The National Cross Country Relays returned to the excellent Cumbernauld course and for a change the course was dry and we were blessed with sunshine. It was the turn of the older members to bring back the medals to the club. It was also great to see loyal member Marc McColl getting his first national medal after 18 years of running for the club. He was part of the M40 team which took the bronze medal with Amanuel Hagos ,John Connaghan and Jethro Lennox all combining to clinch the medal. This was Amanuel first run as a master and it was great to see Jethro and Amanual’s children watch their Dads on the podium.
Not to be undone the M50 team of Denis Williams, Bill Breckenridge and Walter Henderson also took the bronze and with the B team in the M50 age group finishing 5th and having C team in the M50 age group; it was a great day for our more senior athletes.
After winning the West District relays a couple of weeks ago our senior team was one of the fancied clubs to be on the podium but with a number of our runners missing we had to settled for 5th place in a highly competitive race. Two of our promising juniors Jamie Burns and Lewis Raeburn are making great strides and combined well with Tewodle Mengisteab and Lachlan Oates to finish the a team off. Lachlan was also in the top three fastest laps of the day. Eight senior teams turned out and full results can be found on the Scottish athletics site. Special mention to Clement Elliot on a visit to Scotland from France who may time to turn out for the club.
The young males repeat the senior team performance finishing 5th after great runs from Johnny Burns, Gregor Campbell and Kasey Fraser. Kasey had all the pressure after Gregor had put the club into the lead after Johnny finished 2nd on the first leg but he pulled out an excellent performance to hold onto 5th. Like the seniors a number of other teams also competed and full results are available on the Scottish athletic site.
The young females turned out one team with Jessica Grant ,Erin Ellor and Elsie Hollywood finishing 33rd
Ruth Joss was first out for the senior ladies team and helped Avril Mason ,Kathryn Pennel and Jennifer Martin finish an excellent 8th after their bronze medal at the district championships .
Other senior ladies to compete were Jessica martin and Amy Maclellan
As usual a big thanks to the members who arranged the tent to be set up and taken away – Have you taken your shot ? its important everyone helps with this.
Next race for the club will be the Short Course Championships at Lanark in two weeks time
Peter Mackie made the trip to Frankfurt in Germany to compete at the City’s Marathon where he recorded a PB of 2.43.23 when he finished 290th
4th David Murphy, 20th Rios Dickens
17th Matthew Fox
5th Kenny Richmond
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