The final race of Central Athletic Club’s cross country series was held in King’s Park, Stirling on Saturday 23 March with good underfoot conditions for the 42 young endurance runners.
As expected there was a fast pace throughout the one mile challenge as once again the talented Under-13 Connor Bell underlined his superb recent form to win in an excellent 4 minutes 53 seconds. Joshua Kennedy again proved to be the fastest of the remaining Under-13 Boys, recording a tasty 5 minutes 19 seconds to head in further strong runs from Alex Dunlop (5.40), Andrew Twigg (6.02) and Scott Hill (6.59). Under-13 Boys series trophy winners were Connor Bell, Joshua Kennedy and Scott Hill.
Ryan McGuire showed significant improvement from 2018 to win the Under-15 Boys race with 4.58, just ahead of another top performance from Euan Docherty (4.59) with Finlay Brown (5.29) and the ever-present Ross Lawrie (5.45) rounding off this age group with Ryan and Ross winning the Under-15 Boys series trophies. Oliver Holden finished in 5.02 to win the Under-17 Boys category and lift this age group’s series trophy with his consistent performances.
Ray Taylor (5.18) again proved to be the top Under-11 Boy runner heading home strong efforts from Jack Sutton (5.37) and Fergus Young (5.57). This popular age group also produced highly competitive running from Scott Cramb (6.00), Lewis Hendry (6.03), Lewis Cook (6.10), Jamie Connor (6.14), Logan Bell (6.16), Finlay MacGregor (6.19), Gavin Young (6.20), Noah Kennedy (6.23), Conall Paterson (6.43), Callum Harvey (6.45), Magnus Carrie (6.47) and Cameron Moore (7.12). The three Under-11 Boy series trophy winners were Ray Taylor, Jack Sutton and Fergus Young. The Under-9 Boys saw further enthusiastic performances with Rocco Cramb (6.18) heading home Joel Gillan (6.23) while Joel prevailed in the overall series.
Mirren Henry showed top form to lead in the Under-13 Girls in 5.28 with Leona Melville (5.41) in close attendance. Scarlett Roy (6.15) also finished strongly to head in Leah Brown (6.17), Katy Cullen (6.21) and Erin Partridge (6.34) while Leona, Mirren and Leah won the series trophies for the Under-13 Girls. Summer MacLean proved her speed and endurance credentials to win the Under-15 Girls race in 5.46 to head Ellen Montgomery (6.42) with both girls taking the series trophies in this age group.
Niamh McKinlay (5.53) produced another competitive and assured performance to head the Under-11 Girls age group with more useful performances from Dara Clark (6.31), Emma Anderson (6.33), Fia Watkin (6.43) and Willow Hopper (7.14). Holly Sutton (9.44) suffered somewhat in the latter part of the race so testament to her perseverance to complete the course. It was Niamh, Dara and Emma who won the Under-11 Girls series trophies. Under-9 Girl, Alexandra Montgomery can be proud of her 8.08 effort and her series award in this age group.
There was another large turnout of Club volunteers and parents to ensure this was another successful event.