Nov 152021

The second race of Central Athletic Club’s 2021-22 Cross Country Series was held on Saturday 13 November in Callander Crags Woods with bright sunshine being enjoyed by runners and spectators alike.

Craig Walker and his band of helpers had set a testing course for the youngsters with a fairly demanding uphill finish for all 25 athletes that will live long in the memory for some.

The first race of just over a mile proved a good test for the Under-9 and Under-11 athletes with Luca Shepherd (8 minutes 54 seconds) showing great resolve to take the win. Alfie Laing (9:12) also showed superb form in second while Austin Evans (12:00) showed some useful potential. Jessica Walker covered the course in a tasty 10:19 timing that saw her win the Girls’ race with Emily Watkin’s fine 10:23 effort just a few strides behind. Summer Johnston finished in an admirable 10:38 while Kalina Lu-Czartoryjska can be pleased with her 12:48 effort. Under-9, Zackary Walker had pushed his older competitors and finished in an excellent 9:26 while Francesco Ragona (16:12) was the youngest athlete on the day and also picked up valuable points in the Under-9 Girls category.

Superb form into the finish at Callendar

The second race was a further test of some 1.5 miles which saw Under-13 athlete Joel Gillan (9:13) rounding off a fine effort in first while Noah McIntyre-Simm (12:02) also ran hard into the finish. Under-15, Scott Hill (9:15) was close on Joel’s heels to take the honours in his age group from an improving Alex Dunlop (9:39) while Conall Paterson (11:35) completed the Boys’ challenge with another strong effort throughout.

It was Under-17 Scarlett Roy (9:33) who proved her fitness to win the Girls’ race with a concentrated effort to head home further strong runs from Rachel Warden (10:26) and Millie O’Neill (12:14) in this age group. Leah Brown (9:55) showed commitment and fine style to take the Under-15 Girls category ahead of a solid run from Loren Stewart (10:10) while Tabitha MacKenzie (10:37) can also be pleased with her run. Fia Watkin (10:32) added to her growing reputation as she again proved the strongest of the Under-13 Girls. There were further impressive runs from Under-13 Girls Sienna Shepherd (12:09), Orla Pieroway (12:28), Clara Escala (15:10) and Nadzieja Lu-Czartoryjska (19:22) with all competitors deserving off their applause at the finish.

Full results:

Race 1
Luca Shepherd U11B8.54
Alfie Laing U11B9.12
Zackary Walker U9B9.26
Jessica Walker U11G10.19
Emily Watkin U11G10.23
Summer Johnston U11G10.38
Austin Evans U11B12.00
Kalina Lu-Czartoryjska U11G12.48
Francesco Ragona U9G16.12
Race 2
Joel Gillan U13B9.13
Scott Hill U15B9.15
Scarlett Roy U17W9.33
Alex Dunlop U15B9.39
Leah Brown U15G9.55
Loren Stewart U15G10.10
Fia Watkin U13G10.32
Rachel Warden U17W10.36
Tabitha MacKenzie U15G10.37
Conall Paterson U15B11.35
Noah McIntyre-Simm U13B12.02
Sienna Shepherd U13G12.09
Millie O’Neill U17W12.14
Orla Pieroway U13G12.28
Clara Escala U13G15.10
Nadzieja Lu-Czartoryjska U13G19.22
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