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Law Athletes Shine at the Nationals

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Saturday marked the biggest occasion in the cross country calendar, the Scottish National XC Championships, and the Law athletes did not disappoint in surprisingly pleasant conditions at Callendar Park in Falkirk.

The first race of the day was the Under 13 Boys in which we had four athletes competing. Michael Glen - who has had a solid cross country season - was the first home in 55th position, ahead of Ben MacBride in 78th, Alan McCulloch in 109th and Finn Milligan in 148th. With these four athletes being regulars in cross country throughout the winter, it's exciting to think what they can do as a team in cross country in future!

Law & District has been able to boast a healthy level of participation in cross country events in the Under 13 Girls category over the last few years and there was no exception on Saturday with 6 athletes taking part. Evie Glen crossed the finish line in 47th position, with Rachel Donnelly in 96th, Niamh Murphy in 103rd, Lorna Jackson in 116th, Niav Douglas in 123rd and Abbie White in 125th. Bearing in mind this was the first time many of our Under 13 Girls had competed in a National XC, this was a thoroughly good showing indeed - boding well for the future!

The Under 15 Boys race was next up and James Gillon continued his dominance over his team mates for 34th position, with brother Matthew (a year younger and in his first year in the Under 15 age group) in 98th position. Rory Abraham, competing in his first ever cross country race, should be proud of his performance, crossing the line in 135th position.

Next up was the Under 15 Girls, with Caitlin Thomson and Ciara Scullion, reliable and consistent throughout the cross country season, finishing in 81st and 101st position respectively. Congrats to both girls on fine performances and cross country seasons so far!

Following the Under 15 Girls was a combined race of Under 17 and Under 20 Women, with Jill Hamilton - clear leader in the U17W XC Championship - Elle Henderson and Margaret Newell (U20) taking part. Jill continued her fine form over the season to compete the race in 44th position ahead of Elle in 53rd. Margaret, our solitary competitor in the Under 20 Women's category, ran a fantastic race for 44th position in her age group.

The Under 17 Men was next up, in which we had five competitors. Adam Kelly - who has shown marked improvement over the last 3 years - returned in 59th position, ahead another athlete showing tremendous improvement, Kieran Cubis (77th). Ben Fountain (club XC champion in the Under 17 age group last winter), was just behind in 82nd position, with Conor Butters a little further back in 88th. The hard work that athletes in this age group have put in has not gone unnoticed, and they should strive for much more in the weeks and months to come.

Shaun Burke was our only club representative in the Under 20 Men and performed very well after missing Annan through illness. Shaun completed an excellent cross country season by finishing in 62nd position.

Roxanne Yue, who had been battling with a niggling knee injury which had forced her to miss Annan last weekend, managed to complete the Senior Women's race pain free and crossed the line in 254th position, in what was a hugely encouraging record field of women's runners!

The final race of the day was the Senior Men's race, with Darran Muir, dominant throughout the winter, finishing in 119th position in a huge field. Further great performances were made by Ross Hill (226th), Jim Gillon (424th), James Scullion (474th), Bobby Hill (536th), Pat Kelly (585th) and Jim Rowley (617th). This was our biggest group of Senior Men in a National XC for some time and we hope it's a sign of things to come!

Saturday was a thrilling day for all involved - the great weather, the new tent, a lot of good performances, it really was a great day enjoyed by all and we hope this will spark a further increase in participation in the National XC next year too.

We'd just like to say a huge thank you to all who have got involved in cross country this winter so far. Whether it be young athletes trying it out for the first time, seasoned athletes who have been representing our club for many years, parents travelling to support our athletes and officials helping make these events happen, it's been a huge pleasure, thank you!

Points will be posted shortly on our Facebook Page, with a few champions in the Under 17 and Senior categories having been crowned. For Under 11s, Under 13s and Under 15s, the final club championship event will be Chatelherault on Sunday the 13th of March, keep an eye out for that, details coming soon too!