GALA Harrier Faisal Khursheed was part of Scotland’s gold rush on Saturday following superb performances at the British Cross Country Challenge in Antrim.

The Earlston High School pupil helped to secure a team gold medal as part of the Scottish Celtic Under 20 squad.

The 17-year-old, who is coached by Neil Renton, crossed the line in 12th position in a time of 19.58 minutes as third counter for the team.

Fellow Scottish athletes Gavin Smith from Cambuslang and Finlay Todd of Glasgow Uni finished in 4th and 5th position, respectively, to clinch gold ahead of Ireland by three points.

The young Scots triumphed at Antrim, winning five out of six possible team golds.

In the men’s races, Scotland only missed out at U17 level as both the U23 and U20 teams again took the gold medals back across the Irish Sea.

Aidan Thompson of Central AC won gold in the U23 division and he was joined on the podium by Shettleston’s Ross Gollan, as he took bronze in his first international appearance. Euan Gillham helped that duo to team gold.

Topping the podium were Annabel Simpson of Fife AC at U23, Eloise Walker of Edinburgh AC at U20, and Cera Gemmell of Team East Lothian at U17.

Meanwhile, the Borders Cross Country Series resumes this Sunday at Paxton House in Berwickshire.