January – June 2014

Tuesday 24th June 2014

Hampden Park last weekend was a spectacular venue for the Scottish Schools Track and Field Championships and there were top local performances.

Jemma Reekie, who attends Garnock Academy, won the 15-17 age group 800metres in 2 minutes 11.83 seconds, a Championship best performance, as well as a Personal Best and a Kilbarchan club record,

Iona Cleer (Johnstone High School), won double Gold in the 14-15 age group, the 75m Hurdles and also the Long Jump with a fine 5,01m effort

There were also fine Gold medal winning performances from Katie Turnbull (Hutchesons GS) in the 15-17 age group 1500m steeplechase, and by Euan Gillham (Gryffe HS) in the over 17s 5000m.

Other medallists included ..

Silver

Group A, 17+.

Girls Hammer .. Mia Shepherd (St Bededicts HS) ..

Group B, 15-17

Girls 1500m .. Kerry MacAngus (Gryffe HS) ..

Girls Hammer .. Heather Fawcett (Johnstone HS) ..

Boys Hammer .. Andrew Costello .(Castlehead HS).

Group D, 12-14

Boys 1500m .. Michael Simson (Park Mains HS)..

Bronze

Group B, 15-17,

Girls 3000m .. Laura Stark (St Columbas School) ..

Boys 3000m .. Euan Trout (Gryffe HS)..

Group D, 12-14

Boys Hammer .. Cameron Stark (St Columbas)..

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 17th June 2014

Elderslie athlete Callum Hawkins was delighted to have his selection for the Commonwealth Games confirmed last week. The Kilbarchan harrier,, who will compete in the 10000metres, joins his brother Derek and also Hayley Haining,  both of whom will represent Scotland in the marathon at the Games.

Track and Field athletics is at the height of the season at the moment and last Sunday, the Scottish National relay Championships were staged at Pitreavie with Kilbarchan Athletic Club having a number of successes.

In the 3x800metres events, the under 17 girls Kerry MacAngus, Laura Stark and Jemma Reekie, the same trio who last year won the under 16s title, dominated their event, winning by around 140 metres in a club record time of 6 minutes 56.51 seconds, a 10 second improvement on the previous best. The under 13 girls, Alisha Sivell, Leona Murray and Eilidh Gibson, almost pulled off a major surprise, finishing a very close 2nd in their event and the time of 7.36.26, smashed the club record, beating the previous best by more than 30 seconds. There were bronze medals for 2 of the boys teams, u15s (James Toal, Ross Wallace, Jake Scott) time 6.51.53 and under 17 boys (Ewan McKerral, Euan Trout and Cameron Dickson), time 6.12.59. .

The Scottish Schools Hammer Championships also produced some local medallists.

Heather Fawcett (Johnstone HS) won Silver in the girls Group C Hammer; Andrew Costello (Castlehead HS) won Silver in the boys group C Hammer and Cameron Stark (St Columbas School) won Bronze in the boys  group D Hammer.

At a more local level, Kilbarchan Athletic Club staged its annual 5mile handicap race along the cycle track, from Bridge of Weir towards Kilmacolm and back. Max McFarlane won the Trophy, his 3rd success in this event. Fastest scratch time was Ewan McKerral in 28 minutes 1 second.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 10th June 2014

Kilbarchan athletes have been competing at a wide variety of venues over the last week or so, with some top results.

Derek Hawkins continued his preparations for the Commonwealth Marathon by competing in a half marathon race in the Czech Republic on Saturday. In very warm conditions, Derek was close to his best, finishing eighth, top European, in a time of 65 minutes 18 seconds, which tops the Scottish rankings for 2014.

Also last weekend, the British Masters Pentathlon Championships were staged in  Oxford and Lindsay Scott from Paisley, won the Silver medal in the M 75 category, scoring 2876 points, which puts him 4th on the British all time list for athletes aged 75 and over. Top performance was in the Long Jump, clearing 3.93metres, a Scottish M75 record.

Earlier, 17 year old Gavin McArdle smashed his best for 1500metres at the British Milers Club meeting at Sportcity, time 3:52.44.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 4th June 2014

Kilbarchan Athletic Club had a good representation at the National Junior Development League meeting at Sheffield last Sunday.

