2 GOLD AND 2 SILVER MEDALS FOR CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS AT THE SCOTTISH 4K CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cambuslang Harriers won team silver in men’s event while Robert Gilroy and Erica Christie lifted individual gold in the M40 and F60 age categories and Iain Reid took the M40 silver medal.  The U17 men just lost out on team bronze on count back to Aberdeen AC.

In the opening 2K event the U15 girls team of Niamh Riggins, Shona Carey and Susie McLaughlin packed well to finish 8th  with Chloe Burton backing up the trio.  The U15 boys team of Sean Friel, Michael Black and Arlo Van de Peer competed well to finish 6th.  The other non scorers for Cambuslang were Aaron Grew, Zak Povey, Robbie Woods, Mark Cassidy and Sean Stack.  Holly Brock and Ruth Kelly represented the U17 girls but there was no 3rd runner to complete a team.  The U17 squad of Drew Pollock, Ryan Donnelly and Christopher McLew had to settle for 4th place although the team had the same number of points as Aberdeen.  In the event of a tie the club which has its last counter home before its rival gains the medal.  Keir Crawford and Andrew Carey gained useful experience in competing in such a highly competitive race.

In the ladies 4K race in which the winner Laura Muir showed her world class the Cambuslang quartet of Alex Lamond, Kirsty O’Brien, Erica Christie and Lesley McArdle finished a respectable 10th team.  Erica’s winning margin in her age category was an impressive 48 seconds. The final race of the day attracted over 400 runners with Cambuslang supplying 20 competitors.  GB Internationalist and 2014 Scottish Commonwealth Games Representative Grant Sheldon, who is getting back into full training after recently holidaying in Australia and China, led U20 Gavin Smith, Craig Jardine and Alistair Campbell to team silver behind Central AC with Inverclyde AC in the bronze medal position.  First year U20 Gavin performed strongly and was only 5 seconds adrift of a bronze medal in his age category.  Such was the close packing that only 33 seconds covered the club’s 4 counters and spare a thought for our other A Campbell , Alasdair, who lost out on a team medal by a mere 4 seconds.  All 5 runners ran under the 13 minute mark.  A further 8 red and white vests crossed the line comfortably in under 14 minutes namely Robert Gilroy, club captain Iain Reid, Kevan Harvey, U20 Jamie Mackinnon, Fraser Stewart, U20 Paul Morrison, Ritchie Carr and M40 Justin Carter.  U20 Eamon Carr led home the more mature sextet of Alick Walkinshaw, Iain Nicholl, John Paul Murphy, Dan O’Connell, Des Dickson and John Kelly.  
 
Well done to all who represented the club and many thanks to our coaches, officials, parents and supporters for their invaluable help.

Both Robert and Alasdair were back in racing mode the following day in the Jimmy Irvine 10K Road Race with Robert and Alasdair taking first and third place.  Both displayed good powers of recovery after a hard race the day before.  Robert had especially prepared for the event by only having had one 14 inch pizza on the Saturday evening and thinking of the two pizzas awaiting him at home after the 10K no doubt spurred him on to victory.  Chris Upson won the M50 category while Scott Hunter, Eddie Carr and John McCluskey were the other Cambuslang representatives.  

Stuart Gibson was also the first runner home in Saturday’s Pollock Parkrun.

David Cooney

Photos Kenny Philips

A Special Evening for Cambuslang Harriers at the Scottish Athletics Annual Awards Dinner

Cambuslang Harriers were represented at the Scottish Athletics Awards Evening by lead coach Mike Johnston, club captain Iain Reid and athlete Justin Carter.  When it was announced that Cambuslang had won the Off-Track Club of the Year Award all 3 were delighted to accept the prestigious Award on behalf of the club.  The decision by the Scottish Athletics Panel to select Cambuslang from a shortlist of 4 nominated clubs was based upon the club’s close work with the local community including schools and the support given to their athletes from novices through to national standard along with the multi team medal successes of the club at Scottish and UK level across the different age groups.  All members should be proud of the club’s award which recognises the hard work put in by its athletes, coaches, officials, parents and supporters.

