Tro­phy time for Cen­tral ath­letes

Team vic­tory as Cameron scoops sil­ver­ware

Stirling Observer - - GOLF - Don­ald Mor­ton

Cen­tral AC re­turned to win­ning ways at the Scot­tish Ath­let­ics Short Course Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day.

Record fields pro­vided fe­ro­cious com­pe­ti­tion in all six of the races at Kirk­caldy with Cen­tral’s high­light be­ing the se­nior men who landed the team tro­phy - a race which fea­tured a win­ning re­turn to top class run­ning for Cameron Boyek.

The 4k race of two laps saw six ath­letes head­ing the field in a close bunch on the first lap and Boyek seized the ini­tia­tive on the sec­ond lap to open a 30-me­tre lead on his ri­vals. With dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion, he held on to win in 12.01 by four sec­onds be­hind while club-mate Alas­tair Hay came home as a close fifth in 12.12.

Cameron Milne (12th; 12.31) and Chris Smithard (28th; 12.52) helped the team to gold.

Boyek helped Scot­land to a Ste­wart Cup 4x1K Re­lay win at the Great Ed­in­burgh Cross Coun­try early in 2016 but the 1500m run­ner has had in­jury prob­lems in the in­terim.

“‘It was good to win that and I knew read­ing the pre­view that there were some good names there and strong com­pe­ti­tion,” said Cameron. “I just man­aged to get a bit of lead and then pushed it on when I could. I wasn’t sure what was go­ing on be­hind me.

“After the in­juries that I’ve had, I am de­ter­mined just to put in a solid win­ter and that means some cross coun­try – cer­tainly over this kind of dis­tance. The 4k was prob­a­bly ideal and I will be do­ing in­doors as well.

“I be­lieve there is a 4 x 1500m race at the Euro Cross and I think GB are plan­ning to send a team to that so hope­fully win­ning here helps me stake a se­lec­tion claim for that.”

Also fea­tur­ing for Cen­tral’s se­niors were Murray MacLarty (13.07), Ruar­idh Miller (13.09), Fraser Lo­gan (13.21), Lewis Mil­lar (13.49), David Eck­er­s­ley (14.55), Charles Gra­hamMarr (15.32), Don­ald Shaw (16.15), Colin Alexan­der (16.17), Ben Noad (16.52), Gor­don Ap­pelbe (16.53), Kenny His­lop (18.50) and Al­lan Gall (19.11).

The se­nior women’s race saw top run­ner Laura Muir com­pet­ing in her Glas­gow Univer­sity vest in an week­end’s break from her ve­teri­nary stud­ies. She led from gun to tape and for Cen­tral’s Morag MacLarty, there was an com­pelling bat­tle for the mi­nor medals as she moved through a scat­tered group to take bronze.

Kate Gal­lagher made a break­through run in her first year as a se­nior to take 11th place in the race (14.22); Lau­ren McCul­loch ran strongly (15.03) with Kim Tim­mins (16.22) Fiona Davies (17.88) and Becky Hay (18.03) com­plet­ing a strong squad. Team medals were just out­side their grasp with fourth place.

The Un­der 15 boys race over 2000m was also a hard fought race and Lewis Dow was Cen­tral’s top counter in 24th plac­ing with 6.48. Kyle Howie (7.15), Ben An­gus Hughes (7.45) and Cameron Fraser (7.45) all ran with con­fi­dent style.

In the Un­der 17 men’s race, 3000m was the dis­tance and Tom Gra­hamMarr was to the fore, fin­ish­ing eighth in 9.3 with fur­ther fine ef­forts from Ben MacMil­lan, Keir Howlieson (both fin­ish­ing to­gether in 9.54) and Sandy Holl (10.24) with the team in fifth place.

The Un­der 17 ladies race cov­ered the same 3000m course and a strong quar­tet of Cen­tral run­ners fin­ished in a cred­itable fifth place. Rosie Eck­er­s­ley was 14th in 11.15 sup­ported by El­iz­a­beth Thomp­son (12.19), Heather Scott (12.56) and Skye Hen­der­son (13.13). Cen­tral had an in­com­plete team in the un­der 15 girls race with great runs from Car­rie Banks (14th in 7.16) and Eilidh MacKen­zie (8.42).

Team tops The win­ning Cen­tral men - Alis­tair Hay, Cameron Milne, Cameron Boyek and Chris Smithard

Win­ners are grin­ners Cameron Boyek with his tro­phy

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