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 men’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.

Ladies race:
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.

Men’s race:
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.

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