The third race in the Central Athletic Club’s Cross-Country Series was held in the Laighills, Dunblane on the morning of 19 December on an unseasonably mild day giving great conditions for the young athletes.
Cameron Blance was always to the fore with a fast paced run to win in 6min 1sec to take the Under 13 honours while Finlay Muir (6.15) continues to impress in this age group as he finished ahead of newcomer Sam Metcalfe (6.21) and further fine runs from Cameron Fraser (6.33), Angus Henderson (7.02), Calum Bowie (7.16), Toby Mooney (7.37), Andrew McLay (8.17) and Joe Lazell (9.19). Euan Campbell made another strong effort at the front of the Under 11 Boys to finish in 6.19 just ahead of a strong run from Cameron Kerr (6.20) who was followed in by Connor Bell (6.36), David Kirkpatrick (6.49), Alasdair Banks (7.17), Caomh Curtin (7.54), Angus Cheyne (7.59), Kieran Mooney (8.24), Archie Baxter (8.51), Oisin Rice (9.17) and Cameron Dowie (9.26). Ross Coombs (7.26) was top Under 15 Boy on the day and there were some outstanding runs from the Under 9 Boys through Owen Eckersley (7.32), Killian Trenholm (7.52), Aaron Middleton (8.19) and Fraser Banks (9.20).
Under 15 Rosie Eckersley (6.06) underlined her current superb form ahead of gritty runs from Darcy Baxter (7.27) and Hannah Blance (7.33). Amy Kirkpatrick (6.27) also produced a tasty performance to gain top points in the Under 13 Girls while Elise Graham-Marr (7.24) showed maturity well beyond her years to come in as top Under 11 Girl ahead of Ellie Ross (8.29) and Under 9 Alana Kerr (9.01) again showed great form against her older rivals.
Once again there was great organisation from Elinor Coombs, David Eckersley, Sean Scott, Derek Easton and Allan Gall plus a group of willing parent timekeepers and recorders.
The Annual Club Christmas Handicap was held on Thursday 18 December and saw Under 20 Lewis Sinclair winning the race followed in close order by Charles Graham-Marr and Robin Hutchison. Jodie Currie was the leading female on the night while Andrew Butchart had a magnificent run to break the course record.