Apologies for the delay
Please note these are still subject to scrutiny as this is our 1st Year of operating a performance based scoring system Mens Results as soon as possible.
More photos thanks to Alan Stewart.
Results will be published when blips are resolved
All thanks to Alan Stewart
Report by Sara Lang
Hurricane Irma may have been hitting Florida but 35 Giffnock North athletes hit Stornoway at the weekend. Hopefully not as much debris to clear up, but certainly a highlight for many of our younger athletes.
Who would have thought our thrower Ollie would emerge as a high jumper?..
Who could have predicted that the elderly American couple sitting in our midst on the ferry back (and I did worry for them) would comment on how well behaved our group of athletes were compared to others they had experienced on the way over?…
In the quiz set by the U17 girls on the bus journey home, who would have guessed that one of the answers given to ‘Who is William James Adams better known as….?’ would be…. ‘Billy the head coach’! (it’s will.i.am by the way!)
As always with trips away, it is often the events off the track that are most memorable.
That should not take away from what was another successful voyage north to retain the trophy we had previously won in 2015 and 2013. The match itself against Central, Livingston, Stornoway and a Uist Select was competitive to say the least. It wasn’t until lunch time that it became apparent that we might be slightly ahead in terms of points, at which stage our unstoppable band of athletes put their foot to the floor. We won all but 2 of the 200m heats and all but 2 of the relays to firmly secure an overall margin of around 200 points. The weather was not conducive to many PBs in the morning session, being wet and windy, but by the afternoon session things were much drier and the sun was trying so hard to make an appearance. Either that or we were all so full of beautiful home-made soups , sandwiches and cakes that everything felt warmer!
The Stornoway hosts didn’t fail to keep up their reputation of providing outstanding (and delicious) hospitality. The overflow from the lunch spread even managed to make its way to the ceilidh that night just to make sure we couldn’t possibly be starving!
As we have discovered on previous trips bringing a group of teenage athletes to a ceilidh can be hit or miss – Will they dance? Will they put their phones away? Will they dance with each other? Will they dare to converse/dance with the opposition? This one was a definite hit (perhaps helped by Crazy Carl the DJ who warmed them up for the first hour, with only a couple of ‘80s tunes thrown in for the oldies)!!
Coaches and athletes alike sought refuge outside in the cool air having ‘Stripped the Willow’ once too often!
Once again we as a club are indebted to Jackie for her oh so able organisational skills. We now have a rote answer when other clubs ask us how we seem to run our trips so smoothly. We simply say: ’we have a Jackie!’
Many thanks to all our coaches who contributed, to all our athletes who were fantastic ambassadors for our club and to all the parents who helped bag the bags!! Emma definitely wins the largest bag prize!
Final Arrangements for Club Championships
Venue is the Ayrshire Athletics Arena
Queens Drive Kilmarnock KA1 3XF
t. 01563 555227
We look forward to welcoming everyone, Athletes, Parents and Supporters to our 2017 Club Championships . A special thanks to the Officials travelling from near and far to assist us with this event
The timetable will commence at 10.00 AM
All athletes need to Register from 9.00am and collect their competition or bib number on arrival. This will give you time to Warm up.
As it’s the Club Championships athletes can choose to wear club kit or not on the day.
We will have good support for the U11 Athletes taking them around their events and providing advice and guidance.
We still need donations of Homebaking and Wrapped Labelled sandwiches.
Programmes with the Timetable will be available on entry to the Venue. We hope you will find it possible to support this event by purchasing the programme with a £2.00 Donation. We had a very reasonable £2.00 entry charge for Athletes
Athletes Please bring your Entry fee if you have not paid online or to coaches.
We are all looking forward to an important day in the Club Calendar before a short break and before the Indoor Season and Cross Country season commences.
We hope you all enjoy the day.
