It was back to Cross Country for 28 young athletes competing in Central Athletic Club’s first race of this season’s series of races. For many of the youngsters, the event at the University of Stirling was their first taste of Cross Country running. Although rain was threatening, the warm-up and race were held in near perfect conditions with all the runners showing high levels of enthusiasm and determination.
The race to the line was intense and it was a fine effort by Under-15 Boy Scott Hill that brought him to the finish in first, covering the undulating course of a little over a mile in a tasty 6 minutes 2 seconds. A well-judged effort by Alex Dunlop saw him take second in this age category with 6:19 leading in Jamie Connor (6:34), Adam Polwart (6:40), Henry Crossley (6:49) and Harvey Chambers (7:37). Under-17 runner Ross Lawrie put in a storming finish in third overall with a 6 minutes 3 seconds effort. Joel Gillan had an excellent race to head the Under-13 Boys category to record 6:18 and here Fraser Kingsley came through well to finish with 7:18. With no Under-11 Boys taking up the challenge it was left to two Under-9s to complete the Boys’ efforts through Lachlan Carruthers (7:26) and Fraser McDonald (9:01) both superb efforts by the youngest competitors.
The Girls were led home by Under-17 Catriona Kane with a 6 minutes 3 seconds effort for second overall, underlining her promise for the upcoming season. It was Loren Stewart (6:19) who proved the strongest of the Under-15 Girls with a fine run and there were further excellent runs in this age group from Niamh McKinlay (6:33), Tabitha MacKenzie (6:34), Hannah Morgan (6:35) and Robyn McKerracher (7:01). Fia Watkin was another to underline her promise as she headed home the Under-13 Girls with 6:31 while Dara Clark raced well to the finish to record 7:22. Alexandra Montgomery came through well in 7:44 with Maisie Beaton (8:48) and Isla Polwart (8:57) completing the race in fine style in the Under-13 age group. Eilidh Connor proved to be the fastest of the Under-11 Girls with a tasty 7 minutes 30 seconds run, followed in by further good efforts from Emily Watkin (7:47), Rachel Fullbrook (8:00), Evie McKinlay (8:58), Iona Clark (9:37) and Isla Carruthers (10:57).