CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS HOST THEIR ANNUAL DOWN BY THE RIVER RACES

Cambuslang Harriers Down by the River 10K and 3K Road Race Races took place on Sunday 20th May 11 weeks after the event had to be postponed due to heavy snow. The start and finish to both races was changed due to house building taking place in that area. Apart from the initial and final 200 metres both races are run along the Clyde Walkway. The club is extremely grateful to our 10K sponsors achilles heel, our kit partner, and to Macdet Hygiene Services, a family company started up by former member Jim Fitzpatrick now sadly deceased, and to our 3K sponsor Barnie Gough Fencing.

In the officially measured 10K race the hosts mainly dominated the male prizes while the ladies prizes were evenly spread out. Cambuslang took first and second places thanks to the rapidly improving Fraser Stewart in a time of 32.20 and to club captain Iain Reid in his first race since the London Marathon who finished 32 seconds adrift. In an exciting sprint to the line Paul Sorrie of Shettleston just got the better of Colin Reilly. Colin however had the consolation of being the 3rd counter for the victorious Cambuslang team. Cambuslang also took the M40, M50 and M60 prizes thanks to Stevie Wylie, Alick Walkinshaw and Brian Hughes while Kilbarchan’s Robbie Ferguson captured the U20 award. In the ladies event Laura Wallce of Ayr Seaforth was first home in a time of 38.49 followed by Ruth Fraser-Moodie of Springburn and Romy Beard of Bellahouston Road Runners who led her club to team victory. Emer Campbell also of Bellahouston Road Runners was first F40 while Joyce Allardice of Motherwell and Erica Christie unattached lifted the respective F50 and F60 category awards. Morgan Beaton secured the U20 ladies prize. Both male and female race winners were presented with the Jimmy Sands Memorial Shields in honour of former member Jimmy who won a Paralympic gold medal in 1988.

Cambuslang had a good representation in this race with Ritchie Carr setting a pb in 6th place being followed home in order by Jamie Reid, John Paul Murphy, Mick O’Hagan, Frank Hurley who recorded the fastest M65 10K time so far this year in the UK, Daniel O’Connell, William Fairley, Gary Miller, Eddie Carr, John Kelly, Lesley McArdle, Sandy Eaglesham and Julie Dell.


The 3K race was a predominantly young athletes’ event with Cambuslang securing the first 3 male and female finishers. Michael Black crossed the line first in a time of 10.06 closely followed by Robbie Woods and Aaron Grew with only 6 seconds separating the U17 trio. Susie McLaughlin U17 was first female home in a time of 11.21 with U15 Millie Nicholl next in 11.38 followed by U15 Shona Carey. U15 Cambuslang runners Zac Povey and Lewis Roddis took 4th and 5th spots followed by team mates Abbie McCue, Peggy Nan Rodger, M60 Alan Wyllie who recorded a pb, Holly Brock, Eilidh Kennedy, Lucy McGrandle, Korin Weir-Stewart, Jacob Reilly, M65 Willie Mitchell, Olivia McNicol, Christopher Black, Katherine McNicol and Cara McDowall.


Special thanks is 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.

Also at the weekend club member Moira Stewart set a 10K track pb of 33.41.17 representing the Czech Republic in the European Cup Championships. Moira, the Czech 10K tack champion, is the daughter of Eddie Stewart the current Scottish M60 Cross Country Champion as well as the M60 Czech 10K Road Champion. Her mother Mia has also won Czech National Distance Titles. Both Eddie and Mia first met at a cross country race in Italy in 1992 when they were representing their countries. One year later Eddie moved to Prague where he and Mia married and are still resident there. Since then Eddie has won the Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships in the M40, M45, M50, M55 and M60 age categories. Their son Gerron is also a sub 2 minutes U20 runner.

Justin Carter was also active at the weekend representing the West of Scotland in the UK Inter Counties Hill Running Championships in which he finished 2nd M45 and the 3rd West counter. There were also 5K parkrun victories for Stan Mackenzie, Ian Littler and Michael Healy while Des Dickson and Michael Black set personal best times.

