National Cross Country Championships – Callender Park, Falkirk – 25/02/23

It was back to Callender Park, Falkirk once again this year for the National cross country championships, the finale to the Scottish domestic cross country season. The conditions on the day were much better than last year. It was a dry day, not too cold and the course was in good condition for some fast running!

Lasswade AC had athletes competing in most races but no complete team in any age group which was disappointing.

The first race of the day was the U13 girls and there were three Lasswade athletes in the race. Leading the girls home was Beth McWilliam in 23rd place with team mate Emma Thomson in 46th place and Eilidh Mowbray in 73rd place.

It was the turn of the U13 boys next with three Lasswade athletes competing in the National for the first time. First home was Francis Ovanni-Finnegan in 42nd place with Struan Milne close behind in 52nd place and Finlay Troup just a little further back in 73rd place.

In the U15 girls race we had three Lasswade athletes, Freya Mowbray, Bethan Kitchin and Abbie Foster. Freya had a solid run to finish in 17th place, Bethan was next home in 35th place with Abbie taking one for the team coming home in 120th.

Laurence Ward and Kieran Glass were our two athletes in the U15 boys race. Laurence was first home in with a good run in 27th place and Kieran finishing 75th place in his first National.

In the u17 boys we had three athletes competing. Andrew McWilliam had a good race in a strong field to finish 7th. Rowan Taylor was next home in 25th place with team mate Sam Kitchin in 56th place.

Alastair Scott was our sole athlete in the Men’s U20 race. Alastair finished in 49th place in his first race of the season.

In the Senior Women’s race we also had one athlete competing, Keira Gore was our only athlete who finished in 37th place.

The final race of the day was the Senior Men’s race and we had three athletes, one senior Christian Graham and two masters Martin Gore and Ken McWilliam. First home was Christian with a solid run in 13th place, Martin was next home in 209th place followed by Ken in 355th place.

Christian Graham in the Senior Men’s race

A great days athletics with lots of strong performances. Hope that you all had a good day and enjoyed the days athletics. Thanks to our regular official and Chief Marshal on the day Linden Nicholson and to all of our other volunteer marshals Scott and Cathy Dickson, Stuart and Olivia Meikle and Steve Brown.

For full results please click here

Looking forward to the track season now!

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