Short Course XC Champs @ KGV, Renfrew great to see a national event here in Renfrewshire
The latest fixtures in the Lindsays Cross Country Season saw the Short Course XC Champs draw a huge entry to Renfrew.
In fact, finisher numbers were records in all six categories with no fewer than 866 athletes completing the courses at King George V playing fields at Broadloan.
Of that figure, 551 were in the Senior races and that is a huge rise on only a few years ago for the same event at Bellahouston. In 2012, for example, there were 200 adult finishers and the following year it was 301.
Big thank you to all clubs who are committing to competition – we appreciated the support from athletes, coaches, parents and supporters.
At Renfrew, we’d like to thank our volunteers, members of the Road Running and Cross Country Commission, host club Kilbarchan AAC, and Renfrewshire Leisure – as well as our season sponsors, Lindsays.
Laura Muir captured another Scottish title and captivated the crowds in Renfrew in her first race on home soil since the Olympics.
The 1500m Diamond Race winner defended her Lindsays Short Course XC title in superb fashion – streaking away early to ultimately win over the 4K course in 13.20 by 40 seconds from GB international Rosie Smith of Hunters Bog Trotters.
Central AC’s Morag MacLarty took the bronze medal and led her club-mates home to the team gold's and overall success in the Scottish Cross Country Team Challenge.
Muir’s training partner, Jemma Reekie, came through to snatch the U20 Women’s title and will shortly join the Olympian on a warm weather training trip to South Africa with both coached by Andy Young.
Falkirk Victoria Harriers athlete Ben Stevenson took the Senior Men’s race in fine style to win by four seconds from Shettleston’s Tewolde Mengisteab as Aberdeen AAC’s Michael Ferguson won bronze.