Cambuslang Harriers successfully retained their M40 and M50 team titles at Dundee on 28th January.  The odds for the M40s holding onto their team title were not favourable with the first 3 runners in last year’s championship, Kenny Campbell, Kerry-Liam Wilson and Jamie Reid unavailable due to injury and in the case of Kerry-Liam an accident sustained at work a few days previously.  In addition, 2016 4th counter Greg Hastie was also ruled out.  

However, determined running and excellent team spirit saw Robert Gilroy 2nd, Frank McGowan 14th, Justin Carter 21st and M55 Colin Donnelly 23rd pip Corstorphine on count back.  Both teams tied on 60 points but our last counter had finished ahead of their last counter.  It was fitting that Frank for getting back into shape after a debilitating injury and Justin for his recent consistent performances should share in this team triumph.  Our 5th finisher M50 Stan MacKenzie played his part too in the M40 team victory by also finishing ahead of their last counter.  While not being a counter for the M40 team Stan had the satisfaction of leading the M50 team to a decisive victory with strong support from M60 Eddie Stewart and fellow M50 Chris Upson.

These 2 team victories continued Cambuslang’s long run of team success in this competition.  The over 40s have amassed 17 gold, 7 silver and 3 bronze over the last 30 years while the over 50s have won that age category on 6 out of 7 possible occasions since its inception.

Cambuslang were also rewarded with a number of individual medals across the age groups.  Robert was just pipped for the M40 gold in the sprint to the line by new master Jethro Lennox of Shettleston.  Stan won M50 bronze and Colin D M55 gold having previously won titles in the M40/45/50 age groups.  It was encouraging to see Colin continue his comeback after a persistent knee problem.  Eddie actually went one better than Colin in lifting the M60 title to add to his earlier wins across the 40/45/50/55 age groups.  His journey from Prague was therefore worthwhile.  When at his peak and a Scottish internationalist Eddie was always a light trainer averaging only 30 miles a week.  Nowadays he only runs 3 days a week but he reckons his active job as a gardener supplements his training.  

Paul Thompson and Frank Hurley were worthy silver and bronze medallists in the M60 category.

The club fielded a ladies team in this event for the first time and Jennifer Reid, Bernie O’Neil and Claire Mennie finished a very creditable 5th in the team event.  Alongside the ladies M65 runners Peter Ogden and Iain Burke gave good accounts of themselves.

The club was well represented in the M40 to 60 event with the finishing order of our runners not already mentioned as follows Johnny MacNamara, Brian Douglas, Michael Barker, Alick Walkinshaw, Dave Thom, Mick O’Hagan, Tony McCutcheon, Colin Feechan, Scott Hunter and Frankie Barton.

Colin F deserves thanks for combining the double role of team manager and competitor which is not an easy task when you have 24 runners taking part.  The assistance Kenny gave to Colin was also appreciated.  It was however unfortunate, that Kenny could only watch from the sidelines and not have the chance to defend his M40 title.

David Cooney, photos Alan Ramage



In spite of a number of late changes due to injuries the Cambuslang Harriers M35 and M50 teams managed to win their respective age groups while the W35 team finished a creditable 5th.

After finishing a close 2nd on the opening leg thanks to Gordon Robertson (19.05), Iain Reid‘s 18.57 clocking took the club into the lead.  Ben Hukins (19.27), the day after his hill relay, extended the lead to give Robert Gilroy the glory leg.  Robert’s time of 18.40 was the fastest of the day to give Cambuslang a commanding victory of almost 4 minutes over new club PHRC.  The M50 team of Des Dickson (21.26), Colin Feechan (21.36), Dave Thom (21.57) and Chris Upson (20.49) were tested more with Shettleston just behind them going into the last leg.  However, in spite of Chris still having the previous day’s hill run in his legs he opened up a decisive gap over our local Lanarkshire rivals.  Our ladies trio of Bernie O’Neil (24.11), Erica Christie (25.00) and Jennifer Reid 23.50 combined well to achieve 5th place in a highly competitive ladies’ competition.  The ladies B team’s times were very close together with Claire Mennie recording 26.03, Julie Dell 26.04 and Lyn Angley 26.13 to give them a 10th place finish.

There were many other good performances from the club with the B M35 team of Frank McGowan, Brian Douglas, Paul Kernohan and Justin Carter and the M50 team of Alick Walkinshaw, Frank Hurley, Dan O'Connell and Eddie Carr being the first B teams in their age groups over the line.  The other 2 full teams of Michael Barker, Brian Campbell, Simon Gold and Mick O'Hagan along with Shaz Hakeem, Scott Hunter, John Kelly and David Stirling also competed well while due to the call offs Iain Burke had no one to hand over to after his first leg run.