 

FPSG Scottish Athletics Awards 2017
(C)Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics
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Cambuslang’s Master athlete Paul Thompson had also been nominated for the Master Athlete of the Year Award having won the World Masters Half Marathon M60 Gold and two silver medals in the Cross Country and 3K Track Events held in Daegu, South Korea.  Although Paul did not win his category he felt greatly honoured to have been nominated.

Each year the Tom Stillie Award is made on the night to award an individual who is seen to have contributed most to Scottish Athletics in the past year and this year Cambuslang’s Mike Johnston was the deserved and popular recipient.  Mike has been involved in coaching at the club since the late 1980s and was the Scottish Endurance Coach from 2004 to 2014 and was involved in 3 Commonwealth Games.  During that time and since he has coached and mentored athletes to national and international level.  The unassuming Mike was visibly taken aback when the announcement was made and found it initially difficult to take in.  Naturally he is delighted to have had this honour bestowed upon him in recognition of his continued valuable contribution to Scottish Athletics and its athletes. 

FPSG Scottish Athletics Awards 2017
(C)Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics
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David Cooney
 

Cambuslang Harriers Masters medal both North and South of the border

Cambuslang Harriers masters athletes were out in force this weekend as they attempted to defend 3 Scottish and British XC team relay titles, whilst also fielding an M65 team for the first time at the British Masters XC relays at Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire. 

This was the first time that the club has managed to field an M65 team in any event, with the outcome hard to predict, but the team of Peter Ogden, Barnie Gough and Frank Hurley were keen to lay down a marker for future participation in other events.  The lads travelled down on Friday as their race, incorporated within the womens race, started at 12:15pm on Saturday, whilst the M55 team preferred to make a Saturday early morning start to arrive in Nottinghamshire before their 1:45pm start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Ogden was out on the first leg of the 3k lap and battled hard against the wind in the 2nd half of the race to finish in just over 15 minutes to hand over to Barnie Gough in 10thplace. Whilst taking one place, but more importantly closing the gap on a number of other teams, Barnie finished in 13:41 to hand over to Scottish masters internationalist Frank Hurley in 9th place. Whilst last years’ winners Blackheath & Bromley and Rotherham  Harriers were battling it out for gold and silver, bronze medal position was over 2 minutes ahead, surely too big a gap to close. After a steady start, Frank picked up on the flat, mainly firm, underfoot course and set about passing athletes at regular intervals and with this momentum he hauled in and moved into the bronze medal position well within the last kilometre to secure bronze medals for the team. This was a great effort by all three athletes, with Frank deservedly picking up the award for the fastest time of the day in 12:05.
The achievement was all the more remarkable as all 3 athletes have battled injury problems this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was also great to see Anglo Jacqueline Etherington running for her English club Sunderland Harriers and finishing in 2nd place on the 1st leg in the W35 age group, with her club eventually picking up the bronze medals, and Jacqueline recording the 4th fastest time of the day in 11:46.

The M35/45/55 race started at 1:45pm with reigning British road race champions South London Harriers fielding another impressive M55 team over the cross country course, and indeed they dominated throughout to claim gold easily over the 4-stage race.

Competition was also expected from Dulwich, Sheffield RC, and Warrington AC as Cambuslang battled to medal once again.

Colin Feechan was out on leg 1 and came in on 6th position with a time of 11:58. Dave Thom took over and returned in 5th position, whilst also closing the gap on Sheffield on 4th place as he recorded 11:43, whilst South London, Dulwich and Warrington were in the medal positions. Alick Walkinshaw on leg 3, whilst recording the 5th fastest time of the day, put us in to the medal positions for the first time as he came home in 2nd place with a time of 11:08. Colin Donnelly was somewhat isolated on the last leg with victors South London well out of sight, but Colin still ran a great race to record the 2nd fastest time of the day in 10:46 to bring the team home to clinch the silver medals, well ahead of Warrington AC who clinched the bronze medal positions with a spirited run from Dave Norman.

