Sport | Stirling University Cross Country | Report

On a windy yet sunny Wednesday, eighty three enthusiastic athletes from all over Scotland had gathered at the Stirling Golf Pavilion to take part in the Stirling University Cross Country Challenge 2013.
A winding and tricky three mile course was the obstacle standing in front of many competitors, and no sooner had they warmed up it was ready to go! At 5pm sharp, the horn blasted and they were off! Ranging from experienced SUAC members and new freshers, they got under way through the main playing fields and were out of sight within minutes.
Nine minutes passed before the first athlete emerged in front of Alexander court, looking strong as he approached the finish line. In a time of nine minutes and sixteen seconds, Kyle McLellan of Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds took first place and was closely followed by Jamie Crowe of Dundee University in second (nine minutes and twenty eight seconds) and Andrew Lawler in third place for Edinburgh University H&H (nine minutes and 37 seconds). Stirling’s first male finisher was Greg Turner, arriving in a time of nine minutes and fifty five seconds.
In the women’s section, the victor was Stirling University’s Danielle Beattie, who stormed to the win with a time of eleven minutes and twenty eight seconds. Following close behind was Elaine Eadie from Strathclyde who just missed out on the win with a time of eleven minutes and thirty eight seconds. The top three was then sealed when Georgia Tindley of Edinburgh University H&H with a time of eleven minutes and fifty seven seconds.
All competitors ran a fantastic race and managed to finish with their heads held high. Unfortunately, an unfortunate injury saw entrant Andrew Hood not completing the race. Yet, this did not affect what a successful event the Stirling Athletics Club had organised and a special mention to all race organisers, members and stewards is worth taking note for giving their time to the event and making it as enjoyable as possible.

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