The DAAA cross country championships took place this year in the very scenic Balloch Country park in perfect cool, dry weather for running. The course was a very challenging, undulating 2-mile loop (2 laps for ladies and 3 laps for men) with a very long gradual climb to the finish, with spectacular views across Loch Lomond.
Most of the course was pretty dry for running on, except for a couple of corners down near the loch, which were a little waterlogged. The downward steep hill near the start was also pretty slippy after the first lap.
The ladies race was won by Mellissa Wylie from Dumbarton AAC in a time of 24.24. Dumbarton ladies also won the team event. The menâ€™s race was won by Alastair Thurlbeck (31.51) from Glasgow University Hares and Hounds, who also won the mens team event. There was a good turn out by the Maryhill Harriers senior teams for what is the third merit league race of the year.
24th: Catriona Nisbet (31.21)
29th: Linda Sinclair (33.45)
30th: Caroline Hever (34.06)
33rd: Margaret Peebles (35.25)
The ladies came 6th in the team event.
32nd: Andy Sutherland (37.00)
54th: Craig White (39.16)
62nd: John Weir (40.16)
71st: Kieran Sullivan (41.23)
81st: Michael Kemp (43.55)
91st: Chris Hever (50.36)
The men came 9th in the team event.