The first Scottish National Athletic League (SNAL) match of the season was held on Saturday 12th April at Grangemouth. This is the premier track & field league in Scotland for u17, u20 and Senior men and women. Giffnock North fielded a total of 36 athletes across 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 2000m SC, long jump and high jump. The weather varied wildly from benign breeze to stormy rain. So well done to all our athletes for battling through the elements. A significant of them even managed to post PBs! Our Endurance group were the headline act scoring maximum, or near maximum point in all events. In terms of overall league position our U20 Women, sitting in first place and our U20 and Senior Men are sitting in third place were our best performing teams on the day. Full league results are in in the linked document and individual performance have now been uploaded onto Power of 10.

If you are not already signed up for Match 2 on the 5th May at Grangemouth, contact gerryjduggan@gmail.com for more information.

 Grateful thanks also to our officials – Heather Stewart, Amparo Ruiz, Craig Fotheringham and Craig Armstrong who were instrumental in running a successful event.

The picture shows the women’s 1500m athletes fighting through blustery conditions.

Full results here

Report by Gerry Duggan

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A really good day at the Scottish Road Relay Championships in Livingstone.

We’d first competed in 1999 where we’d finished 30th.Average finishing position since our first attempt has been 22nd .Best ever finish was 9th in 2007, and worst was back to back 36th in 2011 and 2012.

So to finish 2nd (A team) with Calum Young, Ross Good, Nikolai Gajic, Cameron Green, Glen Griffiths and Duncan Robinson and 24th (B Team) with Mathew Knak, Sandy Nimmo, Jordan Orr, Miles Hollinshead, Scott Kelman and David Shaw (B Team)….was an immense improvement.

Great to see Miles and Sandy teaming up after a bit of a break since their teenage years at Giffnock where they amassed many Scottish titles between them.

Not to forget Emma Creasey who carried the female flag for Giffnock North in the women’s race. She ran a belter of a first leg to bring us home in second place.

Report by Dudley Walker

BRIGHT SUN, DAZZLING RUNNING from all our squads at the National XC, with four team golds two team silvers plus individual gold, silver and bronze. Hats off to everyone who turned out in amber and royal, you all helped deliver another memorable day for the club against Scotland’s best.

U13 Girls were first out on the rolling twisting course, and conjured up team gold on count-back on equal points from Dundee Hawkhill. Good work, Erika Tait, Eve Cameron , Megan Jackson and Eilidh Brown, as well as Chloe Simpson, in ahead of Dundee’s fifth finisher, to emphasise the squad’s grip on the crown.

Our U13 Boys matched the girls with gold of their own: get on that podium, Evan Tyler, Donald MacInnes, Ewan Kennedy and Sam Deery, who rose from a muddy fall to battle on for the team. 

The U15 Girls were squeezed into second by Lasswade in a team race as tight as two coats of paint: Holly Simpson (ind third), Amy Gallagher, Isabella Wilson and Millie Boothman did the business on count-back from Harmeny. Lasswade won by one point. Special mention to Nicole Yates who came home ahead of Harmeny’s fifth counter.

Callum Dick took a hard won individual U15 silver over 4.3k, leading Aaron Reid, Finlay Laskey and Cameron Nugent to team silver behind Falkirk Victoria. 

U17 gents Craig Shennan, Jamie Connor, Alasdair Nugent and Jack Wallace stormed to a dominant win for the club, in first, fifth, sixth and eighth after a tough 6.4K. Craig has now won the National XC at U13, U15 and U17. 

Ruth Walsh claimed a superb individual silver in the U17s, leading Scarlett Wilson and Freya Campbell to the team title after their 6.4k. 

Glen Griffiths and Matthew Knak flew the flag for our U20 Men with highly respectable 10th and 14th places over 6.8k.

Emma McLennan, Ella Youngs and Kiara Meiklejohn went within an agonising two points of a team bronze in the U20 Women’s event, edged by a University triumvirate of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde. 

Fourth was also the tough number for Men’s Senior Duncan Robinson over 10k, after a brilliant effort against top-class opposition, hanging in the pack before fighting it out on the last lap to bring home one of our best ever senior placings. Men’s team were eleventh, again one of our best results.

The Senior Ladies finished a fine seventh, led home by Emma Creasey in 20th, ably backed by Yvonne McNairn, Jill Smylie, Catriona Bark, Nicola McBeath and Jacqueline Campbell.

Big thanks to all who ran, coached, tent wrangled, supported, cheered, clapped, consoled and fed me doughnuts, creme eggs and cheesy chips. Some day. Some team. 

Full Results

Report by Croy Thomson

Photos by Bobby Gavin

The weekend of the 17th, 18th, 19th February was a very busy one for Giffnock’s Track & Field athletes with events taking place in both England and Scotland.

Microplus UK Athletics Indoor Championships, Birmingham

Many congratulations to Erin Wallace who lead out a quality field in the final of the 800m. She was overhauled on the last lap but clocked a new indoor PB of 2:01.35 to take the Bronze medal. Jemma Reekie took the title with Izzy Boffey in second place.

Our sprinters were in fine form with three of them progressing through the rounds to make finals. Alyson Bell (pictured left) clocked 7.41 in her 60m to take 7th place. Adam Clayton was also 7th in his 60m in 6.79. Erin Campbell achieved a new PB of 8.52 in her semi-final of 60m Hurdles and was 8th in the final in 8.84. Rachel Callan, returning from injury, competed in the 200m rather than her favoured 400m. Rachel was 5th in her heat in a time of 25.71

In the field events Long Jumper Alessandro Schenini was placed just outside the medals in 4th place with a best of 7.32. Alessandro (pictured right) sporting his new go faster hair do !

Pole Vaulter Reuben Nairne cleared 4.86 in his event to take 7th place.

Scottish Indoor Championships, Grangemouth

Giffnock high jumpers were in fine form at the weekend in Grangemouth bringing home four medals. Lucy Boules secured the under 20W title clearing 1.49. Cara Weir also jumped 1.49 and was awarded the silver medal on count back. (both pictured right) Under 13G, Erica Ross took a silver medal in her event with a height of 1.43. In the under 17W high jump Zoe McKell took bronze edging out team mate Brooke McClure, both clearing 1.49.

In the Triple Jump, Holly Slater secured a Bronze medal with a jump of 9.86.

Under 13 Erica Ross won her second medal in the 60m hurdles taking the title in 10.05. Erica wasn’t done there, she also took a silver in the shot putt throwing 7.89. A very successful day. Under 15 Angus Weir was also a multi-medal winner, taking a Silver in the Long Jump (5.39) and a Bronze in the 60m hurdles.

A massive Well Done to all who competed at the Championships.

The Club Track & Field Championships will take place on Saturday 7th September 2024 at the Ayrshire Arena, Kilmarnock. Please note the event in your diaries and on your calendars. The club urges all members to support this fun event.

Details of how to enter will be posted nearer the time.

Giffnock North Athletics Club Championships, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. 26th August 2023 Photograph by Colin Mearns

The club will be holding a 4 day and 5 day athletics camps over the Easter Holidays for 5-13 year olds. These will be held at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Track from 10.00am -1.00pm. Entry is open to members and non-members. If you are interested or think someone would like to attend, please pass on the information. 

Members, please register on your LoveAdmin account on the Events page.  The price for Camp A is £45 per person & Camp B is £50 per person. 

Non-members can book and pay for the camps via the separate login below. The price for Camp A is £50 per person & Camp B is £55 per person. 

There will also be an early-drop off option available. A single day booking is £5 and a whole camp booking can be made for either £15 (Camp A) & £20 (Camp B).

A later pick-up may also be possible. Please email to arrange. 

There is limited space in each camp. To secure entry, please register as soon as possible. 
If you have any other questions, please email me at – admin@giffnocknorth.co.uk 

Going from Strength to Strength

Our dedicated Giffnock North coaches are constantly updating their knowledge.  Strength and Conditioning (S&C) expert Dan Jefferson is currently delivering a series of workshops to them. After the initial classroom based session in January, things got a lot more practical at this weekend’s workshop (2nd Feb). Our coaches watched and learned as Dan put our fantastic volunteer athletes through a series of S&C drills and exercises. We hope the athletes enjoyed the workshop and were not too stiff and sore on Sunday morning. The final workshop, on Saturday 10th Feb, will enhance our coaches  existing knowledge on flexibility and plyometrics. 

Grateful thanks to Dan Jefferson of Jefferson Performance who is delivering the informative and engaging workshops and to our enthusiastic volunteer athletes – Ryan Davie, Isla Ross, Brooke McLure, Sara Anderson, Edie Campbell, Ida Pickens, Sandy Heather, Fergus Pryor, Aaron Muir and Rishon Xavier (who was with us in spirit, but who had to call off at the last minute due to a football injury).

Report by Gerry Duggan

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Rain battered again in Greenock !!!

Renfrewshire Road Race Championships took place Sunday 4th February at the Battery Park in Greenock . Sadly,  the weather was the  usual miserable variety that we all know and don’t love. Some of us remember sunny days at the Park but the memories are definitely getting stretched.   Despite the rain, the club had a great day with many individual medals, loads of Team Medals – 7 out of 8 for the Juniors -and great performances overall . A special round of applause to all the athletes and especially to those taking part for the first time.  The start – The Senior Men & Women ran the 5 Miles together heading out along that esplanade wrestling with the wild conditions. 

Seniors

Ross Goode took an excellent Silver Medal with Jordan Orr finishing a nippy 22nd to then quickly pick up the camera to capture great pictures of the other races.  David Shaw was trying to erect tents and do a warm up simultaneously (not really possible and not to be repeated) Thanks David ! His run then got him 35th place & 3rd Vet 50 with James Egan closely following David home.  Rob Crusher and Ian Millar completed the senior male entrants with solid runs.  Allie Chong was 7th overall & 1st Vet 50, Kiara Meiklejohn was 8th and 2nd in the U20 Category.

Well done the Seniors who braved the Wet Costa Clyde!

Under 11s

Under 11 Boys had Gold Individual from Christopher Cameron who took a very measured approach initially and then let rip to finish with a flourish, followed by  Ben McKerracher who took a superb Bronze and then with Callum Wilson,  in an excellent 4th place ensured Team Gold for the Giffnock lads. Backing them up was Cian Lough, Nihal Lindsay, Riley Rhicard, Neil Hutchison, Finlay Rae, Elliot Glen, Sam Duffy, Avikrit Pandey, Fearghus McMillan,& Albie Pollock.

In the U11 Girls race Aurora MacIntyre stormed it to take Gold with Abbie Gallagher just missing the Podium for an individual Medal but with a very surprised Grace Costello 7th  the Giffnock U11 Girls got to climb up the Podium – and we mean climb – as the step was nearly bigger than them to take Team Gold Medals  ???? 

Iris Jackson 8th and Emma Wilkinson 9th crossed the line exactly a second behind each other and behind  Grace. That’s packing for you. Jessica Martin, Orla Heron & Robyn Gordon completed the U11 band of girls. 

Photos Courtesy of Alan Cameron

Under 13s

The U13 squad relished the rare opportunity for boys and girls to race together. As the results show this gave everyone an extra boost and all twenty three athletes gave it their all. Sam Deery  and Evan Tyler  showed us outstanding teamwork, running together until the last fifty metres then treating us to a blazing sprint finish with Sam just edging the win and Evan a brilliant second. Logan McNulty sprinted in for third to complete the winning team. With Ewan Kennedy 4th , Adam Tortelano 5th, Monty Finlayson, 6th and Finlay Hamilton , Gabriel Macklin  and Connor Lynch  not far behind it was a triumph for the Giffnock boys.
Not to be outdone our girls showed their speed with Lucy Tonner , Eve Cameron  and Erika Tait taking the top three places and another team gold. Megan Jackson , Chloe Simpson  and Erica Ross all took top ten places with Eilidh Brown , Freya Mearns  , Erin Lough , Rebecca Martin, Amelie O’Donnell , Mia Tomb, Lilah McIntyre and Lotty Martin not far behind. Well done to you all for your outstanding sportsmanship and support for each other.

