Article going in today’s Paisley Daily Express
Kilbarchan Athletic Club took their first major Men’s team title when they won the Scottish National Road Relay Championship at Livingstone last Saturday, finishing ahead of last year’s winners, Central AC and over 80 competing teams.
The race includes 6 stages of alternate nominally 5.8 and 3.1 mile laps and the Kilbarchan team included Commonwealth Games athletes the brothers Callum and Derek Hawkins, well supported by Euan Gillham, Callum Matthews, Gavin McArdle and Scott MacAulay. Derek Hawkins on the 2nd stage, had the fastest long lap of the day, time 28 minutes 8 seconds, with Callum bringing the team home to victory, his time 28.29 for a total time of 2 hours, 14 minutes 58 seconds and a winning margin of over 200 metres. Gavin McArdle, ran the fastest short stage of the day, 15 minutes 25 seconds and altogether, this was a fine all round team effort.
The Kilbarchan Ladies team were always prominent in their 4 stage event over the same course, the quartet of Sarah Dempsey, Gemma Rankin, Jennifer Rooney and Catherine Stewart, finishing 8th. Gemma ran the 3rd lastest long lap, time 33 minutes 48 seconds.