This was the third successive weekend in a row that the club took to the road after having competed at Peebles and Stirling the previous weeks. Cumbernauld was the destination this time and fifteen Harriers headed off to the Scottish Championships. Cumbernauld has now hosted the Scottish Cross Country Relays for the past 15 years. The event has been held at Hawick Moor in 1982 and 1993. The Scottish Cross Country Relays were first held in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow in 1974. In the 1983/84 season the boys had a fantastic result finishing runners up (U13 C. Murphy, U15 D. Rudkin & U17 C. Nichol). In the 1989/90 season the club’s men went one better to be crowned Scottish Champions (K. Logan, R. Hall, A. Walker & D. Cavers). The men travelled to Inverness to compete that year and recorded a time of 51:15 just 7 seconds ahead of Dundee Hawkhill to take the title. Dave Cavers ran the last leg against Peter McColgan, Irish internationalist and ex-husband of former world champion Liz McColgan and managed to hang on for a dramatic finish and glory for the club.
First race of the day was the young females with three legs, U13, U15 & U17 all run over 2500m. Running the first leg were Maddie Hewitt (12:31) and Nadine Elder (12:42). Next away on the second leg was Macy Cropper (13:35). The metaphorical baton was handed onto Ishbel Inglis who completed her leg in 13:03 bringing the team home in 74th position, one ahead of last year. Winning team was Edinburgh AC.
Second race was the boys over the same 2500m course. Jai Patterson (11:03) was first off for the club. Next off on the second leg was Fraser Clyne (10:01) who then handed over to Jamie Waugh (10:27) who brought the boys team home in 55th position. 20 places ahead of last year. Wining team was Kilbarchan AAC.
The penultimate race of the day was next and first off was Lauren Corbett taking on the 4,000m course, she completed her leg in (19:17). Pauline McAdam was next off and she finished in (20:43). Bringing the club home was last leg runner Anne Renwick in a time of (22:38). The ladies were in 50th position and Edinburgh Ac were winners, helped by Olympian Freya Ross.
This was the final race of the day and saw the men competing over the same distance as the ladies.
A Team – 54th position
1st Leg Rory Anderson 14:03
2nd Leg Alan Inglis 16:27
3rd Leg Alex Corbett 17:58
4th Leg Paul Lockie 19:20
B Team – Incomplete team
1st Leg Alan Coltman 19:13
Wining team was Central AC.
See Alex Corbett’s photographs HERE