July – December 2014

Wednesday 31st December 2014

The Hawkins boys were in action at the weekend, in England and in France.
Callum took part in the Houilles 10K in Paris, where he finished 16th, top Brit, in 29 minutes 31 seconds, in a race dominated by African athletes and won by Victor Chumo from Kenya, in 28.04.
Closer to home, Derek was 2nd in the Ribble Valley 10K, time 30.06, just losing out to John Beattie (Newham and Essex Beagles) who won in 30.01..
Closer to home, Kilbarchan Athletic Club has been having its series of winter races.
Katie Hall won the 4mile Christmas Handicap round the streets of Johnstone, well ahead of Euan Carrick with Laura Stark 3rd. Fastest scratch time for the 2 laps of 4.2miles course, was 23minutes 8 seconds by Euan Trout ahead of Conor Thomson’s 23.34. Laura Stark set a ladies record, timed at 25.04 while Leona Murray’s time of 13.02, beat the under 13 girls 1 lap record.
The Boxing Day Relay involves most runners completing 2 laps around the area of Kilbarchan Park and was won by Dougie Biggart’s team in 46minutes 40 seconds. Dougie’s team included Callum Matthews, David McNair, Jim Brassil, Kerry MacAngus and Ewan McKerral, with fastest times 7.46 by Callum Matthews and 9.07 by Laura Stark which is a club under 17 girls record. Other notable times were 8.15 by Sam McNair and 8.27 by Scott McLardie while Leona Murray’s time of 9.48 broke the under 13 girls record set in 1982 and Eilidh Gibson’s1 lap time of 4.28, beat the previous best under 13 girls best, also dating back to 1982.
Interestingly, 1982 was the first time that a young Robert Quinn competed in this event and 32 years later, Robert is still performing at a high level, his time of 8.31 this year, was the 3rd fastest of the day, helping his team to finish 2nd overall.
The third of the club Christmas events, the Marshall Moor race, was won by Donald Petrie, returning to action ater long term injury, Donald using his local knowledge to finish just 50 metres ahead of
his young rival Conor Thomson, winning time 57minutes 37 seconds, with Robert Snodgrass 3rd.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 16th December 2014

It was another fine performance by Callum Hawkins last Saturday, competing for Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships in Bulgaria.

Competing in the under 23s race, Callum from Elderslie, took on the might of Europe, making the pace in the wintry conditions, before eventually giving way to the might of the Russian team.

Still a very fine performance to finish 5th in such a major event and Callum was rewarded by the team finishing in 2ndplace and winning Silver medals.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Callum Hawkins was in top form at Liverpool’s Sefton Park Cross Country meeting last Saturday, the event doubling as the British team trial for the European Cross Country Championships.

The 22year old from Elderslie had one of the best wins of his career, winning the Men’s race in a time of 29 minutes 26 seconds and he will now lead the GB team for the European Championships to be held in Bulgaria in 2 weeks time.

Kilbarchan Athletic Club also had a number of young athletes at Liverpool, competing in fields of well over 100 runners, including many of Britain’s best and there were some very good performances.

Laura Stark was 4th, top Scot, in the under 17 girls race, her time 15.56 and Jack Patton was 9th in the under 13 boys race. Euan Gillham was 12th, 2nd Scot, in the under 20 mens race; Eilidh Gibson and Leona Murray were 12th and 13th for the under 13 girls and Andrew MacAngus 18th for the under 15 boys.

This weekend, on Saturday, the Lindsay’s West District Cross Country Championships are being staged at Linwood, and the Kilbarchan club will be looking for some individual and team successes in the various events.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 26th November 2014

At the Annual Dinner of Scottish Athletics in Glasgow last weekend, Kilbarchan Athletic Club were honoured by being presented with the award for top non track Club of the Year, which award recognised the quality of achievements of club athletes in Road and Cross Country events and also involvement in other activities including Hill and Ultra running. Club President Jim Goudie was pleased to accept the award, on behalf of the Club.

This weekend, athletes will be travelling to Liverpool for the UK Challenge cross country competiton, which will attract top athletes from all around the UK. Events will include selection races for the GB teams for the European Cross Country Championships next month.

There is also an International element and it is congratulations to Callum Hawkins, who will represent Scotland in the under 23s event and, also and also to Euan Gillham and Gavin McArdle who will compete in the under 20s race as part of the Scottish team.

