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Scottish National Short Course XC – Bellahouston, Glasgow – Sunday 10 November 2013

A small group of 12 athletes entered last weekends inaugural National Short Course Cross Country Championship races for u15 and u17 athletes which took place at Bellahouston Park,Glasgow. Traditionally the Short Course has been a senior event ran over a 4k course but this year Scottish Athletics introduced an u15 2k race and an u17 3k race.

In the u15 girls race young Katie McAlpine was the sole entrant. Katie is a multi-eventer and is using the cross country season as a base for her endurance training. In a tough race she completed the course in 10:29 coming home in 47th position.

The u15 boys saw 6 Seaforth athletes entered in a field of 68 runners. After a fast race first home for Seaforth was Fraser Stirling in 6th (6:36) followed by Lewis Ross 17th (6:51), Rhys Sim 27th (6:59), Callum Meldrum 45th (7:39), Euan McIntyre 47th (7:51) and Cameron Hay 58th (8:16). The first 3 boys home made Seaforth history by winning the team bronze medal coming in behind Fife AC and VP- Glasgow. This was the first Seaforth team medal at a National cross country event since 1999.

Next up was the u17 women’s race where Seaforth had 3 athletes entered in the starting line up of 35 runners. After a fast and hard fought race Kirstin Oakley led the team home in an excellent 2nd (10:49) place to win the silver medal, she was followed by Lisa Rennie 19th (12:23) and Rachael King 22nd (12:58). This team then made their own bit of Seaforth history, with the club having waited since 1999 for a team medal at a National cross country event they found themselves in the position of having won not 1 but 2 at the same event with the u17 women also taking team bronze. This is a testament to the hard work being done at the club by coach Alan Sprang as he develops his middle distance squad into a group who will regularly be competing for medals at this level.

The last race where Seaforth was represented was the u17 mens race with 2 athletes running in the field of 54 runners. James Pettigrew was the first Seaforth athlete in 15th (9:56) and Matthew Brawley was 30th (10:42)

Next up for the cross country team is the Ayrshire Cross Country Championships which take place at Irvine Beach Park on Saturday 16 November. After that a small group of athletes will head south to compete on Saturday 23 November in the McCain Cross Challenge race at Sefton Park, Liverpool which is also the European Cross Country trials and is sure to attract a large field.

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Lasswade Cross Country – Gorebridge – Sunday 3 November 2013

A group of 10 athletes from Ayr Seaforth competed in last Sundays Lasswade Cross Country at Gorebridge, Midlothian. A bright sunny day greeted them and they made the best of the weather with some excellent runs. The course was slightly altered from last years owing to ongoing work on the nearby railway line but even so a stiff test awaited them.

In the u11 girls youngster Rosie Davidson had a good run finishing in 26th place from 54 runners in a time of 7.39. In the u11 boys race Lewis Martin came back in 32nd place out of 45 runners in a time of 7.44.

In the u13 girls Seaforth were well represented with no less than 4 runners making the trip. Emma Frew continued her excellent early season form coming home in 2nd place out of 42 runners in a time of 12.42, Caitlin Chilton was 11th in 14.22, Lucy Davidson 15th in 14.41 and Jena Anderson 22nd in 15.37. The first three names girls also claimed the 2nd place team prize.

Twin brothers Daniel and Steven Martin were the u13 Seaforth boys representatives with Daniel gaining 5th place from 27 runners in 13.09 and Steven 10th place in 13.47.

In the u15 girls India Birrell finished 18th from 39 runners in 14.27 and Rebecca Martin 34th in 16.23.

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National Cross Country Relays – Cumbernauld – Saturday 26 October 2013

Saturday 26 October 2013 saw the last of this years cross country relay races take place with the National Cross Country Relays at Cumbernauld. The race is over a tough 2.5km course for both the young female and young male race, the course being both hilly and muddy making it a true cross country test. The race format for both is a first leg u13 runner followed by either an u13 or u15 runner with the third leg being taken up by either an u15 or u17 runner.

The first race of the day was the young females race where Seaforth had another excellent turnout with no less than 22 runners giving team manager Alan Sprang 6 complete teams and 4 incomplete teams. No less than 96 teams started the race with the first runner in being Seaforth athlete Emma Frew who was following up her outstanding first place in the recent District relays which use the same format. She handed over to u15 athlete India Birrell who was running against much stronger athletes in the older age group and handed over from 14th place to Kirstin Oakley who put in her usual excellent run bringing the Seaforth ‘A’ team home in 11th place overall. The Seaforth ‘B’ team of Lucy Davidson, Mia Cullis and Lisa Rennie finished 35th overall, the ‘C’ team of Caitlin Chilton, Rebecca Martin and Beth MacRae were 42nd, the ‘E’ team of Melissa Miller, Hannah Birrell and Christie Hutton were 47th, the ‘D’ team of Emma Low, Megan Short and Amy Palmer were 59th, the ‘F’ team of Alison King, Courtney McCorkell and Georgia Brawley were 63rd. The incomplete ‘G’ team of Alexandra Smiley and Rebecca Watson were in 63rd position after 2 legs and the single runner ‘H’ & ‘I’ teams Jena Anderson and Emma Palmer were 57th and 59th respectively after the first leg.

