January – June 2015

Monday 29th June 2015

Two local girls featured in the Scottish team that finished 6th in the International Junior Trophy Hill Race in Bulgaria last weekend. The race was the equivalent of a European Championship and Scottish team officials were delighted with the performances of the team which included Emily Nicholson from Pitreavie AC who finished 16th in 20.59, and 2 Kilbarchan club members, Laura Stark from Kilmacolm, 18th in 21.12 and Rona Tytler from Brookfield 26th in 21.36. Turkey won the event and Scotland in 6th place, finished ahead of all the other Home countries, as well as the likes of Russia and France.

At home, Robin Scott won the David Cummings Trophy, the Kilbarchan club’s 7 mile Handicap Road Race, around the hilly roads behind Kilbarchan, starting and finishing at the Park gates. Robin finished well clear of Donald Petrie, with John Hannigan 3rd. Fastest scratch time was 45.20 by Donald Petrie.

There were several good performances at the Linwood Open Graded meeting at Linwood last week and Alisha Sivell, who a week earlier,  had broken the Kilbarchan under 13 girls 1200 metres record, this time smashed the 1500m record, timed at 4.55.73.

Wednesday 24th June 2015

Norman Groves was a convincing winner of the Sustrans Trophy for Kilbarchan Athletic Clubs 5 mile annual handicap Race, along the cycle rack from Bridge of Weir, towards Kilmacolm for 2.5 miles and returning to the finish at Bridge of Weir.

Norman finished 300 metres clear of Euan Carrick with Robert Snodgrass a further  100metres behind,  just ahead of last year’s winner Max McFarlane.

Fastest scratch time was 30 minutes 50 seconds by Euan Carrick, with John Kynaston 32.01 and Norman Groves 33.26.

Fastest lady was Jennifer Rooney scratch time 34.09, followed by Lilian Young  41.24 with Lorraine Sharp 3rd in 41.43.

The 3rd meeting of the Young Athletes League Division 1 took place at Grangemouth last Sunday where the outstanding performance was by Alisha Sivell who won the under 13 girls 1200m in  3 minutes 50.39 seconds,  a club record and a time which tops the current British rankings. Other winners at Grangemouth included Jack Patton under 13 boys 1500m 4.49.98, Andrew MacAngus under 15 boys 1500m in 4.28.75 and Leona Murray under 15 girls 1500m in 4.57.46.

In the under v17s competition, there was a fine double for Erin Campbell, who won the 100m in 13.21s and also the sprint Hurdles in 12.08s while Kerry MacAngus won the 800m in 2.23 and Ellie Fulton won the Shot with 11.00m.

Also last weekend, the England Athletics age group Championships were at Bedford.  17 year old Jemma Reekie ran a seasons best 2.10.09in the under 20 girls 800m, qualifying for the final where in a tactical race, she finished 5th in 2.12.45.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 17th June 2015

The Scottish Schools Track and Field Championships were completed at Grangemouth last weekend,

In the Girls over 17s category, Mia Shepherd (St Benedicts), won the Hammer competition, Andrew Costello (Castlehead HS), won the under 17 boys Hammer and Praise Olatoke (St Columbas School) won the under 17 boys Triple Jump.

For the under 17 girls, Rona Tytler (Gryffe HS) won the 1500m Steeplechase in a Championship Best Performance 5.35.18 and in the same age category, Ellie Fulton (St Matthews Academy), won the Javelin title.

In the under 14 girl’s age group, Kirsty Costello (Castlehead HS), added to the Hammer Gold she had won the previous week, by winning the Javelin competition. Bobby Crossan (Brannock HS), was also a Javelin winner, taking the under 17 boys title.

There were other medals won including 2 Silvers for Laura Stark (St Columbas School) in the under 17s 1500m and the 3000m and there was also Silver for Shona Ross in the over 17s Triple Jump.

In the under 14 girl’s competition, Silvers were won by Eilidh Gibson (St Columas School) in the 800m, Olivia Burns (St Columbas School) in the High Jump and there was also Silver for Leona Murray (Castlehead HS) for the 1500.