Several other athletes will make the journey south to compete against the best in Britain and can only benefit from the experience.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 18th November 2014

Callum Hawkins had an impressive run in the Leeds Abbey Dash 10K last Sunday, setting a Personal Best for the distance 29 minutes 21 seconds, to finish 2nd, just behind fellow Scot Andrew Butchart.

Jonny Glen (Inverclyde AC), won the Renfrewshire County Cross Country Championships at Johnstone’s Thomas Shanks Park at the weekend from Glenpark Harriers Stephen Trainer with Kilbarchan’s Robert Quinn, winning the veterans over 40s award, finishing 4th overall.
Sharon Muir (Inverclyde), won the Ladies 4mile race with Kilbarchan’s Elaine Eadie having a fine run to finish in 2nd place.

Kilbarchan Athletic Club produced some good performances in the younger age groups. Ewan McKerral led from the start to win the under 17 boys race from clubmate Aidan Comerford. Other individual medallists included Alisha Sivell , 2nd in the under 13 girls race and Aurelia Tiffoney was 3rd for the under 11 girls. For the boys, Andrew MacAngus was 3rd in the under 15s event and Jack Patton and David McNair were 2nd and 3rd in the under 13s race.
Gold team medals were won by the Kilbarchan under 13 boys team of Jack Patton, David McNair and Niall MacLean and silver medals were won by the under 15 girls Katie McGinn, Kim Crawford, Emma Johnstone; also the under 13 girls Alisha Sivell, Leona Murray, Eilidh Gibson; under 11 girls Aurelia Tiffoney, Louise Hastie, Eve Blincow, under 15 boys Andrew MacAngus, Josh Hendry, Michael Simson and Bronze medals went to the under 11 boys trio of Callum Fleming, Finlay Gray and Aiden McCaskill.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 11th November 2014

A very busy weekend with Scottish Schools Road Races on Saturday and Scottish Short Course Cross Country Championships and Kilmarnock open races on Sunday.

St Columbas School Kilmacolm, had a very successful day at Falkirk, winning 2 of the 6 individual races as well as other individual and team awards.

Laura Stark won the over 16s race, time 8 minutes exactly with Iona Miller 2nd and Eilidh Gibson, also St Columbas,  won the S1 race in 5.52 while in the under 16 girls race, Leona Murray (Castlehead HS) was 3rd.

For the boys, Andrew MacAngus (Gryffe HS), won the under 16s race in 7.21 and in the S1 boys race, David McNair (Castlehead HS) was 2nd.

The Scottish Short Course Cross Country Championships were staged at Bellahouston Park on Sunday where there was a top performance from Euan Gillham to win the under 20s title, ahead of clubmate Gavin McArde, Euan’s time 12.30 for the 4K course. Laura Stark completed a successful weekend by winning the under 17 girls title, time 10.38 to add to her Schools title from the previous day.

At the Kilmarnock Open races, the Kilbarchan club claimed more successes. Ewan McKerral won the under 17 boys race from clubmates Scott McLardie and Aidan Comerford . Cameron Corrigan was 2nd in the under 15 boys race, David McNair 3rd for the under 13 boys and Leona Murray 3rd in the under 13 girls race. Also a good run by Leanne Hamilton for 2nd place in the Senior Womens race.

Arthur Smith

This press release will be published in Wednesday’s (12/11) edition of the Paisley Daily Express.

Tuesday 28th October 2014

Kilbarchan Athletic Club had a successful day at the Scottish Cross Country Relay Championships at Cumbernauld last weekend. This major event of the autumn cross country season, attracted an entry of over 1500 runners, representing clubs from all over Scotland, competing over the tough hilly circuit. .

Commonwealth Games star Callum Hawkins ran the 2nd fastest time of the day, 12 minutes 23 seconds for the Senior 4K circuit, to help the Mens team to third place behind Central Ac and Inverclyde AC. Callum had fine support from 2 of Scotland’s top under 20  athletes, Euan Gillham and Gavin McArdle and former champion, veteran Robert Quinn; The club’s B team of Callum Matthews, Graham Evans, Gary Downey and Tom Murray.

