Michael Ferguson’s cross country season has been brought to a shuddering end following a freak fall at a major race in England.
The Scotland cross country international was representing Aberdeen in the British Universities and Colleges Championships at Sheffield when the unfortunate incident occurred.
Ferguson was in fifth position, just one second behind the leader after the opening 3km of the 10.2km route.
He stumbled, landed awkwardly and dislocated his shoulder.
Ferguson said: “Somehow I fell at the bottom of a hill.
“It’s one of the most bizarre injuries I’ve had but it means my cross country season is over.
“I’ll need to see a physio to find out where to go from here.”
Ferguson planned to compete in the Scottish Cross Country Championships later this month but that won’t be happening now.
His main target for 2017, however, comes later in the year.
He hopes to bid for a 1500m place on the Great Britain team for the European Under-23 Track and Field championships in Poland.
The qualifying standard is 3min 42.00 secs and Ferguson’s best is currently 3:45.27.
He’ll be hoping to get back into training as soon as possible in order to focus on that objective.
Ferguson’s Aberdeen clubmate Broc Drury shrugged off a niggling foot problem to finish as first Scot, in 18th position, in the Sheffield race.
Rory Stead (135th), Euan Webster (147th) and Steven Murray (179th) were the other scorers for the Aberdeen side which finished 23rd in the team competition, won by St Mary’s University.
The Aberdeen team of Zoe Bates (82nd, 29:41), Ali Hunter (95th, 30:06) and Isla Scott-Pearce (155th, 31:14) took 19th position in the women’s race.
That placing was the highest achieved by the club in this competition.