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Inverness Harriers life member Megan Keith earns a return to the European Cross Country Championships after a dominant win at the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Liverpool


By Andrew Henderson

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Megan Keith's impressive list of accolades in 2023 continues to grow.

The Inverness Harrier life member, who also represents the Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds, competed at the British Athletics Cross Challenge at Liverpool's Sefton Park this weekend in a bid to book a return to the European stage next month.

Megan Keith continued her impressive 2023 with a 53-second win at the British Cross Challenge - securing her place at the European Cross Country Championships. Picture: British Athletics
Megan Keith continued her impressive 2023 with a 53-second win at the British Cross Challenge - securing her place at the European Cross Country Championships. Picture: British Athletics

In 2022, Keith won a silver medal in the under-23 race at the European Cross Country Championships.

Accordingly, she would have been one of the favourites to win the women's race in Liverpool, but the manner that Keith ran away with the lead was impressive regardless.

She crossed the line a full 53 seconds ahead of her nearest challenger, Abbie Donnelly from Lincoln Wellington – who herself was clear of the third-placed runner, Izzy Fry of Newbury.

Keith felt it was a tough race, so was pleased to come through so dominantly.

“It was tough but I was just trying to test myself by turning the screw as the race went on," she told British Athletics.

"I am happy with how I did it but it was really tough out there. It is an unforgiving course, but it was a good test of my strengths.

“I love the competition of the European Cross, and I am learning how to race these better each year, so I am excited to see how I get on in Brussels.”

The 2023 European Cross Country Championships will take place in Belgium on December 10.

Keith will again compete in the under-23 women's category – which will compete over an approximately 6km course at Laeken Park in Brussels – looking to at least match the silver medal she won in Turin, Italy last year.


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