Neil Gourley, freshly returned from collegiate athletics in America wasted no time in getting back into the action. Neil clocked 3.44.25 to take the under 23 1500m title.
u20 long jumpers Alessandro Schenini and Chris Mackay sadly were unable to replicate their recent seven metre form with Alessandro (6.75) coming sixth and Chris (6.47) tenth.
Back in Scotland, also freshly returned from America, Luke Traynor took second place at the Brian Goodwin 10k, in a time of 29.27. The race was won by Calum Hawkins setting a new course record of 29.14.
A recent picture of our travelling team of athletes
Sara Lang Reports
“We are all looking forward to the forthcoming club trip for our athletes to Sweden to compete at the Annual European Youth Games. It takes place from 30th June to 2nd of July .
Our competing team are aged between 12-19 and will compete in a variety of events from sprints to jumps to throws to distance.
Each athlete will compete in 2 events over the 3 day competition allowing time for a little sightseeing,.
This is the first time the Junior Section have travelled overseas as a team ( excluding parts of the UK) and hopefully not the last.
We are proudly sponsored by Creature Comforts , Run 4 it, Tunnocks, MJs Brassiere and Migo sports and extend thanks to all of them for supporting this initiative and mush appreciated additions to our fundraising efforts ”
More information is available at the following links :
Thanks to Sara for this update . It provides us with the chance to recognise the enormous amount of planning and organisation, led by Jackie Alexander and a number of our Coaches , Officials , Committee Members and Parent helpers which has has been instrumental in ensuring this opportunity for our athletes.
The only athlete , unavoidably missing from the Photo opportunity is Sophie Haldane. Apologies Sophie .We haven’t yet mastered the art of photoshopping you in. However, a recent news item features Sophie hurdling at the Scottish Schools.
Sophie Haldane taking the 400m Hurdles Title
All photos courtesy of Bobby Gavin and Scottish Athletics
Results now available at this link
Scottish Schools Report By Ryan McAllister
“As with tradition, the Scottish Schools Outdoor Track & Field Championships took place over two days this past week. On Friday 9 and Saturday 10 June, a plethora of athletes descended upon Grangemouth stadium to compete for their school.
With mixed weather conditions, ranging from huge tailwinds on Friday such as +4.0 combined with the rain, to tough headwinds on the Saturday; the athletes had more than just their performance to think about.
Giffnock North were heavily represented through pupils from East Renfrewshire, Glasgow and Private schools competing. Many medals were awarded to the athletes, however stand out performances must go to Alessandro Schenini, Alyson Bell and Sophie Haldane along with another Double medallist in Murray Fotheringham .
Alessandro won the Group A Long Jump with a championship best performance (CBP) of 7.16m and a legal jump of 7.12m to take a new personal best; considering this was his first long jump competition of the outdoor season, it shows great promise leading up to the Youth Commonwealth Games in Bahamas. Alyson Bell was in scintillating form, taking double gold in the girls Group D 100m and 200m. Alyson tackled each race with poise and maturity beyond her years, displaying her trademark technique throughout. In her final Scottish schools performance, Sophie Haldane went out with a bang; claiming double gold. Sophie took gold in the 400m on the Friday and then backed this up with gold in the 400m hurdles on the Saturday morning with a personal best performance; making this the perfect ending to an extremely successful Scottish Schools career. Double Gold also for Murray Fotheringham in the 800m and Long Jump of 6.14 a club record .
Alyson Bell and Club Teammate Niamh Smith Gold and Bronze Podium places in the 100m
In addition to the above, details of further medals are listed below.
Hamish Armitt and 1500m Gold
Hamish Armitt, 1500m; Heather Barnes, 3000m; Adam Clayton, 200m; Murray Fotheringham, 800m and long jump; Reuben Nairne, pole vault; Max Mc Harg in 200m.
Reuben Nairne Gold in the Polevault
Jennifer Dallas, shot putt; Reuben Nairne, long jump.
Amy Donaghy, 200m; Fraser Lipp, javelin; Freya Menzies, 300m hurdles; Niamh Smith, 100m.
As always, a huge thank you to the schools for supporting the athletes along with parents and coaches who give up their time so readily to ensure the best possible success for our athletes.”
Well done to all from the Club . If we have inadvertently missed anyone out please let us know asap.
A busy weekend for many Giffnock athletes representing their schools at the Scottish Schools Relay Championships held at Hutchesons Track on Friday 2nd June followed by the Combined Events/ Pentathlon on Saturday 3rd June held at Grangemouth Stadium.
Max McHarg with a set of great results took the Under 14 Gold medal in the Pentathlon Championships.
With Murray Fotheringham claiming Gold in the Under 15 category as previously reported, we had two Giffnock athletes on the SSAA Podium with the faces showing the delight at these well won Championships , recording record scores [or CBPs Championship Best Performances]
In the Steeplechase, both Emily Crusher and Harry Nimmo medalled and Reuben Nairne took 4th Place in the U15 Pentathlon.
In addition, our athletes were taking part in local schools athletics events both in East Renfrewshire and Glasgow and we will post links to all these events when the results become available.
The Glasgow Athletics Association (GAA) Miler Meet held in conjunction with British Milers Club (BMC), incorporated Scottish Championship events over 800 and 3000 metres in U17 and U20 categories. A remarkable entry response created strong fields across no less than 21 races to make for a thrill-packed evening in the dry, sunny conditions.
What an amazing weekend for Murray Fotheringham. On Friday night he dipped below two minutes to go top of the Scottish U15 rankings for 800m with a superb time of 1.59.69. We await confirmation of Scottish All-Time records but in the data kept by the Scottish Association of Track Statisticians (SATS) it’s certainly the fastest for his age.“Giffnock’s Murray Fotheringham set a new Scottish age 13 best of 1:59.69, two days before his 14th birthday. Murray bettered the previous best of 1:59.75, held by David Boyd since 1981.” said SATS’ Arnold Black.Murray’s 1.59.69 effort superseded his very recently claimed 800m club record and came in a well executed race at the GAA Miler Meet on a sunny Scotstoun track where excellent pacing enabled many club athletes to achieve PBs .To cap this feat, at the Scottish Schools Pentathlon Championships in Grangemouth the very next day, Saturday 3rd June, Murray took gold with a record score, and more PBs to win the trophy appropriately called the Murray Shield.We await clarification as to where this score places Murray in the all time U15 Scottish rankings but we understand that it becomes a Scottish Schools record (or Championship Best Performance as SSAA have it).Congratulations Murray on these brilliant performances.And all on the weekend of his 14th birthday .Certainly will make this birthday memorable.
Adding to the Roll Call of Giffnock Athletes who have represented Scotland at the Youth Commonwealth Games previously we are very proud to announce that of this years 11 strong Athletics 2017 team , 3 are athletes from Giffnock North.
Erin Wallace Adam Clayton and Alessandro Schenini get the call up and and have earned well deserved selection to the Scottish Team . Well done to all three athletes and to the Coaches who have been involved in their Development and assisted in their progress . We also recognise their support teams of family , friends and training groups . Although these selections were hoped for and anticipated , its fantastic to have the confirmations in place and the detailed preparations for the Bahamas can commence.
Coach Dudley Walker delighted to report:
“With qualifying times achieved in the 800m,1500m and 3000m Erin was hopeful of selection for this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau in The Bahamas.
However, selection was never taken for granted by Erin and the recent announcement that she was included in the team to travel to the Caribbean was warmly welcomed by the Eastwood High pupil.
The talented young athlete has opted to compete in the 800 m and the 1500m.The latter event is a straight final on the 21st July with the heat and final of the shorter event on the 22nd and 23rd.
Erin has been with the club since the age of 9 and has won numerous Scottish and UK titles on track ,road and cross country….additionally the club and Scottish record book features her name in a few places.
Not content with selection for Scotland and G.B as an athlete Erin has also represented Scotland and G.B in triathlon.In June 2017 she’ll be earning her spurs again in triathlon for G.B in Austria.
