Cross-country season gets underway

The CROSS-COUNTRY season got officially underway last Saturday with the East of Scotland Cross-Country Relays at Camperdown Park.

In wet and muddy conditions Central AC took home both the men’s and women’s titles, with the men finishing 23 seconds ahead of Corstorphine and Lothian taking the second spot in the women’s race.

Local runner Addy Gerrad was part of the Fife AC women’s vet team which took bronze, finishing in an impressive 13th place overall.

Forfar Road Runners fielded a somewhat depleted vets team of Ewan Greenhill, Ron Milne and Brian Niblock, with Ewan running twice to make up the team.

Times were as follows: Ewan Greenhill, (first lap) 17min 21sec, (fourth lap) 17.26; Ron Milne, (second lap) 17.18; Brian Niblock, (third lap) 17.57: total time, 1 hr 10min 02sec.

At the Giffordtown 5K Road Race the following day, Forfar RR’s Elizabeth Montgomery-Fox posted a personal best to finish in a time of 23 minutes and 42 seconds.

The race was won by Jozef Farkas (unattached) in a time of 15.42, followed by Robert Gilroy of Ron Hill Cambuslang in 16.10.

First woman home was under-20 GB internationalist Halina Rees of Fife AC in 17.38, with clubmate Amie McKimmie taking second place in 18.46.

Meanwhile, Sunday morning saw the club’s final six mile handicap time-trial of the season, with 11 runners completing the two lap Suttieside to Lunanhead circuit in glorious conditions.

Neil Ironside edged out Ewan Greenhill in the final stages to clock a PB of 40 mins and 21 secs, while Tracy Morgan was first woman home in 41.15, ahead of junior Erin Brown, who also clocked an impressive PB of 45.03.

Full results: Neil Ironside 40.21 (PB), Ewan Greenhill 40.35, Tracy Morgan 41.15, Brian Niblock 42.25, Jack Davies 42.29, Erin Brown 45.03 (PB), Billy Douglas 46.54, Hugh Mackenzie 47.31, Ewen Milne 50.37 (PB), Sandra Pattie 50.44, Bob Thornton 50.51.

Forfar Road Runners’ Sunday club meeting will feature a talk by Gary Low of the GL Sports Injury Clinic, who will be giving a sports therapist’s perspective on the dos and don’ts of training. The event is open to all and starts in the Osnaburg Bar at 7.30 p.m.