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Ross County Athletic Club

Forres XC Report

Added on 14 January 2011


The Enduros had a change of travel plans last weekend, venturing South East instead of North. The 4th race in the Speyside Runner Cross-Country League was held in and around Grant Park, Forres on a windy and showery day, switched from Dornoch, due to an unsafe course. Considered the hilliest and most thigh burning of the leagues venues, Forres presents itself as a very demanding course for all of the age groups. However the change of venue didn't stop the the Club athletes from putting in a great set of runs.
Fresh from a highly successful journey to Edinburgh, where they were competing for the North District Team, in the Inter-districts Cross-country races, Luke Shaw (Under 13s) and Hanna Cleghorn (U15s) flew round the twisting, turning and slippery course to run home clear winners, keeping up their fight for a top of the league table finish. Luke led the U13 boys (Finlay Todd, Hamish Kerr and Logan Mathieson) into a 2nd place team finish.
Mairi Gilmour, our 2nd U15 Girl and our 3rd Member of the North District Cross-Country Team, put in her 2nd best performance of the year, but sadly, the girls were one runner short to figure in the team placings.
The U11 “Cheeky Girls” of, Erin Robinson, Meg Crockett and Alice Kerr were a close 3rd placed team, with the Misses Crockett and Kerr providing an afternoon of very enjoyable and extremely vocal support, especially for the Senior Men.
Finlay Clark and Gregor McCarthy, in the U11 Boys race, put in a superb effort but, as with the U15 Girls, they were, unfortunately, one runner short to figure in the team placings.
Our sole U15 Boy, Paul Holden, came back from a mid-week injury to put in his 2nd best performance of this year's league, less than a second behind the man ahead.
In the U13 Girls race, Abby MacGregor and Sativa Alexander achieved season's best performances with Molly Todd giving the team her 2nd best run of the season.
Another runner coming back from injury, our sole U17 male, Ryan Moodie, kept up his title chase with a 4th place finish, whilst the “Auld Codgers” Colin Gilmour and Sairlegs made it round the tough 3 lapper without being lapped and with runners finishing behind them.
The penultimate race in the league is at Nairn on 29th January, where some titles could be claimed and others laid claim to.