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Report by Lynda Scott

Today was a wet but successful day for the Giffnock North athletes at the CSSAL League meeting at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock. The afternoon started with Chris Marsh, Ted Gourley and Luke Chamberlain competing in the 3000m – in the pouring rain which they professed to enjoy! Chris also turned in a 400m and 100m to add to his exploits of the day .
This was followed by some great races by the Under 11’s with Isla Scott running 12.97 and coming first in the 80m followed by and Lyndsey Martin running a time of 13.35 also coming first in her heat. The Under 11 boys also did well in the 80m, with Liam Duggan 3rd in the A string in a great time and Gordon Wylie a very strong 2nd in his heat. Marc Capaldi and Hugh Sheils both achieved PBs in the 600m coming first and second.Marc with a time of 1.55.48 and Hugh finishing the race in 1.57.53. Erin Ward came 2nd in the girls 600m and Rachael Morran came 4th in fast times. Mark McCabe and Gordon Wylie took the honours and maximum points in the Long Jump in both the A and B string There was a successful end to the day for the Under 11’s with the girls finishing second in the 4 x 100m relay and the boys finishing first by a mile. The highlight of the days was the girls getting their well, deserved hot chocolate after all their hard work.
A fantastic effort by Callum McWilliams in torrential rain in the 400 meters was rewarded with a PB bringing him below 50 secs for the first time . Well done Callum .
Other climaxes included Chris Stewart getting a pb for the 400m of 52.9. Rosie McKay and Lauren Kane also achieved pbs in the 800m of 2.32. and 2.47 respectively. Congratulations must go to Eva Blues and Sophie Inglis who competed at High Jump for the very first time and both jumped so well ( 1.33 and 1.25) that it puts them in contention for selection at other league events. Symon Lipp and Jim Coyle both stepped in to do the shot putt in true sporting spirit.
The Giffnock athlete of the match award has to go to Harry Nimmo who helped out the club by competing in the shot put and 400m in addition to his own event of 800m.
It was fantastic to have the club represented from athletes who came from as far as Carlisle and also athletes who had competed for Team Glasgow just yesterday.
Well done to all the athletes and coaches for braving the wet Scottish summer yet again
Full results will be posted when available.

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