This years Scottish National Cross Country Championships took place today at the regular venue of Callendar Park, Falkirk in somewhat different conditions from what we are used to for most of the event. Gone was the wind, rain, mud and even the snow and athletes were instead greeted with unseasonably warm and very dry conditions although the rain did arrive before the event concluded.
Ayr Seaforth were again well represented from the U13 age group through to the Seniors in what was the largest field ever at the nationals. with the total number of entries put at 2458 it was the largest since the mens and womens Championships were combined in 1993-94.
First up was the U13 Girls who raced over a 3100m course where 146 athletes completed the course. Seaforth athletes were Iona Hubbard (12th-13:37), Anna Kirk (33rd-4:15), Sophie McCallum (38th-14:20), Sophie McColm (57th-4:50) and Katie Murray (72nd-15:19) with the Seaforth team narrowly missing out on a bronze medal taking 5th place overall.
The U13 Boys had the same 3100m course with a field of 185 contestants. Evan Kelly (38th-13:10) was first home followed by Ethan Polson (53rd-3:26), Daniel Byers (64th-3:37), Fraser McIntyre (75th-13:46) and Callum Moir (77th-13:47).
The U15 athletes had a slightly longer 4100m course for both girls & boys with the girls running first. Morven Hubbard (1st-17:10) led the way from the only other Seaforth entrant who was her sister Islay Hubbard (72nd-19:00).
The U15 Boys saw sole Seaforth representative Euan Bell (43rd-15:51).
The last Junior Seaforth athlete of the day was U17 Woman Emma Frew who claimed 28th-28:54 over the 6000m course.
Sandwiching the U20 races were the Senior athletes with the Senior Women taking to the stage first over the 10000m course. A massive field of 319 completed the race with Gael Neill (159th-53:09) and Kirsty Green (313th-70:03).
The Senior mens race had an even bigger field of 719 athletes with the hardy Seaforth team taking 28th team position overall. Individual places and times were Kenneth Neill (91st-39:04), Stephen McCrorie (294th-44:37), Stuart McClean (314th-45:04), Alasdair Meldrum (320th-45:3), Simon Kirk (370th-46:24), Iain Pettigrew (48:32), Laurence Baker (571st-51:15), Ian Morrison (618th-53:09), Stuart McColm (631st-53:45) and Peter Laing (664th-55:11).
For most this will be the end of the cross country season and some may have a well deserved break before they get down to the serious business of the 2019 track season. Many thanks to all of the coaches who have prepared the athletes over the winter for these Championships.
This years Indoor National Age Group Championships have been taking place over the last two weekends and Ayr Seaforth have been well represented throughout the age groups. A total of five medals were won by Seaforth athletes with U13 athlete Grace Dunlop excelling and taking home 2 medals. In the U13 age group Iona Hubbard took Gold in the 1500m and Grace Dunlop won Silver in 200m & Bronze in 60m. Senior woman Carolyn Harvey continued her National success taking Gold in the Triple Jump but it was an U15 athlete who shone brightest with Libby White taking part in her first ever Triple Jump. What makes Libby’s performance all the more incredible is that this was her first ever Triple Jump competition in which she fouled with her first attempt and then broke the Scottish Indoor Record for her age group with her first ever counting jump! Congratulations go to all medal winners from everyone at Ayr Seaforth.
|Anna Kirk||800m(H4)||7th (2:32.37)|
|Iona Hubbard||1500m||1st (5:13.78)|
|Abbie Rankine||60mH(H3)||6th (11.68s)|
|Eve Beswick||300m(H1)||5th (48.52s)|
|Sophie McColm||800m(H4)||4th (2:38.27)|
|Libby White||Long Jump
NEW SCOTTISH RECORD
|Connor Scobie||800m(H2)||6th (2:35.26)|
|Kirsten McClymont||200m(H4)||3rd (27.90s)|
|Aimee McGinley||60m(H1)||7th (8.24s)|
|Kirsten McClymont||200m(H4)||6th (27.87s)|
|Carolyn Harvey||Triple Jump||1st (12.08m)|
This years West District Cross Country Championships took place at a very wet and muddy Kilmarnock yesterday. While the strong winds of earlier in the week had gone the mud was as bad as ever with the rain returning before the event finished.
The first race of the day was the U13 Girls race which unfortunately was victim to an error on the course where the runners were marshalled over a far shorter course than the 3200m they were supposed to run, the organisers however decided that the results stood which saw Ayr Seaforth off to a good start with Iona Hubbard taking second place with the team of Iona Hubbard, Anna Kirk & Sophie McCallum taking the Team Silver medals.
