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British Inter Counties Cross Country Championships – Cofton Park,Birmingham – Saturday 12 March 2016

Kirstin Oakley competed for Scotland Team West on Saturday having again been selected to compete in this years British Inter Counties Cross Country Championships. This event is used as the British team trials for the Biennial World Cross Country Championships although on this occasion this was not the case owing to there being no Worlds this year. There are races for all age groups from u13 up with teams competing from all 48 English counties, 3 from Scotland and 4 from Wales over a very tough course.

This year the course was bathed in brilliant sunshine although there were still some heavily mudded areas. Kirstin competed in the U20 Womans race and came home in 32nd place. With the first 4 from each team counting towards the Championships this was enough to help her team of Gillian Black – Victoria Park City of Glasgow(4th), Sarah Dempsey – Kilbarchan AC(16th) and Chloe Simpson – Inverclyde AC(52nd) take 1st place overall for Team Gold.

Kirstin Oakley Inter Counties 2016

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National Cross Country Championships – Saturday 27 February 2016 – Callendar Park,Falkirk

A sizeable contingent throughout the age groups from Seaforth attended Callendar Park, Falkirk on Saturday for this years Scottish National Cross Country Championships. After the recent bad weather competitors were greeted by a cold day with bright sunshine and fairly dry conditions underfoot which made for almost perfect racing conditions. This year saw the overall entries increase yet again to an amazing 2295 entries which has only been topped once going back to the early 1970’s. Many of those competing for Seaforth were doing so for the first time and will no doubt have gained valuable experience from competing at this level. Full results for the Seaforth athletes can be found below:-

U13 Boys - 3200m

Position Name Time
52. Alex Crooks 13.51
67. Patrick Smiley 14.12
83. Euan Bell 14.33
91. Sam Drummond 14.47
105. Max Cunningham 15.07
137. Blair Gemmell 16.13
141. Lewis Martin 16.24

U13 Girls - 3200m

Position Name Time
11. Morven Hubbard 13.58
18. Rosie Davidson 14.18
28. Evie Mackay 14.41
101. Kate Wilce 16.24

U15 Boys - 4000m

Position Name Time
33. Scott Sprang 15.36
53. Declan McGhee 16.14
62. Aidan Copland 16.25
79. Logan Cotter 16.53
93. Daniel Martin 17.24

U15 Girls - 4000m

Position Name Time
58. Charlotte McDowall 19.10
93. Caitlin Chilton 20.59
94. Alexandra Smiley 21.05

U17 Men - 6400m

Position Name Time
19. Fraser Stirling 24.48
23. Lewis Ross 24.58
53. Matthew Eadie 26.27

U17 Women - 4800m

Position Name Time
42. Mia Cullis 22.53

U20 Women - 4800m

Positon Name Time
11. Kirstin Oakley 19.44

Senior Men - 12000m

Position Name Time
59. Kenny Neill 45.31
287. Stephen McDowall 52.26
429. Peter Laing 56.30
442. Alasdair Meldrum 56.50
501. Laurence Baker 59.06
566. Iain Pettigrew 63.15

Senior Women - 8000m

Position Name Time
61. Laura Wallace 36.00
139. Toni McIntosh 39.47
252. Abby Cunningham 49.11

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East Kilbride Cross Country Races – Saturday 16 January 2016

A small contingent of Seaforth athletes travelled to East Kilbride last weekend to take part in the annual east Kilbride AC cross country races. Performance of the day was by Alex Crooks taking an excellent first place in the u13 boys race and leading his team to the team silver medal. There was also team success for the U11 Girls team who took bronze.Results for all Seaforth athletes are shown below :-

U11 Girls - 1km

Position Name Time
5th Tess Crooks 3:22
10th Islay Hubbard 3:32
21st Iona Hubbard 3:48
25th Iona Bell 3:55
26th Abbie Chilton 3:58

U11 Boys - 1km

Position Name Time
4th Fergus Muir 3:01
30th Lewis McGlynn 3:30

U13 Girls - 2.1km

Position Name Time
3rd Morven Hubbard 8:31
4th Rosie Davidson 8:37

U13 Boys - 2.1km

Position Name Time
1st Alex Crooks 8:05
6th Euan Bell 8:57
11th Lewis Martin 9:28

