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Cyclists V Harriers

You'd think that a cyclist would always beat a runner wouldn’t you? Well, providing they’re on their bike at least. Sunday saw 9 Westies put that theory to the test at the annual Cyclists V Harriers event at Irvine, hosted by Irvine…

National Masters Cross-Champs 2018

McCaffrey Triumphs as Young Turks Falter Dean Park in Kilmarnock is the cross-country course of legend. Mud and glaur, endless undulations and a stormer of a hill make it a trail not for the faint hearted. Holding the race on a gloomy Saturday…

Dunbartonshire XC Champs

17 Westies made the journey down to Balloch Castle Park for the Dunbartonshire XC Champs.  The Guys ran a stormer with 2nd 3rd and 4th places and picking up 1st male team. Gordy McCaffrey also did us proud with another 1st V60 prize.  The…

West District XC Relays

As a first timer to this cross-country stuff, I can’t say I was all that into it on Sunday morning. Having the day before trudged 16km over wet and boggy fields in Manor Water, the idea of trying to drag myself through 4km of the wet and…

Down down, Camperdown down

The forecast for last Saturday said it would be dry; it was sleet on the day. BAH. The Vets' races were to be run in Camperdown Park, a happy hunting ground in the past; but changing and registration were a mile away. HUM. Parking was on offer…

A Stonking Day in Post-industrial Ayrshire

West District Championships, Mosshill, Ayrshire - 4th December, 2016 The venue looked none-too-promising - several laps of fields around an old industrial estate to the south of Ayr - however it turned out to be a stonking race with undulating…

East District Relays

Galashiels I know it's bit cheeky of me to pass on accounts of my second-claim endeavours, but, if only to counter the persistent rumours of my retiral from semi-competitive running, here it is anyway. Unable to compete with the Westies' excellent…

Masters Cross Country Champs 2016

Westies....Sponsored by Clark's! The Masters XC Champs were held again at Forres over a lovely and testing trail through park and woods. However, the real story was the intrepid adventures of the 4 Westie stalwarts who battled their way through…

Scottish Short Course XC Champs 2015

A bracing introduction to the XC-season last Saturday. Two lung-busting, strength-sapping, full-on laps of the big field at Bellahouston Park. It’s the Scottish Championships so all the fast guys and gals of road & middle-distance…

Scottish National Masters Cross Country Championship, Kilmarnock

Excellent cross country at Kilmarnock for the Scottish National Masters on Saturday, sunny and cool and good underfoot round the playing fields and out into farmland and back.  Women were 12th team and men 18th (and 11th M50) and Gibbie…