Press Release, Weds 31 Dec 2014

The Hawkins boys were in action at the weekend, in England and in France.
Callum took part in the Houilles 10K in Paris, where he finished 16th, top Brit, in 29 minutes 31 seconds, in a race dominated by African athletes and won by Victor Chumo from Kenya, in 28.04.
Closer to home, Derek was 2nd in the Ribble Valley 10K, time 30.06, just losing out to John Beattie (Newham and Essex Beagles) who won in 30.01..
Closer to home, Kilbarchan Athletic Club has been having its series of winter races.
Katie Hall won the 4mile Christmas Handicap round the streets of Johnstone, well ahead of Euan Carrick with Laura Stark 3rd. Fastest scratch time for the 2 laps of 4.2miles course, was 23minutes 8 seconds by Euan Trout ahead of Conor Thomson’s 23.34. Laura Stark set a ladies record, timed at 25.04 while Leona Murray’s time of 13.02, beat the under 13 girls 1 lap record.
The Boxing Day Relay involves most runners completing 2 laps around the area of Kilbarchan Park and was won by Dougie Biggart’s team in 46minutes 40 seconds. Dougie’s team included Callum Matthews, David McNair, Jim Brassil, Kerry MacAngus and Ewan McKerral, with fastest times 7.46 by Callum Matthews and 9.07 by Laura Stark which is a club under 17 girls record. Other notable times were 8.15 by Sam McNair and 8.27 by Scott McLardie while Leona Murray’s time of 9.48 broke the under 13 girls record set in 1982 and Eilidh Gibson’s1 lap time of 4.28, beat the previous best under 13 girls best, also dating back to 1982.
Interestingly, 1982 was the first time that a young Robert Quinn competed in this event and 32 years later, Robert is still performing at a high level, his time of 8.31 this year, was the 3rd fastest of the day, helping his team to finish 2nd overall.
The third of the club Christmas events, the Marshall Moor race, was won by Donald Petrie, returning to action ater long term injury, Donald using his local knowledge to finish just 50 metres ahead of
his young rival Conor Thomson, winning time 57minutes 37 seconds, with Robert Snodgrass 3rd.

Arthur Smith

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