Kilbarchan Athletic Club athletes showed some good form at the Scottish Indoor League Finals at the Emirates on Sunday, winning the under 20 girls competition.
Ellie Fulton was the star of the show with three individual wins. Ellie won the High Jump, Shot and Triple Jump, while Stephanie Lamb won the 60 metres and was 2nd in the 200m. There were also valuable points gained by Erin Campbell 60m Hurdles 2nd; Shona Ross Long Jump 2nd and Mia Shepherd 400m 5th.
Elsewhere, at the joint Home Countries and Schools Cross Country International event at Falkirk, Laura Stark, representing Scottish Schools, had a strong run for 6th in the under 20s girls race and in the equivalent boys race, Euan Gillham, representing Scotland , was 9th and overall 2nd Scot.
In the under 20s International which included National as well as National Schools teams, the Scottish Schools under 20 girls team, including Laura Stark and Iona Miller finished 3rd and in the boys team event, the Scottish team, including Euan Gillham, was 2nd.
In the younger Schools competition, and there were Silver team medals for the Junior Girls, including Leona Murray and also Silver for the Intermediate boys’ team including Andrew MacAngus. The Junior boys team, including David McNair, just missed the medals, finishing 4th.
At Alloa, Hayley Haining returned to competition to winning the Women’s ½ marathon in 76 minutes 15 seconds.
Euan Gillham was the top local performer at the British Intercounties Cross Country Championships at Birmingham at the weekend. The 19 year old from Bridge of Weir, was 1st Scot, 5th overall, in the under 20 men’s event, time 27 minutes 25 seconds. Other top twenty performers included Laura Stark 10th in the under 17 girls race and Sarah Dempsey 16th in the under 20s race, Sarah helping the West District to win Gold team medals.
Also last weekend, Derek Hawkins had a fine run in the Rome ½ marathon, finishing 10th in an International class field, in a personal best time of 63 minutes 52 seconds, while more locally, Gemma Rankin won the Women’s race at the Balloch to Clydebank ½ marathon in 78.12.
Veteran athletes also put in some notable performances including Robin Scott, now in his 70s, completing the Barcelona Marathon in 3 hours 23 minutes 49 seconds while on the local scene, Robert Quinn was first home in the Pollok Park Run, time 17.01
Huge numbers competed in the Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships at Irvine’s Beach Park last week.
Laura Stark (St Columbas School) was 2nd in the under 20 girls race, time 16.43 with schoolmate Iona Miller 4th. David McNair (Castlehead HS) was 3rd in the under 15 boys race, time 15.31 and other top finishers included Jack Patton (St Columbas School) and Lewis Hannigan (Gleniffer HS) 5th and 8th in the under 13 boys ; Leona Murray (Castlehead HS) under 15 girls 5th, Andrew MacAngus (Gryffe HS) and Cameron Wrigh (Paisley Grammar) 7th and 10th in the under 17 boys race; Scott McLardie (St Andrews Ac) anc Conor Thomson (Glennifer HS) 9th and 10th for the under 20 boys.
Derek Hawkins continued his Commonwealth Games marathon preparation last weekend, running in the Great North 10K at Gateshead, where he finished 5th in 29 minutes 58 seconds, a Seasons best for the distance.
2 new club records Jemma Reekie broke her own Kilbarchan under 17s 800metres records at the British Milers Club meeting at Trafford Grand Prix (1st July), time 2.09.88, which keeps her top of the Scottish rankings, 5th in the UK.
At the same meeting, in the 3000metres, Callum Hawkins ran a personal best of 8.17.31 and Euan Gillham 8.32.36, also a PB
Heather Fawcett broke the club’s under 15 girls Hammer record at Livingston (28th June), with a throw measured at 42.11, which ranks her 2nd in Scotland in that age group.
Euan Gillham won the Scottish under 20s 3K Championship (6th July) and Conor Thomson was 2nd in the under 17s competition.
Kilbarchan Men retained their 4x400metres Relay title, winning for the 3rd year in a row, time 3.21.9, quartet of Connor Henderson, Craig Stewart, David Kerr & Blair Crawford.
At the same meeting, Andrew Murphy was 2nd in the Scottish Decathlon Championships, scoring 5418 points,despite failing to score points in the Javelin
This weekend, at the British Schools International in Wales, the Kilbarchan club has 5 representatives in the Scottish team.
800metres Jemma Reekie (Garnock Academy), Kerry MacAngus 1500m (Gryffe HS), Laura Stark 3000m (St Columbas School), Katie Turnbull Steeplechase (Hutchesons GS) & Ewan McKerral 1500m s/c.
2 young athletes have been selected for the Scottish under 18s team for the Celtic Games in Ireland next month, 16 year old Jemma Reekie for the girls 800metres and 17 year old Gavin McArdle for the boys 1500m.