CORSTORPHINE ended the East District Cross Country League season on a high after being crowned the winning team at Saturday’s meeting in Bathgate.

The men’s seniors team bagged a superb 1st place in their event – despite Central AC claiming the top four spots in the individual race.

With each club’s top six finishers counting towards the overall score, CAAC’s Ewan Brown (6th), James Dunn (8th), Dermot Cummins (9th), Calum McKenzie (12th), Andrew Ferguson (16th) and Ally Brockie (31st) all finished in front of Central’s next two athletes to secure top spot overall by a solitary point.

In the women’s seniors, where the first four finishers were counted, Sophie Collins (6th), Josie Wren-Golder (7th), Kirstin Maxwell (8th) and Anne Ewing (10th) put in a fantastic performance to finish 2nd and just two points off the top.

Meanwhile, the men’s masters trio comprising Ally Brockie (6th), Tom Ferrington (12th) and Iain Macleod (15th) claimed 3rd place in their event.

The results meant the women’s seniors and men’s masters team finished in 3rd place for the overall season, with the men’s seniors ending 4th.

More than 600 runners took part at Balbardie Park, where CAAC co-hosted the event with Edinburgh AC and Harmeny AC.

Corstorphine members braved morning downpours to help lay out the 2.6km course as well as marshalling the day’s action.

Club captain Graeme Reid hailed the “tremendous effort” of the volunteers.

He said: “From the early squad out building the course in the pouring rain to the marshals spending three hours in the cold to ensure the safety of competitors and spectators, the volunteers demonstrated great commitment to the club and drew deserved plaudits from the athletes and the league.”

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