The winter season started with the annual trip to the village of Houston in Renfrewshire for the George Cummings Relays. Three male teams started with the A team finishing 3rd behind strong teams from Inverclyde and and the host club, Kilbarchan. It was a very young team with three athletes below the age of 21.
The A team of William Bardsley (13.48), Jamie Burns(13.25) , Lewis Raeburn (13.12) and Daniel Bradford (13.31) picked up the 3rd prize
Lewis Raeburn was 2nd fastest Under 20 with Jamie Burns was 3rd fastest
The Master team finished 17th overall in the race but 2nd Masters’ team just behind Giffnock North. Paul Sorrie had a fantastic run of 13.43 easily the fastest Master of the day.
Masters team 17th (2nd Master team) : Walter Henderson(15.03), Paul Sorrie(13.43), Mark McColl(15.56) and Brian Scally (15.27)
The 3rd team to run was 29th over all in a field with over 50 teams. Calum Oates (14.16) and Kevin Alston (15.29) were making their first appearance in a team event for the club. Tewedle Mengisteab (15.08) was making his first appearance in the club vest for many months and he can only get fitter. Richard Millar (18.09) was the 4th member of the team
With only two ladies at the event we could not finish a team but both of them made sure the club vest was among the prizes. Avril Mason recorded the fastest female time of the day with a run of 14.55 and U/20 athlete, Hannah Lynch, running her first race for the senior team was 2nd fastest U/20 lady with a time of 18.42
On Sunday action switched to Ayr Racecourse for the Ayr Classic 5 mile Race.
Heavy rain made the 5 mile race around the historic Ayr Racecourse a tricky race for most. Lachlan Oates confirmed his position of one of the top runners in Scotland at the moment winning easily in a shade over 25minutes. An excellent time on the flooded course and a part cross country race ! It could have been easily a one/two for the club but his club mate, Wayney Ghebrellasie, had a heavy fall on a tight corner and was taken away to the medical centre on the course. Hopefully he will recover in time for his 1/2 marathon next week in Manchester. Kayleigh Jarret has already shown she will be a great asset to the club with her run in the GSR and a 2nd place was a great result. Jodie Waite made her first appearance in a club vest and was delighted with her run over the waterlogged course.This new event has the potential to be an excellent addition to the road race scene in scotland
Supermaster, Paul Sorrie, was not satisfied with his fastest lap at Cummings Relay on Saturday and he travelled through to Linlithgow 10km to finish 4th overall and first M40
Next week sees all age groups contest the West District Cross Country Relays Championships at Kilmarnock
Tollcross: 2nd Erin Ellor (1st F), 3rd Garth Ellor , 9th David Murphy
Drumpillier: 114th Deborah Motherwell PB
Victoria Park: 1st Dan Lowe , 9th Denis Williams , 11th Duncan McAuley
Edinburgh: 2nd Peter Avent
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