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National Cross Country Championships

01/03/2017

After 24 hours of constant heavy rain, fourteen members of Dumfries Running Club travelled to Falkirk to compete in the 2017 National Cross Country Championships over a 10K distance . 

On arrival they found the course flooded in a number of areas and it had been heavily churned up by the younger athletes in the morning races. One consolation was that the rain stopped just as they arrived and the sun broke through to generate a pleasant running climate. 

The Club used these races to determine its own cross country champions for 2017 and the first of these to be contested was by the ladies as they set off soon after arrival. Firm favourite for the title was the recently crowned Scottish West District Champion, Nicola Hood, and when the starter’s gun fired for the Senior Women 10K Nicola set off close behind the leaders. By the end of the first lap she was in sixth place with a small posse snapping at her heels. However, by the end of the second lap Nicola was still in 6th place but with only one runner still hanging on to her tail. Nicola dug deep and forged ahead in a bid to get in to the top three places.

Although she gained time on the three ladies immediately ahead of her she failed to gain any places in this last lap finishing 6th in a very impressive 40 minutes and 16 seconds. There was only 26 seconds between third lady and Nicola that shows how well she ran this last lap.

The three other lady team members ran steadily for the whole race with all of them finding the conditions challenging. The start with 300 runners made it difficult to see the driest and firmest route to take but as the race progressed and the field spread out Sian Finlay (52.17), Anne MacFarlane (54.16) and Saty Burns (69.38) each settled in to the task ahead and finished in that order and helped record a team result of 19th place out of 29 finishing teams.

Sandwiched between the ladies and men’s races was the Under 20 men’s race with Charlie Storrie representing the Club.This one was slightly shorter, at 7.5K, but every bit as muddy and hilly as it used the same laps. Charlie is new to cross country running and soon discovered that trail shoes were of little use in such slippery conditions. However, he stuck to his task and enjoyed battling with some of the top Scottish runners in this age category to finish in a very credible 54th position and recorded a time of 34.29. No doubt he will have learned from this experience and do even better next time he tackles a similar event.

The day finished with almost 700 men taking on what had by now turned in to swamp conditions where a number of runners lost shoes during the race. There was a melee at the start as the 700 tried to battle to the front to get the good footholds on the first climb. All competitors were left in awe as they saw Olympian athlete, Callum Hawkins, disappear over the horizon in the lead or for half of the DRC contingent it was as he passed them while he was doing his last lap and they were still on their second with one more to go.

It was thought that there would be a close run battle for our own championship between Niall Campbell and Alan Baxter. However, cross country conditions can be a great leveller where strength and experience often conquer over speed and so it proved on this occasion with Alan leading for DRC from the start and in the end comfortably beating Niall in to second place and 49 places ahead of him in the overall standings. Their times were 44.14 and 45.34 respectively. Adam Dickie  (48.45) picked up the bronze medal position in our club race with a strong steady run that showed off his hill running skills in tricky conditions. Brian Mohan (54.13) “enjoyed” the experience competing in his first ever cross country. Not too far behind was David Burns (56.37) who last did the National XC 35 years ago. Hopefully he enjoyed it enough to return sooner next time. Les Hill (60.23) who remembers doing the National XC almost 50 years ago and his first senior one over 30 years ago struggled due to the fact this was his first run, after a foot injury, since the end of November. Finishing together after keeping each other company for the duration of the race were Andy Dickson (75.26) and Sean McGleenan (75.27).

All fourteen of them claimed to have had a great day and enjoyed being able to support other club members in the other events and intend returning next year 

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