THERE was double delight for Corstorphine AAC athletes at the Lindsays Short Course XC Championships on Saturday – including a first ever national cross-country medal for the Senior women’s team.

Josie-Wren Golder (pictured above) took bronze in the U20 category at Lanark, finishing 18th overall in the women’s 4K race in a time of 14:28.

It continues a fine run of form from Josie, who took second place in the women’s 10K at the Great Scottish Run last month.

The result also helped secure bronze for the Senior women’s team comprising Josie, Kirsty MacAulay, Olivia Clarke and Kara McKenzie-Tait.

Lindsays Short Course XC 2023 Copyright Bobby Gavin

Kirsty finished 15th in 14:24, Olivia was 26th (and fifth in the U20 category) in 14:49 and Kara was also inside the top 30, coming home 28th out of 281 finishers in 14:56.

The storming runs ensured the CAAC squad went one better than the fourth place sealed by Josie, Kara and Zoe Carruthers at the Lindsays East District XC Relay Championships in October.

It also came less than five months after the Senior women’s team – featuring both Kirsty and Olivia – won its first ever national team title at the Scottish Track Relay Championships at Scotstoun.

Speaking after the bumper turnout in Lanark, CAAC president David Arnott said: “Our ladies’ team have been knocking on the door for the last couple of years, so I’m delighted to see them get on the podium. There were some excellent runs in a tough field and even better team spirit.”

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