Report by Croy Thomson
Pictures courtesy of Peter Jardine and Dudley Walker
Andrew Love (silver medal), Ryan Gray (Inverclyde, gold) and Sam McNair (Kilbarchan, bronze)Giffnock North
U17 Boys J Lowrie, H Nimmo, A Love, N Boyle, O Watson-Sweeney, K Carolan.
Erin Wallace ( gold medal)
Heather Barnes and Lynn McKenna
And Luke presenting medals to U13 Boys
GLORIOUS MUD was the order of the day for Giffnock North’s cross country runners at a soggy, boggy Bellahouston Park last Sunday in the West District Championships.
The southside outfit claimed five team medals and as many individual prizes, with the U15 Girls arguably the most impressive performers, taking the team crown thanks to first, second and fourth place finishes from Heather Barnes and the McKenna sisters Lynn and Charlotte. Another individual and team gold went to the U17 women, led home by Erin Wallace, who crossed the line first over 5k, ably backed by Danielle Kelly and Kirsty Griffiths.
Team silvers went to Giffnock’s U13 boys and girls in their 3k races, the boys represented by Murray Fotheringham, Ethan Carolan and Harris Paterson, and the girls fronted by Helen Chong (bronze medal), Isla Ward and Francesca Davidson. Andrew Love was denied the district U17 title by the thickness of a vest in a classic, flat-out dip for the line with Inverclyde’s Ryan Gray, after 6.5k of swapping the lead. Harry Nimmo and Oliver Watson-Sweeney helped Love claim a hard-fought team bronze. The Under 15 boys squad, headed by fine runs from Calum Young, Jack Bell and Ben Shaw, took fifth over 4k.
Men’s Masters team Chris Greenhaugh, David Sawyer and Derren Thomson took sixth over a gruelling 10k while Allie Chong, Maureen McVey and Anne Williamson claimed fourth in the Masters Ladies race.
Giffnock’s Luke Traynor, home from college in America, and looking forward to competing for Great Britain at the European Cross Country Championships in France next weekend, helped present the medals. He remarked of the muddy conditions, “It certainly isn’t Oklahoma – it’s only rained once since I got there in August!”