July – December 2015









Tuesday 6th October 2015

Callum Hawkins continued his progress as a world class athlete when he finished 2nd in The Great Scottish Run ½ marathon last Sunday and retaining his Scottish ½ marathon title. The 22 year old from Elderslie finished just 150 metres behind Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro and his time of 62 minutes 42 seconds, puts him 3rd in the Scottish all time list. Callum finished ahead of several world class distance runners, including 2013 World Cross Country champion, Kenya’s Japheth Korir.

There was also a good effort by brother Derek Hawkins who represented Scotland in the Commonwealth Games Marathon, coming back to form and finishing 8th in 66.24.

The brothers were using the Glasgow event as part of their preparation for the Frankfurt Marathon on 26th October which will be Callum’s first Marathon and for them, a target will be the Rio Olympics Marathon qualifying time of 2 hours 14 minutes.

As well as the Hawkins boys, Kilbarchan Athletic had a large number of runners competing in the ½ marathon and in the 10K and also inYoung athletes 3K races with 13 year old Eilidh Gibson winning the Girls race in 9 minutes 56 sconds.

This coming Sunday, the West District Cross Country relays are at Hamilton race course.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 29th September 2015

Around 250 runners converged on a sunny Houston last Saturday afternoon, to compete in the annual George Cummings Road Relay race around the village and surrounding roads.

Kilbarchan Athletic Club ladies won the Ladies event and with it, regained the Renfrewshire County Road Relay title. The County Championships covers the historical county area, which includes parts of south side Glasgow, Eastwood and Inverclyde, as well as Renfrew District area.

The  trio of Christina Rankin, Iona Miller and Laura Stark finished over a minute ahead of Inverclyde AC, their time for 3 times round the 2.7mile circuit,  47 minutes 7 seconds. There was also a good effort from the Kilbarchan B team of Jennifer Rooney, Holly Thompson and Julia Harris which finished 6th overall but 3rd in the County competition to win Bronze medals.

The Mens race for the George Cummings Trophy was won by Shettleston Harriers, time 52 minutes 34 seconds for their 4 lap event, with Inverclyde AC 2nd and Glenpark Harriers 3rd. The young Kilbarchan quartet of Callum Matthews, Conor Thomson, Euan Trout and Sam McNair, finished 5th overall and picked up Bronze medals for being 3rd in the County behind the Inverclyde and Glenpark teams.

Elsewhere, Gemma Rankin had a fine run in the Berlin Marathon, finishing in a time of 2 hours 44 minutes 36 seconds.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 22nd September 2015

Kilbarchan Athletic Club young athletes produced some fine results last weekend.

Laura Stark and Rona Tytler represented Scotland under 17s in the Home Counties International Junior Hill Race in Wales. Laura had an outstanding run to win in 21 minutes 39 seconds and also finished in front of all the under 20 girls who were competing over the same 4.7K course.

Rona also played her part finishing 7th for the under 17s and helping the Scots team of 4 to win Team Gold.

Another of the Club’s young stars, Alisha Sivell competed more locally, was first girl in the 3K race at Cumbernauld., finishing ahead of many older athletes.

Elsewhere, 70 year old Robin Scott finished 57th out of over 200 runners, winning his age category in the Dumfries ½ marathon, time 97 minutes 37 seconds

This Saturday, The George Cummings road Relay will be staged over a 2.7mile circuit around Houston village, starting 2.30pm and a large turnout of athletes from all over Scotland, is expected.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 1st September 2015

Callum Hawkins repeated his 2013 success at the Paisley 10K Road Race at the weekend, coming home a clear winner in 29 minutes 24 seconds, over 400 metres ahead of Shettleston Harrier Kamil Sieracki with Callum’s Kilbarchan clubmate Callum Matthews winning the under 20 mens category, 15th overall.

Kilbarchan’s Gemma Rankin repeated her 2014 success, winning the Ladies race in 35 minutes 36 seconds, with Garscube Harrier Lesley Chisholm in 2nd place.

David McNair, who earlier in the week had won the prestigious Derek McLean Memorial 800 Trophy, won the Boys 3K in 8 minutes 52 seconds ahead of Kilbarchan clubmate Craig Kennedy with Eilidh Gibson winning the Girls event in 9.48, just ahead of Alisha Sivell, both Kilbarchan athletes.

