The commitment of long term sponsors Alex Murray Construction to the Lewis and Harris Cross Country Series was mirrored in success with the largest entry to date in this winter’s opening race with 198 taking part.
In the opening race for senior ladies and men the entry was greatly boosted by the local Muay Thai Boxers looking to improve strength, conditioning and stamina by completing the 6.4K route.
The distance was made up of a two lap course from the Castle Green, along the Bayhead River embankment, round the rugby field and back around the muddy paths of the old Castle Gardens.
At the front of the field there was an excellent demonstration of off-road running by Iain McCorquodale running in the famous Cambuslang Harriers vest on his favourite surface.
Throughout the 6.5K Iain ran away from the field to win in a great time of 23minutes 53seconds with SRAC’s Murdo MacKenzie making a welcomed returning from injury running steadily to claim second place.
Roddy Gillies was less than a minute behind MacKenzie in third, a good result for the offshore worker whose training is mainly on machines in the gym. Roddy was also first veteran!
Placing well for the Muay Thai Boxers was coach Norrie MacKenzie in a very credible fourth. Carly Dicks won the ladies race over Jayne Millar and Sally Reynolds.
There were a lot of fine performances throughout the junior races and very good representation from schools from Harris to Ness.
Event organisers Stornoway RAC were particularly pleased to see a ‘new’ school in Sgoil am Rubha participating in good numbers and wearing new athletics vests.
From a club perspective there were good runs from a number of runners and the boy’s quartet of Connor MacLean, Jamie Sullivan, Kenneth MacSween and Michael MacMillan would be hopeful to continue ‘in form’ runs at this weekend’s North Championships in Forres.
The next race in the series takes place on January 14th. Full race results can be seen at: www.srac.org.uk