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Kenny’s Scotland call-up is 15 years in making

By Craig Christie

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TWO personal bests and solid runs on the national stage have earned Morayathlete Kenny Wilson his first Scotland vest.kenny wilson

Kenny Wilson storms to victory at Dufftown.
Kenny Wilson storms to victory at Dufftown.

The Knockando distillery worker received a debut international call-upthis week and will run for his country at a 10k event in Leeds onNovember 5.

“I’m delighted. It’s my first Scotland call-up. I think I started running when I was 12 and I’m 27 now sothat’s 15 years in the making to try and get there. I’ve definitely hadto be patient.

“But I can’t wait to pull on the vest. It’s really exciting to be ableto do it.”

Wilson will be part of a Scotland team competing at the International Leeds Abbey Dash 10k, against thebest from UK, Ireland and other parts of Europe.

His form has peaked this autumn, as he was seconds off a medal positionat the Scottish 10k championships in Stirling, before smashing hispersonal best at Loch Ness a fortnight later. The Moray Road Runner isclosing in on one of his personal targets of breaking the 30 minute markin a 10km race. His PB at Loch Ness was 30.25, shaving 20 seconds offhis previous best at Stirling.

He is currently ranked fifth in the Scottish rankings on the Power of 10website, and inside the top ten for half marathon distance.

“There’s a lot of competition when you compete nationally. A lot of themare capable of going under 30.

“When I run at Leeds, it will be a high quality field. I think there wasone year where everyone in the top 30 went sub-30.

“Maybe in the past I haven’t raced as well when I went south and had tobattle in races, but Stirling was the first time I got it right andmanaged to stay in the front group all the time.”

Wilson is trained at MorayRoad Runners by coaches George and Carol Sim, who were both thrilled tohear news of his call-up. “They put a lot of hard work in with me so itwas a good reward for them. It’s a team effort.”

His employers at Tamdhu Distillery were also happy, as they sponsor himby keeping him supplied with six pairs of trainers a year.

Wilson celebrated his goodnews with a win at the opening North District Cross Country race atKeith on Saturday. “Conditions were awful, really windy and lots ofheavy showers so the course was really muddy, which is not my favouritesurface. But it was a good race.”

Forres Harriers’ Anna MacFadyen made it a Moray double by winning theladies race.

Grace Whelan won the under-17s ladies race for MRR while team-mate BlairMilne was second in the under-15s.

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