Surefooted Moorfooters survive a tough test

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The more robust Moorfoot gazebo just survived the increasingly gusty conditions at the National Cross-Country Championships at Callendar Park on Sunday.

And, on a day of deteriorating conditions Moorfoot athletes also survived the test.

In the U13 Boys race Ethan Elder finished 19th in 12.05. Craig Angus followed Ethan home in 44th in 12.36 with Finlay Collins 60th in 12.54 and first-time racer Patrick Harrison battling on for a top half finish in 76th in 13.10. The boys team (4 to count) was eighth of 23 teams.

The U13 Girls followed and Beth Hobbs made her usual aggressive start before finishing 13th in 12.47 just missing out on a top 10 finish in a bunch sprint. Molly Falconer (45th in 13.43), Elena McGorum (46th in 13.50), Charlotte Morrison (81st in 14.21) and Eilidh Mooney (94th in 14.37) completed the set. The girls team was 10th of 19.

Euan Hood was the sole Moorfoot runner in the U15 Boys race and finished 72nd in 15.21 while Mairi Wallace led the U15 girls home in 23rd place in 16.05. Ailsa Innes was 43rd with Fiona Grant (53rd) not far behind.

Niamh Shaw was 33rd U17 in 21.02 and Sophie Collins, running for Edinburgh University, was 20th U20 in 20.03.

Kobe Stevens gave it his all in the U17 Men’s race for 28th in 23.22.

Scout Adkin had an excellent run in the Senior Women’s event (15th in 30.47) while wee bro Jacob also starred in his Edinburgh University vest in the U20 Men’s race, finishing 10th in 27.24. Lucas Cheskin was 39th in 31.27 and Benjamin Hindley 41st in 31.58. In the final race of the day Alan Elder slipped and slid his way to 459th in the Senior Men’s event and 44th M50.