It was a very cold Holyrood Park which greeted the athletes for this years Inter District Cross Country Championships with conditions underfoot described as soft to very soft. First up from Seaforth representing Scotland West was u15 Emma Frew in the first race of the day. Owing to a section of the course being waterlogged there was a change made which resulted in the 4k race being run over 4 x 1k laps. Emma ran a very good race coming home in 2nd place with a time of 15:24 to earn the silver medal and also a gold team medal.
The next race was the senior womens race which saw u20 athlete Kirstin Oakley running her first senior cross country event. This was a 6k race which was 4 x 1.5k laps taking in the area of rougher ground adjacent to the 1k lap. Kirstin ran an excellent race coming home in 18th place from 50 athletes in a time of 24:12 to win a team bronze.
Next up from Seaforth were double u13 Girls debutants Morven Hubbard & Rosie Davidson having earned their first selections at this level as a result of their excellent runs in last months West District Championships. The girls had a tough 3k race waiting for them with Morven leading the way to finish in 12th place with a time of 12:28 and Rosie coming home in 22nd with a time of 12:52.
The final race of the day featuring Seaforth athletes was the 6k Junior Mens race featuring the u17 & u20 Celtic Nations athletes which had Rhys Sim & Fraser Stirling competing. After a gruelling race Rhys finished in 16th place with a time of 22:00 and Fraser in 25th with a time of 22:38.
After their races the Seaforth contingent were able to watch top male & female athletes from Great Britain, Europe and the USA compete in the remaining races with the main race giving the 4000 spectators the chance to see a certain Mo Farah in action.
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