David McNair (Castlehead HS), won 2 Bronze medals in the under 14 boys events and there was also Bronze for Niamh Barclay (St Benedicts) in the over 17s Discus.

In the Scottish Mens League Division competition at Inverness, a good all round performance by Kilbarchan Athletic Club, saw them finish in 2nd place, behind Aberdeen AC.

Winners included Blair Crawford in the 200metres, time 22.13seconds and Remi Caudoux in the Javelin with a 61.26m throw. Blair was also 3rd in the 100m, also 3rd in the High Jump (1.80m).

There was a fine all round performance from Andrew Murphy, 2nd in the Shot (12.93m), 2nd in the sprint Hurdles (16.05s) as well as winning the B High Jump and also the B Discus events. Conor Henderson was 3rd in the 400m and in the 400m Hurdles and there were several other valuable contributions to this excellent result for the Club.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 10th June 2015

Kirsty Costello was a star at the Scottish Schools Hammer Throw Championships at Grangemouth last weekend.

Competing in the under 14 girls event, Kirsty, a pupil at Castlehead High School, threw the 3K Hammer, a distance of 42.36m, a British under 13 girls record. There was also a fine Silver Medal fir Cameron Stark (St Columbas School), in the under 15 boys event.

Kirsty improved again, the next day at Livingston, at the Hammer Grand Prix event, beating her own UK record with a throw measured at 43.04m.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Gemma Rankin, continued her recent fine form when she won the Edinburgh ½ marathon last weekend. Gemma, who just 2 weeks earlier had won the Glasgow 10K, won the Womens race in the good time of 77 minutes 21 seconds, finishing 300 metres ahead of her nearest rival. Robin Scott was 2nd in the M70 category, time 93.42

Best placed Kilbarchan athlete in the Marathon, was Euan Carrick, time 3-10-57

The Edinburgh Marathon festival also included events for young athletes and Alisha Sivell won the girls 2K race in 7 minutes 9 seconds, finishing just behind the first boy.

Also at the weekend, the Youth Development League meeting was at Kilmarnock where the wind made it difficult for the athletes though there were still some good performances.

Winners included Kirsty Costello under 13 girls Javelin in a Personal Best 28.83m; for the under 15 girls Eilidh Gibson 1500m in a PB of 4.58.46, Leona Murray 800m in a PB of 2.24.14; for the under 15 boys Craig Kennedy in 4.33.83; for the under 17 boys, Conor Thomson 1500m a PB of 4.19.33; and the under 17 girls continued their winning form in the 4x100m relay, Stephanie Lamb, Zara Craig, Dalia Stewart and Erin Campbell, time 52.65s.

Also at the weekend, athletes representing Scottish Universities and Colleges in Belfast where Jemma Reekie won a tactical 800m in 2.17.59 and Remi Caudoux won the Javelin with a throw mwasured at 59.75m. Also notable, Andrew Murphy’s 4.50m Pole Vault and Sam O’Kane’s 12.53m Shot.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 26th May 2015

The West District Track and Field Championships at Kilmarnock last weekend provided some fantastic successes for Kilbarchan Athetic Club, whose members remarkably won 19 Gold medals, no fewer than 36 medals in all .

For the men, Blair Crawford won the 100m and was third n the 200m, Sam Davies won the 800m. Jack Lochans was 2ndin the High Jump, clearing 2.00m and Andy Dawkins 2nd in the Shot, while Natalie Sharp won the ladies 1500m.

In the younger age groups, the outstanding performance came from 12 year old Kirsty Costello, who not only won the under 13s Javelin, but also competed in the under 15s Hammer which she won with a throw of 40.06metres , a British best performance for under 13 girls.

In the under 20s category, Mia Shepherd won the Hammer with a club record 40.15m throw and she also won the 100metres Hurdles.  Jemma Reekie won the 800m and Sarah Dempsey the 1500m.

For the under 17s, Ellie Fulton won double  Gold, winning the girls Javelin and Shot events while for the men, Andrew Costello won the Hammer, Bobby Crossan the Javelin and Alex Watters the 100m Hurdles.

