Purchase of New Club Kit – Tuesday 9th October

ah…  achilles heel will be at the club on Tuesday 9th October, to give you the opportunity to try for size and buy club kit.

this will be set-up in the bar area from approx 6:30 to 8:15ish

Prices can be seen on the achilles heel website where we have our own section

https://www.achillesheel.co.uk/cambuslang-harriers

 

Please note that any purchases on the night will need to be made in cash as we currently do not have a portable credit card system in place.

so even if you are not coming along to run come and have a look / buy the kit 

STERLING 10K PERFORMANCES BY CAMBUSLANG RUNNERS AT STIRLING

The Scottish 10K Road Championship event has proved in recent years to be a successful one for Cambuslang Harriers and this year was no exception.  The Cambuslang trio of individual silver medallist Grant Sheldon, Stuart Gibson and Kevan Harvey who set a pb successfully defended their team title from host club Central AC and Edinburgh AC.   The Cambuslang men have in the last 11 years won 3 team gold medals, 4 silver and 3 bronze. Iain Reid also won the M40 gold medal following the golden success of Robert Gilroy in the previous 2 years and of Kerry-Liam Wilson’s similar achievement in the 5 years prior to that.  Grant as part of his triathlon training had a 40 mile post race cycle training session ahead of him while Iain as part of his marathon build up did a steady 8 mile run shortly after completing the 10K.  The harriers had another 13 finishers in the event crossing the line in the order of Colin Reilly in a pb time, Gavin Smith, Alistair Campbell, Stevie Wylie, Ritchie Carr, Stan Mackenzie, John Paul Murphy, David Savage, Michael Black, Brian Hughes, Iain Nicholl, Dan O’Connell and Sandy Eaglesham.  Brian Hughes won the M60 prize in the open race but unfortunately there was no championship medal awarded in his age group.  On the same day Moira Stewart clocked an impressive 34.43 for the Prague Grand Prix 10 K road event which would have given her a bronze medal in the Scottish Ladies event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the accompanying race for young athletes U15 year olds Millie Nicholl and Lewis Roddis performed strongly to finish runners up.

David Cooney

CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS ON THE MEDALS TRAIL IN FIFE

Members of Cambuslang Harriers had a very successful day at the Scottish Mid Trail Races held in the grounds of the Falkland Estate in the Kingdom of Fife. The club came away with 2 team gold and 3 team silver medals along with an individual gold, silver and bronze medal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the opening 5K championship event the U15 boys and girls secured gold and silver team medals respectively. Zak Povey in 4th place led Fearghus MacGregor and Lewis Roddis home while Niamh Riggins also in 4th spot spearheaded Shona Carey and Millie Nicholl to the finishing line with Eilidh Kennedy in close support. The U17 men also gained gold medals in their 5K race thanks to individual runner up Ruairidh MacGregor, Brodie Aitken and Michael Black with Aaron Grew not far behind. Susie McLaughlin put in a creditable performance to finish 8th in the U17 ladies competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main event of the day saw the women and men competing together over the tough 10K course. The ladies improved on their team bronze from last year to go one better. Good team spirit and packing from 6th placed Kirsty O’Brien, Bernie O’Neil, Lesley McArdle and Paula McCabe ensured the silver medals with club coach Lynn Angley the next Cambuslang lady to cross the line. The male quartet of Ben Hukins, Fraser Stewart, Ryan Thomson and Ritchie Carr finished a close second to a strong Inverness squad. Ben, Ryan and Ritchie were using this race to conclude a pre cross country club training weekend in the area. Fraser, Ritchie and Paula were delighted to gain their first ever Scottish medals. Drew Pollock, Gordon McDonald, Andrew Carey and Iain Crawford completed the Cambuslang male contingent. Ben was also rewarded with the M40 gold medal while Drew lifted the U20 bronze.

