Press Release, Weds 11 Mar 2015

The Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships were staged at Irvine’s Beach Park last Saturday, attracting a huge entry from schools all around Scotland and there were a number of local successes.

Alisha Sivell, first year at Gryffe High School, won the first race for Group D girls in fine style against 150 competitors, winning by more than 60 metre, time 11 minutes 16 secondss and there was also a very good 5th place for Eilidh Gibson (St Columbas). This was followed by another local winner when David McNair, first year at Castlehead HS, was equally impressive, leading from the start to win the Group D boys race in 12.28, with a good effort from Niall McLean (St Columbas School} who finished 5th

In the Group C boys race, Michael Simson (Park Mains HS), had a fine run and a strong finish to win a closely contested Boys race in 16.27, with Andrew MacAngus (Gryffe HS), just behind in 3rd place (16.29), closely followed by Craig Kennedy (Park Mains) 4th and Cameron Corrigan (Gleniffer HS), 5th.

There was also Bronze for Leona Murray (Castlehead HS), strong all the way and good finish for 3rd place in the girls race, time 13.03.

Laura Stark (St Columbas School) was another medal winner, taking Bronze in the Group B girls race in 17.31 and Gryffe High School were delighted to win team Gold with a quartet of Rebecca Craig, Rona Tytler, Katie Hall and Emma Fulton..

There was also a fine effort by Sam McNair (Castlehead HS), in the group B boys event, always in contention and finishing in Bronze medal position in 19.25, with Conor Thomson (Gleniffer HS) 9th.

In the Group A races, good runs by Katie Turnbull (Hutchesons GS) 5th and Euan Trout (Gryffe HS) 8th, in their respective races.

In the Intercounties Cross Country finals at Birmingham, Euan Gillham had a fine run for 8th place, 2nd Scot in the under 20s event, competing against top class UK competition.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Lindsay Scott competed in the British Masters Indoor Championships where he won Gold medals in the M75 age group, for the 60 metres and the Triple Jump

Arthur Smith

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