It was a busy weekend with a number of athletes representing Kilbarchan Athletic Club in a variety of competitions.
There were a number of medallists at the Scottish Age group Indoor Championships at the Emirates in Glasgow. Kerry MacAngus won the under 20s 1500metres in 4 minutes 32.53 seconds and was 3rd in the 800m, time 2.11.47. Louise Hastie won the under 15girls 1500m, time 4.53.39 while Erin Campbell was 2nd in the under 20 girls 60m Hurdles, time 9.32s and Ellie Fulton was 3rd in the under 20 girls Shot with 10.52m.
At the Inter counties cross country Championships, which are equivalent to a UK Championship, at a very muddy Loughborough on Saturday, Jack Patton had a fine run for 6th place in the under 15 boys race. Jack was first Scot, his time 18.14. Laura Stark was 16th and 4th Scot in the under 20s race, her time 27.31
Around 1200 athletes competed in the Scottish Cross Country Championship races, staged at Falkirk’s Callendar Park on Saturday and Kilbarchan Athletic Club had a number of athletes competing in the various events, with some success.
Individual medallists were Jack Patton who had a fine run to win the under 15 boys race time 13minutes 54seconds and Cameron Wright was another top performer, winning the under 17 boys event, time 21.07, while Laura Stark was 2nd in the under 20 girls race, her time 29.
In the team competitions, the Kilbarchan under 17 boys won team Gold with Cameron Wright supported by Craig Kennedy, Cameron Corrigan and Cameron McKenzie and the under 15 girls won Silver, counting team Alisha Sivell, Rachel Muir, Louise Hastie and Sarah Forbes.
In the Senior races, best placed were Euan Gillham 7th in the Men’s race, time 34.11 and Elspeth Curran 12th in the women’s race, time 40.18.
Also at the weekend, at the Emirates Muller Grand Prix, Jemma Reekie set a club women’s Indoor record for the 1500metrs, time 4.13.46. And in the Junior relays, Kilbarchan under 15 boys were 3rd, their team Evan Farquhar, Luke O’Neill, Matthew Mitchell, Conal Farquhar.
Having been a consistent feature in the top 10 over the last few seasons 7th(2015), 9th(2016) & 10th(2017) Jack returned to Falkirk this year in good form, winning the Inter District Championships at Holyrood Park being the highlight of 2018 so far.
Jack broke the challengers from the East Coast of Edinburgh AC & Corstophine to run under 14 mins for the 4.1K course to take the national title.
Next up was the men’s under 17’s and Cameron Wright also in his second year as an under 17 blasted the field to win over 6K in a time of 21:07, 18 seconds clear of his nearest Lasswade rival Christian Graham.
Enquiry from Ronnie Melrose:
I’m the Vice President of Neilston Agricultural Society, and as you may be aware, we have traditionally held a local cross country run “The Pad Run” as part of the Neilston Cattle Show on the first Saturday in May. Unfortunately last year we did not have a Pad Run, as we couldn’t find anyone from the Agricultural Society to take on the organisation. I’m keen to get this event re-instated as there were quite a few disappointed runners last year, and I wondered if anyone from Kilbarchan would be able to assist us in making this happen. We will have a number of volunteers to help on the day with marshalling, but we need someone with expertise in running who knows what we need to do, to make this a runner in 2018. If you think this is something Kilbarchan can help with, please give me a call on 0751 357 7606, and we can discuss further.