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.
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.
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.
This years Ayrshire Cross Country Relay Championships took place on Saturday at Irvine Sports Club. Conditions were favourable with the rain holding off till the Senior races although the lack of mud underfoot may have confused a few. There was success on the day for several Seaforth teams with the U11 Boys(A) taking Silver, U13 Boys (A) taking Silver, U13 Girls (B) taking Gold & the (A) team Bronze, Mens (A) took Bronze while the Womens (A) won Gold. Full results can be found below.
This years West District Cross Country Relay Championships took place at an exceptionally wet Irvine Beach Park yesterday but despite the weather around 1200 athletes took part.
Seaforth had teams featuring in each race and first up was the Young Females. This race like the Young Males comprises of teams of 3 athletes each running over a 2500m course. The first runner is an U13 athlete with the second either an U13 or U15 and the third runner either U15 or U17.
In the young Females race which had 45 complete teams, Seaforth had 3 complete teams competing with the first leg runners being Iona Hubbard (Team A), Sophie MCcColm (Team B) and Sophie McCallum (Team C). It was Iona Hubbard who led the race home with a sizeable lead to hand over to the second leg runners who were Morven Hubbard (Team A), Anna Kirk (Team B) and Katie Murray (Team C). For the third and final leg it was Emma Frew (Team A), Evie Mackay (Team B) and Isla Hubbard (Team C) who set off with Team A coming home in 5th place, Team B in 16th place and Team C in 20th place.
The next race was the Young Males where Seaforth had 2 complete teams and an incomplete team in a race with 40 complete teams. First leg runners were Conor Scobie (Team A), Calum Moir (Team B) and Fraser McIntyre (Team C) who then handed over to Alex Crooks (Team A), Daniel Byers (Team B) and Euan Bell (Team C). With no third runner for team C it was left to Scott Sprang (Team A) and Max McLean (Team B) to take up the challenge with Team A coming home in 11th place and Team B in 26th place.
The Senior Women were next up in a race with 34 complete teams. This race was competed by teams of 3 athletes each taking on a 4000m course. With only one complete team and a solo runner it was Laura Wallace (Team A) and Ruth Kirk (Team B) who set off with Laura followed by Gael Neill and Toni McIntosh who brought the team home in 10th place.
The Senior Mens race comprised of teams of 4 athletes each taking on the same 4000m course as the Senior Women. Seaforth had 3 complete teams in a field of 85 complete Senior teams and it was first leg runners Grahame Hopper (Team A), Alasdair Meldrum (Team B) and Laurence Baker (Team C) who led off handing over to Stephen McCrorie (Team A), Simon Kirk (Team B) and Peter Laing(Team C). With persistent rain once again falling it was then the turn of Craig Brown (Team A), Iain Pettigrew (Team B) and Stuart McColm (Team C) who handed over to final leg runners Kenny Neill (Team A), Paul Turnbull (Team B) and Stuart McLean (Team C). In the final overall standings in the Senior category Team A were 28th, Team B 58th and Team C 72nd however in the Seniors only category Team A were 23rd while in the Masters category Team B were 12th and Team C 16th.
Next up is the Ayrshire Cross Country Relays next weekend followed by the National Cross Country Relays at Cumbernauld.
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).
Last weekend saw the Great Edinburgh Run and Inter District Cross Country take place at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh for perhaps the last time as Edinburgh City Council are withdrawing funding for the event. In the Great Edinburgh Junior Run Ayr Seaforth U13 athlete Iona Hubbard had a fantastic run to take 3rd place in a time of 10:23. Shortly after the road races the Inter District Cross Country races along with the various International Cross Country races took place. Those chosen for the Inter District races were selected based on their performances during the current cross country season particularly their finishing positions in the recent District Cross Country Championships. Selected for Team West in the U13 Girls race was the Islay Hubbard who is the sister of Iona Hubbard and in the U15 race Rosie Davidson represented Team West. Islay Hubbard came home in 32nd place with a time of 13:20 for the 3000m race while Rosie Davidson followed up on her recent Scottish selection with an excellent 7th place in 15:52 over a 4000m course. Well done to all girls from everyone at Ayr Seaforth.
Last weekend saw Seaforth U15 athlete Rosie Davidson compete for Team Scotland in this years Celtic Cross Country Championships which took place at Greenmount Campus, Antrim, Northern Ireland. The event was integrated into the latest leg of the British Cross Country Challenge with International teams representing Ireland, Northern Ireland & Ulster, Wales and Scotland competing alongside many club athletes competing individually in their respective age group races. Rosie was selected after her excellent silver medal run at the West District Cross Country Championships which took place at Irvine last month. With there being no U15 age group for the International teams Rosie was selected for the U17 age group which meant a step up in competition for her which she took in her stride. After a tough 3600m race with the U17 & U20 women running together Rosie came home as 7th U17 in a time of 15.05 with the Scottish U17 team taking first place. Congratulations to Rosie from all at Ayr Seaforth.