GRANT SHELDON SMASHES HIS 10K ROAD PB TO REGAIN THE SCOTTISH TITLE

Apologies for the report being a week late, webmasters fault, not Dave Cooneys.

Cambuslang’s Grant Sheldon was one of the pre race favourites to lift the Scottish Men’s 10K Road Championship at Stirling having been victorious in 2017 and runner up in 2019.  The quality of the assembled field of over 600 runners was enhanced by the inclusion of teams from the English Midlands and Northern Ireland.  Normally in this event a large group of athletes will run together for the first 3 to 4 kilometres before someone attempts a breakaway.  However, this year Omar Ahmed, an Ethiopian running for the East Midlands, sprinted into the lead from the off.  Only Grant and his co-favourite for the Scottish title, Jamie Crowe of Central AC, went with him.  The 2 Scots grimly hung on before Jamie dropped off the pace at 3K and then Grant at the 4K mark.  This order was maintained to the finish with Omar breaking the course record in the superb time of 28 minutes and 53 seconds and Grant taking the Scottish title in a time of 29.27 seconds thus taking 64 seconds off his pb.  The Scottish silver medal went to Central’s Jamie Crowe and with his club mate Alastair Hay in the bronze medal position and 3rd counter Conan McCaughey in 9th spot it was no surprise that the team victory went to Central AC ahead of Fife AC and Cambuslang.  Fraser Stewart and club captain Iain Reid helped to clinch the team bronze position.  The ever improving Fraser’s excellent time of 30.51 was a pb by 30 seconds and Iain’s solid 32.24 clocking showed that his training was on schedule for hopefully a good performance in the October Berlin Marathon.  In achieving team bronze Cambuslang Harriers extended their distinguished record of now having won 10 consecutive team podium medals – 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze.

Scottish Athletics Scottish 10k Championships 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin

There was also a number of other good displays by the harriers including in order of finish  Craig Jardine only 3 seconds off his pb, M45 Stevie Wylie, U20 Andrew Carey, U17 Michael Black with a 61 seconds pb, M45 Richard Cooper, M60 Des Dickson, M40 Graeme Gallie breaking 40 minutes for the first time and club coach Iain Crawford.

Scottish Athletics Scottish 10k Championships 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin

On the same day U20 Ryan Donnelly won the 3,000 metres Lanarkshire Track Championships at East Kilbride and  U17  and U15 ladies Susie McLaughlin and Eva Ritchie set pbs in their 800m and 1,500m races while U20 Kai Newell equalled his 800m pb.

At the same time a Cambuslang quartet of Ritchie Carr, Iain Nicholl, Chris Upson and Peter Ogden competed in the Millport 10 miles event in which Ritchie was 6th overall, Chris the first M50 athlete and Iain the 3rd M40.  There was also a ladies marathon victory for Jennifer Campbell in the scenic Mull of Kintyre event.  Cambuslang runners were also prominent in a number of 5K Parkruns.  Kerry-Liam Wilson and Dave Thom recorded victories at Girvan and Rothesay, Kevan Harvey with a pb finished runner up at Strathclyde Park where Robert Gilroy also ran after a prolonged period of injury and John Kelly also clocked a pb.  M50s Mick O’Hagan and Dan O’Connell were 2nd and 3rd in their age category at Coatbridge and Tollcross.

David Cooney

CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS CAPTURE NATIONAL MEDALS ON THE HILLS, TRACK AND TRAILS.

Cambuslang Harriers made a rare but successful appearance as a team in the recent Scottish Hill Running Championships at Broughton and came away with team bronze medals thanks to hill specialists Alasdair Campbell, Iain MacCorquodale and Justin Carter. This was the club’s first ever national team medals on the hills. Icing was added to the cake when Justin was awarded the M40 Scottish title and our 4th runner Craig Jardine lifted the U23 bronze medal.

One week later attention turned to the Scottish Masters 10,000M Track Championships at Carluke and the club was rewarded with 3 gold medals. Stuart Gibson competing in his first Masters Championship as a M35 won his age category with multi Scottish medallist Stevie Wylie taking the M45 category and prolific racer and no stranger either to Scottish medals Chris Upson lifting M55 gold.


