Gruelling conditions test runners’ stamina

120113 East district cross country league meeting at broxburn.
120113 East district cross country league meeting at broxburn.
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ATHLETES from Linlithgow and Bo’ness pushed themselves hard last weekend competing for four 
different athletics clubs at the East District Cross Country meet in Broxburn.

In the junior races local U11 athlete Isla Calvert led home a Livingston and District team that finished a brilliant third place in the girl’s competition, which attracts the top clubs from Eastern Scotland.

Older sister Sarah Calvert finished 5th in the U13 competition.

A strong Linlithgow Athletics U11 team comprising David Featherstone, Eoin Richardson and Calum Ireland were placed well in the top 10 clubs in the boys competition. Lewis O’Connor was Linlithgow’s sole representative in the U13 boys.

In the U15 competition Linlithgow’s Andrew Fischbacher finished the gruelling, waterlogged 4km course in 16:05 (14th) with Gregor McAdam (22:18) completing the Linlithgow line-up. Keri Greig placed well for Lothian 
Running Club in the U17 race over the same distance (17:58).

The senior ladies race was 
dominated by Edinburgh-based Edel Mooney for Lothian Running Club (22:07), pictured top right.

Of the local entrants Lisa Gamble (25:51, 24th), Charly Fortune (25:59, 26th) and Jennifer Newton (31:42, 80th) represented team 
Linlithgow.

In the men’s race former cross country champion and Linlithgow resident Alistair Hay (Central AC) finished in second place (29:44) 
behind Central AC team mate R. Russell on the 9km course.

A Linlithgow AC team of John Redding (56th, 35:02), Steven Laurie (101st, 37:28), David Marshall (125th, 38:38), Angus Gallie (136th, 39:21), Johan Mientjies (159th, 40:36), Scott Hyslop (185th, 42:47) and Graeme Lawson finished (201st, 44:45) in 13th position.

Matt Richardson