Race 2 of 3 saw the action move to Alloa’s Lornshill Academy, where the course was a much tougher proposition than Stirling, with significantly more climbing (766ft as opposed to 117ft), tricky underfoot conditions (roots and rocks) and ankle-deep mud in places. Lovely.
It was a record turnout of 861 finishers, but sadly a bare few of those were Carnethies, with only 4 males (Andrew Fallas, James Waldie, Mark Johnston and myself) and a solitary female (Charlotte Morgan), which meant for the second time in the series we failed to score any team points. Room for improvement here methinks, especially given how popular the Borders XC races are with the club. And as I didn’t leave Edinburgh early enough for the start of the U11 races, there were no juniors running for Carnethy either, which meant a wasted trip for Archie. Oops.
For the men, Andy was first home for the club, in 8th position, with James in 11th, Mark in 30th and myself in 121st from 303 finishers.
In the ladies’ race Charlotte held on to a good 3rd position, behind Edel Mooney of Lothian and Rachel Haines of HBT, from 107 finishers.
Full results here: http://events.scottishathletics.org.uk/events/18230-16760-east-district-cross-country-league-2