Wednesday 18th February 2015

Kilbarchan Athletic Club had several athletes at the Scottish Age Group Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Emirates in Glasgow last weekend where Jack Patton won Gold, taking the under 13 boys 1500m title in style with a big personal best time of 4 minutes 44.40 seconds.

There were successes in the under 20 girls age group, with Silver medals for Shona Ross (Triple Jump PB of 10.85m), and Sarah Dempsey (1500m in 4.47.26) while Ellie Fulton won a Bronze medal in the Shot with a club age group record of11.73m. There was also Silver for Andrew MacAngus, 2nd in the under 15 boys 1500m in 4.30.40.

Other finalists included Kerry MacAngus 5th u17 girls 800m; Rory McLean 5th u15 boys 200m; Craig Kennedy 6th u15 boys 800m; Michael Simson 6th u15 boys 1500m; Erin Campbell 8th u17 girls 60m Hurdles.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 10th February 2015

The Scottish Schools Indoor Championships were staged at the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow last week. The event always attracts a huge entry and there were some good performances by local young athletes.

Laura Stark (St Columbas School), continued her fine recent form by winning the over 16  girls 1500metres title in a Personal Best of 4 minutes 42.81 seconds  and her schoolmate Iona Miller smashed her previous best, finishing 4th in 4.52.97.

There was further success for St Columbas with Praise Olatoke winning the under 16s Long Jump, clearing 6.24m.

And there was a Bronze medal for Gryffe High School’s Michael Cairns, in the 60metres Hurdles in a PB of 9.04seconds.

Outdoors, the cross country season continues and a small group of Kilbarchan club athletes travelled to Milton Keynes for the UK Cross Challenge meeting.  Leona Murray competed well for 4th place in the under 13 girls Challenge race and in the under 20 Men’s event, Euan Gillham and Callum Matthews were 5th and 10th.

The Saturday morning parkruns in various parts of the country, continue to attract large numbers and last week there were notable runs by two Kilbarchan athletes with Catherine Stewart winning the Greenock race in 19.28, equalling her PB and Elaine Eadie 1st home in the Pollok Park event in best of 19.31.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 3rd February 2015

The Scottish Indoor Track and Field Championships took place at the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow last weekend. Andrew Murphy, representing Kilbarchan Athletic Club, had a busy and successful day, finishing 2nd in the Pole Vault, clearing 4.20metres and was also 2nd in the 60metres Hurdles (8.57s) and 3rd in the Shot (13.16m).

Also, last Sunday, the Kilbarchan club had a number of athletes at the Renfrewshire County Road Race Championships at Greenock’s Battery Park.  Commonwealth Marathon athlete Derek Hawkins was a good winner of the Men’s 5mile race, time 23minutes 42 seconds and Elspeth Curran was 2nd in the Ladies event to Kilmarnock’s Kara Tait but Elspeth still won the county title, her time 29.36.

Derek Hawkins won the gold medal in a new course record of 23:42

Other County winners included Euan Trout in the under 17 Mens race time 15.34, with Conor Thomson 3rd and for the under 17 girls, Rebecca Craig led from the start to win in 19.24, closely followed by teammate Katie Hall.

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In the under 15 boy’s race, Craig Kennedy and Cameron Corrigan were 2nd and 3rd and in the girls event, Rona Tytler was 2nd.  Jack Patton won the under 13 boys race wirh Cameron Hunter 3rd and for the girls, there was a 3rd place for Eilidh Gibson while Aurelia Tiffoney won the under 11 girls County title.

Team titles were won by the under 17 boys team of Euan Trout, Conon Thomson and Ewan McKerral, also by the under 17 girls trio of Rebecca Craig, Katie Hall and Emma Fulton. The under 13 boys also won Gold, that was Jack Patton, Cameron Hunter and Lewis Hannigan and Gold again for the under 11 girls team of Aurelia Tiffoney,  Louise Hastie and Poppy Pitts.

Arthur Smith

Thursday 22nd January 2015

Kilbarchan Club athletes were travelled far and wide last weekend, competing in various competitions.

Laura Stark and Euan Gillham, represented Scotland at the Celtic International Cross Country event in Dublin. Laura finished strongly for a fine win in the under 17 girls event in time of 15 minutes 3 seconds and Euan was 5th in the under 20 mens race, time 20.09.

Jan 2015 Celtic XC LStark 1st

And at the UK Cross Challenge competition in Cardiff, Leona Murray was 5th in the under 13 girls race in 11.48 with Callum Matthews 11th in the under 20 men’s event, time 25.03.

At the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow, there were some fine performances in the ScottishOpen Indoor Championships. Winners included Jack Lochans in the High Jump competition, clearing 2.05m and Sam O’Kane in the  Shot with 12.55m. Age category winners included Shona Ross under 20s Triple Jump of 10.56m; and in the 1500m, Gavin McArdle under 20s 3.57.80, Sarah Dempsey girls u20 in 4.41.60 and Andrew MacAngus under 15s in 4.24.80.

Back to cross country and Alisha Sivell won the under 13 girls race at East Kilbride.

Arthur Smith

Monday 12th January 2015

It was an outstanding performance by Kilbarchan Athletic Club’s Euan Gillham at Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park last Saturday.  Euan was a late addition to the GB team for the under 20s International Cross Country race, competing against top American and European athletes and he more than proved his worth, finishing 10th and 2nd Brit, time 20 minutes 53 seconds.

Callum Hawkins represented GB in the  Senior International  race, again opposition included teams from USA and from Europe, and it was a gutsy performance, finishing 19th overall against world class opposition, 6th Brit, 2nd Scot, time 26.27,the team just losing out to a strong  USA team.

Conditions were difficult for most of the day, a biting wind and sometimes driving sleet as well as the increasingly difficult underfoot conditions.

Local athletes performed well in the associated Scottish Interdistrict Championship races. Laura Stark was 2nd in the under 17 girls 4K race, her time 16.19, with Jemma Reekie 7th and 5th counter for the winning West team. In the under 13 girls 3K race, Alisha Sivell had her best performance of the season, finishing 3rd, time 13.26, with West dominating the team event. Top 10 places included Leona Murray 7th and Eilidh Gibson 9th.

In the under 15 boys 4K  race, Andrew MacAngus was 6th in 16.10, 2nd West runner, with Josh Hendry 10th, 5th counter for the winning West team and for the under 17 boys, Euan Trout was first West runner to finish, in 9th place, East winning the team race. David McNair and Jack Patton were 8th and 9th, 5th and 6th counters in the under 13 boys race for the winning West team.

Arthur Smith


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