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PICTURES: Forres Harriers host final North District Cross Country league event at a wintry Grant Park


By Craig Christie

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A SNOWBOUND Grant Park in Forres hosted the final day of the North District cross country season.

Start of the Senior, U20 and U17 Men's race...North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Start of the Senior, U20 and U17 Men's race...North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Forres Harriers staged the last of five events over the series and there was plenty success for Moray athletes.

Both the senior men’s and women’s champions are products of Moray, with Kirstie Rogan returning to the familiar territory of her home town of Forres to capture both the race and overall title for Highland Hill Runners.

Moray Road Runner Kenny Wilson finished the Senior Men's race in 1st overall. ..North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Moray Road Runner Kenny Wilson finished the Senior Men's race in 1st overall. ..North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

It was a similar story in the men’s race, with Scottish marathon international taking on a shorter and more treacherous way of running to claim his third victory of the series at Forres, enough to secure the overall crown for Moray Road Runners.

Highland Hill Runner Kirstie Rogan on her way to 1st overall in the Senior Women's race...North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Highland Hill Runner Kirstie Rogan on her way to 1st overall in the Senior Women's race...North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Wilson edged out Inverness Harriers’ John Newsom, who won the otjher two races but had to finish for second spot after coming in 46 seconds behind the winner at Grant Park.

Wilson’s MRR colleagues Ewan Davidson and his brother James Wilson weren’t far behind in third and fourth positions, while the club claimed the overall north team title.

Start of the Senior and U20 Women's race...North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Start of the Senior and U20 Women's race...North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

The Moray club had further success with Colin Green third in the M50 category while Forres Harriers’ Steve Sharpe was third in the M40s.

Lewis Paterson - Moray Road Runners - Under 15 Boy's Race...North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Lewis Paterson - Moray Road Runners - Under 15 Boy's Race...North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Michelle Slater finished fourth at Forres, enough to secure the F40 overall title.

Hillary Cameron was seventh for Forres Harriers and winner of the F50s overall. The Forres ladies were second in the team category with MRR third.

Siobhan Evans of the Forres Harriers. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Siobhan Evans of the Forres Harriers. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Another Forres runner, Siobhan Evans was third overall in the female 40 category.

Another strong Harriers’ display came in the under-15 boys by Michael Bishenden, second in his race and overall behind Ross County’s Andrew Baird who was first in all five races in the series.

Runners make their way through a snowy Grant Park in the Under 11 Boys race...North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Runners make their way through a snowy Grant Park in the Under 11 Boys race...North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Elgin AAC’s Roy Taylor won for the fourth time in the series and was clear winner in the under-17 male category, helping his club to third team prize.

Hannah Stephen was fifth overall in the under-17 women for Moray Road Runners.

Hannah Stephen - Moray Road Runners - Under 17 Women's Race...North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Hannah Stephen - Moray Road Runners - Under 17 Women's Race...North District X-Country League - Grant Park, Forres - 19/02/2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

In the under-13 girls, Alex Whelan was fourth in her race and sixth overall in a strong field.



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