The young males race had 108 teams on the start line and saw Seaforth with 14 runners making 4 complete teams and 2 incomplete teams. The Seaforth ‘A’ team finished in a creditable 11th position after first leg runner Daniel Martin(u13) came back in 14th position to hand over to Fraser Stirling(u15) who fought back to 8th place before handing over to James Pettigrew(u17) who led the team home in 11th. The ‘B’ team of Scott Sprang, Lewis Ross and Rhys Sim finished in 29th place with the lead runner Scott Sprang having handed over from an excellent 8th position. The ‘C’ team of Steven Martin, Greig Oakley and Matthew Brawley were 47th, The ‘D’ team of Logan Cotter, Aidan Copland and Callum Meldrum were 66th with the incomplete ‘F’ team of Blair Smillie and ‘G’ team of Ben Smyth finishing the first leg in 79th and 106th places respectively.

Unfortunately Seaforth were unable to field anyone in the senior female race but had 6 runners in the senior male. The format for this was 4 runners per team which meant that Seaforth had 1 complete team and an incomplete team of 2 runners. There were 141 teams starting this race with the Seaforth ‘A’ team of Kenny Neil, Martin McCrorie, Steven Eaglesham and Andrew Crichton coming home after 1hr:02.38 in 66th place. The incomplete team of Laurence baker and Tom McCulloch were in 123rd place after 2 legs.

Seaforth also had runners featuring in the tables of fastest times of the day. In the young females Emma Frew was fastest u13 with Kirstin Oakley 4th fastest u17 runner. Featuring in the young males list were Scott Sprang as 9th fastest u13 and Fraser Stirling 8th fastest u15 runner.

A big well done to all athletes who competed and we now look forward to the individual races taking us through to March starting with the Laswade Open next Sunday and then both the Kilmarnock Open and the National Short Course XC at Bellahouston the following Sunday.

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Ayrshire Cross Country Relays – Kilmarnock – Saturday 19 October 2013

Saturday 12th October saw the Ayrshire Cross Country relays taking place for the first time over the Scott Ellis playing fields, Kilmarnock and the surrounding area. With the course being fairly flat some help was needed to make it more of a test for those athletes who entered and this came in the form of heavy rain which made the going vary from heavy to flooded.

Once again team manager Alan Sprang was delighted with the turnout from Seaforth as no less than 61 junior and 14 senior athletes took part.

The first race of the day was the u11 race with both boys and girls starting together. In the girls race the Seaforth ‘A’ team of Robyn McDonald, Rosie Davidson and Scarlett Ross came home in first place taking the gold medal with the ‘B’ team of Molly Weatherston, Katie Constantinou and Megan Brown in third place. The ‘C’ team only had a first leg runner in the person of Alex Meldrum who came in 3rd in the first leg. In the boys race Seaforth ‘A’ which included Max McLean, Ruben Lindsay and Lewis Martin came home in first place. The ‘B’ team again only had a first leg runner with Max Hay finishing the first leg in 3rd place.

Next was the u13 race which saw the girls race won by the Seaforth ‘A’ team of Lucy Davidson, Caitlin Chilton and Emma Frew with Seaforth ‘B’ team mates Melissa Miller, Charlotte McDowall and Emma Lowe taking silver. The Seaforth ‘C’ team which only had Alison King and Emma Palmer came home in 8th place after 2 legs. The boys race was won by the Seaforth ‘A’ team of Steven Martin, Scott Sprang and Daniel Martin with the Seaforth ‘B’ team of Blair Smillie, Aidan Copland and Greig Oakley coming 3rd  and Seaforth ‘C’ comprising of Michael Bargh, Ross Wylie and Alasdair Armstrong  coming 4th.

