Saturday, 16 January 2016


Gavin running in his red shorts so he doesn't get lost
In its 3rd year, East Kilbride AC hosted its now annual open cross-country races on Saturday 16th January. Based at O'Cathian Farm, Hay Hill Road, Jackton provided a challenging course in its own right with 3 hills in a lap and tough under foot conditions running on agricultural land with entrenched tractor tracks.  This was all compounded today with heavy snow fall, minus frozen temperature, my car measured -1c, and the snow increasely getting worse during the mens race.
This year we 6 junior harriers and 1 ex-harrier in action  at O'Cathian  Farm in Jackton. They were Libby Currie, Rachel Jones, Lewis Moir, Kai Wheeler, Gavin Herbertson, Louis Blake and ex harrier Cameron Green now running with Giffnock North.
First race up was the under 11s, girls and boys, who both ran a 1k distance. Libby Currie and Rachel Jones taking part in the field of 36 runners. First Harrier home with a great time and position was Libby in 3rd place overall in 3:14 and next was Rachel Jones in 4:04. Well done 2 both girls.
Next up in a field of 52 runners was the under 11 boys with Lewis Moir, Kai Wheeler, Gavin Herbertson and ex- harrier Cameron Green.  Lewis Moir was the first Harrier home in 3:25 in 26th place and a 31 second Pb from last year's event.  Next was young Kai Wheeler in 4:01 and 43rd and then Gavin Herbertson who was in 46th place with a time of 4:12.

Cameron Green finished in 3:21, 19th place with Pb by 23 seconds from last year's event.

The final Harrier was Louis Blake running a 2.1k course in the under 13s which was 1 big lap.  Louis ran a great race finishing in 9:37 and a top twenty position of 13th.
So well done to all  athletes that took on this challenge and I am glad to see young Harriers out competing its all part of training to be better runners.

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