Credit must once again go to all involved in the organisation and marshalling of this event which once again went off on the day without a hitch.

Meanwhile over at Cumbernauld our over 40's mens quartet of Brian Douglas, Robert Gilroy, Justin Carter and club captain Iain Reid narrowly failed to retain their masters title, with Corstorphine AC finishing a few seconds ahead. With Stan MacKenzie failing to overcome his recent injury, our over 50's team of Des Dickson, Chris Upson and Dan O'Connell made a valiant attempt at retaining the over 50's title, but just missed out on a podium position as Chris recorded the 2nd fastest M50 time of the day.

On a less encouraging note however, the clash of dates for the BMAF and Scottish XC relays only served to highlight the lack of consideration for masters athletes events co-ordination and age group consolidation within Scottish and British Masters Athletics, with any future changes to avoid date clashes also extremely unlikely as our club is the only Scottish club who regularly plans and travels for these British Masters team events. Whilst the BMAF events cater for over 35/45/55/65’s teams, Scottish Athletics support over 40/50’s team races. This disparity in age groups will be no more evident in early 2018 when the Scottish Masters XC champs at Kilmarnock in February will issue medals for over 40’s and over 50’s teams, whilst 1 month later in Forres at the BMAF XC champs the team medals will be issued to over 35’s, 45’s, 55’s and 65’s teams. Despite the lack of consistency, we will continue to be represented at both events.
 

CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS MEN CONTINUE THEIR MEDAL RUNNING STREAK AT HAMILTON PARK RACE COURSE

Hamilton Park Race Course was the venue once again for the West District Cross Country Relay Championships on Sunday 15th October.  While the young girls and boys teams were missing some runners due to it being the start of the October holiday week and the ladies were also without a few on account of holidays and injuries the men managed to field most of their distance squad.  Cambuslang Harriers’ 8 male teams made their presence strongly felt by finishing 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 12th and also 1st Masters’ team over 40, 14th, 36th, 38th and 58th from 79 completed teams.


The under 20 and senior quartet of Gavin Smith, Stuart Gibson, Ben Hukins and Craig Jardine were pipped by 10 seconds for the gold medal by a well balanced and inspired East Kilbride team.  Cambuslang had led from the start but were overtaken in the last half mile for pole position.  However, Under 20 Gavin had the consolation of recording the fastest time of the day when coming home first on the opening 4K leg.

 Throughout the 4 stages the B and C teams had their own close private tussle which in the end saw the C team of Struan Paton, Bobby Bristow, Alistair Campbell and Kyle McLellan take bronze medals while the B quartet of Jamie MacKinnon, Kevan Harvey, David Savage and Colin Reilly finished a worthy 7th.  Not surprisingly the M40 team with Robert Gilroy and Iain Reid recording the 2 fastest times of the day and supported by Paul Kernohan and Justin Carter took the masters gold award and also 12th position overall.  Not far behind in 14th spot came Ritchie Carr, Fraser Stewart, Matthew McKenna and Andrew Anderson.  Two further Masters’ teams composed of Des Dickson, Iain Nicholl, Scott Hunter and Mick O’Hagan and the O50 squad of Dan O’Connell, Alick Walkinshaw, Dave Thom and Colin Feechan finished 36th and 38th respectively.  Thomas McDonald, Scott Sommerville, Kenny Finlayson and David Scott completed the Cambuslang teams in 58th position.


The Masters’ ladies trio of Claire Mennie, Erica Christie and Jennifer Reid narrowly missed out on the bronze medals.  Both Erica and Jennifer were gradually clawing back the deficit on 3rd place Garscube Harriers but in the end ran out of ground.  Their overall position was 20th from 58 completed teams. Jennifer was rewarded with the 2nd fastest time in the F45 category and Erica was the fastest F 60.  Not far behind in 26th position came Paula McAbe, Lesley McArdle and Lynn Angley.


