Team Borders make numbers count at Stirling cross-country

Peebles Sports 2013 Thomas otton  winner of the 1600mtrs youths
Peebles Sports 2013 Thomas otton winner of the 1600mtrs youths

THE continuous rain at Stirling on Saturday left no-one in any doubt that the cross-country running season is upon us again.

The East District League got under way with Team Borders defending five of the seven age-group titles after last season’s incredible success.

A second-place finish by Corran Carrick-Anderson (Moorfoot) kicked things off in the U11 boys’ race. Club-mate Ethan Elder ran well for ninth and Chirnside’s Archie Fuller helped the boys secure third place behind Fife and Edinburgh.

The U11 girls went one better with a second place behind Pitreavie, courtesy of the Moorfoot trio of Elena McGorum (9th), Eilidh Mooney (10th) and Megan Hobbs (16th).

Things continued to improve with both the U-13 boys and girls winning their races. Andrew Hogg (Gala) 4th, Euan Hood (Moorfoot) 6th and Rory Williams (Chirnside) 10th were the boys’ counters for a 10-point winning margin ahead Corstorphine and Fife.

The girls came home seven points clear of Central and Livingston through Moorfoot trio Beth Hobs (4th), Anna McGorum (9th) and Mairi Wallace (10th).

In the combined U15/U17 girls’ race, only a very brave first outing and strong finish by Moorfoot newcomer Kim Davis (38th), along with club-mates Zaynah Aziz (7th) and Ailsa Innes (29th) allowed a team score to be registered.

The U17 men’s team finished third, only seven points adrift of second-placed Aberdeen with Edinburgh in first. Gala’s Thomas Otton and Jason McIntosh, in 9th and 13th respectively, and Moorfoot Kobe Stevens in 17th, were the Team Borders counters.