The Inter District Cross Country Championships incorporating the Celtic Nations and UKA Cross Challenge took place at King George V playing fields on Saturday 13 January. The course itself was very flat around the playing fields with conditions underfoot good on a cold but beautiful day.
Lasswade AC had a number of athletes competing for both Scotland in the Celtic Nations and for the east of Scotland in the inter district championships. All of our athletes performed well and I’m sure will have enjoyed and benefitted from the experience. A number of our athletes picked up both individual and team medals.
First Lasswade AC athlete competing was Francis Ovanni-Finnegan who was in the under 13 Boys and ran very well to finish inside the top 20 in 18th place.
The next race was the under 15 Girls and Freya Brown had a great run to finish 4th overall and win gold in the inter district race whilst also leading the east of Scotland girls to team gold.
Another Lasswade athlete, Howie Allison also had a great race to finish 5th in the under 15 boys race and win the bronze medal for finishing 3rd in the inter district race also leading the east of Scotland team to gold.
In the under 17/under 20 women Cerys Wright, still an under 15 but running as an under 17 finished 14th overall and 3rd in the inter district race winning the bronze medal. Cerys also helped the East of Scotland u17 ladies and u17 Scotland to team golds. Cerys also won an individual medal as part of the UKA cross challenge. Club teammate Bethan Kitchin had a strong race to finish in 54th place overall and 34th under 17.
In the under 17/under 20 men Lasswade AC had a few athletes competing Andrew McWilliam still an under 17 in the u20 Scotland team and Rowan Taylor and Innes Wright running for the under 17 east of Scotland team. All boys ran very well with Andrew finishing 7th overall and 5th in the Celtic nations helping Scotland to team silver. Andrew also won an individual medal as part of the UKA cross challenge. Rowan finished 11th overall and 4th in the inter district race helping the east of Scotland boys to team silver. Innes finished 50th overall and 32nd in the district race.
In the Womens race Lauren Dickson ran very well to finish 5th overall and 3rd in the inter district race winning the bronze medal. Lauren also helped the east of Scotland to another team gold.
Unfortunately three of our athletes had to withdraw due to illness or injury. Beth McWilliam under 15 girls, Amy Frankland Senior Women and Harry Henriksen under 23 men. Hope you guys are all feeling better and running again soon.
Congratulations to all our athletes on being selected and for their performances on the day.
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Photos courtesy of Neil Renton