The running formation for the young female and male athletes was 3 legs of 2.5K for an under 13 runner, followed by an under 15 or another under 13 and finishing with an under 17 or 15 athlete.  U13 Abbie McClue ran a storming opening leg to come home in 3rd place.  U13 Millie Nicholl on leg 2 although competing against older opponents kept the club in 6th spot with U15 Niamh Riggins, one of the youngest on the final stint, anchored  Cambuslang to a very creditable 8th position.  An incomplete team of Eilidh Kennedy and Shona Carey was well placed after 2 legs and Mia Fagan and Chloe Burton also ran.


Unfortunately the young boys’ event ended in confusion for Cambuslang.  The A team of Lewis Roddis, Brodie Aitken and Drew Pollock were disqualified as Brodie was unable to complete his leg due to injury.  Although Drew ran the final lap and his unofficial time was the fastest of the day, it does not officially count on account of the team disqualification.  The trio of Michael Byrne, Robbie Woods and Andrew Carey were caught up in the proceedings and were also disqualified.  However, Fearghus MacGregor, Michael Black and Ryan Stephen came home in 15th place and one position ahead of Steward Millard, Sean Friel and Keir Crawford from 52 completed teams.


Cambuslang Harriers would like to thank Motherwell AC and the West District Committee for organising the event and the clubs’ coaches, supporters and parents for the help and encouragement given on the day.  Many thanks also to Barnie Gough for his input and to Colin Stephen, our ubiquitous photographer.

Cambuslang Harriers Win Individual and Team Medals at the Scottish Half Marathon Championships

The Scottish Half Marathon Championships which was incorporated into the Great Scottish Run on Sunday 1st October was a medal rewarding day for the club and its athletes.  Cambuslang took team silver thanks to the sterling efforts of the O40 masters trio of Robert Gilroy, Kerry-Liam Wilson and club captain Iain Reid.  There was a further bonus for Robert and Kerry-Liam when they were awarded gold and bronze for the O40 men category.  Jennifer Reid made sure that the ladies were not overlooked by capturing the 040 ladies bronze medal with a personal best time thus adding spice to her achievement.  Among the 14 finishers from the club Colin Reilly, Justin Carter and John Paul Murphy also set pbs. On the same day but in a different half marathon at Carlisle Alasdair Campbell took 5 minutes off his pb to finish second.

Great Scottish Run 10k & Half- Marathon, Oct 1st, 2017 (C)Bobby Gavin – Byline must be used

Great Scottish Run 10k & Half- Marathon, Oct 1st, 2017 (C)Bobby Gavin – Byline must be used

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 10K race was held in conjunction with the Glasgow Half Marathon and Stuart Gibson had a brilliant run to come home first with Doug Roberts on his debut crossing the line in third place.   However, due to a registration mix up he was disqualified.  While this was unfortunate for Doug he has put down a marker for the upcoming cross country season.  David Savage in fourth spot was agonisingly 1 second off his pb and just short of breaking the 33.00 minute barrier while 10th placed Bobby Bristow returned to open competitive racing.   Over 60 runner Frankie Barton recorded an excellent time of 38.16 and under 17 Andrew Carey in his first 10K dipped under 40 minutes.  Like her brother Bobby Katie Bristow continued her come back from injury to finish 9th lady. 15 Cambuslang Harriers completed the course. However, a number of our members not competing were out on the course to cheer on our runners and their support was greatly appreciated by our athletes. Indeed top ranked UK O60 ladies marathon runner Erica Christie was seen all over the course offering encouragement.

Great Scottish Run 10k & Half- Marathon, Oct 1st, 2017 (C)Bobby Gavin – Byline must be used

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday 4th October a number of the club’s younger athletes competed for Cathkin High School in the Scottish Schools Secondary Road Championships.  Pride of place went to Drew Pollock who continued his rich vein of form to win gold in the 5/6th year boys’ category.  The S1 girls excelled themselves to take team bronze thanks to the combined efforts of Eva Ritchie, Abbie McClue, Eilidh Kennedy and Morvern Crawford.  S1 Boy Fearghus MacGregor and S2 Girl Millie Nicholl were well placed in their respective events.