The following day both Alasdair and Justin led Richard Cooper and Chris Upson to team silver in the Scottish Trail Running Championships at Falkland Estate in Fife. Alasdair and Justin also medalled individually with Alasdair taking the senior bronze and Justin the M40 silver while under 20 Andrew Carey gained individual bronze in his age category. Both Richard and Chris were delighted with their team silver as this was Richard’s first national medal and Chris had raced and medalled the previous day in the Scottish Masters 10,000M Track Champs. Willie MacRury eased himself back into competition after a long injury spell and coaches Simon Gold and Iain Crawford also completed the gruelling course.


The under 15 girls and boys were also on the medal rostrum. The female trio of Abbie McClue, Eva Ritchie and Fiona Hay secured team gold with Eilidh Kennedy in support, while Fearghus MacGregor, Zack Haggerty and Brodie McDonald were in silver medal position. Under 17 athletes Susie McLaughlin, Shona Carey, Aaron Grew and Zak Povey participated in their age group event but unfortunately did not field a 3rd runner to finish a team.

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There were also development races for under 11 and under 13 girls and boys. Emma Ritchie and Katherine McNicol performed well in 4th and 5th place in the under 11 event with under 13 boys Sam M’Carthy 7th, Dylan Stephani 11th and under 13 girls Lucy McGrandle 7th and Olivia McNicol 8th. All our young athletes gained valuable experience which will stand them in good stead. A special thanks is due to our coaches and parents who gave support on the day.

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On the same day Cambuslang and Rutherglen’s Sportswoman of the Year, Kirsty O’Brien in spite of carrying an injury, won double bronze medals in the Scottish Standard Distance Triathlon National Championship. Grant Sheldon has been making a successful comeback in recent weeks after a lengthy injury. He finished 3rd in the Scottish 5,000M Track Champs and followed this up with a podium bronze placing while competing for Great Britain in an ITU World Triathlon event in the Czech Republic.

David Cooney

CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS HOST THEIR ANNUAL DOWN BY THE RIVER RACES

Cambuslang Harriers Down by the River 10K and 3K Road Race Races, staged entirely on the Clyde Walkway apart from the initial and final 200 metres, attracted 128 and 33 competitors respectively.  The club is extremely grateful to our 10K sponsors namely achilles heel, our kit partner, Macdet Hygiene Services, a family company started up by former member Jim Fitzpatrick now sadly deceased and club member Barnie Gough and to our 3K sponsor City Building Engineering Services.

In the officially measured 10K race the hosts dominated the male prizes while the ladies prizes were more evenly spread out.  Cambuslang took the first 3 race places in the men’s event thus ensuring team victory.  Fraser Stewart successfully defended his title to record an impressive time of 31.49 which broke his own course record by 41 seconds and secured him a bonus prize courtesy of Barnie Gough.  Last year’s 4th finisher Colin Reilly (32.46) was a comfortable runner up with club captain Iain Reid (33.07) in his first race since the London Marathon securing 3rd place 4 seconds ahead of fellow master athlete David Millar of Irvine AC.   Iain received the 3rd individual award with David taking the M40 race prize.  Cambuslang athletes also took the under20, M50 and M60 prizes thanks to Andrew Carey (34.50) with a massive pb, Mark King (37.33) and Des Dickson (39.53).

 In the ladies event Mary McCutcheon of Giffnock North was first home in a time of 39.35 followed by Cambuslang’s Kirsty O’Brien (42.02) and in 3rd spot was unattached runner Debbie Comer (42.25).  The 4th lady to finish and recipient of the W50 prize was Bernie O’Neil (42.54) of the home club while Evelyn Struthers (43.08) of Hamilton Harriers was awarded the W40 prize and unattached Erica Christie (44.15) the W60 prize.  Morgan Beaton of Calderglen Harriers lifted the under 20 ladies prize.  Lesley McArdle, Cambuslang’s 3rd female counter clinched team victory for the hosts. Both male and female race winners, Fraser and Mary, were presented with the Jimmy Sands Memorial Shields in honour of former member Jimmy who won a Paralympic gold medal in 1988.  The inaugural Jim Fitzpatrick Masters Memorial Shields in honour of a former long standing member and patron of the club went to Iain Reid and Bernie O’Neil.

