A small, determined and dedicated troupe of Stornoway Running and Athletics Club athletes braved the fury of Storm Desmond to cross the Minch to compete in the red vest of their club.
Departing at first light on Friday morning the hardy gang of SRAC runners set sail for the mainland and for The North District Cross Country Championships, hosted this year by Moray Road Runners in the woods beside Spyvie Hall near Elgin.
The course was a mixture of forest trails and heavy, muddy off road sections, that were very slippery after the relentless overnight rain.
However, conditions had improved on Saturday morning and were pretty good for running with the trees sheltering the competitors from the chill of the biting wind.
First to take on the course for Team SRAC were the Under 13 Boys. Calum Mighton making his debut for the red and gold ran strongly in the pack, finishing a very creditable 28th place. Aodhan Finnegan, despite suffering from an overnight cold, ran strongly and came home in 12th having given his all.
The classy looking David Morrison ran a blinder. Coming up to the finish still in contention, he powered home to take a well deserved bronze medal in third place. The youngsters had set the bar high for the rest of the team to follow.
There was little time to be euphoric as soon afterwards the Under 15 Boys took centre stage. Fielding four quality runners, expectations were high. After a demanding and intense 4000 metre race, Scott MacIver appeared from the depths of the forest just behind a couple of quality Inverness athletes in seventh place closely followed by John Alasdair Bain in eighth having made up two places in the closing stages.
Storming runs from the Stornoway duo were backed by Alasdair Binns in 14th place managing to secure a team silver for team SRAC. Daniel Stewart came home in a very tidy 16th place , unfortunately not getting a team medal with only the fastest three team members counting.
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