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Inverness athlete Megan Keith crowned British Cross Challenge champion after victory in Cardiff

By Will Clark

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Megan Keith.
Megan Keith.

Megan Keith proved her class in cross country as she was crowned British Cross Challenge champion.

The 21-year-old was in terrific shape at the Cardiff event as she claimed victory by 17 seconds.

Keith won the European U23 5000m title in Finland in July followed by a big 5000m personal best of 14:56.98 in London which earned her a call-up to the World Champs in Budapest.

Last December she was runner-up behind Nadia Battocletti of Italy at the European Cross Country Championships U23 race in Turin and the Inverness Harriers/Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounts athlete now hopes to climb to the top of the podium in Brussels next month.

Speaking about her win, Keith said: “I was told my lead was 20 metres during the second lap and I was doing my best to hold it so I’m glad to hear it grew toward the end.

“I took a nice long break after track to refresh and came back feeling fit. I had a bit of a blip about a month ago and was on the bike for a week.

“I think I rested too hard. I learned that tendons don’t like rest. I think I off-seasoned too hard. But it didn’t seem to set me back.”

Like many athletes in Cardiff, Keith was testing herself ahead of the Euro Trials in Liverpool in a fortnight.

‘It’s always good to focus on something during the winter months and the Euro Cross is a good one to have on the calendar as an aim,’ she said.

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