Under 15s

An incredible 12 U15 Giffnock girls in a field of 18, and all gave a good account of themselves. Holly Simpson controlled things from the front and cruised home in an impressive 10:44. Lucy McGhie left the rest of the pack after 2 laps to take a well earned individual silver. Millie Boothman in 4th made up the 3 girl winning team. Terrific runs also from Isabella Wilson, Nicole Yates, Eve Wilkinson, Emme Johnson, Anna Ross, Erin Reilly, Sarah McNulty, Rose Costello and Ava Taylor.

The U15 boys race saw Louie Muir and Aaron Reid finish 2nd and 3rd respectively, behind the ever impressive Alistair Street from Kilbarchan. Call offs and bugs meant not enough to make a team but Louie and flew the flag brilliantly.

Photos courtesy of Alan Cameron

Under 17s

The U17 races had small fields, but as they were mixed races there was good male competition for our U17 girls and so great preparation for the National coming up in 3 weeks.  Scarlett and Ruth ran strongly at the front of the girls’ race with Scarlett pulling away from Ruth over the final 400m or so of the 4km race.  Saoirse finished next not too far behind Ruth and Scarlett, followed by Isla.  Hazel and Lucy finished strongly to complete the U17 girls’ team.  

The final race of the day saw our Under 17 men continue the excellent work carried out by younger age groups earlier in the day.

Oliver Macdonald followed by Jack Wallace and Alasdair MacLean crossed the finish line in that order to take first team prize.James Mowat came home in tenth position to round off an excellent squad performance over the very flat water side course.


Thanks to David Shaw, Rowan Wallace and Andy Munro for tent transport and Dudley Walker – always the maestro of tent wrangling. 

Thanks also to the excellent organisation on the day – the officials who always bear the brunt of the weather, Gerry Gaffney & all the IAC ( et al) coaches, stewards  & volunteers including the welcome catering . 

Report comes from all the Giffnock Coaches with photos from Allan Cameron.

Lastly well done all our athletes. It’s always a test to race in these conditions and you all passed it . 

Full results at the link below –

S.A. Inter District XC inc. Celtic XC & UK Cross Challenge

For the first time this XC season the sun was shining for Race Day at Renfrew and there were several brilliant performances to match the glorious weather. The course was flat, fast, and included some interesting scenery on its winding way around King George V playing Fields.

The U13 girls kicked things off with some gutsy runs as a visitor from Exeter Harriers took the race out hard. We had 4 in the West team and a fabulous 6 running for the club. The West had to settle for the silver medal after a strong showing from the East, with Lucy Tonner (6), Erika Tait (9) and Eve Cameron (10) all as counters. In a tight finish Megan Jackson (41), Eilidh Brown (42) and Eva McGrory (43) pushed hard down the home straight, Chloe Simpson (48), Freya Mearns (51), Rebecca (62), and Ruby McWilliams (66) raced well cheered round by many local supporters.

The U13 boys were up next and 9 of our boys were representing the West squad. The boys all did the Club and West proud and worked hard together as a big group for a good bit of the race. Heading into the final straight a bunch of East and West vests fought it out, with Kian Dick coming out with 3rd in the British Cross Challenge and 2nd in the Inter District competition. Such was the mele in the home straight that supporters thought that Evan had snatched 3rd spot for the districts, but they hadn’t spotted an East vest nicking down the right-hand side! Evan Tyler took and excellent 4thplace, with Sam Deery in 7th and Ewan Kennedy pipping an East vest on the line to take the 6th counter spot and secure West Gold on equal points! Donald MacInnes was inside the top 20 and there were good runs in their West vests for James Andrews (21), Logan McNulty (27), Leo Carroll (28) and Ollie McFarlane (37).

The sun was still shining for the U15 girls race but the course was getting a little heavier underfoot, though the U15 (and U17/20) were spared the tight 180° turn of the earlier and later races. In the West squad we had Hollie Simpson, Amy Gallagher, Eilidh Caldow, Millie Boothman , Isabella Wilson And Nicole Yates with Erin Reilly and Eve Wilkinson running for the club. The girls navigated the course and growing crowds well with Hollie taking an excellent 4th place in the district competition and as the first counter for the West team. Amy was in 16th for the 5th counter. The West team took silver on this occasion after a strong showing from the East team taking the top 3 spots. There were determined runs from Eilidh (29), Millie (32), Isabella (33), Nicole (35) Erin (54) and Eve (60).

The U15 boys went off like a train as expected and stampeded round the tight first right-hand bend. Things soon settled down with a couple of West vests pulling a group of around 7away a little from the rest.  The East won this one in the end with Aaron Reid running well to be our sole counter in the West team in 15th spot (11th for district). In the top half of the field with good runs were Finlay Laskey (23) and Cameron Mitchell (28) in their West vests and flying the flag for GNAC were Cameron Nugent (26) and Ethan Scobie (35).

Moving on from the younger age groups we come to the Under 17 and 20 men and women. It was an exceptionally successful day for our men, who were representing Scotland,Team West and Giffnock North.  Trying to work out the various team and individual competitions was a bit of a headache, but our guys made it fairly simple by being at the sharp end of the finishers….so here goes……I’ve given overall positions in this report….check the full results via the link below.

Jamie Connor had an inspired day on what was a very flat course…he won the Cross Challenge event, finished first in the under 17 Inter district event and led Team West to team victory. Calum Dick who was running up an age group was first finisher for the Scotland Under 17 team in the Celtic Nations event and mounted the podium in 2nd place with Jamie and Alasdair Nugent who finished 3rd in the Cross Challenge event, with the same placings for the Inter Districts.Our boys did a good job at hogging the podium.

This trio was superbly back up by Oliver MacDonald (21st),Jack Wallace (30th) and Alasdair McLean (54)   Jamie, Calum, Alasdair, Oliver and Jack comprised the Inter District gold medal winning team along with James Alexander of Garscube A.C.
Our Under 20 duo of Glen Griffiths and Mathew Knak went well in the mixed under 17/20 race and finished well in Glen(23) overall and Mathew (32) not too far adrift.  

Our Under 17 girls were also very much in the mix flying the flag for the West with Ruth Walsh finishing 15th overall followed by Scarlett Wilson (23), Freya Campbell (35), Freya Scobie (38) running up from under 15 age group and representing Scotland under 17, Saoirse McNulty (47), IslaMunro (53) and Iona Stroma Hubbard (58). Ruth, Scarlett, Freya, and Freya were all counting members of Team West who won silver in the Inter District competition.
Returning from injury saw Hannah Ryding having a solid run to finish 11th overall and help her ease back into competition.Esme Dougall (43) was the other member of our Under 20 squad who finished strongly.

Finally, it was the turn of the senior teams and there were still a good number of younger supporters to cheer round their older teammates and coaches even if some were doing so from the lengthy food van queue! Emma Creasey continued her good form with 17th place overall and 12th in the District competition claiming 4th counter for the West team who claimed Silver medal position behind the East. The fantastic coach/athlete duo of Allie Chong (45) and Anji Carson (64) were joined by the inspirational Hilary Carswell (61).

An exciting Senior Men/U23 Celtic race saw Duncan Robinson representing Scotland U23 in the Celtic Nations event set out with intent in an early breakaway group of around 7. In the second lap Jamie Crowe (Central) and Scott Stirling (Falkirk) pulled away leaving Duncan and Lewis Hanningan (Kilbarchan) to fight it out for the bronze position overall and Gold in the U23 Celtic race with a visitor from Aldershot Farnham and District. In the end it was visitor Joseph McConnell who claimed the bronze with Lewis in 4thspot and Duncan 5th. Celtic Nations title went to Scotland with Lewis in 1st and Duncan in 2nd backed by Andrew McGill.

There were 2 other vests to cheer round to finish of the day as Luke Nelson (83) and Scott Kelman (92) took the opportunity to enjoy a competitive local race. All in all an enjoyable and successful day for many and definitely wetting the appetite for the National event in Falkirk on February 24th entries are open so please get your names down soon.

Thanks to Dudley Walker & Eilidh Macdonald for reporting and Jordan Orr for most of the photos from Renfrew 

PLACES AVAILABLE for 5-8 year olds

We are delighted to advise that we still have some spaces left at our popular RUN JUMP THROW sessions on Saturdays at Hutchesons’ School Track commencing on Sat 13th January. This is for interested youngsters 5-8 year olds. This block runs until the 30th March.
Entry by Beaton Road Entrance.

SESSION STRUCTURE

The sessions are divided into 3 colour coded groups according to age  [ Aprox] All using age appropriate equipment . Children will be introduced to a variety of athletic activity- emphasising fundamental movement skills ABCs Agility Balance & Co-ordination but mostly based on having some fun and developing confidence. 

5 Year olds all together  RED 

6-7 Year olds YELLOW

8 year olds BLUE 

 If you require any further information, please contact our Administrator  admin@giffnocknorth.co.uk

Further too our recent review, below some of the successes of our Masters athletes.

Allie Chong competed in the European Masters Championships at the half marathon. In her first GB Masters vest she brought home individual bronze medal in the v50 category and joined with two other team mates to secure team Gold in the v35 age group.

Several Giffnock North athletes were selected to run for Scotland at the Masters International Cross Country; Yvonne McNairn, Allie Chong, Sheila Lewis, Mary McCutcheon and Doreen Henderson.

Allie as part of the Gold winning v35 squad

Jill Smylie, Yvonne McNairn and Allie Chong are 2023 Scottish Veteran Road Relay Champions.

Allie Chong, Jill Smylie and Catriona Bark won Masters Silver medal at the West District XC and a Gold for the Masters team at the National relays in Cumbernauld consisted of Sheila Lewis, Allie Chong and Mary McCutcheon.

Yvonne McNairn is currently the V35 Champion for the Scottish 10 mile road race. 

And in the Ultra Running scene, Rory Matheson completed the UTMB which is no mean feat!

Some of our Senior / Masters Ladies competing at the National Short Course XC

Report by Yvonne McNairne

The Board of the Club would like to wish all our athletes, coaches, officials, parents and supporters very best wishes for a great 2024.

We had some amazing highlights in 2023 which included exceptional individual performances and team work across the Age Groups and all the disciplines.  For a relatively young athletics club we have recorded excellent achievements this year and over the 40 years of our existence.   In November we celebrated our 40th Anniversary with a local Dinner Dance headed by a great introduction from some of our talented musicians. No end to those talents either.

We had two of our Athletes, Alyson Bell and Neil Gourley, representing GB at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. We saw Neil taking the Silver medal (just behind Jacob Ingebritsen ) at the European Championships in Istanbul – now selected to compete in the refurbished Emirates Arena in  Glasgow at the World Indoors in March.

Alyson (2nd left) with the squad

Neil in action at the World Championships. Photo by Mark Shearman

We had Alessandro Schenini taking the Scottish Native Senior Long Jump record with a fantastic 8 metre leap.  We have Nikki Manson taking the indoor native record for Long Jump as well as retaining her previous Scottish High Jump record and coming back from complex knee surgeries.  David Smith, also after two foot surgeries, this year is back training.  Adam Clayton, competing in the University College in the USA, is surpassing some Scottish Sprint records and was rewarded by GB selection for the European Team Championships. Hannah Ryding earned an U20 GB vest to compete in Australia in the World XC Championships in February while Duncan Robinson is making his mark at both XC and on the road.

Alessandro Schenini

Hannah winning the National XC

We await developments for our other USA based athletes, students Conan Harper & Reuben Macdonald and note that Craig Shennan following an impressive year is also headed stateside on a scholarship in the summer. 

We are hoping for solid performances in 2024 from all our squads and particularly from many of our athletes returning to competition after injury or illness or an interrupted season including Erin WallaceReuben Nairne in Pole Vault, and Murray Fotheringham.

Our YDL team (Youth Development League for u13 & u15) won the Scottish Final in August and went on to represent Scotland in the UK final Manchester.

Many of our athletes were also selected to represent Scottish Schools over XC and Track & Field .

Our Youth Development League team in Manchester

Duncan Robinson & Hannah Ryding at the Lindsays Trophy Presentation. Photo by Bobby Gavin.

Club athletes have excelled over Cross Country in the 2022-23 season, retaining the Lindsays Trophy, the Pat Spence and the AT May Trophies.