Cambuslang had further representation in this race with Shaun Butler in his first race for some time placing 7th followed home by Andrew Anderson, Ian McDonald, Paul Kernohan, a recuperating Brian Douglas, Mick O’Hagan, Graeme Gallie, Frank Hurley, Dan O’Connell, John Kelly, Paula McCabe, Sandy Eaglesham and Jim McLaughlin.

 

The 3K race was a predominantly young athletes’ event which provided a number of young athletes their first race experience.  Cambuslang Harriers supplied the first 3 male and the first 2 female finishers.   U17 Aaron Grew crossed the line first in the new record time of 9.50 with U17 Robbie Woods 4 seconds adrift also inside the former course record while U20 Kai New finished 3rd in 10.16.  U17 Niamh Riggins (11.26) had a close tussle with U15 West District 800m champion Abbie McLue but prevailed by 4 seconds with Garscube’s Summer McDonald taking 3rd spot in a time of 11.36.  U17 Cambuslang runners Zac Povey (10.45) and U11 Jamie McCarthy (11.23) finished 4th and 5th which was an incredible run from young Jamie.  Next in line came U17 ladies Fiona Hay and Peggy Nan Rodgers who shared the same time of 12.05 followed followed by Brodie McDonald, Susie McLaughlin, Gavin Kelly, Reece Duncan, U11 Olivia McNicol, Chris Black, Lucy  McGrandle, Eilidh Kennedy, Dylan Stefani, Holly Brock, Michael Black, Jay Gallagher, Francesca Fairweather, Rachel Wardrope, Freya Fairweather, Amy McGoldrick, M70 Billy Mitchell, Minnie Wood, Keira Gallagher, Ellen Wood and Stuart Sturgeon.

 Special thanks are due to our members, parents and supporters who assisted in the pre race organisation and on the day itself and to Colin Stephen who vividly captured on camera both races. 
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David Cooney

CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS UNDER 20 MEN STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE

20 athletes from Cambuslang Harriers lined up with over 460 others to compete in Friday evening’s Scottish 5K Road Championship held over a flat fast course along the promenade at Silverknowes Edinburgh. Conditions were windy and surprisingly cold for this time of the year.

Run & Become (inc SAL 5k Championships) May 3rd 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin – Byeline Must be Used

Cambuslang’s main hope for a team medal lay with the U20 men in spite of the late withdrawal due to injury of top runner Gavin Smith. The club’s aspirations were realised as an inspired trio of Drew Pollock, Jamie MacKinnom and Andrew Carey took the silver medals only 4 points adrift of Edinburgh University. First finisher from the club, Drew, continued his excellent recent form to finish 4th individual in his own age group and 15th overall in a star studded field. His time of 15.06 took an incredible 88 seconds off his pb. Jamie, with a 10 seconds pb, was only 5 seconds behind in 6th U20 spot and 3rd counter Andrew Carey came of age to record 16.10 and to smash his pb by an impressive 1 minute and 57 seconds. Struan Paton was unfortunate to twist his ankle after the first kilometre and could not continue.

Run & Become (inc SAL 5k Championships) May 3rd 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin – Byeline Must be Used

The seniors were not expecting team medals as a number of key runners were not participating. However, with the U20 men also able to count as senior team members our 2 leading U20 men assisted by senior Colin Reilly took an excellent team bronze behind Edinburgh University and Corstorphine. Colin came through strongly in the closing stages to pip Ritchie Carr for the vital third club finisher with both athletes just outside their recent pbs set in February in the Armagh 5K.

Run & Become (inc SAL 5k Championships) May 3rd 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin – Byeline Must be Used

On an individual level Kerry-Liam Wilson (15.44) was narrowly pipped for the gold medal by one second and Kenny Campbell (15.48) was denied the bronze medal by the same margin. Kerry-Liam has an incredible history in this championship event having laid claim to 6 gold and 2 silver medals. Michael Healy achieved 8th M40 position with a 26 seconds pb of 16.13. Cambuslang would have comfortably lifted the masters team if there had been such an award. Michael Barker’s time of 17.12 was only 1 second short of his pb. Charlie Thomson, the current Cross Country M50 champion, added another national medal to his impressive collection when finishing 3rd in that age group with a time of 17.21.

