The international feel to the club activities continues as we approach the end of the year.Little did international hill runner, Shettleston’s Jethro Lennox,
expect to see a familiar face at the start of Kepler 60km race in New Zealand. Many of the runners around in the 90’s will remember Stuart Gibson, a great
servant to the club at the time .Stuart was a member of many of our winning teams around that time and a Scottish international athlete of note .Stuart
emigrated to Australia and is now based in Tasmania travelling to the Antarctica where he works for the Australian Government .During his time down under he has established himself as one of the top hill/endurance runners in his new home, competing for Australia on the World stage .It was no surprise to us who have kept in touch with him to hear he finished 2nd and first M40 runner in the race .Jethro finished 17th overall and 4th M40 such is the high stand of the race. We are sure both of the athletes enjoyed catching up with the club news .

Details of race below

2nd Stuart Gibson 5hrs10.22 1st M40

17th Jethro Lennox 5hrs45.31 4th M40

FreshChoice Kepler Challenge is held on the 60 km Kepler Track circuit. This  year’s race was held on Saturday 2nd December 2017. An easy first 5.6 km to Brod Bay turns to a steady, well graded further 8.2 km climb to the Luxmore Hut at 1085m. This first section also forms the route for the sister race, the FreshChoice Luxmore Grunt http://www.keplerchallenge.co.nz/content/asics-luxmore-grunt . For the next 14.5km an excellent track undulates across the tops, reaching an altitude of 1400m before the spectacular descent to Iris Burn hut. It then follows a 16 km journey down the Iris Burn to Motorau hut via Rocky Point. A 9.5 km stage along the Waiau River back to the Control Gates completes the course.

Total km’s running uphill:  8.2 + 4.1 + 3.4 = 15.7km ascent , Total elevation running uphill:1197m + 150m = 1350metres

Total km’s running downhill:1.5 + 16.2 + 4.5 = 22km descent , Total descent elevation: 1350 metres (same as above)

Club President John Duffy has also been travelling representing the club in the USA. He finished the Seattle Marathon in fine form in 2nd place in M50-54 age group in a time of 3.04.56.In a field of over 2000 athletes his finishing position of 29th was excellent .Catching up in results.

Ruth Joss finished 6th women in the Brampton to Carlisle 10mile road in a time of 62.03.

Earlier in the month a few athletes made the journey down the M77 to Kilmarnock for the cross country events. Fionnuala Ross took 1st place in the women’s race warming up for her trip to the European Cross Country Championships. The Campbell family made the trip from Campbelltown and were rewarded with a win for Gregor in the U15 event and a 17th for Ruairidh in the u/13 event.

Parkruns

Tollcross

1st L.Raeburn, 9th D.Woods, 10th T.Carter, 17th E.Ellor ( 2nd F), 29th D.Donnachie (3F)

Victoria Park

8th D.McCauley

The Cumbernauld 1k Santa Dash (Sunday 3rd Dec) saw Matthew Fox have his first run back since his broken ankle with sister , Chloe also competing.

Next week sees the club competing in the West District Cross Country Championships in Irvine. This a pre entry event. Details and start lists can be
seen on the Scottish athletics website

Seniors please note the Christmas Handicap will take place on Saturday 16th December at 2pm on our traditional
course .Changing /race start is at 40 Carrick Drive G31 IRY.Bring a prize between £5 -£10 .Contact John Mackay for further details
j.mackay@ntlworld.com

Young Athletes Christmas Handicap will be Tuesday 19th December – more details to follow

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