Cambuslang Harriers Masters medal both North and South of the border

Cambuslang Harriers masters athletes were out in force this weekend as they attempted to defend 3 Scottish and British XC team relay titles, whilst also fielding an M65 team for the first time at the British Masters XC relays at Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire. 

This was the first time that the club has managed to field an M65 team in any event, with the outcome hard to predict, but the team of Peter Ogden, Barnie Gough and Frank Hurley were keen to lay down a marker for future participation in other events.  The lads travelled down on Friday as their race, incorporated within the womens race, started at 12:15pm on Saturday, whilst the M55 team preferred to make a Saturday early morning start to arrive in Nottinghamshire before their 1:45pm start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Ogden was out on the first leg of the 3k lap and battled hard against the wind in the 2nd half of the race to finish in just over 15 minutes to hand over to Barnie Gough in 10thplace. Whilst taking one place, but more importantly closing the gap on a number of other teams, Barnie finished in 13:41 to hand over to Scottish masters internationalist Frank Hurley in 9th place. Whilst last years’ winners Blackheath & Bromley and Rotherham  Harriers were battling it out for gold and silver, bronze medal position was over 2 minutes ahead, surely too big a gap to close. After a steady start, Frank picked up on the flat, mainly firm, underfoot course and set about passing athletes at regular intervals and with this momentum he hauled in and moved into the bronze medal position well within the last kilometre to secure bronze medals for the team. This was a great effort by all three athletes, with Frank deservedly picking up the award for the fastest time of the day in 12:05.
The achievement was all the more remarkable as all 3 athletes have battled injury problems this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was also great to see Anglo Jacqueline Etherington running for her English club Sunderland Harriers and finishing in 2nd place on the 1st leg in the W35 age group, with her club eventually picking up the bronze medals, and Jacqueline recording the 4th fastest time of the day in 11:46.

The M35/45/55 race started at 1:45pm with reigning British road race champions South London Harriers fielding another impressive M55 team over the cross country course, and indeed they dominated throughout to claim gold easily over the 4-stage race.

Competition was also expected from Dulwich, Sheffield RC, and Warrington AC as Cambuslang battled to medal once again.

Colin Feechan was out on leg 1 and came in on 6th position with a time of 11:58. Dave Thom took over and returned in 5th position, whilst also closing the gap on Sheffield on 4th place as he recorded 11:43, whilst South London, Dulwich and Warrington were in the medal positions. Alick Walkinshaw on leg 3, whilst recording the 5th fastest time of the day, put us in to the medal positions for the first time as he came home in 2nd place with a time of 11:08. Colin Donnelly was somewhat isolated on the last leg with victors South London well out of sight, but Colin still ran a great race to record the 2nd fastest time of the day in 10:46 to bring the team home to clinch the silver medals, well ahead of Warrington AC who clinched the bronze medal positions with a spirited run from Dave Norman.

Credit must once again go to all involved in the organisation and marshalling of this event which once again went off on the day without a hitch.

Meanwhile over at Cumbernauld our over 40's mens quartet of Brian Douglas, Robert Gilroy, Justin Carter and club captain Iain Reid narrowly failed to retain their masters title, with Corstorphine AC finishing a few seconds ahead. With Stan MacKenzie failing to overcome his recent injury, our over 50's team of Des Dickson, Chris Upson and Dan O'Connell made a valiant attempt at retaining the over 50's title, but just missed out on a podium position as Chris recorded the 2nd fastest M50 time of the day.

On a less encouraging note however, the clash of dates for the BMAF and Scottish XC relays only served to highlight the lack of consideration for masters athletes events co-ordination and age group consolidation within Scottish and British Masters Athletics, with any future changes to avoid date clashes also extremely unlikely as our club is the only Scottish club who regularly plans and travels for these British Masters team events. Whilst the BMAF events cater for over 35/45/55/65’s teams, Scottish Athletics support over 40/50’s team races. This disparity in age groups will be no more evident in early 2018 when the Scottish Masters XC champs at Kilmarnock in February will issue medals for over 40’s and over 50’s teams, whilst 1 month later in Forres at the BMAF XC champs the team medals will be issued to over 35’s, 45’s, 55’s and 65’s teams. Despite the lack of consistency, we will continue to be represented at both events.
 

