NORTH OF SCOTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP SUCCESS FOR NUAAC
North Uist Amateur Athletics Club (NUAAC) celebrated a day of success at the North of Scotland Championship in Nairn on St Andrew’s Day.
Finlay MacVicar took the silver medal in the boys under 13 race, taking 13m 41s to complete the 3.2 km course. Another impressive result by this young athlete.
Paul Morrison took third place in the U15 boys with Owen Johnson in 5th, Charlie Levison-Gower 14th and Calum Fraser in 15th. This strong performance resulted in the team silver medal. Stornoway took team gold beating North Uist by only 2 points.
In the under 11 race, Kevin Beaton took 15th place in his first competitive race on the mainland. In the Senior Ladies, Shona Morrison completed the 6.4 km course in an impressive time of 34m24s.
Fourteen Athletes from North Uist took part out of a total field of almost 400 runners.
The Nairn course is a challenging with athletes having to negotiate steep sand dunes, two water crossings and narrow, steep paths in Culbin forest. The narrow and steep sandy start means that runners must be very fast off the line of to have any hope of achieving a good finish. The first river crossing, just after the start, is wide but shallow. The second close to the finish is deep but narrow. All the North Uist runners successfully crossed these hazards but many others were caught out and had an early bath!
Final MacVicar, Paul Morrison and Owen Johnson will now be selected to compete for the North of Scotland Cross Country Team at the BUPA Great Winter Edinburgh Cross Country on the 11th January.
These strong results would not be achieved without the hours of preparation and training which the athletes have carried out over the last few months. NUAAC meet every Thursday evening in Paible School and during the winter, Cross Country training takes place at 10am every Saturday morning at Langass Woods.
Shona Morrison and Robert Fraser accompanied the athletes on this weekend trip to Nairn.
Photos by Robert Fraser.