It was a successful start to the cross country season for the club with medal winning performances from our Senior Women and Young Males at the West District Cross Country relays in Irvine on Saturday 13th October.
Despite torrential rain throughout much of the day the course was remarkably mud free with the main challenge being the short sharp climbs and very steep descents.
The Young Male team of Saul McGlennan, Fraser Gilmour and Callum Byrne combined to claim silver. David Kirkpatrick, Ruairidh Allen and Eoghan Connolly finished in 31st place. Oscar Moogan Sharratt (36th) ran as an incomplete team.
The senior women’s team of Mhairi Hendry, Philippa Millage and Josephine Moultrie claimed silver with Stephanie Lawrie, Holly Little and Gillian Black just missing out on a medal in 4th place. Donna Finlayson, Grace Norman and Diane Ramsey finished 23rd.
The young female team of Sophie Sinclair, Amaya Patel and Roisin Cameron Coyle finished a credible 12th out of 45 complete teams. Amy Byrne, Liya De Laet-Pinder and Emma Gilmour were 34th. Ruth Walsh (36th) and Zoe Loughry (45th) ran as an incomplete team.
There was a decent turnout for the club of 16 senior men. Christopher Boyle, Max Milarvie, Kieron Rafferty and Martin Hayes combined for 8th place out of 85 complete teams. Our “Masters” team of Crawford Little, Peter Jardine, Andy Law and Alex Potter were 52nd overall and 11th Master team. With the Masters age category being 40+ our team did particularly well given that they are all 50+. Steven Bryce, Ralph Connolly, Charlie Murray and Peter Ramsay finished 61st place and making their senior debuts for the club, Fergus Blyth, Calum Brown, Thomas Connolly and Danny Smith finished in 67th place
All athletes and their support crews greatly appreciated the efforts of Charlie Murray and Martin Hayes who erected the club tent and after finishing their runs stayed behind to dismantle it. It allowed us all to have a dry area to change and store our bags.