Richardson McKenna Love Armitt at Falkirk SIAB XC Home International 19.03.16-1 

Kate Richardson, Lynn McKenna, Andrew Love and Hamish Armitt, Giffnock North athletes representing the Scottish Schools Cross Country  Team at Falkirk last weekend.

REPORT: By Croy Thomson 

RACING in national colours, Giffnock North AAC’s juniors helped Scotland to three team silvers in the annual schools Home International cross country event at Falkirk last weekend. 

In bright sunshine around the demanding hills, twists and turns of Callendar Park, England scooped the four team golds available, but the Scots fought hard as always, not least Hamish Armitt, first Scot home for the Junior Boys, tenth overall after 4k.

Kate Richardson concluded a fine winter’s racing with 12th in the Junior Girls 3k event, helping her team to silver medals. Scotland’s Intermediate Girls followed suit over 4k with another silver, with Lynn McKenna, recently second individual at the Scottish National Cross Country Championships at the same venue in their number.

Adding further shine to Giffnock’s day in the sun, Andrew Love picked up another team silver in the Intermediate Boys 6k. 

Just to prove that there is no rest for the swift, Hamish Armitt and Lynn McKenna have been named for the Scotland U15 squad for the high-profile London Mini Marathon on Sunday 24th April, the prelude to the London Marathon itself. Joining them from Giffnock’s burgeoning junior ranks are Lynn’s sister Charlotte and two national Inter-District cross country champions, Heather Barnes and Erin Wallace, who is selected for the U17 race.

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