David Cooney

Last minute details for Entrants to DBTR 10k /3k

Registration is open from 9:00am to 10:15am at the Rugby and Sports Club G72 8HG
If the car park is full (likely) you can park on Langlea road as long as you leave room for two lanes of traffic, or at the roundabout at Cathkin High School. Please do not block Driveways

Final entrant list here  DBTR 10k A
Note the Start/Finish is different this year, around the 1k mark on the old course see this map


Directions to the start on foot 
Turn right along Brownside Rd, Left into Buchanan Drive, immediate right onto Wellshot Dr, across North St, GO THROUGH THE TRAIN STATION, Across Mains St and Down Bridge St, on the left after 300m there is a unused road to the old bridge, cross the old bridge and you’ll see the start straight ahead. Map, follow blue line

Directions and parking if driving to the start
(north down Hawthorn walk, Right onto dukes Rd, Left onto Glasgow Rd, Right onto Bogleshole Rd/Cambuslang Rd, sraight through two roundabouts then right at the third (Cambuslang Rd) Please Park in Clydesmill Drive or Clydesmill rd.  Map, follow orange line

give yourself plenty of time, enjoy the race, there will be tea/coffe/food/presentations in the Rugby Club around 12:30pm – 1:00pm

COUNTY, SCOTTISH AND UK MEDALS ACROSS THE CAMBUSLANG AGE GROUPS

Members of Cambuslang Harriers were recently prominent at the Lanarkshire Track Relay Championships, the Scottish 10K Track Championships and the British Masters Road Relay Championships.

The U17 boys team of Sean Friel, Aaron Grew and Michael Black took the 3 x 800M relay title at Wishaw while the U17 girls team of Susie McLaughlin, Lucy Storie and Chloe Burton captured silver. There were silver medals too for the male and female U15 teams thanks to Robbie Woods, Zac Povey and Lewis Roddis, Millie Nicholl, Eilidh Kennedy and Niamh Riggins. U15 Peggy Nan Rodger running in an incomplete B team showed good form to cross the line first in the opening leg. A number of male and female U13 athletes also made their track debut and enjoyed their experience. The event was well supported by our coaches and parents who helped to spur on our young athletes.

The senior and masters men picked up 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze individual medals at the Scottish 10K held at Crown Point Glasgow. Kerry-Liam Wilson and Justin Carter took first and second place in the M45 category with Ben Hukins lifting M35 silver, Stuart Gibson the senior bronze and Chris Upson M50 bronze. Although not among the senior medals Fraser Stewart, Colin Reilly and Ritchie Carr all posted personal best times.

The club continued to be among the medals at the BMAF Road Relays held at Birmingham. This annual event WHICH attracts the top masters runners from across the UK is always fiercely competitive. The Cambuslang M45 quartet of Chris Upson, Justin Carter, Kerry-Liam Wilson and Stevie Wylie worked their way steadily through the field to snatch the lead on the final leg thus ensuring the British gold medals were heading back north of the border. The M55 trio of Frankie Barton, Brian Hughes and Alick Walkinshaw also combined well to secure bronze medals. Although M65 Frank Hurley did not have a team to back him up due to injuries Frank was able to run the first leg in his age category and came home first which gave him an individual silver medal for the 2nd fastest M65 time of the day. Team manager and club organiser for this event Dave Thom also found time to run the opening leg in the M55 age group. Club members Jacqueline Etherington finished 3rd on the opening leg for her English club Sunderland and Martin Williams won a M35 team bronze competing for Tipton. Cumbernauld AC who finished a creditable 10th in the M45 race was the only other Scottish club taking part in this prestigious British Championship Event.

Coach and runner Simon Gold can now be called a Man for All Seasons having run back to back marathons on successive weekends at Boston in wintry conditions and then at London in hot sultry weather. Simon capped off his long distance exploits with a 53 mile Ultra Hill Run at the weekend. Club captain Iain Reid survived best of the Cambuslang runners in the London Marathon to finish in 52nd place and 7th M40 athlete in the excellent time for the conditions of 2 hours, 33 minutes and 14 seconds.

