The third race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2019-20 Cross-Country Series was held in excellent conditions on Saturday 25 January at Fintry Rugby Club. With good conditions underfoot the 1.5 kilometre course saw a field of some 31 youngsters showcasing the local talent.
Connor Bell was again to the fore throughout to finish in overall first place in 4 minutes 51 seconds and lead home the Under-15 Boys age group ahead further gutsy runs from Euan Docherty (5:15) and Ross Lawrie (5:37).
This was Catriona Kane’s first race in this season’s Series and here she led home the Girls to finish as top Under-15 on the day with 5:41. Zosia Paddon has been an ever present so far in the Series and was rewarded with her best placing as second Under-15 Girl (6:04) while Scarlett Roy (6:26) also added to her reputation with third place in this age group.
There was another good turnout of Under-13 Boys with Aaron Middleton (5:34) showing great form to lead ahead of an improved run by Alex Dunlop (5:58). Fergus Young (6:01) again showed his promise ahead of a good race between Logan Bell (6:49), Scott Hill (6:52) and Conall Paterson (6:55) while newcomer Logan Paterson showed good determination to finish with 7:53.
The Under-13 Girls age group again proved to be competitive with Niamh McKinlay taking first with 6:15 closely followed by another fine effort by Leah Brown (6:20), and a flying finish from Emma Anderson (6:26). Loren Stewart (6:29) finished close-up while Robyn McKerracher (6:54) showed further improvement.
Jake Drummond reversed previous results to win the Under-11 Boys category with an excellent 6:06 and with Finlay McGregor (6:11) and Joel Gillan (6:14) finishing in close order this is turning into a very competitive age group. Cole Johnston (6:50) and Noah McIntyre-Sim (7:24) proved the strength in depth of the Under-11 Boys.
Fia Watkin (6:26) was the pick of the Under-11 Girls age group ahead of further strong runs from newcomer Lucy Ronald (6:36) and Dara Clark (6:41). Ciara Middleton (6:57) had another good run and Nora Thompson showed advancement with 8:08.
Jessica Walker led home the Under-9 category with a strong 8:04 run ahead of another fine effort from Summer Johnston (8:09) and it was Zachary Walker who pushed into the rankings with his 8:22 effort in the Under-9 Boys race.
Thanks are again due to David Eckersley and Raymond Milne and the small army of helpers who provided another excellent event on behalf of Central Athletic Club. Full results below.