Representing Team Glasgow, there were some fine performances which helped Team Glasgow to win the overall competition on the day.

In the under 17 girls category,  there were wins for Jemma Reekie in the 800metres (2.13.81), Laura Stark 1500m (4.43.71), Kerry MacAngus 3000m (11.26.31),  Also for the under 17 girls, Emma Kelly was 3rd in the 1500m steeplechase, Victoria Cleer won the Sprint Hurdles B race and the Hammer B event and Erin Campbell won the 300m Hurdles B race.

For the under 20 women, Mia Shepherd won the Hammer (37.02m) and also the Sprint Hurdles B race, Shona Ross was 3rd in the Triple Jump and Niamh Barclay won the B Discus..

For the under 17 men, Ewan McKerral won the 1500m steeplechase (4.50.21) and Euan Trout won the B race as well as 3rd in the 3000m.

The Kilbarchan club also had a team at the 2nd meeting of the Young Athletes League Division One at Kilmarnock last Sunday where the team finished 6th.

Outstanding performer was Rory MacLean in the under 13s boys category, winning the 100m (13.63s), 200m (27.19s) and Shot (7.67m). Other winners included Eilidh Gibson, who topped the Scottish rankings by winning the under 13s girls 800m in 2.26.93s, also Kirsty Costello winning the under 13 girls Javelin with a personal best 22.93m.

Michael Cairns was 2nd in the under 15 boys sprint Hurdles in a PB of 13.30s and Leona Murray 2nd in the under 13 girls 1200m in 4.03.16. Niall McLean was 2nd in the under 13 boys 800m in 2.27.56 and Andrew Costello had three 3rd places in the under 15 boys Shot, Javelin and Discus.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 27th May 2014

Kilmarnock was the venue for the West District Championships last weekend and Kilbarchan Athletic Club had a good turnout of athletes, with some impressive results.
Jack Lochans won the High Jump clearing 2.00metres in difficult windy conditions and French student Remi Caudoux was a good winner of the Javelin with a 53.84m throw. On the track, coming back from injury, Craig Stewart was 2nd in the 800m (1.58.83) and there was a 2, 3 in the 1500m with Scott MacAulay (4.07.10) closely followed home by Russell Mountford. Martin Lipton, still chasing a Commonwealth Games spot, showed good form with 2nd place in the 400m Hurdles in 52.51seconds and David Kerr was a good 3rd in the 200m, time 23.20s.
For the under 20s, Mia Shepherd won the womens Hammer (36.73m) and sprint hurdles and Gavin McArdle was 2nd in the 800m with a personal best, 1.56.01, while Billy Russell earned Silver in the Hammer with a PB 33.60m.
Jemma Reekie looked a class act winning the under 17 girls 800m in 2.13.61 with Laura Stark 2nd (2.18.58 )and also in that age group.

20140527-220143-79303454.jpg
Left to right, Laura Stark & Jemma Reekie

Other good performances in the under 17s age group from Victoria Cleer, 3rd in the sprint hurdles (12.23s) and Emma Devine 3rd in the 100m (13.37s) while in the boys 1500m, Euan Trout was 2nd (4.18.6) and Conor Thomson 3rd (4.21.40).
For the under 15s, Andrew Costello was on top form winning the Hammer with a club record throw of 48.43m and there were also good performances and medals for Iona Cleer 2nd in the Long Jump (4.87m) and Michael Cairns 3rd in the sprint Hurdles (12.65s).
Kirsty Costello was a star in the under 13 throws, winning the Hammer (31.66m) and the Javelin (23.40m) while Eilidh Gibson impressed in the under 13 girls 800m, leading from the start to win in 2.27.69 and there were also well earned medals won by Adam Cleer 3rd in the Sprint Hurdles (15.68s), Jack Patton 3rd in the 1500m (5.02.47).

