Some of the country’s best international athletes went head-to-head in the mud with club runners and mere mortals on Saturday (8 December), as three district XC championships were contested.
At the Lindsays West District champs, held in Kilmarnock, Lachlan Oates beat fellow international Andy Douglas for the title – and his first gold medal. Third place went to John Bell.
In the women’s race, Elspeth Curran of Kilbarachan took gold over Michelle Sandison. Dumfries’ Nicola Hood followed for bronze.
Cambuslang Harriers won the senior men’s team gold, with Shettleston Harriers taking the women’s.
On the other side of the country, nearly 300 runners contested senior and masters’ divisions of the East District championships.
Scotland international Jamie Crowe (Central AC) won the senior men’s gold in a very competitive and eagerly anticipated race. He was followed by Michael Christoforou (Edinburgh) and Calum Mckenzie (Costorphine), with Commonwealth bronze medallist Robbie Simpson finishing fifth.
In the women’s event, Morag Millar of Central AC won the title for the fourth time. Silver went to Jo Williams (Lothian RC) and bronze to Annabel Simpson (Fife AC).
Central AC took the men’s senior title and Fife AC the women’s.
In the third and final event of the day, more than 300 runners from over 22 clubs took part in the North District Championships, held at Gordonstoun.
Scotland international Kenny Wilson (Moray RR) triumphed over current record holder Rob Sinclair (Insch Trail Running Club), with Craig Campbell (Inverness Harriers) following for bronze.
Eilidh Mackenzie of Stornoway kept hold of her women’s title, with Highland Hill Runner Catriona Morrison besting on Moray’s hill running international Kirstie Rogan.
Moray Road Runners took both men’s and women’s titles.
Image: the victorious Moray RR ladies (facebook)