At the 3K on Glasgow Green Kevan Harvey took first place and Peter Fleming now resident in Colorado Springs finished first M50.  At his peak Peter ran the spectacular times of 2.13.33 and 62.52 for the marathon and half marathon.  Kirsty O’Brien finished 3rd in the Stirling Half Marathon while posting a personal best into the bargain.  There was success too for the club on the hills with Iain MacCorquodale winning the Whangie Whizz Race and Colin Donnelly taking the masters prize at the Normans Law Race in Fife.  Ryan Thomson who is currently on a scholarship at the Texas A & M University has already clocked this year 14.44 for the 5K.

David Cooney

DOUBLE BRITISH TEAM GOLD FOR CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS’ GOLDEN OLDIES

The British Masters Cross Country Championships for athletes over the age of 35 was held this year at Grant Park in Forres, Morayshire. The local club Forres Harriers with generous support from the council and local food and drink businesses ensured that the runners were well looked after. While the weather was very cold with some snowflakes falling early on the parkland and hill trails were firm for the 232 entered runners.

In the opening 6K race the over 65 men ran alongside all the female competitors. In the team competition the aggregate times of the 3 counting athletes would decide the medal places and it could not have been much closer in the M65 event. When the results were announced the Cambuslang trio of Frank Hurley, Barnie Gough and David Cooney had pipped the local Inverness team by just 3 seconds with Clydesdale Harriers taking the bronze medals. There was a bonus for Frank as he won individual silver. It had been touch and go up to a few days before the race whether the Cambuslang team would be able to participate as Frank had to take a week’s enforced rest due to injury and David had missed 4 weeks training due to flu. Both Frank and Barnie now have the distinction of being members of the first Cambuslang teams to have won British M40 gold in 1999 and now M65 gold.

In the 8K race for all male athletes from the age of 35 to 64 a decisive team victory was achieved by the over 55 trio of Colin Donnelly, Alick Walkinshaw and Frankie Barton who had also been a member of the 1999 M40 winning team. With Colin securing the individual M55 title and Frankie the M60 bronze Cambuslang finished ahead of South London Harriers and Warrington AC. Spare a thought for Cambuslang’s unfortunate Stan MacKenzie, who on the comeback trail to full fitness after a prolonged injury, went badly over on his ankle at the mid way point while being the club’s second counter. Stan was forced to retire and a subsequent X ray revealed a chipped ankle bone. The club wishes him a speedy recovery.

Surprisingly given that a British Championship was being held in Scotland Cambuslang had only one other competitor. Justin Carter in the M45 category built on his recent good form to perhaps run his best race ever to capture individual silver sandwiched between 2 English runners.

On the same day at the Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships the under 14 girls quartet of Millie Nicholl, Eva Ritchie, Eilidh Kennedy and Abbie McLue won team silver for Cathkin High. Niamh Riggins representing Trinity High finished 5th in the 14-15 age group and has been selected to represent the Scottish Schools in the forthcoming British Schools Championships.

There was further success for Cambuslang Harriers the previous evening at the Cambuslang and Rutherglen Sports Council Awards when the club lifted the junior and senior team awards and Kirsty O’Brian won the senior female award for her duathlon and triathlon achievements with Drew Pollock’s exploits in the junior category being also recognised.

DBTR Races new date 20th May

Cambuslang Harriers are delighted to announce the rescheduled date of the Down By The River Races
the races will now take place on Sunday 20th May 2018, all other details remain the same.

The races are now re-opened to new entrants until race limit is reached or Thursday 17th May
We hope you can join us on the 20th May  

Existing entrants will receive an email detailing what to do if they cannot make the new date

Race details on the website will be updated in due course

https://bookitzone.com/dave_thom/SD2FFX

https://bookitzone.com/dave_thom/mD2FFX

 

 

!Down By The River Races Postponed!

after much discussion we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel and reschedule this Sunday's "Down By The River" 10k and 3k.


Given the current weather situation and travel advice as of Thursday 1st, and the Met Office yellow warning of snow until midnight Saturday, we do not feel it would be right, or safe, to expect people to travel.
The course is currently covered in deep snow, as can be seen in the photos. and temperatures are not predicted to rise by Sunday. The alternative XC course is also deemed unsafe

 

 

 

 

 

 


We also have to take into consideration the welfare of our runners, volunteer helpers and St Andrew's first aiders

We can assure you that we are as disappointed as you are, and will let you know the new date as soon as agreed with scottishathletics. If anyone cannot make the new date, bookitzone will refund your entry (minus booking fee). A lot of time and effort goes into organising a race, and we haven't taken this decision lightly, the safety of our entrants and volunteers is paramount.
We hope you understand our decision and can join us at the rearranged event.
 