A GOLDEN DAY FOR CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS AT THE SCOTTISH 10K ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Scottish Athletics 10k Championships, Sept 19th, 2017 (C)Bobby Gavin – Byline must be used

All roads led to Stirling on Sunday where the Scottish 10K Road Championship Event was being held.   The race continues to grow in terms of popularity with over 1,000 runners having entered including 25 from Cambuslang Harriers.  Pre race hopes were high that Grant Sheldon and Masters Robert Gilroy and Kerry-Liam Wilson would be in the battle for a podium place in their respective age categories and that the senior/masters men’s team would also feature among the medals. 

Scottish Athletics 10k Championships, Sept 19th, 2017 (C)Bobby Gavin – Byline must be used


 
The individual and team results proved to be even better than Cambuslang could have expected as Grant won the Scottish senior title from Logan Rees of Fife AC and Lachlan Oates of Shettleston Harriers, Robert and Kerry-Liam Masters gold and silver and the team courtesy of Grant, Robert and Craig Jardine captured team gold ahead of Fife AC and Shettleston.  Although Erica Christie was the first female over 60 there was no national medal up for grabs.  This was the club’s 3rd team victory in this event along with 5 silvers and 3 bronze medals while Grant followed in the footsteps of previous club winners Stevie Wylie, Wegene Tafese and Josh Lilly.   Team victory too meant that Cambuslang had won both national trail and road championship titles in the space of 8 days and that Robert was a double Scottish Masters champion.

Scottish Athletics 10k Championships, Sept 19th, 2017 (C)Bobby Gavin – Byline must be used

The Stirling course has a reputation for producing fast times and this was the case again this year in spite of wet and windy conditions.  Both Grant and Craig recorded pbs as did Kevan Harvey, Colin Reilly, Shaun Butler, Fraser Stewart and John Paul Murphy.  Cambuslang showed strength in depth by having 8 men in the top 40 with 8th placed Gordon Robertson clocking a very respectable 33.29.  Another 10 runners dipped under 39.18 in the order of Fraser, Justin Carter, Richard Carr, Michael Barker, Tony McCutcheon, Iain Nicholl, Paul Kernohan, John Paul, Simon Gold, Scott Hunter and Dan O’Connell with Kenny Finlayson just over the 40 minute mark.  Sandy Eaglesham recorded a fine 42.36 in the over 60 category.  Both Jennifer Reid and Erica Christie who won Scottish Trail Team bronze medals last week ran season best times of 41.11 and 41.54 with Lesley McArdle and Paula McCabe not too far behind them.  Millie Nicholl also ran very well to finish 2nd U13 girl in the accompanying 2K race.

Scottish Athletics 10k Championships, Sept 19th, 2017 (C)Bobby Gavin – Byline must be used

GB triathlete Grant has made the most of his enforced break from triathlete training involving swimming and cycling due to a broken wrist sustained in an ITU event in Canada in early August by concentrating more on his running and earning himself 2 Scottish senior gold medals over 5K on track and 10K on road.  While he will do some running events over the winter season his main aim will be to gain triathlon selection for Scotland in next year’s  Commonwealth Games.

Scottish Athletics 10k Championships, Sept 19th, 2017 (C)Bobby Gavin – Byline must be used

Cambuslang Harriers have a Field Day at the Scottish Trail Race Championships

Members of Cambuslang Harriers had a very successful day at the Scottish Trail Race Championships held on Saturday 2nd September at the Falkland Estate in Fife.  Conditions were warm and dry for the very undulating and testing course.

 

The senior/masters male quartet of Ben Hukins, Alasdair Campbell, Robert Gilroy and Kevan Harvey in 4th, 5th, 6th and 10th place packed well to claim victory from Inverness Harriers and HBT.  The club maintained its monopoly of the men’s team title having now recorded 5 consecutive victories since the inception of this race in 2013.  Robert lifting the O40 masters men title was a further boost for the club.  Justin Carter who was next home for the club narrowly missed out on the O40 masters bronze medal.  Michael Barker, Iain Nicholl, Simon Gold and Iain Crawford were next to finish.

