Monday, October 24, 2016
The great thing about running national and district cross-country events is that you get to compete in the same as genuine international class athletes. For the two Harriers teams competing at the national cross-country relays at Cumbernauld, they got to compete with Scottish Olympians Andy Butchart and Calum Hawkins, and Scottish international Jo Moultrie, all competing for their clubs with considerable success.
The Harriers women's team ran well, with solid efforts from all four runners. Maddy Watson (16.50), Ruth Clark (17.59), Kerry Sweeney (18.14) and Emily Greaves (17.11) had a good old fight with Dundee Hawkhill Harriers and Calderglen Harriers, with a fine 27th position finish and an overall time of 1.10.14. The women's race was won by Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds in a time of 56.28.
The men's team was in among some very severe competition, and saw solid runs from Wattie Mackay (14.48), Charlie Grimson (15.17), Andy Greaves (15.20) and Roger Goddard (14.14), finishing in 60th position with an overall time of 59.39. The men's race was won by Central AC, for the fifth year running, in a time of 47.19. Andrew Butchart, running for Central, ran an impressive 11.22, but fastest time of the day was Callum Hawkins in a fantastic time of 11.01, making up 13 places in the race.
Full results are here.