Thurs Night Sessions-July/Aug/Sept now on website.
Well done all those that took part.
Apologies to Steve and athletes for the delay in posting this
It’s been busy at the club with news but it is also important to record the achievements of our U12s in Perth.
Thanks to Gerry Duggan for this report
Another round of brilliant personal performances at the Men’s League today. Despite the limited number athletes and events in which we are able to compete, we were lying 5th with only the discus and relay to be scored. The finalised result will be forwarded as soon as they are available
We had a great day in the jumps. Not only did Sam Young PB in both the HJ (1.88) and TJ (11.88), he offered tremendous support to his team mate Calum Rogers (first outdoor competition this season) who added a remarkable 10cm to his PB at 1.70. Not to be outdone, Neil Hutchison jumped a Seasons Best with 5.69. Unfortunately Calum twisted his knee in the TJ. We all wish you a speedy recovery.
In the throws, Neil Hutchison was in great form throwing Seasons Best in both the SP and Javelin with 8.83 and 36.42 respectively. We are sure he would have been able to do the same in the discuss, but he had miss his final throw to take part in the relay.
Our runners also put on a good show. Andrew Robertson shaved his 800m PB down to 2.08:07 and Luke Nelson lopped over 10 secs of his PB, down to 2.21:39. In the 1500 Greg Turner ran a Seasons Best at 4:15.42 and Ethan Carolan put in a never say die performance to snatch 2nd place on the line in the B race in 4:21.86. Greg went on to run the 5000 to secure vital points for the team.
A change of clothing brought on another PB in the one lap race. Ditching his side split middle distance shorts for sprinters Lycra, Eoghan O’Donnell took his 400m PB down to 54.88. Lewis Mitchell was a true team performer, getting round his 400m despite feeling unwell.
And then the relays.
Our 4×100 team of Neil (who had just come off the discuss pit), Greg (who had just finished a 5000), Lewis (who was still feeling terrible) and Luke ( a self-confessed 10,000m runner) did a remarkable job in getting the baton round final time and position to be confirmed
Our 4×400 team (Eoghan, Ethan, Andrew and Sam) put in a remarkable performance to finish 4th.
While everyone did a great job , the backbone of the today’s team was U17 – Andrew Robertson, Luke Nelson, Ethan Carolan, Eogahn O’Donnell, Lewis Mitchell, Calum Rogers and Sam Young. I can’t praise their enthusiasm, team spririt and sheer gutsy performances highly enough. (Greg Turner and Neil Hutchison wish they were still U17!)
A word of thanks to our officials – Graham Dunn, Garry Paterson and Danny O’Donnell. Without your help and support it would not be possible to run these events. Graham Dunn, a proud Englishman, sacrificed watching the Panama World Cup match live today to be with us at Grangemouth today.
The attached picture shows todays squad and officials, minus Greg Turner (curled up in a corner somewhere after a 1500, 5000 and 4×100 in quick succession), Graham Dunn (racing away to watch the England game on Catch-up TV before anyone told him the result), Calum Rogers (already back home with his knee on ice) and Team Manager Gerry Duggan (behind the camera).
Well done all
Also, in a guest 800m race Neil Gourley was just edged into second place by Chris O’Hare, only 200th of second separating them.
News item from Jackie Alexander
Following a very successful team visit to Gothenburg in 2017, the coaches and adults have recovered sufficiently to start mentioning the ‘G’ word again!! (For those of you unfamiliar with the event, please see the links at the bottom of the page).
We have secured funding from the club to assist with costs and have decided to undertake a second visit to the games in 2019.
The 2019 games will be held 28,29 & 30 June and we would be proposing to use similar travelling arrangements to those from 2017. This means we would be away from Thursday 27 June to Monday 1 July.
The cost will be £600 per athlete and this includes all flights and transfers from Glasgow to Gothenburg, hotel accommodation (shared twin rooms) for 4 nights and meals from Thursday evening meal to Monday breakfast, event kit and event entry fees. Last time, parents set up a fundraising committee and managed to reduce the cost for each athlete by £150 so I would suggest this would be something to consider this time once the team is announced.
We will be circulating a set of standards for the various events which we would be expecting athletes to achieve (or be very close to) if they wish to be selected. The deadline for standards is the end of September 2018. There are plenty open graded meetings, national championships and of course, the club champs, to enter to achieve the necessary times and distances. We will be looking for athletes to achieve at least two event standards as they will have to compete in a minimum of two events when on the trip. Throws standards are the only ones set by the organisers.
