March 24).

The event will feature the British and Scottish 100km road championships for 2024. In addition, there is an accompanying 50km distance, which incorporates the British and Scottish 50km road champs for this year. There are also open races at both distances. The 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.

As usual, this year’s race features teams from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland & Ulster and Ireland. Scotland looks 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. The Scottish men’s team features Chris Richardson (Metro Aberdeen), Dougie Selman (Corstorphine), Nikki Johnstone (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-7hr 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 Johnstone, Hart and Paterson, it will be their first 100km road event, although all have impressive marathon and ultra performances behind them in the last 12 months. Johnstone set a Scottish 50km road record last February, running 2:56:21. Paterson recorded fine wins at the Cairngorms Ultra, the Ochil Ultra 50 and the Glen Ogle 33 in 2023. Hart had a victory in Italy at the Strasimeno 58km.

Jo Murphy wins in Perth in 2022

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

Cowie won the 55-mile Caterun Trail in 2023, which incorporated the Scottish Ultra Trail Championships, and more recently won December’s 50km West Lothian Shale Trail. MacIntyre has achieved podium finishes in the last two years on the trails at the Highland Fling, The Devil ‘o the Highlands and the 95-mile West Highland Way Race….

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