Shettleston Harriers continued their terrific record in the Senior men’s race winning their 55th team medal and just failing to win their 20th outright gold. Central AC had to dig deep to hold off the Shettleston team by just 7 points. Ross Gollan pushed Jamie Crowe all the way in the individual race during the first two laps before the ex- Shettleston boy moved clear to win his 2nd title for Central AC. Ross claimed a fantastic silver and won the club’s William Laing Memorial Medal and James Flockhart Award, being the first Shettleston man to finish.
Behind these two a royal battle was taking place for the team title. Lachlan Oates just missed out of the medals finishing 4th – surely sometime in the future Lachlan will win having finished 2nd, 3rd and now 4th.
Young student Jamie Burns returned to his club team to win his first Senior National medal finishing 14th just piping club mate Peter Avent (15th). Peter is due to run the Inverness 1/2 marathon in two weeks’ time and he will surely smash his PB with the great form he is showing over different surfaces. Jamie is another one of our boys who has come through from the U/11 age group. In fact 4 of the counting team have has been with the club from the U/13 age group, Lachlan , Jamie ,Chris McGarrity (28th ) and Mark McKelvie (58th). If you look at the excellent site RR&CC Championship Archive (salroadrunningandcrosscountrymedalists.co.uk) you will see Chris finished 3rd in the U/13 race in 2003! Mark McKelvie is another boy who was around in 2003/4 not making any teams until claiming his first national medal in this year race. 31 Senior men started and finished the race for the club -A great sight to see and a tribute to the hard work all the endurance coaches have put in. Full results for all the races and video clips can be found on the Scottish athletics site. Home – Scottish Athletics
Ladies Captain, Avril Mason, worked hard to get a full team out this year after a few of the team withdrawal in the week leading up to the race, finishing 9th in the team race – Many of this team running their first National ( Avril Mason 27, Charlene McCallum 29, CJ MacPhail 72,Kirsty Mann 157,Arlene McKenna 204).The ladies round off the day with the traditional jump into the lake outside the Falkirk House!
Finishers in the Young Age Groups below:
U/13 Girls: Daisy Gildea 72nd, Kate Monaghan 104th
U/13 boys: Mark Clifford 102nd, Sam McGowan 104th, Lucas Millican 118th
U/15 Girls: Katie Woods 28th, Ava Millican 91st
U/15 Boys: Adam Clifford 33rd, Matthew Fox 62nd, Joseph Reilly 71st
U/17 Girls: Jessica Grant 47th
Another highlight of the day was the first appearance of the new club tent. A massive thanks must go to Gary Woods and the Emtec Group for making this happen. Gary also had the pleasure of setting up the tent and taking it down – Also many thanks to Elaine and John Mackay/Avril Mason who have worked hard to enter and get teams out during the winter. Also, as I mentioned earlier all the coaches – John Owens /Gary Woods /Malcom Patterson /John Montgomery /Elaine & John Mackay who work hard and give up their time freely. Thank you to all the parents who have helped during the dark nights in Glasgow Green !
This coming weekend see the club’s Allan Scally Road Relay taking place on Saturday in Glasgow Green – start 12 noon -if you are free to help, please let John Mackay know ASAP
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