Perth Ultrafest – in the news

This is from Friday’s edition on the Perthshire Advertiser :

Perth based ultra challenge

Sep 3 2010 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser

THIS weekend sees gruelling ultra distance running returning to Perth, with the city hosting the National 50km and 100km championships, reports Gordon Bannerman.

The Perth Ultrafast, on Saturday and Sunday, features some of the fittest athletes around. It is based at Bell’s Sports Centre.

The venue will also host a Six Nations Ultra race luring teams from Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, Italy and France.

The race is also open to experienced ultra runners and is a fantastic opportunity to run alongside some of Europe’s finest ultra marathon runners.

Multiple world, British and Scottish record holder William Sichel from Orkney is set to compete in an International 24 hour race.

Dundee runner Steve Mason, winner of the Perth 24-hour event in 2008, takes his place in the Scottish Men’s team with Sichel and Paul Hart, who hails from Dumfries.

Aileen Scott, a partner with local accountancy firm Campbell Dallas, has been chosen to represent Scotland ladies after being placed first lady at Tooting Bec last October in her 24-hour ultra racing debut.

Aileen told PA Sport: “I was delighted to earn a place in the Scotland team alongside the Scottish record holder Pauline Walker and her twin sister, Fiona Rennie.

“It’s great to be running at Perth and I’m hoping my colleagues from the local office are able to come down and support me at some point in the day, or night.”

Aileen covered 118 miles in her debut race and is hoping to clock-up 120 miles in Perth.

Commonwealth silver medallists Vikki Skelton and Sharon Gayter will be representing England in the event which runs from 10am on Saturday morning.

Scots veteran Sichel will find himself up against some of Europe’s finest ultra marathon runners.

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