The final race of Central Athletic Club’s cross country series was held in Kings Park, Stirling on Saturday 24 March and with fine spring sunshine the recent snows were soon forgotten.
With some 45 youngsters taking on the one mile challenge there was a fast pace from the start and it was Under-13 Connor Bell who held his form throughout to win in the fine time of 5mins 3secs. Euan Campbell (5.10) chased all the way to the line followed through by further competitive runs from Euan Docherty (5.28), Ruairidh Burns (5.29) and Ryan McGuire (5.46). In this same age group Innes Brown completed the course in exactly six minutes leading in Andrew Twigg (6.18) and Douglas Fleming (8.17). It was Joshua Kennedy (5.20) who prevailed in the Under-11 category with another superb run while Owen Eckersley (5.35), Aaron Middleton (5.38) and Ossian Arkota (5.44) provided promise of a rosy future for the Club. Oliver Ditchfield (6.29) showed his endurance credentials as he headed further solid performances from Conall Paterson (6.41), Cameron Pollock (6.43), Dylan McCulloch (6.51) and Gordon Crichton (8.08). Under-15 Finlay Brown also continues to impress and here finished in 5.49 while debutant Adam McGregor crossed the line in 7.08. The Under-9 Boys has proven to be a competitive age group this season and again it was Ray Taylor (5.26) who caught the eye with an inspiring run with Tyler Gibson (6.03), Jack Sutton (6.13), Douglas Stewart (6.19), Noah Kennedy (6.20) and Logan Bell (6.41) all in hot pursuit.
Grace Tindall had a strong and confident run as she again headed the Under-15 race, as first girl on the day with a 5.18 effort. In the Under-13 category Melissa Turnbull proved the quickest on the day as she finished in an excellent 5.24 ahead of further fine efforts from Anna McKinnon (5.47), Mirren Henry (5.54), Caitlin Bradwell (6.04), Mary Kealey (6.05), Summer MacLean (6.08) and Megan Dunlop (6.32). Leya Gibb continued her fine run of form to head the Under-11 Girls with a 6.04 timing ahead of further enthusiastic performances from Niamh McKinlay (6.19), Leah Brown (6.24), Katy Cullen (6.37), Emma Anderson (6.44) and Iona Griffen (6.54). It was also good to see Tabetha MacKenzie (7.11), Connie Bateman (7.16) and Sophie Appelbe (7.19) all finishing strongly. Sienna Shepherd’s 7.04 effort topped the Under-9 Girls standings on the day with further good runs from Ember Mulhearn (7.11) and Ciara Middleton (8.00).
Once again there was a large turnout of Club volunteers and parents who helped to make this another successful event.