INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM MEDALS FOR CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS AT THE LANARKSHIRE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS.

The Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships was moved from its traditional Coatbridge venue to Kirkland Park in Strathaven.  The new undulating course promoted by East Kilbride AC was a welcome change from the flatter Drumpellier Park trail.  In spite of several absences across the 5 year age groups Cambuslang Harriers lifted 4 individual gold medals, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals in addition to 3 team victories and 1 runner up spot .

The under 11 girls and then the under 11 boys kicked off the racing programme.  These championships offer one of the few opportunities during the winter season for this age group to gain competitive experience.  Our 4 athletes Emma Ritchie, Freya Fairweather, Catherine McNicol and Emily Tullett all finished within 11 seconds of one another to gain 6th spot in the team competition.  Unfortunately the club did not have a 3rd runner to support Jamie McCarthy and Harrison McLure who were 3rd and 12th in their race.  This was an impressively gutsy run by Jamie given that he has only turned 9 and was unwell in the days leading up to the race. 

The under 13 girls fielded 7 representatives and their 3 counters of Olivia McNicol, Lucy McGrandle and Emma Kennedy were just outside the medals in 4th position.  Olivia too just lost out on the individual bronze medal but can be really pleased with her performance as this is her first year in her age group.  The club’s other finishers were Grace Ferry, Amy McGoldrick, Martha Fleming and Ines Morrice.  The under 13 boys team of Sam McCarthy, Reece Duncan and Chris Black in first, third and fifth spots were decisive team winners.  Never out of the first three and often pushing the pace Sam put in an impressive uphill finish to breast the tape while Reece put in a final lung bursting surge to overtake several rivals  to secure the individual bronze medal.  Jay Gallacher also did well to achieve a top 10 place with Lewis Cook and Dylan Stefani 15th and 16th.

The under 15 girls maintained Cambuslang’s momentum with Abbie McLue and Eva Ritchie occupying the first 2 places and with good support from Eilidh Kennedy took team gold. Morvern Crawford and Grace Fleming offered back up support.  The under 15 boys had only 2 runners.  Fearghus MacGregor was 4th and Dean Edmonds 11th.  Unfortunately our under 17 ladies and men lacked a 3rd runner on the day to complete teams.  Shona Carey and Peggy Nan Rodger finished 4th and 6th while Jack MacKinnon and ZaK Povey were a clear first and second.

The penultimate race of the day which involved the under 20, senior and master ladies went well for the club.  Rachel Wardrope took the under 20 gold medal, Kirsty O’Brien the senior silver and Bernie O’Neil the master silver.  Lynn Angley backed up Kirsty and Bernie well to clinch team gold.  Lesley McArdle who had come up from London where she is now working had been our 3rd counter until Lynn overtook her in the closing stages.  Lynn reaped the benefit of her recent consistent training.  It was great to have Lesley competing again for the red and whites and hopefully she will have a smoother journey when she returns for the West Cross Country Championships in early December.  Cambuslang’s other 2 female finishers were Alex Lamond and Paula McCabe.  Alex took another step forward in her comeback after a lengthy injury and Paula who prefers the road had a rare outing on the country.

The closing act of the day was the men’s race with the same 3 different age groups.  The club was well represented with 11 members on the starting line.  Pre race favourite Grant Sheldon set out his stall with a very fast opening and by the finish had built up a comfortable lead of 73 seconds over his nearest rival.  The Scottish 10K road champion was testing out his fitness after a lay off due to a broken wrist.  With support from vice captain Ritchie Carr in 4th place and from Scottish M45 master internationalist Justin Carter the club secured team silver sandwiched between East Kilbride and Shettleston Harriers.  Next home for the club was Iain McDonald who had earlier in the day finished 2nd in the Tollcross Parkrun.  He was followed home by Kai Newell who lifted the under 20 silver medal.  M50s Mick O’Hagan and Dave Thom had a battle for the next Cambuslang athlete to cross the line with Mick’s younger legs prevailing.  Club president Des Dickson, Frank Hurley and club coach Iain Crawford were the final finishers for the club.

