Saturday 11th October saw the first cross country race of the season in the form of the West District Relays which were switched from the original venue at Port Glasgow to Birkmyre Park, Kilmacolm as the original venue was considered to be too dangerous for athletes owing to excessive rutting. Team manager Alan Sprang had been hopeful of fielding numerous teams in both the boys and girls races but some very late call offs in the girls meant a fair bit of last minute shuffling of the pack.
Owing to Birkmyre Park being fairly small the course was quite compact and there were several loops of the park required to make the distance. Conditions on the day were good for running with no wind and the early light rain giving way to much brighter conditions.
First off was the Young females race which consisted of teams of 3 athletes with the first being u13 followed by either an u13 or u15 then either an u15 or u17. Owing to the late call offs Seaforth were only able to field 3 complete teams and an incomplete team of 2 runners.
Emma Frew who was the first runner for the ‘A’ team came home in 1st place over the 2500m course in a time of 8:55 handing over to India Birrell who was up against some very stiff competition but held on for 8th position at the changeover having covered the course in 10:12, the anchor leg was down to Kirstin Oakley who showed that all miles covered in training are paying off by covering the distance in 8:43 to come home in 3rd place for the bronze medal behind Giffnock North ‘A’ in 1st place and Kilbarchan AAC ‘A’ in 2nd .
In the Young Males race Seaforth fielded 4 complete teams with the Seaforth ‘A’ team going one better than the girls coming home in an excellent silver medal 2nd place. The lead runner was Scott Sprang who covered the course in a time of 8:39 handing over in 1st place to Lewis Ross who showed some fine form completing the course in 8:27 holding on to 2nd place before handing over to the anchor runner Fraser Stirling who brought the team home with a lap time of 7:46 for the silver medal.
Although there were no Senior Female teams Seaforth did field 2 Senior Male teams some of whom were running their first cross country race for the club with Seaforth coach Alasdair Meldrum stepping up to the breach at the last minute after call offs.
Full results and times for all Seaforth teams were:-
‘A’ team (3rd) Emma Frew 8:55(1st), India Birrell 10;12(8th), Kirstin Oakley 8:43(3rd)
‘B’ team (23rd) Rosie Davidson 10:46(31st), Lucy Davidson 9:59(26th), Mia Cullis 10:18(23rd)
‘C’ team (39th) Sophie McKay 11:07(47th), Caitlin Chilton 10:20(32nd), Rebecca Martin 12:29(39th)
‘D’ team (incomplete) Nadine Sturgeon 11:47(49th), Rachel Stirling 10:33(42nd)
‘A’ team (2nd) Scott Sprang 8:39(1st), Lewis Ross 8:27(2nd), Fraser Stirling 7:46(2nd)
‘B’ team 10th Greig Oakley 9:26(18th), Ross Nicolson 8:21(13th), Rhys Sim 7:56(10th)
‘C’ team 37th Josh Cooke 9:55(37th), Daniel Martin 9:32(36th), Callum Meldrum 9:27(37th)
‘D’ team 42nd Max McLean 10:33(52nd), Blair Smillie 9:31(42nd), Steven Martin 10:19(42nd)
‘A’ team (27th) Stuart McLean 14:57(38th), Craig Brown 14:40(32nd), Andrew Crichton 16:38(35th), Kenny Neill 12:51(27th)
‘B’ team (incomplete) Alasdair Meldrum 15:19(46th), Laurence Baker 15:06(37th), Tom McCulloch 17:55(39th)
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