Strathearn Harriers - New Year's Day Run 2014

East District Cross country - Alloa

Monday, November 23, 2015

Overall a good turnout of 12 Harriers at the second of the League matches and the 2nd in the Harriers Club Championship. The course is one of the more interesting and entertaining ones on the Scottish XC circuit with routes taking the runners along woodland paths, open fields and hill sides and with great views of the Ochils for those not keeping their eyes peeled on the ground. This year, with all the rain we’ve had, the course was extremely wet and muddy and had degraded into a hippos watering hole by the end of the men’s race. All good fun of course!

We had good performances from our 3 Junior boys, Jamie, Ru and Duthac, finishing 37th, 37th and 20th respectively in the U11, U13 and U15 races. Strong performances too from both Emily and Cathy in the Women’s race (the latter after having already competed in an orienteering event in the morning!). Emily finished in 45th place in 29.43 with Cathy in 72nd in 32.56. Unfortunately, we just fell short of the required 3 women to complete a team – hopefully we’ll get a full team out for the next one.
 
In the men’s race we managed to assemble our strongest ever team for one of these races with 7 men on the start-line and the two Phil’s genuinely debating which of them was in line for the wooden spoon for the last Harrier to finish. In the end, Wattie ran a superb race to lead the blue and whites home in 35.44 for 47th place with Roger, who had also orienteered in the morning, 28 seconds behind him in 51st. Will was third Harrier (56th 36.36) with Andy Greaves, showing an excellent return to form, finishing next for the club (79th 37.52). Colin Lamont was 5th Harrier (136th 40.25) and Nick Gough (189th 42.08) picked off Phil M (191st 42.13) with just a couple of hundred yards to go and held him off over the run in.

Overall, our team of 6 (Wattie, Roger, Will, Andy, Colin and Nick) finished a very creditable 11th place. Even better, the Vets team (over 40s) consisting of Wattie, Roger and Will were top placed Vets team, beating notable clubs such as Central Ac and Edinburgh AC.
Full results are available here