The National Cross Country Championships is the highlight of the cross country season .It was more like a cool summer day with brilliant sunshine greeting the athletes throughout the day. Lachlan Oates crowned a great season with his best ever place in the National finishing 2nd behind Welshman Kristen Jones of Dundee.
Lachlan also pick up the Flockhart Award and the Wullie Lang medal for being the best placed senior man for the club. He led his team mates to 3rd position in the team contest behind Central and Corstorphine from the East of Scotland.The men have a fantastic record in the team contest winning medals on 54 occasions.The nearest club to them is Cambuslang who have won 31 medals .31 senior men complete the race, one of the biggest turnout from any clubs.It was great to see Wayney Ghebreselassie and Mike Deason back out racing after long lay offs. New boy Alastair Thurlbeck gained his first National medal in 35th position. Full results for the all athletes can be obtained from the Scottish athletics website. 50 athletes from the club competed at the championships.
Bronze Medal Winning Senior Men Team : –
Lachlan Oates 2nd, Tom Owens 20th, Weynay Ghebreselassie 29th, Robert Simpson 30th, Mike Deason 33rd, Alastair Thurlbeck 35th
William Bardsley took the Willie Rennie award when finishing 25th in the U/20- event.
The Senior Ladies from the club also had a reason to celebrate going one better than the men when claiming 2nd team in the Ladies event.They made history winning the first every National team medal for the combined club. Before 2004 the Ladies ran in their own club Shettleston Harriers Ladies. Current club President, Elaine
Mackay, helped this club win Gold in the 1993-94 season. Fionnuala Ross was first over the line in 5th position followed by Ruth Joss in 19th, Ladies Cross Country Captain Avril Mason 22nd and Kathryn Pennel 38th.
In the younger age group Gregor Campbell was 11th in the U/15 age group in front of Kasey Fraser 46th and Lewis Hunt 88th.In the corresponding girls event Elsie Hollywood was 41st. The U/13 boys packed well with David Woods 43rd ,Rios Dickens 67th and Johnny Burns 125th. Erin Ellor has made great progress in recent months and finished 27th in the U/13 girls event, Jessica Grant also competed but due to a
breakdown in the chip timing her position is in unknow at present. Our top U/17 men over came injury and illness to make the start line .Jamie Burns finishing 16th, Lewis Raeburn 40th and Cameron Campbell 63rd.
Next weeks sees our own Allan Scally Race taking place on Glasgow Green for the first time. If you are available to help in anyway please let Elaine Mackay know firstname.lastname@example.org
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