Lothian Running Club’s men’s amd women’s teams both had top 10 finishes as the 2014-15 cross country season got underway on Sunday with the East District Relay Championships at Peebles.
The club fielded two teams in the 4 x 4000 metres mens event with the A team finishing in 9th place of the 43 full teams who completed the course at Peebles High School. Max McNeil led off the blue vests, and as he has done all season produced another fine run to hand over to Malcolm Lang in 3rd place, Malcolm then handed on to 3rd leg runner Daniel McLaughlin in 7th place, the latter maintained the same position as he sent Colin Partridge off on the anchor leg and he brought the team home in a creditable 9th place in 57 minutes 27 seconds behind winners Central AC.
The B team of Owen Williams, Alan Moffat, Kenton Jones and A.N. Other finished in 30th place in 55 minutes 51 seconds.
The club was also represented by an incomplete veterans team of Martin Leadbetter, Stuart Kerr and Kenny Mearns who ran three of the legs.
The women’s 3 x 4000 metres race saw the clubs trio of Yvonne Crilley, Jo Williams and Edel Mooney finish one place higher than their male counterparts in 8th place. Yvonne led off and handed over to Jo in 19th place, the second leg runner produced a fine run overhauling 8 teams to hand on to Edel Mooney in 11th place, an equally impressive run from Edel hauled the LRC team into the top 10 and an 8th place finish. 33 full teams contested the women’s race with the team from Central AC taking the title. The fastest individual legs saw Max McNeil finish in an excellent 6th place in the men’s with Edel Mooney placing 9th quickest female.
The club also fielded a team in the Junior Girls event where an under13,under15 and under-17 each run a 2,500 metres leg and it saw Erin Steel, Natalie Miller and Cara McCafferty finish in 20th place in 41 minutes 42 seconds.
MENS 4 X 4000 METRES
A Team 9th Max McNeil [13m 00s], Malcolm Lang [14.22], Damiel McLaughlin [15.02], Colin Partridge [15.03]. Total time: 57m 27s].
B Team 30th Owen Williams [15.50], Alan Moffat [16.40], Kenton Jones [16.27], A. N Other [17.54]. Total time: 66m51s].
C Team [Vets] Martin Leadbetter [19.43], Stuart Kerr [17.14], Kenny Mearns [21.05]. 43 full teams completed.
WOMENS 3 X 4000 METRES
8th Yvonne Crilley [17.14], Jo Williams [16.36], Edel Mooney [15.25] Total time:49m 42s]. 33 full teams completed.
JUNIOR GIRLS 3 X 2500 METRES
20th Erin Steel [13.50], Natalie Miller [14.30], Cara McCafferty [13.22] Total time:41m 42s] 21 full teams completed.