With the cancellation of last year’s West District cross country championship it was great to be back on the hilly course at Balloch country park. In one of the most successful ever district championships for the club, Fionnuala Ross took the women’s title and Lachlan Oates the mens’s along with plenty of medals and great results for the Shettleston runners. To add to the interest any athlete finishing in the top dozen stands a chance of selection for Scotland West.

Here’s how everyone got on….

First race off was the under 13 girls and Imogen Millar just got the better of Kate Monaghan.

28        Imogen MILLAR           13:11

29        Kate MONAGHAN       13:13

36        Daisy GILDEA              13:34

59        Hannah BLACK            15:44

5th team

Imogen and Kate finishing the under 13 girls race (c) Bobby Gavin

In the under 13 boys Mark and Lucas had an equally close battle with Mark just 12 seconds ahead.

55        Mark CLIFFORD           13:31

57        Lucas MILLICAN          13:43

Katie Woods had a great run and just got into the top 10 of the under 15 girls aver 4km. She has a great chance of being selected for Scotland West to run in the inter counties in Stirling in the new year.

10        Katie WOODS              16:38

45        Katie BURNS                20:31

49        Ava MILLICAN             21:40

5th team

Katie Burns in the under 15 race (C)Bobby Gavin

Like the under 13 boys there was a close race between the under 15 boys with great runs by Joseph and Adam both finishing in the twenties. Joseph was awarded joint 26th place on exactly the same time as a Whitemoss runner.

26     Joseph REILLY 16:02

28      Adam CLIFFORD          16:05

Iman was our sole runner in the under 17s girls race finishing an impressive 23rd. Great running.

23        Iman DJOUDI  29:18

The under 17 men also had a lone Shett and David also had a great run to finish 25th.

25        David WOODS 24:07

As well as taking individual gold Fionnuala led the senior women’s team to a gold medal. A fantastic run by the Irish international finishing 16 seconds ahead of Catriona MacDonald from Bellahouston Road Runners. Kayleigh, Ruth and Avril all finished top 20 to help secure the team win. Avril also won the M40 bronze medal. Great to see all the ladies finishing in the top 100 with Arlene cutting it fine!!

1          Fionnuala ROSS           29:48

7          Kayleigh JARRETT        31:45

14        Ruth JOSS        33:07

15        Avril MASON   33:14

33        Holly MORRISON        36:15

70        Kirsty MANN   40:17

86        Rachel CUNNINGHAM            42:45

100      Arlene MCKENNA       43:40

1st team

Fionnuala on course to take the senior women’s title (C) Bobby Gavin

Ruth just gets the better of a battling Avril up the last hill

An impressive 22 senior men lined up for the club for the last race of the day. Lachlan lived up to his favourite tag and managed to come away with a comfortable win by 38 seconds from Jonathan Glen of Inverclyde. Fraser Stewart of Cambuslang (training partner of several club members) finished 3rd a repeat of his bronze at Balloch in 2019.

Famous former Shettleston runner Lachie Stewart awarded the medals (C) Bobby Gavin

The men couldn’t quite repeat the team gold of the women but took silver by 7 points from Cambuslang. Along with Lachlan it was Peter, Daniel, Chris, Jethro and Tom who collected the points for the club. In the masters category Jethro secured M40 bronze (inspired by Avril), John C 3rd M50 and John Oates 1st M60. Jethro, Tom and Iain B secured 1st masters team.

1          Lachlan OATES            25:33

6          Peter AVENT   26:57

11        Daniel BRADFORD       27:47

16        Christopher MCGARRITY        27:58

29        Jethro LENNOX           29:12

34        Thomas OWENS          29:25

38        Lucas CHESKIN             29:44

48        Harry PULHAM            30:13

49        Calum OATES  30:17

52        Adam PETERS  30:18

54        Michael PAXTON        30:19

54        Iain PENDER    30:19

62        Iain BURNS      30:57

74        John CONNAGHAN     31:18

97        Daniel LOWE   32:26

100      Paul SORRIE    32:30

108      Andrew TAYLOR          32:58

112      John OATES     33:14

120      Andrew ROCKETT JACKSON    33:28

132      Johnj DUFFY    34:02

221      Richard MILLAR           38:57

1st senior and 1st masters team

Sadly the eagle eyed readers will have noticed there are only 21 men listed above. Brian McGarrity fell on the very slippy course with a suspected dislocated shoulder and had to drop out. The club wish him a speedy recovery.

Final shout out for club member Jamie Burns who finished just behind Peter Avent in 7th place running for Glasgow University.

Full results here

Scottish Athletics race report here

Adam Peters one of the 21 senior men who ran for the club (C)Bobby Gavin

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