Run & Become (inc SAL 5k Championships) May 3rd 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin – Byeline Must be Used

Next home for the club was M40 Iain Nicholl who only a week after his London Marathon pb of 2 hours and 48 minutes continued his run of pbs and broke 18 minutes for the first time with a 17.44 recording. Club secretary Dave Thom (18.35) set his fastest 5K time for a number of years while M40 Kenny Finlayson’s 18.51 effort took 23 seconds off his pb. M40 Scott Hunter on the comeback trail after injury dipped under 20 minutes. U15 athlete Niamh Riggins good time of 19.53 saw her finish 3rd in her age category. Lesley McArdle’s consistent training paid off for her as she reduced her pb by 41 seconds down to 20.19 with F40 Jennifer Campbell (formerly Reid) only 15 seconds adrift. M40 David Stirling (21.49) clocked his fastest time since his knee operation. The final club athlete to finish was club president David Cooney in his first race for 8 months and his first in the M70 category in a time of 24.38. In spite of an ongoing right ankle problem David managed to get round the course and took the M70 title albeit he was the sole competitor. There have to be some benefits in growing old!

Run & Become (inc SAL 5k Championships) May 3rd 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin – Byeline Must be Used

The Cambuslang runners appreciated being cheered on by coaches Mike Johnston and Robert Anderson along with his wife Sheila, daughter Fiona Pollock and Carol Anne Thomson. The club would also like to thank the organiser Adrian Stott of Run and Become and the Scottish Athletics team and volunteers for delivering such a well organised event.

Run & Become (inc SAL 5k Championships) May 3rd 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin – Byeline Must be Used

Cambuslang 15th at ERRA National Spring Road Relays

Fresh from their victory at the Scottish 6 stage relay championship Cambuslang Harriers travelled to Sutton Coldfield to participate in the British Athletics 12 stage relay championship. This is very much the blue riband event for British Athletics Road Running clubs consisting of 12 stages (alternating 6 long and 6 shorter legs) covering over 51 miles of racing and requiring real strength in depth and commitment from the participating clubs. Cambuslang were accompanied by their Edinburgh rivals Corstorphine who had won the Scottish 6 stage in 2018.

Kevin Harvey started the race for Cambuslang and found himself in a really competitive and fast opening leg against several of Britain’s best road runners. He successfully kept the club in contention close to the leading teams. He was followed by 18 year old Drew Pollock who recorded the club’s fastest short leg of the day.  Between them they had achieved a solid 23rd place, importantly just over a minute behind eventual winners Leeds.  

Next to take on the long leg was 20 year old Gavin Smith. He produced another solid and steady performance which was becoming the theme of the day. Richie Carr then had a strong short leg that moved the team up a few places in the race so that after 4 stages they were 20th.

Two of the club’s more experienced runners Stuart Gibson and Alistair Campbell were next with Stuart producing the club’s fastest long leg time before passing on to Ali who completed the leg with his trademark sprint finish. After their legs the club had moved up to 17th.

The second half of the race again saw a number of Britain’s best endurance athletes toe the line and leg 7 featured several GB Internationals. Cambuslang’s hill running specialist, Alasdair Campbell was tasked with this leg and acquitted himself well. Although he was passed on his leg by a couple of teams he closed the gap on several clubs whom we were now targeting. Jamie MacKinnon was next into the fray and after another solid run the team was 19th.  

Over the last 4 legs the strength in depth and balanced nature of the Cambuslang team bore fruit and they steadily moved up the field. Ryan Thomson on leg 9 eased the team into 17th place which Ben Hukins preserved.  This was Ben’s 4th consecutive race but his first on a short leg. Club captain Iain Reid in final preparation stages for the London Marathon promoted the team to 16th before another ever present Craig Jardine secured an excellent 15th place ahead of several more fancied English clubs and 4 places ahead of Scottish rivals Corstorphine.

