Published: 20/03/2014 16:30 - Updated: 20/03/2014 16:42

Anne provides a Masters class

MORAY’S Sports Person of the Year has added another title to her name.

Anne Docherty (69), from Forres, has won the British Masters Athletic Federation Cross Country Championship for over-65 ladies.

Running over a 6km course at Glasgow’s Tolcross Park, site of the Commonwealth Games swimming pool, competitors came from all over UK.

Anne, running in the colours of Forres Harriers, finished first in her age group while fellow Forres Harrier Hamish Cameron was sixth in the male over-65 class.

Anne is targeting another Scottish vest later this year in a home international cross country event at Nottingham after making her debut last year at Cardiff.

However, she admits that cross country is not her favourite discipline and prefers the marathon distance.

“I am more of a plodder and don’t like the short distances,” she said.

“I am not really a cross-country runner so I was surprised but pleased to win last weekend.”

Added Anne: “It was quite a hilly course and very windy, and we had to do the course three times so by the third time I thought I was going to die.”

Annes main focus now is on next month’s London Marathon, which will be her 15th marathon since taking up running just before her 60th birthday.

“I completed my last 22-mile training run the other day in that strong wind.

“London is a fabulous event and I would hope to do it in less than 4hrs 30 minutes,” she said.

“I still hope to be running next year when I turn 70 and my real aim is to be running when I am 80.”

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