Or Junior XC squads have notched up so many podium places, both individually and as proud members of their teams.

In this XC season already, we are filled with optimism for the Inter District on the 13th January and the National XC in February. Our growing band of Veteran women have graced many podium places.  So we can definitely look forward to the rest of the XC season and a great summer season on track & in the field.

 We would be delighted if athletes, coaches & parents want to add their own highlights to this very abbreviated review before everyone gets ready to celebrate the New Year.

Report by Clare Stevenson

One outstanding International Masters Highlight we missed was Allie Chong with Bronze at the European Masters  Half Marathon Championships in Italy.

The Awards Night for the youngest athletes in the club was held on Sunday 10th of December at GHA 
We had the privilege of David Smith our brilliant High Jumper doing the honours on the night. David is now back training hard after 2 surgeries this year . We wish him all the best for 2024 

Certificates for performance on the track and over Cross Country were presented  and also  Medals for the Club Championships held in August.
Finally the awards for  U11 Athletes of the Year were presented to Darcey Waddell and Christopher Cameron 
This is always a difficult category for us to decide as we have so many talented athletes at the club and many developing all the time as they go up the Age Groups , but Darcey and Christopher were worthy winners for this season. They should have a look at the previous recipients of the U11 awards on the shields.,

We also took the time to say thanks to a large number of our volunteers who assisted at the Summer Camps and always make a substantial contribution to the success of the Holiday Athletic camps.

 We think everyone there seemed to enjoy themselves on the dance floor The pizza was devoured ,the great prizes of Bobble Hats from Migos went down well and, all in all, it was a good start to the holiday festivities.

Many thanks to Alison Watson, Caroline Hunter & Ashley Cornfoot for all their input. Stacie Macintyre for sorting all the certificates. Disco Man – David- for the tunes & the games. Allan Cameron for the photographs. Dudley Walker for inimical MC duties. David Smith for presenting, and lastly thanks to all the athletes & Parents attending .

Medal Winners

Under 11 Girls 80 metres:

Bronze: Quinn Granger

Silver: Aurora MacIntyre

Gold: Darcey Waddell

Under 11 Girls 600 metres: 

Bronze: Anna MacFarlane

Silver: Darcey Waddell

Gold: Abbie Gallagher

Under 11 Girls Shot putt:

Bronze: Anna MacFarlane

Silver: Lola Saez

Gold: Darcey Waddell

Under 11 Girls Long Jump: 

Bronze: Niamh Marr

Silver: Iona Cornfoot

Gold: Aurora MacIntyre

Under 11 Girls Overall:

Bronze: Quinn Granger

Silver: Aurora MacIntyre

Gold: Darcey Waddell

Under 11 Boys 80 metres: 

Bronze: Christopher Cameron

Silver: Andrew Mitchell

Gold: Hugo Stewart

Under 11 Boys 600 metres: 

Bronze: Andrew Church

Silver: Hugo Stewart

Gold: Christopher Cameron

Under 11 Boys Shot putt:

Bronze: Euan Moir

Silver: Andrew Mitchell

Gold: Hugo Stewart

Under 11 Boys Long Jump: 

Bronze: Andrew Mitchell

Silver: Christopher Cameron

Gold: Hugo Stewart

Under 11 Boys Overall:

Bronze: Andrew Mitchell

Silver: Christopher Cameron

Gold: Hugo Stewart

The 2023 AGM will take place on
Wed. 29th November 2023 at 7.30pm in the Library at Williamwood High School.

See you all there.

What a great time was had at the Awards Night!
Over 100 athletes, parents and coaches celebrated another great year for the club  on Saturday.
The awards were Introduced by our usual outstanding MC, Dudley Walker assisted by Club President Billy Glasgow; and it was a great privilege and honour to have our own Alyson Bell presenting the awards. It was a great way to celebrate the successful year she has had.  She is the excellent role model we have come to expect and appreciate at Giffnock North AC.  

First up, medallists from the August Club Championships received their medals – wooden ones organised by Anne Stewart.  

Next, athletes who won national titles received commemorative certificates.  This year we have had the highest ever number of national title winners across Track and Field, Cross Country and Road Racing. 31 athletes won 39 Titles.  Masters titles awards will be presented later in the year.  

Finally, there were the age group awards from U13 to Senior.  The task of deciding who should receive these awards gets harder each year!  On occasions,  it feels we have to miss out outstanding candidates who achieved really excellent performances but just missed out.

We managed to miss Alex Clark’s National Title at U15 Sprints. Apologies to Alex ! He is another athlete who had an outstanding year having only recently started in athletics.Don’t worry we know who you all  are.
We also recognise the contribution of every single squad member to development and improvement.   Indeed, Alyson consistently acknowledges how the support of her training group has supported her progress from a successful junior athlete to the World Championships this year as part of the Senior Women’s Sprint Relay Squad.

The Awards Night was a chance to reflect on the progress of Giffnock North in our 40th Anniversary Year, from a Senior only endurance club to the entity we are today – with enormous achievements across all age groups and disciplines including athletes competing in the World Championships – Alyson and Neil Gourley – Scottish record holders  and athletes highly ranked in the All Time performance lists.  We hope these achievements will continue to inspire all our athletes.  

Thanks from the organisers go to:  

Alyson for doing  the presentations & cheerfully posing for extra photos 
Anne Stewart for Club Championship Medals.
Graham Dunn for the production line in National Title Certificates required this year 

Gerry Duggan for the photographs 
Dudley and Billy for slick organising  of the Awards aided by Jenny Simpson &  Lynne MacDougall 

Sara Sinclair and Staff from Nosh Catering 

Maccabi Staff 

Alyson and Rachel Callan for leading the dancing and proving they’ve got more than the sprints moves going! Check out the Video! 

And, of course, to all of you for coming!

 

 

 

 

 

   This week to celebrate WOMEN IN SPORT WEEK , we bring you this amazing effort 

 Ever watched synchronised running drills by Ethiopians and Kenyan endurance athletes on YouTube? Well now our very own U17 and U20’s women endurance squad have given it a go in celebration of our 40th Anniversary.  We think it’s brilliant and a fun and effective way for the athletes to engage and improve their running skills.  Many thanks go to the U17 and U20‘s women Middle Distance squad.

Take a look here – we hope you like it !!   

Many thanks  to Chief Choreographer & Coaches Laurence McGregor and Lynne MacDougall ! 

 

 

 

 

CLUB AWARDS NIGHT 

 APOLOGIES FOR LATE REMINDER,  DETAILS NOW AVAILABLE .
The Annual  Club Awards Night will take place in the MACCABI CLUB, May Terrace, Giffnock, Glasgow G46 6LD 

Saturday 7th October 7.30pm to Midnight

This event takes place in the Year that marks 40 Years of Giffnock North and we hope everyone – Athletes & Coaches & Parents / Guardians – can make an effort to come along and celebrate the Club’s overall success in 2022-23 .

 All of our athletes have contributed to Giffnock North’s success on the Track, in Field events and over the mud in Cross Country & Hills as members of Training squads Competing teams and as Individuals. 

On the night the following will be presented :

  • Medals for the Club Track & Field Championships 
  • Certificates for those attaining National Titles 
  • Age Group Awards & some other important club awards for Senior & Junior Athletes

This is the main Awards Night for the Club U13s & up as sadly due to the size of the Club, we cannot accommodate everyone at one event now.

 We have arranged a Hot Buffet and there will be a Disco so make sure you’re ready for the dancing. It will be BYOB on the night.

 The cost of £12 is being subsidised by the Club and we have kept it as low as we can in the face of rising costs for Catering etc . If there is any problem re hardship please let us know.

Our Endurance squads will be hotfooting it to the Maccabi following the District XC Relays 

 PLEASE BOOK ON your LOVE ADMIN account AS SOON AS POSSIBLE  

Further Events

There is a DINNER DANCE on 4th November for the Over 18s on 4th November in Parklands. 

We will have a separate  XMAS DISCO on Sunday 10th December for our Youngest athletes U11s et al  at GHA  aproximately 4..00pm to 7.00pm 

UK YDL Lower Age Group Final 2/9/2023

Forty-seven of our young U13/U15 male & female athletes, coaches and officials headed off to Manchester on the 1st of September to compete and represent Giffnock North A.C and Scotland in the UK YDL Lower Age Group Final at the Manchester Sports Arena on the 2nd of September. 

We headed off from GHA about 12.30 however, given the heavy traffic we didn’t get to the Premier in Denton until about 5.45 so rooms were allocated and we all headed for our evening meal, which everyone enjoyed. After the meal we had a quiz for all the athletes which seemed to go down well as it was pretty competitive. After the results were announced by our quiz master Andy Munro the athletes were encourage to head off to their rooms for a bit of chill time before lights out.

Following a good night’s rest, it was an early start at 7.00a.m.for all the coaches as it was anticipated that the athletes might be a bit blerrie eyed. However, we were pleasantly surprised that most were up and ready at 7.15a.m. After breakfast all boarded the bus and our Four graded officials Anne Stewart, Craig Fotheringham, James Coyle & Amparo Ruiz headed off to the track by car.

Upon arrival we met up with Jackie, Sara & Garry who travelled to the track by car. We took a prime viewing space in the stand on the first bend. First up were the field events in the U15 Boys Hammer with Freddie Scott and Alex Black & the U13 Girls High Jump, with Celeste Sheridan & Laura Tedesco followed by the sprinters at 11.00 a.m. and first up was the U13 Girls Amy Plunket & Bethany McNeil, in the 150m Bethany won a bronze medal in the B race. Although we got off to a slow start as far as medals were concerned all our athletes gave their all and it wasn’t long until it was the start of the middle-distance events with the 800m picking up Four A & B string medals.

In total Giffnock North AC won Twenty-Six A/B medals and the Frank Starkie Cup for the winner of the Under 15 Boys 1500m was awarded to Calum Dick (Giffnock North) in a time and new club record of 4:05.62 Although we finished 7th it was great experience for all, particularly the young athletes who did the club proud

Many thanks to all the coaches and officials who supported the trip to Manchester.

Report by Billy Glasgow

Many congratulations to the following medalists from the Club Track & Field Championships

Under 11 GirlsUnder 11 Boys
1.Darcey Waddell887 pts1.Hugo Stewart706 Pts
2.Aurora MacIntyre746 Pts2.Christopher Cameron651 Pts
3.Quinn Granger688 Pts3.Andrew Mitchell615 Pts
Under 13 GirlsUnder 13 Boys
1.Erika Tait906 pts1.Austin Summerhill874 Pts
2.Erica Ross859 Pts2.2.Finlay Hamilton851 Pts
3.Eilidh Brown818 Pts3.Charlie Murray793 Pts
Under 15 GirlsUnder 15 Boys
1.Eilidh Caldow1122 Pts1.Zander Summerhill1437 Pts
2.Sarah McNulty1079 Pts2.Angus Weir1145 Pts
3.Charlotte Malcolm879 Pts3.Nathan Booker1078 Pts
Under 17 GirlsUnder 17 Boys
1.Helen Adakomola1119 Pts1.Ryan Davie1296 Pts
2.Freya Campbell978 Pts2.Ewan Cornfoot1284 Pts
3.Madeleine Mackenzie964 Pts3.Myles Socrates1234 Pts
Senior WomenSenior Men
1.Emily Watson1012 Pts1.Unisa Kargbo1831 Pts
2.Edward Joyce1710 Pts
3.Neil Hutchison15.04 Pts
Masters WomenMasters Men
1.Allie Chong638 Pts1.Chris Hawthorne1179 Pts
2.David Edelman616 Pts

The sun shone and the stadium was in great  order for our Club Championships at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock It was a great day and we need to thank many people for their contribution to that .