A Busy Weekend for Cambuslang Harrriers in Scotland, England and in the Czech Republic

It was a busy and again successful weekend for club athletes competing in Scotland, England and the Czech Republic. Down south the Cambuslang M55 team of Frank Hurley, Paul Thomson, Dave Thom and Colin Donnelly were emphatic winners of the UK 055 Male Cross Country Relay Championships. Colin recorded the fastest time in his age group and Dave was 3rd fastest. Colin Feechan deserves thanks for being team manager, reserve and driver. Elsewhere Kenny MacPherson finished 3rd M45 in the Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile road race and Alasdair Campbell was the first athlete home in the Glossop Parkrun.

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The Stewart family also performed well in the Czech Republic. Eddie, who was one of the mainstays of the record breaking Cambuslang senior team in the late 1980s before moving to Prague, showed that even within a month of his 60th birthday he is still a force to be reckoned with when winning an open 6K cross country race. Since resident in Prague Eddie has returned to Scotland to win the Scottish Masters O40, 45, 50 and 55 Cross Country Championship titles. His daughter Moira was the first U23 runner in the Czech Ladies Cross Country Championships and gained selection for their team in the forthcoming U23 European Championships. Moira is a former Scottish under 20 1500 Metres Champion and was a member of the Cambuslang Harriers ladies U20 team which won silver in the Scottish Cross Country Championship. His son Gerron, a sub 2 minute 800 metres runner, finished 16th in his first year in the U20 age group. It is not surprising that both Moira and Gerron are talented athletes given Eddie’s running pedigree and their mother’s as Mia herself was a senior Czech internationalist and is still winning Czech Masters Championship medals.

 

U20 athlete Eve Mackinnon running for Edinburgh University was an excellent 3rd in the Scottish Universities Ladies Cross Country Championship with Alex Lamond representing Strathclyde in 5th place. Both ladies should have done enough to gain selection for the Scottish Ladies University team in the forthcoming competition in Edinburgh against teams from the North, West and East of Scotland.

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While a number of members were involved in a Glasgow endurance training session the main domestic racing focus for the club was on the Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships at Coatbridge where Cambuslang won a number of individual and team medals. U13 Niamh Riggins gained individual gold and with support from Millie Nicholl and Maura MacKinnon secured team bronze. The U13 boys team of Fearghus MacGregor, Stewart Millard and Robbie Woods went one better to lift team silver. In the U15 girls race Ruth Kelly won silver and Keir Crawford, Caoloan Millard and Michael Black combined well to take team silver in the U15 boys event. In the U17 boys event 2nd placed Drew Pollock led Ryan Stephen and Andrew Carey to team gold.

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The U20, seniors and masters women and men also contributed to the club's success at the County Championships. The club had its largest representation ever in the ladies event with 7 athletes taking part including Claire Mennie and Julie Dell who were making their debut for the club. The trio of Kirsty O'Brien, Bernie O'Neil and Lesley McCardle finished 3rd team with Bernie being awarded the bronze O40 medal. Erica Christie missed out on a team bronze medal as she can't count as a team member until the 1st December.

 

The men too had a large representation with 17 athletes competing. U20 Brendan Carey who has been training consistently well was a clear winner in his age group. Not surprisingly with Ryan Thomson, Robert Gilroy and Alistair Campbell in first, second and fourth place the club were decisive winners of the team competition. Robert was also the first master O40 and Justin Carter runner up.

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Athletics is not just about the runners it is also about the back up team of coaches, officials, parents and supporters. The club is therefore grateful to all those who volunteered their time to assist at the Lanarkshire event. Special mention should be made to Simon Gold who again stepped in to be one of the two required race volunteers having finished 4th earlier in the morning at the Tollcross Parkrun behind the winner Cambuslang’s Shaz Hakeem. Justin Carter also acted as a timekeeper before lining up for the men’s race. Unfortunately it can often be difficult getting volunteers to assist at Lanarkshire events and it would be good to think that new volunteers will come forward in the future rather than the club having to rely on its small band of regular volunteers.