Overall this was a well balanced team effort by the club with only 68 seconds  of a difference between all 6 long stage runners and a mere 27 seconds between the 6 short stage runners.  This level of consistency helped to produce the club’s highest finish ever in this prestigious UK event and took 5 minutes and 45 seconds off the club record.  Events such as this are important in fostering team spirit and in providing athletes with the opportunity to compete at a high level.

Brendan Carey, the travelling reserve, who made himself available throughout the race in case of any problems, deserves a special mention as does the back-up support crew of Mike Johnston and Charlie Thomson.  Fiona Pollock also made the long journey to Birmingham to support her son Drew and was accompanied by her mum and dad, Sheila and Robert Anderson, who had just returned from Australia the previous day.

A GOLDEN END TO THE WINTER SEASON FOR CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS

Cambuslang Harriers brought the winter season to a spectacular conclusion by winning team gold in both the Junior/Senior Scottish 6 Stage Road Relay Championship and in the Masters over 40 Men event with the over 50 male quartet lifting team bronze.  The club again underlined its consistent performance over the years in these 3 age groups having won  6 senior gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze medals while the M40 team has amassed 8 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze and the M50s 5 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in the 7 year existence of this age category.  There was further icing on the cake when on the same day Kerry-Liam Wilson on his 30K road debut secured the Scottish senior and masters titles at Perth. 

Scottish Athletics National Road Relays 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin

The senior and masters men 6 stage events consisted of alternate 5K and 5.8 mile laps with only 4 stages for the Men 50 and ladies.  Apart from the undulating and twisting terrain at Almondvale Livingston the runners also had to contend with 40 MPH winds.  The junior/senior A team got off to an excellent start with under 20 athlete Drew Pollock having his best run of the season to hand over to Kevan Harvey in 3rd place.  Kevan ran his customary gritty race to finish a close 4th.  Stuart Gibson then clocked the fastest short stage on leg 3 to catapult Cambuslang into a 31 seconds lead over Shettleston Harriers.  An isolated Ryan Thomson with the 2nd fastest long stage of this lap extended the club’s lead over Shettleston to 1 minute 29 seconds.  Going into the penultimate stage there was some concern in the Cambuslang camp as to how under 20 Gavin Smith would perform given he had been feeling unwell prior to the race.  However, Gavin dispelled any such concerns by producing a gutsy 2nd fastest time for his leg to give the Lanarkshire club a seemingly commanding lead over Shettleston of 1 minute and 51 seconds.  It was shaping up to be an exciting finale.  Could Fraser Stewart hang onto Cambuslang’s lead with 3 of Scotland’s finest distance runners in his wake – Lachlan Oates of Shettleston, Andy Douglas of Inverclyde only 3 seconds adrift of him and Corstorphine’s Calum McKenzie a further 14 seconds behind?  The danger was that while Fraser was running isolated the chasing trio had the benefit of racing each other for podium places which would help to reduce the deficit.  However, Fraser held his nerve and ran his own race to cross the line first with 72 seconds to spare over Inverclyde with Corstorphine a close 3rd only 2 seconds behind and Shettleston just missing out on the medals by 6 seconds.  Naturally the Cambuslang sextet and supporters were jubilant having witnessed a great team effort by all.  5 of the 6 had competed well in the fast Armagh 5K road race event in mid February and this gave them the confidence to draw on.

Scottish Athletics National Road Relays 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin

The M40 relay was also a competitive 4 way tussle between Cambuslang, Edinburgh, Corstorphine and Shettleston Harriers.  On the opening leg John Paul Murphy did his job well to put club captain Iain Reid in a good position to chase the 3 rival clubs.  Iain’s 2nd fastest masters long stage time of the day provided an inspired Michael Healy with the opportunity to give Cambuslang a narrow lead over Edinburgh, Corstorphine and Shettleston.  The positions remained the same over the second half of the race with the experienced Kenny Campbell, Justin Carter and Ben Hukins all running strongly to post a 33 seconds victory over Edinburgh with Corstorphine taking the bronze medal.  All were delighted to retain the trophy with Justin being the only survivor from last year’s winning team.  John Paul and Michael were rewarded for their efforts with their first ever Scottish medals.

