Sarah was one of only five Scots in the team for a competition in which each of the 12 countries taking part fields one competitor in each event. Points are awarded 12 to the winner and so on down to 1 for finishing 12th.
For most of the race Sarah was content to sit in second place in a four runner breakawy group behind leader Liv Westphal of France, it wasn’t until the last 800 metres that the pace stepped up a gear and at the bell it was still all to play for. It was Germany’s Hanna Klein who made the decisive break and pulled clear to win in [15m 39s 00s]. In the battle for second place Sarah [15:45.23] just lost out to Spaniard Maintane Melero 15:44.45.
The Lothian athlete’s sterling effort earned 10 points for the GB & Ireland team who finished in 5th place overall to preserve their place in Europe’s elite top league.