Despite wet and muddy conditions, local athletes had some fine successes at the Scottish Cross Country Championships at Falkirk’s Callander Park last Sunday.
In the Senior event over 7 miles, and with around 600 athletes competing, Kilbarchan’s Callum Hawkins just failed to retain his Mens title, just losing out to Central’s Andrew Butchart but the local club did have a winner when West Champion Laura Stark claimed Gold with a superb victory in the under 17 girls race and with good support from Kerry MacAngus and Rebecca Craig, it was Team gold as well.
In the under 20 mens race over 5 miles, Euan Gillham fell badly around ½ way but recovered remarkably to claim the Bronze medal and there was also a Bronze medal in the under 13 girls race, with a fine run by Alisha Sivell to take 3rd place.
The Kilbarchan club dominated the younger boys races, no individual medals but won 3 team Golds. The winning teams were under 13 boys David McNair, Jack Patton, Andrew Devine, Cameron Hunter; the under 15 boys Andrew MacAngus , Josh Hendry, Michael Simson, Craig Kennedy; and under 17 boys Sam McNair, Ewan McKerral, Scott McLardie, Aidan Comerford.
As well as the under 17 girls winning Gold team medals, the under 13 girls won Silver for 2nd team, with Alisha Sivell, Leona Murray, Eilidh Gibson, Kimberley Gilchrist.
Having just celebrated their 40th anniversary, it was a very successful day for the Kilbarchan club, 0n the day, 10 Scottish Championship races and winning 1 Gold, 1 Silver add 2 Bronze individual medals and in the team competitions winning 4 Gold and 1 Silver.