The day started off with the Girls race and the local trio of Alisha Sivell, Leona Murray and Laura Stark, were always in contention with Laura running the fastest time of the day, 10.20 for the 2.5K course, to take the team into a fine 2nd place behind Giffnock North AC. The girls B team of Eilidh Gibson, Rona Tytler and Jemma Reekie did well to finish 13th out of over 100 starting teams.

Second race was for the boys and the Kilbarchan team of Jack Patton, Andrew MacAngus and Euan Trout were on form to win Silver team medals behind Edinburgh AC, Euan running the 2nd fastest time of the day, 9 minutes 1 second. Another great result for the local club. The boys B team of David McNair, Jake Scott and Scott McLardie were also to the fore, 1th, again from over 100 starting teams.

The Senior Ladies race was won by Central AC and the Kilbarchan team of Christina Rankin, Maica Conzales and Natalie sharp competed well to take 7th place, with their B team of Cara Sloss, Elaine Eadie and Sarah Dempsey, also very competitive, finishing 11th out of nearly 100 competing teams.

Elsewhere, Gemma Rankin was 5th lady in the Dublin Marathon in a fast 2hours 41 minutes 53 seconds.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 21st October 2014

The Renfrewshire County Cross Country Relay Championships were staged at Bellahouston Park last Saturday, with 10 races for the various age groups from Seniors down to under 11s and Kilbarchan Athletic Club were to the forefront in all.

The Ladies team repeated their success in the West District Championships the previous week, the trio of Christina Rankin, Elaine Eadie and Maica Rodriguez, winning in 41minutes 50 seconds, ahead of Inverclyde AC, with Christina having the fastest lap time, 13 minutes 24 seconds.

Kilbarchan also won the under 17 girls race, team of Jemma Reekie, Kerry MacAngus and Laura Stark and remarkably, their B team of Rebecca Craig, Emma Fulton and Natalie Moran, producing a fine effort to take 3rd place. Their under 13 girls team of Leona Murray, Alisha Sivell and Eilidh Gibson also won Gold, as did the under 15 boys team of Josh Hendry, Andrew MacAngus and Jake Scott.

Greenock Glenpark Harriers won the Men’s race in the closest finish of the day, just one second on the line, ahead of Inverclyde AC, with Giffnock North 3rd and   the Kilbarchan quartet of Robert Quinn, David Mackintosh, Graham Evans and Alan Craig,  6th

Glasgow School of Sport had a good day winning the under 13 boys and under 15 girls events while Giffnock North won the under 17 mens race ahead of the Kilbarchan trio of Conor Thomson, Andrew MacAngus and Fraser Auld,  Giffnock also winning the boys and girls under 11 races.

Kilbarchan also won medals for 2nd u13 boys (Scott Irvine, Jack Patton, Niall MacLean) and 2nd u11 girls with Eve Blincow, Aurelia Tiffoney and Louise Hastie.

The under 15 girls team of Katie McGinn, Rona Tytler and Kim Crawford, finished a close 4th, also 4th, the under 11 boys trio of Jack Kennedy, Samuel Craig, Robert Gunson.

This Saturday, the last of the cross country relay events with the National Championships at Cumbernauld, for men, Ladies, boys and girls and Kilbarchan hope to be feature in the medal hunt in all 4 races.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 14th October 2014

Several hundred athletes, of all ages, competed in the West District Cross Country relay Championships at Kilmacolm last weekend and local runners, representing  Kilbarchan Athletic Club had a successful day, with 2 wins and one second place in the 4 events.

The trio of Christina Rankin, Maica Rodriguez and Natalie Sharp were clear winners of the Senior Womens race in 42 minutes 35 seconds, remarkably the 5th consecutive year the Club has won this District title. And there was good back up from their B team of Sarah Dempsey, Elaine Eadie and Leanne Hamilton, which competed well to finish in 6th place.

The boys team of Jack Patton, Andrew MacAngus and Euan Trout also had a fine victory, finishing ahead of over 50 competing teams, their time 24.35. The boys B team of Niall MacLean, Cameron Corrigan and Scott McLardie produced a fine effort to finish 4th and remarkably, the club also filled 9th place with a team of Cameron Hunter,  Craig Kennedy and Aidan Comerford.