Timetable remains subject to change if required
Giffnock North on the Road again. Friday September 8th travelling to Ullapool to catch the Ferry and returning on Sunday 10th Sept
For the 2nd time this year, [following a very successful trip to Gothenburg for the European Youth Games in July] the club is now heading north for the 3rd time to the Tri-club Invitation event on the Island of Lewis where we compete at the invitation of the local Stornoway Club [SRAC] and on this occasion with Central AC, Livingston and North Uist.
We were called in as a late replacement in mid July. At short notice, we decided that this was a competition opportunity we could not afford to turn down as it has been such a successful outing on the last two occasions. The benefits for our athletes , getting a chance to travel with the team and experience the competition in Stornoway can’t be overstated .Even although the organisation is a bit easier to manage than it was the first time round, it requires considerable input and effort and the dedication of our coaches and some of our officials who are giving up a full weekend to make the journey .
We also have always benefited from the input of our own Doleen Galbraith ,Official,ex -athlete , ex-Island Games Medallist and a native of Lewis who has supported the club with her local knowledge and contacts on each occasion .
A great debt of gratitude and appreciation to our band of coaches Sara Lang, Symon Lipp,Jim Coyle, Billy Glasgow and Jackie Alexander organising and co-ordinating.Thanks also to Colin Saxby ,Club Trustee and Official for his assistance.
Jackie advises that there will be a live video stream on this occasion for the competition on the Saturday and she will keep us posted about that.
Between that and Colin’s twitter updates (between officiating duties) we should get good reporting from Lewis .
One of the highlights of the trip is the hospitality always shown by Stornoway Harriers who for once in the year don’t have to travel to events and who ensure the Athletes have a great time at the Ceilidh on the Saturday night and fantastic home baking at the meet.
Sara Lang adds she believes “there will be over 200 athletes in total. We have waterproofs , travel sickness tablets, apples, bananas by the boxful all ready to go and 35 super fit athletes! ”
Good luck to all our Athletes,Coaches, Officials and Supporters for a successful outing from all at the club
The club is looking to rejoin the Scottish Athletics League (Men’s League) in 2018. However it can only do this if it has the support of the athletes and officials. To this effect the club is seeking commitment from u17/u20/senior track and field athletes who are interested in competing in 2018.
The minimum standards required to achieve points can be downloaded below. (also see the Giffnock North standards tab)
Results from this year’s meetings can be found at http://www.scottishleague.org.uk/
To declare your interest please email Garry Paterson with your D.O.B, age group, Scottish Athletics number and your preferred events.
Adam Clayton On The Podium
Report from Craig Fotheringham
English Athletic Championships
Three Giffnock North athletes made the long journey South at the weekend to compete in the English Athletics Championships at Bedford International Athletics Stadium.
First up, in the sunshine on Saturday was Scottish Champion, Reuben Nairne in the Pole Vault, attempting to replicate his success earlier in the year at the English Indoor Championships. Reuben has been hampered slightly by a hip injury recently but started strongly and cleared his initial heights with ease and was looking to be in good form. He exceeded his own Club Record to achieve 3.51 Metres (3rd on the Scottish Under 15 All Time List) and only very narrowly failed 3.61 – hitting the bar on the way down. An excellent effort and he failed by the narrowest of margins to win Gold – losing on count back.
Reuben Nairne on the Podium
Reuben and Murray Fotheringham were then scheduled to take part in the Long Jump but the timetable put paid to this – Reuben was still in the middle of His Pole Vault Competition as Murray started his quest for a medal. After 3 rounds, Murray qualified in equal third place but out of the medals on count back with 6.06 Metres. His fourth round jump was also 6.06 Metres which promoted him to the Bronze medal position. Fingers were crossed and Murray was still in 3rd with only 4 jumps left in the completion. As Reuben was on the podium getting his PV Silver medal, Murray sailed out to a New Club Record of 6.23 Metres (5th on the Scottish Under 15 All Time List ) to snatch second place and another Silver medal for Giffnock.
