It was a great team performance from our junior Harriers at an exposed Irvine Beach Park in the West District cross country championships. Luckily the worst of storm Callum had passed over the west coast of Scotland, leaving the youngsters only having to deal with a deluge of rain.
The race itself consisted of three legs over a hilly 2.4km course contested by an athlete from each of the Under 13, 15 and 17 age categories.
It was both the younger first leg runners from Glenpark who produced the standout performances of the day as Ava Beaton and Ben Campbell ran perfectly paced races to finish 12th in the under 13 age group.
Following them in the 2nd stage were Jude Dolan who kept the boys in contention, while Abbie Tosh in her first cross country race delivered an outstanding debut.
On the anchor leg team captains’ Mhairi Moore and Alan Mollins rounded off an excellent day for the Orangefield club, placing their teams in higher positions than expected.
Junior Boys: 16th: Ben Campbell 10.03, Jude Dolan 10.12, Alan Mollins 9.14.
Junior Girls: 38th: Ava Beaton 11.03, Abbie Tosh 12.20, Mhairi Moore 13.40.
**Harry & Ruby McGill took part in the British Cross Challenge in Cardiff whilst on holiday in Wales.
In two top quality fields; Harry finished 22nd in the under 17 men’s 5.56km race taking 19.10 minutes and Ruby placed 20th in the under 15 girls 3.2km race in a time of 13.27 minutes