First of all 
Thanks to all the athletes who came , competed , performed gave their all & achieved . To all the parents and supporters for all the  amazing & generous donations to the raffle , tombola and the great Home baking. to Alison Watson & Caroline Hunter who took that task on again . To all the coaches who gave up their time to assist at the championships -hoping to see the fruits of their input – as athletes performed-  but mostly too busy helping at events to see the races & events properly. To all the parent helpers who raked, measured, retrieved , recorded ,assembled at all the events. To the results team Elaine Paul, Kathleen Nolan and Kate Paul who along with Graham Dunn’s huge input as ever produced the results on the day and now the final results duly scrutinised . To Lynsey Church &Caroline Cameron  for a great job organising all the catering and to Laura Swan Fiona Dorrian & Humera Ashraf for the lovely food for the officials( have to look after them well)  – some was available for spectators too . To the 4 Photographers- no complaints about that fantastic coverage .Thanks to Allan Cameron, Alan Stewart, Colin Mearns & Jordan Orr. To the excellent hardworking, obliging and encouraging officials who ensured  the athletes had the best experience. Some had travelled far to grace our club championships and we are very lucky to have them every year .Mike & Lynne Belch, Christine Stoops ……..you are all legends . To Jason Pender’s Photo finish Team with Alyson & Craig Fotheringham who were  ace-  using our newly acquired shared PF equipment ( Shettleston IAC , Kilbarchan & GNAC – it cost a fortune)  To Dudley Walker in his familiar and very much appreciated Announcer spot. To Anne Stewart a special mention as she had the onerous compiling of a Timetable across all age groups and events and assembled the officials with whom we could not survive as a sport. On the day, we were able to hand out quite a number of AAA Certificates reflecting the high standards achieved by our athletes These  were presented by Erin Wallace & Murray Fotheringham . Erin & Murray very kindly gave up their time reminding us all of the excellent role models that they are – while young athletes queued up to have photos taken with them . Thanks again Erin & Murray. It takes this kind of combined effort to stage the Club Championships. If you enjoyed the day – an appeal . We desperately need more assistance in the club with more Officials or if coaching is your interest please let us know. ell done everyone .

Many congratulations to Jamie Connor who won the England Athletics u17 1500m title at the weekend which took place in Birmingham.

You can watch Jamie’s race on the stream below. It starts at 7.37.30

While we wait for the results from Saturday’s Club Championships to be collated and scrutinised, why not peruse the many photographs that were taken on the day. Many thanks to Alan Stewart, Colin Mearns, Alan Cameron and Jordon Orr.

Many congtaulations to our u13/u15/u20 athletes who competed at the Scottish Age Group Championships in Aberdenn over the weekend (19th/20th Aug) They came home with a total of 24 medals in total including 6 National titles.

Under 13s

Under 13s claimed four National Titles. Amy Plunkett did the 100m/200m double. Kian Dick took the 800m title and Bethany McNeil leapt to Long Jump glory. Medalists below.

  • Amy Plunkett – 100m – GOLD – 13.03
  • Amy Plunket – 200m – GOLD – 27.31
  • Kian Dick – 800m – GOLD – 2.19.17
  • Bethany McNeil – Long Jump – GOLD – 4.64
  • Logan McNulty – 1500m – SILVER – 4.49.53
  • Austin Summerhill – High Jump – SILVER – 1.37
  • Sam Deerey – 1500m – BRONZE – 4.52.36
  • Eve Cameron – 1500m – BRONZE – 5.14.74
  • Bethany McNeil – 200m – BRONZE – 28.62
  • Lucy Tonner – 800m – BRONZE – 2.29.41
Amy Plunkett
Photo by Bobby Gavin

Under 15s

Zander Summerhill bagged a full set GOLD,SILVER & BRONZE and Alexander Clark took a brace of SILVERS in the 100/200m

  • Zander Summerhill – 300m – GOLD – 37.85
  • Calum Dick – 1500m – SILVER – 4.06.03
  • Angus Weir – Long Jump – SILVER
  • Alexander Clark – 100m – SILVER – 11.49
  • Alexander Clark – 200m – SILVER – 23.63
  • Zander Summerhill – Shot Putt – SILVER – 11.47
  • Zander Summerhill – 100m – BRONZE – 11.78
  • Sarah McNulty – 300m – BRONZE – 43.34
Zander Summerhill
Photo by Bobby Gavin

Under 20s

Many congratulations to Hannah Ryding who was our only National Title winner in the u20 age group, winning the 1500m

  • Hannah Ryding – 1500m – GOLD – 4.29.40
  • Emma McLennan – 1500m S/Chase – SILVER – 5.17.58
  • Ryan Davie – High Jump – BRONZE – 1.72
  • Scarlett Wilson (u17) – 800m – BRONZE – 2.18.78
  • Ross O’Brien – 1500m – BRONZE – 4.04.60
Hannah Ryding
Photo by Bobby Gavin
EVERYONE at Giffnock North AC is beyond proud to have two of our club athletes representing Team GB at the World Championships in Budapest: Neil Gourley in the 1500, and Alyson Bell as part of the 4×100 relay squad.

To follow them, look out the timetable and work out when to see their events, live or on catch-up. Come on, you know you love shouting at your tv, phone or i-pad. 

Alyson has thoroughly earned her place in the sprint relay squad at just 19 years of age, following the steady but impressive progress she has made over recent years. 

Neil has continued his exceptional rise towards the top of the World Rankings for 1500m with a phenomenal season, rewriting his own PBs and taking medals (silver at the European Championships, behind only Jakob Ingebrigtsen) and another British Championships crown.

Our training groups of all ages are aware of the importance that this global event holds for these athletes and our club: having them simply qualify for the team is inspirational in itself. 

Whatever the next week or so holds, Alyson and Neil are established as exceptional athletes as well as outstanding role models. 
As our pictures show, we send them world-class best wishes for their Budapest adventure. Go, Alyson! Go, Neil! 

Thanks to Luca,  Lola & Keira Saez for making their poster and to Isla Mostyn whose poster is on its way to Budapest with Neil’s Dad Ronnie We hope to catch sight of it in the stadium perhaps!

The Scottish u17/Senior Track & Field Championships took place over the weekend (12/13th August) at Grangemouth and was a very successful weekend for Giffnock athletes. Our senior athetes won four Golds, two Silver and one Bronze medals including a Scottish Native record. Our under 17s went two better bagging four Gold, two Silver and three Bronze medals.

Senior Medals

  • GOLD – 100m – Adam Clayton – 10.46
  • GOLD – 400m – Kyle Alexander – 46.94
  • GOLD – Long Jump – Alessandro Schenini – 8.00 (Scottish Native Record & CBP)
  • GOLD – High Jump – David Smith – 2.17
  • SILVER – 200m – Finlay Waugh – 21.68
  • SILVER – 100m Hurdles – Erin Campbell – 13.83
  • BRONZE – Pole Vault – Mark Herbert-Ruiz – 4.05

Many congratulations to Alessandro Schenini on his Scottish Native record. Check out his jump and interview below.

Under 17 Medals

  • GOLD – Shot Putt – Courtney Barbour – 12.20
  • GOLD – 1500M Steeple Chase – Ruth Walsh – 5.16.22
  • GOLD – 100m Hurdles – Angus Rennie – 13.92
  • GOLD – 1500m – Scarlett Wilson – 4.57.54
  • SILVER – 1500m Steeple Chase – Jack Wallace – 4.29.07
  • SILVER – High Jump – Ryan Davie – 1.73
  • BRONZE – 800m – Scarlett Wilson – 2.15.36
  • BRONZE – High Jump – Isla Ross – 1.54
  • BRONZE – 1500m – Jamie Connor – 4.02.95
Courtney Barbour

Full results can be found here

Our brilliant Under-17 Track and Field athletes have secured top spots in the inaugral Scottish National Athletic League (SNAL). The four match series, which has been running over the summer months, completed on Sunday 30th July at Grangemouth. The points accumulated across each match have been totalled and our boys have been declared the U17 Mens winner with our girls secured second place in the U17 Womens competition. 

SNAL is the new League that combines the old Men’s, Women’s and Junior League into a single match-day. An innovative approach meant that each event was run in “open-graded style”, with heats seeded on ability, rather than age group. This was to maximise the competition in each event. Points are then awarded in age group categories. For example, an u17W might have finished fourth in heat 1 (fastest seeds) of the 100m, but as fastest U17W overall, she would have gained maximum points in the U17W competition.

Our U20s were not that far behind in their League positions with the U20M in fifth place and U20W in fourth place. The Senior men finished 10th and the Senior Women 14th. As with all Athletic Leagues, the key to success is a combination of great individual results along with broad participation across all the events. Our U17s did both spectacularly well. Our u20s and Seniors had a number of great individual performances but lacked the depth of participation of our U17s table-toppers. The call to action for 2024 is already out there – more spikes/throwing shoes on the track, runways and throwing pits will see an even greater result across all the age groups next year.

As well as applauding our athletes, we should also recognise the work of our Jumps, Throws, Hurdles, Middle-Distance and Sprints coaches who prepared our athletes for the leagues matches, our officials and parent volunteers who measured, timed, analysed and marshalled the athletes and finally our parents and loved ones who contributed to transport and moral support. 

The picture (curtesy of Dudley Walker) shows Jamie Connor and Jack Wallace bring home the 1500m points for the U17M at Match 4.

Full individual performances can be viewed at aaacresults.com and match points with final league positions can be seen in the attached document.

Looking forward to next season’s SNAL already!

Many many thanks to Team Manager Gerry Duggan for this full report from a great days work at Grangemouth for our U17/U20 Athletes

snal-final-match-scores-1

A reminder that the Club Track & Field championships will take place at the Ayrshire Arena on:

Saturday 26th August

As this is our 40th annivesary year, we are looking to make this a bumper event. So please sign up as early as possible so that we can access numbers. Closing date for enrites is midnight on the 19th August. Full details can be found here. Entry is via your LoveAdmin Membership Account.

The club would like to wish two of our finest distance athletes good luck as they travel to America to further their education and athletics careers.

Reuben MacDonald is going to Belmont University  in Nashville, Tenessee to study maths  and Conan Harper is heading for Charleston Southern University in South Carolina.

Thank you for your support in the club (so far), we will be following your progress from afar with interest.

Giffnock North AC are winners of the Lindsays Trophy once again.

The southside Glasgow club delivered a remarkable 254 finishers across the three main National XC events last winter at Cumbernauld, Kirkcaldy and Falkirk. It’s the first time any club has topped the 250 mark and, just as exciting, we can confirm that 11 clubs now finished more than 100 athletes at the three #LindsaysXC

Edinburgh AC were second with 198 finishers and Garscube Harriers third with 159. Completing the top five are Cambuslang (143) and Central AC (142).

This year, again, the number of clubs with at least one athlete finished at the National XC Relays, the Short Course and the National XC tops 100. The sport is thrilled to have 114 clubs represented in the final table (115 last year).
Sandy Lamb, Glasgow partner for major sponsor Lindsays, awarded the trophy to Giffnock North at a special presentation at a training night at Williamwood High School.

Coach Dudley Walker, Duncan Robinson, Sandy Lamb of Lindsays, Hannah Ryding and Coach Lynne MacDougall

In addition, Scottish Athletics were pleased to present two further trophies from the Lindsays National XC at Falkirk – the AT Mays trophy for overall male performance and the Pat Spence Trophy for overall female performance. These annual trophies are calculated via placings in races at all age groups at Callendar Park.

Sandy Lamb of Lindsays and Coach Dudley Walker
GB Internationals Duncan Robinson and Hannah Ryding with the Lindsays Trophy 2023

‘On behalf of everyone at the club, from youngest Junior to most experienced Veteran, let me say how delighted we are to have retained the Lindsays Trophy,’ said Giffnock North AC President, Billy Glasgow.

‘It’s a high-profile, tangible reward for all the hard work – seen and unseen – entailed in supporting the cross-country season’s major events. Fulsome thanks must go to Lindsays for their ongoing and considerate backing of the sport. Having such a far-sighted sponsor makes a real, constructive difference to the sport.’

Added Giffnock North Endurance Coach Lynne Macdougall, ‘The Lindsays Trophy is a prize we enjoy competing for, because it is about getting teams out there racing at blue-riband National events.

‘The more runners, the deeper and keener the competition, the higher the standard, the more exhilarating the atmosphere. It all makes for a thoroughly memorable, big day out for all, including the volunteers, relatives, parents and supporters. It helps give the youngsters in particular a flavour of the best things in sport – camaraderie, trying to be your best, contributing to the team, discovering horizons beyond your own club.”

