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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2019 Down By The River 10 and 3k races, will take place on Sunday 19th May 2019
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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.
Photos Colin Stephen
Cambuslang Harriers turned out in force at the annual Scottish Veteran Harriers LSK Road Relays around Strathclyde Park. Cambuslang fielded 3 over 35 male teams, 2 over 50 male teams, 1 complete ladies team with an incomplete team of 2 ladies. Both males and female races were held in conjunction around the 6K Loch circuit with 4 runners comprising a male team and 3 runners for the ladies. While the weather stayed dry the increasingly strong winds had a considerable wind chilling effect both on the temperature and on times.
The M35 A team of Kenny Campbell, Gordon Robertson, Jamie Reid and Ben Hukins led the race from start to finish ahead of Edinburgh AC and Dundee Hawkhills Harriers. It was not surprising that the club had a winning margin of over 2 minutes since Kenny and Ben recorded the 2 fastest times of the day with Gordon being the 4th fastest. The M50 A team also gained a podium place finishing 2nd in their age category, sandwiched between Cumbernauld AC and PH Racing Club, thanks to Dave Thom, Charlie Thomson, Mick O’Hagan and Chris Upson. Charlie’s 3rd fastest individual time was further evidence of another step in his comeback after a long injury spell. Cambuslang’s M35 B team comprising of the non related McDonalds, Iain and Gordon, Iain Nicholl and Frank McGowan finished a very creditable 8th and were the first B team over the line. Colin Feechan, Dan O’Connell, Sandy Eaglesham and Alick Walkinshaw combined well to gain 5th spot for the over 50 B squad. The final male team of Tony McCutcheon, Kenny Finlayson, John Kelly and David Stirling were 42nd in the team standings.
Carole Setchell, Jennifer Reid and Kirsty O’Brien worked hard in the windy conditions to take a laudable 7th place with both Jennifer and Kirsty sharing the same individual time and the joint 14th fastest overall of the day. There were also encouraging runs from Bernie O’ Neil who finished a gutsy 6th on the opening leg and also from Julie Dell on leg 2.
Members of Cambuslang Harriers also fared well in various parkruns the day before. There were victories for Kerry-Liam Wilson at Girvan, Doug Roberts at Strathclyde Park, Ritchie Carr at Falkirk and Alasdair Campbell at Linwood while Iain McDonald took 3rd place at Tollcross. Alasdair had a busy weekend having also won the 3K on the Green on the Friday.
The senior and masters men teams again stuck team gold while the under 20 and 17 men took silver medals and the under 15 girls and boys bronze medals. There were individual silver medals for under 17 Christopher McClew, under 20 Gavin Smith and masters men Ben Hukins while Iain Reid captured the masters men bronze.
The first event of the day was the under 13 girls with Abbie McClue leading home Eva Ritchie, Lucy McGrandle and Morvern Crawford into 5th spot in the team race. The under 13 boys trio of Sam McCarthy, Brodie McDonald and Hamish Gardiner finished in 8th position with back up coming from Gavin Kelly, Chris Black and Alex Petrie. Niamh Riggins, Shona Carey and Eilidh Kennedy secured team bronze for the under 15 girls while the under 15 boys matched this performance thanks to Robbie Woods, Lewis Roddis and Zak Povey with Feargus MacGregor next home for Cambuslang. In finishing 7th and 8th Robbie and Lewis have secured automatic selection to the West District Team for the forthcoming Scottish Inter District Championships in the New Year.
The under 17 and under 20 ladies ran together albeit the latter had extra distance to cover. Susie McLaughlin finished 11th in the younger age group with Amy Craig 9th in the under 20 race. Susie too should gain selection for the Inter District Competition.
The same format applied to the under 17 and 20 men. The under 17 trio of Christopher McClew, Ruairidh MacGregor and Michael Black finished a good second and all confirmed their place for the Inter District Event. Kai Newall provided back up. 2nd placed under 20 Gavin Smith led Jamie MacKinnon and Drew Pollock to team silver with Andrew Carey in support.
The combined senior and masters women event saw Cambuslang finish 8th team thanks to Kirsty O’Brien, Jennifer Reid, Bernie O’Neil and Lesley McArdle. All four ran well in the driving rain and in the increasingly muddy conditions.
