SECOND WIN FOR ANDREW
Teenager Emily Andrew (Inverness Harriers) extended her lead at the top of the senior women’s division of the North District cross country league when claiming her second win of the season over a challenging course at Evanton.
The 17-year-old Millburn Academy pupil, who won the opening match of the campaign at Keith last month, completed the challenging 6.4km course in 28min 18secs to finish well ahead of the opposition.
Her clubmate Caroline Marwick, who recently won her first Scotland call-up for the home countries hill running championships, was second in 29:01 with another Inverness Harriers athlete, Catriona Fraser, taking third spot in 29:18.
Former league champion Moira Davie (Forres Harriers) was fourth in 29:33.
Andrew, who won the under-17 league title last winter, said: “I led all the way and didn’t see anyone until I had finished.
“It was a tough course, very muddy and a lot hillier than I was expecting. But I’m pleased to have won.
It’s my first year competing in the senior league and I’d like to win it. I’m certainly planning to compete in the remaining races if I can.
“I like road racing as well but I’ll be concentrating on cross country over the winter with the aim of getting better.
“I will be doing the national short course championships next weekend when I’ll be in the under-20 age group for the first time. Later in the month I’ll be running in the British cross country challenge series race at Liverpool.
“I don’t expect to finish too highly in these races but they will be good experience.”
Scotland hill running international Ross
Gollan (East Sutherland) was a clear winner of the men’s 9600m race, completing the three-lap circuit in 36:01 with four-time previous champion John Newsom (Inverness Harriers), and John Yells (Lochaber AC), sharing the same time, 37:17, as they came second and third respectively.
There was more success for the Gollan family when Ross’s sister Alyth won the under-17 girls’ race while mum Sheila was first over-50, sixth overall, in the senior women’s competition.
Lucas Cairns (Inverness Harriers) won the under-17s boys’ race while his sister Anna took top spot in the under-15 girls’ event.
Her clubmates Zoe Sharpe and Grace MacDonald filled the other podium positions.
There was another Inverness whitewash in the under-13 girls’ division with Kate Meek, Kirsten Burnett and Freya Allan occupying the top three positions.
The Inverness club enjoyed further victories through Jake Henderson (under-15 boys) and Lois Macrae (under-11 girls).
The host club, Ross
County AC, celebrated success when Andrew Baird won the under-13 boys’ race while the closest finish of the day came in the under-11 boys’ division when Nairn’s Archie Smith pipped Hugh Burnett (Inverness Harriers) by a single second.
FRONT RUNNER: Emily Andrew of Inverness Harriers was the clear winner