Many of you may remember Darryl helping us to league titles and district medals a few years ago. You may be interested in a quick update on what Darryl is up to these days. He is still running very well as can be seen from the following write up from the Surrey Vet cross country championship:
The forecast was wet, VERY wet. It was also wild, VERY wild – so, the ideal day to get runners from all over Scotland to converge on Cumbernauld to run around a muddy park then…
The conditions (coupled with non-existent signposting & closed access roads) made for a slightly more stressful than normal journey through and we certainly arrived at the course later than intended. Still, on a day like that, half an hour less standing around on an exposed field was probably no big hardship! The 4K lap is pretty classic cross country stuff – all on grass (what was left of it), with plenty of loops and undulations to break up your rhythm and make sure you concentrate hard all the way round.
Arrival at the course revealed that it was (unsuprisingly) very, very wet and muddy, with the area around the start/finish being a particularly attractive example of a mudbath. Despite the conditions, most people were suprisingly cheerful – one little lad of around 6, dressed in full waterproofs & wellies was having a lovely time stomping part way up a hill then sliding back down on whatever part of his body he fell on. It looked really good fun, I was sorry I didn’t have the time or the gear (or even my own car to be able to cover with mud afterwards) to try it for myself!
The ladies teams eventually found each other (and the welcome changing tent), pinned on numbers and started the serious business of warming up (or was that just trying to keep warm & not get blown away?)…
All too soon the starting hooter went and the first runners were away to fight their way around the course. Sue Ridley had a great first leg for the A team, handing over to me in a close 4th place. A back in-form Morag MacLarty had blown the entire competition away, to hand over the Central baton well over a minute ahead of everyone else – a huge lead which was gradually increased over the remaining two legs.
Having run a hard marathon 3 weeks ago, it was a long time since I’d done any ‘fast’ running, so I was unsure of how much speed was in my legs (especially after a full, soggy Meadows session on Bruntsfield Links on Thursday night), so my race plan was to go off steady and see how I felt. The competitive instinct soon kicked in to chase down the two runners ahead of me though, before I settled down to battle the elements (strong winds, occasional stingy rain, copious slippy mud and plenty of sections where your feet were liable to disappear who knows how deep into standing water), try to concentrate & stay on my feet. The Junior Elspeth Curran from Kilbarchan appeared at my shoulder half way round and did go ahead for a brief time, although it wasn’t a decisive move, so I tucked in behind to conserve energy & wait for my opportunity. Which came on one of the steeper downhill sections – I let go, let gravity take over and windmilled, whooping down the hill, whilst she more cautiously hung back. I wasn’t going to let that lead go in a hurry and even managed to pull out something resembling a sprint finish to hand over to Hayley Ovens in 2nd place for the final leg.
Despite a brave effort and an exciting 3-way sprint for 3rd place, we eventually finished out of the medals in 5th place – a really good team effort. Our ladies B team (Karen Dobbie, Lianne Logan & Joanne Thom) all had good runs to finish in 18th place with smiles all round.
By this point the rain was getting worse, we were wet, we were cold, we were VERY muddy, so – sorry guys (especially as so many of you were shouting encouragement around the course during our race), but we weren’t hanging around and just legged it back to waiting cars to whizz (as quickly as fast deteriorating conditions would allow) back to Edinburgh & awaiting hot showers!
Overall, the club had some decent results – 4th in the Young Females, 7th in the Young Males and 10th in the Senior Mens. Central were the in form club on the day, winning both Senior races and only being beaten to the Young Female title by an excellent Dundee Hawkhill team. I have to say a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to all the officials and supporters who stood around for hours in horrible conditions to make sure everything ran smoothly and still managed to stay smiling throughout. I also have to comment that we’re all stark, staring mad! But it is fun… in a kind of masochistic way – very satisfying once it’s all over.
See you soon on a field somewhere???
