Press Release, Tues 15 Mar 2016

Euan Gillham was the top local performer at the British Intercounties Cross Country Championships at Birmingham at the weekend. The 19 year old from Bridge of Weir, was 1st Scot, 5th overall, in the under 20 men’s event, time 27 minutes 25 seconds. Other top twenty performers included Laura Stark 10th in the under 17 girls race and Sarah Dempsey 16th in the under 20s race, Sarah helping the West District to win Gold team medals.

Also last weekend, Derek Hawkins had a fine run in the Rome ½ marathon, finishing 10th in an International class field, in a personal best time of 63 minutes 52 seconds, while more locally, Gemma Rankin won the Women’s race at the Balloch to Clydebank ½ marathon in 78.12.

Veteran athletes also put in some notable performances including Robin Scott, now in his 70s, completing the Barcelona Marathon in 3 hours 23 minutes 49 seconds while on the local scene, Robert Quinn was first home in the Pollok Park Run, time 17.01

Huge numbers competed in the Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships at Irvine’s Beach Park last week.

Laura Stark (St Columbas School) was 2nd in the under 20 girls race, time 16.43 with schoolmate Iona Miller 4th. David McNair (Castlehead HS) was 3rd in the under 15 boys race, time 15.31 and other top finishers included Jack Patton (St Columbas School) and Lewis Hannigan (Gleniffer HS) 5th and 8th in the under 13 boys ;  Leona Murray (Castlehead HS) under 15 girls 5th, Andrew MacAngus (Gryffe HS) and Cameron Wrigh (Paisley Grammar) 7th and 10th in the under 17 boys race; Scott McLardie (St Andrews Ac) anc Conor Thomson (Glennifer HS) 9th and 10th for the under 20 boys.

Arthur Smith

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