Press Release, Mon 27 Feb 2017

Callum Hawkins, continued his outstanding form at Falkirk last Saturday, when he won the Scottish Cross Country title over a very muddy course around Callendar Park. The 24 year old from Elderslie, led almost from the start over the 10K distance, to win by a distance, time 33 minutes 34 seconds.

2 of Callum’s Kilbarchan teammates also performed superbly to win medals, Euan Gillham was 2nd in the under 20 men’s race and Sarah Dempsey 3rd in the under 20 women’s event.

The Kilbarchan club also had outstanding successes in the team events, their under 20 Ladies, under 17 men and under 15 boys all winning Gold. For the under 20 ladies, Sarah Dempsey had fine support from Iona Miller and Holly Thomson;  the under 17 men’s team was Craig Kennedy, Josh Hendry, Andrew MacAngus and Michael Simson and the under 15 boys team included David McNair, Jack Patton, Lewis Hannigan and Kyle Irvine. There were also Bronze team medals won by the under 13 girls (Louise Hastie, Aurelia Tiffoney, Chloe Cameron and Rachel Muir) and by the under 15 girls (Alisha Sivell, Leona Murray, Libby Sutherland and Laine Alemu).

Another of Kilbarchan’s rising stars, Jemma Reekie, travelled to Sheffield at the weekend, to compete in the England Athletics Indoor Age group Championships. 2 weeks earlier Jemma, from Beith, had finished 4th in the England Senior 1500m Championship and this time won Gold in the under 20s 1500m in 4.27.97, then finished 2nd in a tactical 800m her time 2.09.03. Remarkable performances against the best young athletes from England and beyond. A good effort also from Kerry MacAngus, who was 6th in the same under 20s 1500m final.

Arthur Smith

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