Athletes from Stornoway Running and Athletics Club made up the largest travelling contingent for years, travelling through the night on Thursday (20 February) to reach the Scottish National Cross Country Championships at Callendar Park in Falkirk.

A record field of 2,460 athletes in all age groups were ready to race on Saturday, including 20 Stornoway runners from under-13s to seniors.

The under-13 girls – Sarah Maciver, Kyla Mcmurdo, Emily Murray and Megan Maclean – achieved the highest team position of the day, ranking the Stornoway club 7th of the 19 clubs in the field.

But with the mud and cold winds of the competition itself, following a long and weary journey to compete, it was dedication which proved the club were all winners. As an SRAC spokesman said: “Some commitment from our hungry, youthful squad.”

Pictures by Bobby Gavin.