Kilmarnock was host to the first cross country event of the season with the West District Relays on Saturday the 12th October. Although the day itself was sunny, a week of rain meant that the conditions were everything you might expect from cross country – lots and lots of mud! Some of the youngest athletes reported that it was knee deep in places – good luck to whoever is nominated to clean the spikes !
The Young Athletes kicked things off with each team made up of an U/13, U/15 and U/17 and for some of the U/13 age group, it was their first time running the distance of 2.5km. The girls ran first and special mention to Amelia Roberts, Chloe Fox, Erin Orr and Sophie Fuge who all ran as U15 and to Erin Ellor and Jessica Grant who ran as U/17. Erin Ellor deserves another mention as she fell during the warmup and cut her knee badly but despite this she still got to the start line and ran really well. Violet Campbell also made the trip from Campbeltown and was our fastest U/13 girl on the day, with Erin Ellor fastest U/15 (10th fastest overall) and Elsie Hollywood fastest U/17 and 9th fastest overall Well done to all the girls who ran.
The boys were up next and to make up the teams, David Woods ran as an U/17. Despite not feeling well before the run, Johnny Burns ran a fantastic leg in 9.08 and was 7th fastest overall. Joseph Reilly came over from Bute to run and we even managed to encourage Lucky Fadun to take on the distance. One of the teams finished in 16th place which was very credible given the standard on the day.
The U/20/Senior women were next to take on the challenge of what was, by then, a very muddy course in parts. Avril Mason, Ruth Joss and Kayleigh Jarrett came out on top and took the gold in the 3 x 4km race, finishing in a combined time of 46mins 19s. Kayleigh also recorded the third fastest women’s time on the day with Ruth Joss 4th fastest. Avril Mason was the fastest O/45 Female
Despite a number of call offs, there were still several men’s teams. The team of Jamie Burns, Michael Deason, Lewis Raeburn and Lachlan Oates (5th fastest) looked strong but were beaten on the day by Cambuslang Harriers and had to settle for the silver on this occasion. Matthew Turner ran the fastest overall 4k on the day in a time of 12. 27 to bring the B team in 1st position on leg 1 ; Jamie Burns was the fastest U/20 male (4th overall fastest) in a time 12.35.
It was encouraging to see so many athletes (25 Senior Athletes and 17 Young Athletes) turn out and hopefully this will continue as the season progresses.
Many thanks to all the officials and volunteers who make it possible to for these events to take place. Thanks to our tent carriers, Jim Clifford and John Duffy, and Mark Grant and John Duffy who did the declarations. Athletics is a volunteer sport and if you are able to help out in the club in any way, please see a member of the board. Thank you to Tracey Fox for photos
Tollcross – 8th Ethan Wilson, 28th Kirsten Viera Du Luz
Victoria Park – 449th Calum Oates
Pollock – 1st Chris Grant-Pantry, 45th Bryony Mcleod (PB 3rdF)
Edinburgh – 1st Peter Avent
This coming Saturday 19th October 2019 is the Lanarkshire Road Relay at Drumpillier Visitor Centre with the first event at 11.30am.
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