 

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Cambuslang Harriers Masters execute another raid South to bring back the Gold

Being Scotland's only entrants at the British Masters XC Relays champs, held in Long Eaton, England, and with healthy competition to make the 4-man M55 team, the team left East Kilbride a little before 7am with high hopes of bettering the 4th place showing in the BMAF Masters road relays in May, when they narrowly missed out on a podium position.

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With some wintry conditions forecast en route, leeway for planned for any hold ups (thankfully only one 10-minute delay), and a nice breakfast stop, and we arrived in plenty time at Long Eaton at 12:15pm in time to see the ladies and M65+ 3-leg race starting. Plenty of club tents, a big start/finish sign, a well laid out course, and a plethora of runners all kitted out in their club colours added to the occasion. The team was declared, and a recce of the 3k course revealed it to be fairly flat, suitable for either studs or short spikes.

 

Although the XC races are not as popular as the road races, we were competing with 18 other teams for medals, with Woodford Green & Essex Ladies, ahead of us at the road relays and with whom we've have a number of great tussles over the years, looking particularly strong rivals. 

 

Our race plan was to start well and to get into the mix, giving our mid-pack athletes someone to chase, before handing over to our strongest athlete Colin on the last leg.

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The experienced Frank Hurley, after his excellent 4th place last week in his last year as an M60 at the British & Irish XC International, was asked to get us off to a strong start, and whilst he said he was only getting warmed up when he finished the race, it was job done as he came home in 3rd place (11m35s), only 21 seconds behind Wolverhampton & Bilston in 1st and Salford Harriers in 2nd place. Woodford Green were back in 7th place with other contenders Sheffield RC in 9th place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paul Thompson was up next and the recently much travelled dual world masters champion set about his task with gusto, and finished having moved us up to 2nd place (11m13s) after overhauling the Wolverhampton athlete, the gap behind new race leaders Salford was down to 17 seconds. Bristol AC were now in 3rd place with Woodford Green and Sheffield RC up to 5th and 6th respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       

Dave Thom's welcome return to form has been a big boost to the team, with his solid run at last week's international bringingdave renewed confidence. Dave knew exactly what was required of him and took the lead half way through his leg at the only muddy part of the course, and by the end of the leg he had given the team a comfortable 29-second lead with an excellent 11m10s, the fastest 3rd leg time. The other medal positions remained the same with Woodford Green closing in to 4th place, some 1m50s behind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

colin-fastestAfter anchoring the M50 team to Scottish XC relay victory in October, Colin Donnelly took off on the last leg, and after some serious knee injuries which threatened his career over the last few years, he is once again in superb form. Although the course was somewhat flat for this highly renowned hill runner, Colin was not hanging about as he made it look easy in recording the fastest M55 time of the day in 10m26s, over 30 seconds faster than anyone else. This saw the club finishing with an emphatic winning margin, over 2 minutes ahead of Woodford Green, with Sheffield RC moving in to the bronze medal positions on the last lap.

 

Often inadvertently overlooked by our English commentators, it was nice to see Mel James on the P.A. giving due credit to the farthest travelling team as Colin brought us home. Mel also confirmed that next years champs will return to Long Eaton, as race is growing in popularity with masters clubs.

 

Our post-race group warm down was all done together in club colours before we waited for the medal ceremony, with some appreciated nice comments from fellow runners. 

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It was a very happy car on the way back up North, stopping off near Kendal for a nice pub dinner and a celebratory pint (or two!).

 

As usual the camaraderie, banter and stories were flowing throughout the journey in what turned out to be the perfect execution of our plan, and we were back in East Kilbride by 9:30pm as British Masters XC champs, with talk already about defending the title next year, with hopefully even more representation from the club as well as other Scottish Masters teams.

