Nov 012021

Concerns over flooding in Hawick were quickly dispersed on arrival in the town, with the hardy cross country runners being ushered to the higher ground of the Hawick Moor Racecourse. Under the expected rainy weather this would have been a challenging venue but the weather gods were on the side of the aforementioned hardy competitors as morning cloud turned to blue skies and light winds. The course was testing enough with the previous days of rain ensuring that all competitors were left bespattered with mud.

Men’s race start – Central AC wearing number 18
Calum Phillip and Scott Brember

The races from Under-11 to Under-17 both males and females were, regrettably, unchallenged by Central Athletic Club athletes excepting Under-15 Boy Aaron Middleton. The only female to make the journey to Hawick was our youngest Veteran Woman, Claire Houston, so opportunities to take good early season league positions and gain good racing experiences were missed apart from the resolve provided by the Se’nior, Junior and Masters Men.

Aaron Middleton faced a 4.8 kilometre test and, as expected, passed with flying colours, finishing in exactly 20 minutes in 17th place making his journey more than worthwhile.

Claire Houston set off with intent in the Senior Women’s race of 6.4 kilometres and was always well to the fore and here finished in eighth overall and can be proud of her 24 minutes 50 seconds clocking.

Alastair Marshall – two gloves, one shoe

Calum Phillip had a strong run as Central’s first counter in the Senior Men’s race completing the 8 kilometre course in fourth with 28 minutes 39 seconds. Scott Brember was the first Masters athlete on the day, finishing in sixth overall (28:43). It was good to see Alastair Marshall (Under-20) back competing following recent injury and here finishing as first Under-20, and 12th overall in 29:40. Alastair had to battle both the course and a lost shoe, doing well to finish so far up the field. Dale Colley (24th; 31:22), Andrew Irvine (33rd; 32:31) and David Eckersley (59th; 34:41) proved to be the remainder of Central Men’s counters in the Senior race, all answering the call and producing gutsy performances. A further eight sprightly Masters provided the essential back-up and completing Central’s challenge through Jens Subke (74th; 35:50), Donald Shaw (84th; 37:06), Iain Dunsmore (96th: 38:45), Hugh Buchanan (98th; 39:26), Colin Alexander (115th; 42:35), Alan Gall (120th; 44:21), Cameron Campbell (123rd; 45:42) and Colin Sinclair (126th; 48:18). Central’s Men finished second overall on the day some 22 league points behind Corstorphine AAC.

The normal top quality work by East League Officials was apparent and this, backed up by a high turnout from the local Club, Teviotdale Harriers, ensured that another East League day of racing passed seamlessly into history.

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