Rozelle Park in Ayr proved to be a challenging course for this years Ayrshire Cross Country Championships. Numbers were down on previous years which wasn’t helped by the fact the event was held on the same day as the British Cross Challenge in Liverpool which a group of Junior Seaforth athletes competed in. Those athletes who did compete at Rozelle battled through the mud and braved the hills to finish with some impressive performances.
The U11 Girls and U11 Boys races were over a 1200m course and both races saw Seaforth success. In the U11 Girls it was Islay Hubbard who came home in 1st place with a time of 5:05. She was closely followed by Libby White (2nd) 5:06 and Jessica Donnelly (10th) 6:01. In the U11 Boys age group it was Fergus Muir who led Seaforth home to take 1st place and Team Gold in 4:55 with Ben Edwards (4th) 5:21 and Calum Hannah (6th) 5:30.
The U13 age group covered a 2400m course and again it was Seaforth success for the girls with Evie MacKay taking 1st in 11:13 followed by Alexandra Meldrum (3rd) 12:51. In the Boys Blair Gemmell claimed an excellent 2nd place in 11:46 with Max Hay coming 5th in 12:16.
The U15 Girls race had a 3000m course to contend with and the race was won by Charlotte McDowall in 13:10 also taking team Gold followed by team mates Alexandra Smiley (2nd) 13:12 and Kelly Cunningham (4th) 13:29.
The race for the U15 Boys was over a slightly longer 4200m course with the sole Seaforth entrant Aidan Copland winning the bronze medal for his 3rd place finish in 18:26.
With no Seaforth women contesting the U17 Womens race it was then over to the U17 Men with Seaforth having 3 athletes racing over the 6000m course. Bringing the team home for Team Gold was Fraser Stirling (1st) 22:36, Rhys Sim (2nd) 23:46 and Matthew Eadie (4th) 25:59.
In the Senior Women Seaforth again took Team Gold with Gael Riddle and Susie Hubbard running superb races. Gael claiming 2nd place in 26:36, Susie 3rd in 26:59 and team mate Abby Cunningham (10th) 35:43 in her first cross country race.
The Senior Mens race proved to be the race of the day after a battle between Seaforths Kenny Neill and Ayrodynamic Triathlon athlete Greg Turner for the top prize with the Seaforth runner pulling clear on the last lap to become the first Ayr Seaforth athlete in 25 years to take the Senior Mens trophy. Times and places for all Seaforth men were Kenny Neill (1st) 32:21 ; Stephen McDowall (13th) 38:25 ; John Ross (14th) 38:51 ; Alasdair Meldrum (17th) 39:37 ; Stuart McLean (24th) 41:40 ; Iain Pettigrew (25th) 41:45 ; Stuart McColm (29th) 45:16. Seaforth also took Team Bronze in this race which was the first cross country event for John Ross.
Photographs of this event which are shown below are done so with the kind permission of Kenny Girvan Photography.
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