Schools XC


So while our Scottish stars are at the Emirates representing GB,our star club athletes marking the near conclusion of the XC season while representing their schools. Report from Croy Thomson.

Gold Star for Hannah, Bronze for Julia, VG for many more

JUST BACK FROM THE FRONT LINE and a very nice front line too at Hopetoun House, where the owner keeps the lawns in order with two flocks of sheep.

The almost perfect conditions weatherwise and underfoot were balanced by one monster of a hill in a stunning parkland setting around the imposing Hopetoun House. Also imposing herself on proceedings was St Ninian’s Hannah Ryding, who stuck to Preston Lodge High’s (and Edinburgh AC’s) top-ranked Katie Johnston like a post-it note reminder for 4k before out-gunning her at the top of the final hill and going on to hard-earned glory.

Ably backing Hannah up were Kate Paul (5th) Isla Scott and Bethany Drummond, more than good enough to take the team gold.

In the Boys’ equivalent, Reuben MacDonald did Hillpark Secondary proud with a battling fourth place – frustratingly out of the medals but surely deserving a Scottish Schools call up.

Earlier, Craig Shennan in Williamood High’s black and sky-blue raced to a commendable sixth, one place ahead of Alex Robin, who lead Hutchesons Grammar to team gold over 3k.

Moving up the age groups, Julia Cash took a fine bronze medal over 4k to help Jill Carswell, Miriam Gilbride and Lucy Anderson to team gold for Hutchie. Helen Chong posted an eleventh place finish for Eastwood High, Abby Thomson 14th for Williamwood. In the boys 5k race, Mearns Castle stand-out Harris Paterson came eighth to give himself hope of another Scottish vest.

In the oldest age categories, with the lads running 6k and the girls four, Jack Bell flew home in 10th, while Lynn McKenna claimed a strong bronze for Williamwood, with sister Charlotte in sixth. St Ninian’s Rhona Mowat was seventh, and Eastwood High’s Clare Wallace eighth. It’s worth noting perhaps that only one team in this race – Strathallan – had the requisite three runners required for a complete team, and they duly collected the silverware and the kudos.

On-the-spot correspondent Dudley Walker said, “Thanks to the parents, chums, pals, pets, officials, course setters, teachers, the Hopetoun Hoose Preservation Trust and of course the 4th Marquess of Linlithgow for letting us use his gaff. Well done to all our athletes who turned out for their schools and if we didn’t give you a shout, apologies but we don’t recognise you in your school colours.”

Thanks to Croy for report and David Chong for photos.