‘‘Winning five age group golds at the 2023 Lindsays National XC was a nice way to crown a demanding winter for our athletes and coaches. We look forward to defending the Lindsays Trophy next year and going to the start lines alongside even more strong, ambitious clubs.’

Sandy Lamb, a Partner at Lindsays who presented the trophy, said, “It’s a pleasure to present Giffnock North AC with the Lindsays Trophy as the club’s impressive record of success in the competition continues. Our congratulations to their athletes, coaches and supporters.

“It’s clear from everyone involved that this has been another strong season. We are delighted to have seen more than 100 clubs compete, demonstrating the great reach of – and growing participation in – athletics in communities across Scotland.

“The links between participation in sport, good physical health and positive mental health have never been clearer. The three are key to better lives, healthier communities and a thriving economy. This is why we are so proud to put our name to this trophy.”

GB International Duncan Robinson (left), Sandy Lamb of Lindsays and GB International Hannah Ryding.

GB Internationals Duncan Robinson and Hannah Ryding helped make the presentation at the club’s training base at Williamwood High School in East Renfrewshire.

AT Mays & Pat Spence (salroadrunningandcrosscountrymedalists.co.uk)

Each year, there are two overall trophies on offer at the Lindsays National XC.

We are pleased to announce that Giffnock North AC are the successful defenders of both the AT Mays Trophy for overall performances in the male division and the Pat Spence Trophy for overall performances in the female division.

It’s exceptional for one club to put their name on both of these trophies in the same year, never mind two years in a row, so well done the club and all our athletes, coaches and team managers.

All photograpghs by Bobby Gavin

Report by Croy Thomson


Bernie Campbell
Anne Stewart
Billy Glasgow
Alan Stewart

 
From Heather Stewart

“ It is coming to the end of “Volunteer Week”, and we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the countless volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to the Club.

Every act of volunteering has a positive impact on the club, no matter how big or small, across the full scope of track and field disciplines within Giffnock North.

Volunteers come in all guises, from young people undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh awards, young  coaches, our outstanding officials, parent helpers, team captains, website manager and of course our coaches & coach assistants who are front-facing, for the kids, young people and adults.

We also have members of our Board , Facilities Committee & Junior Committee who work tirelessly in the background throughout the year to make the club run smoothly and efficiently.We also have a Committee leading the celebrations for the 40th Anniversary & a Festival of Running Committee organising that event.

Everyone will have a different role to play. People will have different life experiences and knowledge to share. They will support the athletes at weekly sessions, athletic competitions & events and will always have the general well- being of the club members at the forefront of their minds.

Each volunteer has the same goal, to fulfil every athletes potential to the best of their ability and to assist them to progress within their chosen field of athletics.

Volunteers are integral to the success of the club. Thank you everyone.

We are always looking to extend our volunteer list. No athletics background is required. Please speak to a coach if you are interested. “ 

Thanks very much to Heather Stewart for this reminder ! Heather is one of our newest coaches having acted as a parent helper for some considerable time .She wrote this article to pay tribute to her fellow coaches and all those who contribute to the continuing success at Giffnock North.
And yes we need more photos and an update

Another Thankyou to Yvonne McNairn for pic collage skills !

 

2023 sees the 40th anniversary of the founding of the club. Below are the events we are planning to celebrate this milestone.

The Night of the 10ks took place at Crownpoint, Glasgow on Friday 28th April and incorporated the Scottish 10k Championships.

Many congraulations to Jill Smylie who took w40 title and was also second female in the race..

Allie Chong was second in the w50 caetegory, taking the Silver medal.

Great running ladies.

Photo by Bobby Gavin

Save the Date

This years’ Club Track & Field Championships will take place on Saturday 26th August at the Ayrshire Arena, Kimarnock.

Entry is open to ALL Club Members, the format and events will be as in previous years.

Entries will be made via our LovAdmin system, detais will be advised nearer the time.

The timetable will be finalised when all entries have been received. 

We look forward to welcoming all our our athletes, coaches, officials, parents and supporters for a great day.

The 2022 Awards Night belatedly took place on Friday 17th March at the GHA Rugby Club. Awards were made for Club T&F Medalists, National Title Winners and Athletes of the Season in the various age groups.

Twenty one of our athletes won thirty six National Titles. Compare that to twenty years ago when Giffnock athletes won just four titles. For those with long memories they were Matthew Dorrian, James McKenzie, Andrew Allan and David Fitzsimmons. This illustarates the tremendous progress the club has made.

Many thanks to David Smith, Rachel Callan and Murray Fotheringham for presenting the prizes, the organising committee and to Alan Stewart who was photographer on the night.

Some of our National Title Winners

 Seniors Braving the Battery Park .

Some of us have seen this race in brilliant sunshine and relatively wind free . But Sunday the 12th March it was sadly back to the wild, wet and windy best. A good day out across the  Seniors and the AGE Groups. Well done all the bravehearts.

U11 BOYS 

As usual it was a windy, dreich morning at Battery Park in Greenock for this year’s Renfrewshire Road Race but it didn’t deter an intrepid band of u11 boys from participating in the final event of the winter. 

The group has worked hard over the past few months, particularly on the hills at Linn Park, and they have performed admirably in the inaugural West District League growing in confidence with each race. And Sunday was no different. 

The start line was a sea of Giffnock yellow and blue with no fewer than 14 athletes representing the team making it almost seem like a club championship event. 

The race itself was a 1 mile, one and a half loop of the park and it’s fair to say that the outward run into the blustery gale was a fair bit more challenging than the inward part! 

Sam led the way, running strongly from gun to tape to take the victory, followed closely by Finlay with Evan coming in third. Full podium for Giffnock secured was the team gold too! However, they were more than ably backed up by Andrew, Christopher and Cian all with top 10 places.

Big congratulations to all the u11s, who all ran superbly and showed that whilst this was a final u11 outing for some of the athletes, there is good strength in depth and commitment in the cohort for next season. We can look forward with excitement to next season. 

As for now, it’s raining and sleeting so it can only mean it’s summer track season!

 Paul Tyler 

U11 GIRLS 

Next up were the  U11 Girls in a welcome break from the rain. A strong run from Eilidh saw her just pipped to the post, with Morven following in 3rd and Chloe in 4th giving a Team Gold for Giffnock. The rules for the Renfrewshire AAA Road Race Championships mean only Renfrewshire Clubs can medal. Willow from Springburn Harriers got the win in the closes of finishes. 

So in the RAA Champs ,Eilidh took the Gold with Silver for Morven and  Chloe with the Bronze on the podium.

Fantastic runs from Ruby 5th, Lotty 6th and Poppy 9th, meant Giffnock took 6 of the top 10 places. The 1st year girls didn’t disappoint with a great turnout and strong performances by Abbie in 13th, Aurora 14th, Iris 18th, Robyn 21st, Emma 24th, Orla 25th and Isla 26th.

Darcey 17th, & Isla 26th meant we had a stunning 15 U11s on the day. Well done all the girls  !

 Jenny Simpson 

U13 GIRLS & BOYS 

Well done to the under thirteen squad braving rain and wind to secure brilliant results at Battery Park. With a combined race there was extra incentive for our girls to show what they could do. The boys led off with Louie, Max, Cameron N and Cameron M setting the pace and maintaining those positions for the whole 3k.

Hot on their heels and leading all boys from other teams were Eilidh, Holly and Anna also running home for a 1,2,3. Adam in 7th and Matthew in 13th finished well for the boys. Great running from all the girls as Giffnock dominated the first eight places. Eve C 4th, Isabella 5th, Erika 6th, Eve W 7th and Megan 8th with Erin not far behind in 14th. A clean sweep of medals and gold team medals topped off the day. Off we go to North Berwick on Saturday for the next challenge and final event of the season.

 Denny Whiteford 

 U15s  BOYS 

 Anji Carson  Coach was competing herself on the day in the Senior event but was quick to congratulate the U 15 Boys in her Training squad  for their performances while getting on a podium herself . First medal in a Giffnock Vest ! 

 

Another Podium for GNAC U15 BOYS Squad

 – Thomas took  the Gold  Individual, Matthew with the Bronze and Team Gold for them with Aaron  Well done all the U15 Boys !

 

U15 GIRLS  

‘The U15 Girls had the unusual task of racing alongside the boys. This didn’t seem to knock any of the Giffnock girls off their stride as the four of them came home 1-2-3-4. Freya Scobie took individual gold, with Amy Gallagher not far behind taking silver, and Isla Munro claiming bronze with a great run. Lovely to see the medals being shared out among different members of the squad. Erin Reilly also did Giffnock North proud winning a great tussle for fourth with one of the Inverclyde girls.’
 
Andy Munro 
 
 
U17 Men 
 
 

We will post the Full results of the  Scrutinised Age Groups when published 

 Senior & U20  Results were Chip Timed and available at this link

https://protay.co.uk/raaa-5mile/

 

Seniors 5 Mile Race 

 Big smiles from the Seniors despite the Weather! Maybe they were especially happy to be the first Race of the day although they did not escape the wind and the rain . Kiara Meiklejohn for U20, Jacqui Campbell and Anji Carson for Senior Women.

 Our competing Coaches , Anji Carson & David Shaw ,[On Tent Duties again, thanks David ! ] both bagged the Veteran 50  Silver Medals and there was a Bronze too for the Senior Mens Team.

Andrew Mostyn U11 Coach & athlete got good cheers from the U11s before Warm up duties with U11s.

 In the School Races we also had  Elsie & Cameron sister to Evan and Brother to Eilish U11s taking Gold in their P4 and P3 races battling round the 1k loop in the wind. Destined for  U11s membership  soon!

 Well done all those at the Battery Park  ! A special thanks to 2 of our Officials Catriona Gourley and Jim Galbraith  who braved the elements and were there from Start to Finish [ literally on the Start & Finish lines ]along with all the other officials,  Race organisers and Stewards from Inverclyde AC et al with Jon Hammerman and Gerry Gaffney to the fore .

 

  The Club enjoyed a good day at the SCOTTISH ATHLETICS INDOOR LEAGUE RELAYS  &  FINALS on SUNDAY 5th MARCH

Thanks to Billy Glasgow,  SAIL Organiser,  who despite a hip replacement mid the series of  3 Matches and Final managed to ensure that the show went ahead and smoothly reached its climax on Sunday. Outstanding efforts and performances by our club athletes across the Age groups and grateful thanks to all the Coaches and all the officials who ensure the continuing success of SAIL within the Indoor Club Competition Calendar 

U11s

Fabulous effort from both the U11 relay teams to earn their place in the final of the day, qualifying 1stand 3rd fastest respectively.

Our 600m runners gave their all with a few PB’s thrown into the mix and some amazing fighting spirit from the yellow & blue vests!

A fine run out from our sprinters in the 60m event picking up good points for their team scores.

With the events finished we moved back to the track for the relay finals.  The team races didn’t disappoint with the spectators cheering on to see the girls secure silver with Aurora, Lola, Abbie & Darcey, whilst the boys took the gold with Christopher, Murray , Andrew M & Davi.

To cap off the day the boys won the overall SAIL event with lots of smiles on show! Christopher, Andrew C, Andrew M & Davi

Our youngest representatives of Giffnock North were supported by all their fantastic coaches and volunteers and displayed team spirit in abundance.  Well done to all!

 Report by Cameron M 

U13 Girls all pulled together to produce PBS and high places to ensure they got on the podium. 

They were duly rewarded with a 3rd place overall which they were delighted with.

All five of the team( Laura, Celeste, Bethany, Eilidh and Katie) were a credit to their coaches and their parents and we very much look forward to the outdoor season. 

The U13G relay team ( Mia, Eva, Lauren ,Amy) surprised themselves and made the final and very ably finished 4th despite seeded 6th. Excellent baton work girls!

Not sure how the athletes were but the u13 coaches were exhausted by the end of the day.

