This years National Cross Country Championships took place at Callender Park, Falkirk on Saturday in conditions completely different from last year when it was a washout. There was a much smaller contingent from Seaforth this year but those who did compete had a memorable day.
First off were the U13 Girls with Seaforth but a problem with the chip timing system for this race has left it somewhat difficult to provide accurate times for those outside the top finishers. What is without question is that the finish order for Seaforth was Islay Hubbard 35th (no time), Tess Crooks 67th (15:13), Sophie McColm 74th (15:16),
The U13 Boys race was next and by this race the timing system was fully operational. Adam Currie led the Seaforth athletes home taking 38th position in a time of 2:42 for the 3100m course followed by Brodie McGregor 91st (13:30), Connor Scobie 119th (13:58) and Calum Moir 120th (3:59).
The U15 Girls race was next over a 4100m course and it was in this race that the Seaforth performance of the day was witnessed with Rosie Davidson narrowly missing out on a podium finish taking 4th place in 15:39. She was followed by team mates Isla Kirk 44th (17:42), Morven Hubbard 49th (17:49), Kitty Cooper-Hinton 117th (19:59) and Efthalia Karouzaki 33rd (22:19).
The U15 Boys raced over the same course with sole Seaforth representative Alex Crooks finishing in 67th place with a time of 16:15.
The only U17 athlete from Seaforth was U17 Woman Emma Frew who raced over a 6000m course to take 13th place in 26:25.
With there also being no U20 athletes from the club it was left to the Senior Men to complete Seaforth participation on the day. As usual this race has an enormous number of athletes competing with no fewer than 623 this year. The first home wearing the red cross of Seaforth was Kenny Neill who took 96th place after running over 10000m in a time of 38:01 followed by Alasdair Meldrum 347th (44:19), Iain Pettigrew 460th (47:43), Laurence Baker 468th (47:59), Ian Morrison 530th (50:45) and Stuart McColm 556th (52:30).