For the under 15s, Eilidh Gibson won the girls 800m and Michael Simson won the 1500m while Cameron Stark won the Hammer and for the under 13s Alisha Sivell and Jack Patton won their 1500metres events.

Tuesday 19th May 2015

Gemma Rankin won the Morrisons Great Women’s 10K in Glasgow last Sunday in a time of 35 minutes 31 seconds. Gemma, from Paisley, dominated from the start, finishing over 1 minute ahead of Gillian Palmer from Edinburgh AC and she had good support from a large number of her fellow Kilbarchan club athletes including Katie Hall who was 22nd and 2nd under 20 athlete.

Two Kilbarchan athletes were official pacers, Jennifer Rooney for those whose target was 45 minutes and Sandra Houldsworth, who had run the Whangie Whizz Hill Race the previous Wednesday, was pacemaker for those with a target of around 50 minutes.

Around 8000 runners took part, creating a colourful spectacle around the Bellahouston area.

Not far from Bellahouston Park, the Monklands ½ Marathon took place, with Julia Harris 2nd in the Women’s event in a time of 96.43.

This coming weekend, the West District Track and Field Championships are at Kilmarnock.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 12th May 2015

The first meeting of the Scottish Mens League was staged at Grangemouth last Sunday where Kilbarchan Athletic Club finished 4th in the Division 1 competition.

The Kilbarchan Throwers were in top form with Andy Dawkins winning the Shot (13.73m) and also the B Discus competition; Sam O’Kane 2nd in the Discus (39.91m) as well as winning the B Shot; Remi Caudoux winning the Javelin (55.48m) and Andrew Cunningham 1st in the B event.

Also in the Field events, Jack Lochans won the High Jump with a 1.95m clearance.

On the track Jim Prazan was 3rd in the 400m Hurdles while Krishawn Aiken was 3rd in the 400m with Connor Henderson winning the B race.

Thre were several other useful performances including Sam Davies 4th in the 800m in 1.57.99 while Russell Mountford was 2nd in the B race, also 4th in the 1500m 

The Kilbarchan club also  had a number of young athletes at Rowardennan last Saturday, competing  in the Ben Lomond Junior Hill Races, a Scottish Championship event.

Best placed was Laura Stark, second in the under 17s Category behind Pitreavie’s Emily Nicholson.

Laura’s  time for the 4.3K course, which involved two steep climbs, was 22minutes 52 seconds and she is assured of selection for the Scottish team for the World Mountain Running Youth Cup in Bulgaria at the end of June. Also with a chance of selection, is Rona Tytler, who finished 4th, her time 24.09, while 5th was Katie Hall in 25.22.

In the under 15s category, won by Inverclyde’s Nuala McCheyne in 13.49, Leona Murray was 5th in 14.20 with Alisha Sivell 7th and Eilidh Gibson 8th ..

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 6th May 2015

Callum Hawkins, continued his successful season in Edinburgh last week, when he won the Scottish 5K Road Race Championship.

The 22 year old from Elderslie, who is already top of the Scottish 10K rankings, covered the distance in 14 mnutes 19 seconds, which is a course record

Also at the weekend, Kilbarchan Athletic Club competed in the Youth Development League Scottish Division Onemeeting at Grangemouth, for under 13 and under 15 athletes, where despite miserable weather conditions, there were some top performances.

In the under 13 girls age group, Alisha Sivell won the 1200 metres by a distance, in 3 minutes 57 while for the under 13 boys, Fraser Scott was 3rd on the 800m and Lewis Hanniganwas 3rd in the 1500m.

For the under 15 girls, Eilidh Gibson won the 800metres in 2.21.71 and Leona Murray won the 1500m in 4.56.41, with Kim Crawford winning the B race.

Rory McLean was 3rd in the under 15 boys 100m and 2nd in the 200m, while David McNair won the 800m in 2.24.80 with Ellis Graham winning the B race. Also for the under 15 boys, Cameron Stark won the Discus with a 21.46m throw.

Overall, the club finished 6th, with hopes to improve at the next meeting at the end of May.

