Central AC continued its strong start to the cross country season as it dominated its home match of the East of Scotland League at Stirling University. Central provided four individual winners in the nine race categories but also top the leader board in four categories as well as standing firmly on top of the overall male and female championship standings.
The senior ladies race over the testing 6000 metres provided Morag MacLarty with the opportunity to confirm her fine form as she won the race in 21.31 leading in a Central team which firmly took the team win. Fiona Thompson started steadily but picked her way up to a fine third place in 21.55 with Lindsay Morrison sixth in 22.21. Jennifer Wetton has been working her way back into form after an injury-troubled summer and was happy with ninth in 23.02 as she came in as fourth team counter. Strong support was provided by Catriona Buchanan (30th; 25.13), Mandy Williams (47th; 26.51), Eve Kidd (84th; 30.37) and Alison Curry (104th; 33.06).
He Senior Mens race saw a dominant display from Andrew Butchart at the front of the race from the gun to win in 27min 30secs over the 9000 metre course leading the Club to another team victory by a wide margin. The remainder of the blue and yellow train came through in close order with Alastair Hay having a fine run for second with 27.50 followed by Alex Hendry (fifth; 28.20), Scott McDonald (sixth; 28.31), Dale Colley (seventh; 28.41), Scott Green (eighth; 28.44), Jamie Crowe (ninth; 28.47) and Michael Wright (eleventh; 28.53). Central’s Under 20’s also showed great dermination through Ruaridh Millar (20th; 30.04) and Aidan Thomson (23rd; 30.31). Lewis Millar proved he is finding form with 30th place in 31.08 while Under 20’s Cameron Harris (33rd; 31.30), Jack Kerr (37th; 31.54) and Euan Brownlie (44th; 32.15) should be pleased with their top 50 finishes. The Club’s Masters runners also shone as they lifted third team place in their category through Andy Turnbull (84th; 34.21), David Eckersley (100th; 35.01), Scott Bremner (101st; 55.02), Robin Mussett (141st, 36.52), Fraser Purves (150th; 37.07), Iain Dunsmore (162nd; 37.50), Robert Hutchison (176; 38.13) and Gareth Marchmont (200th; 39.11). Keny Hislop (213th; 39.57) and Allan Gall (249th; 43.57) rounded off Central’s effort in this event.
The Under 11s race had a single short but testing lap of 1550metres with Anna McKinnon being the first Central finisher in fifth place in 6.17 with the other Central team-mates packing closely as they gained a fourth team place overall through Summer McLean (eleventh; 6.27), Ellen Montgomery (33rd; 7.03), Ellie Ross (37th; 7.05), Heather Hale (42nd; 7.11), Rebecca Organ (44th; 7.14) and Ellie Watson (46th; 7.17).
In the boys race Euan Cambell transferred his fine track form to the country as he finished a close second with 5min 28secs and with David Kirkpatrick (16th; 6.02), Cameron MacMillan (31st: 6.20), Ross McKenzie (34th; 6.23), Logan Gray (39th; 6.30), Theo Kidd (40th; 6.30), Finlay Marchant (63rd; 7.02), Cameron Dowie (65th; 7.02) and Lewis Gowen (89th; 7.34) all competing well Central’s Boys Team finished third with all the runners picking up good experience.
The Under 13 races had a much more testing profile of racing as their lap took them towards the Wallace monument across more difficult ground and a 2400metre test. Another strong team put in sterling performances in a large field of runners through Kyra Gibb (seventh; 11.09), Carrie Banks (eleventh; 11.25), Amy Kirkpatrick (15th; 11.34), Jessica Turnbull (19th; 11.42), Katie Burr (25th; 12.06), Penelope Kidd (44th; 12.50), Molly Cornes (47th; 13.05) and Naomi Howlieson (48th; 13.07). The Boys also showed strong character and here Daniel Bruce powered through in fifth (10.23) followed by Morgan Sansom (14th; 10.52), Jacob Organ (19th; 11.05), Finlay Muir (23rd; 11.14), Sam Metcalfe (26th; 11.23), Cameron Fraser (29th; 11.35), Niall Baxter (33rd: 11.55), Calum Bowie (41st; 12.12), Finlay Watt (42nd; 12.12) and Angus Henderson (48th; 12.44), the team finishing third overall.
The combined Under 15/Under 17 ladies race over 3100metres was a stand-out victory for Kate Gallagher (first in 10.32) but the overall team performance was the main talking point as they now easily head the team leaderboard for the league series. Fine racing from the large Central team through Madeleine Woods (sixth; 11.29), Fiona Davies (seventh; 11.30), Jodie Currie (tenth; 11.40), Rosie Eckersley (14th; 11.47 and sixth under 15), Heather Scott (18th; 11.58 and ninth under 15), Millie Stokoe (46th; 13.58) and Jennifer Totten (52nd; 14.26). The Under 15 Boys also proved their ability with a fine break through victory for Keir Howlieson (9.47) running a well-judged race. Ben MacMillan also proved his quality in third place (10.00) while Sandy Holl ensured the third counter spot for his team (18th; 10,41) as the team picked up top league points.