The U13 Boys followed and this time there was no marshalling mistakes. Over the 3200m course the Seaforth team of Ethan Polson, Calum Moir & Daniel Byers took 5th place overall.
The U15 Girls was the next race which was over a longer course of some 4000m and this was followed by the U15 Boys who took on the same distance.
The next race where Seaforth was represented was the U17 Women over 5500m and it was in this race we saw the performance of the day with Rosie Davidson taking the Gold medal.
The Senior Women then took on the same 8500m course that the Senior would run in the last race of the day with the U17 Men competing on the 5500m course in between these races.
Cross country now takes a break until the National Championships which are in Falkirk towards the end of February.
|2 (Team Silver)||Iona Hubbard||5:01|
|12 (Team Silver)||Anna Kirk||5:10|
|16 (Team Silver)||Sophie McCallum||5:17|
A sizeable group from Ayr Seaforth made the now annual trip to Liverpool this weekend to compete in the 3rd leg of this seasons British Cross Country Challenge which is a series of races in Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Belfast and Loughborough. Points are awarded for finishing places in each race with the season winners decided in the final race at Lougborough by accumulated points totals. The race at Liverpool was also the trials for this seasons European Championships with the UK team at the older age groups being decided. The Seaforth performance of the day was in the U13 Girls race where Iona Hubbard came home in 16th place although this was only 2 places better than U17 Woman Rosie Davidson who took 18th place in her race.
In the U13 Girls race Seaforth had 5 girls competing resulting in Iona Hubbard (16th), Anna Kirk (26th), Sophie McCallum (28th), Sophie McColm (41st) and Drew Walker (78th) while in the U13 Boys it was Daniel Byers (48th), Calum Moir (60th) and Connor Scobie (74th).
The U15 Girls saw the other two Hubbard sisters running with Morven Hubbard (60th) and Islay Hubbard (102nd), in the U15 Boys Euan Bell was 69th with Alex Crooks (117th) and Fergus Muir (119th).
The U17 Womens race had Rosie Davidson (18th), Emma Frew (25th) and Evie Mackay (75th). The U17 Men race which was won by Hamish Armitt of Giffnock North saw Scott Sprang (63rd) and Max McLean (119th).
There was only a solo Senior athlete from Ayr Seaforth competing on the day and this was Ruth Kirk in the Senior Womens race where she completed the gruelling course in 193rd position.
This years Ayrshire Cross Country Championships took place at an unusually sunny Kilmarnock on Saturday although conditions underfoot were still slightly soft in places. First up was the U11 races where Seaforth athlete Brady McLean took the Gold medal in the boys race. There was success in both U13 races however with Iona Hubbard taking Gold & Anna Kirk the Silver in the girls race while Ethan Polson took Silver & Daniel Byers Bronze in the boys race. Euan Bell followed this taking Silver in the U15 boys race while Morven Hubbard also took Silver in the U15 girls race. Not to be outdone it was then the turn of Scott Sprang to take Gold & Emma Frew also Gold in the U17 races. The final races of the day were the Seniors where Toni McIntosh won Gold in the womens with twin sister Laura Wallace taking bronze, in the mens race Lewis Ross won bronze while also taking the position of 1st in the U20 section. All in all it was good day for Ayr Seaforth and full results can be found below.