The girls u15 race saw 4 Seaforth teams taking part. The ‘A’ team of India Birrell, Rebecca Martin and Mia Cullis were 2nd with the ‘B’ team of Kate Alexander, Hannah Birrell and Megan short in 3rd place. The ‘D’ team which had Jennifer McVeigh, Holly Coughtrie and Megan Miller finished in 4th place with the ‘C’ team of Rebecca Watson, Katie McAlpine and Hannah Pettigrew in 5th. In the boys race Seaforth teams completed a complete clean sweep of the medals with the ‘A’ team of Lewis Ross, Jamie Brotherston and Fraser Stirling winning gold, the ‘B’ team of Cameron Ross, Rhys Sim and Ross Nicolson taking silver and the ‘D’ team of Fraser Angus, Ben Lomako and Fraser Paterson taking bronze. The ‘C’ team which had Euan McLevy, Callum Meldrum and Cameron Hay were 4th.

The girls u17 ‘A’ team of Lisa Rennie, Beth McRae and Kirstin Oakley took gold while the ‘B’ team of Rachael King, Christie Hutton and Amy Palmer took silver. In the boys race the Seaforth team of Euan McIntyre, Nial McHugh and Steven Mexson took bronze.

The senior men had a large number of competitors with no fewer than 14 entrants, several of whom were making their first sortie over a cross country course. The Seaforth ‘A’ team of Neil Burnside, Steven Reid, Stephen McCrorie and Kenny Neil finished in a creditable 4th place with the ‘B’ team of Crag McPike, Martin McCrorie, Craig Brown and Chris Boyce in 5th, the ‘C’ team of Stuart Mclean, Andy Crichton, Peter Laing and Laurence Baker in 8th and the incomplete ‘D’ team of Ian Baird and Tom McCulloch also running the first 2 legs.

Next up for Seaforth is the final team relay cross country which is the National Championships at Cumbernauld this Saturday then the cross country season really gets underway with the singles races going right through to the National Championships in Falkirk next February.

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West District XC Relays 2013 – Hamilton Park Racecourse, Hamilton – Saturday 12 October 2013

Saturday 12th October saw the start of the 2013/1014 cross country season with the opening race, The West District XC Relays, taking place at Hamilton Park Race Course, Hamilton. This was the first cross country meeting at Hamilton for 45 years and it provided an excellent introduction to cross country racing for the younger and less experienced athletes amongst the 44 junior athletes who assembled for Seaforth. With the club going from strength to strength this was reflected in the number of teams that team coach Alan Sprang was able to muster with 8 teams starting in the girls race and 9 teams starting in the boys the race. These relays are ran over 3 legs with an u13 athlete running the first leg then handing over to either an u13 or u15 athlete who in turn hands over to either an u15 or u17 athlete for the last leg with each athlete running over the 2.5k course. Perfect conditions greeted everyone at Hamilton with the weather being dry and almost windless.

With the girls up first the meeting got underway and after 2.5k it was Emma Frew of Seaforth who handed over from 1st place to her team-mate India Birrell who in turn handed over to Kirstin Oakley from 7th place. Kirstin gave her usual gutsy performance and brought the team home in an excellent 5th place. In the first leg of the junior females race there were 61 starters with Emma Frew for Seaforth ‘A’ coming home in 1st place; Lucy Davidson for ‘B’ in 16th; Caitlin Chilton for ‘C’ in 22nd ; Emma Low for ‘F’ in 23rd ; Melissa Miller for ‘G’ in 26th ; Charlotte McDowall for ‘D’ in 39th ; Jena Anderson for ‘E’ in 42nd and Eilidh Carswell for ‘H’ in 45th place.

The second leg which had either u13 or u15 runners saw Seaforth with 7 competitors. India Birrell of Seaforth ‘A’ was the first Seaforth runner home in 7th ; Mia Cullis for ‘B’ in 22nd ; Rebecca Martin for ‘C’ in 31st ; Kate Alexander for ‘F’ in 39th ; Megan Short for ‘D’ in 47th ; Georgia Brawley for ‘E’ in 48th  and Hannah Pettigrew for ‘G’ in 49th with 59 teams completing the second leg.

The third leg which had either u15 or u17 athletes saw Seaforth finish with 7 complete teams. The first runner home was Kirstin Oakley for ‘A’ in 5th place followed by Lisa Rennie ‘B’ in 19th ; Beth McRae for ‘C’ in 26th ; Rachael King for ‘D’ in 38th ; Rebecca Watson for ‘F’ in 44th ; Hannah Birrell for ‘E’ in 45th and Megan Miller for ‘G’ in 47th with 53 teams completing the third and final leg.

In the boys race Seaforth had 9 runners in the first leg with 64 teams starting. The first runner home for Seaforth was Daniel Martin for ‘B’ in 5th followed by Scott Sprang for ‘A’ in 12th ; Steven Martin for ‘C’ in 16th ; Greig Oakley for ‘D’ in 25th ; Aidan Copland for ‘E’ in 32nd ; Joshua Cooke for ‘F’ in 49th ; Alasdair Armstrong for ‘I’ in 59th ; Ben Smyth for ‘G’ in 60th and Callum Laurie for ‘H’ in 62nd place.

