East District Cross Country Relays – Glamis Castle – 13/10/2018

The first of this season’s cross country races took place at Glamis Castle just north of Dundee on a very wet Saturday afternoon. The event was at the same venue last year and although the course was unchanged the conditions made it very different from last year.

Lasswade AC had one young female team, one young male team, one complete women’s team,  one incomplete women’s team and two men’s teams.

The first race off was the young females (Skye Foster, Olivia Meikle and Abby McGlone), unfortunately we had no under 15 runner so Olivia Meikle ran the U15 leg. The girls performed admirably to finish 20th overall.

Next race was the young males (Alasdair Brown, Ross Wolfenden and Harry Henriksen) who were in a similar position to the girls with one U13 moving up to run the U15 leg as our U15, Harry Henriksen ran the U17 leg. The boys ran very well to finish 9th overall. Ross Wolfenden was 5th fastest U13 of the day and Harry Henriksen was the fastest leg for U15 boys.

The ladies were next to the start line with Keira Murray and Rachel Fagan leading our teams off. Keira ran well coming home to hand over to Sarah Tait in 11th place and Rachel handed over to Debra Urquhart in 38th place. Sarah ran a strong leg to pass on to final leg runner Niamh Shaw in 9th place and Debra came in 33rd with no 3rd runner. Niamh ran well on the last leg to finish in 11th place.

The final race of the day was the men and we had one U20 team and a mixed team of seniors and vets. First leg runners were Matthew Smith and Martin Gore with Matthew running very well to hand over in 3rd place to Magnus Tait. Magnus had a strong run to keep us in contention handing over in 4th place just behind 3rd to team mate Euan Hood. Euan who has been concentrating on shorter distances over the summer had to work hard over the longer distance and handed over in 11th place to final leg runner Christian Graham.  Christian one of the outstanding U17 cross country runners from last winter and just getting back from a foot injury had a solid run to pull back a couple of places finishing 9th.

In our other team Martin had ran a solid leg to hand over in 22nd place to Peter Ness.  Peter the first of our masters ran well to hand on in 32nd to Andrew McGlone. There was only a slight change on the third leg with Andrew pretty much maintaining his team’s position passing on to final leg runner Derrick Brydon in 33rd place. Derrick a new member in his first race for the club acquitted himself very well to finish 37th.

There was some encouraging individual performances with Matthew Smith running the 2nd quickest and Magnus Tait 7th quickest U20 on the day.

For full results please click here

Well done to everyone who took part – looking forward to Stirling next week.

Congratulations to Lasswade AC lady Amy Frankland who was part of the winning Edinburgh University Team – great race – well done!


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