In the separate under 17s competition, winners included Alec Watters in the Sprint Hurdles 15.01sConor Thomson 1500m4.22.22 , Andrew Costello Hammer 49.32m,  with Dalia Stewart winning the 100m and 200m B races. Stephanie Lamb was 2nd in the 100m and 3rd in the 200m and Aidan Comerfordwas 3rd in the 800m as well as winning the 1500m B race.

Arthur Smith 

Tuesday 21st April 2015

Local athletes have been busy recently, competing in various parts of the country.

The Hawkins brothers were in action at the Great Edinburgh Festival of Running  last weekend, competing in the 10mile relay event, where they finished 2nd, in a speedy 48 minutes 37 seconds.

Also at the Edinburgh event, a good effort by a possible star of the future, with Lewis Hannigan 2nd in the under 11 boys race, his time 9.26.

Two Kilbarchan club records for the Javelin were broken at the recent Scottish Athletics Throws Grand Prix at Livingston. Ellie Fulton had a fine effort, measured at 40.89m in the under 17 girls event and in the under 13 girls competition, Kirsty Costello threw an impressive 28.95m.

Team Glasgow competed at Sheffield in the UK Development League Northern Premier Division and Kilbarchan athletes made some major contributions to the team. Shona Ross won the under 20s Triple Jump, clearing 10.83m and Mia Shepherd won the under 20s Hammer with a throw of 37.93m.

Ellie Fulton had a very successful day, winning the under 17s Javelin with 37.78m and was 2nd in the Shot with 11.70m, also 2nd in the Discus with 23.02m while Bobby Crossan was 2nd in the under 17 mens Javelin, throwing 45.06m.

Erin Campbell won the 80metres Hurdles B race in the under 17s age group and also the 300metres Hurdles B race.

Arthur Smith

Monday 13th April 2015

Donald Petrie, returning from long term injury, regained the Challenge Cup when he won the Kilbarchan Club Cross Country Championship, staged at Linwood last Sunday.

Donald who won previously in 2007, crossed the line ahead of early leader Alan Craig, winning time 29 minutes 42 seconds.

Jennifer Rooney won the Ladies race in 23.26, with Katie Hall winning the under 17 girls in 23.28, ahead of Emma Fulton. Rona Tytler was first home for the under 15 girls, time 13.05,with Kim Crawford 2nd and Craig Kennedy was the under 15 boys winner in 11.39.

Scottish Schools Champion Alisha Sivell won the under 13 girls race in 12.02, ahead of Leona Murray, with EilidhGibson 3rd and first home for the under 13 boys was Lewis Hannigan in 12.36.

Aurelia Tiffoney won the under 11 girls race, time 4.40, with Poppy Pitts 2nd  and Louise Hastie 3rd and Finlay Gray  was first home for the under 11 boys, time 4.34, ahead of Sam McDowall and Rueben McNeill.

Further afield, Callum Hawkins set a Personal Best for the distance, competing in the Brighton 10K against some of Britain’s best, finishing 3rd in a fast 29 minutes 21 seconds.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 8th April 2015

Kilbarchan Athletic Club had a number of athletes at the Tom Scott Memorial 10mile Road Race at Strathclyde Park last Sunday.
The event counted as the Scottish 10mile Road Race Championship and Gemma Rankin, who was in good form the previous week at the National relays, had another fine run to finish 2nd in the Womens race, time 58 minutes 7 seconds. Also notable, was the run by Robin Scott, in the over 70s age category, time 70.03.
Arthur Smith

Wednesday 1st April 2015

Kilbarchan Athletic Club took their first major Men’s team title when they won the Scottish National  Road Relay Championship at Livingstone last Saturday, finishing ahead of last year’s winners, Central AC and over 80 competing teams.

The race includes 6 stages of alternate nominally 5.8 and 3.1 mile laps and the Kilbarchan  team included Commonwealth Games athletes the brothers  Callum and Derek Hawkins, well supported by Euan Gillham, Callum Matthews, Gavin McArdle and Scott MacAulay.  Derek Hawkins on the 2nd stage, had the fastest long lap of the day, time 28 minutes 8 seconds, with Callum bringing the team home to victory, his time 28.29 for a total time of 2 hours, 14 minutes 58 seconds and a winning margin of over 200 metres.  Gavin McArdle, ran the fastest short stage of the day, 15 minutes 25 seconds and altogether, this was a fine all round team effort.