Scottish Athletics National Road Relays 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin

Cambuslang Harriers also had the satisfaction of finishing the first B team which underlines their strength in depth.  Ryan Donnelly, Jamie MacKinnon, Douglas Roberts, Colin Reilly, Ritchie Carr and Iain McDonald combined well to take 11th spot.  The C team gained 43rd place thanks to Brendan Carey, Tony McCutcheon, Scott Hunter, Dan O’Connell, Frank Hurley and Kenny Finlayson.

Scottish Athletics National Road Relays 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin

While the M50 men started off with the younger age groups there were only 4 legs for them.  Cumbernauld and Shettleston finished well clear in first and second position with the Cambuslang quartet of Des Dickson, Dave Thom, Mick O’Hagan and Stan MacKenzie equally comfortable in securing the bronze medals.

Scottish Athletics National Road Relays 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin

The female teams composed of 4 runners ran the same course and distances as the men albeit their race started 10 minutes later. Bernie O’Neil, Jennifer Reid, Lesley McArdle and Carole Setchell all worked well to record 21st position.  The honours in this race went to Central AC, Shettleston and Edinburgh University.

Scottish Athletics National Road Relays 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin

The Cambuslang young athletes had competed the previous week in the Scottish Road Races.  The under 15 boys team of Robbie Woods, Lewis Roddis and Zak Povey took the bronze medals while the under 17 male trio of Chris McLew, Aaron Grew and Michael Black had to settle for 4th spot.  The under 15 girls finished a creditable 5th thanks to debutant Fiona Hay, Shona Carey and Eilidh Kennedy.  Under 13 Abbie McClue led Mia Carmichael and Lucy McGrandle to 8th place while their male counterparts finished 14th team courtesy of Brodie McDonald, Gavin Kelly and Jay Gallacher.  Under 17 runner Susie McLaughlin finished 17th in her age group.

Scottish Athletics National Road Relays 2019 (C) Bobby Gavin

 David Cooney

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SCOTTISH CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS

Cambuslang Harriers had yet again a very successful Scottish Cross Country Championships.  Team silver medals in the under 15 boys, under 20 men  and senior men races with bronze medals for the under 17 males saw the harriers regain the AT Mays Trophy which is awarded to the male club with the best overall scoring over the 5 events.  Cambuslang has won this prestigious trophy 7 times in the last 8 years and indeed on 23 out of a possible 31 occasions.  This speaks volumes for the club runners, coaches, officials, parents and supporters.  The ladies also played their part with Moira Stewart finishing a good 2nd to UK, Commonwealth and Olympic Internationalist Steph Twell in the senior ladies event with under 13 girl Abbie McClue achieving 10th place and first West of Scotland athlete and the under 15 girls and under 17 women gaining 5th and 6th spot in their team competitions.

The U13 girls kicked off the championships with the quartet of Abbie, Eva Ritchie, Lucy McGrandle and Francesca Fairweather finishing 15th team.  Their U13 male counterparts of Sam McCarthy, Brodie McDonald, Reece Duncan and Hamish Gardner were placed 16th team.  Chris Black and Jay Gallacher provided backup.  The under 15 girls thanks to Shona Carey, Niamh Riggins, Peggy-Nan Rodgers and Eilidh Kennedy were a creditable 5th.  Good team packing by Robbie Woods, Lewis Roddis, Joa Fairweather and Zak Povey gave the quartet a silver podium placing.  Fearghus MacGregor and Mark Cassidy were also well placed.

Susie McLaughlin in 16th spot acquitted herself well in the ladies under 17 event to lead Holly Brock and Rachel Wardrobe to 6th place.  In spite of losing the injured under 17 Ruairidh MacGregor his team mates Chris McLew, Aaron Grew, Michael Black and Brodie Aitken rallied to take the bronze medals in their age group with Kai Newell, Jack MacKinnon and Keir Crawford finishing next.  Cambuslang continued their medal winning streak when 7th placed under 20 Gavin Smith led Drew Pollock, Ryan Donnelly and Struan Paton to team silver.   Jamie Mackinnon working his way back from an Achilles injury narrowly lost out by 5 seconds on the final team medal spot.