The Kilbarchan girls team of Eilidh Gibson, Rona Tytler and Laura Stark, also performed well, just missing Gold in finishing 2nd to Giffnock North AC, time 27.28. The Kilbarchan C team were close to Bronze medals in 4th place,  team of Alisha Sivell, Katie McGinn and Kerry MacAngus and like the boys, girls also 3 teams in the top 9 out of over 50 starting teams, the girls B team of Leona Murray, Kim Crawford and Jemma Reekie, in  9th place.

Inverclyde won the Mens race ahead of Shettleston Harriers and Giffnock North with Kilbarchan  in 4th place with a quartet of Robert Quinn, Gavin McArdle, Euan Gillham and Callum Matthews.

This weekend, the Renfrewshire Cross Country relays are being staged in Bellahouston Park, the historical county including areas of Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and parts of Glasgow south side.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 7th October 2014

Thousands of runners thronged the streets of Glasgow last weekend, taking part in the Great Scottish Run and associated events.

Callum Hawkins was the star local performer in the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon which also counted as the Scottish Half Marathon Championship.  The 22 year old Commonwealth athlete from Elderslie finished 6th in 63 minutes 6 seconds, a fantastic effort for his first attempt at the distance and a Kilbarchan club record. Race winner was Stephen Mokoko from South Africa, Callum finishing top Brit, just 12 seconds behind Commonwealth Marathon Champion Michael Shelley from Australia.

For the ladies, Gemma Rankin from Paisley was in fine form, finishing  8th, 3rd Scot and Bronze medallist in the Scottish Championship, close to her best in 76.36.

And a special mention for Robin Scott from Bridge of Weir.  Robin won the 70-74 age category in a remarkable 98 minutes 29 seconds

Kilbarchan Athletic Club young athletes were also to the fore in the various 3K races.  Laura Stark won the Girls race in 9.08 with Eilidh Gibson 4th while Sam McNair was 2nd in the boys event in 8.17 with Conor Thomson 7th. Alisha Sivell was 2nd in the girls 12 and under race, her time 10.02 and Kimberley Gilchrist was 6th.

This coming weekend, the West District Cross Country Relay Championships are at Port Glasgow with events for Senior Men and Senior women, as well as younger age groups, under 13s, under 15s and under 17s.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 30th September 2014

Around 250 runners, representing 68 teams, converged on Houston last Saturday, to compete in the annual George Cummings Trophy Road Relay Race with the start and finish in South Street.

The mens race, 4 laps of 2.7 miles over the country roads around the village was won by Shettleston Harriers, who retained the Trophy, finishing just ahead of the local Kilbarchan Athletic Club, with Inverclyde Athletic Club 3rd.

Winning time was 51 minutes 51 seconds, just 4 seconds of a margin ahead of the Kilbarchan quartet of Euan Trout, Callum Hawkins, Gavin McArdle and Euan Gillham, with Callum having the fastest time of the day, 12 minutes 11 seconds for the 2.7 miles circuit. Kilbarchan’s B team also performed well, with a quartet of Graham Evans, Sam McNair, Cameron Dickson and Conor Thomson, finishing 8th in a time of 58.24 and their C team, which included Alan Craig, Norman Groves, Steven Hill and John McLaughlin, was 29th in 69.16.

Inverclyde AC won the womens race over 3 laps, time 47.52, ahead of Ron Hill Cambuslang  and Kilmarnock Harriers, with Kilbarchan finishing 4th and 5th. The Club’s Senior team of Natalie Sharp, Maica Rodriguez and Elaine Eadie, finished in 49.19, just 9 seconds in front of their B team of Kerry MacAngus, Laura Stark and Sarah Dempsey. Kilbarchan C team of Rebecca Craig, Lucy McKellar and Emma Fulton was 12th in the Ladies race, time 54.00 and their D team of Sandra Houldsworth,  Lorraine Sharp and Lindsay McKinnon, was 20th in 63.34. Fastest lap was 15.32 by Inverclyde’s Julie Gordon with Laura Stark fastest local athlete at 15.41, just ahead of Natalie Sharp 15.45.

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Kilbarchan Athletic Club had 2 girls representing Scotland under 16s at the British Home International Hill Races in Dublin last weekend weekend.

Scottish Champion Laura Stark finished 4th in a time of 22.47 and Rona Tytler, in only her 3rd Hill race, was 14th overall and 3rd Scot, in a time of 24.44, helping the Scots to Bronze medals.

