On Saturday the 22nd of October a contingent of runners made their way to the scenic Cumbernauld for the Scottish National XC Relays. Conditions were ideal and the 4km course was suitably challenging and there was an Olympian or two – the makings of a good race. There was a full men’s team, two full women’s teams and incomplete men’s and women’s teams gracing the course.
It is common manners to let the ladies first so it was down to the girls to “soften” the course for the men (i.e. make it nice and muddy for them- they wouldn’t want it too easy). The first women’s team came home in 1:02 claiming a respectable 11th place overall- first leg runner Annabel Simpson being the 6th fastest woman on the day! Taking over from the ladies the men’s team – Alastair Thurlbeck, Rory McMillan, Gregor Gillespie and Gavyn Chalmers finished in a combined time of 53 minutes putting them in 22nd place overall- not shabby at all gents.
Well done to everyone who ran. Sorry I can’t mention you all but you all put in a craic-ing effort! Hopefully the next race will be just as successful.
Words by Katrina Ballantyne