A smaller contingent than that of recent years represented Ayr Seaforth at this years Liverpool leg of the British Cross Challenge which took place as usual at Sefton Park in Liverpool. This is a series of races at different venues in England, Wales & Ireland with the Liverpool race also doubling as the European Cross Country Trials for those in the older age groups. Those younger athletes competing gain valuable experience of participation in a much larger field with several thousand spectators watching them and they also get to rub shoulders with the sports elite.
The U11 races are over a 1900m course and in the U11 Boys Fraser McIntyre came home in 59th place (8:23) while in the U11 Girls race Iona Hubbard had a remarkable run to take 6th place in 8:15.
The U13 age group took on a 3000m course with Brodie McGregor taking 57th in the boys with a time of 12:26 and in the girls race Islay Hubbard finished in a creditable 19th (12:23) with Julie Dunn 92nd (14:01).
The U15 age group covered the same 3000m course where Alex Crooks and Euan Bell took 89th (11:26) and 101st (11:39) respectively. In the girls race there was a fantastic effort from Rosie Davidson who finished in an excellent 8th (11:22) while Morven Hubbard was 47th (12:36).
The final representative for Seaforth on the day was in the U17 Mens race which was over a 5500m course, Scott Sprang claiming 68th (20:17).