The latest EAC cross country results after the Scottish Relay’s can be found at:
Best Team Results at Cumbernauld were: Young Females 4th, Senior Females 5th, Young Males 7th, Senior Males 10th
Full official results at:
Latest Results at : eac-cross-country-results
For those of you who have read the September Endurance News Letter, you will be aware that this year there will be a club cross-country championship, where points will be awarded to the first six finishers in the three East District League races, East District Championship and National Championship, to establish the Edinburgh AC Club Cross Country Champion.
I have now put together a spreadsheet which will record the times of all EAC athletes at all cross country events this seasons, it will also keep track of the Club Championship.
This also led me to think that since the vast majority of us will never quite make the counting positions in the championship events, it might be a bit of fun to also record a more informal ‘Cross Country Grand Prix’, for all of our runners at all cross country events this year.
Photos of the Livingston race are here.
Congratulations to Freya Murray (Chester-Le-Street / Edinburgh AC.), following a brilliant run in the English Road Running Association (ERRA) National Road Relays (women’s four stage) in Birmingham last Saturday (18th October), has been named in the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the Chiba International Ekiden Relay in Japan on 24th November.(Scottish Athletics)
Livingston 18th October
Some of the notable performances from Edinburgh AC athletes were:
U/11 Boys J. Kerr 1st
U/13 Boys J.Kerr 1st, G.Burns 4th.
U/15 Boys J.Wightman 3rd
U/17 Men A.Crichton 2nd, B.Smith 5th.
Senior Men O.Bristow 3rd
U/13 Girls A.Hunter 1st
U/15-17 Girls R.Dunn 6th, L.Goodson 7th.
Senior Women S.Hood 7th.
East District Cross Country League Livingston 18th Oct 2008
|Senior Men/Vetran Men||1st (V 1st)||Senior Women||5th|
|Owen Bristow||30.25||Sarah Hood||25.35|
|Adam Priestley||31.10||Joanne Thom||27.08|
|Ryan O’Hare||31.14||Lianne Logan||27.33|
|Roger Alsop V||31.16||Vicky Lomax||28.15|
|Keith Lyall V||32.45||Debra Murray||28.36|
|Owen Flage||32.50||Sharyn Ramage||30.04|
|Steve Wales||33.02||J Law||32.33|
|Garry Robertson V||33.59||A Little||33.25|
|Nigel Munro V||36.23||Under 17 Women||1st|
|John Graham||36.29||Laura Goodson||17.11|
|Scott Innes V||37.05||Samantha Blair||18.11|
|Brian Howie V||39.46||Claire Florence||18.38|
|Willie Gallagher V||40.17|
|Eric Stevenson V||41.10||Under 15 Girls||1st|
|Willie McCaskey V||41.21||Rachael Dunn||17.03|
|Scott Reed||43.22||Olivia O’Hare||17.20|
|Under 17 Men||1st||Blair Wood||18.21|
|Andrew Crichton||21.38||Laura Robertson||19.29|
|Fraser Mann||23.58||Under 13 Girls||1st|
|N Mair||24.46||Alexandra Hunter||10.45|
|Marc Robson||24.51||Anna Hyde||11.32|
|E Dudgeon||25.09||Emily Strathdee||11.39|
|P Logan||25.57||Hannah Cameron||12.06|
|Under 15 Boys||3rd||C Prentice||12.59|
|Jake Wightman||15.13||J Prentice||13.02|
|Peter Cameron||16.17||G Lowden||13.07|
|M Grunday||17.05||Under 11 Girls|
|D Arnot||17.48||H Logan||8.25|
|Under 13 Boys||1st||Under 11 Boys||2nd|
|Jake Kerr||9.44||J Kerr||5.42|
|G Burns||10.09||C McLennan||6.50|
|Jack Harrison||10.14||J Louden||7.36|
Full results can be found on the East District league page:
Congratulations to Lynsey Sharp on winning Scotland’s first medal in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India.
1st Semenya Mokgadl Caster (RSA) 2:04.23 GR
2nd Rachel Stringer (ENG) 2:05.71
3rd Lynsey Sharp (SCO) 2:06.77