Sunday, 26 October 2014


Left to Right: Haleigh Muir & Lucy Saez
Over 24 hours later the dust has finally settled with the results now officially out and the end of the relay season which is so exciting for us all....but a pain in the rear for me to organise!
Another busy day at Cumbernauld Park with the whole of the Scottish athletic community out in the full technicolour of running vests and club tents galore.  Everyone of the junior Harriers performed to their best against the rest of Scotland.  Remember "Winning is giving your best, not a position".
The wind and the rain affected every runner's time yesterday from juniors to seniors to veterans.  It is a tough course on a good day and even tougher with the weather we had yesterday.  So everyone take a bow and even though we didn't medal there were good performances.
To the actual relay race we had Lucy Saez for Team A on first leg and Hayleigh Muir leading for Team B.  Being both first timers at Cumbernauld, Lucy & Haleigh started off cautiously and worked their way around the twists & turns the course had to offer. Lucy was first home in (16:36) followed by Haleigh in (17:32).
Taking over from Lucy was Megan Anderson starting her 2014 cross country season and another first timer at Cumbernauld.  Megan managed to overhaul 17 runners on leg 2 and came home with a time of (15:01).  For Team B Louise Brown was on leg 2 duty and she last ran at this event in 2012 as a under 13 runner. Louise performed well overhauling 14 runners and finishing Team B's part in the relay in (15:27)
The last leg for Team A was Morgan Beaton as the only under 17 competing for the club.  As always Morgan ran with no pressure and just did her own race. She even ended up completing her leg with the under 13 boys running by her in their first leg.  All credit to Morgan she carried on right to the end in a time of (17:28).
The Calderglen Boys this year were the dynamic duo of Marc McQuade and Jack MacBain. Both first timers at Cumbernauld but both experienced runners.  Marc is a regular 5k Pollok Parkrun runner with his Dad, Owen, who he now regular beats.  Following on from the West Districts 2 weeks ago, Marc was on first leg duty again and continued to show a strong performance holding his own with the rest of the young male Scottish runners.  Marc completed his first leg in (12:39) with Jack MacBain taking over responsibility for the team in leg 2.  This was Jack's first race for the club and cross country race.  He put in a stellar first time performance setting a time of (13:34) which I am more than confident he will improve on next year. 
So a final thank you to all 7 runners yesterday, John Mullen for his continued coaching support aka right hand man, the cast of thousands that helped with putting the tent up starting with Andy Henderson for assisting me on Friday night to load it into my car, the random man who was admiring our tent I cajoled  to help us put it up, John Mullen, Mark Saez, Tommy & Mary Anderson, Craig & Alexis Brown and Jim Holmes. Last but not least all the Senior runners who helped pack the tent up and load into my car and finally to Andy Henderson and Jim Holmes for assisting with getting it back into the cricket store cupboard after a long day.
Roll on the next races , the National Short XC Course on Sun 9th November in 2 weeks,  Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships on Sat 29th November followed a week later by the West District Cross Country Championships on Sat 6th December. Please see link to the senior race report:

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