As ever the club would like to thank those members and parents who gave up their time to support our athletes and to carry out the necessary voluntary duties so that the championships could take place.  The final men’s race was almost cancelled as there were not sufficient volunteer marshalls to assist in the recording of times and places.  Our 2 volunteers including Al Campbell had stayed in post but volunteers from other clubs had disappeared.  However Fiona and Pamela stepped in at the last minute to ensure that the race could go ahead.  It seems to be a generable problem for clubs to persuade volunteers to offer their services and this is an area for our committee to look at.  We have a small group of people willing to take their share but need to expand our numbers.  The more volunteers we have the frequency of the times when required will be reduced.

David Cooney

International Two Legged Racing At Aintree and Local Success

Eleven members of Cambuslang Harriers were originally selected to represent the Scottish Masters Team in the British and Irish Cross Country International at Aintree Race Course. Unfortunately due to injury M35 Iain MacCorquodale and M45 Stevie Wylie did not make the starting line. However the remaining 9 Cambuslang athletes made their presence felt in helping their respective age groups win medals.

Running in the W40 category Jacqueline Etherington although happier on the road and track was the 2nd Scottish counter in the bronze winning team. There was a double bonus for the M35 team when Stuart Gibson finished 2nd in that age group and with Colin Reilly an excellent 4th overall the Scottish team convincingly lifted the gold medals.

 

 

 

 

There was another double Cambuslang involvement when Kenny Campbell and Stuart McGeachy were part of the bronze medal winning team. Justin Carter was also in the M45 squad which was awarded bronze medals.

 

 

 

 

A resurgent Chris Upson led the Scottish M55 team to yet another set of bronze medals. Frank Hurley also played an important part in taking the M65 silver medals back to Scotland while the M75 team in which Davie Fairweather was a member enjoyed similar success. It was a great honour for the club and for our athletes to compete for Scotland and to contribute to one of the most successful ever Scottish performance in this international competition against the top masters runners from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Many thanks to Pete Bracegirdle for some excellent photos.

 

 

 

 

The main race at home on that weekend was the Jimmy Irvine Bella 10K in which Cambuslang’s Alasdair Campbell was a clear winner. There was success too for Richard Cooper who was 3rd M40 and for Mark King who took the M50 prize. The club were also represented by Paula McCabe and Stephen Walker.

 

 

 

 

There was also victory for M45 Kerry-Liam Wilson in the Girvan Parkrun with M65 Peter Ogden setting a pb in 3rd position. Closer to home at Drumpellier Park M40 Robert Gilroy finished 3rd with Mick O’Hagan being the first M50 while club coach David Stirling set a pb. Finally at the Tollcross Parkrun Ritchie Carr and Iain McDonald crossed the line in first and second place with club coach Simon Gold well placed in his age group.

David Cooney

A Scottish Cross Country Bronze Medal for Ben Hukins

Members of Cambuslang Harriers travelled to Kirkcaldy to participate in the Scottish Short Course Cross Country Championships. The up and down muddy course was to be a test of stamina. There were races for the under 15 boys and girls, under 17 men and women, the under 20, senior and masters women and the same age groups for the men. Competition in all age groups was fierce and medals were hard to come by. However, M40 Ben Hukins managed to pick up the bronze medal in his age group in a gutsy late sprint to the line.

In the under 15 girls event Abbie McClue was first home for the club and with support from Eva Ritchie and Eilidh Kennedy they finished 11th team. Lewis Roddis was Cambuslang’s only under 15 male and it was good to see him back in action after a lengthy period of injury.

 

 

 

 

The under 17 ladies trio of Susie McLaughlin, Shona Carey and Peggy Nan Rodger secured 6th team position while their male counterparts were 8th courtesy of Jack MacKinnon, Zak Povey and Michael Black with Aaron Grew also on the comeback trail next.

 

 

 

 

W50 Bernie O’Neil and under 20 Rachel Wardrobe performed well in their respective age groups. The attention now turned to the star studded men’s race and all eyes were on Olympian athlete Andy Butchart. Andy did not have it all his own way as he was closely followed to the line by last year’s winner Sol Sweeney and English internationalist Carl Avery. Ryan Thomson’s superb 6th spot confirmed his recent excellent form and with good backing from Fraser Stewart 19th, Jamie Mackinnon 35th and Craig Jardine 41st they narrowly missed out on the team bronze medal by one point. Not far behind was Colin Reilly who will be competing for the Scottish masters M35 team in the forthcoming Masters International Cross Country at Liverpool. Hot on his heels were under 20 Ryan Donnelly, M40 bronze medallist Ben Hukins and vice captain Ritchie Carr. Next in line was a trio of under 20 runners Chris McLew, Andrew Carey and Kai Newell followed by a succession of master runners M55 Chris Upson, M40 Graeme Gallie, M60 and club president Des Dickson, M50 Dan O’Connell and M50 Iain Crawford.

