Central Athletics Cross Country Championships were held at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane on Saturday 14 February in near perfect conditions. All athletes faced a testing course including the traditional burn crossings on each lap.
The Boys and Girls Under 11 Races were held together over a 1.25 mile course with all the runners showing a superb attitude. Jessica Turnbull ran strongly throughout to lift the Girls trophy with a 7min 25secs run while Katie Finlay (7.36) and Mellisa Turnbull (7.52) both came through well in the Silver and Bronze positions. Rebecca Watson (8.10), Anna MacKinnon (8.17), Naomi Howlieson (8.22), Finnlaidh Stokoe (8.41), Cora Morgan (8.42), Lily Simpson (8.54), Rebecca Organ (8.54), Ameer Roberts (8.54), Heather Hale (9.17), Dharma Damvelt (9.39), Ellie Ross (10.02), Hanna Littlejohn (11.01), Audrey Grevenberg (11.30), Lily McHendry (11.30) and Millie Baxter (11.52) all finished the race in fine style. There was also a strong field in the Under 11 Boys race and here it was Finlay Muir who prevailed in an excellent 7min 7secs with Euan Campbell and Cameron McMillan (both 7.17) tying for Silver medals and Ardan Proctor (7.32) taking home a Bronze medal. There was good racing throughout the age group as Angus Henderson (7.35), Brogan Law (7.38), Ross Cameron (7.59), Scott MacMurdie (8.06), Cameron Davie (8.21), Finlay Marchant (8.22), Toby Mooney (8.33) and Logan Gray (9.17)0.55) and Adam Taggart (11.16) filed through to the finish.
The Under 13 race was held over a 1.75 mile course and here it was Kyra Gibb (10.03) who prevailed with a fine win in the Girls race. Ruby Simpson (10.13) had a strong run to take the Silver medal and Millie Stokoe (10.27) also showed good form to lift Bronze. Carrie Banks (10.28), Amy Faunlesmith (10.57), Orla Proctor (11.21) and Beth Elliott (11.22) all ran determinedly throughout. The Under 13 Boys race saw another fine performance from Ben MacMillan (8.57) to win the Gold medal and Trophy while Comnhall Ferguson (9.05) and Jacob Organ (9.18) both finished fast in Silver and Bronze positions. Ollie Stewart (10.01), Niall Baxter (10.02), Ben Hughes (10.23), Cameron Fraser (10.33), James Curry (10.35), Robbie Louden (10.37), Xander Taggart (11.07), Arron Buchanan (11.19), Adam Taggart (11.27) and Sam Carr (11.28) rounded off the fine efforts in this age group.
The third race, over a two lap course of 2.5miles, saw the Under 15 Boys and Girls with the Under 17, Senior and Masters Women. Kate Gallagher again gave a running masterclass to retain the Under 15 trophy in an excellent 13min 4secs, before rushing off to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow to take a Bronze medal in the Indoor Under 17 1500metres (4-49.0). It was good to see Kate’s rivals giving chase and here it was Fiona Davies (14.52) and Sally MacPherson (16.24) taking the Silver and Bronze medals with Charlotte Moock (18.00) rounding off this age group.. Jodie Currie (14.25) had another strong run to lift the Under 17 Womens trophy. Keir Howlieson (12.55) prevailed in the Under 15 Boys category ahead of strong efforts from Anthony Quinn (13.05) and Craig Palmer (13.13) while Kyle Middleton (14.12) continues to show good progress. Morag MacLarty brought her talent to bear to win the Senior Women’s Trophy (12.00) while it was good to see Alison McDonald put in a solid effort to lift Silver (13.38) and Alison Curry (18.27) lifting the Master’s Woman’s trophy and the handicap prize from this race.
The Senior Men and Masters Men tackled a 4 miles course with committed runs throughout. Alex Hendry proved to be the quality runner to regain the Senior Mens trophy (19.03) while Jamie McDonald (22.03) took the opportunity to test his fitness to finish ahead of a determined Gordon Appelbee (22.51). Once again there was a large field contesting the Masters Mens race and here it was Andy Turnbull (22.03) who prevailed with Hugh Buchanan (23.07) taking Silver and Robin Mussett (24.22) the Bronze. It was good to see Decathlete Kenny Pearson (26.26) stepping up to the challenge and winning the handicap prize. Allan Gall (27.18), Cameron Campbell (27.57 and Richard Organ (28.10) rounded off the day as they all came through in good order.