Elsewhere, Hayley Haining and Derek Hawkins had useful workouts in their Commonwealth Marathon preparationd, running in Edinburgh 10K where Derek finished 2nd in the 10K, time 31mins 13 seconds and Hayley 3rd in the Womens ½ marathon in 79.51.
The ultra runners were also in action at the weekend showing remarkable endurance and Kilbarchan’s John Kynaston put in a terrific performance competing in the Hardmoors 110mile race, where he finished 11th in 27 hours 58 minutes 10 seconds.

20140527-220315-79395082.jpg
John Kynaston at Hardmoors 110 (6 miles to go!)

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 20th May 2014

Kilbarchan Athletic Club finished 3rd in the 2nd meeting of the Scottish Men’s League at Aberdeen last Sunday.

Martin Lipton was on form, winning the 200m in 22.59s and also the 400m Hurdles in 55.06sec. Newcomer Remi Caudoux won the Javelin with an impressive 58.28metres which smashed the club best and Tony Daffurn was just outside the club record with a Triple Jump of 15.17metres.

Sam O’Kane was a big point’s winner with 2nd in the Shot, 12.31m, also 3rd in the Discus and Hammer, well supported by Andrew Cunningham with 3 places in the B event throws. Jack Lochans was 2nd in the High Jump (2.00m) and Donnie McLeod 2nd in the 400m (50.56s) while there was a notable 6.06m long jump by 16 year old Ewan Johnston,

There was also a second place for the 4x100m quartet of Tony Daffurn, Ewan Johnston, Jack Lochans and Mark Chisholm.

There were a number of good performances at the Glasgow Milers meeting on Saturday.

Hayley Haining ran the 5K in 17.02.43, as a speed session in preparation for her Commonwealth Marathon and some speedy 1500metres times with Gavin McArdle 3.56.34 and Russell Mountford 3.58.76.

On the hills, Christina Ramkin is showing form and last week travelled to Lancashire, where she was 13th, 3rd Scot, in the Intercounties Championships in Blackburn, Christina in recent weeks, has been 1st lady at the Kaim and Dumyat hill races.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 13th May 2014
There were outstanding performances by Kilbarchan athletes at the Scottish Womens 10K in Glasgow last weekend.
Hayley Haining, celebrated her recent selection for the Scottish team for the Commonwealth Games Marathon, by finishing 2nd in 35 minutes 21 second, closely followed home by clubmate Elpeth Curran, just 80 metres behind in 3rd place, time 35.39, with Gemma Rankin a close 4th, time 36.00. There were also good runs from Elaine Eadie and Jennifer Rooney, 23rd and 24th out of around 7000 runners.
Elsewhere, the Scottish Junior Hill Race championships were staged at Ben Lomond, with Laura Stark winning the under 17s title in a time of 23 minutes 56 seconds.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 6th May 2014

Derek Hawkins continued his preparations for the Commonwealth Games Marathon, running in the Sunderland ½ marathon last weekend,.
The Elderslie athlete has had some injury problems over the winter but looked to have overcome these with a solid performance, finishing 2nd in 65 minutes 47 seconds.
Elsewhere at the weekend, the first meeting of the Scottish Young Athletes League took place at Grangemouth Stadium.There were some good performances by Kilbarchan athletes including wins in the under 17s category for Victoria Cleer (80m Hurdles), Jemma Reekie (800m) and Cameron Dickson (1500m).
Earlier in the week, the Open Graded Meeting at Linwood produced some good results, despite the miserable weather. In the under 13 girls 100m, there were Personal Bests for Mackenzi Cunningham 14.41 and for Rachel Shaw 14.42, also for Eilidh Gibson in the 800m (2.33.55). In the boys 800m, Andrew MacAngus and Ross Wallace (under 15) were timed at 2.20.85 and 2.22.71 and Tom Murray (under 17) 2.03.06, all PBs. In the Hammer, there were some good performances by Heather Fawcett (u15) with a 39.39m throw and by Andrew Costello (u15) with 45.07m.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 30th April 2014

The first meeting of the Youth Development League Northern Premier Division took place at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh last Sunday, with Kilbarchan athletes representing Team Glasgow and making a significant contribution to their 2nd position at the end of the day.

Laura Stark won the 3000m (10.28.59) and Kerry MacAngus was 2nd in the under 17s 1500m as well 3rd in the under 20s steeplechase.