As well as in the Paisley 10K, Kilbarchan members had one of their busiest weekends of the summer,  with athletes competing in the Scottish Mens League and in the Womens League as well as at the Scottish Junior Hill Race trials at Aberfoyle where Laura Stark won the Girls race in 19 minutes 23 seconds, with Rona Tytler in 4th place. Laura will now lead the Scottish team at the Junior Home International Hill Race Championships in Wales on 19th September and Rona also hopes to gain selection. Also at Aberfoyle, Leona Murray was 3rd in the under 15 girls race.

Some athletes travelled to Bedford to compete in the English Age Group Championships where notably, Heather Fawcett broke the club under 17s Hammer record with a 48.97metres throw and Kerry MacAngus was 8th the final of the under 17 girls 800metres.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 25th August 2015

Kilbarchan Athletic Club had a number of athletes competing in the Scottish Age Group Championships at Grangemouth last weekend and there were some fine performances including 13 medals won.

Gold medal winners included Andrew Costello who won the under 17 mens Hammer with a Club record throw of 54.44metres and his sister Kirsty won the under 13 girls Javelin, throwing 29.09m.

There were also Gold medals won in the under 20s 1500m races, Sarah Dempsey winning the girls race in 4.37.39 and Gavin McArdle the Mens event in 3.57.17.

Silver medals were won by Jemma Reekie under 20s 800m 2.15.39, Eilidh Gibson under 15. 800m 2.22.37, Heather Fawcett under 20s Hammer 41.81m and for the boys by Jack Patton under 13 boys 1500m 4.38.12 and Andrew MacAngus under 15s 1500m in 4.29.56.

Ellie Fulton won 2 Bronze medals in under 17 girls events, Javelin 37.70m and Shot 11.22m and there were also Bronze medals for Mia Shepherd in the under 20s Hammer 41.64m and for Alisha Sivell in the under 13 girls 1500m 4.57.82m ..

Elsewhere, Gemma Rankin travelled to Dublin to compete in the prestigious Frank Duffy 10mile Road Race, finishing 2ndin the Women’s event in a fast 57 minutes 30 seconds.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 28th July 2015

Lindsay Scott was in fine form at the British Masters Championships in Birmingham last weekend.Lindsay, from Paisley and a member of Kilbarchan Athletic Club, was competing in the M75 category, and he won Gold in the Javelin with a 25.16m throw, then went on to win Bronze medals in the 100m time 16.51s and in the 200m with a time of 35.38s.

Also at the weekend, the Kilbarchan club had number of athletes competing for Team Glasgow, in the UK Development League Northern Premier Division at Grangemouth.

Mia Shepherd was on top form, winning the under 20s Hammer with a Personal Best of 40.53m ad Mia was also 2nd in the 100m Hurdles. Another top performer was Shona Ross who won the under 20s Triple Jump with a PB of 10.96m and was also 2nd in the Long Jump clearing 4.68m. There was also a 2nd place for Andrew Costello in the under 17s Hammer, with a 50.99m throw.

Last Friday, at the British Milers meeting in Glasgow, the Kilbarchan club had 12 competitors in the various 1500m races and remarkably, 9 ran Personal Bests, most notably Alisha Sivell who broke the under 13 girls club record with a time of 4.54.29.

Arthur Smith 

Wednesday 8th July 2015

Kilbarchan Athletic Club competed in the 3rd meeting of the Scottish Mens League Division 1 at Kilmarnock  weekend, finishing 4th  and with one meeting to go, look set to retain their top division status.

There was a top performance by Jack Lochans, who won the High Jump with a personal best clearance of 2.12metres and Anthony Young was also a winner, leading home the 400m in 49.57s as well as 2nd in the 200m B race.

Blair Crawford was in good form in the sprints, 2nd in the 200m in 22.76s and 3rd in the 100m in 11.04s, as well as winning the B High Jump with a 1.70m clearance.

Multi eventer Andrew Murphy was also in form finishing 2nd in the Sprint Hurdles, in 16.12s, 3rd in the Discus  36.83m and in Javelin 42.15m.

There was also a fine performance from 19 year old  Euan Gillham, 3rd in the 5000m in a Personal best of 14 minutes 53.59 seconds and also in the middle distance events, good efforts from Sam Davies, Aidan Comerford, Callum Matthews and  Stephen Trainer, gained valuable points as did Timothy Gray in the support sprints.

In the Field events, Shane Hand was in good form in the Hammer, Shot and Discus and Praise Olatoke in the Long Jump and Triple Jump.

Arthur Smith

Kilbarchan Amateur Athletic Club is based in the county of Renfrewshire approx. 12 miles south west of Glasgow Follow us on Twitter @kilbarchanaac