So it’ll be a very busy summer for Erin as she flies the flag for Scotland and G.B around the world and her training squad will be with her every step of the way.”
Coaches Garry Paterson and Gerry Duggan commented:
“Adam joined our training group just over a year ago. It was one of our other athletes who attends the same school as Adam who advised him to give athletics a go after seeing him run at the School sports day. Adam turned up at training not really knowing much about athletics as he was a keen footballer. Clearly, football’s loss is athletic’s gain – a view with which his Dad Rob now agrees. Straight away we noticed that Adam had natural talent, all he needed was the right support , guidance and opportunity to develop and grow as an athlete . Right from his first race he gave the best Under 17 athletes in Scotland a fright. Within a couple of races he was leading the Scottish rankings, and now he is UK leading. WOW
His appetite, as well as that of both his parents, Rob and Alison, for this sport grew as he became very comfortable in his new surroundings and with his new training group. His parents supported him throughout all competitions, standing at the side of the track clearly excited about Adam’s achievements. After each event, we were never sure who seemed the most excited – Adam or his parents. For me , this award has to go to Alison, his mother. His appetite to improve was infectious , he quickly became a key member of the U17 boys sprints group. His willingness to listen , work hard, compete and push himself in every training session is a testament to the athlete he has become. You could tell when Adam was taking any advice. He computed this in his own mind, put the advice into practice and came back for more. His meteoric rise in such a short time started by setting him a target. The target being the CYG standard. Adam, throughout the year, consistently measured himself against where he was and where he needed to be. As we all now know, that target was very much achieved.
We wish Adam every success in his future development and as an athlete. All coaches at Giffnock North offer their continued support and are thrilled he achieved his target. Well done Adam, Rob and Alison and all the Sprints coaches who have consistently offered the advice and support”
Ryan McAllister who coaches Alessandro along with Long Jump Coach David Watson adds:
Incidentally , the previous incumbents were Daniel Carlin, who travelled to Pune India to compete in Shot putt and Discus, Emma Brown, who travelled to Douglas IOM to compete in the U18 100MH and Rachel Alexander who medalled with a Bronze when the Games were in Samoa , In Long Jump.
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With a start line in the heart of Blair Drummond Safari Park, the elephants gave us a great send off as we set off through the park and beyond for 26.2 rolling miles around the towns of Doune, Bridge of Allan and Dunblane. There were breathtaking views of the Wallace Monument and the finish line was set beneath the ramparts of Stirling Castle. The local towns did not disappoint and the support throughout the race was humbling. The city centre streets were packed with supporters, which made 3 loops around the outskirts of the castle a little more bearable!
Not to mention the support from our coach, Bernie Campbell and fellow senior athletes. It was a privilege for all the runners to have their support en route.
First across the line for the ladies in an outstanding second place was Jill Smylie in a time of 2.57.06.
For the men, Andy Bonner , in a time of 2.49.46 and an overall finish position of 13th and a PB!
The ladies finishing times were as follows;
Jill Smylie 2.57.06
Yvonne McNairn 3.13.40
Nicole Scott 3.15.27
Sheila Lewis 3.18.07
Allie Chong 3.22.16
Nina Farmer 3.37.10
Jennifer Starling 3.52.33
Kirsty Porter 3.55.31
Kathleen McLachlan 3.59.31
Anne Williamson 4.26.36
Naomi Pavri 4.36.15
Marie Doohan 4.42.31
Caroline Gibson 5.02.23
The men’s finishing times were as follows;
Andy Bonner 2.49.46
Richard McKean 3.06.48
Kevin Cameron 3.12.56
Craig Smith 3.28.30
Ricky Saez 3.40.33
Martin O’Donnell 3.47.52
Colin Kirk 4.00.09
Christopher Smith 4.23.36
John Colquhoun 4.36.15
An outstanding set of results from the Senior athletes and a day to remember
Report by Yvonne McNairn
Photo courtesy of Scottish Athletics and Bobby Gavin
All photographs courtesy of Bobby Gavin, That one moment
|u13B||Daniel Martin||Long Jump||GOLD|
|u15B||Murray Fotheringham||Long Jump||GOLD|
|u15B||Murray Fotheringham||Triple Jump||GOLD|
|u17G||Freya Menzies||80m Hurdles||GOLD|
|u17B||Calum Alexander||100m Hurdles||GOLD|
|u17G||Freya Menzies||80m Hurdles||GOLD|
|u17G||Megan Busby||Long Jump||GOLD|
|u20M||Chris Mackay||High Jump||GOLD|
|u20M||Chris Mackay||Long Jump||GOLD|
|u13B||Daniel Martin||75m Hurdles||SILVER|
|u17G||Beau Studholme||High Jump||SILVER|
|u20W||Rachel Alexander||Long Jump||SILVER|
|SW||Freya Menzies||300m Hurdles||SILVER|
|u13G||Imogen Maher||High Jump||BRONZE|
|u15B||Oliver Maher||Shot Putt||BRONZE|
|u17B||Sam Young||High Jump||BRONZE|
The top three were :
|Giffnock North AAC||47||58||82||187|
A massive congratulations to all the juniors and senior athletes who contributed to this award.
The trophy was presented to Dudley Walker by Euro Cross bronze medallist and National XC winner Callum Hawkins. He was joined by Ian Beattie from Scottish Athletics and Fiona Sargent from Lindsays at Eastwood High School Track.
Following the presentation Callum was interviewed on BBC Scotland Facebook live
All photographs courtesy of Bobby Gavin
Congratulations to three Giffnock North athletes and their coaches on their selection to represent Scotland at the forthcoming Loughborough International.
Erin Wallace will contest the 3000m, while Jenna Wrisberg and Adam Clayton are both picked for the 4x100m Relay teams.
Well done and good luck from all at Giffnock North.
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This year’s Club Track and Field Championships will be held on Sunday 17th September at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock .
This venue hosted our Championships successfully in 2016 and the decision was to return there with virtually the same programme of events and timetable for the day.
Can all athletes and parents/carers add this date to their diaries/ calendars just now
Entry will be in advance and will be online in order to assist with the organisation .
The Track & Field Championships are a great day of competition for all our Athletes, Senior and Junior and a great day out for parents, friends and supporters.
Please keep the day free for Kilmarnock and we will look forward to seeing you there .
Online entry details will be available in good time.
Our Summer Athletics Camps are now open for bookings. These can be made online by clicking on the link below (our preference) or by downloading the form and sending by post.
An outline of an average day at our Camps and typical joining advice . The Camps will include some event specific focus for the older age groups
Lucy Moynihan, Ava Flynn, Sarah Stewart and Esmee Dougall with Silver Team Medals for OLM
Reuben MacDonald Centre with Silver Medal for Tinto
Giffnock athletes enjoyed a good day at the Scottish Primary Schools XC Championships in Kirkcaldy last Saturday 22nd April when turning out for their schools at this event , traditionally the late and the last XC of the Season. This event is so large that it requires 2 races in each age group and gender with Schools arranged in Alphabetical order A-M and L-Z.
Dilemmas and choices re running XC for school and participating at the Scottish Relay championships made it difficult probably for many of our super talented athletes with a rare clash this year. But out athletes had Teams and Individual success in Kirkcaldy . A Gold and Two Silvers for Teams and a 2nd and 3rd Individual Places.
Full results at the link below . The following highlights among many great performances to record : In the P7 Boys M-L Race Reuben MacDonald was 2nd for his school, Tinto Primary, The P7 Girls M-Z race saw Erin Ward taking 3rd for St Cadoc’s as the lead runner in the Team which took the Silver Team medals with Millie McGeehan [9th] Hannah Ryding [34th] and Mhairi Kelly [51st]
Esme Dougall [8th] Ava Flynn [9th ] Sarah Stewart [29th] and Lucy Moynihan [50th] also took the Silver Team prize for OLM . Cameron Harris [12th] and Jack Wallace [20th] were in the Hutchesons’ Team which took the Gold Medals.
