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Forres runners helps fly the flag for Moray at North District Cross Country Championships

By Alan Beresford

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FORRES runners helped fly the flag for Moray at the recent North District Cross Country Championships.

Runners from across the north-east and Highlands converged at Gordonstoun School for the annual clash of running talent.

Competitors from Highland clubs were to dominate the standings, but Forres Harriers duo Bruce Evans and Moira Davie were to secure top three finishes in their races.

Evans' time of 22.47 earned him a bronze in the U20 6.5k while in the W35 contest a finish in 32.00 was enough for Davie to walk away with a silver medal as reward for her efforts.

A number of other Moray runners claimed a top three slot in their respective categories. Young Buckie runner Roy Taylor (Elgin Amateur Athletics Club) claimed gold in the U17 Men 5.5k category, taking the tape in a time of 20.02 while Grace Jenkins (Moray Road Runners) came third in the U20 Women 6.5k with a time of 31.45. Jenkins' club colleague Kenny Wilson earned a silver in the Sen Mas Men 8k, finishing in 25.37.

In the W35 race it was a gold Louise Cartmell (Moray Road Runners), her time of 31.45 winning her the category crown.

Moray Road Runners scored a first and second in the M35 thanks to Adam Baker (26.27) and Sam Milton (27.52).

The club repeated the feat in the M40, gold going to Matthew Blunden (26.31) and silver to Ben Livesey (26.54).


U13 Girls 3k – 1. Anna Meek (Inverness Harriers) 14.55; 2. Isla Burns (Inverness Harriers) 15.25; 3. Aoibhe Doorley (Inverness Harriers) 15.32.

U13 Boys 3k – 1. Robbie Welsh (Ross County Athletics Club) 13.48; 2. Ewan Thompson (Inverness Harriers) 14.06; 3. Rowin Schiller (Ross County Athletics Club) 14.08.

U15 Boys 4k – 1. Andrew Baird (Ross County Athletics Club) 13.19; 2. Lachlan Thomas (Ross County Athletics Club) 13.46; 3. Israel Noble (Fraserburgh Running Club) 14.10.

U15 Girls 4k U17 Women 5.5k – U15 1. Lois Macrae (Inverness Harriers) 14.31; 2. Abbie Stewart (Stornoway Athletics and Running Club) 14.41; Jessica Needs (Peterhead Athletics Club) 16.08. U17 Women 1. Caitlyn Heggie (Ross County Athletics Club) 21.47; 2. Katie Meek (Inverness Harriers) 23.28; 3. Joni Smith (Stornoway Athletics and Running Club) 25.04.

U20 Women 6.5k Senior Mas Women 8k – U20 1. Rachel Murray (Stornoway Athletics and Running Club) 28.10; 2. Katie Slimon (Highland Hill Runners) 28.32; 3. Grace Jenkins (Moray Road Runners) 31.45. Senior 1. Catriona Graves (Highland Hill Runners) 29.50; 2. Zoe Harding (Highland Hill Runners) 31.06; Kirstie Rogan (Highland Hill Runners) 31.53. W40 1. Sarah Attwood (Skye and Lochalsh Running Club) 31.29; 2. Tammy Wilson (JSK) 32.23; 3. Lesley Hansen (Inverness Harriers) 32.47. W35 1. Louise Cartmell (Moray Road Runners) 31.45; 2. Moira Davie (Forres Harriers) 32.00; 3. Monica Padilla (Highland Hill Runners) 32.57.

U17 Men 5.5k – 1. Roy Taylor (Elgin Amateur Athletics Club) 20.02; 2. Angus Laird (Inverness Harriers) 21.18; 3. Noah Carson (Ross County Athletics Club) 21.30.

U20 Men 6.5k Senior Mas Men 8k – U20 1. Lucas Cairns (Inverness Harriers) 21.25; 2. Angus Smith (Inverness Harriers) 22.37; 3. Bruce Evans (Forres Harriers) 22.47. Senior 1. Max Abernethy (Fraserburgh Running Club) 25.07; 2. Kenny Wilson (Moray Road Runners) 25.37; 3. Eoghann Gollan (East Sutherland Athletics Club) 26.04. M35 1. Adam Baker (Moray Road Runners) 26.27; 2. Sam Milton (Moray Road Runners) 27.52; 3. Murdo Mackenzie (Stornoway Athletics and Running Club) 28.41. M40 1. Matthew Blunden (Moray Road Runners) 26.31; 2. Ben Livesey (Moray Road Runners) 26.54; 3. Robbie Paterson (Highland Hill Runners) 28.54.

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