 

The senior and masters women competed in the same gruelling 10K race as the men and did the club proud by securing team bronze behind host club Fife AC and Garscube Harriers.  Kirsty O’Brien, Jennifer Reid, Erica Christie and Lesley McArdle combined well to give the club its first Scottish senior/masters ladies team award in this event.  There was further icing on the cake for Erica who was the first O60 lady to finish.  Coach Lynn Angley provided back up support as our 5th finisher.  Both Kevan and Lesley in their first year with the club picked up their first Scottish team medal as did Kirsty although she is no stranger to winning Scottish medals in duathlon and triathlon events. 

The U17 boys and girls added to the club’s overall haul of medals.  Drew Pollock who has had an excellent track season won his age group having led the 5K event from the front and with support from Keir Crawford and Andrew Carey the trio lifted the silver medals.  The female trio of Holly Brock, Kelly McCutcheon and Ruth Kelly went one better to capture the gold medal.  There was further medal success for the U15 boys who took team silver thanks to Aaron Grew, Michael Black and Zak Povey.  Sean Friel and Robbie Woods followed in.

The U13 3K race for boys and girls was not a championship event but was designated as a development trail run.  Fearghus MacGregor in 4th place led home team mates Lewis Roddis and Michael Byrne while Eva Ritchie in 6th position headed home Millie Nicholl, Eilidh Kennedy, Cara McDowall and Morvern Cameron.

Given the unaccustomed warm weather and hilly nature of the course all our runners can be pleased with their efforts.   Thanks also to our coaches and parents present on the day and to our ubiquitous photographer Colin Stephen for the encouraging support they all gave to our athletes and to Fife AC for organising the competition.
 

Cambuslang Vets shine in the Birmingham rain

The club sent 2 teams down to Sutton Coldfield for the annual British Vets Road relays in Birmingham, a 6-man M35 team and a 3-man M55 team. With the M35 team depleted due to injuries and Stirling marathon debuts, we were indebted to Paul Kernohan for stepping in as a late call up, knowing that last year’s silver medal performance was not on the cards, whilst our M55 team were in better shape following a recent Strathclyde Parkrun trial and hoped to get close to last year’s 4th place finish. With great commitment from the 9-man squad to get time off their work so that we could travel on Friday afternoon, and despite having to divert off the M6 following an accident, everyone arrived at the Travelodge in good spirits and in plenty of time to enjoy a team dinner at the local hostelry. The banter in the cars and pub was up to and exceeding the usual high standards, some cracking stories, some crap jokes and some “not to be repeated” tales!

With the sun shining brightly early on Saturday morning as we walked to order breakfast, Alick Walkinshaw confidently predicted a rain free day to accompany our athletes, despite the gloomy weather forecast. Full English, porridge, pancakes, toast and scrambled egg were quickly dispatched and washed down with tea or coffee, race day was well underway, and that was only Mick O’Hagan’s breakfast!.

The first race of the day was the Ladies race at 10:30am, and whilst we are hoping to enter our first ladies team next year, this year our interest was in Jacqueline Etherington, representing her English club Sunderland Harriers, and she had an excellent run in the 1st leg coming home in 5th place and 9th fastest W35 of the day as her team eventually finished in 5th place.

Club athletes Archie Jenkins (match referee & starter) and Lynne Marr (changeover steward) were extremely busy ensuring the races ran smoothly once again, but they still took time to pass on a word of encouragement and to thank us for being the furthest travelled and only Scottish club in attendance this year.

Next up was the M55/M65 race at 12:15pm. On paper, last year’s winners South London Harriers were even stronger this year, as were Herne Hill and Barnet & District, and with usual rivals Sheffield, Tonbridge and Salford in attendance amongst the 44 entries, a good start would help.

