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An incredulous Erin at the finish line.

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With Coach Dudley Walker and Croy Thomson

Photos Courtesy of Bobby Gavin and thanks also to Peter Jardine

Report by Croy Thomson

Good times roll for Giffnock athletes and Wallace tops UK rankings

The weather was breezy and the racing was far from easy, but Giffnock North’s contestants in Friday night’s Milers Meet at Hutchesons’ put in some outstanding performances, and a highly creditable selection of PBs and near-PBs.

Amidst a hoard of times to treasure, jewel in the crown has to be Erin Wallace’s two minutes, 7.74 seconds 800 metre effort, which puts her top of the UK rankings. Having wisely sat in with the pace maker, Erin pushed on in full flow from about 250 metres out and, her distinctive upright style never wavering, fought her way to the line – “The last 100 was the hardest” – to stop the clock in a time that had her holding her head in disbelief.

One remarkable feature of the winning time is that it qualifies Erin for the World Youth Games, except she’s too young; and also too young for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa later this year we think.

Once we’d all gathered our breath, we were treated to another sensational, brave piece of running – featuring hardcore seniors such as National Cross Country Champ (and ex-GN athlete) Maddie Murray – which saw another Giffnock athlete post another outdoor PB and put herself in the UK top four for the year: Sarah Eunson continued her remarkable sequence of 800s with a well paced, cool-headed two laps that took her agonisingly close to the two minutes 10 second barrier. And she wasn’t that far behind the winner, an athlete a good bit older, stronger and more experienced than she is.

There’s not enough space to describe every race, but suffice to say the wizened old coaches (well, that’s Dudley, anyway) were proud and pleased to watch the efforts and personal bests flying in from Lynn and Charlotte McKenna (PBs rewarded with cake from a world-class choice at the catering tent – but it’s tough when you’re in Team McKenna: “No PB, no cake!” insists dad Frank) plus Jack Bell, Andrew Robertson, Sofia Kirkpatrick, Rosie McKay, Murray Fotheringham, Ben Shaw, Nicolas Boyle, Kate Richardson, Hamish Armitt, Harry Nimmo, Jamie Sturrock (ever closer to the two minutes, it’s within touching distance), and Andrew Clark. Congratulations to you all, for turning out and putting yourself on the old white line.

Not everyone gained a PB, but everyone benefited from high quality racing in a well organised event with lots of encouragement from fans who know what distance racing is about. If you want fast times, try running in fast company: everyone’s on your side!

Big hello to Alex and Clare Barr, with congratulations to ex-G’Norther Robbie on his new PB. Big thanks to the organisers, Glasgow Athletics Association, especially for the sunshine and a dry track.
Results now on Power of Ten.
More photos to follow

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