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.
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.
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.