Black chosen for Scottish team

Top Shetland long-distance runner Charlotte Black has been selected to represent Scotland in the national 100k to be held on 3rd May.

Charlotte Black during the Scalloway to Lerwick run on Sunday. Photo: Kevin Jones

Charlotte Black during the Scalloway to Lerwick run on Sunday. Photo: Kevin Jones

The grueling foot-race is the British Athletics National 100 kilometre championship event and incorporates the Anglo-Celtic Plate, an annual home nations’ team event, which is celebrating its 20th year.

The 2014 National 100k is being hosted at Cyclopark in north-west Kent. Cyclopark is the largest cycling centre in Europe and includes a racing surface consisting of several kilometers of freshly-laid smooth tarmac. The 100km (62-mile) race will be 48 laps of a 2.1km circuit.

Black said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to race in a Scotland vest. I never thought that is something that would happen when I took up running seven years ago. Avoiding injury and getting to the start line fit is the biggest challenge.

“It will be good to experience the team set up and have back-up and support on the day. My aim will be to improve on last year’s time and finish in a good position for Scotland.”

Black gained selection after running the same event last year, which took place in Perth, as an individual entry where she won the British championship bronze medal and Scottish championship gold in a time of eight hours 54 minutes and 50 seconds.

About Peter Johnson

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