Dunbartonshire Cross Country Championships

A brilliant Westies men's team won the Dunbartonshire X-country champs on hilly farmland in Helensburgh. The weather was raw with squally, cold showers, but Westies packed well to finish 4th, 5th,6th and 14th to beat favourites Garscube by 29 points to 32. Captain Chris led the Westies men from start to finish ( and finished as 2nd vet), while David Riach and Nigel Scott started steadily, pulling in places all the way round before Nigel overtook David in a magnificent sprint finish. On his Westies debut, Dougal Ranford ran his first cross country race for over 10 years and looked like he was enjoying himself far too much as he crossed the finish line. The only disappointment for the men was the early drop-out of Scott McEndrick, with a hamstring injury, in the first half mile.

3 Westies women braved the elements too, with new Captain Ellie home in a very strong 5th place ( I think). Ana turned out to run for the first time for ages, admitting to enjoying it. I suspect Pauline also did, despite her muttering some nonsense about being too old.

This is the first time ever that Westies men have taken the county title, so well done to all the guys!

Posted by Dave Calder on Sun 25 Nov 2007 | 9 comments

Category cross country


  1. SCOTT said...


    Sunday 25th November 2007 9.53pm

  2. Chris said...

    Well done guys. Nice to win our first ever Westies team prize at the Dunbartonshire Cross Country. After the first lap I'd picked off most of the fast-starting youngsters to establish 4th position and tracking Steven Miller of Glasgow, but couldn't relax since on every turn I could sense DavidR and Nige getting closer and closer. Nige put in a late rally to overhaul David is the last few metres. Dougal did just enough in his first race for the club to ensure Westies' narrow victory over Garscube.

    Monday 26th November 2007 9.37am

  3. Hamilton said...

    Marvellous. Well done guys. Saturday a bit raw? I should co-co.Ian & I were on one of our Epics.Deposited at Corrour run/walk to Spean Bridge. Had to get that train back...It was face-stinging sleet even at low-level. Absolutely freezing.Great day out.The Pogues at high volume to keep us awake on the drive back.

    Monday 26th November 2007 11.20am

  4. Ellie said...

    Hard to follow that, but I'll try!'Just wanted to added a quick well done to the fantastically leggy men's team, but also to the stunning wimmin's team comprising Ana and Pauline and myself, who dug in (as far as you can 'dig' into sloshy mud) and carried our delightful yellow vests proudly up, down and around the soggy fields. Not being that way inclined, I didn't take note of our times, and my attempts at photography were far to amateur to be displayed, but we put on a great female team performance.

    Monday 26th November 2007 4.01pm

  5. Chris said...

    Results posted here

    Monday 26th November 2007 5.06pm

  6. Chris said...

    ... and a few photos here

    Monday 26th November 2007 8.50pm

  7. Don said...

    Outstanding performance guys. Wish I had been there but not sure if i would have beaten new guy Dougal. Well done to all of you.

    Tuesday 27th November 2007 3.40pm

  8. Oscar said...

    Scary pic of Nigel or what!

    Tuesday 27th November 2007 8.52pm

  9. Nig said...

    Aye ... they're all like that Oscar .... even when I'm not running. Grim as some might say ....

    Wednesday 28th November 2007 8.29am

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