U15 Girls - 4.2km

Position Name Time
4th Caitlin Chilton 12:44

U17 Women - 4.2km

Position Name Time
1st Mia Cullis 19.11

Senior Men - 8.4km

Position Name Time
18th Stephen McDowall 33:07
28th Iain Pettigrew 35:44
29th Laurence Baker 35:50

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Inter District Cross Country – Holyrood Park, Edinburgh – Saturday 9 January 2016

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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West District Cross Country Championships – Bellahouston, Glasgow – Sunday 6 December 2015

This years West District Cross Country Championships took place on Sunday at an unbelievably muddy Bellahouston Park, Glasgow thanks to Storm Desmond which seems to have dropped a years worth of rain in Bellahouston.

Normally the underfoot conditions soften up as the races progress with the Senior Mens race usually having the worst of the conditions but this venue proved to be the same for the first race which was the U13 Girls as it did for the Senior Men.

Although no individual medals were won by Seaforth athletes on the day there were some notable performances with Kenny Neill achieving an excellent 17th place in the Senior Men and there are several younger athletes eagerly awaiting a call to confirm selection for Team West to contest the Inter District Championships at Holyrood, Edinburgh on Saturday 9 January 2016. Team performance of the day was by the girls U13 team of Morven Hubbard, Rosie Davidson and Evie Mackay who collectively took team bronze.

Full results for all Seaforth athletes competing can be found in the tables below:-

U13 Girls West District XC - 3000m

Position Name Time
9th Morven Hubbard 13.28
12th Rosie Davidson 13.47
21st Evie Mackay 14.30
43rd Sophie McKay 15.34

U13 Boys West District XC - 3000m

Position Name Time
18th Alex Crooks 13.22
26th Euan Bell 13.50
39th Max Cunningham 14.20
48th Sam Drummond 14.50
56th Charlie Walker 16.56

U15 Girls West District XC - 4000m

Position Name Time
24th Charlotte McDowall 19.44
31st Caitlin Chilton 20.18
37th Kelly Cunningham 21.13

U15 Boys West District XC - 4000m

Position Name Time
16th Scott Sprang 16.17
20th Declan McGhee 16.33
35th Aidan Copland 17.44
48th Logan Cotter 18.19

U17 Men West District XC - 6500m

Position Name Time
8th Fraser Stirling 26.14
23rd Lewis Ross 28.34

U20 Women West District XC - 5000m

Position Name Time
4th Kirstin Oakley 22.20

Senior Women West District XC - 6500m

Position Name Time
27th Toni McIntosh 31.56
32nd Gael Riddle 32.10
37th Susan Hubbard 32.27

Senior Men West District XC - 10000m

Position Name Time
17th Kenny Neill 41.21
106th Stephen McCrorie 48.18
108th Stephen McDowall 48.34
147th John Ross 51.34
153rd Laurence Baker 51.51
154th Alasdair Meldrum 52.07
168th Peter Laing 53.47
176th Iain Pettigrew 54.25
201st David Jones 58.17
208th Stuart McColm 59.39


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Ayrshire Cross Country Championships – Rozelle, Ayr – Saturday 28 November 2015

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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British Cross Challenge – Liverpool – Saturday 28 November 2015

This years British Cross Challenge race took place on Saturday at a very muddy Sefton Park, Liverpool. The recent heavy rains had ensured very heavy conditions underfoot but thankfully the rains held off for most of the races and the high winds which were forecast held off as well.

A smaller contingent than last year from Seaforth travelled to take part but those who did take part acquitted themselves well.

In the u11 Girls Abbie Chilton got her first taste of competition at a big event and covered the 1.9k course in 9:21 taking 51st place.

In the U13 girls race Seaforths representatives were Morven Hubbard and Rosie Davidson who were both making their first appearance on the Liverpool stage. They had an exceptional introduction to this standard of race with both having a top 20 finish in a race with 118 athletes over a tough 3k course. Morven led them home in 10th place with a time of 11:55 and Rosie in 19th place with a time of 12:07.

