It was a fantastic performance by Kilbarchan’s Callum Hawkins, representing GB, to finish 9th in the Olympic Marathon in Rio last Sunday, with the world’s best marathon runners for most of the way, finishing in 2 hours 11 minutes 52 seconds. There was also a great effort from Derek Hawkins, whose preparations for Rio had been badly disrupted by injury, to complete the course.
Scottish age group Championships continued at Grangemouth at the weekend with Kilbarchan athletes producing some fine performances.
In the under 20s Championships, there was a fine double by Jemma Reekie, winning the 1500m (4.39.26) with clubmate Laura Stark 2nd, then Jemma also winning the 800m (2.11.56). Euan Gillham produced a quality run to win the 5000m (15.06.92) and Conor Thomson was 3rd in the Steeplechase while Shona Ross was 2nd in the Triple Jump.
In the under 15s Championships, Kirsty Costello was in fine form, winning the Hammer with a 51.57m throw and Kirsty was also 2nd in the Javelin. There were also medals for McKenzi Cunningham, 2nd in the 100metres and Eilidh Gibson, 2nd in the 800metres.
Kilbarchan athletes were also prominent in the Paisley 10K and 3K races last Sunday where there was a record entry for both races ..
Callum Matthews finished 3rd in 32.59, behind Shettleston’s Peter Avent and Paul Sorrie and with Ewan McKerral 13th and Robert McCulloch 28th ,Kilbarchan were 2nd in the team competition behind Shettleston Harriers. Ewan also won the top under 20s award and Robert took the top over 50s award.
Gemma Rankin was 2nd in the Womens race in 35.25 behind Freya Ross of Edinburgh AC and with Hayley Haining 3rd and Christina Rankin 5th, Kilbarchan won the team race. Chloe Simpson was first under 20 to finish.
In the 3K race, it was a 1,2,3 for Kilbarchan boys with Craig Kennedy winning in 9.07, ahead of Cameron Corrigan and Gavin McKay and for the girls, Alisha Sivell was a good winner, time 10.06, ahead of Valencia Wright (Victoria Park Glasgow) with Kilbarchan’s Rachel Muir 3rd.