The Lindsays Short Course Cross-Country Championships were back at the Kirkcaldy High School course in Fife for the first time since 2019. With 1373 athletes entered across all age groups, it was fantastic day of racing. The Senior Women had nearly 300 starters, whilst the Men had around 500. The Senior races were run between showers and the course, although reasonably hilly and muddy in places, was pretty fast going.
Ruby McGill (16:24) had another terrific run, finishing first for the ladies and 138th overall against the best in the country. It was great to see Ruby’s family cheering her around the course. Lorna Mitchell (17:43) went off quickly on the first lap and was caught by Marian Monk (16:54) going up the hill at the start. Marian continued to get stronger as the race went on, passing runners all the way to finish 161st. Marian placed 8th in the V50s category. It should be mentioned that Lorna ran the St. Andrews 5k Parkrun at Craigton Park just a few hours before the race. Lorna finished 181st overall and 31st V40. Next in was Debbie McKenzie (19:29). Debbie finished 18th V50, whilst the ever-enthusiastic Charlotte McKay (23:52) ran a PB to pick up an excellent 8th place in the V60s category.
Recent new member Dylan Crawford is certainly making his mark, turning out consistently for the club and racing himself fit. Of the 484 starters, Dylan (13:04) finished in 112th place. Next in for the club was Oliver Reilly (14:31) in this his first cross-country race since running a cracking 2:44:54 at the Chicago Marathon. Oliver finished 258th. Shaun Wiseman (15:01) ran a strong race to finish 299th, whilst Campbell Cromar (16:18) finished 395th. In his first ever cross-country race Richard Jow (time tba) finished 451st.