Top 10 and top 20 places also for Craig Shennan Netherlee [5th], Zac Ingles [OLM 10th] Hazel O’Donoghue Tinto [15th] and Mark MacInnes 17th for Eaglesham Primary
Well done all the athletes!
U13 Boys 4 x 100m Gold Medal Winning Team
U15 Boys 3 x 800 Team Gold
Giffnock Teams excelled at the Scottish Relay Championships on Saturday 22nd April at the Grangemouth Track over Sprints and Middle Distance. 7 Gold Medal winning Teams, 1 Silver ,2 Bronze and several other teams in Finals in 4th and 5th Place including 3 X U13 Boys featuring in the final.
It appears to have been a long and tiring day for our athletes , many of whom are competing again today at the YDL . So a massive well done to all the athletes and teams who have worked hard with their coaches in training to deliver this brilliant set of results across the Age groups and the distances.
U13B 4X100m Final
1 Giffnock North Aac ‘A’ 57.41
1)Aidan Cunning 2) Lewis Taylor
3)Daniel Martin 4) Mark Chalmers
U13G 4X100m Final
3 Giffnock North Aac ‘A’ 56.21 1) Olivia Dykes 2) Angelica Mayer 3) Skye Moulson 4) Faith Uduebholo
U15B 4X100m Final
3 Giffnock North Aac ‘A’ 50.32 1) Reuben Nairne 2) Adam Deverill 3) Christopher Brown 4) Jacob Luc
U15G 4X100m Final
4 Giffnock North Aac ‘A’ 52.26 1) Niamh Smith 2) Lara Sturgeon 3) Sophie Inglis 4) Rachel Callan
U17Men 4X100m Final
1 Giffnock North Aac ‘A’ 43.93 New Club Record 1) Joseph Connelly 2) Kyle McLean 3) Matthew Forbes 4) Adam Clayton
U17Women 4X100m Final
5 Giffnock North Aac ‘A’ 52.27 1) Carly Miller 2) Eve Denholm 3) Eve Donaghy 4) Freya Cowan
U13B 3X800m Final
1 Giffnock North Aac ‘A’ 7:29.62 1) H Shiels 2) C Green 3) C Perkins
U15G 4X300m Final
1 Giffnock North Aac ‘A’ 2:51.76 New Club Record 1) Nicole Proudfoot 2) Rosie McKay 3) Eva Blues 4) Alyson Bell
U15B 4X300m Final
2 Giffnock North Aac ‘A’ 2:47.42 1) Murray Fotheringham 2) Adam_ Deverill 3) Reuben_ Nairne 4) Nathan McNee
U17Men 4X400m Final
1 Giffnock North Aac ‘A’ 3:33.63 1) Calum Alexander 2) Kyle McLean. 3) Matthew Forbes. 4) Amin Hifi
U17Women 4X300m Final
1 Giffnock North Aac ‘A’ 2:47.69 CBP New Club Record 1) Rhea Campbell 2) Rochelle Moukala 3) Freya Menzies 4) Megan Busby
U15B 3X800m Final
1 Giffnock North Aac ‘A’ 6:35.32 1) E Carolan 2) M Fotheringham 3) J Luc
Thanks to Chloe Cowan for this link to video of the final metres
What a day for Erin in the Under 17 race at the London Mini Marathon ! A fantastic result for Erin marking another great performance to add to her recent successes both on the Track , on the Road and over XC where her prowess saw her selected for the GB Juniors Team at the Edinburgh International XC in January and meeting CYGs qualifying times. Erin’s consistent progress and development have been evident to all and the club send a huge well done to her, her coach Dudley Walker, her family and all supporters and others who have contributed to this especially in the ranks of Erin’s Training group. Erin’s Post race interview was a study in modesty and maturity and we are all reminding ourselves of the previous winners of these prestigious races for young athletes.
Week 1 of our Spring Athletics Camps was another resounding success with nearly 80 Young Athletes having the opportunity to benefit from some First class coaching in Hurdles/Long Jump/High Jump/Sprinting /Endurance/Throws and a lot of fun at the same time . The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and it’s a great credit to all our Young Team of Coaches and the excellent support they received from our totally dedicated volunteer athletes who will be the coaches of the Future . Many thanks to all from the Club.
This week we had Iona Menzies, Catriona Lockie, Craig Armstrong, David Lambie, Amy Donaghy, Andrew Clark and Jason Wu coaching with more than able assistance from Louise Buchan, Freya Cowan, Eve Donaghy and Eva Blues with Morgan Allan also helping.
We are hoping for good weather again next week as although it was cold , the rain stayed away.
The young athletes from 5 to 13 clearly enjoyed the whole experience and the smiles and participation said it all
Giant warm up with young ones & Elephant Football
Coaches join in with massive Warm up favourite of Bench Ball
New Hurdles at the Ready for Drills [Thanks Ian!]
Ant thanks to Hutchesons’ School for the use of the great track and help with Admin for use of the Facility
Senior club champ results after 3 races now on website.
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Thursday night sessions April til July 2017 now on website.
Yvonne McNairn, Sheila Lewis, Mary McCutcheon& Jill Smylie
Report from Mary McCutcheon
“Sunday 26 March saw two teams from Giffnock North head to Livingston to compete in the prestigious National Six Stage Relay Race. This year attracted a record number of entrants and a high calibre field. Unusually it also attracted the sun! The race comprises of 2 distances of 3.1 miles and 5.8 miles run alternately over each stage. Four stages are run by the women and six for the men.
The men’s team comprised of Grant Muir, David Sawyer, Luke Chamberlain, Andrew Clark, Michael Hampson and Chris Greenhalgh. Grant set off first bringing the men’s team home not only in first place but setting an extremely high bar for other athletes by posting the fastest time over his distance of 15.39. David enjoyed his moment in the sun leading the field, albeit for a brief period when he was chased down by his fellow competitors. With a 20 mile plus run in his leg from the previous day he still managed a superb run of 35.09. The remaining team members all had great runs. Luke Chamberlain – 18.41, Andrew Clark -32.47, Michael Hampson – 20.10 and Chris Greenhalgh – 37.28. This brought the team home in 28th place. For anyone thinking that Chris Greenhalgh’s recorded time seems unusual for him, this is because he was possibly the most unlucky athlete of the day. Poor Chris arrived late due to a combination of work commitments and heavy traffic. He in fact set off around 5 minutes after his team mate. His actual time is likely to be much lower than that recorded as would have been the men’s overall placing.
The women’s team comprised Jill Smylie , Yvonne McNairn, Sheila Lewis and Mary McCutcheon. Apart from myself, 3 team members are in marathon training and consequently had lots of miles in their legs. Despite this some impressive times were posted. Jill was first out and brought the team home in 7th place with a time of 18.59. This was followed up by Yvonne with a time of 39.28. Next up was Sheila with a time of 21.09 and lastly me with a time of 37.10 (the fastest V50 female time of the day). The ladies team finished a very respectable 11th place.
As is typical for any relay race, there was the usual camaraderie and challenge of running for the club and team mates. All in all, a good day out.”
Mary McCutcheon – on behalf of the teams.
Grant Muir in previous XC Action And on Track
As Mary reported above Grant Muir turned in a great time to get fastest short lap in the Scottish 6 Stage Relay Championships at Livingstone on Saturday 25th March. He gave us the following understated assessment of that performance.
” Yes I am quite happy with my progress recently. I have had an issue with my hamstring for the past few years which has hampered my training. On Sunday I just wanted to go out and run a good race. The start was very slow so I pushed it on after about one mile in, once the Garmin started screaming at me. Towards the end another runner took the lead so I sat back and waited to use my speed in the last 400m. Hopefully I can maintain form and stay injury free for the summer.”
