National Cross Country Relays – 21/10/2023 Cumbernauld

This seasons National Cross Country Relays took place this today at Cumbernauld. There was some concern about the weather with red and yellow weather warnings for other parts of the country, however although wet and very muddy on some parts of the course it turned out to be a beautiful and mild day in Cumbernauld.

The first event of the day was the young females, we had entered two teams but unfortunately one of our u13 girls had to withdraw. This left one complete team with all three girls running well. The team moving through from 42nd after the first leg to 31st at the end of the second leg and 25th after the final leg. A great performance by Laura, Beth and Bethan.

Laura, Beth and Bethan after their race!

In the young males we had two teams and our first team got off to a good start with Francis Ovanni-Finnegan handing over to second leg runner Aaden Robertson in 17th place. Aaden ran a strong leg to hand on to final leg runner Andrew McWilliam in 11th place. Andrew ran the 2nd quickest leg of the day to bring the team home in 7th place. A fine performance by the boys and arguably better than they ran in the East District Relays two weeks ago.

Our second team finished in 37th place after a solid start by Fraser Houston in 52nd, 2nd leg runner Struan Milne moved the team up a few places to 48th with final leg runner Rowan Taylor posting the 7th quickest leg of the day to bring the team home in 37th place.

Rowan, Aaden, Andrew, Struan and Francis enjoying the sunshine!

We had one ladies team with Amy Frankland having a great run on the first leg, handing over to second leg runner Olivia Meikle in 6th place. Olivia having just moved up to the under 20 age group had a fine run to finish in 9th place and pass on to Claire Houston. Claire ran really well to hand on to final leg runner Alison Binns in 11th place. Alison drafted in at the last minute having raced the Chicago Marathon two weeks ago had a fine run to bring the team home in 22nd place. A fine performance by the ladies and I think we have created a new mixed category with a Senior, U20, M40 and M50 in one team!

Congratulations to all the athletes on their performances.

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