Apart from having a good turnout of runners it was also encouraging to have numerous supporters including a number of our younger runners to cheer on the “old yins”.  Many thanks again to Colin Stephen who captured all our runners in action.

David Cooney

Devil’s Burden Hill Relay

Cambuslang Harriers took part for the second time only in the Devil Burden’s Hill Relay held at Falkland on the 21st January and were rewarded with an excellent 3rd place behind the more experienced hill running clubs of Shettleston and HBT.  Although there are only 4 stages 6 runners are required as the two middle legs are run in pairs.   Team manager Chris Upson managed to put together a team in spite of pre race doubts about a few runners due to injuries, colds and travel plans. 








Chris elected to do the opening leg of 7.5K with 220m of ascent and brought the club home in a very respectable 8th place.  Alasdair Campbell and Ben Hukins ran strongly in the misty conditions to pull in a few places running the 3rd fastest stage time for the 10k/680m leg.  Alasdair had recently shown good form on the hills in finishing 3rd from a strong field in the Tinto Hill race while Ben has had a successful summer trail running season.  They handed over to former club captain Iain MacCorquodale whose recent training and racing have been severely curtailed due to injury and to Colin Donnelly, multi hill running champion at Scottish, UK, European and World senior and master levels.  Unfortunately Colin too has been recently sidelined due to injury and on the day was suffering from a heavy cold.  Nevertheless, they stuck manfully to their task over the longest stage of 11.5k with 410m of ascent to give our final team member the chance to chase the teams immediately in front.  Joshua Boyle, although still an under 17 athlete has twice represented the UK U20 hill running team, ran a storming leg over 5K/390m to bring the club home in a surprise 3rd place.  This was a remarkable run by Joshua as he had only returned the day before from Dubai and then had driven up with his parents James and Helen from their home in the north of England on the morning of the race.

Great team commitment and excellent organisation by Chris had been duly rewarded.  However, both Chris and Ben now had the masters’ road relay around Strathclyde Park to face the next day which would test their powers of recovery.

David Cooney

Xmas Handicap results



1. Ritchie Carr 16:19 (11:59)
2. Paul Kernohan 16:35 (12:55)
3. Julie Dell 16:51 (15:41)

Fastest Times
M. Al Campbell 11:18
F. Bernie O'Neil 14:38

U20 Gavin Smith 11:39
U17 Drew Pollok 12:05
U15 Ruraidh McGregor 13:12

2k race


1. Sam Riggins 9:51 (9:51)
2. Morven Crawford 10:12 (9:42)
3. Calum Gray 10:22 (10:02)

2.3k race

Sean Friel 11:15 (8:45)
Niamh Riggins 11:19 (9:39)
Caolan Millard 11:23 (9:13)

full results below









































Club Xmas Handicap Sat 17th Dec

Club house open at 11.00 am for 12.00 start.

U11 and first year U13 2K at 12.00.

2nd year U13/U15/ 2.6K at 12.10.

U17/U20/Seniors/Masters 4K at 12.10.

U20/Seniors/Masters should bring a prize to the value of £5.

Presentations to take place at 1.30 pm approx.

Meal due to start at 2.00 pm.

Help on the day with the race would be welcome from anyone not running. Please let Robert/Mike/Owen know on the day or beforehand if you can assist.

Wishing everyone a good performance in the run and a most enjoyable Xmas lunch. As previously mentioned I will unfortunately not be there due to a longstanding family commitment in Edinburgh.

David C

Holiday Training

The clubhouse will be closed from Saturday 24th December until Thursday 5th January 2017.

This does not mean we are on holiday, hopefully it will give people the chance to do more.

Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Monday 2nd January there will be no group training.

All week days there will be training at our portacabin located on the rugby fields. All weekday training will commence at 10:00am with weekends staying as they currently are now.

Also, Tuesday and Thursday evenings will be still be at 6:45pm but meeting at the postacabin instead of the clubhouse. Please note the portacabin has lights and a gas fire inside.


Cambuslang Harriers masters women and men added the West District Masters Cross Country team titles to the West District Cross Country Relay titles they had won previously in October.  Jennifer Reid, Bernie O’Neil and Claire Mennie were the female counters with Robert Gilroy, the individual winner, Kenny Campbell and Justin Carter making up the men’s team.  While the club has been accustomed over the years to success in the men’s masters category it was refreshing and welcoming to have the women emulate them.  While there were no individual medals for competitors over 60 Erica Christie and Paul Thompson were both first in this age group with Frank Hurley 2nd M60.  In the M55 age group Des Dickson, Alick Walkinshaw and Dave Thom were 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. 

