Boys Reign Supreme at XC Relays


All photos courtesy of Bobby Gavin and Scottish Athletics

Report from Dudley Walker

“Thanks to all our athletes for your efforts today at Cumbernauld.
Thank you to our coaches for everything leading up to,and during the day.
A big shout out to all the mums and dads for their valuable contribution.
Our boys stole the limelight this year with a stellar performance from our A team of Reuben,Ethan and Hamish.The boys event also highlighted the growing number of quality GN athletes throughout the age groups
Our girls demonstrated enormous strength in depth with five teams home in eleven .Throughout the age groups there is a tremendous depth in quality which will serve us well as the season progresses.I predict record numbers of our athletes winning Team West vests at the Inter Districts in Holyrood in January………Scottish vests also thereafter!
Also refreshing to see eight of our squad debuting today in the senior event….take a bow each and every one of you!
Anyway time for bed…it’s been a decent day, a successful one….but what if?”

Dudley Walker

Additional Report from Croy Thomson

“GIFFNOCK NORTH AC’s Junior Boys squad raced to national gold at the annual Scottish Cross Country Relay Championships last Saturday, in near-perfect conditions in Cumbernauld.

The mixed-age-group trio of Reuben Macdonald (Under 13), Ethan Carolan (U15) and Hamish Armitt (U17) teamed up to defeat over 80 other teams on the hilly 3 x 2.4k course, with Armitt’s blistering eight minute 13 second effort on the anchor leg powering Giffnock from third to first ahead of strong squads from Edinburgh and Garscube.

Giffnock’s Girls narrowly missed the medals, with the A team of Erin Ward, Kate Richardson and Heather Barnes having to make do with fourth. The southsiders’ girls’ strength in depth was evident though, with no less than five girls’ teams in the top eleven on a day that attracted record entries across the card.

John O’Donnell, Chris Greenhalgh, Jason Steele and Luke Chamberlain brought Giffnock home in a fine sixth place in the Mens Master race over 4x4k, while female counterparts Mary McCutcheon, Jalinder Sumal and Shelia Lewis also top-tenned in ninth.

Jill Smylie, Nicole Scott, Danielle Kelly and Erin Wallace fought hard for 14th place in the Senior Ladies’ event, also over 4k laps.

A very young squad – entirely composed of athletes well under 20 – of Nikolai Gajic, Nicholas Boyle, Joseph Lowrie and Andrew Love were Giffnock’s first senior male team home in a solid 25th of 88 teams, auguring well for the U20 category at the National Champs next spring.”

Thanks Dudley and Croy

Well done also to all our Senior Teams,and Masters Teams over the mud and hills at Cumbernauld
See also report from Scottish Athletics shared on GNAC Facebook Page and link to the full results

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