 

 

 

 

As usual the club was well supported by its coaches, officials and parent supporters.

David Cooney

Cambuslang Harriers at Home and Abroad

The weekend of 26th and 27th October was a busy one for members of Cambuslang Harriers who were competing at Cumbernauld, Leeds and Frankfurt in Germany.

In the Scottish Masters XC Relay the O40 quartet of Stuart McGeachy, Stevie Wylie, Robert Gilroy and Jamie Reid and M50 trio of Chris Upson, Mick O’Hagan and Colin Donnelly secured worthy team silver medals.  It was pleasing to have Robert compete in his first national competition for almost 2 years due to a prolonged injury.  The senior men A squad of Stuart Gibson, Craig Jardine, Iain MacCorquodale and Fraser Stewart put in a very creditable performance to finish 5th.  The club’s B team of Ryan Donnelly, Jamie Mackinnon, Chris McLew and Colin Reilly were the 2nd B team across the line in 15th place while our C and D teams were 24th and 61st respectively. The ladies quartet of Alex Lamond, Carole Setchell, Lynn Angley and Rachel Wardrope achieved 41st place.

In the young athletes race each club ran in order an U13, U15 and U17 year old.  The girls A team of Lucy McGrandle, Abbie McClue and Susie McLaughlin finished in 21st spot with the B trio of Olivia McNicol, Eva Ritchie and Shona Carey not too far behind in 31st place with the C team 60th.  Their male counterpart A team of Sam McCarthy, Fergus MacGregor and Brodie Aitken secured 23rd position closely followed by the B trio of Reece Duncan, Lewis Roddis and Jack MacKinnon.  The C and D teams were 43rd and 66th.

 

 

 

On the following day at the Leeds 10K Ryan Thomson ran the race of his life to smash his road pb by almost 2 minutes in recording the fast time of 29.13 and putting him 5th in this year’s Scottish rankings which includes Olympians Andrew Butchart and Callum Hawkins.

Meanwhile in the Frankfurt Marathon our 2 M40 masters Iain Reid and Kenny Campbell set pb’s when clocking the highly respectable times of 2.29.23 and 2.29.49 while Kenny’s wife Jennifer recorded her second fastest time of 3.15.28.

David Cooney

Cambuslang Harriers Men and Women enjoy a field day at the West District Cross Country Relay Championships

Junior, senior and masters athletes of Cambuslang Harriers travelled to Kilmarnock to participate in the West District Cross Country Relays on Saturday 12th October. Senior and masters men teams comprised of 4 runners, 3 for their female counterparts and 3 athletes, one under 13, 15 and 17, were required for the young male and female teams.

It was a very successful day for the seniors and masters as the senior and masters men won double gold and the female masters took the bronze medals. This was the first senior men team victory since 2012 while the masters men continued their ten year monopoly of victories. The female masters are making their own history in this event by adding team bronze to their gold medals from last year and from 2016.

 

 

 

 

The senior men quartet of Stuart Gibson, Kevan Harvey, Fraser Stewart and Ryan Thomson were comfortable winners from Shettleston Harriers and Kilbarchan AC whilst our 4th placed B team of Drew Pollock, Jamie MacKinnon, Craig Jardine and Alasdair Campbell narrowly missed out on the bronze medals. From 280 competing athletes Ryan, Fraser, Kevan and Alasdair recorded the 2nd, 6th, 7th and 8th fastest times of the day. It was also impressive for the over 40 A team of debutant Stuart McGeachy, Ben Hukins, Stevie Wylie and Kenny Campbell to occupy 9th spot from 70 finishing teams and for our under 20 team of Ryan Donnelly, Chris McLew, Ruairidh MacGregor and Andrew Carey also to gain a top ten slot. Our 5th team to cross the line was also well placed in 14th position thanks to Struan Paton, Gordon Robertson, Colin Reilly and Matthew McKenna. Our 2nd masters team of Chris Upson, club president Des Dickson, and the comeback duo of Johnny MacNamara and Greg Hastie finished a creditable 34th. 2 other masters teams came home in 47th and 50th positions. The quartet of Dan O’Connell, Paul Thompson, David Stirling and Mick O’Hagan just got the better of Simon Gold, Graeme Gallie, Frank Hurley and John Kelly. There was also an incomplete team of Kai Newell who had his best cross country run to date, Iain Crawford and Kenny Finlayson but unfortunately they had no one to finish off their team due to a late withdrawal.

