Central AC Press Report 7 January 2017
Morag MacLarty repeated her 2015 win in the Senior Womens Inter-District Cross Country race in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh on Saturday 7 January with a dominant performance.
There was also a Bronze medal run from Jamie Crowe in the Mens race and further team medals for Rosie Eckersley and Jennifer Wetton.
It was an early start for the Under 15 Girls 4km race but near perfect conditions ensured fast times throughout. The East of Scotland Team was somewhat overwhelmed by a strong West of Scotland Team despite useful runs from Rosie Eckersley (17th with 15min 54secs) followed in closely by Kyra Gibb (19th; 15.59) and Carrie Banks (24th; 16.16).
Next up was the Senior Women’s 6km race where Morag MacLarty ran away from her opponents to record a 15second win with 22min 18secs, leading the East of Scotland Team to victory. Jennifer Wetton was part of the essential back-up with a 23.28 run in eleventh place.
The Senior Mens race, over 8 kilometres, saw Jamie Crowe competing for the Scottish Students Team. Here Jamie adopted a cautious approach at the start but worked through the strong field as the race unfolded and moved into third place on the final lap to finish with 26min 12secs. Three Central AC runners represented the East of Scotland Senior Mens Team with Cameron Milne (20th; 27.17) proving to be the strongest on the day and back-up from Conan McCaughey (22nd; 27.20) and Michael Wright (27th; 27.43) with the East of Scotland taking the Inter District honours.
Kate Gallagher was involved in yet another high quality Under 17 Womens race over 4 kilometres. With the East Team packing six runners into the first seven places Kate’s gutsy ninth place run of 15min 51secs saw her just miss out on a Team medal. Lauren McCulloch continues to make progress and here she finished well in 18th place with a time of 17min 1sec. Sandy Holl was the sole Central athlete in the East of Scotland Under 17 Team, facing a 6 kilometre challenge made tougher by including an International Challenge. Sandy showed great endeavour throughout to finish 33rd with 23min 35secs.
The Great Winter Road Races also saw some quality performances from Central athletes with Alan Hume leading the way in 21st with 18.14 over the hilly 5 kilometre course. Highlights from the Children’s 2.5 kilometre races included a second place run from Melissa Turnbull (9.53); seventh from Carys Gibb (10.43) and a 15th place finish from Euan Campbell with 9.42 in the Boys race.