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

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

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