Fionnuala Ross was competing on Sunday in Lisbon at the European Cross Country Championships where she finished 47th and was member of the Eire silver medal team. Well done. On Thursday at the Club AGM Fionnuala was also awarded the Paul Richford Trophy for her contribution to the club for 2019.

While Fionnula was in Portugal, domestic action moved to Balloch and the scenic backdrop of Loch Lomond with the West District Cross Country Championships. Little did everyone know as the afternoon progressed they were in for a mud bath and a very testing course.


Lachlan Oates made little of the atrocious conditions in the Senior Race leading from the start to power away from a trio of Cambuslang athletes to retain his title.The men’s team pick up the silver medal behind a very strong Cambuslang team – The club’s record in this championships is fantastic winning team medals every year since 1991 and over all the best team since the championships started.

22 men started and it could have been even better if the recent virus which has been going around had not hit about 10 of our athletes in recent days.

Our masters athletes also performed very well with Jethro Lennox (M40) 2nd, Kenny Richmond (M50) 2nd,Walter Henderson (M50) 3rd ,John Duffy(M55) 3rd and John Oates (M60) 1st and a silver medal in the team event

What can we say about our Senior Ladies team ! Retaining their title from last year and winning Gold for 8 times and one Silver in the last 9 years. Kayleigh Jarret was first home for the ladies, winning the silver medal and Super Master,  Avril Mason, taking another title in 5th overall and 1st Master. Jennifer Martin finished 9th and Kathryn Pennel was the 4th member of the team in 10th

The Young Athletes also came up with an individual and team medals in the U/15 age group missing out on Gold by 3rd points. First year U/15 athlete Johnny Burns powered round to take the bronze but behind him a battle was going on for team medals .As David Woods (8th) sprinted by 2 athletes in the home straight it looked like the club may had taken the title. Third team member was Euan Charlwood (13th) closing in the Shettleston team with a good reward for  hard runs.  

Other results off note were  a 7th place for Jamie Burns (U/20) , Hannah Lynch 9th (U/20),Elsie Hollywood 9th(U/17) and Erin Ellor(10th)

Other Young Athletes results:  U/13 boys -18th Adam Djoudi ,Matthew Fox 22nd ; U/13 Girls -37th Emma Leiper, Chloe Fox 46th;  U/15 Girls – 27th Iman Djoubi, Jessica Grant 42nd – 6th team ; U/17 Boys -Theo Carter 22nd 

It was the first real cross country for many of our younger athletes and the recent block of quality training helped them prepare. It looks from results we will be well represented in the Inter District Teams for the event at Stirling in January .

Like always we need to thank the people who bring the tent (Jim Clifford), stand all day being team managers and especially at the end of carried the tent a mile to the car park in the worst of the weather  – Thanks the Oates Family, Gerry Mason and John Duffy for doing this. Have you taken your shot of doing this! 

Please remember to buy a ticket for the Christmas Draw  which will be drawn on the  night of the  YA Christmas Handicap 

Next Saturday sees the U17 & Senior Christmas Handicap in Mount Vernon full details can be obtained from John Mackay Fun event about 3 miles around the traditional club course and then a little social event to catch up and compare times. Start time 2pm 

Crownpoint Stadium was the venue  for the Club’s AGM on Thursday evening. As mentioned before Fionnuala  Ross is the latest winner of the impressive Paul Richfeld trophy. A  presentation will take later as she is on international duty in Lisbon at the European Cross Country Championships.  Tom Owens won the draw for the London Marathon place. Numbers at the AGM were disappointing and it is important everyone takes an active part in their club.Our board members and coaches are all volunteers and give up many hours for your benefit. If you can help in anyway please let a board member know.  


Drumpillier : 17th John Sutch, 124th John Duffy; Edinburgh  : 2nd Peter Avent ; Strathclyde : 14th Callum Ballantyrne, 178th John Scott; Queen’s Park : 2nd Callum Oates, 4th Dan Lowe

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