The second leg of the boys race saw Seaforth with 7 competitors. Fraser Stirling was the first runner home for Seaforth ‘A’ in 3rd followed by Lewis Ross for ‘B’ in 8th ; Jamie Brotherston for ‘C’ in 11th ; Cameron Ross for ‘D’ in 16th ; Fraser Angus for ‘E’ in 25th ; Fraser Patterson for ‘G’ in 44th and Blair Smillie for ‘F’ in 50th with 57 teams completing the leg.

In the third and final leg Seaforth had 6 runners. The first of those was James Pettigrew for ‘A’ in 4th place with Rhys Sim for ‘B’ in 12th ; Ross Nicolson for ‘C’ in 14th ; Matthew Brawley for ‘D’ in 19th ; John Hamilton for ‘E’ in 29th and Callum Meldrum for ‘F’ in 45th with 52 teams completing the third leg.

This was the first time in many years that Ayr Seaforth have managed to field so many runners and is surely testimony to the excellent work being done at the club. For the club to have 4 teams in the first 20 teams in the boys race was an amazing feat only equalled by the ever strong Giffnock North team from Glasgow and it is to be hoped that this is a sign of good things for the rest of the season. Well done to everyone who competed.

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Cross Country & Road Race Dates Winter 2013

The dates available so far for the forthcoming winter season are :-

12 October  West District XC Relays, Hamilton Park Race Course   West District Relays Info Sheet     West District Relays Course Map

19 October  Ayrshire XC Relays    Ayrshire Relays Information   Course Map   Race Details

26 October  National XC Relays, Cumbernauld    Location Map    Course Map

27 October  McCain Cross Challenge, Bristol

3 November  Lasswade XC      Click here for information

10 November  Kilmarnock XC     Entry Information   Course Map   Parking

10 November  National Short Course XC Championships, Bellahouston

16 November  Ayrshire XC Championships   Race Information

23 November  McCain Cross Challenge, Liverpool     Click here to enter   Course Maps

7 December  West District XC Championships, Kilmarnock    Race Information   Additional Info   Course Map   Race Distances

4 January  McCain Cross Challenge, Antrim

11 January  Inter District XC Championships, Holyrood, Edinburgh

19 January   East Kilbride XC Races   Course Map & Info

19 January  McCain Cross Challenge, Cardiff

22 February  National XC Championships, Falkirk

8 March  McCain Cross Challenge Final, Birmingham

16 March  National Young Athletes Road Race Championships, Riccarton, Edinburgh

 

Scottish National Cross Country Championships – Saturday 23 February 2013

Ayr Seaforth headed to Callendar Park, Falkirk on Saturday with a healthy contingent of 25 athletes to participate in the Scottish National Cross Country Championships. Entries this year were at a 16 year high with 1955 competitors entered. The biggest growth being in the youngest age-group with 172 entered in each Under-13 boys and Under-13 girls categories.

The first race of the day was the boys under 13 where Ayr had 5 runners. Lewis Ross finished in a creditable 18th place followed by Ewan McLevy (30th), Ross Nicolson in his very first race(32nd) and Daniel Martin (69th). Unfortunately although he started Steven Martin had to pull out due to illness.

Next up were the under 13 girls in which Ayr had 4 runners all making their first appearance on the National stage. The final positions were Mia Cullis (85th), Emily Cleer (97th), Caitlin Chilton (107th) and Beth Littlejohn (112th).

The under 15 boys were next followed by the under 15 girls. In the boys race Seaforth’s sole representative was Fraser Stirling who finished in an excellent 17th position from 112 starters. This was Frasers first year in the age group and he has acquitted himself very well against older and more experienced runners. In the girls race there were 6 runners representing Seaforth. The best finish of the day went to Kirstin Oakley (5th) followed by Lisa Rennie (59th), Beth MacRae (63rd), Jacqueline Gibson (74th), Rebecca Martin (81st) and Rebecca Watson (91st).

The women’s u17 race and u20 race both had single Seaforth runners. Rachael King, who was also making her first appearance finished in 43rd place in the u17 race while Katie Sprang was 15th in the u20 race.

The final race of the day was the senior men’s race which had an entry of 720 runners. Ayr had 7 runners in this race and their final positions were Laurence Baker (270th), David Hughes (285th), Kevin Bloy (294th), Peter Laing (335th), Paul Turnbull (382nd) and Ian Baird (459th). Unfortunately Tom McCulloch injured his calf during the race and had to pull out.

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Seaforth senior mens team