At Stirling’s King’s Park on 12 January, the Scottish Inter District Cross Country Races preceded the international races on the same fast courses, with athletes chosen to represent their District following their performances in December’s District Championships. As always this ensured a number of high quality races with Central Athletic Club athletes featured throughout.
With almost perfect conditions for cross country running, Central’s Alastair Hay, competing for Scotland East, ran a tactically astute race as he worked through the field to finish third overall. With one of the athletes ahead of Alastair being a North of England guest, Alastair was awarded a well-deserved individual silver medal as he completed the 8 kilometre course in 25 minutes 25 seconds. Stirling University student Hamish Hickey had competed in the North of Scotland Relay Championships earlier in the season so here wore the red vest of the North of Scotland. Under-20 Hamish led his North team home in 22nd overall in a time of 26.39. Conan McCaughey also ran strongly to finish 26th (26.52) to pick up a Scotland East team medal. Dale Colley tested his fitness against this quality opposition and here finishing in 46th (27.57).
Morag Millar was always to the fore in the 6 kilometre Women’s Inter District race. Morag came home for a fine third place in 21 minutes 8 seconds, taking home an individual silver medal and leading her East team to gold medals. The winning East team also included as a late addition Fanni Gyurko, putting her marathon running to one side for the day, and moving through the field for eleventh overall (22.33). Under-20 runners Lauren McCulloch and Rebecca Craig were both representing the Scottish Students team with both looking competitive throughout. Lauren finished 37th overall (23.33) and Rebecca in 43rd (23.49), a great experience for both athletes.
The Under-17 Inter District races also proved to be classy affairs with both Men and Women tackling 5 kilometre tests. Ben MacMillan tested himself at the front of the Men’s race staying competitive throughout to come home in an excellent fifth place with 16 minutes 39 seconds. Carrie Banks also worked well throughout to finish tenth (20.01), helping her East team to win Gold district medals. This time around Kyra Gibb was outside the team medal places but had yet another strong run to finish 18th with a fine 20.48 clocking.
Cameron Kerr was another to be competitive throughout his Under-15 Boys race, held over 4 kilometres. Here he finished 20th in the Inter District challenge in a time of 14.27 while Cameron MacMillan, recovering from a cold, had to settle for 35th this time with 15.57. This was perhaps the most daunting challenge of Summer MacLean’s athletic career to date and she should be proud of her performance in finishing 33rd with 17.32.
The Under-13s were faced with a 3 kilometre test and here Connor Bell was well to the fore throughout the Boys race to finish sixth with 10 minutes 35 seconds. Ruairidh Burns was making his debut at this level and will have learned much from the experience finishing 36th (12.28). Carys Gibb also stepped up to the challenge and had a strong run to finish 19th (12.27), just missing out on a team medal.