 Sara Lang  Coach U13 Girls 

 U13 Boys 

With PBs a plenty in the Main Sail  competition, the U13 boys, Christopher, Charlie, Paul, Kian, Austin and MIchael ran, jumped and threw themselves to gold for a fantastic team performance. Not to be outdone, the relay team of Ayden, Logan, Finlay and Paul qualified fastest from the heats but, despite taking two seconds off their heat time, were pipped by the width of a vest on the line and took silver. It was a fantastic competition all round and they all went home very proud of their performances and of course, their medals.

 Jackie Alexander  Coach U13 Boys 

 Double Gold for the U15 Boys Fantastic performances them in every event with a few PBs as well 

Calum, Zander, Nathan & Rishon 

 The Relay team also stormed home for Gold 

Calum Zander,Nathan & Rishon

 Symon Lipp Coach U15 Boys 

 U17 Women 

Great success today with the U17W! Lots of wins, PBs and close-to-PBs! Everyone contributed to a great team performance and put in a brilliant effort. All the girls were looking forward to a big dinner and sleep when they got home! (So were the parents!) Well done to all athletes and coaches! 

“Great team effort- we’re so happy with the outcome!” Madeleine 

“Bring on the outdoor season!”Emily

 Congratulations to Helen, Madeleine, Caitlin, Emily ,Scarlett Isla, Hannah & Courtney The Gold Winning team and also to Maisie, Cara, Eve & Holly running in the Relay 

 Report by Emily & Madeleine &   Here with Coach Stephen Gourlay 

U17 Boys 

Giffnock’s U17 boys landed podium finishes with GOLD in the SAIL events and SILVER  in the 4x200m relay. Busiest athlete with three SAIL events was Angus R leaping into  2nd place in the Long Jump, sprinting to second in the 60m and finally an emphatic first in the 60m hurdles. Rory was also multi-eventing with 4th in the Shott Putt and then 2nd in the 400m. Thomas was the run-away winner in the 800m, Ryan was the clear victor in the high jump and nobody could catch Felix in the 200m. Well done to Livingston in 2nd and Central in 3rd, making a nail-biting competition.

In the relay, Felix and Rory were joined by Ewan and Myles. Third fastest in the heats, could the boys raise their game in the final? Law AC were uncatchable, but all four Giffnock boys found just a little bit more to upgrade to 2nd, holding off Livingstone in a thrilling race.

A big thank-you to all our wonderful officials for their hard word, not just in the final, but in all three qualifying matches too.

 Gerry Duggan  Coach U17 Men 

U20 Women 

A fabulous team performance & PBs from Amy Greene & Sophie Slider in their respective events led the U20 Women’s Team to a strong Silver medal in the final with the events covered as follows:

60m Amy ,200m Rachel ,400m Caroline ,800m Rachel ,60mH Sophie ,LJ Emily ,HJ Rachel ,SP Sophie and the 4/200m Team of Amy, Caroline, Emily & Rachel brought home another Silver in the relay 

 Thanks to Team Captain Rachel for this 

U20 Men

Giffnock North’s U20 men finished a brilliant 3rd overall at this season’s SAIL final and also won bronze in the 4 x 200m relay. Points were won on the day by Henry, Aidan, 

Edward, Daniel and Ross. It was a great effort by all involved with every athlete going out of their way to support the team. Thanks to all other U20 men who helped us qualify and to Anne Stewart for organising the team.

 Neil Hutchison  Team Captain U20 Men 

As March 8th International Women’s Day comes to a close,  amongst all the other female athletes in the club today we wish to highlight & celebrate Nikki Manson.Not least because Nikki has just undergone major knee surgery today and will now be starting on her recovery and rehab. The club sends Nikki all our best wishes on that journey .

 Sam O’Kane has assisted us with this starter profile on her prowess.

Nikki Manson –
Nikki holds the top spot among High Jumpers in Scotland with both the outright Native 1.92m and National High Jump Records 1.93, but don’t let that trick you into thinking she is but a one trick pony in January this year Nikki scored an impressive 3813 points in her senior Pentathlon debut taking the club record and going 10th all time for Scotland and later at the Scottish National Senior Championships in February broke the Indoor Native Long Jump record when she leapt to 6.37m in the Emirates Arena, a mark which puts her second all time indoors for Scotland. A talented allrounder Nikki also holds an impressive 10th place in the Scottish all time Javelin list (with a throw of 41.54), and club records in the senior women’s shot put.

Currently coached by Alasdair Strange and Sam O’Kane, Nikki takes particular pride in the fact that she’s set all her current Personal Bests while based in Scotland, working with Scottish Coaches and hopes to be a visible source of inspiration to developing Athletes around her!

Career Highlights

Ø  Scottish National High Jump Record – 1.93M  – 1st Place Hustopece Skeskakani 08-02-2020

Ø  Scottish Native High Jump  Record – 1.92M – 1st Place – Scottish Senior Championships 26-01-2020

Ø  Scottish Indoor Native Long Jump Record – 6.37m – 2nd Place – Scottish Senior Championships 04-02-2023

Ø  7th Place 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – 1.84M – Gold Coast Australia 14-04-2018

Ø  9th = Qualifying European Athletics Championships Berlin – 08-09-2018

Ø  NCAA Division First Team All American – 1.85 – 5th Place – NCAA Championships  Eugene Oregon 10 Jun 2017

Ø  Scottish Senior Javelin Champion 2019 – 41.54M

Many congratulations from all at Giffnock North AC to Neil Gouley, his coaching team and family on his 1500m Silver medal at the Eurpean Indoor Athletics Championships. If you haven’t caught up with the race yet, watch below.

First port of call on his return to Glasgow was to Eastwood and Williamwood tracks to inspire the next generation. What a guy.

COUNT ON GIFFNOCK NORTH AT LINDSAYS NATIONAL XC

NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN NUMBERS, but here are a few anyway: five team golds, two team silvers, one team bronze, two individual champions, one individual silver and five individual bronzes. Add lofty places from our Senior Men and Women’s Teams and you have a sum of a happy day out at Callender Park, Falkirk, although inevitably on such occasions the racing wasn’t without its moments of disappointment for some.

Under 13 Golden Girls. In near ideal, cool, windless conditions, our Under 13 Girls stormed to team gold over 3.2k with outstanding efforts from the consistent Holly in third for individual bronze (12:46, six seconds behind East Lothian’s winner) Eilidh in fourth, ably backed by Millie and Eve, 11th and 13th respectively. Our next four home – Isabella, Emma, Megan and Nicole – would have taken, if rules allowed, second team prize. Major applause also to Samantha, Eve, Erika, Beth, Anna, Rose, Lily-Grace and Lilah for their resolute efforts over the sticky stuff.

No pressure on the U13 Boys then … and they responded magnificently, with Louie determinedly tracking his season-long Victoria Park nemesis, deep into 3.2k of twists, turns and hills, until finally having to settle for individual silver (11:59 to 11:53). The team supported Louie breathtakingly well: hats off to Cameron, Max and Finlay in fourth, fifth and seventh; commiserations to Cameron in eighth, and Ethan, Kian and Adam, whose combined points total of 81 is better than the 94 of Edinburgh who took silver. (Rules is rules … but the whole squad can look back on a memorable performance on the biggest day in Scottish cross country.) Put your frozen hands together once more for James, Noah and Matthew, who also fought hard for the amber and blues.

U15 Girls 10/10. Since and including season 2012/13 Giffnock North’s U15 Girls had won every national XC team gold (though Pandemic AC locked everyone out in 2021). Could this year’s class extend the run to ten in a row? They could. They did. Freya C toughed it out over 4k against Kilbarchan and Inverness rivals, ultimately claiming a fine bronze in 17:01 to lead Scarlett (eighth), Freya S (16th) and Amy (21st) to the top of the podium. Able support came from Lauren, Erin, Isla, Eva, Maya, Hannah and Ella. Certain other Glasgow teams have tried for generations to win ten in a row, but our girls got there first!

U15 Boys polish off a silver. The lads didn’t clinch team gold but it wasn’t for want of trying. Tristan confirmed his winter’s blistering form with a hard-earned individual victory over 4k in 14:43, along with Calum in third to seal a National XC rarity: two athletes from one club on the same podium at the same time. In a white-hot finish, two seconds covered the first three finishers. Sealing team silver (just four points off winners Harmeny AC) were Thomas and Matthew, solidly backed by Aaron, Patrick, Charlie and Myles.

U17 Girls great eight. The club’s eighth U17 Girls crown came courtesy of a powerhouse 6.2k from the redoubtable Esme, who worked her way through the field for fifth in 25:20, backed by great efforts from Ruth and Saoirse in seventh and ninth respectively. Ella gave us another top-twenty finish, and let’s hear it for Tuscany, Mili, Scarlett, Hazel, Amy and Ellie who gave their all for the squad over a demanding 6.2k.

U17 Boys at the double. We haven’t won this age category team prize often at all, so it was extra pleasing to land back-to-back titles after last season’s victory and in one of the lowest points totals yet by any club. Craig led the winning quartet home, individual third behind impressive athletes from Central AC and Fife (20:47 to the winner’s 20:36), after an intense two-lap 6.2k battle that saw Craig’s team-mates Oliver and Alasdair well to the fore in the lead group. Oliver and Alasdair finished fourth and sixth, with the ever-consistent Matthew final counter in 11th.

Also running memorably for the club were Jack, Glen, Calan and Ruari – all in the top 34 – along with Zac and James. Again, our second quartet would have medalled if rules allowed. That’s how strongly this squad run for each other, well done boys.

U20 Women’s individual gold has always eluded us. Until now. Hannah Ryding, only a week after a successful debut for GB&NI at the World XC Championships in Australia, continued to mine her rich vein of recent form and struck gold with a relentless effort over two demanding laps. Hannah’s front running tactic brought her home in 25:09 for the 6.8k, more than 40 seconds clear of Natasha Phillips of Dundee Hawkhill, to lead team-mates Kate Paul and Kiara Meiklejohn to a splendid team bronze.

The injury and illness-hit U20 Men’s team delivered an outstanding performance regardless, with the flying Conan Harper nailing a hard-earned bronze (only our second-ever individual medal in this category) to lead Cameron Deverill, the just back from illness Reuben Macdonal and Innes McPherson to a notable team silver. Backing their team-mates up were Findlay Pryor and Lewis McGuire and we must commiserate with Cameron Green, who’s been enjoying a rewarding winter but had to miss the National through injury. Get well soon, Cameron.

Our Senior Women posted a fine team seventh over 10k.The irrepressible Yvonne McNairn was first back, in 33rd, well supported by Jill Smyllie, Allie Chong, Hilary Carswell, Nicola McBeath and Emily Crusher as team counters, and Sheila Lewis and Jacqueline Campbell also flying the flag for the club in a big field of over 300. Allie was second in the V50 category, Sheila third in V55s. Yvonne and Emily first ran the National for Giffnock as Under 13s – great to see athletes keeping on keeping on.

What might have been for our Senior Men? Before the race, GB&NI international and West District Champion Duncan Robinson called off with an injury. Then mid-race disaster struck Hamish Armitt, who has won two recent West League events. Powering along in a lead group featuring defending champion Jamie Crowe of Central, Hamish fell heavily and, dazed, couldn’t get going again. Ross Good battled through for an impressive 30th place (34:22 for 10k on the country), leading home Calum Young, Ali Stables, Ruairidh MacLean, Jordan Orr and Nicholas Boyle for team twelfth. That’s a solid placing for our Senior Men, with the prospect of even better.

Salute also Andrew Campbell, Oliver Traynor (I apologise for demanding two pieces of the home baking, it was irresistible as usual), Ben Shaw (another athlete who has run through the age groups for us, welcome back Ben), Cris Walsh, Ewan Wallace, Garry Sturgeon, Rob Crusher (I think you and Emily get the father and child prize, no?), Ricky Saez, Ian Millar (Preston North End will be proudya) and William McGuire. I’m delighted to say that Hamish is recovered and intends racing at the Scally Relays on 4th March. Go, Hamish!

When the dust settled, or the mud was mostly scraped off, we made our weary way home, knowing we’d raised our standard higher (still work to do, though) and contributed mightily once again to one of the great days of Scottish sport. Apologies to anyone whose name I have misspelled or missed out. Please note that I’ve used only first names in the younger age groups because of recommended protocols regarding children. But you know who you are!