Colin Feechan was put out on the 1st leg and whilst Bingley Harriers and Harrow AC athletes broke away early, Colin started steadily within the pack and worked his way through to 4th place until the last 100m to finish just behind Sheffield in 17:58, with South London ahead in 3rd place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next out was Paul Thompson who proceeded to close the gap on leaders Harrow AC and South London, and caught and passed Bingley Harriers. Despite being our oldest club athlete in attendance, Paul Thompson ran our fastest time of the day with 17:46, showing why he currently holds a number of World Masters half marathon and 5,000m titles. Despite being caught in the last 20m by Tonbridge Harriers, he handed over to Alick Walkinshaw in 4th place only 1 second outside the medal positions, with the leaders Harrow AC 35 seconds ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a new challenge for Alick as last leg runner, but he immediately moved into the medal positions as he attacked the first hill. South London’s Andy Tindall proceeded to run the fastest time of the day and South London were clear winners retaining their title. Alick however was not content with 3rd place and had moved into 2nd place just before the turn as Harrow’s challenge faltered. Alick gave everything for the cause and brought the club home in silver medal position with a time of 17:50, a full 50 seconds ahead of Tonbridge in 3rd, with Sheffield rallying to finish in 4th place. All in all, this was a very pleasing performance from a well-balanced and fully committed team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last race of the day was the M35/M45 race at 2:00pm. With 50 M35 teams entered, our mixed age group team was targeting a top 25 finish. Paul Kernohan went off first and can be pleased with a time of 18:13 on his debut on this tough course, coming home in 32nd place. Mick O’Hagan was on leg 2, and despite calf problems interrupting his training for the last month, he produced our fastest time with 17:51 taking the team up to 29th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next out was Scott Hunter, who is steadily returning to his form of a few years ago which saw him pick up Scottish team medals, and a time of 18:17 brought us up another place to 28th position. Simon Gold was on leg 4, and was under 10 minutes in to his run when the heavens opened, almost turning part of the course in to a mini river. This did nothing to deter Simon, who proceeded to move the team up another two places to 26th as he recorded 18:22.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Thom was looking like a drowned rat before he started, and “enjoyed” the worst of the weather as a mini monsoon ensued, dropping only 1 place as we dropped to 27th place. However, he received little sympathy from his team mates as he had volunteered to run leg 5 beforehand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special mention must be made for the commitment of our last leg runner and driver Tony McCutheon. A visit to the podiatrist on Thursday confirmed a bad infection to a foot blister and he was advised not to compete, but Tony made special efforts to start a course of antibiotics on Thursday evening, hoping that it would provide extra time to take effect. Tony was placed on the last leg to allow for extra recovery after declaring himself fit, and he was rewarded for his positive approach with a time of 18:13 as he took 4 places on his way to lifting the team into the top half of the field of 50 entries as we finished in 23rd place overall, 2 ahead of our target position. The camaraderie of the team was excellent throughout the weekend and this was evident as they gave great commitment during their individual legs.

Two of our Anglos were competing for their English-based clubs and GB marathon internationalist Martin Williams recorded the fastest overall time of the day on leg 1 with a superb time of 15:11 as his English club Tipton Harriers eventually finished 2nd M35 team. Kenny MacPherson was competing for Tyne Bridge Harriers in the M45 race and a time of 16:58 contributed to his team picking up the bronze medals.

On the way home, we all met up at Westmoreland Services for the final thoughts on the weekend, and it was noted that nobody approached Alick to ask him to predict the winning Lottery numbers!

A great weekend was enjoyed once again by all attendees at this blue ribbon vets championship with a number of English athletes taking the time to ask us “where is Cambuslang?”, as once again we make a positive contribution to this event.

