Grey and chilly it might have been at Camperdown Park, Dundee on Saturday but that didn’t prevent a ray of sunshine from the Moorfoot U13 Girls team who got themselves bronzed with a third place team finish in the East of Scotland Cross-Country Championships.
Still only a few weeks back into full training after a nasty bug laid her low for a good part of November, Beth Hobbs did very well to match her 7th place finish last year coming home in 13.19 for the 2-mile course. Elena McGorum and Charlotte Clare backed her up with excellent runs for 10th and 11th in 13.34 and 13.44 respectively to secure 3rd place for the team with 28 points behind Edinburgh (11 pts) and Pitreavie (24 pts). The fourth team member Molly Falconer may have been slightly below her best on the day for 21st in 14.13 but coach Gregor was at pains to point out that had any of the three scoring girls dropped out, her run would still have been enough to secure the team bronze ahead of Central AC. “Molly’s effort was every bit as important to the team as the other three girls. Even Mo and Paula have off days which makes it invaluable to have good depth in the team and we most certainly have that in this age-group.”
Whilst there were no other medals, there were good performances all round from the growing Moorfoot contingent at Championship level.
Other Moorfoot Results
U13 Boys (3.2km): 17th Ethan Elder (12.43), 21st Craig Angus (12.51), 32nd Michael Smith (13.15), 37th Corran Carrick-Anderson (13.31); Team 10th.
U15 Girls (4km): 16th Mairi Wallace (17.08), 22nd Fiona Grant (17.32), 23rd Ailsa Innes (17.36); Team 6th.
U17 Men (6.4km): 18th Kobe Stevens (24.17) - a brave effort given he was on his knees "calling on Hughie" at the end.
U20 Men (8km): 10th Jacob Adkin (29.24), 17th Sam MacNeil (31.23), 19th Lucas Cheskin (31.47), 21st Ben Hindley (33.34); Team 5th.
Also good to see a chirpy Sophie Collins running well for the Edinburgh Uni Hairies in the U20W race. Must be getting some decent coaching now!