Central Athletic Club’s Christmas Handicap moved away from its traditional evening slot to be held in daylight on Christmas Eve attracting a field of 26 enthusiastic runners. This year it was Under-15 Girls Summer MacLean and Mirren Henry who led into the finish with Summer prevailing by some 3 seconds from Mirren. Derek Easton’s handicapping produced further close contests with Andrew Irvine in third overall just a further 2 seconds down followed closely by Fiona Davies, Lauren McCulloch, Iain Dunsmore and last year’s winner Jennifer Wetton, these all within touching distance of each other at the finish.
Cameron Milne’s effort was rewarded with the day’s fastest lap of 12:50 ahead of Under-20 runners Ben MacMillan with 12:57 and Sandy Holl (13:23). Cameron Kerr has shown good progress recently and here the Under-15 ran a classy 14:02. Jennifer Wetton proved to be the fastest female competitor with 14:29 while Under-20 Lauren McCulloch clocked an improved 14:41 with Hazel Dean also improving to 18:11 and once again finishing as the top female veteran.