The Club just glad to see Grant back on top and in action after his injury hampered period.
Grant is well placed however, to assess his injury and organise to deliver himself a Rehab Programme as a busy Physiotherapist also able to offer appointments to club athletes with a significant concession for First Appointments at NK Physiotherapy on Busby Road.
Following the EGM earlier this month, we have met with GHA Rugby Club with a view to our membership moving to the GHA Braidholm Road site from our current base at Giffnock North Amateur Football Club.
Discussions have moved on and a meeting was held within the GHA clubhouse on 20 March and following a lengthy discussion we signed an agreement which permits us to utilise the GHA facilities and which also provides our members with restricted membership of GHA, for an agreed fee.
The senior road running group will be able to meet at GHA Braidholm road on Thursday nights and will have access to both a male and female dressing room and will be welcome to use the bar area etc. after their sessions. We will also gain access to meeting rooms and will be allocated storage space under the stand for equipment. This is effective from 30th March 2017 however the plan would be for the seniors to start training out of GHA on the 6 April.
The Under 11 group which currently trains on the blaze pitch at the football club will now train at Hutchesons Grammar school on Thursday evenings effective from 30 March..
This agreement has been carefully discussed between the GHA RFC Board and the GNAAC Committee and is in line with the discussions that took place at our EGM on the 8 March 2017
Finally, during our meetings with GHA, the possibility of a joint development of their facility was discussed which would include a 3G pitch with the addition of a 400m running track on their grounds – something which would suit both club’s needs. All members will be kept fully informed of any developments and your input will be greatly appreciated.
SAIL Finals and Relays were held at the Emirates on Sunday 25th March and successes in Age Groups Main Finals and Relays were as follows:
In the Mail Final there were podium places as follows –
In the 4x200m Relays there were podium places as follows –
There were lots of terrific performances, below some highlights:
U15 Girls 60m Alyson Bell 7.99 New club record
U15 Girls Long Jump Nicole Proudfoot 5.30m New club record
U15 Boys 800m Murray Fotheringham 2.00.33 New club record, new Sail record
U11 Boys 600m Craig Shennan broke the SAIL Record with 1.47 only to see it overtaken by Kilbarchan athlete Oliver Patton . Craig has the consolation of it being a terrific Club Record
Billy Glasgow commented –
“Giffnock athletes performed fantastically well and there was a great team spirit backed up by the support of their appreciative parents and spectators. We seemed to have performed very well in the hurdles and field events as well as our usual high standard in the sprints and distance. Obviously there were one or two standouts Craig Shennan, Adam Clayton, Joseph Connelly (who had to go home sick) Sam Young (stepped up for the relays), Calum Alexander, Alyson Bell, Nicole Proudfoot, JenniferDallas, Murray Fotheringham, Megan Busby, John Hamilton, Chris McKay, Ethan Dear and Ross Lipp who stepped up and ran the 800 & 400m. Overall I thought it was a great competition and the atmosphere although competitive was always friendly and a great time seemed to have been had by all.”
So, plenty of Podium Places and Medals to assuage all the mothers who had possibly missed their Mothers Day Celebrations but were rewarded with Athletes successes over a range of Relays and Events
As Steven Nairne added :
“From all the team at GNAAC to all of the mums associated with the club, we hope you had a Happy Mothers Day.
To those who coach, volunteer, make the packed lunches, wash and iron the kit, taxi back and forward, pay entry fees to competitions and those who provide words of constant encouragement to athletes through good times and times of injury and frustration- mums we salute you”
Take a bow!
SIAB Update – Terrific performances from all of our girls yesterday in the SIAB International from the spectacular venue of Margam Park in Port Talbot. On a technically challenging and undulating course, made even more difficult by the 20 degree heatwave in Wales – all of our girls dug deep and scrapped for every place in all 3 races. To summarise: –
In the Junior Girls race (Under 15) over 4090m, Kate Richardson fought every step of the way and finished in an excellent 15th place – supplying a tremendous finishing surge to pip one of her Welsh rivals on the line and gain an additional valuable point for her team. Scotland finished in Silver medal position in this race.
In the Middle Girls (Under 17) race over 4610m, Giffnock supplied a remarkable 50% of the Scottish team members. Heather Barnes , Lynn McKenna ,Charlotte McKenna and Sofia Kirkpatrick all made huge contributions to the Scottish team finishing in Silver Medal position. Again, all 4 girls battled it out for every hard earned place throughout the race and their efforts resulted in the following individual placings: –
Heather Barnes 9th, Lynn McKenna 13th, Charlotte McKenna 20th and Sofia Kirkpatrick 26th.
Last, but certainly not least, in the Senior Girls (Under 20) race over 5220m, Erin Wallace produced another outstanding individual performance to win individual gold and lead her team home to Silver position.
Full results are available at the following URL: –
Thanks Frank for the Report and the photographs including some from Gordon Richardson
SPORT SCOTLAND TO HOST POSITIVE COACHING SCOTLAND WORKSHOP FOR GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC JUNIOR SECTION PARENTS & COACHES
A not to be missed opportunity as Dawn Armitt has highlighted for all Coaches and Parents !! Please check your diaries and respond to Dawn if you can make it
VENUE: WILLIAMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, CONFERENCE ROOM
WHEN: WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH 7PM-9PM
A fantastic opportunity for our coaches and parents to attend this interactive workshop. The Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) programme encourages the following:
- a positive sports culture and environment within clubs,
- building our young athletes’ confidence and determination and inspiring them to reach their maximum potential,
- maximising our young athletes’ enjoyment of their sport and encouraging them to have lifelong participation
- teaching the importance of effort, respect and responsibility rather than a “winning at all cost” philosophy.
Please email email@example.com by 23 March 2017 to reserve your place.
Places are limited.
More information on PCS Winning Scotland Website. Link below
The club adheres to the PCS principles in relation to coaching, and within the Club environment as the principles relate also to Athletes and Parents and our Codes of Conduct
And some action photos of Gary Sturgeon, Richard McKean, Allie Chong, Kevin Cameron,Debi Scott, Jan Bienowski,
Report from Yvonne McNairn
Sunday 19th March saw no less than 24 Senior athletes ascend upon “sunny” Alloa for the 35th Alloa Half Marathon. The weather did not look promising for race day and it certainly didn’t disappoint! In true Scottish style, we encountered every season in a matter of hours as the race progressed. Rain, wind and glorious sunshine kept us on our toes throughout. A tough course and tough weather was not for the faint hearted. First in for the ladies, and 6th overall, was Jill Smylie in a time of 1.23.40 and first in for the men was Scott Wilson in a time of 1.23.16. The day was littered with PBs and a great day out was had by all!
Well done to all who ran.
Jill Smylie – 1.23.40
Yvonne McNairn – 1.31.09
Allie Chong – 1.32.08
Debi Scott – 1.37.25
Nicola McBeath – 1.41.51
Li Wang – 1.43.37
Allan Hogarth – 1.46
Louise Sutherland – 1.47.25
Kirsty Porter 1.47.27
Kathleen McLachlan – 1.50.23
Tanja McConville – 1.54.12
Alison Gordon – 2.00.21
Irene Zingone – 2.00.00
Caroline Gibson – 2.02.04
Anne Williamson – 2.05.51
Naomi Pavri – 2.05.31
Allison Mathews – 2.10.55
Angela Hammond – 2.16.03
Scott Wilson – 1.23.16
Jason Steele- 1.25.17
Richard McKean – 1.26.12
Garry Sturgeon 1.35.22
and from Stuart Macdonald …. at the Loch Katrine Running Festival
Ricky Saez and Stuart Macdonald ran the Marathon at the Loch Katrine Running Festival on Sunday 20th March. A beautiful road route along the north side of the Loch, out to Stronachlachar and back. Both Ricky and Stuart are doing the Fling Race in April which is a 53m race on the West Highland Way so this was to an extent a training run for the boys but that didn’t stop Ricky achieving a 2min PB with 3hrs 50mins…given there was over 1000ft elevation and cattle grids Ricky’s PB is even more impressive. The route is traffic free and the very local and intimate made for a great day out for the lads.