It was also a weekend for the ultra runners and local athletes were in action at two different events.

In London, at the Self Trancendence  24hour track race, women filled the first 3 places with Kilbarchan’s Noanie Heffron third, covering the remarkable distance of 132 miles 406 yards. Winner was Fionna Ross (Harmeny AC) who smashed the Scottish record, covering over 144 miles.

John Kynaston competed in the Hardmoors 60 at the weekend, finishing in 15th place, time 11 hours 51 minutes28 seconds. This was the fourth and final race in the Hardmoors Grand Slam series,  previous races being over 30, 55 and 110 miles events  and the overall result gave John a superb 2nd place.

Arthur Smith

Dublin Home int HRace u16s

Wednesday 17th September 2014

Greg Glendinning (Bellahouston Road Runners) won the Kilmacolm 10K Road Race last week, time 35minutes 35 seconds, with local athlete 16 year old Ewan McKerral (Kilbarchan Athletic Club), having a fine run to claim 3rd place, time 35.58. Kilbarchan athlete Maica Rodriguez, was a good winner of  the Ladies race, time 40.09.

Stephen Trainer (Glenpark Harriers} won the ½ marathon race in 70.32 with Deborah Gray (Bellahouston RR), first lady to finish in 88.17.

Ryan Gray (Inverclyde AC) won the 3K event in 9.38, from the Kilbarchan duo of Sam McNair and Andrew MacAngus while it was a Kilbarchan 1, 2 for the girls, with Laura Stark winning in 10.19 ahead of Kerry MacAngus with Glenparks  Shelby Morrison 3rd. Kilbarchan young athletes led home the under 13 category, Jack Patton for the boys and Eilidh Gibson for the girls.

3K girls group

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 10th September 2014

Gemma Rankin showed good form at the Great North run 1/2 marathon last Sunday, finishing 13th overall,  2nd Scot in an International class Women’s race.  Gemma’s time of 77 minutes 4 seconds, was close to her best was close to her best and good preparation for her running in the Dublin Marathon next month.

Ultra runners were also in action at the weekend and Steven Hill was 3rd male in the Glenmore 12 hour race, the Kilbarchan Harrier covering an impressive  64.52 miles.

After the recent Scottish team trial at Aberfoyle, two Kilbarchan young athletes have been selected for the Scottish under 16s team for the Home International Hill Race Championships in Dublin in two weeks time. The team of 4 includes Laura Stark, who won the Trial, which also confirmed her as winner of the Junior Hill running League and Rona Tytler, 4th in the Trial, also wins selection.

The summer track season finishes this week, with Kilbarchan Athletic Club Championships at Linwood and on Sunday, several local runners will be competing at the Kilmacolm Festival of running which includes 3K, 10K and 1/2 marathon events.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Around 1700 runners took part in the Paisley 10K last Sunday, won by Shettleston Harriers Tewolde Mengistaab in 30 minutes 52 seconds with best placed local runner Euan Gillham of Kilbarchan Athletic Club, 4th in 31.38. Kilbarchan Athletic Club, dominated most of the other awards including Gemma Rankin winning the Womens race in 35.25 and  the club winning both Mens and womens team awards. It was a very young Mens team including  Euan, along with Russell Mountford and Callum Matthews, all under 20 while for the women, Gemma was well backed up by Natalie Sharp and Maica Suarez.

In the 3K event, Sam McNair (Castlehead HS), won ahead of Andrew MacAngus (Gryffe HS) with Jake Scott (Castlehead HS), 3rd and for the girls, first home was Kerry MacAngus (Gryffe HS) with Leona Murray (Castlehead HS)  2nd and Alisha Sivell (Gryffe HS) 3rd.

Elsewhere, a few athletes  travelled to Bedford to compete in the English Championships.  Jemma Reekie,  Scottish under 17s 800m champion continued her fine form with an excellent 2nd place. In the under 15s age group,  Andrew Costello won Silver in the Hammer, with a club record throw of 51.83metres and Heather Fawcett also reached the final of the girls event, throwing 41.67m.

At the Home International Combined Events in Manchester, Andrew Murphy was in top form, finishing 3rd in the Decathlon, with a Kilbarchan club record total of 6440 points which included a Shot Putt 12.40m, Sprint Hurdles 15.71sec, Long Jump 6.20m.

