FALKIRK’S WORLD CHAMP

Grangemouth 10K Round the Houses, 'Provost Pat Reid presents the womans trophy to Fiona Matheson.'Pic by Alan Murray  24-03-13
Grangemouth 10K Round the Houses, 'Provost Pat Reid presents the womans trophy to Fiona Matheson.'Pic by Alan Murray 24-03-13

Falkirk is home to a world champion runner after the town’s veteran Victoria Harrier raced to glory in Budapest.

And relaxed Fiona Matheson even joked she felt she was on holiday while taking the title in the World Masters XC Championship W50 section.

The 52-year-old also won team gold with Team GB.

“I am chuffed to bits with this because I swithered about competing in W50 now I am getting on for 53. I didn’t do all that well indoors recently but I think this was just on my mind.”

The mother of five had a humble introduction to running – jogScotland groups at Grangemouth Stadium while her girls took part in sports classes.

“I started out just into my 40s and had no idea then where it would take me. Now it is my hobby and I’ve met so many great people over here and it has helped me make friends.

“It was a good course and a lovely day in Budapest - if I hadn’t been running cross country I would have felt I was on my holidays!”

Fiona adds the 2013 title to her world records for the 3km indoor and 10km for females over-50.

Matheson’s husband Grant is also a recreational runner with Falkirk Victoria 
Harriers .