Scottish 5K Road Championships

Wednesday night’s race was a tremendous success for the club.  We convincingly won the team title for the first time (15 points) ahead of Central (26) and Shettleston (28) who fielded the same team which pipped us for the Scottish 10 mile team championship.Grant took an excellent 2nd place and first U20 in a very strong field while taking 27 seconds off his pb.  Hopefully Grant will shortly be selected to represent Scotland in the Triathlon for the Commonwealth Games.  Good back up came from Ben and Stuart who in 6th and 7th were just outside the 15 minute mark taking some good scalps in the process.  Kerry-Liam in 13th place/15.16 took the O40 title for the 4th successive year  just holding off Robert by 2 seconds.  Ryan in his first year as an U20 took the silver medal in that category and 19th overall with a spirited finish which took him past his age group rival Andrew Lawler.  Ryan’s pb time of 15.30 was all the more remarkable as he had a heavy fall at the 600 metre mark when another athlete cut across him.  The cuts on his right elbow are clearly visible on the video clip.  Bobby continued his recent good form finishing 22nd in a road pb of 15.51.  Next RHC runner home was George who broke 17 minutes for the first time to smash his pb by 25 seconds.

Alex and Caitlin were our 2 female representatives with Katie unfortunately unable to start due to an ankle injury.  Alex ran a stormer to finish 9th lady in a time of 17.37 which smashed her pb by 63 seconds.  This was a fitting reward for the hard work Alex puts into her training.  It was good to see Caitlin clock 19.33 to continue her progress after a long spell out of  competition due to injury.

Young Ryan Stephen Starts The Ball Rolling At The Scottish Cross Country Championships For RONHILL Cambuslang Harriers

Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers enjoyed a successful day out at the Scottish Cross Country Championships at Falkirk on Saturday 22 February with an individual and team gold medal, team silver and an individual and 2 team bronze medals. In addition the club retained the AT Mays Trophy for the 3rd successive year which is awarded to the best overall male club across the 5 different age categories. The club has the proud record of having won this trophy on 19 occasions out of a possible 27.

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Christmas Handicap results 21st Dec 2013

Well done to those who turned out to run and to help on what was a rather miserable morning weather wise. Many thanks to Bob Burt and Marine Harvest for the monster salmon, won by first home Jack Brown. Results below, any mistakes please let me know, thanks again.

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Xmas Handicap 2013 Results

inaugural 4k time-trial

Thanks to all all runners who took part in the 4K last night and to those who helped with the stewarding and timing.  There was a good turn out both for the 4K and the 2 shorter races. We were pleased to see Owen Walpole make his debut for the club.  Owen only moved up from Durham to start work in Scotland yesterday.  Once he settles in he will be an asset to our club.

The 4k runners all started together apart from Katie who is on her active break at the moment.  She ran a tempo solo run.  Alistair is also on his active break but he took no prisoners last night in heading Stuart, Gordon and Iain.  He has had an excellent summer and it will be interesting to see what he does in the early relays. Under 20 Ross had perhaps his best run of the summer and under 17 Sean is putting last season’s injury problems behind him.   George continues to improve and it was great to see Jaz back in action after a long absence.  First vet was Craig Harrower.  Hopefully he can be persuaded to run for us in an open race.  Dave T was first vet over 50 in his second run of the day while Frank with his usual gutsy performance was the first over 60.  Under 17 Eve eased her way back into training at the end of her Highland Dancing season.

According to Robert the male record is 11.15 by Stuart.  We will check out the age group records for both males and females and record them so that our athletes will have targets to aim for over the season ahead.

Any feedback on last night’s event and suggestions for the next one are most welcome.

 

4K TIME TRIAL RESULTS SEPTEMBER 2013-1 updated

A Successful End to the Cross Country Season

The final event of the cross country season took place at Livingston on Saturday in the form of the Scottish Road Relay Championships and Ronhill Cambuslang continued their success with two team gold medals and one bronze award.

The club had a number of athletes missing due to injuries and to the event taking place
over a holiday weekend. Our resources were further stretched due to the inclusion of an
inaugural 4 man over 50 championship. Nevertheless, the vet over 35 and over 50 teams
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Down by the River 10K and 3K Races Sunday 3rd March

Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers held their annual open 10K and 3K races on Sunday.  Conditions for running were good with no real wind for the record field of 118 participants in the 10K to contend with.  Straight from the gun the race developed into a battle between the Cambuslang duo of Davy Munro and Robert Gilroy and remained so throughout the race.

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A Medal Haul for Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers at the Scottish Cross Country Championships

Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers exceeded their medal expectations at Saturday’s national cross country championships when they came away with 4 male team medals plus the AT Mays Trophy for the best male cross country club in Scotland, 2 female team medals and 4 individual medals. Continue reading