Erin Campbell was 3rd in the under 17s 80m Hurdles and also 4th in the 300m Hurdles while Victoria Cleer won the 80m Hurdles B race in a fast 12.65s. Victoria was also 2nd in the Hammer event, wityh a throw measured at 35.37m.

Also in Edinburgh, Alisha Sivell had a fine run to win the Great Edinburgh Run 11-13 Junior Race, time 9.25 for the 2.5K distance

Nearer home, local athletes dominated the Houston 10K with Ewan McKerral winning overall in a time of 36.27 and Jennifer Rooney first lady to finish, time 42.25.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The Scottish Primary Schools Cross Country Championships were staged at Kirkcaldy on Saturday and St Columbas School Kilmacolm, had a very successful day, winning 2 individual awards.

Because of the large numbers taking part, each category has to be split, which is done alphabetically on the names of the schools.

In the P6 boys race (L-Z). Jack Patton (St Columbas), was in top form, winning in 5 minutes 52 seconds and the team won Bronze medals. In the P7 girls race (L-Z) , Eilidh Gibson (St Columbas) was a clear winner in 6.04, the team just missing the medals, finishing 4th. There were also top 10 places for Alisha Sivell (Houston PS) 4th .in P7 girls A-K and Niall McLean (St Columbas), 8th P7 boys L-Z

The summer Track and Field season got under way last Sunday, with the first meeting of the Scottish Mens League at Grangemouth with Kilbarchan Athletic Club competing in Division one.

The local club made a solid start to their season, finishing 3rd overall and there were some good individual performances.

Jack Lochans was in fine form, winning the High Jump with a 2.05metres clearance and there was some good sprinting from Shaun Tonner, 2nd in the 100m and in the 200m. There was also a 2nd place for Sam O’Kane in the Discus.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 16th April 2014

The London Marathon last Sunday, made for a fantastic spectacle, with the fine weather enhancing the scenery together with the enthusiasm of the tens of thousands of runners, of all ages and abilities.

Many local runners were there and special credit must go to Robin Scott from Bridge of Weir. Robin, now 70, completed the course in a remarkable 3 hours 19 minutes 45 seconds, which made him 3rd in his age category and competing against some of the best in the world.

There were also good efforts from fellow Kilbarchan club athletes, with Norman Groves 3.25.28, Catherine Stewart 3.32.04 Michael Finlay 3.55.03 and William Mimnagh 5.02.11.

Kilbarchan Athletic Club also has a number of young athletes, representing Scotland in the mini marathon which preceded the main event.

Scottish Road race Champion Euan Gillham was 7th, top Scot for the under 17 boys while Laura Stark, 3rd in the Scottish event, was 15th and 2nd Scot for the under 15 girls, Also for the under 15 boys, Conor Thomson was 4th Scot and for the under 17 girls, Gwen Gillham was 6th Scot..

The various parkruns were staged throughout the country as usual last Saturday and notably, Noanie Heffron was first lady at Pollok Park, time 20.02 for the 5K course.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 26th March 2014

2 local girls competed for Scotland in the British Schools International Cross Country International at Bolton last weekend.

Conditions were far from ideal with rain and wind as well as muddy underfoot conditions.

Laura Stark (St Columbas School) was 13th, 2nd Scot, in the 15-17 age group race, time 17 minutes 51 seconds, a fine effort for her first year in the age group and Rona Tytler (Gryffe HS), was 24th, 6th Scot, in the under 15s race and in the counting Scottish team, Both girls were rewarded by winning Silver team medals.

The whole weekend was a great experience for the girls, competing with their Scottish teammates, against the best from England, Ireland and Wales and then socialising with them in the evening.

Elsewhere, ultra man John Kynaston competed in the Hardmoors 55ml race, finishing in 10 hours 10min 24 seconds.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 19th March 2014

Euan Gillham from Bridge of Weir, had his best result of the year when he won the National Junior under 17s Road Race title at Riccarton in Edinburgh last Sunday.

Euan took the lead early on, finishing a clear winner, time 15 minutes 35 seconds for the 5200metres distance. With club mates Euan Trout 12th and Ewan McKerral 14th, Kilbarchan took Silver in the team event.

