Young runners real deal
● Silver service for Aberdeen AAC team in East District relay race
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