I was absolutely delighted this morning to open the sports section of the Herald (best paper for athletics coverage by a country mile, in my opinion) and read that the National 4k Cross Country Championships had been won yesterday by Alastair Hay and Morag MacLarty. Both run with Central AC, coached by the old maestro himself, Derek Easton. Incidentally I met Derek in Tesco on Stirling on Saturday night - do neither of us have a life, I wonder?
Alastair and Morag have both had more than their fair share of injuries and illnesses over the last couple of years, but they are incredibly talented runners, and these titles are a great reward for their fantastic talents and hard work. I'm sure everyone at Central would also agree that they are 2 of the nicest people you could meet, and a real credit to the club. I'm delighted to see them get this success and wish them many congratulations - hopefully many more titles will follow. We now wait to see whether Alastair's dad, David, can follow this up with a victory in this year's WHW race :)