Last Saturday, for the first time in many years, Fraserburgh Running Club entered two Teams in a national competition. Four madies and four men competed in the Scottish Masters Cross Country competition at Forres.
Having endured perhaps the worst condition of the winter on the previous Wednesday for the Club Handicap run round the Broch – storm winds and driving rain – for a change it was the conditions that were balmy at Forres and not the runners.
The ladies team of Lisa Stephen, Gillian Strachan, Carol Massie and Morag Thompson were all new to cross country, this being their first foray into this form of competition since their school days.
Lisa led home the team in 21st place, backed up by Gillian (32nd), Carol (41st) and Morag (48th) - good enough to finish 7th team overall.
The men’s team of Andrew Blackhall (47th), Ally Mathers (71st), Stephen Nibloe (83rd) and Graeme Clark (105th) were supported all the way around by the ladies who had the pleasure of not only having finished their race, but the knowledge that the men had to tackle the hill not once, but twice. They were by no means disgraced in finishing 14th overall.
There is little doubt that everyone enjoyed their day and are keen to take the Fraserburgh vest to many more team events.
On February 16, Fraserburgh Running Club in partnership with Active Aberdeenshire will be organizing the fourth in the five race XC series for children aged P4 to S3 in North Aberdeenshire. The event will take place in the scenic surroundings of Fyvie Castle.
Registration will be from 10:00am with first race starting at 11:00am. Entries taken on the day.
Further information is available from the Fraserburgh Running Club by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.