West district XC championships – Kilmarnock Sat 7/12/2013

Saturday saw a impressive squad of 14 guys and 14 ladies from the club made the journey down to Kilmarnock to take part in this in cross country race. It was hosted by Kilmarnock Harriers and registration and changing was at the impressive looking new Ayrshire Athletics Arena.The writing was on the wall for what the course would have in store for us when we saw the state of some of the junior runners who had finished the race, with one or two of them cake head to toe in mud. And one of them doubled over spewing after his race. This was going to be REAL cross country!

The ladies were first to experience the mud-fest, with the main highlight(?) being the knee-deep swamp section. It was pretty interesting the first time you negotiated it as you had no idea how deep it was or what was at the bottom. Thankfully there were no nasty surprises lurking in the depths (abandoned shopping trolleys, etc) although the swamp monster did help itself to one of Julia’s shoes. I guess on the plus side, a least there weren’t too many hills.

Everyone successfully got round the challenging course, complete with bemused looks from the sheep who’d had to give up their field for the day. And all of you regular race report readers will be happy to hear that Derek Rigmand had taken delivery of his new XC shoes – probably not looking quite so new now though!

Bella superstars on the day were Ally Ewen (18th place) and Carla Molinaro (10th place).

And yet again the club showed its great strength in depth with a fantastic performance in the team competition with both men’s and ladies team picking up bronze medals against some top class competition.
Counters for the ladies: Carla, Romy, Elsie and Louise Ross
Counters for the men: Ally, Greig, Ciaran, Bruce, Liam, Grant

Well done to everyone who took part, there were some great runs and your captains are proud of your efforts! Next XC race is the big one – the National Championships in Falkirk on Saturday 22nd Feb – so get the date in your diaries.

Big thanks to Brian for all his help with transporting and set up of the gazebo.



UPDATE: Carla Molinaro has indeed qualified for the Inter-District XC in Edinburgh on Jan 11th. Scottish Athletics confirmed this today.Nice one Carla, we’ll maybe see you on TV!