Scottish Athletics Lindsays National XC Feb 23rd, 2019
(C) Bobby Gavin – Byeline Must be Used

From a field of over 300 senior women runners Moira Stewart emerged as a worthy runner up to the pre race favourite Steph Twell with Morag Miller getting the better of North East of England Cross Country Champion Mhairi MacLennan in the closing stages.  Moira is the current Czech Republic Cross Country Champion and will shortly be competing in the World Cross Country Championship in Denmark.  She is eligible to compete for Cambuslang as her father Eddie is a former Scottish Cross Country Internationalist and has won the Scottish Masters Cross Country Masters Gold Medal in the over 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 age groups.  Eddie actually met his wife to be in Italy when he was representing Scotland in an International Cross Country Event and Mia was representing the then Czechoslovakia.  On marrying Mia Eddie moved to Prague but continues to run for Cambuslang when back in Scotland visiting family.  Moira has previously won the Scottish U20 1500 Metres Championship and was a member of Cambuslang’s under 20 ladies cross country 2014 silver medallists.  Moira is the first Cambuslang senior lady to have won a Scottish Senior Ladies Cross Country medal although Eve MacKinnon and Alex Lamond have previously lifted bronze medals at under 17 and 20 levels.  This year for the first time 5 female finishers were required to complete a team.  Kirsty O’Brien, Jennifer Reid, Carole Setchell and Lesley McArdle backed up Moira to finish 11th from 24 competing teams.

Scottish Athletics Lindsays National XC Feb 23rd, 2019
(C) Bobby Gavin – Byeline Must be Used

The final race of the day saw over 700 senior men line up with Cambuslang providing 27 of them.  Prior to the event both Cambuslang and Central AC shared the record of 8 consecutive team victories.  The question was could Central break the existing record or could Cambuslang, Inverclyde, Shettleston or Corstorphine stop them?  In spite of a valiant effort from Cambuslang and Inverclyde the Central sextet was too strong and packed well to claim the record outright of 9 consecutive wins.  All credit to Central AC and their coach Dereck Easton.  The 6 runners helping Cambuslang to the team silver medals were Ryan Thomson, Stuart Gibson, Kevan Harvey, Iain MacCorquodale, Fraser Stewart and Alasdair Campbell who finished in positions 13 to 34 within the space of exactly one minute.  The next 6 to finish would have gained 9th position from 42 finishing teams if B teams were allowed to score.  The second sextet comprising of club captain Iain Reid, Ben Hukins, Doug Roberts, Ritchie Carr, Kyle McLellan and Kenny Campbell all finished between 43rd and 84th position.  Justin Carter also made the top 100 in 94th spot with Craig Jardine not far away from a top 100 place.  Cambuslang runners continued to cross the line in the following order Jamie Reid, Iain McDonald, Eddie Stewart, Brendan Carey, John Paul Murphy, Iain Nicholl, Mick O’Hagan, Alasdair Murray, Dan O’Connell, Scott Hunter, Des Dickson, Willie Fairley and John Kelly.

Scottish Athletics Lindsays National XC Feb 23rd, 2019
(C) Bobby Gavin – Byeline Must be Used

Many thanks are due to all the Cambuslang coaches, officials, parents and supporters and to Brian Hughes and Colin Feechan who acted as the 2 club volunteer stewards. Finally the Scottish Athletics team and members of the organising club Falkirk Victoria deserve a special mention for their role in staging such a well run championship.

Scottish Athletics Lindsays National XC Feb 23rd, 2019
(C) Bobby Gavin – Byeline Must be Used

David Cooney

Down By the River Races 10k and 3k 19th May

2019 Down By The River 10 and 3k races, will  take place on Sunday 19th May 2019

Link to ENTRIES 

10k  https://bookitzone.com/dave_thom/FqjFFX
3k  https://bookitzone.com/dave_thom/HqjFFX

at 11am (10k) and 11:10 (3k)

Race headquarters will again be at 

Cambuslang Rugby and Sports Club
Langlea Rd, Cambuslang
G72 8HG

for full detail check our website page https://cambuslangharriers.org/?page_id=810

course map https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/2454841261/

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A MASTERFUL PERFORMANCE BY CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS VETERAN MEN

14 members of Cambuslang Harriers made the long but rewarding journey to compete in the Masters Cross Country Championships at Hawick as they returned with the over 40 and 50 men team titles along with 7 individual medals.  The local club Teviotdale Harriers had set out a testing trail over rock hard undulating farmland and open country.  The runners were blessed with bright sun shine albeit cold unlike the last occasion when arctic conditions prevailed.

