The National Short Course Cross Country Championships took place at Renfrew last Saturday.
This was a new venue for the event, having been at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in previous years.
The weather was sunny and dry. However, there was a strong cold wind to challenge the runners over a very flat and open course.
A total of 15 athletes from Lasswade AC entered for this event, with 12 athletes competing on the day.
In the under 15 girls’ race, we had two athletes taking part. Abby McGlone, who has been consistently improving, was our first finisher in 47th place, followed by team mate Lauren Meikle in 84th.
The highlight of the day for Lasswade AC was in the under 17 women’s race, where Lauren Dickson ran strongly over the two-lap course to finish an impressive third overall, picking up the bronze medal.
Team mates Sarah Tait And Ailsa Innes both also had impressive runs, finishing 13th and 18th respectively. This meant the girls finished third team and picked up the bronze team medal.
Our under 17 men also did well, with Magnus Tait our first finisher in 11th place overall, followed by team mates Christian Graham (32nd), Euan Hood (50th) to finish seventh team overall. In the same race, Jamie Darling was 54th and Daniel Kelly 69th.
In the men’s race we had two runners, Matthew Smith (U20) who finished 24th (77th overall) and Andrew McGlone (M45) who was 51st (218th overall).
A great event and, again, an opportunity for the young athletes to watch an Olympic athlete show their class, as Laura Muir was a runaway winner in the women’s race.
It was also good to see Freya Ross-Murray running well to finish 10th in the women’s race, a few weeks after running 2.37.50 in the Chicago marathon.