Central AC’s cross country running season opened at Glamis Castle with medal placings for both senior teams in the East District Cross Country Relay Championships.
The senior women’s team faced a testing 4,000 metre course through the grounds and woodlands of the Glamis Castle estate with teams of three runners. First off, Fanni Gyurko pushed hard to come in with the leading runners in 3rd place with a 14 minute 22 second lap, and what proved to be the sixth fastest lap of the day. Natalie Milne was able to move the team up to second place with her 15.28 lap passing on to Under-20 runner Kate Gallagher. For Kate it was her first senior team run, and she ran a spirited lap, chasing those in front but with fast-finishing clubs pushing hard behind. Her 14.43 lap brought the team home in silver medal position behind the winning Edinburgh University trio.
The Central B team showed that there was good strength in depth with Lauren McCulloch (15.20), Eleanor Hanson (17.42) and Claire Houston (15.29) finishing in 11th place. The C team of Amy Hendry (17.51), Shona Aitken (18.48) and Becky Hay (18.14) took 31st place.
The men’s four leg relay, over the same 4,000 metre course as the women’s race, saw Central win bronze medals in an overall 50.58 behind Corstorphine AAC (49.59) and Aberdeen AAC (50.22). Aidan Thompson put in a fine effort on the first leg (12.29) to put the team in second place. Ruaridh Miller’s 13.10 effort saw the club in third after the second leg, with Michael Wright (12.59) maintaining this position on the third leg. It was Alastair Hay who completed the Central effort with 12.20 to record the third fastest relay leg of the day.
Central men’s B team came home in 27th place through Fraser Logan (13.27), David Lindsay (14.21), Will Hensman (15.09) and newcomer Ben Noad (16.55). The Masters’ team of David Eckersley (15.14), Colin Alexander (16.26), Jens Subke (16.13) and Charles Graham-Marr (15.36) acquitted themselves well to finish in 34th overall and eighth in the Masters’ race. Raymond Milne (17.15) led off a further Masters’ team backed-up by Allan Gall (19.19), John Millar (20.43) and Cameron Campbell (19.17) finishing 57th overall. An incomplete team of Hugh Buchanan (16.33) and Colin Sinclair (18.09) rounded off Central’s efforts on the day.
The young athletes combined Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 leg runners, each doing a 2,500 metre lap and Central’s young female team made the most of the setting to post fine race times. Melissa Turnbull on first leg for the A team produced a classy 10.07 to bring the team in 4th place, Carrie Banks on the Under-15 lap produced 10.11, dropping just one place and Rosie Eckersley on the final leg brought the team home placed a creditable 6th. Incomplete team runners Mary Kealey (12.07), Anna MacKinnon (11.17) and Heather Hale (13.00) ran strongly in the Under-13 age group.
Central’s young male athletes made the most of their first cross country outing of the season with Central’s Under-13s Cameron MacMillan (22nd, 10.19), Ross Lawrie (33rd, 11.06) and Ben Harley (42nd, 12.11). The Under-15 runners also acquitted themselves well through Finlay Muir (16th, 9.23), Daniel Bruce (37th, 9.54) and Cameron Fraser (40th, 11.16). It was Under-17 Keir Howlieson who brought the A team home in 13th with the fourth fastest Under-17 leg of 8.37, and Ben MacMillan also showing great form to finish the B team in 30th with the sixth fastest Under-17 leg of 8.40.
Full results are on the Scottish Athletics website.