The Kilbarchan Ladies team were always prominent in their 4 stage event over the same course, the quartet of Sarah Dempsey, Gemma Rankin, Jennifer Rooney and Catherine Stewart, finishing 8th.  Gemma ran the 3rd lastest long lap, time 33 minutes 48 seconds.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 24th March 2015

Kilbarchan athletes were spread far and wide last weekend, competing in various events.

Claire Gibson was in good form at Clydebank on Saturday, competing in the Dunky Wright 5K Road Race, winning the Ladies race in 17 minutes 5 seconds.

Commonwealth marathon athlete Derek Hawkins, travelled south to take part in the Reading ½ marathon, where, against a world class field, he finished 8th in 65 minutes 56 seconds.

And there were several young athletes, representing Scotland in the Schools International Cross Country competition near Dublin. In the Intermediate races, Laura Stark was 16th and Sam McNair 25th in their respective events. In the Junior races, Leona Murray was 21st in the Girls race and for the boys, Michael Simson was 14th, Andrew MacAngus 15th, Craig Kennedy 17th and Cameron Corrigan 20th.  A great experience for these young athletes, competing against the best from Britain and Ireland.

Elsewhere, Euan Carrick won the Loch Katrine ½ marathon and several athletes competed in the various park runs, most notable Gavin McArdle winning at Pollok in a fast 15.19. Also notable, was John Kynaston, in the Hardmoors 55 mile race in Yorkshire, which he completed in the impressive time of 9 hours 35 minutes 40 seconds.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 17th March 2015

Andrew Murphy was in fine form at the Scottish Indoor Combined Events Championships at the Emirates in Glasgow,last weekend. Andrew broke his own Kilbarchan club recordfor the Pole Vault with an impressive 4.51m clearance and his total points score of 4911points was also a club record. Andrew also recorded Personal bests in High Jump 1.88m, the 60 metres 7.42 seconds and the 1000m in 3.03.18  while his other results in the 7 event competition, were Long Jump  6.28m and Shot 12.83m.

Kilbarchan Athletic Club had several successes at the Scottish Junior Road Race Championships at Greenock last Sunday, with 4 individual medals and winning team medals in all 6 events.

Laura Stark won the under 17 girls title, finishing strongly to beat Victoria Park Glasgow’s Gillian Black, Laura’s time 17 minutes 14 seconds with Iona Miller having a fine run for 3rdplace, time 17.36And with Rebecca Craig, the club won team Gold. The under 13 boys also won Team Gold with David McNair who won individual Silverbeing well supported by Jack Patton and Niall McLean. The under 13 girls won Silver in their team event, with Eilidh Gibson individual Bronze medallist, backed up by Leona Murray and Alisha Sivell .. There were also Silver team medals for the under 15 boys, Craig Kennedy, Michael Simson and Andrew MacAngus and for the under 17 mens team of Euan Trout,  Sam McNair and Aidan Comerford while the under 15 girls trio of KatiMcGinn, Rona Tytler and Kim Crawford won team Bronze.

At the other end of the age spectrum, 70 year old Robin Scott, travelled to Spain to compete in the Barcelona Marathon, which he completed in the remarkable time of 3 hours 18minutes 16 seconds.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 11th March 2015

The Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships were staged at Irvine’s Beach Park last Saturday, attracting a huge entry from schools all around Scotland and there were a number of local successes.

Alisha Sivell, first year at Gryffe High School, won the first race for Group D girls in fine style against 150 competitors, winning by more than 60 metre, time 11 minutes 16 secondss and there was also a very good 5th place for Eilidh Gibson (St Columbas). This was followed by another local winner when David McNair, first year at Castlehead HS, was equally impressive, leading from the start to win the Group D boys race in 12.28, with a good effort from Niall McLean (St Columbas School} who finished 5th

In the Group C boys race, Michael Simson (Park Mains HS), had a fine run and a strong finish to win a closely contested Boys race in 16.27, with Andrew MacAngus (Gryffe HS), just behind in 3rd place (16.29), closely followed by Craig Kennedy (Park Mains) 4th and Cameron Corrigan (Gleniffer HS), 5th.

