Early this morning the town awoke to a sprinkling of snow on the ground. However as time passed, the size and frequency of the snow flurries increased in intensity, putting in doubt our plan for a timed run at Beecraigs for the juniors. The decisions was made though that as we would be unable to get any cancellation message out to everyone the run would go ahead for any souls brave enough to make the journey.
Further snowfall during course set-up only led to concerns that our cones would get lost under the blanket of snow. And also that perhaps no-one would turn up. We were wrong to doubt.
Seven youngsters in all made the journey. Unfortunately, one took lame during the warm-up and decided not to continue. So six young athletes started the race/run, all with the option to complete 1, 2 or 3 laps.
What followed was some impressive running and a great race in particular from the 3-lappers.
At the end of lap 1 there was nothing to separate all three boys, with David Featherstone a fraction ahead of Eoin Richardson, with Jamie Lumsden just behind in third. Lap 2 saw David and Eoin manage to break away slightly from Jamie. On the final lap, Eoin kept with David most of the way round, but was unable to match his strong finish in the last 100 metres. David, crossing the line in first place, proceeded to his victory celebration – a knee slide in the snow.
The other three runners, Sam Featherstone, Louise Paterson and Sam Jones opted to run a single lap, which is still very commendable in the conditions. Louise obviously enjoyed herself and even decided to go back out again and run another lap!
Well done to all who took part.
A snowy timekeeper...
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