The timetable also put paid to Murray’s chances in the 800 Metres as he had only 4 minutes from his final jump till the start of his 800 Heat. He changed his shoes on the start line but could not find that little bit of extra energy he needed to make the final, coming home 8th with a time of 2:07.31.
Next up was Adam Clayton in the 100 Metres. Expectations were high as Adam has achieved some tremendous times this season and he cruised through to the final. At 80 Metres he seemed assured of a medal but the pack engulfed him right on the line and Adam finished a slightly disappointing 5th in 10.83 seconds, just outside his PB.
Murray Fotheringham on the Podium
A good night’s sleep and the athletes woke up to a blisteringly hot day with no wind – perfect for some good performances. Unfortunately, Murray was hampered a little with a back injury, aggravated in the Long Jump, and he bowed out of the High Jump earlier than he had hoped in 6th equal with a clearance of 1.72 Metres.
The last chance for a medal was Adam in the 200 Meters. After a night of reflection and some words of encouragement from Coach Ryan, he qualified comfortably for the final with a superb new PB of 21.85 , breaking the 22 seconds barrier for the first time. He exploded out the blocks in the final and ran a magnificent bend to be in with a chance down the straight. As the Giffnock contingent held their breath he stormed down the home straight , maintaining his form right to the line and winning Gifnock’s third Silver medal with an astounding New Club Record of 21.66 seconds (3rd on the Scottish Under 17 All Time List headed only by Elliot Bunney’s performances 34 Years ago ). A great way to end the weekend.
Well done to all the boys, their coaches and to their supporters.
Thanks Craig for the report and the Photos from Helen Nairne also.
3 Silvers, 3 Club Records 3 Great efforts, All time rankings and 2nd in current GB 2017 rankings for 200m for Adam
Some weekend for our much travelled Trio.
At the 125th Senior/u17 Track & Field Championships Giffnock’s high jumpers were in top form taking both the men’s and women’s titles. Nikki Manson cleared 1.81m to take gold with Catherine Palmer, 1.61m, taking bronze. David Smith took the men’s event clearing 2.21m, which is the Commonwealth Games standard.
There were also four silver medals for Giffnock athletes. Freya Menzies in the 300m hurdles in a time of 46.91, Jenna Wrisberg, fresh from winning the u20 title, clocked 11.77 in the 100m taking second. Nikki Manson, not content with one medal, threw 39.40m in the javelin to take silver. Rachel Alexander, returning to form, leaped 5.91m in the long jump to complete the quartet of silvers.
There was also a bronze medal for u17 Kyle McLean in the 200m in a time of 23.00.
Congratulations to all Giffnock athletes who competed over the weekend.
All photographs courtesy of Bobby Gavin, That One Moment
PLEASE NOTE Deadline is Sunday 3rd September. We need your Entries in now.Sorry but we can’t do entries on the day
Enter via the website link: http://www.giffnocknorth.co.uk/club-track-field-championships-2017/
The Ayrshire Athletics arena is in Kilmarnock
KILMARNOCK KA1 3XF
Telephone: 01563 555227
This is in order for all the Organisers and Officials to run the event as smoothly as we can. Some of the officials are our own, some are also club coaches. All of them co-ordinated by Doleen Galbraith with some input from Anne Stewart.
and some coming from afar to help us run the event. In the feedback we received last year, many of the officials commented that they really enjoyed the day and that our athletes were polite, courteous and thanked them for their help. Let’s make sure that experience is repeated.
Our officials on the day include :
Any queries to clare.murrenson @gmail.com
Also any offers to assist on the day. And yes we are still looking for Homebaking donations and wrapped labelled sandwiches.
The Entry cost for this event is pegged at £2.00. Very inexpensive as we know considering the large costs associated with Arena hire , First Aid etc. We will be looking therefore for parents,relatives and friends to purchase/donate to our programme and timetable on the day/ Thanks everyone.