Fionnuala McCormack opened her 2016 campaign with a strong second-place finish at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country today, coming home in 21:09, four seconds behind race winner Kate Avery of Britain.
McCormack led for much of the first half of the race, but Avery took command on the third of four laps, opening a lead that McCormack simply couldn’t claw back in the closing stages.
“It’s not a bad place to start,” said McCormack. “It was tough. I ended up at the front almost by accident. It’s cross country, so it doesn’t tell you too much [about your fitness] in one way, but it’s a nice place to start the year. The cross country season went pretty well given where I was coming from.”
McCormack, who secured the qualifying standard for the Olympic Games when running 2:33:15 at the Chicago Marathon in recent months, will next race at the IAAF Antrim International Cross Country on Saturday, January 16 before once again turning her attention to the roads.