The first race of the National Cross Country Championships at the weekend was the under 13 boys, and Lasswade Athletics Club had two competitors, Harry Henriksen and Cameron Dickson.
Harry had ran well recently so hopes were high that he would finish near the front of the field.
He started well settling down in around tenth place and working his way through to finish a very impressive sixth of the 155 finishers.
Cameron ran a solid race to finish in 138th place. Next off it was the under 13 girls with Hannah Little and Abby McGlone Lasswade’s only two runners as Ellie Baxter had to withdraw due to illness.
Hannah too had been selected for the inter districts last month where she was a little bit disappointed with her run. Today her run was much better and more consistent with her form this season finishing inside the top 20 in 17th place out of the 149 finishers. Team mate Abby had a good run in 73rd place.
As one race was finishing another was underway and the under 15 boys were next to the start line. Lasswade’s three runners were Magnus Tait, Euan Hood and Daniel Kelly. All boys had been running well over the winter and the race went to form with Magnus having a strong run but suffering with a bit of a cold he still finished in 17th, Euan was next home with a good run in 31st with Daniel a little further back in 106th. There were 136 finishers. The under 15 girls was the only category Lasswade managed to field a complete team of four runners. Their runners were Sarah Tait, Eilidh Brown, Caroline McKinlay and Keanna MacInnes. Sarah had finished in the top five last year so hopes were high, although having had some problems with her calves over the last few weeks she hadn’t had the best preparation. Sarah ran very well to finish fifth of the 101 finishers. Team mate Caroline McKinlay was next home with a good run in 49th place, followed by Eilidh Brown in 73rd place and Keanna MacInnes in 83rd place. Lasswade AC had three under 17 female runners, Lauren Dickson, Ailsa Innes and Lauren Wilkie and they were the next race to the start. This was another race where the club believed there was a good chance of an individual medal with Lauren Dickson (pictured on page 39, right) who has been running consistently well all season. It was also probably the race that had the biggest upset of the day, many people thinking it would be two horse race between Erin Wallace of Giffnock, who was the strong favourite and Kate Gallagher of Central. Neither girl was amongst the medals, however Lasswade’s Lauren Dickson had a fantastic run to finish second and pick up the silver medal! Lauren had set out her stall early in the race and was with the leading group looking determined and focused. Lauren dug in over the final 600m of the course to open a bit of a gap over the third place runner Laura Stark of Kilbarchan and claim silver. Ailsa
Innes had a strong run to finish in 23rd place followed by team mate Lauren Wilkie in 46th place out of 61 finishers.
In the under 20 women Lasswade only had one runner, Niamh Shaw who had a strong run to finish 21st out of the 49 finishers.
The under 17 men were running two medium laps and Lasswade had three runners,
Matthew Smith, Jamie Darling and Thomas Snodgrass. Matthew had a disappointing race starting off far to conservatively and finishing 51st. Jamie Darling was next home finishing in 80th place of the 93 finishers. Thomas did not finish.
The day literally flew by with all of these races being run back to back. There were now only a couple of races left. In the women’s race Lasswade only had one athlete running, Debbie Urquhart who had a good run to finish in 155th place out of the 264 finishers.
The final event was the senior men with by far the biggest field of the day with 631 finishers. There were seven Lasswade athletes running and they were as follows, Martin Gore the only under 40 running had a good run finishing in 63rd, next home was Ben Mitchell 270th (22nd M45) followed by Andrew McGlone in 311th (26th M45) then Scott Dickson came home in 426th (74th M40), Peter Ness was our next finisher in 445th (56th M45), David Scott was 494th (83rd M40) and Stephen Brown completed the team in 522nd (76th M45).
All in all a great day of cross country running.