Kilbarchan Athletic Club regained the George Cummings Trophy when they won the annual Road relay race round Houston village last Saturday. The winning quartet included Callum Matthews, Callum Hawkins, Scott MacAulay and Ewan McKerral, their time for the 4 lap circuit of the village, 54 minutes 35 seconds, with GB Marathon star Callum Hawkins breaking his own course record by just 1 second, with a time of 12 minutes 8 seconds. Shettleston Harriers were 2nd just 80 metres behind and Corstorphine AC were 3rd.
The young Kilbarchan B team of Andrew MacAngus, Conor Thomson, Scott McLardie and Craig Kennedy showed promise for the future finishing 9th in 58.41 and the C team of Euan Carrick, Ricky Waldron, Grant Sandilands and Jordan Gilchrist were 22nd in 64.35. The veteran’s team of Robert McCulloch, Alan Craig, Norman Groves and Robert Snodgrass were 5th in their category, time 66.37.
Giffnock North won the Ladies 3 lap race in 47minutes 37seconds from Garscube Harriers, with the Kilbarchan trio of Christina Rankin, Elspeth Curran and Catherine Stewart third, time 48.36. . The Kilbarchan B team of Elaine Eadie, Holly Thompson and Chloe Simpson finished 6th, time 51.42 and the veteran ladies team won their category, Julia Wylie, Sharon Hastie and Caroline Cochran finishing in 56.29.
The previous weekend, Euan Gillham won the British Junior Hill Race Championship at Keswick, time 24 minutes 2 seconds, leading the Scottish team to winning Gold. Laura Stark was 6th in the Girls race, 1st Scot and Scotland won team Bronze, while Cameron Corrigan was 15th in the under 17 boy’s race, helping the Scottish team to win Silver medals.
British & Irish Junior Mountain running championships in Keswick.
Euan Gillham won U20 Individual Gold and the Scottish team won Gold
Winning time of 30:55 showing the field a clean pair of heels with a 1 min 52 secs advantage over 2nd.
Laura Stark was in the Scottish U20 team- Team Bronze
6th place overall in 26:56.
Cameron Corrigan was in the Scottish U17 team – Team Silver
15th overall in 24:37.
19 year old Euan Gillham from Bridge of Weir, was top Brit in the junior race at the World Mountain Running Championships in Bulgaria last Sunday. Euan, currently a student at Edinburgh University, already a GB international at cross country, finished 13th overall, a fantastic effort in only his 2nd major hill race.
It was a very busy weekend for Kilbarchan road runners with athletes competing in various parts of the country.
The Stirling 10K on Sunday, was also a Scottish Championship event and Gemma Rankin was 6th in the women’s race, time 35.36, while Alisha Sivell won the girls 2K race in 7.19.
Also on Sunday, there was big local interest in the Kilmacolm Festival of Running and Iona Miller, just 17 and in her first 10K, finished 2nd in the Women’s race, time 40.46. In the 3K races, Rachel Muir won the under 13 girl’s race from Kilbarchan club mates Louise Hastie and Ola Zurakowska and for the boys Jack Patton was 1st and Lewis Hannigan 2nd. Overall for the girls, Leona Murray won ahead of Eilidh Gibson and Holly Thompson and Craig Kennedy was 3rd for the boys.
Also on Sunday, the Round Cumbrae Millport 10mile Road Race, attracted a big entry. It was a 2-3-4 for Kilbarchan athletes in the Women’s race with Christina Rankin 2nd 63.31, Elspeth Curran 3rd and Jennifer Rooney 4th while Robin Scott won the M70 age category, time 75.16.
The various 5K parkruns staged all over the country on Saturday mornings including several around the Glasgow area, are attracting huge entries and last Saturday at Linwood, Andrew MacAngus won in 17.02 from over 100 competitors.
Kilbarchan Athletic Club finished their track season with their Club Championships at Linwood on Saturday. Results on the Kilbarchan AAC website.
Three Scots were with Team GB and NI at the World Mountain Running Champs in Bulgaria.
And there were top 15 finishes in the Senior Men’s and Junior Men’s for Andy Douglas and Euan Gillham, while for EmilyNicholson is was great to experience the Junior Women’s race at a very young age for that category.
Douglas finished in 11th place and was the first Brit home. Gillham was 13th in only his second hill run in a number of years, after emphatically winning the trial, and was also the first Brit in the Junior Men’s race.
Pitreavie AAC athlete Nicholson, not yet 17, was 33rd in her race at Sapareva Banya. The GB and NI Junior Women were fourth in the team race, with the GB and NI Senior Men in fifth place. The Junior Men saw the British team finish seventh.
Congratulations to Euan Gillham on a fantastic win in his first hill race to qualify for a GB vest at the World Mountaing Running Championships in Bulgaria next month.
Scottish Athletics Report:
There was victory for Andy Douglas of Inverclyde in the Senior Home Country Internationals Hill Race at Skiddaw on Saturday.
Over a 11.3km route including 1080m climb, he secured a clear win in 54:09 – more than two minutes ahead of second place. Also, because the event doubled as the Trial Race for the Mountain Running World Championships, he scooped automatic selection for the GB team for the Worlds, which take place in Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria on 11 September.
Also booking a seat on the plane to Bulgaria was Euan Gillham of Kilbarchan, who won the Junior men’s race (7.7k with 846m ascent) in 41:58. A fantastic result for Euan in his first hill race – he led all the way and won by almost a 90 second margin, finishing ahead of Josh Boyle, who gained a GB vest at the European Championships earlier this year. The result transfers Euan’s superb form on the country during the winter into the mountains.
Emily Nicholson took third in the Junior Women’s race world mountain trial, which also stands her in good stead for GB selection.
The senior men’s and women’s teams were second overall: Women’s team scorers were: 9th Scout Adkin, 12th Stephanie Provan, 13th Georgia Tindley, 16th Louise Mercer, who was also first U23. Helen Bonsor was 23rd.
Men’s team scorers: Andy Douglas 1st Andrew Fallas 15th, Sam Hesling 19th, James Espie 24th. Jacob Adkin was in 26th and Alastair Thurlbeck 46th.