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
Congratulations to Evan Farquhar, Luke O’Neill, Matthew Mitchell and Conal Farquhar for winning bronze in the under 15 boys Scottish Relay Championships ran in conjunction with the IAAF Grand Prix meeting at the Emirates Arena Glasgow on Sunday 25thFebruary.
There finishing time of 1m 50.80s was almost three seconds faster than the qualifying time ran earlier in the month.
Later in the day Jemma Reekie ran a big indoor PB against a world class field running 4:13.46.
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.
Gemma Rankin retained her title on Sunday, when she won the Renfrewshire Road Race Championship at Greenock. Gemma covered the 5 miles distance, which included start at Battery Park and going the length of the Esplanade and back to the finish at Battery Park, in 27 minutes 48 seconds, repeating last year’s success ahead of Kilbarchan teammate and former winner Elspeth Curran, her time 28.15. With Elaine Eadie 4th, Kilbarchan easily won the team title. Holly Thompson was first under 20 in the county event and Caroline Cochran won the over 45s category.
There was also a Kilbarchan first for Sarah Lyle, who was an impressive winner of the under 11s girls race in 6 minutes 38 seconds and other medallists included Louise Hastie under 15 girls 2nd and Laine Alemu under 17 girls 2nd, leading Libby Sutherland and Leona Murray to team gold, while Cameron Corrigan was 3rd in the under 17 mens race.
Guest athlete Douglas Selman (Corstorphine AC) was first to finish in the Mens race with Scott MacAulay best placed Kilbarchan athlete finishing 3rd in the County Championship, in 25.33.
Andrew Murphy representing GB & NI, was the best-placed British athlete in the Senior Men’s event as he came in with an overall points PB for the heptathlon as he finished in 11th place.
Andrew added 90 points to his previous best tally to reach 5492. Lifetime bests in the 60m (7.21), the 60m hurdles (8.39) and the 1000m (2.46.00) saw him improve upon his last outing; third place in the trial event in Sheffield.