This years Liverpool leg of the UK Cross Challenge series took place on Saturday at an exceptionally foggy Sefton Park, Liverpool and again a sizeable contingent from Ayr Seaforth made their way down by coach the day before.
The first race of the day was the combined U11 boys & girls race which was over a 1.9km course. In the U11 boys category young Brodie McGregor who was making his first trip to the event put all his hard training to good use finishing in 19th place from a field of 70 with a time of 7:53, in the U11 girls race Iona Hubbard also acquitted herself very well with an excellent 16th place finish from a field of 84 finishers in a time of 7:59.
Next up it was the turn of the U13 girls and then boys who each ran over a 3km course. The best finish of the day went to Morven Hubbard who claimed 10th place in a time of 11:25 followed by younger sister Islay who was 78th in 13:08 with 147 competing this race. The boys race saw 162 athletes fight it out with Alex Crooks coming 25th in 11:05 followed by Euan Bell (49th) 11:27 & Sam Drummond (97th) 12:34.
The U15 boys were followed by the U15 girls who each ran over the same 3km course as the U13 age group. Of the 139 runners in the boys race Scott Sprang (48th) in 10:34 was followed by team mate Greig Oakley (111th) in 11:58. The U15 girls had 126 competitors and saw Rosie Davidson claim 26th in 11:21 followed by Emma Frew who was 41st in 11:40.
The U17 Women ran next over a 4.4km course and were followed by the U17 men who had a 5.5km course to negotiate. In the womens race it was Caitlin Chilton who represented Seaforth coming home in 76th position in a time of 20:37 and Lewis Ross in the mens race finished in 77th place with a time of 19:16.
With competition for Seaforth athletes over after the U17 age groups everyone was then able to watch some top class competition in the senior races with Scottish Olympic athletes Andrew Butchart & Calum Hawkins on view in a race which was won by Butchart.