Keith forced to change plans after isolation derails road to further success
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Megan Keith could be forgiven for voicing deep frustration at how the Covid-19 pandemic has pulled the rug from under her sharp trajectory of success in the running world.
The Great Britain junior international cross country gold medal winner, and two-time European junior orienteering champion had every reason to believe fresh accolades would follow in 2020 for the 2019 young Scottish sportswoman of the year.
But with the lockdown, training and competitive plans have been torn up and redrawn, and the 18-year-old Millburn Academy leaver has been left pounding the pavements and canal banks to remain in shape.
A natural positivity ensures Inverness Harrier Keith has kept the disappointment in perspective, and vented all energies into making the best of a bad situation.
The season past was fulfilling – she won the national under-20 cross country title at Falkirk in February and the UK Inter Counties title at Loughborough in April. In orienteering, she won European junior titles in 2018 and 2019 but the jewel in the crown came with the GB team triumph in December’s European Championships in Portugal.