Feb 102020

Central AC’s club stalwarts took centre stage in the Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships at Johnstone. The Men’s race featured a close 1-2 finish for Ross Houston and Scott Brember, though both won Championship titles in their age categories.

Eckersley, Houston, Brember with their medals
Eckersley, Houston, Brember

The Men’s race covered 8 kilometres of a mainly flat but windswept course, and there was a fine tussle between the Central clubmates and other leading contenders in a field of over 200 runners. Ross Houston is returning this season to competitive running having passed his 40th birthday and gained eligibility for Masters’ events was pleased to win the overall race title and the M40 title with his run in 28 minutes 5 seconds. But it was a close run thing , with Central teammate Scott Brember just a few strides behind as he took second in the race with his 28:06 and great credit to be also M45 category champion.

Brember (115) and Houston (113) in the leading group
Brember (115) and Houston (113) in the leading group. Photo Bobby Gavin

There was a strong contingent of Central runners in the race with David Eckersley also winning the plaudits with his fine second place in the M55 category with his 31:59 race. Other Central results Donald Shaw M45, 21st, 33:59; Alan Hume M40, 34th, 34:32 ; Charles Graham-Marr M60, 11th, 35:42; Colin Alexander Hensman M40, 42nd, 37:41; Liam McCabe M55, 25th, 39:03; Allan Gall M60, 27th, 41:58; Colin Sinclair M50, 51st, 42:11; and Cameron Campbell M60, 29th, 42:43. Roger Greenaway ran over the 6 kilometre course for more senior runners and was rewarded with a fine 6th place in M65 category in 29:06.

In the Women’s race, Mandy Williams led the club home with a fine 8th place in the W40 category with 27:59. Hazel Dean was just outside the medals with 4th place in the W55 category with 30:31 and Shona Aiken was 14th in the W50 with 32:44.

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