The U13 boys also saw a first appearance for Alex Crooks who was accompanied by Lewis Martin, a veteran of the U11 race for the last two years. Alex led the way over the same 3k course as the girls with a 54th place finish in 11:51 and Lewis was 102nd in 13:20.

The next race was the U15 boys where Seaforth had 3 athletes running namely Declan McGhee, Scott Sprang and Greig Oakley. Declan covered the 3k course in 11:03 for 68th place, Scott in 11:12 for 76th and Greig in 12:26 for 117th place.

The u15 girls race was to prove the race of the day for the Seaforth athletes with Emma Frew and Caitlin Chilton competing. Emma won here last year in the U13 age group but has now taken the step up to U15 which she did with ease. Over the same 3k course she ran a superb race to claim 3rd place in 10:55 with Caitlin claiming 76th in 13:16.

The last Seaforth athlete of the day was Kirstin Oakley who has now taken the step up to U20. Kirstin covered the longer 4.4k course in 16.51 to take 36th place.

The next race for the Seaforth cross country group will be the West District Cross Country Championships which take place next weekend at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.


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Kilmarnock Cross Country – Sunday 22 November 2015

This years Kilmarnock Cross Country races took place on Sunday at the Scott Ellis playing fields in near perfect conditions with sunshine, no wind and very heavy going underfoot after recent rains although it has to be said it was very cold. The heavy conditions made a tough course even harder although this didn’t stop the contingent from Ayr Seaforth performing well on the day with the Senior Women taking first team place in their race. Results for all Seaforth athletes can be found in the tables below :-

U11 Boys - Kilmarnock XC 2015 - 1300m

Position Name Time
13th Fergus Muir 4:50
27th Callum Hannah 5:21

U11 Girls - Kilmarnock XC 2015 - 1300m

Position Name Time
4th Islay Hubbard 5:02
10th Libby White 5:20
13th Tess Crooks 5:28
17th Abbie Chilton 5:41

U13 Boys - Kilmarnock XC 2015 - 3200m

Position Name Time
10th Alex Crooks 13:17
13th Euan Bell 13:35
16th Lewis Martin 14:13
23rd Ethan White 15:34
24th Blair Gemmell 15:38

U13 Girls - Kilmarnock XC 2015 - 3200m

Position Name Time
1st Rosie Davidson 13:11
3rd Morven Hubbard 13:26
9th Evie Mackay 14:33
21st Alex Meldrum 16:23

U15 Boys - Kilmarnock XC 2015 - 4000m

Position Name Time
4th Declan McGhee 14:26
7th Logan Cotter 15:27

U15 Girls - Kilmarnock XC 2015 - 4000m

Position Name Time
1st Emma Frew 14:25
4th Caitlin Chilton 17:11

U17 Men - Kilmarnock XC 2015 - 6400m

Position Name Time
1st Fraser Stirling 22:35

U20/Senior Men - Kilmarnock XC 2015 - 9600m

Position Name Time
3rd Kenny Neill 34:03
21st Stephen McDowall 40:54
29th Peter Laing 43:21
30th Laurence Baker 43:22
33rd Alasdair Meldrum 44:04
36th Iain Pettigrew 44:48
45th Stuart McColm 49:37

U20/Senior Women - Kilmarnock XC 2015 - 6400m

Position Name Time
1st Kirstin Oakley 26:43
2nd Toni McIntosh 27:22
3rd Gael Riddle 29:22

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National Short Course Cross Country Championships – Bellahouston, Glasgow – Saturday 7 November 2015

Saturday saw this years National Short Course XC Championships take place at an extremely wet and muddy Bellahouston Park,Glasgow which was so wet the coastguard should have been there.

Seaforth had athletes running in each category which ranged from the u15 age groups up to senior level. There were several notable performances from individual athletes and special mention must go to the u17 Mens team of Rhys Sim, Fraser Stirling and Lewis Ross who took team silver in their age group. Results for all Seaforth athletes can be found in the tables below.