Thanks go to the officials, sponsor Lindsays, Falkirk Cooncil, course setters, coaches, stewards, starters, volunteers, families, fans, whoever it is who repairs the daffodil shoots on the hill (oops), but most especially the First Aiders who were so good with our upset and injured athletes.

Oh, don’t forget Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius for his wondrous ditch. Porro! Una vincimus!

Report by Croy Thomson

Giffnock athletes were in record breaking form over the weekend in Birmingham at the World Tour Indoor Final and across the pond in Texas.

At the World Tour Indoor Final in Birmingham, the new track at the Utilita Arena is proving to be very quick with no less than three British records falling. Neil Gourley streaked to a new 1500m record in 3.32.48 taking the title from Josh Kerr, who was also in the race. Neil tracked Josh until the last lap and when he faded, Neil took his opportunity and sprinted to the line. Neil’s time is the second fastest this year, only surpassed by Jakob Ingebrigtsen. The two should meet in the Europesn Championships taking place in Istanbul, 2nd-5th March.

Many congratulations to Neil, his coach and family.

Check out Neil’s race

Meanwhile in Texas Adam Clayton smashed his own Scottish 200m record (subject to ratification) at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lubbock, Texas clocking 20.59. He also bettered his 60m PB clocking 6.63

Great running Adam, congratulations from all at Giffnock North.

At home all eyes were on the Scottish Cross Country Championships in Falkirk. Giffnock athletes weighed in with another medal haul. There were individual National titles for Tristan Robin (u15B) and Hannah Ryding (u20W) and team titles for u13G, u13B, u15G, u17W & u17M.

Full report to follow soon.

Under 13s

Sunday 19th of February proved to be an excellent day for Giffnock North Athletes competing at indoor venues. With Neil Gourlay and Erin Wallace medalling in the British Championships in Birmingham, the bar was set for our under thirteen athletes competing in the indoor age group championships at the Emirates Arena.

They certainly rose to the challenge. Medal winners were:

Gold:
Austin Summerhill      High Jump
Kian Dick                     800m (new club record)
Logan McNulty           1500m.

Silver:
Eilidh Brown                200m. A brilliant run and first year in the age group.

Bronze:
Paul Rolfe                   Hurdles
Bethany McNeil          Long Jump

Well done to everyone who competed, gained valuable competition experience, set new personal bests, showed outstanding sportsmanship and hopefully enjoyed the day. Thanks as always to coaches, supporters and officials who make it all possible.

Report by Denny Whiteford

Under 15/20s

Giffnock North had some successes at the U15/U20 Age taking medals 
in both age categories

Under 15s

Alex Clark took gold in a superb U15 Boys 200m race with pb of 23.68s.

Zoe McKell won gold, after a tense and unusual jump off for top spot, in the U15 Girls High 
Jump in another pb of 1.56m.

Zander Summerhill won his first medal of the day in the shot put, taking silver (unluckily on another unusual count back) with 9.96m

Calum Dick followed up his Gold at the English Champs with a silver in the U15 Boys 800m with 2.01.84. In a great race both the winner and Calum bettered the Championship record.

Zander followed up his shot medal with a bronze in a that superb U15 boys 200m race with a pb of 23.91s.

Angus Weir grabbed another National medal with a bronze in the U15 boys long jump 
with 5.06m, this followed his 4th in the 60m hurdles albeit with a new pb of 9.71s.

Other non medalist worthy of a mention are Erin Ramsey making the final of the U20 
Women’s 60m, Beth Fyvie making the final in the U15 girls 300m, Eilidh Caldow being 6th 
in the U15 Girls 1500m final, Isabella Annand running a pb in the U15 girls 60m semis, 
Ahrra Donladson’s new pb in the 60m hurdles and both Isabella and Ahrra jumping 
season’s best distances in the U15 girls long jump.

Under 20’s
In the men’s 1500m it was Gold and Bronze for Giffnock athletes with Cameron Deverill taking the title and Ross O’Brien in third.

Mark Herbert-Ruiz cleared 3.65m in the Pole Vault to take the title. He was the only competitor, you’ve got to be in it to win it!

Isla Ross won a Siver in the high jump with 1.63m clearing all heights at the first attempt.

Cameron Deverill & Ross O’Brien

Photo by Bobby Gavin

Report by Finlay Weir

A small band of our finest senior track and field athletes travelled to Birmingham over the weekend of the 18/19th February to sample the new track at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham. 

We had strong athletes in  both the Women’s and the Men’s 1500m with Erin Wallace and Neil Gourley, both made it through their heats with ease.  In the men’s final, Neil bided his time and he and George Mills (Brighton Phoenix) eventually pulled away from the pack. On the final bend Neil cruised passed George to take the title in a time of 3.41.26 and booked his place for the Europen Indoor Championships in Instanbull in early March.

In the women’s race there was much  reluctance to take the lead. Erin finally took the bull by the horns and picked up the pace.  She lead until the final bend and was overtaken by the eventual winner Ellie Baker (Shaftesbury Barnet) and Katie Snowden (Herne Hill) . Erin crossed the line in 4.09.22, a seasons best and new indoor club record, for the Bronze medal.  Well done Erin, a fantastic run.

In the pole vault Reuben Nairne continued his excellent form and won Silver with a clearnace of 5.05m.  In the women’s long jump Nikki Manson had high hopes following her recent Scottish Naitive Record leap of 6.37m.  Sadly a knee injury forced her to retire after her one legal jump of 6.01.  Nikki finished 5th.  The eventual winner was Jasmin Sawyers (City of Stoke with a leap of 6.73m. In the women’s 400m, Rachel Callan clocked 55.66 in her heat, a new pb, and progressed to the semis. In the semis she clocked 55.88 in 5th place.  In the mens 400m Kyle Alexander was 4th in his heat in a time of 49.00, which was not quick enough to progress..  In the 200m Murray Fotheringham progressed to the Semi-finals and allthough he finished second, was not quick enough to progress to the final.  Alyson Bell qualified  third in her heat of the 60m and came fourth in her semi final in a time of 7.46.

Neil’s post race interview

Across the pond and locally Giffnock North athletes were in action over the weekend of the 11th & 12th February.

Texas based Adam Clayton put in two great runs at the Jarvis Scott Open Indoor meet in Lubbock, Texas. Adam clocked 6.67 for his 60m, a new pb and club record. This puts him 6th on the All Time List. Later on in the 200m Adam set a time of 20.72, a new Scottish Indoor record. (subject to ratification). Great work Adam, keep it going.

Over in NewYork Neil Gourley was competing in the Millrose Games Wanamaker Mile. Neil clocked a fantastic 3.49.46 finishing second to the American Yared Nuguse who set a new American record. Neil’s time puts him second on the All Time list.

Meanwhile down in Sheffield, Calum Dick was taking Gold in the u15 800m at the England Athletics Indoor Championship. Calum clocked 2.02.24. Well done Calum.

At the Emirates Arena, Glasgow some of our youngest and oldest athletes were taking the honours at the Scottish Masters Championships and Junior Relay Finals. David Edelman (v65) took Bonze in the 60m clocking 9.76 and Silver in the 200m with a time of 31.75. Colin Wylie (v50) won Bronze in the 400m in a time of 61.76. Angela Kelly (v60)won Silver in the 60m and Gold in the 200m in 9.76 and 35.69 respectively.

In the Junior 4x200m Relays our medalists were as follows:

Under 15 Boys – Gold – Alexander Clark, Zander Summerhill, Nathan Booker, Angus Weir
Under 13 Boys – Bronze – Charlie Murray, Ayden Beard, Michael Nordmann, Austin Summerhill

Our u13G and u15G both came 4th and our u17G were 5th.


The Scottish u17/Senior Indoor Championships took place on Saturday 4th February at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow and Giffnock athletes were again in the mix.  Over the two age groups they took four Gold, seven Silver and three Bronze medals.

Seniors

Our senior athlese took three National Titles with Alyson Bell winning the Senior Women’s 60m in a time of 7.48. Kyle Alexander clocked 44.63 in the 400m to take the title and Reuben Nairne cleared 5.05 in the pole vault to take Gold. Murray Fotheringham had a bust day taking Silver in the 60m hurdles and 200m and Bronze in the pole vault. Nikki Manson, taking a break from high jump, leapt to a new pb of 6.37 and a new Scottish Native Indoor Record in the long jump. Nikki finished sesond in the competition, only headed by City of York athlete, Lucy Hadaway who jumped a championship best performance of 6.66.Erin Campbell also took a silver medal in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.74.

Nikki Manson

Alyson Bell

Under 17s

Giffnock North’s under 17 athletes had a successful day at the Scottish Athletics Indoor Champs at The Emirates Arena, Glasgow.

Starting in the field Cara Weir struck gold in the Pole Vault with a new PB of 2.89m. Cara then went on to secure the bronze in the high jump (1.58m) with Isla Ross going one better for silver (1.58m pb). Cara Slater was 5th (1.53m). In the boy’s vertical jump Ryan Davie got the bronze with 1.69m. Courtney Barbour won bronze in the shot putt with 11.02m. In the horizontals Hannah Turnbull made it to through to the final three jumps of the Long Jump and finished 7th (5.00m) and Holly Slater finished 7th in the Triple Jump (10.10m).

Cara Weir – Photo by Bobby Gavin

In the short sprints we had Felix Chan and Ewan Cornfoot competing in both the 60m and 200m and Eve Greene in the 60m. A never say die run from Felix won him silver in the 200m (23.15s pb). Felix also finished 5th in the 60m final (7.44s pb). Solid performances from Ewan (8.05 and 25.69s) and Eve (9.05s) in their 60m and 200m heats. In the longer sprints Madeleine Mackenzie made it to the semi final (45.35s) and Emily Williams one round further to the final, finishing just outside the medals in fourth (43.74s). Rory Taylor-Young, running for Glasgow School of Sport also finished fourth in the 400m final (52.06s).

We had a number of athletes competing in the middle-distance events. Scarlet Wilson and Amy Vincent (2:47.44) took to the track for the 800m. Scarlett raced all the way to silver medal in a pb time of 2:14.33. In the 1500m Freya Campbell, Ruth Walsh Saoirse McNulty, Scarlett Cunningham and Jack Wallace were all racing.  In the girl’s final, where a Championship record was set, Freya Campbell secured bronze (4:43.06 a new pb by .02!). Ruth was 5th (4:54.17 pb), Saoirse 7th (4.57.12 pb) and Scarlett 12th (5:36.00 pb). Jack made it to the final, finishing 7th (4:14.55).

Well done to all our athletes and to the coaches and parent helpers for preparing for the event. Thanks also to our officials who supported the event.

High Jump Group Round Up

It’s been a busy and ultimately a successful week for the HJ group. We started on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Scottish schools where a number of the group had been entered. Tuesday saw the U15 boys competition where Noah MacLeod hoped to bring in his fantastic recent form. Unfortunately, Noah finished the competition just outside the medals. He still has the Scottish Nationals in a couple of weeks to make amends.

Wednesday saw the rest of the groups competing which started with Zoe McKell, Michelle Ibe and Edie Campbell in the U15 girls. This finished with Zoe standing on top of the podium with Gold and a new PB to add to her record. Huge congratulations..!!!

U17 girls was a massive pool which had to split over two different mats. Our representation included Cara Weir, Cara Slater, Isla Ross, Lucy Boules and Maisie Ling. This turned into a fantastic competition with Isla taking Silver and the Cara W and Cara S both being awarded Bronze with identical cards.

The day finished with the U17 boys with GNAC represented by Ryan Davie, Michael Gallery and Aaron Muir.

Both Aaron and Michael recorded new PB’s with Aaron only missing out on the podium on count back. Ryan benefited from a clean card to take the Bronze.

The U17 Scottish Nationals followed on Saturday with Isla, Cara W, Cara S and Ryan competing again. The girls all jumped brilliantly with Cara W jumping a new PB to take Bronze and Isla once again taking Silver behind Zoe Loughry (Victoria Park). Cara S just missed out on the medals but it’s great to see her coming back to form again. Ryan took Bronze on the boys side although slightly disappointed in his performances. It’s back to training now for the group with the Summer competitions in mind.

