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Congratulations to our running contingent who took part in the Scottish National Cross Country Championships at Callendar Park on Saturday. For their efforts, they all gained double points for the club cross country championships, which will surely aid their efforts to get into the top 3.

Callendar Park both is a beautiful setting and a tough course, but all our athletes handled the conditions fantastically well.

Our best result of the day was in the Under 17s by Luke Foss, who returned in 9th place. This will surely aid Luke's attempts to gain selection for the West District teams travelling to the Inter Counties Championships in England next month. Luke was joined by Stuart Leghorn in 65th place in exactly 29 minutes, with club mate Shaun Burke crossing the line in 85th place, only a couple of minutes down the course!

Congrats also to Hilary McGrath, who crossed the line in 37th but was 1st in the Female 50s category. An excellent result Hilary, well done!

In the Under 13 Girls, Ruth Currie was our first athlete to finish in 53rd place, ahead of Dion Ingram (71st), Caitlin Thomson (74th), Rachel Philipps (104th) and Pamela Newell (109th).

In the Under 13 Boys we had 3 participants, with James Gillon returning quickest in an excellent 21st place. Brother Matthew Gillon was next to come down the finishing straight in 72nd and David McCormack in 141st.

We had no Under 15 girls taking part but we had 4 Under 15 boys participants. Gregor Gillespie was first to finish from these 4, coming home in 26th place, ahead of Ben Fountain (62nd), Adam Kelly (74th) and Conor Butters (104th).

This year we had two Under 17 women taking part. In a tight battle Hannah Stark finished in 45th place and just one place ahead of team mate Margaret Newell. Congratulations on your efforts!

Well done to our three Under 20 Men who took part. Stuart McLuckie, fresh from receiving his medal from an earlier race in East Kilbride, powered round a muddy 8 kilometre course in 30 minutes to finish in 28th place, one minute and ten places ahead of Ross Hill.

In the Senior Men we had 3 athletes taking part. Darran Muir completed his clean sweep in the cross country championship, collecting maximum points for the fourth time in a row to finish in 114th place. Graeme Brown competed in only his second cross country for the club and charged around Callendar Park in under 1 hour for the 12km route. Eddie McQuillan, also competing in this event for the first time, completed the course in just over 1 hour. Congratulations to all our seniors on a job well done!

All our athletes have worked hard this winter and there can be no greater tribute to them than competing in a national championships, rubbing shoulders with all the other great athletes from around the country. They should all be proud of their efforts, there have been massive improvements from last year. In the next year, we can all realistically aim to return for an even stronger assault on the National Championships!