Hawick’s Dianne Lauder has caught the eye of national selectors following two stunning race wins last weekend, writes Jason Marshall.
The 37-year-old runner will pull on a Scotland vest next month after blowing away a field containing several internationalists to take gold at Saturday’s Scottish Mid Trail 10K Championships at Falkland in Fife, before doing it all again on Sunday to land the Gala 10K title.
Talking of her Mid Trail triumph, which saw Dianne break the course record in 39 minutes four seconds, she said: “I was really going for the team side of the competition rather than an individual position, and felt at the start I would be happy with a top ten finish.
“I felt strong, though, and pulled away at three miles and ran on my own from then on to win.”
Dianne topped her super Saturday off with bronze in the Falkland team event.
Continuing her top form into Sunday, Dianne’s tired legs carried her to victory at Galashiels in 37:31. She said: “My time was not as good as I would have liked but it was very windy and I have to admit my legs were pretty tired from the day before. Two races back to back is tough for someone my age!”
Dianne, who will run for Scotland on June 1 in the Karrimor Trail Race at Keswick, added: “I’m delighted to be selected, it is always an honour to get a Scotland vest.