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Lewis and Harris XC Series 2012-13

Race 2: Saturday 12 January 2013

u9 Boys start

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Connor Takes On The Seniors and Wins

Over 200 runners of all ages gathered in the Lews Castle grounds last Saturday to contest the second round of this seasons Lewis and Harris cross country race series. The weather was cold and the hard frost had firmed up 99.999% of the course to make for fast running conditions - as for the other 0.001% it was a deep muddy patch from which a few athletes emerged wearing only one shoe!

First off were the Senior men and women joined by under 15 Connor MacLean, full of confidence following the previous week’s national silver medal-winning performance, and keen to take on a new challenge. Completely undaunted by the more experienced runners, Connor took the win from Murdo Alex MacKenzie, with Duncan MacKellar(under 20) in 3rd place.

The Senior Women’s race was won by Katie MacKenzie, with Jayne Miller and Julie McIntosh 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The under 17 race came down to a sprint finish between Michael Smith and Kenneth MacSween, with Michael edging ahead to take the victory and Jamie Sulliven in 3rd place.

Michael MacMillan and Hugh MacKenzie both ran well in the under 15 boys race to take 1st and 2nd, with Lewis MacAlpine a creditable 3rd, whilst in the girls race Peigi MacKellar put in another winning performance to stretch her lead in the series. Jane MacInnes took 2nd and Aneeka Toor was 3rd, taking the Sir E Scott girls to within a point of the Nicolson girls in the schools competition with one more race to go.

Kyle Munro again dominated the under 13 boys race, leading from start to finish to take victory over John Bain with Rory Mighton, handicapped by the loss of a shoe, coming 3rd. However the greatest improvement in this age group came from Finlay Emmott, taking well over 2 minutes off his time from the last race. Well done Finlay!

Big time improvements were also evident among several of the under 13 girls with a massive 4 minute improvement by Shana MacPhail of Tong of particular note. The top three places were taken by Catriona Rigby, Johanna Gillies and Mia Hartley-Oliver, all improving their times significantly from the last race.
The under 11 boys race was won by Calum MacLennan of Back from Aidan Finnegan of Sir E Scott in 2nd and Murdo Angus Kennedy of Pairc 3rd. This race saw Sgoil an Rubha’s Lewis Macleod and Stornoway Primary’s Cameron Baird both improve by 14 places over race one, it also included the athlete with the biggest improvement of any athlete on the day – Stornoway Primary’s Josh Ross Campbell finished an astonishing 32 places higher than he did in race one.

Ellie MacLean, equally talented wee sister of Connor, ran to victory once again in the under 11 girls category from Sian MacDonald 2nd, with Hannah Mayers of Carloway improving on her time by over a minute from last race to take 3rd. Similar time improvements were also shown by Rosie Sullivan, Anna Cumming, Claire Stephen and Ceit Murray. Keep up the good work girls!

The under 9 girls race was won by Gemma MacRitchie (Lionel) stretching her lead in the series with the second win over Hannah MacKenzie (Back) and Krysta Bray (Tong), who came 2nd and 3rd respectively. Top improver in this category was Freya Weir of Stornoway Primary, improving her time by over 90 seconds.

The biggest entry on the day was the under 9 boys race with 43 competitors. The winner of this race was Tolsta’s Callum Mighton, with William Nicolson (Stornoway Primary) 2nd and Harry Bray (Tong) in 3rd. Biggest improver among the little guys was Sean MacKenzie (Sgoil nan Loch), taking 85 seconds off his time.

The 3rd and final race of the series takes place on 9th February, immediately followed by the series prize giving including school team prizes.

Many thanks to all who helped make the event run so smoothly, without you it just couldn't happen, Particular thanks to Shuna and Ron for introducing the hot drinks stall - much appreciated on such a cold day and also a nice little fund raiser for the club.

Rory Mighton shows his commitment by finishing with only one shoe.

Callum Mighton wins u9 Boys race

U9 Boys places


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