Selection will not be guaranteed even if the standards have been reached, we will take into account attendance and commitment at training and we would also be looking for athletes who have competed for the club over the season.
I would be grateful if you could advise at this stage if your athlete would be interested in being considered for the trip. This is not a firm commitment nor is it a guarantee of a place but gives me an indication of the numbers we are looking at, to allow me to ensure we will have enough coaches and adult helpers willing to accompany the team. Please email me by Friday 13 July to express interest.
Please note we have a lower age restriction on athletes being considered – all athletes will have to be U15 or above next competitive season. This means that only U13 athletes who are second year U13s can be considered. If your athlete moved up from U11 at the start of the indoor competition season 17-18, they are too young to attend.
I’ve attached the website report from the last trip to give an idea of what we got up to and also the link to this year’s event. If you have any questions, please contact either Sara Lang or me and we’ll try to help.
email addresses for Jackie and Sara:
Event info at –
Report from the 2017 trip
Report by Croy Thomson
GIFFNOCK NORTH AC athletes enjoyed success last weekend, in three different countries.
In England, at the always deeply competitive Athletics England U20 and U23 Championships in Bedford, Erin Wallace claimed not only a fine 1500 metre silver in four minutes, 29.82 seconds, but puts her in a strong position for selection for the GB Team for the World Junior Championships in Finland next month. Also winning silver was U23 sprinter Jenna Wrisberg with a hard-fought 11.78 seconds effort in the 100 metres.
Coming home with well-won bronzes were long jumpers Alessandro Schenini (U20 7.25 metres) and Rachel Alexander (U23 5.89 metres).
In the mountains of Italy, hill runners Lynn McKenna and Rhona Mowat represented Scotland at the International Youth Cup, McKenna in particular hitting the heights with an excellent ninth place finish.
Much more locally, at the Brian Goodwin Memorial 10k hosted by Bellahouston Harriers, Luke Traynor continued recent excellent form by winning in a new course record 28 minutes 31 seconds. The performance makes Luke the third-fastest Scot all-time over the distance on the roads.
The U12 athletes’ success at the Greenock Invitational Competition on Sunday 3rd June was rewarded with a visit from Luke Traynor to the U11 Session at Eastwood on Tuesday night. The Girls Teams took 1st as pictured
2nd Team members were Katy Donnelly, Eve Greene, Madeleine MacKenzie & Hannah Sluman, 3rd Team was Leilani Spelman Ikedashi & Emilia Hickey Fugaccia along with Hannah Turnbull & Kirsty Adam as pictured .The boys were Joint 1st with Kilbarchan as pictured but without Logan Johnstone.
Our 8 year old Team also triumphed. [ Beatrice Nairne and Mara Phillips were the other Team members]
Luke kindly interrupted his 2nd training session of the day to present the medals and talk to the young athletes and answer some of their questions. Thanks again Luke . The athletes and parents really appreciated you taking the time to do this. A great reward for their efforts . We would like to underline our appreciation and thanks to Janice Hendrie and Gerry Gaffney and all at Inverclyde AC for organising and hosting this event for U12s.
Best wishes go to many of our athletes for this weekend’s endeavours . It’s getting hard to keep up with them all. We have Lynn McKenna and Rhona Mowat heading for Italy for the Mountain Running Championships. And our YDL Team heading to Scotstoun for Match 3 .
We have Erin Wallace , Adam Clayton, Alessandro Schenini Jenna Wrisberg and Rachel Alexander heading for Bedford for the AAA U23 &U20 Championships with important European Trial selections as part of these.
And we have 4 teams heading to Perth for the Super Teams
Report from Gerry Duggan
RESULTS for Mens League Match2, Aberdeen- **WE ARE ON THE WAY UP**
Fantastic result from Sunday despite one or two calls due to a very busy weekend, we finished a very creditable 4th overall and were only 1 point off finishing third(results still subject to scrutiny)
”Thanks to all for some brilliant performances and another magnificent team spirit on the day. In Match 1 we were 6th, Match 2 we were fourth. The momentum is with us, with a full squad to cover all the disciplines we will surely be contenders for Match 3 at Grangemouth on 24th of June. Look out for “call-up” papers coming out this week”
Once again well done to all who competed.
Gerry as Team Manager is rightly delighted with the efforts of our athletes in the Men’s league and looking forward to the next match.
We will need some team and some action photos . Well done to all the Athletes !
Alexander Young, Andrew Robertson, Calum McWilliam, David Lees, Donald MacLean, Eoghan O’Donnell, Ethan Carolan, Greg Turner, Kieran Killen, Lewis Mitchell, Neil Hutchison, Calum Rogers,