In the opening 6K race for the lady masters and men over 65 Cambuslang were represented by Jennifer Reid and Frank Hurley.  Jennifer ran a determined race throughout and finished a creditable11th in her age category.  Frank who is still on  the recovery road from illness nevertheless managed to take the M65 silver medal behind his local rival Andy McLinden of Hamilton Harriers.

Next up were the male runners between the ages of 40 and 64 with 4 runners to count for the coveted over 40 team prizes and 3 for the over 50 team awards.  Cambuslang who had narrowly lost their M40 title the previous year to Corstorphine were keen to regain the title.  Pre race it looked to be a 3 race battle between these 2 clubs and a strengthened Shettleston master’s team.  However, the Cambuslang quartet of Ben Hukins, Iain Reid, Kenny Campbell and Justin Carter packed well in 4th, 5th, 9th and 12th position to ensure a comfortable victory over Shettleston and Corstorphine.  Both Ben and Justin were further rewarded with individual bronze medals in the over 40 and over 45 men categories.  Offering good back up in this age group were 5th placed M45 Jamie Reid and Iain Nicholl.

Cambuslang were the defending champions in the over 50 event but looked to be facing a strong challenge from Cumbernauld AC.  However, led by 59 year old hill runner Colin Donnelly who is at home in this type of terrain and with able support from Charlie Thomson and Stan McKenzie the Lanarkshire men prevailed over Cumbernauld by a margin of 17 points with Corstorphine third.  Both Colin and Charlie lifted the M55 and M50 individual gold medals while Stan took the M55 silver with club mate Chris Upson taking the M 55 bronze award.  Mick O’Hagan and unlucky Des Dickson who had a spike problem mid race provided the vital back up support required in team events.  Not surprisingly Charlie was delighted to have won his first individual Scottish gold medal in 40 years of running.  He can add this coveted award to his long list of Scottish team gold medals and to his Scottish 10 mile individual silver and to his UK individual silver and bronze medals at 5K and 10K.  This achievement is all the more remarkable as in recent years he has been inactive running wise due to a series of injuries and to a bad fall which threatened to end his running career.

Teviotdale Harriers and Alex Jackson and his team from Scottish Athletics are to be congratulated for staging a well run championship over a traditional country course.

Nearer to home 4 Cambuslang Harriers took part in the Inverclyde 5 mile road race.  Times were generally slower this year over this potentially fast course on account of the adverse wind conditions.  Stuart Gibson was the first Cambuslang runner home in third place in a time of 25.18 6 seconds ahead of under 20 clubmate Gavin Smith.  Al Campbell was a good 7th recording 26.30 with M45 Scott Hunter stopping the watch at 32.02.

This was a good workout for Stuart and Gavin before they head off next week to compete in the prestigious Armagh 5K International Road Race.  They will be joined by fellow Cambuslang athletes Ryan Thomson, Fraser Stewart, Kevan Harvey, Jamie MacKinnon, Colin Reilly and Richard Carr.

Christopher McLew escaped the cold and wind when competing in the Scottish under 20 Indoors 1500 M Championship at the Emirates Stadium.  Having won his heat on the Saturday he was again first over the line in the final the following day to take the Scottish title.

Eddie Stewart’s daughter Moira continued her run of good form when she won the Cross Della Vallagarina Rovereto event in Italy ahead of Italian and Hungarian runners.  On the strength of this victory and on her 29th place in the recent senior ladies European Cross Country Championships she has been selected to run for the Czech Republic in the forthcoming World Cross Country Championships.

 

David Cooney
Photos Colin Stephen