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West District XC Championships, Ayrshire Athletics Arena, Kilmarnock, Sat 7 Dec 2013

Bus Times on Saturday 7 December 2013

9.00 Bridge of Weir Bulls garage
9.10 Kilbarchan library
9.15 Beith Rd garage
9.20 Thorndene
9.30 Canal Sr bus stop

Cost £5, adults £8 incl race.
expect to be back in Paisley for around 4pm.

Those going direct please pay £3, adults £5 .. please be there at least 1 hour before your event.

Venue Ayrshire Athletics arena, Queens Drive, Kilmarnock, KA1 3XF
(coming down M77, take Dumfries turmoff, right round the roundabout, last turn off)

Race start times.

11.30     u13 girls
11.45     u13 boys
12.00     u15 girls
12.20     u15 boys
12.40     u17, u20 women
1.00      Sen women
1.30      u17, u20 men
2.00      Sen men

Start Lists
Competition Information
Additional Competition Information
Course Map
Course Details

Additional Information

In both male and female categories, there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals for individual Masters O40, plus 1st place medals for individual O50.

In addition there will be 1st place medals for Masters’ Teams (O40+) with 3 runners to count in both male and female categories (not 6 and 4 as in the Senior Teams).

Press Release – Mon 2 Dec 2013

Derek Hawkins continued his rehabilitation after his recent stress fracture, when last Saturday, he won the Glasgow University 5 mile Road Race, time 24 minutes 32 seconds.

The race is run from Garscube Estate and around the streets of North Glasgow and Derek finished 100metres ahead of Neil Renault from Edinburgh AC with Inverclyde ACs Andrew Douglas 3rd. The circuit is quite hilly and a good test for Derek in his preparation for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, when he hopes to represent Scotland in the Marathon.

Derek’s Kilbarchan clubmate Scott MacAulay, was also well to the fore, finishing in 8th place in 26.51.

The youngest of the Hawkins family, Callum, had his selection confirmed for the UK under 23s team to compete in the European Cross Country Championships which take place in Belgrade at the weekend.

Also this weekend, on Saturday, The West District Cross Country Championships are being staged at Kilmarnock and a number of local athletes representing Kilbarchan Athletic Club, will be taking part.

Arthur Smith

Press Release – Mon 26 Nov 2013

Kilbarchan Athletic Club had a number of athletes at the UK Cross Challenge meeting at Liverpool at the weekend, the event also being the selection race for the UK teams for the European Cross Country Championships which take place in Belgrade on 8th December.

Callum Hawkins from Elderslie, on his first major cross country event since returning from injury, continued his recent progress, finishing 6th in the Senior Mens 10K race, time 29 minutes 13 seconds. Callum was 3rd in the under 23s category and this fine effort should ensure his place in the UK under 23 mens team for Belgrade.

In the Womens event, best placed was Elspeth Curran, 26th, which was a good effort against some of Britain’s best.

Further down the age-groups there were some other good performances including Gwen Gillham 12th in the under 17 girls race and Andrew MacAngus, 15th for the under 13 boys ..

Away from the glamour of International events, a special word for Kilbarchan Harrier Brian Graham, not one of the club’s stars but a regular member and competitor.

Last weekend, Brian completed his 100th Pollok parkrun 5K race, an achievement in itself but also in a personal best time of 23 minutes 3 seconds.

Arthur Smith

European XC Championship Team Announcement

British Athletics have today announced the GB & NI team for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, on Sunday 8 December.

Callum Hawkins will be a member of the Under 23 team following his excellent showing at Liverpool on Sunday.

Full Team Announcement 

Congratulations and best of luck for the race.

“It was a frustrating time and there was a lot of rehab work that had to be done after knee operations in March 2012 and then in December that year as well. I want to thank my physio, Linda Hardy of the sportscotland Institute of Sport, for all the support over the past few months. I’ve felt much better in the last few weeks and it was a decent run in Liverpool.

“I had actually not done a cross country event since the Edinburgh one right at the start of 2012 – so almost two years. But I’ve been to Euro and World Cross events before and worn the GB vest so I kind of know what to expect although It does feel a while ago now. It will be great to do it again in Belgrade and run for GB.”

Quote by Callum Hawkins


Press Release, Mon 19 Nov 2013

Last Sunday, 29 years after his first Renfrewshire Championship success, Robert Quinn again won the County Cross Country title.
Robert dominated from the start, covering the 3 laps of the hilly 2 mile circuit around Gourock’s Darroch Park in 34 minutes 17 seconds, finishing over 200 metres ahead of his nearest rival, Inverclyde’s Greg Williams. Glenpark Harriers won the team event.
The Senior womens race was won by Inverclyde’s Rachael Bushfield and although Kilbarchan didn’t have any individual medal winners, they packed well with Leanne Hamilton 4th, Jennifer Rooney 5th and Rebeca Fortes Martin 6th, to win Team Gold.
Other Kilbarchan event winners included Alisha Sivell, who won the under 11 girls race and Jack Patton, who won the under 11 boys event and there were also silver medals for Laura Stark (under 15 girls), Andrew MacAngus (under 13 boys), Conor Thomson (under 15boys) and Ewan Mckerral (under 17 boys).
Other Team winners for the Kilbarchan club included their under 13 boys team of Andrew MacAngus, Cameron Corrigan and Craig Kennedy.

Down south, at the prestigious Leeds Abbey Dash 10K which attracts top athletes from all around the UK, Callum Hawkins had a fine run for 3rd place, top Scot, in a time of 29 minutes 26 seconds and in the Womens race, Elspeth Curran was 7th, time 30.26, both times personal bests for the distance.

Elsewhere, Derek Hawkins was happy to return to competition after his recent stress fracture problem, by winning the Strathclyde parkrun 5K in a steady 15 minutes 10 seconds…

Arthur Smith

Club Jumps into Action

Kilbarchan AAC are looking forward to the visit of scottishathletics Performance Manager and Coach Mentor for Jumps Darren Ritchie on Thursday 21st November 2013.

Darren appeared at the 2002 & 2006 Commonwealth Games representing Scotland in the Long Jump, finishing 4th in 2002 narrowly missing out on the bronze medal by one centimetre. He holds the current Scottish long Jump record at 8.01 meters.

imageKristian Dowling/Getty Images

The Club are keen to develop the horizontal jumps section with coach Jason Pender soon to be taking over as the lead coach for the jumps squad.
Jason has a multi-event background as an athlete with experience in jumps and will be heavily involved with the coaching of our horizontal jumps athletes moving forward.
Over the last 12 months Jason has been involved in coaching sessions with Olympic Triple Jump Champion Champion Christian Taylor and UKA National Coach Mentor Femi Akinsanya, as well as being scheduled to attend upcoming workshops in the latter part of 2013.

Darren will oversee the coaching session on the night (7pm-8:30pm) with a view to following up as a mentor to our jumps coaching team to take the development forward.

All athletes who have an interest in developing in horiazontal jumps are welcome to take part in this session. Coaches and parents are also welcome to take part.

scottishathletics recently announced their Impact 2018 Event Development Programme detailing their plans for the coaching of athletes across various track & field events including the appointment of Robert Hawkins as the Coach mentor for Endurance.