Well done to all !
We asked Carole Ford to give us her view on being an official for the club and how much she has enjoyed the experience
We are hoping our parents and supporters will read this and think “I could do that ” We know that lots of our parents can’t commit to regular coaching but becoming an official is the way to go if you want to help contribute to the success of Giffnock North and could commit to officiating when it suits you.
We also want to say grateful thanks to Carole for her invaluable help with current developments in the club including our EGM decision to apply for SCIO Status.
Read Carole’s account of being an official below and get in touch with Lynda Scott details at the end.
“I trained as a track official for a number of reasons. As a former head teacher I was always very aware that young people who participate in sport are healthier and happier as a result. I wanted to contribute to that. I have no sporting expertise so helping as a track official is something I can do. It is also good fun, being part of the team, and seeing the obvious enjoyment of the athletes.
The training is straightforward and the old hands are very helpful too. If I forget where to put the relay markers, someone will remind me.
The club coaches contribute a huge amount of their time to developing athletes; the time that I have to contribute is miniscule in comparison, but at events it is vital that there are enough officials to make sure everything goes smoothly, and fairly. Without officials there are no events.
I enjoyed the training and I enjoy officiating. The banter on the finish line is worth the occasional spot of rain or wind.
If you have a child competing at an event, helping the track and field officials is one way of showing your appreciation of all that the coaches are doing for your child. You are there anyway, and it will be more fun than simply watching. I would encourage anyone to get involved. You know it makes sense!
Lynda Scott on our Junior Committee co-ordinates Volunteers and will be delighted to discuss this with you if you think you can help the Club and want to join Carole at the Track
Lynda’s email address is : firstname.lastname@example.org
Heavy rain at Battery Park, Greenock didn’t dampen the spirits of Giffnock’s junior athletes as they raced to individual and team medals at the Scottish Young Athletes Road Race Championships.
Hamish Armitt continued his terrific season with yet another win in the under 15 boy’s race. Hamish clocked a time of 13.40, five seconds ahead of Kane Elliott of Falkirk Victoria Harriers. Under 15 team gold was also achieved with Andrew Robertson (15th) and Eoghan O’Donnell (16th).
Hamish ,when asked about his season so far, was able to add
I have had a consistent season and have kept solid results all the way through. With my highlight being the British Cross races and taking the overall win. Now the focus is the mini marathon down in London and the track season. I am aiming for 3.58 for the 1500m, sub 8.45 for a 3000m and sub 1.58 for 800m .
Thanks Hamish !
Under 15 Girls also achieved Team Gold with Heather Barnes taking the bronze medal and Helen Chong (5th) and Clare Wallace (6th) packing in behind.
There was also Team Gold for under 17 women, Emily Crusher (5th) Rhona Mowat (6th) and Leah Sinforiani (13th)
Further team success was gained at under 13 level, both boys and girls gaining bronze medals.
u13 Boys – Reuben MacDonald (13th) , Cameron Green (17th) and Andrew Lind (25th)
u13 Girls – Erin Ward (9th), Niamh McWilliams (20th) and Eva Chong (21st)
Well done to all who competed Giffnock juniors again showing their strength in depth.
All photographs courtesy of Bobby Gavin (C) Click on an image to enlarge.
All the best to all the Club Athletes in the Road Race Championships this weekend at the Battery Park Greenock. Its been noted that we have a long record in these championships from events held in various venues including Strathclyde Park, Edinburgh University etc ever since they were inaugurated in their present form in 1995.
Dudley and Croy had this to say to the Road runners for Saturday “We have an outstanding history in the event” and I’m sure you would all like to keep this going and write your own bit of history this weekend.So go out hard and commit!
If you want to check that outstanding record its at the link below
We also note that when the event was in danger of slipping completely off the SA Calendar [ including the event not being held in 2004-5] It was none other than Dudley who ensured that this did not happen, galvanising our Club to offer to host it at Rouken Glen and ensuring it’s development and continuation to the present day.
The club has enjoyed a successful period recently both Indoor at the Relays, Masters & Combined events and also a significant group of our athletes represented West District over Cross Country at the Inter counties at Loughborough with significant performances topped by Hamish Armitt on the Podium in 3rd Place at Loughborough but in 1st Place overall as we reported already in the British Cross Challenge. Well done to all our athletes from Under 13 Girls upwards whose performances over the XC season earned them selection for the Inter Counties
Heather at Schools XC
Heather Barnes came an excellent 5th in her U15 Race and Erin Wallace running outwith her Age Group in the U20 Category achieved an excellent 8th place Some great Videos of all the races at this linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puehrlH940w Under 15 Boys
And Full results here
Onto the SIAB [Schools International]where we have several Club athletes representing Scotland in Wales on the 25th March , Good luck to all
Report from Ted Gourley
“It was great to see the Giffnock North vests out in force at the weekend the length and breadth of Scotland. There were particularly strong performances from our ladies – Mary McCutcheon first female vet in the Ben Gullipen Hill race, Jill Smyllie and Sheila Lewis finishing first and second female in the Dumfries 12 mile road race with times of 1.20 and 1.26 (PB) respectively with Kirsteen Haughan in sixth place.
Congratulations also to our ladies team of Debi Scott, Nicola Urquhart and Caroline Gibson claiming first prize in the Jack Crawford 10K road race.
A mention for Iain Carroll who recorded a fast time of 1.15.47(PB) at the Inverness half marathon, finishing 15th overall out of a large field of over 1000 athletes.
Well done everyone who turned out for the club and nice to see Seumas Mac A’ Bhreatnaich (aka Jim Galbraith) making his long awaited return to hill racing at Ben Gullipen.”
Ted did neglect to add his own great efforts to this report in the Jack Crawford 10k . He and Luke Chamberlain had a good day too !!
Hamish Armitt took a well deserved 3rd Place at the Inter counties XC Championships at Loughborough representing West of Scotland but his performances all season over the British Athletics Cross Challenge Series earned him the overall accolade. A fantastic result for Hamish!
Another fantastic result was Murray Fotheringham taking Bronze at the English Athletics Indoor Combined Events Championships in Sheffield. Murray performed over 60 Hurdles, Long Jump, 800m, Shot Putt and High Jump with two PBs in his 6om Hurdles and a Long Jump club record of 5.95 which takes him to top of current Scottish U15 LJ rankings . This in addition to being on the Podium last weekend at the Scottish Combined events Championships .Well done Murray!
A full house of records at Combined Events weekend 2017
It was a fantastic second day of competition at the England Athletics under 17 and under 15 combined events championships today in Sheffield. An unprecedented three overall Championship Best Performance scores to add to yesterday’s British Record and CBP made it four out of four top points scores in the history of the championships.
As always, many thanks to our technical officials who volunteered their time to ensure a high standard of competition was maintained this weekend, and coaches and spectators for supporting the athletes!
Under 15 boys’ pentathlon
Clocking his sprint hurdles in the fastest time in the UK this year, and 0.65 seconds ahead of his closest rival, Joseph Harding (Club: Basildon AC, Coach: Stephen Peaty) led the Under 15 boys’ pentathlon following the opening event. After being one of many athletes no-jumping in their first round, Joseph followed this with a 6.61m long jump Personal Best in his final round – surpassing his winning individual EA champs distance from last month. Fellow Essex athlete Daniel Ogutuga (Club: Thurrock Harriers, Coach: Karl Sumun) leapt 6.20m at his 3rd attempt to go 2nd in this year’s rankings, and Ben Hillman (Club: Cardiff AAC, Coach: Helen James) also passed 6m in that round to lie in second position prior to the high jump. Scottish U15 high jump champion Kyle McAulay (Club: Whitemoss AAC, Coach: Alan Forbes) took top honours here with a clearance of 1.67m but five other athletes cleared 1.61m or greater, scoring close to 500 points apiece.
