Stirling was the venue for the UK Cross Country Challenge/ Home Countries/Celtic/Inter District Championships on Saturday 11th January 2020 .The Yellow weather warning did not prepare the athletes for the mud and heavy rain which fell most of the day.While wet and muddy the warm temperature made it a bit easier for the numerous Shettleston;s athletes who competed at the event .
Lachlan Oates pulling on a Scottish vest yet again and helped Scotland beating England for the first time for 8 years picking up a gold team medal. History repeating itself as we were only a few miles from Bannockburn the site of another famous Scottish victory! The Scottish team was made up of Jamie Crowe (former member of Shettleston as a boy and the son of Des Crowe who was a regular member of our highly successful Hill/Cross/Road team of the 90’s) who finished 2nd and Andy Butchart who finished 4th -Lachlan was 6th in the International race. John Mackay was the Scottish team manager for the day and he was delighted his team got one over the auld enemy. Also in the race was Ross Gollon (23rd) and Lucas Cheskin(60th) running for the North and West Districts Teams respectively.
In the corresponding ladies event it was Fionnuala Ross turn to pull on an international vest again finishing an fantastic 5th in a very high standard race. The ladies had a number of athletes running for the West District after their great showing at the District Championships back in December. Kayleigh Jarrett(25th) ,Avril Mason(43rd),Ruth Joss (52nd) and Kathryn Pennel (53rd). Again Shettleston was involved in team management with Elaine Mackay making sure the senior men and ladies teams from the West all made it to the start line.
Young athletes from the club were involved in the first steps of representation pulling on District vests over a number of age groups.
Elise Hollywood (39th) in the U/17 ladies, Erin Ellor(34th) in the U?15 girls, ohnny Burns(13th),David Woods(21st) and Euan Charlwood (56th) in the U/15 boys. Many of these athletes picked up inter-district team medals as well.
A number of our endurance squad also took the opportunity for an extra cross country race – U/13 Girls Katie Woods (43rd) ,U/13 Boys Matthew Fox (43rd) and U/15 Girl Jessica Grant (74th)
In the Great Run Stirling Road Race Joe Haughley was 147th
Pollok : 2nd Denis Williams
Victoria Park : 3rd Kenny Richmond
Drumpieller : 1st Calum Oates , 11th Charlene Manley (2nd F)
Sunday saw the action go indoors at the Emirates Arena for the Scottish Indoor League, we do not yet have any results but a mixture of first time indoor runners and some more experienced athletes blow away the Christmas Holiday cobwebs as the track and field season kicks off for this Olympic year.
Huge thank you to the volunteers who helped with the athletes and who did their officials on the day to allow our athletes to compete, as has been said on many occasions without people giving up their free time our sport would not exist
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