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East Sutherland Athletics Club victorious at North Relays at Nairn

By Will Clark

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Ruairidh Gollan, Ali Coupar, Finlay Murray and Ross Gollan.
Ruairidh Gollan, Ali Coupar, Finlay Murray and Ross Gollan.

East Sutherland Athletics Club assembled a strong quartet to lift the men’s title for the first time at the Lindsays North District XC Relays at Nairn last weekend.

International hill runner and two-time Highland Cross winner Ross Gollan anchored the side to victory as they went 72 seconds clear of Moray Road Runners, with defending champions Inverness Harriers in third.

Gollan also had the fastest time of 11:02 from Stephen Mackay of Inverness (11:33) and Finlay Murray of East Sutherland (11:38).

The other East Sutherland team members were Alasdair Coupar and Ruairidh Gollan.

East Sutherland recorded a winning time of 47:03 with Moray Road Runners in second place in 49:15 and Inverness Harriers in third place in 51:13.

Moray Road Runners returned the three fastest times in the women’s race to land their first title for five years as they claimed victory in 42:32.

They were over two minutes ahead of Inverness Harriers who finished in second place in 44:53 and Jog Scotland Kintore were in third place with 45:36.

Katie Anderson had the fastest time (14:02) followed by team mates Katya Blunden (14:12) and Gemma Cormack (14:18).

Highland Hill Runners were clear winners of the male Masters race in a time of 51:34 with the team of Ryan Mackenzie, Robbie Paterson and Graeme Brown. The female title went to Inverness Harriers in 47:26 with the team of Lesley Hansen, Alison Macdonald and Kellie Calder.

Inverness Harriers had a clean sweep of the first three places in the Young Females’ race.

They also produced nine of the top 11 times and the fastest (8:58) came from Katie Meek running for Inverness B.

Ross County dominated the Young Males event, taking gold and silver as well as fourth place Inverness took the bronze medals with team gold medallist Andrew Baird was fastest with 8:00.

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