Cambuslang Harriers Under 13 and Under 15 Boys Teams win Gold and Bronze Medals at the Scottish Cross Country Championships

The weather and ground conditions for this year’s Scottish Cross Country Championships held at Callendar Park in Falkirk were the most favourable in a number of years.  As usual Cambuslang Harriers put in a strong performance in spite of some key individuals in the senior men and women, under 17 and under 20 men age groups not available due to injury or illness or in the case of Grant Sheldon, the Scottish 10K road and 5K track champion, understandably honing his final preparations in Scotland before flying out shortly to Australia to represent Scotland in the Triathlon at the Commonwealth Games.

 

Our under 13 boys team of Stewart Millard, Lewis Roddis, newcomer Ollie Chung and Fearghus MacGregor rose to the occasion and packed well to lift the national team title in their age group.  Stuart 12th, Lewis 14th and Fearghus 44th , in spite of a fall, showed the progress they had made from last year when their respective finishing places in the under 13 category were 89th, 122nd and 69th.  Their progress in the sport can be put down to their consistent training at the club under the watchful eye of their coaches along with the parental support given.  Calum Murray, Richard Uyiosasere and Joseph Gallagher provide back up.

The under 15 boys quartet of Brodie Aitken, Michael Black, Aaron Grew and Joa Fairweather also combined well to finish in the bronze medal position.  Again both Brodie and Michael showed significant improvement from last year advancing from 33rd position to 15th and from 89th to 26th.  The club’s next finishers in order were Zak Povey, Robbie Woods, Arlo van de Peer and Mark Cassidy.

Both the under 13 and under 15 girls put in creditable performances.  Millie Nicholl led home Eva Ritchie, Abbie McLue and Eilidh Kennedy in the team event.  At the time of writing this report the team positions are still being worked out due to a malfunction with the electronic race chip timing.  Francesca Fairweather, Korin Weir Stuart, Morvern Crawford and Cara McDowall next crossed the line.  The under 15 girls quartet of Niamh Riggins, Susie McLaughlin, Shona Carey and Peggy Nan Rodger finished 11th team.  The club’s other finishers were Maura MacKinnon and Chloe Burton.

Amy Craig and Holly Brock finished in tandem in the under 17 girls event.  In spite of a decimated under 17 boys team Cambuslang finished in 8th position thanks to Ruairidh MacGregor, Drew Pollock, Andrew Carey and Aidan Tittmar with Caolan Millard in support.

Likewise the under 20 men were thin on the ground on the day and did not have a team.  However, Gavin Smith had an outstanding run to take 6th place in a highly competitive field while Eamon Carr in his first year in that age group put in a solid performance.

The senior women trio of Kirsty O’Brien, Jennifer Reid and Lesley McArdle acquitted themselves but the club was lacking a 4th runner to complete a team.  However, Cambuslang finished 24 runners in the men’s event.  In spite of solid packing from Craig Jardine, Stuart Gibson, Kevan Harvey, Iain MacCorquodale, Fraser Stewart and Iain Reid, the club captain and first M40 in the race the sextet was pipped for team medals by Central Ac, Corstorphine AC and Shettleston Harriers.  Nevertheless there were excellent debuts in this event from newcomers Kevan and Fraser.  Alasdair Campbell, Colin Reilly and Justin Carter offered close support with a flood of red and white vests closing in the following order – Ritchie Carr, Michael Healy, Thomas McDonald, Iain Nicholl, Tony McCutcheon, Alick Walkinshaw, Mick O’Hagan, Des Dickson, Frank Hurley, Dan O’Connell, Scott Hunter, Willie Fairley, Ken McInnes, Eddie Carr and John Kelly.

Well done to all our athletes and support team of coaches, officials, parents and friends.  Colin Stephen again deserves credit for capturing our runners on camera and also to Alan Wylie and Willie MacRury who answered the call to act as race volunteers.  A final vote of thanks goes to the Scottish Athletics officials and staff and to the members of Falkirk Victoria Harriers who again kindly hosted the championships.

David Cooney