 

 

 

 

 

The club was also represented in the non championship taster races for U11 girls and boys. Sisters Olivia and Catherine McNicol finished 3rd and 5th in the U11 age group while Abbie McClue and Eva Ritchie were 2nd and 6th in the U13 girls event and Brodie McDonald and Christopher Black finished 9th and 20th in the boys competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to all our athletes who took part and to our coaches, parents and supporters who gave up their time to assist on the day. Thanks are also due to Alex Jackson of Scottish Athletics and Ron Morrison and his fellow members of Fife AC for organising the event.
David Cooney

A SUCCESSFUL DAY FOR CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS AT THE BMAF 5K ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cambuslang  Harriers made their presence felt at the British Masters 5K Road Championships at Horwich with the club lifting 2 team golds and 1 silver along with 2 individual golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze.  All male and female age groups from 35 upwards competed together in a well organised race around a three lap town centre course.  However, there was some confusion immediately prior to the start when the runners who were lined up across the full width of the road were squeezed into one side of the road where the chip mats were.  This resulted in several of our runners being pushed further back in the line up.  This is reflected in the wider time differential between gun and chip times for the runners concerned. 


Photo David Aspin

Kerry-Liam Wilson was first Cambuslang runner home in 5th place and first M45 out of a field of nearly 200 competitors.  As well as lifting the M45 title for the 3rd successive year he led team members Stevie Wylie who was just pipped for the individual bronze medal and Justin Carter to a decisive team gold in the M45-54 category ahead of fellow Scottish club Cumbernauld.   The M55-64 trio of Paul Thompson, Brian Hughes and Frankie Barton backed up by Alick Walkinshaw narrowly lost out to a strong Warrington AC squad and had to settle for the silver medals.  There was some consolation for Paul and Brian as they gained individual silver and bronze M60 medals.  The final medal successes came in the form of team gold for the M65 trio of Frank Hurley, Sandy Eaglesham and Barnie Gough and  individual gold for Frank.  Frank and Barnie now have the full set of team medals for this championship event having previously won M50 bronze and silver in 2005 and 2006.  Iain Reid was also representing the club as our sole M40 athlete and finished 5th in his age group despite suffering from a calf injury during the race. 


Photo David Aspin

Cumbernauld continued to fly the Scottish flag by finishing first team in the M35-44 age group.  There were other individual Scottish successes with Gala’s improving Darrell Hastie winning the race outright and securing the M35 title while former Scottish International Alastair Walker of Teviotdale lifted the M60 gold thus giving Scottish runners a 1, 2, 3 in this age category.  M50 Brian Scally of Shettleston used his track speed to good effect in the dash to the line to overtake 2 rivals and move into the bronze position.  Former HBT runner Steve Cairns now competing for Tynebridge added the M50 road gold to his XC victory achieved earlier in the year at Forres.


Photo David Aspin

Cambuslang Harriers would like to thank Walter Hill and the BMAF team for their efficient organisation of the event.

David Cooney

Club Awards Evening Friday 22nd June

Members are now invited to book their place at this year’s awards evening on Friday 22nd June.  There will be no tickets printed for this year but places can be reserved via the google group or by giving your name in person to myself or to Fiona and Pamela for younger athletes.  Places are limited to 100 and last year we had a full house.  Hopefully as many  of our prize winners as possible can attend to receive their award in person. As a reminder I have included the list of prize winners.  There will be additional meritorious prizes which will be announced on the night.  The people concerned will be notified privately to give them the opportunity to attend.

The event cost is £5 which includes a buffet and there will be the usual family concession.  

Congrats to the following prize winners (all in order of 1/2/3).

U20 Men         Gavin Smith, Jamie MacKinnon and Eamon Carr
Senior Men      Craig Jardine, Grant Sheldon and Stuart Gibson
M40                Iain Reid, Justin Carter and Iain Nicholl
M50                Alick Walkinshaw, Paul Thompson and Dan O’Connell

Senior Women  Kirsty O’Brien, Lesley McArdle and Alex Lamond
F40                 Jennifer Reid, Erica Christie** and Bernie O’Neil

U11 Boys         Sam Riggins and Christopher Black

U13 Boys         Stewart Millard, Lewis Roddis and Fearghus MacGregor

U15 Boys         Brodie Aitken, Michael Black and Aaron Grew

U17 Boys         Drew Pollock, Ryan Donnelly and Ruairidh MacGregor     

U11 Girls          Olivia McNicol, Lucy McGrandle and Emma Ritchie/Katherine McNicol

U13 Girls          Millie Nicholl, Eva Ritchie and Abbie McClue

U15 Girls          Niamh Riggins, Susie McLaughlin and Shona Carey

U17 Girls          Holly Brock, Amy Craig and Ruth Kelly       

**For clarification purposes while Erica is no longer a club member she was a member during the competition period November 2017 until February 2018.

David C

 
 
 
 
 

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