Gala Harriers athletes battled cold, blustery weather to bag silver and bronze team medals at the National Cross Country Chamionships last Saturday.
The club fielded runners for most of the age groups, with Gregor Collins continuing his fantastic form to finish seventh out of a field of 164 in the under 13 boys’ 3.2 km race in 11.29. Only seven seconds behind was clubmate Ewan Christie who produced a great run (11.36), followed by Evan McConnell (12.50) who also ran well to end 64 th overall.
Teviotdale Harrier Thomas MacAskill was 40th (12.25). While the club had no athletes running in the U13 girls 3.2km, fellow Borders club Moorfoot Runners fielded four – Emily Carrick-Anderson (29 th , 13.14), Esme Minto (30 th , 13.14), Meghan Hobbs (67 th , 13.59) and Christina McGorum (70 th , 14.01). The Moorfoot team finished a superb eighth overall.
In the Under 15 boys 4.2km race, Harriers’ Lewis Tharme and Jake Shepherd represented the club, were 51st (14.53) and 116 th (16.22) respectively in a large field of 150 runners. Teviotdale Harrier Fraser Clyne was the highest positioned Borders runner at 13th (13.48). Gala Harriers were represented by Eilidh Forbes in the U15 girls’ 4.2km race. She was 58 th (17.05) out of a field of 118 runners, which included athletes from Moorfoot and Teviotdale.
First Gala Harrier home in the U17 women’s 5.9km race was Katie Rourke (16 th , 27.26) who has shown impressive form this season. Team mates Susannah Godfrey-Faussett (19th , 28.03), Zoe Pflug (21 st , 28.36), and Elena Heger (28th , 29.58) also had fantastic runs with the four athletes securing a team bronze for their efforts.
The Harriers’ U17 men’s team went one better, securing a team silver thanks to superb performances from on-form Faisal Khursheed (7th, 22.41), followed by Callum Tharme (15 th , 23.23), Yousuf Khursheed (25 th , 23.47) and Robert Fox (68 th , 26.12). Struan Brown also ran well (88th, 31.00).
In the Under 20 mens race, a familiar face took the national title with a stunning run. Former Gala Harrier Broc Drury (Aberdeen AAC), won the 7.6 km race in 25.45.
The Senior Men and Women were next to compete for medals over a 10km course. With on-form Scotland and GB athlete Callum Hawkins taking gold in the men’s race in 33.34, Darrell Hastie was the first Harrier home in 35th (38.15) following a strong run. Another 12 Harriers competed in the race with Marcus D’Agrosa coming 60 th (39.22), Graeme Murdoch 110 th (40.54), Craig Mattocks 174 th (42.51), Andrew Lawrie 190 th (43.04), Gary Trewartha 215 th (43.42), Fergus Johnston 234 th (44.15), Colin Brown 323 rd (46.48), Ian Maxwell 405 th (48.58), Bob Johnson 422 nd (49.21), Derrick Brydon 555 th (54.56), James Purves 604 th (58.15) and Gerry Moss 644 th (70.54).
The top four counting runners secured 11th place overall for the Gala Harriers Senior Mens team.
In the senior women’s race, Central AC’s Morag Maclarty struck gold in a time of 38.32. The Harriers gained 13th overall for their team with Kirstin Maxwell first home in 43 rd (44.25), followed by Sara Green (81 st , 47.42), Kate Jenkins 83 rd overall (48.07) and eighth F40 athlete home, and Dawn Grant 201 st in a time of 56.58.