The club had a great day at the Renfrewshire XC Relays at Nether Pollok on Sunday 21st October. We were hosting the event this year and that seemed to go well for all concerned. Unlike the District and National XC Relays, where Junior athletes compete U13 to U15 to U17, the athletes compete within their age groups as with Seniors and U20s. We had a great turnout in nearly all age groups and great success overall.
U11 Girls took Gold and Silver as did U11 Boys
U13 Girls were 1st, 2nd, 5th & 6th
U13s Boys were 1st, 3rd, 6th & 9th
U15 Girls 2nd, 3rd & 5th
U15 Boys had a clean sweep with all 3 Podium places
U17 Girls were 3rd
U17 Boys 1st & 4th
Then the Senior women took the Silver medals with a 5th Place for Senior Men.
Dudley Walker comments that “We used the opportunity to assist in the selection for the forthcoming National XC Relays on Saturday at Cumbernauld and entered mixed Teams to enhance the competition for places. This worked pretty well. It was a good day for many of our athletes- a day to get folk on the medal train and not just passengers as before. We were without some of our other star athletes so it gave a chance for others to shine which they did , rising very well to the occasion. ” Overall, Dudley delighted with the response and the performances
For some of the U11s it was their first foray into XC running and they excelled. We had the fastest laps of the day and more importantly, they all enjoyed the experience as the smiling faces demonstrated!
Many many thanks to all of the athletes,officials, parents, supporters, coaches and the organisers whose early start to the day laying out the course( including changes to the course route ocasioned by last minute arrangements at the WW1 Trenches Event) and ensuring good (if not excellent) catering provision courtesy of very generous donations including Humera’s samosas was enjoyed by all. The early morning rain gave way to brilliant autumn sunshine and this was also very welcome.