The quality of our masters men across the respective age groups was eye catching. Ben, Kenny and Stuart were 2nd, 3rd and 4th fastest M40s, Stevie was the fastest M45, Chris the fastest M55, Paul and Des were fastest and 2nd fastest M60s and Frank was the 3rd fastest in the M65 category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The club was able to field last year’s victorious masters ladies trio of Bernie O’Neil, Jacqueline Etherington and Jennifer Campbell who were hopeful of being in the mix for the medals. However, Garscube’s Lesley Bell showed her class on the opening leg to give her club a commanding lead which left her rivals fighting for the 2 remaining medals. Bernie in recording the 3rd fastest time by a W50 ran well to finish 6th in the W40 event and keep Cambuslang in the hunt. Jacqueline with the 2nd fastest W40 time impressively brought the club up to third place. This was an excellent country outing for Jacqueline in preparing for the forthcoming masters international event. Last leg runner Jennifer was in a difficult position with 2nd placed Troon AC a good distance ahead and Bellahouston Road Runners not far behind. Jennifer steadily started to reel in her Troon opponent but her Bellahouston RR rival was right on her tail. However, their tussle together saw them pass 2nd placed Troon in the closing stages. In the sprint to the line the valiant Jennifer just lost out on the silver medal by 2 seconds. Carole Setchell and under 20 Rachel Wardrope competed in the B team but did not have a 3rd leg runner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the start of the school holidays a number of our younger athletes were not available to compete. The female A team of Lucy McGrandle, Abbie McLue and Susie McLaughlin combined well to finish in 7th place out of 48 finishing teams. First year under 15 Abbie was 9th fastest while under 17 Susie was an excellent 4th fastest. The B trio of first year under 13 Olivia McNicol, Eilidh Kennedy and Shona Carey were 24th with the remaining team of Amy McGoldrick, Francesca Fairweather and Peggy Nan Rodger 38th.

Their male team A counterparts took 12th spot thanks to Hamish Gardiner, Fearghus MacGregor and Michael Black. A fast last lap by under 17 Jack MacKinnon after runs by Chris Black and Jay Gallacher moved the B squad up to 23rd position. Lewis Cook and Brodie McDonald ran in an incomplete team.

The club appreciate the invaluable assistance given by the coaches, officials and parents on the day and would also like to thank Dan who transported the large tent and Colin for capturing the athletes on camera.

David Cooney

A BUSY WEEKEND FOR CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS

The main domestic event of the weekend was the Great Scottish Run which offered 2 races namely at 10K and the Half Marathon.  The Half Marathon incorporated the Scottish Championships and the Cambuslang Harriers trio of Stewart Gibson, Fraser Stewart and Kevan Harvey packed well to take the bronze medals behind Shettleston Harriers and Fife AC.  Only 31 seconds separated the 3 sub 70 minutes Cambuslang athletes with Stuart (69.08) only 5 seconds outside his pb, Fraser’s time of 69.39 was a 46 seconds pb and Kevan on the same time made an impressive debut at this distance.

The club has contested 4 Scottish Championship Events on the hills, trail and road in the last 5 weeks and is the only club to have finished among the male team medals in all 4 national competitions winning 1 silver and 3 bronze  medals which is a testimony to the club’s strength and versatility.

The next 4 local athletes home were in the M40/45 category and they all recorded excellent times.  Kenny Campbell in setting a pb by 3 minutes and 16 seconds of 71.24 just edged out club captain Iain Reid (71.40) in the closing stages to lift the M40 bronze medal.  Kenny is now getting back to his best after a prolonged period of injury. Iain enjoyed a good workout as part of his preparation for his late October Marathon. M45 Stevie Wylie, another athlete on his way back after injury, can be pleased with his 73.01 clocking while fellow M45 Kerry-Liam during a quiet racing spell recorded exactly 74 minutes.  Two other Cambuslang athletes comfortably broke 80 minutes. Vice captain Ritchie Carr’s time of 75.29 took 39 seconds off his pb and Andrew Anderson ran a solid 77.48. The final 3 athletes to finish were M40 Iain Nicholl (81.22), James Smith (88.37) and club president and M60 Des Dickson (89.05) in his half marathon debut. This was to be a happy and successful debut for Des as he was awarded the bronze medal in his age category.  This was his first national individual medal and a just reward for his consistent training with club members.