Youth to the Fore

Following their successful showing at the Scottish 6 stage relays across the age groups, Cambuslang planned a return visit to the UK’s premier relay championship, the ERRA 12 stage relays at Sutton Coalfield. This event is open to the top 75 English Clubs plus invited top clubs from Scotland and Wales. The top three male teams from the Livingston relays, Central AC, Cambuslang and Corstorphine all travelled to compete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cambuslang team was a mix of youth and experience and the selected squad included 5 athletes under 20 along with club captain Iain Reid and Cambuslang stalwart Robert Gilroy. The team stayed overnight within walking distance of the course, however race day was not typically Scottish weather and when the race started at mid-day the temperatures were in the mid-20s, with no clouds in the sky and practically no breeze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As with last year the experienced Ben Hukins led off for the club. Many of the opposing teams had “front-loaded” and this produced a very fast first leg. Ben finished mid-pack in 40th place. He handed on to 17 year old Gavin Smith who produced a solid race to move the club up to 37th. Club Captain Iain Reid continued the theme of steady progression that was to mark the team’s performance edging another 3 places to 34th. At this stage our Scottish rivals Corstorphine had had a stunning start and were in 3rd place with Scottish Champions Central not far ahead of us in 27th.

Further progress up the leader board followed with Ali Campbell gaining another 4 places on the next short leg before Stuart Gibson produced the club’s fastest long leg, to move Cambuslang to 25th. Another club youngster Jack MacGregor took over, and on a very competitive leg, dug in to keep the club in contention at halfway in 26th. The experienced Robert Gilroy led into the second half lifting the team to 23rd. At this stage Central had progressed to 14th with Corstorphine slipping back to 17th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up was Craig Jardine who for the second year in a row produced the fastest short leg for the club, as he eased the team up to 21st, which was Cambuslang’s eventual finishing position. However placings against local midlands clubs Tipton and Cambridge and Colleridge continually switched throughout the last legs as Alasdair Campbell came in 22nd before another youngster, Scott Mackay edged the team back to 21st. The theme continued as another club stalwart Gordon Robertson finished 22nd and our last under 20 athlete Scott Somerville secured a very respectable 21st. The experienced Central squad finished in 14th with the full strength Corstorphine team in 18th.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a race that lasts almost 5 hours, with such a high standard of athlete and the race conditions continually changing it is difficult to compare performances but ERRA highlight the top 10 on each leg. Craig rated 2nd on leg 8 and Stuart 10th on leg 5 to be among those in that category. Just as importantly for the team though was Justin Carter who broke off from his holidays in England to attend the race and provide essential reserve cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The competition truly deserves its reputation as the Premier UK road relay and is an exacting test for any club. For the second year in a row Cambuslang produced a top line performance, however this year with possibly the youngest team in the race which augers well for the future. Planning for 2018 is already in place. 

Mike Johnston

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A Champion Performance by Cambuslang Harriers Ladies

Bernie O'Neil, Jennifer Reid and Erica Christie followed up their previous week's bronze medal success at the Masters Scottish Road Relay Championships by winning team gold at the Scottish 10 Miles Road Championship held in conjunction with the Tom Scott Memorial Race.  This was a remarkable performance by the trio not only because it was a first for the club but also because they were in competition with younger athletes as both senior and masters over 35 were eligible to compete as team members.  Bernie, Jennifer and Erica packed well to finish in 13th, 16th and 19th positions to secure the national title ahead of Bellahouston Road Runners and Garscube Harriers.  Although the race also incorporated the West District Championships there were strangely no team medals awarded.  Erica also won the Scottish W60 gold medal and set the fastest time recorded so far this year in the UK for her age group.  Paula McCabe in her 10 mile debut finished strongly.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The men could not quite match the ladies golden performance but nonetheless can be pleased with lifting the silver team medals sandwiched between Inverclyde AC and Edinburgh.  Robert Gilroy, Kerry-Liam Wilson and Colin Reilly just missed the team gold by 3 points.  However, Robert and Kerry- Liam had the consolation of securing the masters over 40 gold and silver medals while Colin in smashing his PB by over 6 minutes won his first ever Scottish team medal in his first year of serious running.  In a sprint finish Brian Douglas just held off Stan Mackenzie who took the M50 Scottish title.  Next in succession came Chris Upson, Alick Walkinshaw, Simon Gold, Paul Kernohan, David Stirling with a PB, Sandy Eaglesham and John McCluskey also recording a PB.
 
David Cooney