Athletes from all over Scotland travelled to Callander Park in Falkirk for the Scottish National Cross Country Championships on Sunday. It was the biggest field in 21 years which showcased the best cross country runners that Scotland has to offer. It was traditional Scottish XC conditions of wind, rain and snow that competitors were faced with, which meant it wasn’t long until the course turned into a mudbath.
Chirnside Chasers entered seven runners with six taking part in the under 13 boys age group and one in the under 15 boys. The first race was the under 13 boys which was run over 3200m within the park. In very trying conditions first home for Chirnside Chasers was Oscar Onley who completed the course in 11.56 for an excellent 13th place overall. This was Oscar’s first time at The Scottish Championships and even more remarkable is that he is eligible to compete in this age group next year. This continued his recent great form after winning the Northumberland Schools title. He was closely followed by Josh Abbott in 21st place (12.09), Rory Williams 25th (12.12), Jamie Kinghorn 38th (12.32) and Ben Reynolds (13.59).
A team event is awarded for each age group with the first four runners for each club counting and the winner decided by the lowest score. The Chirnside Chasers boys managed a collective score of 97 for their first four placed scorers which meant they finished an excellent second place taking the silver medal. The winners were Kilbarchan (87) with the bronze medal going to Giffnock North (100).
This was an excellent performance by the young Chasers team where they showed they were able to compete against the largest club teams from all over Scotland. They were able to bring home a medal at a National event is an incredible result, and certainly puts Chirnside Chasers on the athletics map.
In the Under 15 age group, Fraser Veitch, making his Chirnside Chasers debut competed over the slightly longer 4km distance and finished an excellent 77th place in 15.26.