The final field event was the shot put with three athletes breaking the 11m barrier, including Joseph who had not yet relinquished his lead over the whole event. Benjamin Henson (Club: Cardiff AAC, Coach: Fran Baker) recorded 11.52m for the highest points score – following Kyle’s 11.29 just prior to his last put in a block of best performances that round.
The two final 800m races each contained a mix of athletes, having been seeded according to overall position and not 800m time. Murray Fotheringham (Club: Giffnock North AAC, Coach: Dudley Walker & Simon Dear) clocked the fastest time of the afternoon with 2.07.54 and that earned him a clear cut overall bronze medal. Ben Hillman’s consistent performances throughout the day gave him the silver medal. Joseph Harding never let go of the lead and finished with 3132 points – a British all time best score for the event, beating Reuben Esien’s 5-year-old Championship Record and surpassing last year’s winner’s points score by over 100 points.
Well done from the club also to the Coaches, Parents, Supporters and Training groups who contribute to these successes as well as the dedication talent and commitment of the athletes.
From Club Welfare Officer, Ronnie Stevenson
Some of our athletes and parents have brought to the Club’s attention advice from UKA re doping and athletics .
GNAAC as you would expect , entirely supports clean athletics. We believe the way to improve as an athlete is to be part of our culture which believes appropriate training and competition will help athletes achieve their potential.
We totally reject any culture in sport that allows a place for performance enhancing substances.
We want to highlight our adherence to the set of rules which seeks to get rid of performance enhancing substances from athletics and the cheats who use them – the anti doping Clean Athletics rules.
It is the personal responsibility of all athletes to ensure that any substance they consume does not bring them into a breach of the rules. In respect of young athletes we would address this also to parents. The recognition that some common medications may contain prohibited substances is a concern which we need to raise including for example some medications for hayfever and asthma.
Great caution around supplements is required.
More details on UKAD website, but note the underlined section.
“All athletes are advised to be vigilant in using any supplement. No guarantee can be given that any particular supplement is free from prohibited substances.
An important principle of the Code is that of strict liability, which states that athletes are solely responsible for any prohibited substances they use, attempt to use or is found in their system regardless of how it got there and if there was an intention to cheat. Before taking supplements, athletes must therefore assess the need, risk and consequences to their careers.
Diet, lifestyle and training should all be optimised before athletes consider supplements and they should always consult a medical professional or nutritionist and seek advice.
Supplements may claim to be drug-free or safe for drug-tested athletes. It is not possible to guarantee that specific supplements will be free of prohibited substances and athletes can only reduce the risk of inadvertent doping by making informed decisions.
There is an array of supplements available for athletes to purchase that have no prohibited substances listed as ingredients. Despite this, there have been several cases whereby supplement products have been contaminated with prohibited substances as defined by the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) Prohibited List.”
British Athletics advice and the rules can be found at the following website.
The UK Anti Doping organisation who organise doping control can be found at
Report from Croy Thomson
Photos courtesy of David Chong and Dudley walker
“The weather was foggy and the ground was boggy, but our athletes ran with style over every hilly mile, until their wee legs went groggy.” – Not Robert Burns.
Giffnock juniors were out in force for their schools last weekend at the National Schools Cross Country Championships, hosted this year in the unfamiliar fields beside Dean Community High School, Livingston.
First up were the youngest girls and catching the eye were Zoe Flower for Hutchesons, in sixth, to lead her team to silver behind Ecole d’Haute de Glasgow, Isla Ward 10th and Eva Chong 32nd. Also overcoming a tough course were Mary Rose Cairns and Grace Studham. The equivalent boys’ race saw Joe McKay, Hugh Shiels, Joe Davison and Michael Moynihan brought St Ninians home in fourth. Also fighting hard over a course that was churning up splendidly into chocolate mousse were Williamwood’s Charlie Tomkinson and Craig Cameron.
In the C Races, we had girls galore blazing by in a rainbow of different colours, but your highly trained observers were proud to note Kate Richardson in a strong sixth for Eastwood, followed brilliantly by Francesca Davidson, Helen Chong and Jill Carswell (9th, 11th and 12th). Also in the thick of it (chocolate mousse varies in consistency: this was getting thicker with every passing race) were Emma Chamberlain, Niamh McWilliams, Leila Hickey-Fugaccia, Anna Young, Tara Garioch and Stella Cowey. Hutchie claimed a fine gold, while St Ninians landed another fourth.
The Boys C race featured Ethan Carolan who was looking good in the lead bunch until injury struck, but he battled on for Shawlands Academy to finish 15th in the spookily coincidental time of 15 minute and 15 seconds. Nicholas Duffy was also clocked, moving well over and through the goo.
If you imagine the Group B Girls’ race as a pencil, Giffnock names were at the sharp end. Heather Barnes put in her signature powerhouse effort to claim individual silver for Mearns Castle, and was followed closely by Lynn McKenna, Charlotte McKenna and Sofia Kirkpatrick in 5th, 6th and 8th. Clare Wallace, Emily Crusher, Zoe Coyne and Zoe Jamieson also put in commendable efforts, before Hutchie took silver and Eastwood High – after an anxious debate with officials, which involved clever use of Snapchat to prove who had what numbers – won bronze.
In contrast, in the Group B Boys event, Giffnock runners were few and far between (unless I’ve missed some – entirely possible), but Ben Shaw and Andrew Robertson typically fought hard before having to settle for 15th and 40th respectively in high-class company.
As the fog gathered eerily, the temperature dropped like an icicle from a sneezing snowman’s nose, and the gloopy ground gripped grimly on the ankles (who writes this stuff? Stephen King eat your heart out), the penultimate race brought a hard-earned silver for Erin Wallace, who outclassed everyone except a gloriously gliding Anna MacFadyen from Forres Academy. Danielle Kelly ran strongly for 14th while Kirsty Griffiths and Megan Kane were to the fore for the Hutchie team who won bronze.
Bringing down the curtain were the oldest lads, in Group A. Andrew Love was first home over 5k, with Michael Lowrie, Nikolai Gajic – who took two falls but never submitted and typically got up again to fight on – Oliver Watson-Sweeney, Nicholas Boyle, Joe Lowrie, Harry Nimmo and Neil Anderson all in there too. Williamwood ended up 4th, Hutchesons 6th and St Ninian’s 7th.
Thanks to organisers, officials, teachers, First Aiders, mums, dads, grandparents and other cheerers-on. Apologies to anyone I’ve left out (I know I’ve missed some – Eoghan O’Donnell, for one, fought a good fight but was forced to drop out so doesn’t appear on the results). Well done everyone and fingers crossed for those hoping to get the Scotland call-up.
The weekend of 4th & 5th March was a very busy time at the Emirates Arena, no fewer than three National Championships going on at once. The Scottish Multi-Events, the Scottish Masters and the Scottish Junior Relay Championships, the club having major successes at all three. Read more below.
Multi-eventers Daniel Martin (u13) and Murray Fotheringham (u15) both came through to take Gold in their respective Pentathlon events, with a number of club records along the way.
Our Junior Relay teams had a stellar day, medalling in six out of the eight age categories with u13B, u15G, u17B & Senior Men all being crowned as champions. u17G and Senior Women both claimed silver medals.
There were also two 4x200m Scottish Records, our u15G winning in a time of 1.46.62 and our u17B in a time of 1.31.24. Full report below:
Not to be out done, our not so young track stars were also bringing home the hardware. Colin Wylie (M45) took bronze in the Masters 400m and Ted Gourley (M50) also took bronze in the 1500m.
Also Brian Martin’s time of 8.18 in the M45 60m broke Alistair Morrison’s long standing club record from 2006.