And at Aberfoyle there were Scottish trials for the Home Internationa Hill Race Championships. Laura Stark, won the under 16s race in 19 minutes 38 seconds and will represent Scotland in Dublin while  Rona Tytler, who finished  4th in 21.31, is also hoping to be selected.

Jnr HR trials, L Stark, R Tytler

Arthur Smith

Tuesday 26th August 2014

Kilbarchan Athletic Club had a number of young athletes competing in the Scottish Age Group Championships at Aberdeen last weekend, with some success.

Rory MacLean was on top form, winning the under 13 boys 100m in 12.66  seconds and the 200m in 26.61 seconds, both club records and Kirsty Costello for the under 13 girls, also had a successful day winning the Hammer with a throw measured at 31.87m and was 2nd in the Javelin with a personal best of 23.85m.

Also for the under 13 girls, there were fine performances from Eilidh Gibson, 2nd in the 800m (2:28.79) and Leona Murray, 3rd in the 1500m (5:11.64).

Hammer throwers did well in the under 15s age group with Heather Fawcett 2nd (40.83m) and Andrew Costello also 2nd (45.64m), in their respective events while Michael Cairns hurdled well for 3rd in the under 15 boys 80m event, time a PB of 12.39s.

In the under 17s category, Jemma Reekie was a clear winner of  the 800m (2.14.16) and Laura Stark finished strongly to win the 1500m in 4.46.88.  For the boys, Ewan McKerral (4.44.88) and Conor Thomson (4.56.06), competed well for 2ndand 3rd in the 1500m steeplechase while Bobby Crossan was 2nd in the Javelin competition, 45.42m.

There were more successes in the under 20 age group where Mia Shepherd won her Hammer competition with a PB of 37.63m while Gavin McArdle and Callum Matthews  were to the fore in the 1500m, finishing 1st and 3rd in the 1500metres and Euan Gillham was a clear winner of the 5000m in 15.06.50.

Other finalists included Ross Wallace u15s 800m 5th; Sam McNair 6th and Euan Trout 7th in the under 17s 1500m; Emma Devine 7th under 17s 100m; Shona Ross u17s Triple Jump 7th; Mia Shepherd u20s Sprint Hurdles 7th.

Arthur Smith

Friday 1st August 2014

The 2 local representatives in the Commonwealth Games Marathon last Sunday, did themselves proud.
Derek Hawkins finished in a fine 9th place, first Scot, in fact 1st Brit, time 2 hours 14 minutes 15 seconds, just outside his best but a very controlled and sensible run in less than perfect conditions.
Hayley Haining was delighted to have the opportunity of representing Scotland again and again it was a fine effort, finishing in 13th place, 2nd Scot, time 2.40.40.

Missing all the action in Glasgow, some local athletes were representing Team Glasgow in the Youth Development League Northern Premier Division at Wakefield in Yorkshire.
Jemma Reekie was a clear winner of the under 17s 1500m in 4.43.06, with Laura Stark winning the B race as well as finishing 3rd in the 800m. Kerry MacAngus was 2nd in the under 20s 800m 2.20,40 and was also 3rd in the 1500m steeplechase.

Arthur Smith

Thursday 24th July 2014

5 local young athletes were part of the Scottish team at the British Schools International at Cardiff last weekend.
Katie Turnbull was 3rd in the 1500metres Steeplechase, time 5 minutes 24.15 seconds, which is a Kilbarchan club record. Ewan McKerral was 4th in the boys steeplechase in 4.42.28; Jemma Reekie, who had the honour of being the Scottish team captain was 5th in the 800m, 2.13.67, Laura Stark was 7th in the 3000m in 10.24.38 and Kerry MacAngus 8th in the 1500m in 4.58.78.

There was also a Scottish team competing in the International Snowdon Hill Race in Wales at the weekend and winning the team event , with Kilbarchan’s hill running specialist Christina Rankin in 12th place and 3rd counter for the Scottish team which just pipped their English rivals. A tough event with Christina’s time 62minutes 24 seconds.

In other events, veteran Robert Quinn was in Barrow where he won the parkrun and more locally, Fraser Williams won the Eglinton parkrun while Elspeth Curran was 2nd lady in the Irvine 5mile roae race.

Arthur Smith

Wednesday 16th July 2014

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.

Arthur Smith

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