The Kilbarchan under 13 boys team went one better, winning team Gold, led by Scottish Schools Champion Cameron Corrigan in second place, backed up by Andrew MacAngus 5th and Craig Kennedy 7th.

There were Silver medals for the Kilbarchan under 15 girls, with Laura Stark winning individual Bronze, backed up by Rona Tytler 6th and Kerry MacAngus 10th just ahead of Iona Miller 11th and the under 15 boys team of Conor Thomson, Aidan Comerford and Sam McNair were Bronze medal winners.

Also on Sunday, at the Emirates arena, the Scottish Indoor League finals and relays were staged,

Jack Lochans was the star or the show, winning the High Jump with a 2.11m clearance, breaking his own Kilbarchan club record as well as the league record. Jack also attempted the Commonwealth Games standard of 2.17m, just missing out this time.

In the team competition, Kilbarchan under 20 men finished 3rd overall and as well as Jack’s High Jump, there were also wins for Andrew Murphy in the Shot (13.41m) and also the Long Jump (5.91m) while Gavin McArdle won the 800metres (1.58.5) and was 3rd in the 400m.

In the 4x200m relays, Kilbarchan under 20 girls team of Mia Shepherd, Megan Leighton, Victoria Cleer and Fionna Strong were 3rd  and other finalists included under 17 girls 5th (Emma Devine, Shona Ross, Erin Campbell, Stephanie Lamb) and the under 13 girls 6th (Rachel Shaw, Kimberley Gilchrist, Emilie Drysdale McEwan and Mackenzie Cunningham).

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 11th March 2014 

There were some fine performances by local young athletes at the Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships at Irvine’s Beach Park last Saturday.
The Schools event is one of the biggest on the winter calendar and hundreds of youngsters took part over the undulating course, not made any easier with the blustery wind.
Laura Stark (St Columbas School) continued her remarkable success story in this event by winning the girls 15 to 17 age group, having in the previous 2 years, won the under 14 and 14 to 15 age group titles. Laura made the pace from the start, stretching out the field of near 100 runners, eventually winning by 30 metres in 18 minutes 12 seconds.

20140311-183117.jpg
Cameron Corrigan (Gleniffer HS) exceeded expectations when he won the boys under 14 race in 12 minutes 31econds. Cameron took on the lead around half way and kept it going for a brilliant victory.

20140311-182950.jpg

Other top 10 results included Rona Tytler (Gryffe HS) 5th in the 14-15 girls race, Kerry MacAngus (Gryffe HS) 9th in the 15-17 girls race, Ewan McKerral and Euan Trout (both Gryffe HS), 7th and 8th in the 15-17 age boys race and Callum Matthews (Castlehead HS), 6th in the over 17s boys race ..
This weekend, the Scottish Junior Road Race Championships are at Riccarton in Edinburgh with places at stake for the London mini marathon next month.
Also, the Alloa ½ marathon and the Clydebank 5K road race, both popular events with local runners.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 24th February 2014

Callum Hawkins continued the remarkable Hawkins family tradition when he won the Scottish Cross Country Championship at CallendarPark, Falkirk last Saturday. The 21 year old from Elderslie, led from the start over the 3 laps of 4 kilometres, finishing almost 1 minute clear, in 37 minutes 41 seconds. This was Callum’s first National Senior Cross Country title though he had previously won at younger age group levels, and it followed on brother Derek, who won the title in 2011 and 2012. And other brother Scott and father Robert had all won Scottish titles at junior level.

Callum, already a British under 23 Cross Country International, is now targeting a place in the Scottish team for the Commonwealth Games, probably 10,000m.

Kilbarchan Senior women did well to win team medals when the quartet of Elspeth Curran, Natalie Sharp, Christina Rankin and Cara Sloss took team Bronze.

Kilbarchan under 17 boys team were impressive in winning Gold team medals with track specialist Gavin McArdle taking 2nd place ahead of teammate Euan Gillham, well supported by Euan Trout and Ewan McKerral.