The U13 girls got the relays off to a flying start with the B team winning heat 2 and automatically qualifying for the final. Next up it was the turn of the A team who were going well but the baton was dropped on the last changeover however it was quickly picked up by Isla Scott who worked hard to chase down Ayr Seaforth who finished 1st but the A team’s time was one of the fastest losers and so we had two U13 girls teams in the final.
The U13 boys were up next with the A team in heat one where they finished 2nd to Falkirk in a good time of 1.57.60 so although they didn’t win their heat there was a good chance of qualifying as one of the fastest losers. Although the B team had a good run they finished 3rd in their heat and unfortunately they finished up as the 3rd fastest losers out of 3 heats and just missed out of qualifying for the final.
Both U15 girls teams ran really well in their respective heats and both qualified for the final with the A team winning heat 1 and the B team winning heat 2.both qualified for the final as 2nd & 4th fastest times out of 4 heats. Next it was the turn of the U15 boys, up first was the A team who were in a very competitive heat and although trailing slightly after the first two legs they took the lead on the 3rd leg but unfortunately the 3rd handover was just outside the box and although they went on to win their heat they were subsequently disqualified for their earlier infringement. So the onus was now on the B team to try and secure a place in the final and they ran well to finish 3rd in their heat and managed to qualify for the final.
Next up were the U17 Men and Women where we had two good women’s team and one good Men’s so hopes were high that we would have a team in each of the finals as it turned out all 3 team qualified and looked likely to medal.
The Seniors were the last of the relays and again we had 3 teams only this time it was one ladies’ team and two teams for the Men. As is generally the case it was ladies first and they didn’t fail to deliver despite being pushed all the way to the line by Victoria Park/Glasgow with both teams qualifying for the final. The Senior Men’s A team ran very well and finished 2nd to a good Aberdeen team in heat 1. Despite several call offs we still managed to get a B team out and they performed admirably but unfortunately they didn’t qualify for the final.
As expected the finals were eagerly anticipated and there was still plenty of drama and excitement ahead of us. As per the heats the two under 13 girls teams were up first and it was very competitive. Both our teams did very well with the A team of Angelica Mayer, Ella McGregor, Josie Reilly & Isla Scott. Securing a bronze medal behind Edinburgh and Victoria Park/Glasgow. The B team of Rachel Morran, Nuala O’Donnell, Olivia Dykes and Faith Udwebholo finished less than a second behind in 5th place.
The under 13 boys were the next to take to the track and there was also plenty of drama in their race. It was a very close race with Lewis Taylor and Aiden Cunning on legs 1 & 2 however by the 3rd leg Giffnock were a bit behind in 3rd place however Mark Chalmers had a great run and overtook those ahead of him to hand the lead over to Fionn Duncan-Brooke who ran very well but was just pipped into 2nd place by Falkirk. Nevertheless, it was a great result for the under 13 boys .We then heard that Falkirk were disqualified and the boys were delighted to be moved up to 1st place. However, just prior to presentation and very disappointingly, our boys were also disqualified. As you can imagine the lads were devastated.
Despite disappointment and the drama of the Under 13 boys race the U15 girls lined up determined to do well and they delivered with a 1st place and Scottish record time of 1.46.42 for the A team of Rachel Callan, Rosie McKay, Niamh Smith & Allyson Bell again the B team of Nicole Proudfoot, Eva Blues, Sophie Inglis & Lara Sturgeon just missing out of the medals in 4th place.
The under 15 boys, Chris Brown, Nathan McGee, Cameron McKerrow and Destiny Udwebholo were buoyed by the girls performance and ran with great determination and they finished in 5th place.
The under 17 Women teams both got off to a great start and it was a hard fought race with the A team of Megan Busby, Rhea Campbell, Freya Menzies and Rochelle Moukala finishing in 2nd place behind Vitoria Park/ Glasgow. The B team of Carly Miller, Eve Denholm, Orla Lang & Freya Cowan also gave it their all but they were just outside the medals in 5th place.
It was now the turn of our U17 Men Joseph Connelly, Kyle McLean, Matthew Forbes and Adam Clayton who qualified as the fastest team for their final and they gave it their all in the pursuit of a Scottish record, which they achieved in wining Gold in a time of 1.31,24
The penultimate relay race of the day was the U20/senior Women and the Giffnock ladies, Paula Houston, Niamh Grahame, Amy Donaghy and Sophie Haldane led a charge of 3 to the finish line just being piped by Edinburgh for gold in the last few strides; nevertheless it was a great run by all.
So to the final race and it was the turn of the U20/Senior Men of John Hamilton, Robert Moses, Andy Moses and Alessandro Schenini. The first two runners got off to a great start and our team took advantage of a bad change over to go into the lead but it was all still to play for on the last leg with Alessandro giving his all and throwing himself over the line to win a well-deserved Gold.
The place was buzzing and the supporters were hoarse. Well done to everyone who turned out including the reserves, team managers, parents and supporters.
3rd GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC ‘A’ 1:59.51
1) Angelica Mayer, 2) Ella McGregor, 3) Josie Reilly, 4) Isla Scott
5th GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC ‘B’ 2:00.46
1) Rachel Morran. 2) Nuala O’Donnell, 3)Olivia Dykes, 4) Faith Udwebholo
1st GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC ‘A’ DQ Rule 163.2b
1) Lewis Taylor, 2) Aidan Cunning, 3) Mark Chalmers, 4) Fionn Duncan Brooke
1st GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC ‘A’ 1:46.62 Scottish Record, Club Record
1) Niamh Smith 2) Rosie McKay 3) Rachel_ Callan 4) Alyson Bell
5th GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC ‘B’ 1:51.28
1) Chris Brown 2) Nathan McNee 3) Cameron McKerron 4) Destiny Uduebyolo
2nd GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC ‘A’ 1:44.30
1) Megan Busby 2) Rhea Campbell 3) Freya Menzies 4) Rochelle Moukala
1st GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC ‘A’ 1:31.24 Scottish Record, Club Record
1) Joseph Connelly 2) Kyle McLean 3) Matthew Forbes 4) Adam Clayton
2nd GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC ‘A’ 1:41.70 Club Record
1) Paula Houston 2) Niamh Grahame 3) Amy Donaghy 4) Sophie Haldane
1st GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC ‘A’ 1:30.55 Club Record
1) John Hamilton 2) Robert Moses 3) Andy Moses 4) Alessandro Schenini
U15G Pentathlon 9 Rachel Callan 2551 U15B Pentathlon 1 Murray Fotheringham 2831 National Champion 11 Isaac Glen 651
Sadly, one of our other Multi-Eventers, u15 Reuben Nairne was leading early in the competition after two events had to withdraw following an injury to his foot
U13G Pentathlon 9 Imogen Maher 1749 20 Emily Watson 989 23 Hannah Ryding 820
U13B Pentathalon 1 Daniel Martin 1301 National Champion 7 Ross Gourlay 922 13 Alexandre Robin 768 14 Lachlan Nelson 750 16 Mark MacInnes 699 22 Benjamin Bland 297
And here is the before photo of the U13 Girls Squad
and the after as Elaine Paul [Thanks for the photos] commented “Still smiling and absolutely covered in Mud”
Report from Croy Thomson
GIFFNOCK NORTH/ National XC Champs 2017 27.02.17
LYNDSAYS SCOTTISH NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY & WATERSPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
AT A SOGGY BOGGY Callendar Park, Falkirk, Giffnock North AAC’s teams put in a storming shift across the age groups from Junior to Senior, and waded ashore with four team awards, three individual medals and a raft of stories all set in the finest, wettest, muddiest traditions of the sport.
The day began ominously with officials debating safety issues, but the forecast 40-mile-an-hour winds and torrential rain didn’t happen, so with a minor shifting of the start and finish areas towards the shallows, and repeated pleas not to paddle in the newly-formed loch in front of Callendar House, the day’s adventures were launched on time.
