In another busy weekend for the club with athletes competing on the country, road and track the club’s name was at the front of the queue yet again.
It was a day of great excitement at Stirling with the Great Run Cross Country event moving to the historical town. With the back drop of the castle and famous battlefields nearby, it was the time for some of our athletes to do battle with the cream of Scottish Cross Country runners. Some of younger athletes claimed their first representative honours running for their district (West of Scotland) and they certainly showed why they were picked. Congratulations to them and all involved in getting them to the start line. First up was Johnny Burns who finished an excellent 5th place just 1 second behind the bronze medal but was part of the winning West team. He has been running extremely well over the winter and will now go into a block of training before the National Cross Country in late February.It has been a long time since we have had girls running for the district team so it was fantastic to see three pick over the age groups U13 -U17. Jessica Grant placed 33rd with a proud family looking on as claimed her first district vests. Next up was Erin Ellor who has improved so much over the last year with an fantastic attitude to training. She finished 22nd in a high quality field containing the top cross country runners in the country. The final young lady to run was Elise Hollywood who again was claiming her first vest and a finish of 20th was a great reward for a positive race plan.
Lachlan Oates was looking on and it must of reminded him of his days when he started to compete for the club as an U/13 with great success. He is a great example of long term development winning medals from the U/13 age all the way up to Senior. Stirling was the venue when he got his hand on the Inter District title pulling away after two laps of the six. A fantastic performances and a really inspiration to our young athletes. Also selected in the Senior race was Jethro Lennox who had won the Inter -district titles a number of years ago. Current Scottish Master Champion and a few years older Jethro finished 42nd. Robert Simpson was also selected finishing 23rd in the high quality race. Two other Shettleston athletes were competing for Scottish Students. Lewis Raeburn showing again why he has been selected to compete for Scotland in Belfast next weekend with an excellent 33rd finish beating some of the top U/20 athletes competing in this Senior event. Another young man who is showing great improvement is Lucas Cheskin finishing not far behind Lewis in 45th position. Avril Mason is in the form of her life just a few weeks smashing her PB over 10km, she finished 10th in the Ladies event beating a number of international athletes. Ruth Joss finished 36th and Jennifer Martin, gaining her first district vest, finished 39th. It was great to see so many Shettleston athletes gaining selection and with a few missing due to illness and injury it’s a positive sign for the club.
Meanwhile in warm environment of the Emirates Arena, again Shettleston athletes put on a display of high quality. Teddy Tchoudja with a Shot Putt distance of 13.52 went to the top of the British rankings and recorded the 2nd all time best for an Under 17. Commonwealth Games athlete, Angus McInroy, with a Shot Putt distance of 13.64 went to the top of the Scottish rankings. Hannah Struthers also in Shot had a PB distance of 7.44. Over the 1500m Daniel Bradford clocked 4.04.68 and Dan Lowe 4.33.41. Carson Graham did a triple with 60m Hurdles 9.35i, 5.88 Long Jump and 1.62 for the High Jump.
Tollcross 5th Kasey Fraser, 9th David Murphy, 49th Cara McCafferty, 81st Susan Fraser, 87th Amelia Roberts, 104th Gillian McMillan
Pollok 5th John Connaghan PB, 356th Eilidh MacLeod
Victoria Park 2nd Kenny Richmond
Strathclyde Park 7th Walter Henderson
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