For the girls, Laura Stark was 3rd in the under 15 girls race, where the team including Natalie Moran, Emma Fulton and Katie McGinn just missed Bronze by 1 point. Gwen Gillham just missed individual Bronze, with 4th place for the under 17 girls.

Under 13 boys won Bronze team medals with a fine 5th place for Cameron Corrigan  supported by Craig Kennedy, Andrew MacAngus and Jordan Gilchrist while under 15 boys were 4th team, Aidan Comerford, Conor Thomson, Josh Hendry and Sam McNair.. Under 13 girls team of Eilidh Gibson, Leona Murray and Bethany Craig were 5th.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 19th February 2014

The Scottish Indoor Championships were concluded at the weekend with events for the various age group categories.

Jemma Reekie was in fine form, finishing 2nd in the under 18s 800metres, time 2 minutes 14.73 seconds, an indoor best and Kilbarchan club under 17s indoor record, finishing just behind the English Champion, Caelidh Ross from Leicester.

Iona Cleer also won Silver, with a fine run in the under 14 girls 60m Hurdles. Her time 9.69 seconds was a Personal best.

In the sprints, Ewan Johnston had a busy day with heats, semis and finals in the under 18s 60m and 200m. Ewan just missed a medal with 4th place in the 200m but had the consolation of PBs in both Semi Finals, 60m 7.43s and 200m 23.43s.

Also close to medals, Shona Ross in the under 18s Triple jump a PB of 10.35m; and Victoria Cleer in the under 18s 60m Hurdles, a PB in the heat of 9.48s.

Back to cross country and one of Kilbarchans youngest members, Alisha Sivell (Houston Primary), won the P7 girls race at Garscube Harriers Invitation Schools event, finishing just behind the boys winner, same time of 9.22.

This Saturday, the Scottish National Cross Country Championships are being staged at Falkirk’s Callendar Park.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 12th February 2014

Callum Matthews won his first Senior Kilbarchan Cross Country Championship at Milliken Estate last Sunday, finishing well clear of Conor McNulty, with last year’s winner David Mackintosh, in 3rd place. Conditions were wet, with underfoot conditions very heavy, as Callum, from Elderslie, led from the start over the 9K course, finishing around 100metres ahead, to win the historic Challenge Cup in a time of 31 minutes 3 seconds

Alan Craig won the over 40s award ahead of John Kynaston.

Ewan McKerral won the under 17 boys 6K race in 21.19 and Conor Thomson the under 15 boys 4K race in 13.15, ahead of Sam McNair. Under 11 boys 1500m winner was Fraser Scott ahead of Charlie McFadyen and Finlay Gray.

Rebeca Fortes Martin won the Women’s 6K race in 27.11 while Laura Stark won the under 15 girls 4K race in 13.32 ahead of Rona Tytler. Under 13 girls 3K winner was Kim Crawford timed at 12.14,  ahead of Eilidh Gibson and Leona Murray while Alisha Sivell was 1st for the under 11 girls, ahead of Kimberley Gilchrist and Sheila McLean.

Club officials are grateful to Mrs McIntyre and to Mr Craig, for making the land available for the races to be staged over the traditional course.

The Kilbarchan club also had a number of competitors at the Scottish Schools Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena last week with fine performances for Laura Stark (St Columbas School), who was 2nd in the under 16s 1500m and from Jemma Reekie (Garnock Academy), 3rd in the over 16s 800m while Conor Thomson (Gleniffer HS) was 3rd in the under 16 boys 1500m. Other finalists included Kerry MacAngus and Rona Tytler (u16s 1500m), also Victoria Cleer and Erin Campbell (60m Hurdles)

And at the British Championships at Sheffield, Kilbarchan record holder Jack Lochans, was close to his best, clearing 2.07m in the High Jump.

Arthur Smith 

Wednesday 5th February 2014

Kilbarchan Athletic Club had a number of athletes competing at the Scottish Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena at the weekend.

Tony Daffurn won Silver in the Triple jump with a personal best of 14.97m and Jack Lochans smashed his own Kilbarchan club record, with a 2.09m clearance in the High Jump, to take the Bronze medal. There was also Bronze for Scott MacAulay, in the 1500m in 3.57.45. In the Womens 1500m, Natalie Sharp just missed a medal, 4th in 4.29.68.

