Central AC Cross Country – Sunday 29 January 2017 – Fintry
It was good to see 45 youngsters complete the cross country course at Fintry Rugby Club on Sunday 29 January, in the most recent race in Central AC’s cross country series. The soft underfoot conditions didn’t deter any of the athletes who all showed great application and endeavour throughout.
Finlay Muir again showed his strength and fine form as he came home in 4min 46secs to win the overall race and head the Under 13 Boys. Euan Campbell was also to the fore coming second in this age group (5.09), closely followed by Callum Scott (5.11), Angus Henderson and Euan Docherty (both 5.19). Ryan McGuire came through well with 5.21 and there was more good running in this age group from Finlay Brown (5.49), Ross Lawrie (5.57) and Daniel Crawford (6.28). Connor Bell has struck a rich vein of form and here he led home the Under 11 Boys in and excellent 5min 1sec. Joshua Kennedy (5.20) also impressed in this age group leading in Cameron Darnbrough (5.37), Aaron Middleton (5.40), Innes Brown (5.46), Owen Eckersley (5.54), Alex Dunlop (5.55) and Benjamin Harley (5.59). Oliver Ditchfield with 6.05 also showed good form as he led in Marcus Sinclair (6.07), Murray Henderson (6.28), Benjamin Kennedy (6.30) and Angus Kennedy (7.19) in this most popular age group. It was good to see Daniel Bruce (5.04) at the front of the Under 15 Boys and here Cameron Fraser (5.23) and Ben Hughes (5.39) also had good runs. Under 9 Boys Logan Bell (6.19) and Cameron Pollock (6.50) put down strong markers for the future.
The Under 13 Girls saw Elise Graham-Marr to the fore with a mature run in 5min 29secs. Summer MacLean (5.48) has also been showing progress and here headed in more committed runs from Heather Riach (5.58), Ellen Montgomery (6.08), Megan Dunlop (6.21), Harriet Ditchfield (6.29) and Heather Hale (6.37). Melissa Turnbull also enhanced her reputation as she led in the Under 11 Girls (5.31) with Mary Kealey (6.02) also well up the field. Brogan McMillan (6.09) also caught the eye as she led in Alana Kerr (6.25), Mara Gillan (6.45), Marissa Welsh (6.58), Issy McGuire (7.03) and Alice Cameron (7.35). Carla Subke was again the sole Under 15 Girl, adding to her experience with a 6.36 timing. There were also determined runs from the two Under 9 Girls with Niamh McKinlay clocking 6.26 and Connie Bateman 7.02.
As always thanks were due to Derek Easton, David Eckersley, Raymond Milne and Allan Gall plus a small army of helpers and parents who added to the atmosphere and made the event such a success.