In a nail biting finish Ryan Brown held off the challenge of Harry McGill, who suffered his first taste of defeat in this race – a remarkable run of victories dating back to 2012, to win the 2018 Junior Docherty Cup race.
Brown who had been outstanding in training recently, immediately went to the front and set the pace throughout the 2.5km two lap race of Ashton promenade, but as Brown approached the finish, McGill kicked to draw level and it looked and it was going to be the familiar sight of him crossing the line in first. However Brown responded with his own sprint to edge it on the line. Scott Meechan came through strongly for 3rd.
In the girls’ race Ruby McGill set a massive personal best by taking almost a minute from her time of last year to take her clear of Katie Johnson and Ava Beaton, who couldn’t be separated as they crossed the line together.
The under 11 youngsters competed over one 1.4km lap of the promenade and it was the on form athletes who stole the show with big personal bests.
Euan Johnson, 41 seconds quicker than last year, was impressive in pulling away from Douglas Campbell, who took a 100m lead over 3rd placed Connor McCrorey.
Sophie McLaughlan with a 21 second PB, was a clear winner in the girls’ race with Taree Hutton taking the runners-up spot from third placed Leah Knox, and Connie Dolan in 4th.
1400m race: Euan Johnson 4.42, Douglas Campbell 4.54, Sophie McLaughlan 4.57, Conner McCrorey 5.14, Leo Beaton 5.41, Taree Hutton 5.51, Leah Knox 6.17, Mathew Ross 6.18, Josh Docherty 6.33, Finlay McKeegan 7.26, Zak Dolan 7.52, Cameron Hanley 8.34, Connie Dolan 12.53,
2500metre race: Ryan Brown 8.58, Harry McGill 8.59, Scott Meechan 9.54, Shaun Wiseman 10.13, Ruby McGill 10.17, Ava Beaton 10.56, Katie Johnson 10.56, Alex Wiseman 12.05, Kirsty Hutton 12.53, Francesca McKay 14.04,