Trio home in on Inter-counties

Gala Harrier Kirstin Maxwell worked hard to help Scotland East to a bronze medal at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships in Birmingham
Gala Harrier Kirstin Maxwell worked hard to help Scotland East to a bronze medal at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships in Birmingham

Three Gala Harriers seniors competed for Scotland East in the Inter-counties Cross-country Championships in Birmingham last weekend.

Kirstin Maxwell (28 minutes 28 seconds) had a great run to finish 82nd out of 275 and, as the sixth counter for Scotland East in the senior women’s race, came home with a well-deserved bronze medal of her own.

Kelso’s Darryl Hastie was called up to the team at the last minute and had a very solid run in 39.30, which saw his teammates end up in fifth place overall.

Sadly, Gavin Bryson had been ill in the week running up to the event and wasn’t able to repeat his stunning performance the Nationals two weeks ago, but did well to finish and would’ve been pleased that his teammates picked up the bronze medal in the Under-17 men’s race.

The previous weekend saw some equally fine performances from Gala Harriers in cold, windswept Midlothian at the Lasswade 10-mile road race.

Tough conditions bring out the best in Gala runners and there were several personal bests amongst the results which endorse the fact that a hard winter season on the country pays dividend on the roads in early spring.

Fergus Johnston came in as the first Harrier home in 21st position out of 347, in a time of 61 minutes and 42 seconds, while Dave Nightingale (68.16), Anya Campbell (70.34), Fiona Shepherd (75.10), Dawn Grant (75.19) and Eileen Nicol (77.154) all acquitted themselves well over the tough course.