The National Cross Country Championships took place last weekend in Falkirk.
The day started off cold but by the time the races started at 11.30 the sun was out and it was a beautiful day. The entries for the event as a whole were up and it was great to see so many Lasswade AC athletes competing in the biggest event of the Scottish Cross Country calendar. Lasswade were represented in most age groups the exceptions being U15 girls and U20 women.
The highlight of the day for Lasswade AC was the Men’s U20 event which was won by Ross Matheson who looked comfortably in control throughout the race before moving clear in the final stretch for victory. Congratulations Ross!
In the under 13 boys there was a large field of 130 competitors with Magnus Tait , who has been running consistently well over the winter, the first Lasswade AC finisher in 11th position. Our next finisher was Jamie Darling in 90th followed closely by Craig Gallagher in 91st and Josh Grahame in 95th, Ross Mackenzie was 112th with Euan Mackay 123rd and Euan McAllister our final team member in 127th.
The under 13 girls were next off with another large field of 127 runners. Lauren Dickson just back after having missed four weeks training with a knee injury was the first Lasswade AC girl finishing a creditable 19th, closely followed by Sarah Tait 20th, our next finisher was Caroline McKinlay in 94th and the final member of the team Lauren Wilkie in 104th.
In the under 15 boys we had two runners in the field of 112 with Cameron Steven the leading Lasswade AC athlete in 73rd and Matthew Smith 81st.
Our only under 17 woman, Amy Frankland, had another good run to finish 10th out of the field of 49 runners. In the under 17 men we had two runners in the field of 79 runners, Iain Lawson who finished 43rd closely followed by Callum Clark in 47th.
The women’s race had a field of 214 runners and we had three veteran runners representing Lasswade AC with Linden Nicholson being our first finisher in 142nd place (I noticed that if there was an age group category Linden would have been first F60 and was also 2nd in F55 and 13th F50) Wilma Kerr was next in 163rd and Lorna Rice in 204th.
The final event of the day was the men’s race with the biggest field of 503 runners. Lasswade AC had seven runners including five veterans. Our first finisher was Barney Phillips in 50th place, next was the first of our veterans, Andrew Matheson 178th (6th Over 50), followed by John Murray in 194th, Ben Mitchell 244th, Scott Dickson 317th, Phil Parr-Burman 404th and Brian Wilson our final runner in 477th.
Well done to all the athletes who competed on the day.
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