There was a big turnout at the Renfrewshire County Road race Championships at Greenock on Sunday with the Kilbarchan club dominating the event.

Callum Hawkins smashed the course record to win the 5mile Road Race in 23 minutes 58 seconds, just 30 metres ahead of his brother Derek, who was also under the previous best with a time of 24.04. Kilbarchan just lost out to Inverclyde AC in the team race, other Kilbarchan counters including Paul Leck, Callum Matthews, David Mackintosh and Alan Craig.

Elspeth Curran was a clear winner of the Women’s race in 28.20 and had good support from Leanne Hamilton 3rd and Jennifer Rooney 6th to win the team title.

Other individual winners included Alisha Sivell under 11 girls, Jack Patton under 11 boys, Craig Kennedy under 13 boys, and Kerry MacAngus under 15 girls and there were medals for Conor Thomson and Aidan Comerfird 2nd and 3rd in the under 15 boys; Rona Tytler under 15 girls 3rd, Cameron Corrigan under 13 boys 3rd.

Team winners included under 13 boys (Craig Kennedy 1, Cameron Corrigan 3, Jordan Gilchrist 6), under 15 boys (Conor Thomson 2, Aidan Comerford 3, Ross Wallace 9) and under 15 girls (Kerry MacAngus 1, Rona Tytler 3, Emma Fulton 10).

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 29th January 2014

There was top class Athletics at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow last weekend with some fine performances by local athletes.

Kilbarchan’s Claire Gibson was pleased to get an invite to represent the Commonwealth team as Laura Muir was the Scottish selection. Unfortunately, Claire was badly baulked by one of the other athletes who virtually stopped in front of her, but still a good experience for Claire.

Elsewhere, there were a number of local athletes competing in various parkruns.

Robert Quinn was first home at Pollok Park in 16 minutes 42 seconds and David Mackintosh was 2nd at Victoria Park, time 17.04.

This weekend, the Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships are at Hawick on Saturday and the Renfrewshire Road Race Champs are at Greenock’s Battery Park on Sunday.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 21st January 2014

Claire Gibson made a good start to her 2014 track campaign at the Scottish Indoors Open Championships at the Emirates stadium at the weekend. The event was staged as an Open Graded meeting and Claire had the fastest Senior Women’s time, 2 minutes 4.81seconds. In addition to Claire, Kilbarchan Athletic Club had a good representation at the meeting. Martin Lipton performed well finishing 4th in the 400 metres in a personal best 48.90seconds, while Erin Campbell was 4th fastest in the under 16 girls 60m Hurdles in a PB 10.27s.

Several local athletes competed in the various Park races that take place every Saturday morning, all around the country and at the Pollok Park 5K run, Robert Quinn was first across the line, time 16.21

Elsewhere, at the East Kilbride Cross Country event, young Alisha Sivell won the under 11s cross country race, time 3.33.

Arthur Smith

Thursday 16th January 2014

Callum Hawkins celebrated his selection for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team with an outstanding 6th place in the International Cross Country event in Edinbirgh.
The 21 year old from Elderslie, had already run for GB under 23s at the European Championships in December but this was his first major GB senior selection and 6th and 2nd Brit was a big step forward towards his ambition of achieving selection for the Commonwealth Games later in the summer.
Kilbarchan Athletic Club also had several representatives in the West team for the associated Interdistrict competition. In the Senior Womens race, Christina Rankin was in good form, finishing top West runner, in 6th place and there was a fine run by Euan Gillham, 2nd in the under 17 boys event.
Other top performers included Laura Stark, 4th in the under 15 girls race, Gwen Gillham, 4th in the under 17 girls race with top ten finishes including Andrew MacAngus 6th under 13 boys and Rona Tytler, 9th under 15 girls.
Also in Edinburgh, in the BUPA Junior road run over 2.5 K, for 11-13 year olds, the girls winner was Alisha Sivell in 8.28 ..

Arthur Smith

Comments

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

follow us on Twitter @kilbarchanaac