Runners race regardless of weather

CROSS-COUNTRY athletes run whatever the weather and true to tradition Giffnock North's young runners rose to the snow-plastered challenge of the prestigious Inter District Championships in Holyrood Park Edinburgh last Saturday.

The southside club had 16 athletes running for West District teams against East and North District rivals.

All raced well, with ten winning either gold or silver team medals, but arguably the performance of the day came from Chloe Cowan.

After a tentative start amidst flying elbows, Cowan determinedly ploughed over the snow and hills of a twisting 2.6k to claim an excellent individual silver behind runaway winner Kath Gillespie of Central AC.

Cowan led her West team to gold, but not content with two medals the Busby youngster later also ran the 4k Fun Run on the park roads and claimed second in that too.

Under-13 Max Lancaster headed his race as it went through the bell, but despite surging into a decent lead, three rivals doggedly reeled him in.

Ultimately edged into fourth by a mere second, Lancaster had the consolation of a team gold medal for West.

Also running hot in the sub-zero conditions were Neil Gourley, with a close-run fourth in the U15 race; Linzi Cowan ninth and Selena Jackson 12th in the U15 girls; Madeleine Murray claimed another 12th for the U17 girls over 3.9k and Grant Muir was fifth in a hard-fought U17 boys race that saw Giffnock runners fill four of the six counting West places for gold.

Luke Traynor, Max Lott and Euan Murray were the other southside counters.


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