Cambuslang fielded 6 runners in the 10K race with Craig Jardine the first finisher in 9th place in 32.35 in spite of suffering from a cold.  Craig was followed home by U20 Andrew Carey (35.09), U17 Michael Black (35.49) and M40 Willie Fairley (43.58).  Paula McCabe (47.16) and U20 10K debutant Rachel Wardrope (58.56) represented the Cambuslang Ladies.

On the same day Iain McDonald and M45 Justin Carter took part in the Berlin Marathon and both ran fairly close splits to record pbs of 2.44.10 and 2.48.07.  Also abroad in Italy Colin Donnelly showed his class by winning the M60 World Mountain Running Championship by over 1 minute from his nearest rival. While Colin also has a good pedigree at cross country running his forte is on the hills where he has won individual Scottish, UK, European and World medals throughout his long career.

While Colin was racing on the hills in Italy Alasdair Campbell was doing likewise in the 2 Breweries Hill Race in the Scottish Borders over a distance of 18 miles with almost 5,000 feet of ascent.  Competing against many of the top Scottish hill runners Alasdair ( 2 hours 49 minutes and 54 seconds) had possibly the best hill run of his career to finish less than a minute behind the renowned hill running internationalist Tom Owens.

The club is now looking ahead to the cross country season.

David Cooney

CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS AT HOME AND ABROAD

Cambuslang Harriers had a good representation at the Scottish Masters Cross Country Trial for the forthcoming British and Irish Masters Cross Country International.   The trial was held over an undulating course in Tollcross Park and athletes were competing for Scottish selection in 5 year age group bandings from the ages of 35 to 75.  Athlete selection for the various Scottish age group teams is based partly on performance in the trial race and also on results in other recent events.

A number of Cambuslang athletes looked to have gained automatic selection by finishing in the first 2 places of their age group.  In the men’s competition M35 runners Stuart Gibson and Iain MacCorquodale finished comfortably in first and second place, Kenny Campbell took the 2nd M40 spot, Stevie Wylie and Justin Carter filled the first 2 M45 positions and Chris Upson headed the M55 runners.  Others such as M65 Frank Hurley and M75 David Fairweather who occupied 3rd place in their respective age groups will have to wait for confirmation of their selection or not.  Dave Thom, Peter Ogden and Billy Mitchell also gave a good account of themselves in the M55, M65 and M70 categories.

The club’s attention switched the following weekend to the “Hamilten” 10K.  Kevan Harvey forced the pace from the gun to stretch out his rivals and was rewarded with a pb when he crossed the line first in the good time of 31 minutes and 56 seconds.  Next home for Cambuslang in 4th place was Robert Gilroy who took the M40 prize.  It was great to see the enthusiastic and bubbly Robert taking part in his first competitive race after a prolonged period of injury.  The unfortunate Richard Carr officially finished 7th but had actually been in 4th position when he lost ground due to a stewarding misdirection.  David Marshall, another Cambuslang athlete making a comeback after an even longer injury spell, ran strongly to take 19th place and to secure the 3rd M50 prize.  Newly elected club president Des Dickson also made the podium as 2nd M60 behind the redoubtable Andy McLinden of Hamilton Harriers.  Dan O’Connell and Gary Miller were involved in a close tussle with Dan prevailing by 3 seconds.  M50 Jim McLaughlin also produced a solid run.

There was a parkrun victory and age group course record for M55 Chris Upson in Halifax, Nova Scotia, while Alick Walkinshaw also secured a win in the Lanark parkrun.  Mick O’Hagan and Justin Carter were both 3rd at the Drumpellier and Tollcross parkruns with Iain McDonald just behind Justin.

Cambuslang Harriers 10K Scottish Road Champion, Grant Sheldon, was competing for Great Britain in the ITU Triathlon World Cup Race in China where he excelled again to take the bronze medal.  Grant is now making up for a slow start to his triathlon season due to injury.

David Cooney

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