Camperdown Park in Dundee was the destination for hundreds of cross-country runners heading for the East District XC Championships on Saturday.
The day was near-perfect conditions for the full range of age categories, from Under-13s to seniors, the top eight of which would achieve selection for the Inter-District event in January, in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park.
Over 3.2 kilometres of grassy parkland, Gala Harriers were well represented in the U13 girls and boys, but it was a pity that a full team could not be fielded in each.
Both U15 girls and boys’ teams just missed out on a medal in fourth place.
Last year, the U17 men stole a bronze medal and the same team all ran well over 6.4K but, again, found themselves just out of the medals. It was a very close thing as the points scored put them in joint third position and had any of the lads been able to move up one place they would have taken the bronze.
Former Harrier Louise Mercer came, guess where, fourth place, running for Edinburgh University in the U20 women, but still secured a team gold, while her brother James was 22nd in 35.46 in his U20 mens’ race.
Unsurprisingly, the Gala women came home in 4th place, but a golden moment came for Fiona Dalgleish (27.11) Jenny Forbes (27.30) and Kate Jenkins (28.06) who secured another well-deserved Gala team victory in the Masters category.
In a massive field of 239 senior men, eight Gala seniors managed ninth place overall.
Turn to page 73 for individual times and placings.