(C)Bobby Gavin

(C)Bobby Gavin

There was gold medal success too for the under 20 men’s team thanks to Craig Jardine and Gavin Smith who were 2nd and 3rd and Scott Sommerville 10th  thus retaining their title from last year.  Christopher McLew in 3rd place led Ruairidh MacGregor and Keir Crawford to team silver in the under 15 boys race.  It was pleasing to see Keir pick up his first district team medal which was a just reward for his consistency in training at the club.

(C)Bobby Gavin

The senior men team of Robert Gilroy, Iain Reid, Ben Hukins, Al Campbell, Gordon Robertson and Kenny Campbell gained team bronze behind Shettleston and Inverclyde.  Considering the number of pre race call offs due to illness the sextet battled well to be among the team medals.  Club captain Iain Reid made a late call to run having been unwell in the lead up to the race and in spite of the lingering effects of his illness made a significant contribution to the team.  The senior ladies quartet of Alex Lamond, Kirsty O’Brien, Jennifer Reid and Bernie O’Neil finished a very creditable 4th.  Cambuslang had their best ever turn out in this event with 9 lady finishers.  Erica and Claire already mentioned along with Lesley McArdle, Julie Dell and Lyn Angley all acquitted themselves well over a hilly and muddy energy sapping course. 

The under 13 boys team of Fearghus MacGregor, Robbie Woods and Mark Cassidy finished 8th while their female counterparts of Niamh Riggins, Shona Carey and Millie Nicholl went one better in 7th place.  Eamon Carr, Drew Pollock and James Hannaway running in the under 17 age group were 6th team.  Carla Fay and Susie McLaughlin represented the club in the under 15 girls race and Ruth Kelly in the under 17 event.

(C)Bobby Gavin (C)Bobby Gavin

Once again the important contribution made by the back up team of coaches, officials, parents, supporters and club photographer Colin Stephen deserves to be acknowledged.

David Cooney.


PS Dont forget to enter the Down By The River 10k

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.












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.


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.


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.


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.


David Cooney

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.








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.


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.









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. 








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.


The Cambuslang quartet of Ryan Thomson, Craig Jardine, Stuart Gibson and Robert Gilroy finished in 14th, 15th, 22nd and 28th positions from 364 runners to secure Scottish team silver medals against top opposition over a flat fast course at Renfrew.  Robert had the additional bonus of lifting the Scottish O40 Masters Award.  30845693515_8dc64f82a8_zAgain the club with 26 runners had the highest number of finishers among all the clubs competing in the men’s race and 14 of our members filled the first 91 places and were also under 14 minutes for the 4K course.  In addition to the club’s 4 silver medallists Alistair Campbell, Gavin Smith, Alasdair Campbell, Paul Morrison, Gordon Robertson, Ross Stephen, Bobby Bristow, Scott Sommerville and Matthew McKenna all broke the 14 minute barrier.  Justin Carter was 4 seconds over 14 minutes and was followed home in quick succession by Brendan Carey, Colin Reilly, Johnny MacNamarra, Brian Douglas, Alick Walkinshaw, Iain Nicholl, Des Dickson, Chris Upson, Scott Hunter, Mick O’Hagan and William Fairley.

The club had 6 ladies competing in their event although U20 athlete Eve MacKinnon was running for Edinburgh University.  First club athlete home in 39th spot out of 187 finishers was Alex Lamond, followed by Eve, with Katie Bristow next in her first race after a long injury spell and then the trio of masters Jennifer Reid, Bernie O’Neil and Erica Christie.  Erica was delighted to be awarded the Scottish O60 Ladies Masters Title.  It was a great experience for all female competitors to be running against the 1500 metres Olympian and UK record holder who displayed her class to win the race by 40 seconds from her nearest rival.


A number of under15 and 17 Cambuslang athletes contested the 2K event.  Christie Dalgleish, Carla Fay and Chloe Burton represented the U15 girls while Katie Moss and Ruth Kelly competed in the U17 race.  Under 15 runners Sean Friel, Arron Grew, Michael Black and Liam Angley took part along with their U17 team mates Ryan Stephen, Eamon Carr and Andrew Carey.  Ryan after a period of injury is gradually building up his fitness again. 


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David Cooney

Photos ©Colin Stephen