There was also Bronze for Leona Murray (Castlehead HS), strong all the way and good finish for 3rd place in the girls race, time 13.03.

Laura Stark (St Columbas School) was another medal winner, taking Bronze in the Group B girls race in 17.31 and Gryffe High School were delighted to win team Gold with a quartet of Rebecca Craig, Rona Tytler, Katie Hall and Emma Fulton..

There was also a fine effort by Sam McNair (Castlehead HS), in the group B boys event, always in contention and finishing in Bronze medal position in 19.25, with Conor Thomson (Gleniffer HS) 9th.

In the Group A races, good runs by Katie Turnbull (Hutchesons GS) 5th and Euan Trout (Gryffe HS) 8th, in their respective races.

In the Intercounties Cross Country finals at Birmingham, Euan Gillham had a fine run for 8th place, 2nd Scot in the under 20s event, competing against top class UK competition.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Lindsay Scott competed in the British Masters Indoor Championships where he won Gold medals in the M75 age group, for the 60 metres and the Triple Jump

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 24th February 2015

Despite wet and muddy conditions, local athletes had some fine successes at the Scottish Cross Country Championships at Falkirk’s Callander Park last Sunday.

In the Senior event over 7 miles,  and with around 600 athletes competing,  Kilbarchan’s Callum Hawkins just failed to retain his Mens title, just losing out to Central’s Andrew Butchart but the local club did have a winner when West Champion Laura Stark claimed Gold with a superb victory in the under 17 girls race and with good support from Kerry MacAngus and Rebecca Craig, it was Team gold as well.

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In the under 20 mens race over 5 miles, Euan Gillham fell badly around ½ way but recovered remarkably to claim the Bronze medal  and there was also a Bronze medal in the under 13 girls race, with a fine run by Alisha Sivell to take  3rdplace.

The Kilbarchan club dominated the younger boys races, no individual medals but won 3 team Golds.  The winning teams were under 13 boys David McNair,  Jack Patton, Andrew Devine, Cameron Hunter; the under 15 boys Andrew MacAngus , Josh Hendry, Michael Simson, Craig Kennedy; and under 17 boys Sam McNair,  Ewan McKerral,  Scott McLardie,  Aidan Comerford.

As well as the under 17 girls winning Gold team medals, the under 13 girls won Silver for 2nd team, with Alisha Sivell, Leona Murray, Eilidh Gibson, Kimberley Gilchrist.

Having just celebrated their 40th anniversary, it was a very successful day for the Kilbarchan club,  0n the day, 10 Scottish Championship races and winning 1 Gold, 1 Silver add 2 Bronze individual medals and in the team competitions winning 4 Gold and 1 Silver.

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.

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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

Wednesday 7th January 2015

The Scottish Indoor 3000m Championships were staged at the Emirates at the weekend with a number of successes for Kilbarchan Athletic Club athletes.

Gavin McArdle won the under 20s event, time 8 minutes 30.62 seconds and Andrew MacAngus won the under 15s title, time 9.37.62, both times personal bests, while Laura Stark was 3rd in the under 17 girls race.

On Hogmanay, the last of the Kilbarchan club’s series of Festive races, the Donald Crawford Cup 11mile Handicap race, was staged round the hilly roads towards Lochwinnoch and round by Bridge of Weir, finishing in Kilbarchan park. Because of injury, Elspeth Curran has missed most early winter events, but Elspeth showed that she is well on the road to recovery, coming through the field and catching veteran Robin Scott in the last mile, to win the Cup in a time of 67 minutes 52 seconds, a club Ladies record.

Elsewhere, there was a small turnout for the Beith Harriers road races, with wins for Kilbarchan girls under 11s Aurelia Tiffoney, under 13s Eilidh Gibson, under 17s Jemma Reekie.

This weekend, the Scottish Interdistrict Cross Country Championships are at Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park with various age group races supporting International events.

Arthur Smith

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