Press Release, Tues 28 Oct 2014

Kilbarchan Athletic Club had a successful day at the Scottish Cross Country Relay Championships at Cumbernauld last weekend. This major event of the autumn cross country season, attracted an entry of over 1500 runners, representing clubs from all over Scotland, competing over the tough hilly circuit. .

Commonwealth Games star Callum Hawkins ran the 2nd fastest time of the day, 12 minutes 23 seconds for the Senior 4K circuit, to help the Mens team to third place behind Central Ac and Inverclyde AC. Callum had fine support from 2 of Scotland’s top under 20  athletes, Euan Gillham and Gavin McArdle and former champion, veteran Robert Quinn; The club’s B team of Callum Matthews, Graham Evans, Gary Downey and Tom Murray.

The day started off with the Girls race and the local trio of Alisha Sivell, Leona Murray and Laura Stark, were always in contention with Laura running the fastest time of the day, 10.20 for the 2.5K course, to take the team into a fine 2nd place behind Giffnock North AC. The girls B team of Eilidh Gibson, Rona Tytler and Jemma Reekie did well to finish 13th out of over 100 starting teams.

Second race was for the boys and the Kilbarchan team of Jack Patton, Andrew MacAngus and Euan Trout were on form to win Silver team medals behind Edinburgh AC, Euan running the 2nd fastest time of the day, 9 minutes 1 second. Another great result for the local club. The boys B team of David McNair, Jake Scott and Scott McLardie were also to the fore, 1th, again from over 100 starting teams.

The Senior Ladies race was won by Central AC and the Kilbarchan team of Christina Rankin, Maica Conzales and Natalie sharp competed well to take 7th place, with their B team of Cara Sloss, Elaine Eadie and Sarah Dempsey, also very competitive, finishing 11th out of nearly 100 competing teams.

Elsewhere, Gemma Rankin was 5th lady in the Dublin Marathon in a fast 2hours 41 minutes 53 seconds.

Arthur Smith

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