West District cross country champs, Irvine

The West District cross country championships took place on Saturday, 10 December at Irvine. Thankfully for both runners and supporters conditions were better than earlier in the week. Although there was a cold breeze, it was quite pleasant for running in, less so for standing around. The course had altered from previous years, nearly a reversal in direction. The ground conditions were fairly good, a couple of areas of softish ground though nothing like Rouken Glen so it made for fast running.

While we were short for a full ladies team the three ladies who made it along (Julia Harris, Romy Beard and Jane Wild) gave an excellent performance and were rewarded with silver vets team prize. Well done to them.

In the men’s event, where eight Bellas took to the course, we were 11th placed team overall out of 17 and our vets team came in 5th of 21 teams. Our finishers were: Greig Glendinning, Bruce Carse, Craig Reid, Scott Kennedy, Gerry Scullion, Tomy O’Connell and Rankin Lawther with Keiran Docherty pulling out during the race.

We were a bit jealous of the various clubs tents on display where runners could take some shelter before and after running and in particular we noticed that Inverclyde had room for flasks, food and whatever else – now that would have been very welcome. Still I think we all enjoyed the trip to Irvine.

Full results available from the Scottish Athletics website.

Report from Gerry