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