The senior and masters men lined up for the final event of the day with the weather rapidly deteriorating. However, this did not deter the Cambuslang men. Right from the gun it was clear that it would be a close encounter between Cambuslang and Shettleston Harriers for the top team spot. This proved to be the case throughout. Although Shettleston had their 6 counters home in the first 17 positions compared to Cambuslang’s 6 in the top 18 Cambuslang prevailed by 9 points. The club’s tight packing of Fraser Stewart 4th, Alasdair Campbell 5th, Kevan Harvey 6th, Ryan Thomson 8th, Stuart Gibson 16th and Ben Hukins 18th ensured the gold medals were going back to Cambuslang. Fraser, Alasdair, Kevan and Ryan have booked their places for the senior district team with under 20 Gavin also being a contender.
The harriers have an outstanding record in the senior competition having medalled on 41 occasions out of the last 44 years to win 25 gold, 12 silver and 4 bronze medals. From the 1975 team which won the club’s first senior district medal Robert Anderson and David Cooney are still heavily involved with the club. The masters’ team victory with Ben 2nd, Iain Reid 3rd and Justin Carter 7th was achieved more comfortably from Shettleston and Garscube Harriers.
Craig Jardine and Iain Red in 19th and 21st position finished closely behind Ben. Thereafter, the Cambuslang runners crossed the line in the following order – Alistair Campbell, Justin, Ritchie Carr, Matthew McKenna, Iain Nicholl, Mick O’Hagan, Dave Thom, Des Dickson and Eddie Carr.
Well done to all our competitors today given the challenging weather and conditions. Thanks are also due to the club’s back up team of coaches, officials, supporters and parents and also to the West District Organising Committee and to Kilmarnock Harriers.
Photgraphy ©Colin Stephen
Members of Cambuslang Harriers were in cross country action in the Czech Republic, Liverpool and Coatbridge. First year senior Moira Stewart, who has a Scottish qualification through her father Eddie, a former Scottish Internationalist and multi Scottish masters cross country champion, won the Czech senior ladies championship. Moira will now compete for the Czech Republic in the forthcoming European Cross Country Championships in Holland.
Meanwhile at Liverpool Ryan Thomson representing Scotland as an under 23 runner acquitted himself well against the cream of British cross country athletes. Under 20 Gavin Smith and Drew Pollock along with under 17 Christopher McLew gained useful experience in such a prestigious event as did under 15 runner Eilidh Kennedy.
Much nearer home Cambuslang Harriers were competing in the Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships at Coatbridge. In the opening event for under 11 year olds Olivia McNichol led from the start and held off any challenges to come home first in the girls under 11 competition. Her male counterpart, Neal McShane in 11th position, had a good solid run.
In the under 13 girls event Abbie McClue took the runner up spot and with support from Eva Ritchie and Lucy McGrandle the club won team bronze. The under 13 boys team of individual bronze medallist Sam McCarthy, Brodie McDonald and Gavin Kelly went one better in lifting team silver. Unfortunately the under 15 girls, due to injuries and other commitments, were not able to field a team to support 5th place Peggy Nan Rodgers and 8th place Millie Nichol. The under 15 boys team of Robbie Woods, Lewis Roddis and Fearghus MacGregor packed well in 3rd, 4th and 7th position to gain team silver with Zac Povey just losing out to Fearghus in the sprint to the line.
Susie McLaughlin pushed herself in the under 17 ladies race to finish in the bronze medal position and with back up from Holly Brock and Chloe Burton the ladies gained team silver. The under 17 men were on course for team victory when the leading Cambuslang runner Brodie Aitken was forced to drop out due to a calf strain. Aaron Grew ensured however that a Cambuslang runner would make the medal podium when finishing 2nd with Kai Newall 8th.
The women and men ran together in the final race of the day and both were awarded team silver medals. 3rd placed female Kirsty O’Brien, Bernadette O’Neil and Lesley McCardle were the 3 counters while Kevan Harvey, under gold medallist Jamie MacKinnon and Ritchie Carr made up the men’s trio. There were 2 further individual silver medals for under 20 lady Amy Craig and M40 Justin Carter. Elsewhere M40 Paul Kernohan won the Tollcross Parkrun.
Thanks as usual are due to our coaches, club volunteers and supporting parents for their invaluable contribution on the day.