Young run­ners real deal

● Sil­ver ser­vice for Aberdeen AAC team in East District re­lay race

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT - BY FRASER CLYNE

Aberdeen AAC’s young­sters and Metro Aberdeen’s older cam­paign­ers hit a sil­ver medal trail in the East District cross-coun­try re­lay cham­pi­onships at Liv­ingston.

Kai Craw­ford was the top per­former for the Aberdeen AAC team which was pipped for top spot in the boys’ 3x2.5km race.

His younger brother Rhys fin­ished sixth on the open­ing un­der-13 age group leg but was only 11 secs be­hind lead­ers Ed­in­burgh AC. Kai took over and soon pro­pelled his team into the lead with the fastest un­der-15 per­for­mance of the day, com­plet­ing the cir­cuit in 8min 25secs.

Lewis Watt set off on the fi­nal leg with a seven secs ad­van­tage over Ed­in­burgh AC’s Hugh Mor­row, and although the Aberdeen teenager pro­duced the third best time of the day, 8:41, it wasn’t enough to hold off his out­stand­ing ri­val who pow­ered his team to vic­tory in 8:22.

Only an ex­cel­lent fi­nal­stage per­for­mance from Fife AC’s Scot­tish schools in­ter­na­tional Anna Hed­ley pre­vented Aberdeen AAC from win­ning the girls’ ti­tle.

Anna McNeill put the north east side into sec­ond po­si­tion on the open­ing un­der-13s stage, be­fore a fine run from Phoebe Arm­strong gave Aberdeen a six secs lead over Fife at the end of leg two.

Kirsty Pur­cell then bat­tled bravely on the last leg but was un­able to hold off Hed­ley who went on to give Fife vic­tory by 15 secs.

Metro Aberdeen also pock­eted a set of sil­ver medals through Jeremy Kib­ble, Steve Buchan, Jim Tole and Ruairidh Camp­bell in the over40 age group masters 4x4km race.

There was no medal joy, how­ever, for the Aberdeen AAC and Metro Aberdeen teams in the se­nior men’s 4x4km cham­pi­onship. Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity re­tained the ti­tle while the Aberdeen AAC quar­tet of Steven Mur­ray, Aaron Odentz, Michael Fer­gu­son and Sunny McGrath fin­ished fifth. Fer­gu­son recorded the third quick­est in­di­vid­ual time of the day.

Metro Aberdeen fin­ished sev­enth through Chris Richard­son, Hamish Bat­tle, Ben Ward and Cameron Stra­chan.

There was an 11th place fin­ish for Aberdeen AAC team of Nuala McCheyne, Jen­nifer Harrison and Holly Mor­ri­son in the women’s 4x4km won by Fife AC.

Mean­while Gemma Cor­mack recorded 36:19 to win the women’s di­vi­sion of the Aviemore 10km less than 24 hours af­ter lead­ing In­ver­ness Har­ri­ers to vic­tory in the North District cross coun­try re­lay cham­pi­onships. She fin­ished 11th over­all from a field of 634.

Kane El­liot (Falkirk Vic­to­ria Har­ri­ers) won the men’s race in 30:17 with two-time Union Street mile cham­pion An­drew Brown (Loth­ian) tak­ing sec­ond po­si­tion in 33:32. Steven Wat­ters (Stone­haven) came third with 34:24.

Rory Scott (Fife) won the Aviemore half marathon in 1:12:20, fin­ish­ing 34 secs ahead of pre­vi­ous cham­pion Gra­ham Bee (In­ver­ness Har­ri­ers). Rachel Ar­mitage (In­ver­ness Har­ri­ers) won the women’s race in 1:22:23.

TER­RIFIC TRIO: Rhys Craw­ford, Lewis Watt and Kai Craw­ford of the Aberdeen AAC team at the East District cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships

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