GB international Erin Wallace claimed the Girls’ U17 crown with a patient performance over 6k, jettisoning the pursuing pack on the final hill, to lead team-mates Lynn (8th) and Charlotte McKenna (12th) to team gold, ably backed by Rhona Mowat, Danielle Kelly, Emily Crusher, Leah Sinforiani and Zoe Jamieson. Emily’s effort was all the more noteworthy for being completed with just one shoe (you’re in good company, Emily: check Brian Whittle, European Champs 4X400m PB in one shoe).
Giffnock’s U17 boys earned a hard-won bronze over 6k, Andrew Love in fifth to lead home Ben Shaw, Michael Lowrie and Nikolae Gajic, Nikolai recovering from a mid-race fall to help his squad to the medals. Harry Nimmo and Nic Boyle chased them home.
For the fifth year in a row Giffnock put their name on the U15 Girl’s trophy, as Heather Barnes blazed to the finish in second behind VP Glasgow’s irrepressible Lily-Ann Evans-Haggerty, backed by excellent runs from Helen Chong (4th), Kate Richardson (8th) and Francesca Davidson (15th). If rules allowed, the southsiders’ next four athletes – Jill Carswell, Sofia Kirkpatrick, Clare Wallace and Emma Chamberlain – would have won bronze. The squad placed eight athletes in the top 31.
Hamish Armitt powered away from the U15 Boys field to an emphatic individual victory over 4.2k, while club-mates Ethan Carolan, Andrew Robertson and Eoghan O’Donnell helped him race to a commendable fourth team place, supported by Donald Maclean and Chris Watson-Sweeney.
In the U13 category Giffnock’s boys took a fine team silver, with Reuben Macdonald, Jacob Luc, Harris Paterson and Cameron Green the stars over 3.2k soggy kilometres – Harris was another victim of the slippery conditions, enduring a fall but still getting back up to battle to the finish.
The boys’ counterparts in the girls’ race, Erin and Isla Ward, Niamh McWilliams, Eva Chong and an impressive squad all fought gamely over the same distance but had to be content with fourth behind high-class opposition from across Scotland.
UNDER 20s and SENIORS
Keir Carolan flew the flag strongly for Giffnock’s U20s over a testing 7.6k, before Andy Bonnar led the southsiders’ senior men – in ridiculously glorious sunshine by this point – to 19th place over 10k, well supported by Chris Greenhalgh, Jason Steele, Ted Gourley, Scott Wilson and Graeme Croll. Jill Smyllie was first home for the women’s team that comprised herself, Allie Chong, Catriona Gourley and Alison Matthews, who together placed 23rd, also over 10k (this was the first time the men and women have contested these championships over equal distances).
To paraphrase James Taylor’s lyrics from his classic album Mud Slide Slim, we were “slippin’ and a-slidin’” to glory or more likely glaury. Thanks to all officials, stewards, announcers, coaches, tent technicians, pool attendants, parents, pals, drookit dookers, playful plowterers and most of all everyone who ran, splashed, splodged and splattered their way around.
THE END (until next year)
Many great photos posted on Scottish Athletics Social Media and in earlier posts. If anyone has any more they want to share , please contact us via the Facebook page
There was a certain air of concern following the overnight torrential rain and high winds as the packed Club bus made its way to Falkirk for the National XC Champs on Saturday , passing swollen rivers which had completely flooded adjoining fields where we could just make out drowned tractors and other farm equipment . We discovered on arrival that it had been a very close call re the event going ahead at all. However, all the athletes and coaches had by this time realised it was going to be a very slippy ,muddy, boggy champs calling on the strengths physical , emotional and psychological of all our competitors both Junior and Senior. Or maybe just true grit and so it proved as we coaches, parents and supporters were not disappointed with the efforts on display. We got the tents up and got to the preparation for the races.
Individual Gold for Erin Wallace in the Under 17 Women’s race and Gold Team with Lynn and Charlotte McKenna
Bronze Team for the Under 17 Men Andrew Love, Ben Shaw, Michael Lowrie and Nikolai Gajic
Gold Individual for Hamish Armitt U15 Boys
Silver Individual for Heather Barnes U15 Girls
Gold Team place for Under 15 Girls with Heather, Helen Chong, Kate Richardson & Francesca Davidson
Silver Team Medals for the U13 Boys
Reuben Macdonald, Jacob Luc , Cameron Green , Harris Paterson
and 4th Places for Under 13 Girls and Under 15 Boys Teams
Dudley Walker reports:
“Well that’s it over for yet another year …….
Thank you to everyone who helped at Falkirk today. Some really good results and for me, one or two areas for improvement. So back to work tomorrow with the next target the RR championships at Greenock on 18th March. Results from today……….”
Dudley doesn’t mess about. Its on and upwards to the next challenge , the Scottish Schools XC and the National Road Championships
Full report to follow. We have updated Facebook and Twitter with the main results but in summary as Croy Thomson reports “Two individual champions, a silver medalist, two team titles, a team silver, a team bronze, two team fourth-places, two other squads who would have medalled if the rules allowed … runners who fell and got up again to finish for the team … runners who lost shoes and still finished for the team … wow it was adventures all round, adding up to the special sort of day that doesn’t happen very often. But then we have a special bunch of athletes. Keep at it, everyone, keep improving and we can have more days like Saturday. Well done, and thanks to the parents, pals, tent wranglers, officials and the parks people who yet again let us churn their meadows to mush … theme tune has to be James Taylor’s Mud Slide Slim, surely?”
Only five actually made the line due to several injuries – Jill Smylie, Allie Chong, Alison Matthews, Catriona Gourley and Anne Williamson. The new longer 10k distance was a tough challenge, especially once the juniors has churned up much of the course into a proper quagmire.
Jill ran strongly to finish in 59th place, with Allie Chong in 76th, Catriona in 244 and Alison in 257, making up the counters for the team (23rd overall).
In a total field of 647 our senior men’s team finished 19th overall with Andrew Bonner 100th, Chris Greenhalgh 126th, Jason Steele 222nd, Ted Gourley 226th, Scott Wilson 235th and Graeme Croll 260th.
Superb vocal support from the juniors around the course was hugely appreciated!
Most significantly was double medallist, Adam Clayton with no less than a Scottish Under 17 Men’s Age Group record on Saturday in the 60m with a phenomenal 6.90 and A Silver medal to hang around his neck. This record was previously Cameron Tindle’s from Edinburgh AC. Prior to Cameron’s great prowess in taking this record it had stood for years. Adam then added to this feat with a Gold Medal in the 200m.
Next up on Saturday was Murray Fotheringham to take Silver in the Under 15 Boys 800m with a terrific time of 2.03. 47 a massive PB , Top ranking in Scottish 800m and a place on the All Time Scottish Rankings . Murray also jumped 1.60 in his High Jump, also on Saturday and attained a PB in his 60m Hurdles heat on the Sunday.
Reuben Nairne took the Gold Medal in his u15 Pole Vault , rewarding Coach Brian Donaldson and the Glasgow Pole Vault School for the long trip down with the poles before also qualifying for the Final of the 60m Hurdles with 8.96 , Dipping under that 9 secs and earning himself a Club Record in the process. Reuben was then 5th in the Final another great effort.
Outstanding results for Adam, Reuben and Murray over a busy weekend .Congratulations from all at Giffnock North not forgetting our other club athletes, Chris McKay (u20)who took 5th place in the High Jump with 1.95 and to Alessandro Schenini (u20) who took 5th place in the Long Jump, with 6.86m.
The Summer and the outdoor season looms in a very promising way for these sprinters , Jumpers and Multi Eventers . Congratulations not only to the Athletes but to the hard work of their coaches, their training groups and their parents and supporters .
Course for Tomorrow. 10k For both Senior Women and Men this year !
Best wishes from the club to all our Athletes, Senior & Junior competing tomorrow in Falkirk at Callendar Park in the Scottish National XC Championships. We have a great Entry list , superb athletes and looking forward to success across the Age Groups . GO GIFFNOCK !