The young harriers shone as bright as the Cumbernauld sun with some outstanding performances at the National relays.
In the opening race Ava Beaton surprised her coaches with her opening leg run, storming home after the hilly 2.4km run in 9th position from the 107 starters. Just 20 seconds behind, despite lacking race practice, with a very strong performance came Katie Johnson. Ruby McGill was next away completing the course 1 minute quicker on last years’ time, with final leg runner Mhairi Moore’s benefiting from her hard work in training producing the most improved girl’s run of the day, almost two minutes faster than in 2017.
Ben Campbell got the junior boys A team under way with a much better paced run than at last week’s West district championships, with an excellent 26th place. Shaun Wiseman, another showing a massive improvement kept the team in contention for a top half placing held on for 42nd. The on-form Harry McGill on the anchor leg blasted through the field bringing the boys’ home in 26th position, a marked improvement on last year’s 55th. Harry also recorded the 7th overall fastest boys’ time of the day.
The Boy’s B team put in a very solid performance, with David Docherty gaining good experience in his first major championship, Alex Wiseman held on well before handing onto Ewan Ferguson who impressed on the teams final leg.
Times (2.4km) : Ava Beaton 10.23, Katie Johnson 10.43, Ruby McGill 10.49, Mhairi Moore 13.23; Ben Campbell 9.51, David Docherty 11.07, Shaun Wiseman 10.00, Alex Wiseman 12.15, Harry McGill 8.17, Ewan Ferguson 9.42