Dec 202021

The third race of Central Athletic Club’s 2021-22 Cross Country Series was held on Saturday 18 December in Laighhills, Dunblane in fairly misty and cold conditions and there was a heartening turnout of some 41 young runners who faced up to the approximate one lap challenge set by Derek Easton.

A misty start at Laighhills

Here it was Under-15 Boy Fergus Young who showed great promise to win in an excellent 5 minutes 54 seconds. Scott Hill (6:06) came home a worthy second, followed home by another solid run from Alex Dunlop (6:14). There were further good runs in this age group from Jamie Connor (6:24) and Conall Paterson (6:40). Joel Gillan (6:02) had another strong run to win the Under-13 Boys age group and here he was followed home by Fraser Kingsley (6:53) and Noah McIntyre-Simm (7:44). Luca Shepherd (6:45) was well to the fore in the overall race and led in the Under-11 Boys with further useful efforts from Alfie Laing (7:29), Matthew Owen (7:38) and Austin Evans (9:12). The two Under-9 Boys finished close together with Zachary Walker (8:17) prevailing by two seconds over Jude McIntyre.

The Girls races saw further top performances with Under-17 Catriona Kane posting the fastest time of 6 minutes 4 seconds ahead of another good run from Scarlett Roy (6:16) while Millie O’Neill (6:36) edged out Rachel Warden (6:39) and Tara Mathewson (7:32) will have learned much from this experience. Niamh McKinley (6:06) caught the eye in heading the Under-15 Girls age group with Leah Brown (6:26) pushing through well. Tabitha MacKenzie (6:52) continues to pick up useful points in the Under-15 Girls age group and headed home Olivia Ashworth (7:20) and Eva Ragona (7:46). There was a good turnout of Under-13 Girls and here it was Fia Watkin (6:41) who prevailed from Ciara Middleton (6:58), Dara Clark (7:13) and Lilia Warden (7:25). Further good performances amongst the Under-13 Girls came from Anna Gunn (7:39), Orla Pieroway (7:49), Eliza Pont (7:53), Anna McKie (8:16), Norah Thompson (9:55) and Evelyn Craig (11:00). It was Eilidh Connor who led in the Under-11 race with a tasty 7:43 with Zoe Beaton (8:02), Emily Watkin (8:08) and Jessica Walker (8:15) finishing closely together. Further good efforts from Sadie Young (9:22) and Iona Clark (10:34) rounded out this age group. Special mention for Hannah Inman, the only Under-9 Girl, who came home in an excellent 7:24. Thanks are due to the volunteers who helped with warm-up, recording and marshalling to make this a successful event on a cold, misty morning.

Laighhill Results 18 December 2021
Fergus YoungU15B05:54
Joel Gillan U13B06:02
Catriona KaneU17W06:04
Niamh McKinlayU15G06:06
Scott Hill U15B06:06
Alex Dunlop U15B06:14
Scarlett Roy U17W06:16
Jamie ConnorU15B06:24
Leah Brown U15G06:26
Millie O’Neill U17W06:36
Rachel Warden U17W06:39
Conall Paterson U15B06:40
Fia Watkin U13G06:41
Luca Shepherd U11B06:45
Tabitha MacKenzie U15G06:52
Fraser KingsleyU13B06:53
Ciara MiddletonU13G06:58
Dara ClarkU13G07:13
Olivia AshworthU15G07:20
Hannah InmanU9G07:24
Lilia WardenU13G07:25
Alfie Laing U11B07:29
Tara MathewsonU17W07:32
Matthew OwenU11B07:38
Anna GunnU13G07:39
Eilidh ConnorU11G07:43
Noah McIntyre-Simm U13B07:44
Eva RagonaU15G07:46
Orla Pieroway U13G07:49
Eliza PontU13G07:53
Zoe BeatonU11G08:02
Emily Watkin U11G08:08
Jessica Walker U11G08:15
Anna McKIeU13G08:16
Zackary Walker U9B08:17
Jude McIntyreU9B08:19
Austin Evans U11B09:12
Sadie YoungU11G09:22
Norah ThompsonU13G09:55
Iona ClarkU11G10:34
Evelyn CraigU13G11:00
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