|1st (3rd Team)||Brady McLean|
|8th (3rd Team)||Matthew Copland|
|12th (3rd Team)||Finlay Leishman|
|2nd (1st Team)||Ethan Polson|
|3rd (1st Team)||Daniel Byers|
|5th (1st Team)||Connor Scobie|
|7th (1st Team)||Fraser McIntyre|
|1st (1st Team)||Iona Hubbard|
|3rd (1st Team)||Anna Kirk|
|5th (1st Team)||Sophie McColm|
|2nd (2nd Team)||Euan Bell|
|4th (2nd Team)||Alex Crooks|
|6th (2nd Team)||Joshua Mirtle|
|3rd (2nd Team/1st U20)||Lewis Ross|
|4th (2nd Team/1st M40)||Kenny Neill|
|6th (2nd Team)||Grahame Hopper|
|14th (2nd Team)||Alasdair Meldrum|
|23rd (2nd Team)||Simon Kirk|
|1st (1st Team)||Toni McIntosh|
|3rd (1st Team)||Laure Wallace|
|4th (1st Team)||Nicola Dunn|
This years National Short Course XC moved to a new venue at Lanark Race Course. This is a cross country race which is run over a much shorter distance than usual making it something of a cross country sprint. It is limited to age groups of U15 and above with the U15 racing over a 2km course, U17 over a 3km course and the U20/Senior over a 4km course. In the U15 Girls race Morven Hubbard took 36th place with sister Islay Hubbard taking 61st place. In the U15 Boys race Alex Crooks completed the course in 24th place with Fergus Muir in 106th. The U17 Women saw the performance of the day from Seaforth with Rosie Davidson (5th place), Emma Frew (13th place) and Evie Mackay (46th place) giving them the team Bronze medal. With there being no U17 men competing from Seaforth on the day it was then the turn of the Seniors. In the Senior Women it was Toni McIntosh who led the way finishing in 22nd place followed by Nicola Dunn in 64th place from a field of 206 competitors. The Senior Men completed the days competition with Grahame Hopper in 170th place, Alasdair Meldrum 268th, Simon Kirk 304th, Craig Brown 309th and Tim Downie 416th.
This years Scottish National XC Relay Championships took place on Saturday at a somewhat mudless Cumbernauld which is extremely unusual. On a day with a bright,sunny sky and low temperatures there was no sign of the mud which is a normal feature of this course but this in no way made it any easier for the competitors who still had to negotiate the rolling hills of the course.
The first race of the day was that of the Young Females where teams of 3 compete with an U13 athlete running the 2500m course first followed by either an U13 or U15 who then hands over to either an U15 or U17. Seaforth had 3 complete teams and an incomplete team competing in this race with Team 1 giving the club their best result of the day with 8th place.
Next up was the Young Males who ran in the same format with there being 3 complete teams and an incomplete team.
With only 2 Senior Women available on the day it was an incomplete team of Gael Riddle & Ruth Kirk who competed in the Masters Women section taking on a 4000m course. The Senior Men were well represented with 3 complete teams taking on the 4 x 4000m course. Full results can be seen in the tables below.
|8th Place (Team 1)||Iona Hubbard (u13)||10:03|
|Morven Hubbard (u15)||10:28 (20:31.1)|
|Rosie Davidson (u17)||9:37 (30:08.2)|
|30th Place (Team 2)||Anna Kirk (u13)||10:34|
|Islay Hubbard (u15)||11:11 (21:45.7)|
|Emma Frew (u17)||9:53 (31:39.2)|
|45th Place (Team 3)||Sophie McColm (u13)||10:43|
|Katie Murray (u13)||11:00 (21:43.3)|
|Evie Mackay (u17)||11:08 (2:52.1)|
|Incomplete Team||Sophie McCallum (u13)||10:35|
|Drew Walker (u13)||12:12 (22:48.7)|
|18th Place (Team 1)||Adam Currie (u13)||9:48|
|Alex Crooks (u15)||9:09 (18:58)|
|Scott Sprang (u17)||8:47 (27:45.7)|
|74th Place (Team 2)||Daniel Byers (u13)||9:54|
|Connor Scobie (u13)||10:35 (20:30.2)|
|Max McLean (u17)||10:37 (31:07.5)|
|80th Place (Team 3)||Ethan Polson (u13)||10:10|
|Calum Moir (u13)||12:06 (22:16)|
|Euan Bell (u15)||9:16 (31:33.3)|
|Incomplete Team||Fraser McIntyre (u13)||10:42|
|Joshua Mirtle (u15)||11:10 (21:52.8)|
|Incomplete Team||Gael Neill||18:06|
|Ruth Kirk||19:06 (37:12.9)|
|39th Place (Team 1)||Stephen McCrorie (M45)||14:26|
|Brian Robinson (M40)||13:53 (28:19)|
|Kenny Neill (M40)||13:16 (41:36)|
|Grahame Hopper||13:38 (55:15.1)|
|87th Place (Team 2)||Simon Kirk (M45)||15:25|
|Craig Brown||15:32 (30:57)|
|Alasdair Meldrum (M45)||15:05 (46:02)|
|Iain Pettigrew (M50)||15:44 (61:47.5|
|106th Place (Team 3)||Ian Young||15:55|
|Peter Laing (M55)||17:27 (33:23)|
|Stuart McColm (M50)||17:46 (51:10)|
|Stuart McLean (M45)||16:40 (67.50)|