Team Borders youngsters on course for success

SOME excellent performances at the East District Cross Country Championships in Alloa saw Team Borders lead the title chase in three of the seven age-groups.

A strong run and another second individual place by Corran Carrick-Anderson (Moorfoot) led the U-11 Boys to victory this time with club-mate Ethan Elder improving four places and newcomer Gregor Collins (Gala) making a big difference with an excellent 10th over the short but tough 1.4km course. Their 10-point winning margin over Pitreavie on the day puts them very much in pole position for the title with a 32 point lead over Edinburgh.

The U11 Girls, running over the same course, combined for third place on the day and that is where they lie overall. The Moorfoot trio of Elena McGorum (10th), Eilidh Mooney (13th) and Megan Hobbs (20th) were the Team Borders counters.

Minus their top finisher from Stirling, Andrew Hogg, the U-13 Boys couldn’t quite repeat their team victory, finishing 2nd on the day to Corstorphine courtesy of Euan Hood, Moorfoot, (6th), Jamie Logan, Gala, (7th) and Rory Williams, Chirnside, (12th).

The U13 Girls though were victorious again, finishing with a six point margin over Central. Moorfoot’s Beth Hobbs (4th) and Mairi Wallace (6th) and Susannah Godfrey-Faussett, from Gala, (7th) were the counters.

Joe Agnew (Gala) was the only Team Borders representative in the U-15 Boys race and had a very solid run for 13th.

In the combined U15/U17 girls race the very young team of Moorfoot’s Fiona Grant (12th) and Zaynah Aziz (20th) and Gala’s Katie Rourke (34th) finished outside the team places. In the U17 men’s race Gala’s Jason McIntosh had a fine run for 7th, closely followed by clubmate Thomas Otton (8th) and Kobe Stevens, Moorfoot, in 9th.