There were medals throughout the age groups for Central Athletic Club’s athletes at the Scottish National Short Course Cross Country Championships held at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow on Saturday capped off by a Central 1 – 2 for Andrew Butchart and Alistair Hay in the Senior Mens race.
Everyone who competed had to endure tough underfoot conditions with mud, large puddles and rain the order of the day. As normal the day started with the Under 15 races with Rosie Eckersley and Heather Scott leading the way for Central with improved performances over their two kilometre test. Rosie Finishing in a fine 14th placing in 6min 30secs and Heather in 30th (6.57).
The Under 15 Boys race saw fine efforts from Central’s youngsters through Keir Howlieson, Ben MacMillan and Sandy Holl. Keir continued his superb start to the season placing fourth with a 6min 21sec effort over the 2 kilometre course and with strong running from Ben (19th; 6.43) and Sandy (39th. 7.02) the Boys were able to celebrate Team Bronze medals.
The Under 17 Women had to contend with a 3 kilometres course and a fast pace from the gun. Kate Gallagher again caught the eye as she picked up Silver with a superb 11min 1sec effort and with strong running from Fiona Davies (twelfth; 12.15), Jodie Currie (24th; 12.45) and Eleanor Hanson (30th; 13.34) Central picked up another set of Bronze medals.
Central’s strong performances continued throughout a high quality 4 kilometre Senior Womens race. Again the race was attritional from the start so great testament to Central’s runners for staying on the pace. With fortunes fluctuating throughout it was Jennifer Wetton who led home Central’s effort in eleventh (14.41) ahead of Lyndsay Morrison (14th; 14.43), Fiona Thompson (17th; 14.52), Natalie Milne (51st; 16.10) and Tricia Milne (66th; 16.56). When places were calculated Central’s team finished fourth overall with Tricia winning a hard fought Over 50 Bronze.
There was no doubting the quality of Central’s Senior and Under 20 Men with their yellow and blue vests well to the fore throughout the 4 kilometre race. Andrew Butchart started with intent and led throughout to win with an excellent 12min 2secs clocking while Alastair Hay finished only a few strides behind following a strong final push to the line to take Silver with 12.04. The Gold Team medals were ensured through well-judged efforts from Dale Colley (seventh; 12.20) and Alex Hendry (eleventh, 12.31) while this time around it was Aidan Thompson (twelfth; 12.32) and Scott Green (17th; 12.42) who provided back-up with Aidan being rewarded with a Bronze Under 20 medal. Under 20, Iain Davies should be pleased with his 31st place 13.00 effort ahead of Ruaridh Millar 38th; 13.07). There were further top Under 20 performances from Cameron Harris (53rd; 13.27), Jack Kerr (58th; 13.32) and Euan Brownlie (93rd; 14.08). David Eckersley rolled back the years to finish 182nd in 15.21 and Kenny Hislop stuck well to the task in 291st and 17.28. Special mention should be made of John Miller’s efforts to ensure Central’s gazebo was available for the athletes throughout the event.
The next of this winter’s Club Cross Country Series is due on 14 November at Airthrey Castle, Stirling University with warm-up from 11am,all youngsterswelcome. The next East District League Cross Country Races are being held at Lornshill Academy, Alloa on Saturday 21 November with the first race starting at 11.45am. Central’s athletes just need to find the Central Athletic Club tent and they will receive a number from Team Manager Mary Kerr. Next Race is on 14 December 11am at the Laigh Hills in Dunblane – car parking at Dunblane Cathedral or on road side at Kilbryde Crescent etc – registration at play area at the entrance to the Laigh Hills from 10.30am