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Harriers flying high

By SPP Reporter

The Scottish National Masters Cross Country Championships took place in Forres on Saturday afternoon.

Forres Harriers club champions Douglas Cowie and Anne Docherty with their awards.
Forres Harriers club champions Douglas Cowie and Anne Docherty with their awards.

The event was a close call because of adverse weather conditions on the previous days but the course, consisting of laps around Grant Park and trails around Nelson Tower, was in great condition underfoot and deemed a tough but fair test of the entrants’ abilities.

Nearly 300 runners from as far north as Shetland and as far south as Gala represented their clubs.

23 Forres Harriers took part and three picked up medals - Anne Docherty won the 70+ age group and Dave Weir and Douglas Cowie won the silver medal in their respective age groups.

A total of 80 ladies started. The Harriers results were: 18th Hilary Cameron, 22nd Susan McRitchie, 24th Fran Brittain, 49th Jackie Nicol, 59th June Mcintosh, 60th Ros Wright, 61st Judy Leslie, 62nd Claire Nicholas, 66th France’s Russell, 67th Nadine Williams, 67th Anne Docherty, 73rd Shona Spencer.

189 men competed in total and the Forres results were: 16th Paul Rogan, 39th Dave Weir,79th Douglas Cowie, 102nd Kenny Douglas, 104th Iain McDonald, 127th James Hume, 128th Gary McFadyen, 136th Lindsay Grant and 144th Jordan Bowler.

In the 65+ age group there were 20 finishers, including Forres loons Hamish Cameron (6th) and Colin Youngson (8th).

At the Harrier annual social get together club champions Anne Docherty and Douglas Cowie were presented with their trophies.

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