On a cold windy night at Armagh (Northern Ireland), a group of Shettleston Harriers made the short trip across the Irish Sea. These series of races were the first International experience for many of the athletes. The club continues to support such events and I am sure all the athletes are grateful for this chance to compete at this level. Team Manager/Club President, Elaine Mackay, was in charge of 10 athletes ranging from young Lewis Raeburn to the experienced Avril Mason. In terms of team positions the ladies finished 4th in a highly competitive event. Shannon McLellan running her first road race of the season, was first home for the team in a time of 10.19. Fionnula Ross back home in Armagh ran for her local club and organisers of the event and finished in a fast time of 9.28 (12th overall). The other ladies who made the trip were Kathryn Pennel (10.38) ,Avril Mason (10.48 4th W40) and Charlene Manley (11.10)
In the men’s event the club decided to have a mix of experience and youth – in this event the top 100 broke 15mins in a fast furious sprint around the 4 lap course. Lachlan Oates was first home for the club in a time of 14.34, Lachlan was also selected for the Scottish team in the event. U/23 athlete, Ross Gollan, ran a PB time of 15.07 as he continues his improvement. William Bardsley (U/20) running in such high quality event ran 15.44. After a series of call offs, Paul Sorrie stepped up to make sure we finished a team running a time of 15.57 allowing us to finish 11th in the team competition.
Development is key to the club and two young athletes, Jamie Burns and Lewis Raeburn, returned to Armagh. Jamie had won the U/16 3km event last year and moved up to the Senior Open Event this year. Both Jamie and Lewis have been struggling with poor health in recent weeks so it was great to see them back on the start line. Jamie had a great run to finish 6th over all, just failing to break the 9min barrier on a cold windy night. He also had the good fortune to pick up his first cash prize! His team mate Lewis Raeburn finished 30th in a time of 9.33.
I am sure all the athletes would like to thank Elaine for looking after them and the organisers of this event – Armagh Athletic Club.
Last weekend (10th February) saw the Scottish Students Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena. Callum Drummond running for his college, City of Glasgow, finished 2nd in the 800m in a season best of 1.59.36. Sidi Agoro ran 8.63 in the 60m. Competing as guests, Shannon McLellan ran 4,42,11 in the 1500m and Mahad Ahmad jumped 13.96 in the Triple Jump.
A number of our athletes warmed up for next weeks National Cross Country Championships with good runs in the rearranged Glasgow University 5 mile Road Race. Running for the University of Glasgow, Alastair Thurlbeck finished 2nd behind Stuart Gibson of Cambuslang. Paul Sorrie fresh from his run in Armagh finished 4th and Peter Mackie took the M40 prize when he finished 12th. Marc McColl also ran and was 33rd.
Chloe and Matthew Fox ran at the Garscube Harriers Cross Country at Maryhill Park on Sunday 18th February. A challenging 2km course in very muddy conditions, Matthew fell in the first lap but came back to finish in 6th place. Chloe also ran well but full results are not yet available for the girls race.
Carol McColl returned to the road racing circuit finishing first Female O/35 in the Strathaven 1/2 marathon in a time of 1hr 30min.
4th David Woods PB, 11th Robert Ferroll, 12th David Murphy, 15th Ethan Wilson, 32nd Nasser Babazadeh
1st Chris Lipman PB
10th Jethro Lennox, 21st Andy Jackson PB
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