U15 Girls - National Short Course XC 2015 - 2000m

Position Name Time
49th Caitlin Chilton 7.25
50th Kelly Cunningham 7.27

U17 Women - National Short Course XC 2015 - 3000m

Position Name Time
33rd Mia Cullis 13.52

U20 / Senior Women - National Short Course XC 2015 - 4000m

Position Name Time
21st (5th U20) Kirstin Oakley 15.05
54th Toni McIntosh 16.20

U15 Boys - National Short Course XC 2015 - 2000m

Position Name Time
26th Declan McGhee 6.51
42nd Daniel Martin 7.06
43rd Aidan Copland 7.06
44th Scott Sprang 7.08

U17 Men - National Short Course XC 2015 - 3000m

Position Name Time
4th Rhys Sim 9.54
11th Fraser Stirling 10.02
20th Lewis Ross 10.19

U20 / Senior Men - National Short Course XC 2015 - 4000m

Position Name Times
114th(25th U20) James Pettigrew 14.28
285th Iain Pettigrew 17.18


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National Cross Country Relays – Cumbernauld – Saturday 24 October 2015

Saturday saw this seasons National Cross Country Relays take place at Cumbernauld for the 15th year. This is always a tough course but with heavy overnight rain having fallen it was made a lot tougher. For the Junior age groups these races take the form of 3 athletes per team each covering the 2500m course with the first runner being u13, the 2nd runner being either u13 or u15 and the final runner either u15 or u17. The Senior Womens team also comprises of 3 athletes over a 4000m course and the Senior Men have 4 athletes over the same 4000m course.

This year saw record entries and in the Junior Womens race there were 75 complete teams recorded at the finish with 89 in the Junior Mens, 52 in the Senior Womens and 83 in the Senior Mens.

In the Junior Womens section Emma Frew had an excellent run coming home with the 6th fastest leg of the race.

Kirstin Oakley in her first race in the Senior age group at this level ran to 13th place in her leg against GB Internationalists Laura Muir and Freya Ross and she came home with the 23rd fastest leg of her race with the 5th fastest U20 time.

Results for Seaforth teams can be seen below (missing results for some Senior Men will be updated when available)

Junior Women (2500m) - National XC Relays - Cumbernauld - Saturday 24 October 2015

18th (Seaforth A) Rosie Davidson 21st 11.09
Caitlin Chilton 32nd 11.48
Emma Frew 17th 9.53
32nd (Seaforth B) Morven Hubbard 10th 10.37
Charlotte McDowall 19th 11.17
Mia Cullis 31st 12.19
51st (Seaforth C) Evie Mackay 40th 11.36
Kelly Cunningham 43rd 11.58
India Birrell 50th 12.39
Incomplete Team (Seaforth D) Sophie McKay 53rd 12.03
Rachel Alexander 79th 13.35
Incomplete Team (Seaforth E) Bethany Alexander 89th 13.05

Junior Men (2500m) - National XC Relays - Cumbernauld - Saturday 24 October 2015

20th (Seaforth A) Patrick Smiley 27th 10.28
Scott Sprang 27th 9.55
Rhys Sim 20th 8.52
28th (Seaforth B) Alex Crooks 31st 10.31
Declan McGhee 37th 10.10
Lewis Ross 28th 9.06
75th (Seaforth C) Euan Bell 59th 11.11
Lewis Martin 81st 11.46
Daniel Martin 76th 10.33
79th (Seaforth D) Euan Ramsay 68th 11.18
Max Hay 83rd 11.54
Greig Oakley 79th 10.41
Incomplete Team
Seaforth F
Blair Gemmell 90th 11.54
Max McLean 95th 12.48
Incomplete Team
Seaforth E
Max Cunningham 67th 11.15
Incomplete Team
Seaforth H
Charlie Walker 101st 13.00

Senior Women (4000m) - National XC Relays - Cumbernauld - Saturday 24 October 2015

14th Kirstin Oakley 13th 15.15
Beth Macrae 18th 17.21
Toni McIntosh 14th 16.00

Senior Men (4000m) - National XC Relays - Cumbernauld - Saturday 24 October 2015

31st (Seaforth A) Kenny Neill 21st 13.34
James Pettigrew 31st 14.46
Steven McCrorie 34th 15.07
Craig McPike 31st 14.39
73rd (Seaforth B) Peter Laing 93rd 17.19
Stephen McDowall 83rd 16.04
Iain Pettigrew 84th 17.44
Andrew Crichton 73rd 17.57

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