National XC Championships RESULTS, Sat 25 Feb 2017

Full Results

For the 12th year in succession Falkirk was the destination once again as Kilbarchan athletes of all ages descending on what could possibly be the most challenging conditions ever witnessed.

The Under 13 girls team was the first to step on the podium on a very successful day. Louise Hastie (10), Aurelia Tiffoney (15), Chloe Cameron (22) & Rachel Muir (40) packed well to win a bronze team medal.

The Under 15 girls matched this with another bronze team medal.
Alisha Sivell (9), Leona Murray (28), Libby Sutherland (35) & Laine Alemu (38)

Next up was the under 15 boys who claimed a gold team medal but not without some drama. At the start of the race Lewis Hannigan lost his sock and shoe but carried on to claim a fantastic 25th place which helped the team to gold.  David McNair (6), Jack Patton (10), Lewis Hannigan (25) & Kyle Irvine (35)

Lewis "one shoe" Hannigan storming round
Lewis “one shoe” Hannigan storming round

The Under 17 men where also in gold team form with a solid dsiplay from Craig Kennedy (8), Josh Hendry (9), Andrew MacAngus (12) & Michael Simson (19)

Sarah Dempsey was the first to claim an individual medal as she claimed a superb third place in the under 20 women’s race, her medal tally then doubled with a fine team performance backed up by Iona Miller (9) & Holly Thompson (14).

Euan Gillham was next to stand on the individual medal podium as he battled through some carnage as the course began to take casualties to claim a silver medal.

With the course now descending into the equivalent of tough mudder around 700 men started the men’s senior race with Callum Hawkins making the late decision to race to go for his second senior gold medal.

Almost down but well ahead of the field
Almost down but well ahead of the field

He led from the off and established a gap which saw him complete three long laps unchallenged to take his fifth national medal across all age groups.

Scottish Athletics National XC Championships 2017February 25th, 2017 (C)Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics
Scottish Athletics National XC Championships 2017 February 25th, 2017 (C)Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics

 

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