Fearghus thirdin cross coun­try

Rutherglen Reformer - - Football - Mur­ray Spooner

Dozens of the best young run­ners from across South La­nark­shire faced a gru­elling course as they met for the an­nual Pri­mary School Cross Coun­try fi­nals.

All who at­tended took full ad­van­tage of Chatel­her­ault Coun­try Park’s hilly land­scape in Hamil­ton in­clud­ing Cam­bus­lang’s Fearghus McGre­gor, who fin­ished third in the P7 boys race.

In the weeks run­ning up to the event, hun­dreds of young ath­letes in pri­mary six and seven took part in lo­cal heats in the hope of win­ning a place in the fi­nals in March.

The route, which in­cluded the steep in­cline di­rectly in front of the Hunt­ing Lodge, was de­signed to test not only the run­ners speed but also their en­durance and race strat­egy.

Shona Gird­wood, sports de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture, said: “Fol­low­ing the heats, 160 young ath­letes, the top ten in each age group from all around South La­nark­shire, qual­i­fied for the fi­nals.

“We planned the course to take full ad­van­tage of the to­pog­ra­phy at Chatel­her­ault so the run­ners would need to plan their race care­fully.”

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