26 Nov

Anglo Celtic Plate Returns To Perth

Ross HoustonBritain’s top ultra distance runners will converge on Perth at Easter weekend in 2016 for the annual running of the Anglo Celtic Plate – the home countries ultra distance international. The ACP is the only regular annual race in Britain over the internationally recognised ultra distance of 100km(62.2 miles)

The North Inch Park, with a 2.381km loop on the banks of the historic River Tay, will host the event with the adjoining Bells Sports Centre acting as HQ. Teams from England, Wales and the home nation Scotland have already committed to the event, and it is hoped teams from Ireland will compete as well. There is also a simultaneously run open race at both 100k and 50k. 
2015 British champion and Commonwealth games marathon runner Ross Houston (pictured) has indicated that if he is fit, he may seek to retain the title he won in a stunning debut time of 6.43:35 when the event was held in Wales.
The recognition of 50km now as a major annual international championship event, will also add a bit of spice to the weekend. Both the 100km and 50km races will be key indicators for selection purposes for future Great Britain teams in 2016 and beyond. 
Race co-ordinator Adrian Stott said: “We are delighted that our small committed team in the Sri Chinmoy Athletic Club have been asked to stage the British Championships again. The Perth course is conducive to good times and with the help of British and Scottish Athletics, The Road Runners Club and the vibrant Scottish ultra running community I am sure together we will put on a great event.”
Entries are now open at Entry Central with full details of the race at the event website