East District Cross Country Championships – Aberdeen – 2 December 2023

This seasons East District Cross Country Championships took place at Balgownie playing fields in Aberdeen this weekend. It was a beautiful cold and frosty day with good conditions underfoot on the course.

The first race of the day in which Lasswade at any athletes was the under 13 boys. Lasswade got off to a good start with Francis Ovanni-Finnegan having a great race to finish inside the top 10 in 8th place.

The u15 girls were next to the start line and Lasswade had four girls in this race. Cerys Wright had a dominant run to lead from gun to tape for a comfortable win. Team mate Freya Brown had a more conservative start but was always towards the front of the race and worked her way through to finish 3rd place. Team mates Beth McWilliam and Emma Thomson both had strong runs to finish in 15th and 18th place respectively. Fantastic performances by the girls who also won the team race!

Howie Allison was our only competitor in the u15 boys. Howie was in the leading group of athletes with eventual winner Ray Taylor of Falkirk. Ray opened up a little gap with Howie following not too far behind as they began to move away from the field. Ray went on to move further ahead with Howie finishing comfortably in 2nd place.

In the u17 ladies race Bethan Kitchin was our only athlete. Bethan ran well to finish just outside the top 15 in 16th place.

Next it was the turn of the u17 Men with four Lasswade athletes in the race. There was quite a big lead group going into the first lap with both Andrew McWilliam and Innes Wright in amongst the group.Team mates Laurence Ward and Magnus Lawson were just a little further back. Andrew began to move away from the leaders on the first lap and had a gap going into the second lap. Innes was in the chasing pack of around seven athletes before the group broke up in the final section of the race. Great performances by the boys with Andrew in 1st place, Innes 7th, Laurence 20th and Magnus 27th. The boys secured another team win for Lasswade!

Olivia Meikle was our only runner in the u20 women’s race. Olivia had a strong run to finish inside the top 10 in 9th place.

In the ladies race we had three athletes, leading the way was Lauren Dickson pushing in the lead group from the start and looking strong Lauren finished in 2nd place. Team mate Amy Frankland always inside the top 10 worked her way through on each lap with a solid run to finish in 5th place. Cathy Dickson was our third counter in 41st place and 2nd W50 to match Lauren’s finishing position!

In the men’s race we only had one athlete, Ken McWilliam. Ken confirmed post race that he started off a bit quick but still put in a good performance to finish inside the top 100 in 92nd place and 7th M45.

A great day for Lasswade AC with two team wins and five individual medals.

Although still to be confirmed it looks like we will have around 10 athletes automatically selected for the east district team for the Inter District Championships.

For full results please click here

Congratulations to all of the athletes on their individual performances.

Photos courtesy of Neil Renton

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