Euan Gillham stormed clear early on in the Kirkintilloch 10k (as you can see in the opening picture above) last night, going through the first mile in a rapid 4:37 to win the race in 31:39.
Jemma Reekie continued her emergence as one of Britains stars of the future at the weekend. Jemma was competing in the under 20s British Championships at Bedford, which were also the trials for the European Athletics under 20s Championships and she competed a remarkable double, against Britain’s best, winning both the 1500m and 3000m events.
On Saturday Jemma won the 1500m in a close finish, time 4:18.38. Then on Sunday, Jemma won the 3000m breaking clear to win by 25 metres in 9:37.22, making it a memorable weekend.
Locally, Callum Hawkins won the Brian Goodwin 10K at Bellahouston, time 29.12, and it was a double for the Kilbarchan club with Elspeth Curran winning the Womens race, time 36.25..
The Mens 10K was also staged in Glasgow at the weekend and there were top performances by two of Kilbarchan’s more senior athletes, Robert McCulloch, who won the over 50s award in 36.21 and by Donald Petrie who was first in the over 55s category, time 37.36.
With the women’s 10k two weeks previous it was the turn of the men to pound the streets of Glasgow on a warm Sunday morning. The route took the runners from the Riverside Museum, over to Glasgow Green before returning to the finish in George Square.
Robert McCulloch showed his form once again to come home 1st M50 (15th overall) in a season’s best of 36:21.
Donald Petrie followed not far behind with a very impressive 37:36 to finish 31st (1st M55-59) in one of his final races as an M55.
Martin Begg finished 78th in 39:46 & Neil Maclean 1523rd in 57:59.
Congratulations to everyone who ran.
Jemma Reekie travelled South again this weekend to head for the Bedford track at the U20 British Championships which also hosted as the European Athletics U20 trials.
Jemma enjoyed double gold in both the 1500m and 3000m events to cap a memorable weekend of tough track racing.
In the 1500m on Saturday it was a close finish but Jemma closed down Harriet Knowles-Jones to edge home first in 4:18.38.
She enjoyed a more favourable gap in the 3000m to break clear and win by almost five seconds in 9:37.22.
Congratulations to Jemma, coach Andy Young & family for a magnificent performance and season so far.
Post race comment from Jemma:
They said the double would be tough and it bloody was but … I’m double British champ!!! Over 3K & 1500. Europeans here I come🎉 thanks to my fab group and coach 👏🏼
Shona Ross was also in action to finish 6th in the U20w Triple Jump with an 11.94m (w/a) jump.
Callum Hawkins and Elspeth Curran both ran out dominant winners at the Brian Goodwin 10k in Pollok Park last night. Callum broke the course record in a chip time of 29:12, Luke Traynor (Giffnock North) was neck and neck with Callum at halfway but pulled away midway through and won comfortably.
Tony Carroll was 91st in 39:07, Andy Cochran 237th in 46:25 with Brian Graham 346th in 53:04.
Well done everyone who ran in warm but nice conditions.
Jennifer Rooney ran out the winner last night, edging past Gavin Highate to win by 23 seconds.
Thanks to Jason Pender, Graham Rooney and Jim Goudie for organising the race.