Huge congratulations to all of the group who competed this week. We still have the U15 Nationals to look forward to.

I’m very proud of the whole group who all show great commitment to training and to all the parents (taxi’s) who ferry their athletes every week. 

John Davie

HJ Coach

Report on Middle Distance Athletes by Dudley Walker

A Day …..or two, at the Races

The Emirates Indoor Arena,on Tuesday and Wednesday,provided two days of quality athletics at the Scottish Schools  Indoor Athletics Championships.

Many of Giffnock North’s endurance athletes were chasing PBs and medals over the two days.The age group format had been changed to reflect Scottish Athletics U/13/15/17  age groups ,which was certainly a big improvement on the previous two age group format.

As a club we did pretty well with many of our athletes going forward to finals,winning medals and achieving PBs.

Zander Summerhill 1st Shot Put

Calum Dick set the ball rolling on Tuesday with a win in the U/15 800m in what is the fastest time in the UK so far this season….2:01.31.And the following day was denied gold in a thrilling dual with Angus Wilkinson,who set a new Championship best time. Calum’s time of 4.05 however secured the indoor club record previously 4.22

In the U/17B final we had a 1,2,3 in the shape of Thomas Reay,Oliver MacDonald and Tristan Robin.All 3 had vastly improved PBs.

In the Under 20, 800m final Jordan Phillips took bronze.

Scarlett Wilson became our other double medal winner when she won bronze in the Under 17,800m and the 1500m.

Sarah McNulty took a fine silver in the 800m.

Cameron Deverill timed his finish in the Under 20,1500m to perfection when he outsprinted his training partner Jamie Phillips to take the title in a time of 3:54.19.

Well done to everyone who competed in these championships….the Power of Ten will soon be bulging with the superb

Representing their schools on this occasion, there was some decent representation from Giffnock North athletes at the Scottish Schools Indoor Championships this week.

There were some good performances, making finals etc but for space purposes I’ll simply list the medalists. Apologies if I miss someone;

U15 Girls

Zoe Kell 1st High Jump

Sarah McNulty 2nd 300m

U17 Women

Courtney Barbour 1st Shot Put

Isla Ross 2nd High Jump

Cara Weir 2nd Pole Vault

Cara Slater 3rd High Jump

Cara Weir 3rd High Jump

U15 Boys

Zander Summerhill 1st Shot Put

Angus Weir 60mH 

Zander Summerhill 2nd 200m

Angus Weir 2nd Long Jump

U17 Men

Angus Rennie 2nd 60mH

Ryan Davie 3rd High Jump

Angus Rennie 3rd 60m

U20 Men

Mark Herbert-Ruiz 1st Pole Vault

Daniel Martin 2nd 60mH

So well done to the above.

times posted by our athletes.

Field & Sprint Report by Finlay Weir

Also representing their schools on this occasion, there was some decent representation from Giffnock North athletes at the Scottish Schools Indoor Championships this week.

There were some good performances, making finals etc but for space purposes I’ll simply list the medalists. Apologies if I miss someone;

U15 Girls

Zoe Kell 1st High Jump

Sarah McNulty 2nd 300m

U17 Women

Courtney Barbour 1st Shot Put

Isla Ross 2nd High Jump

Cara Weir 2nd Pole Vault

Cara Slater 3rd High Jump

Cara Weir 3rd High Jump

U15 Boys

Zander Summerhill 1st Shot Put

Angus Weir 60mH 

Zander Summerhill 2nd 200m

Angus Weir 2nd Long Jump

U17 Men

Angus Rennie 2nd 60mH

Ryan Davie 3rd High Jump

Angus Rennie 3rd 60m

U20 Men

Mark Herbert-Ruiz 1st Pole Vault

Daniel Martin 2nd 60mH

So well done to the above.

Thanks to Dudley & Finlay !

WORLD CLASS CONGRATULATIONS to Hannah Rydingselected at u20 level for the Great Britain & Northern Ireland squad jetting out later this month to Australia for the 2023 World Cross Country Championships.
 
The ever-modest Hannah’consistent hard work in training and racing has earned her this proud honour, along with no end of positive reaction from her junior endurance team-mates and coaches (last count 52 hits on the squad FB page posting), including the much-repeated comments, “Well done!”, “Brilliant news!” And “Well deserved”. All true, every word.
 
From the whole club, Hannah, massive round of applause to you, your family and your coaches Lynne MacDougal and Laurence McGregor.
 
THE 2023 WORLD XC CHAMPS take place in Bathurst, New South Wales on Saturday 18th February. Hannah is one of two Scots in the GBNI squad, the other being Senior Ladies star, Megan Keith of Inverness Harriers. 

The 2023 edition of the World Cross Championships marks the 50th Anniversary of the event. So that’the Golden Anniversary, in an area known as Gold Country … could be an auspicious sign for Team GBNI? 
 
Report by Croy Thomson

Update from Neil Gourley

We caught up with Neil at his base in Flagstaff, Arizona, to ask him how his preparations have been going for the forthcoming indoor season.

‘Training has been going well. It’s been hard graft, not made any easier by the 3 feet of snow that has recently fallen here – which is unusual even for Flagstaff! We’ve been able to work round that, though, and it’s been great to have the chance to consistently undertake the strength work that‘s going to be needed to run the times that are required to do well at championships in the 1500m right now’

Neil raced a couple of times before Christmas, first running an 18 second PB in an indoor 5,000m to improve the Scottish best time he already held. He then won a road mile (3.56) in the altogether sunnier climes of Hawaii where he enjoyed some warm weather training in amongst the sightseeing.

What about his schedule for the indoor season?

‘I’m really keen to get racing as it’s only then that you see where you really are. The races will now come thick and fast over the next few weeks. It’s quite a packed schedule with a race each weekend and hopefully two at the British Champs, where the aim is to qualify for the European Indoor Championships which are being held this year in Istanbul at the beginning of March.’

‘I’m looking forward to being at home for a few weeks, being spoiled by my mum and hopefully I’ll be able to get to one or two Giffnock North training sessions and I’ll be back racing in Giffnock colours at the British Champs.’

Neil’s planned schedule:

Saturday 4th February: New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Boston – Tommy Leonard Memorial Mile 5.30 pm local time 10.30 pm UK time

Saturday 11th February: Millrose Games, New York – Wanamaker Mile 5.51 pm local time 10.51pm UK time

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February: British Championships, Birmingham

Saturday 25th February World Indoor Tour Final, Birmingham

The two American meets are being shown live on Viaplay in the UK, both part of the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold Level which should be available free on Channel 553 on Virgin TV or Channel 422 on Sky.

The fields in both of the American races are really strong, in particular the famous Wanamaker Mile:

Good luck to Neil from all at Giffnock North AC

Giffnock athletes young and not so younger were busy in competition over the weekend. Indoors on the track and on the road.

National Indoor 4x200m Relays

Giffnock teams contested the relays in all age groups except u17 Men. It was double Gold for our senior teams with Ladies team of Rachel Callan, Freya Cowan, Eve Denholm& Caroline MacConnell clocking 1.41.99 for the win. Our senior Men’s team of Murray Fotheringham, Kyle Alexander, Jason Wu & Edward Joyce raced to victory in 1.29.16, a new club record. Check out their race videos below.

Senior Womwn’s 4x200m Indoor Relay Final

Senior Men’s 4x200m Indoor Relay Final

Relay Heats for U13, U15 and U17 athletes took place on the same day, with the finals to be run on Sunday 12th February.at the Masters/Para Championships.Giffnock qualified teams in all age groups except u17M.

Scottish Masters Road Relay Championships

Many congratulations to Allie Chong, Mary McCutcheon & Yvonne McNairn who took Gold at the Masters Road Relays which took place in Strathclyde Park. Yvonne running the fastest female leg and Allie the fastest v50 female leg.

The B team of Nicola McBeath, Hilary Carswell & Jill Smylie hunted down the teams from Calderglen and Kirkintilloch to take a well deserved silver medal.

Scottish  Indoor Superteams Competition 

Sunday January 22nd. 

“ Indoor Superteams event took place at the Emirates Arena bringing athletic teams from all across Scotland  to compete. Giffnock North entered 6 teams, 3 boys teams and 3 girls teams – all team members compete in four events: the shot putt, long jump, 60m and 4x200m relay. All the Giffnock  athletes gave their best performances , pouring their hearts and soul into the different events over the day. 

The Girls A team (Poppy McWilliams, Katie Heron, Lauren Belland, Eilidh Brown), performed consistently well across all events winning their 4×200 relay heat in an impressive 2.05.21- the fastest of the day. Poppy McWilliams started the relay off for Team A, making it back first and  creating a strong foundation for the others to deliver an overall excellent team performance. The consistency continued in the 60m race with all girls coming first in their respective heats. Poppy said the highlight of her day, “was achieving a new PB in the 60m”.

4J Studios scottishathletics Indoor SUPERteams, Emirates Arena, 22nd January 2023 Photograph by Colin Mearns

The Girls B team (Ruby McWilliams, Chloe Simpson, Carmen Sheridan and Bernice Adakamola ) were equally strong, pushing all the way in  their 60m  heats to deliver outstanding performances. Bernice Adakamola  won her heat with a truly graceful finish and later said “it was a clear  highlight of her day”. The Giffnock girls continued to impress with the performance of Girls C Team ( Freya Mearns, Abbie Gallagher, Anna  MacFarlane, Aurora MacIntyre), who won their 4×200 m relay by 50m and to a huge round of applause. Freya Mearns started the relay off with a fast lap placing the C team in a strong position-  her effort was sustained by all other team members and their combined effort saw them win their  heat.  Abbie Gallagher, of the Girls C team, said “the highlight of her day was winning the relay race”.

The overall results for the Girls Superteams competition saw Kilmarnock claiming 3rd place, Springburn C Team coming in 2nd and the Giffnock  Girls A team claiming the title of ‘Superteams Girls Champions’ in overall 1st place, bringing home the gold medals and the trophy. They were truly  delighted with their win.

Photographs by Colin Mearns

The Boys teams did not disappoint with some truly energetic, consistent, and fierce performances across all events. The Boys A team 

(Campbell Miller, Andrew Mitchell, Hugo Stewart and Finlay Hamilton) performed very strongly in the field events with some boys obtaining  great new pb’s in the shot putt. It was also an outstanding relay performance with the team winning their heat race by some 50 metres with Finlay 

Hamilton pushing to the very end to sustain their leading distance.

he Boys B team (Oliver Hamilton, Zac Hollyman, Evan Tyler and Davi Birnie) won their relay in 2.08.52  in a fiercely fast heat with strong and consistent performances from each athlete across all events. The Boys C team ( Cian Lough, Andrew ChurchCalvin Thomson and Christopher Cameron) also delivered a consistent performance across in all events and achieved a strong second 

place finish in  their relay heat.

Photograph by Colin Mearns

The overall Boys Superteams results saw more Giffnock colours on the podium. The Giffnock Boys A team took 3rd place, just pipped by 
Springburn in 2nd place and the Central team taking 1st place.

Throughout the day the Giffnock teams demonstrated great sports etiquette, supporting and cheering each other on with amazing energy, if only you 

could bottle it and sell it!

A huge thank you goes to Coaches John Shedden Mark Hamilton & all the parent helpers who chaperoned each team,  making sure they warmed up and were in the right place at the right time to compete, and to Orla Lang for keeping everyone organised. Lastly, a big thanks to all the parents who came along to support Team Giffnock, it really made a difference.”

Thanks very much to Jillian McRoberts (Mum to Poppy & Ruby ) for this excellent report of a successful day at the Emirates and to Colin Mearns ( Dad to Freya ) for the brilliant photos ! And to other parents for additional photos. 

The Xmas Disco & Awards Night for the youngest members of the club was held at GHA on Sunday evening 11th December. A great time was had by all.

We were privileged to have David Smith, our Internationalist High Jumper (& Club Administrator) to present the awards to the athletes with Dudley Walker at the helm in his usual brilliant job of compère. 

The Xmas Disco & Awards Night for the youngest members of the club was held at GHA on Sunday evening 11th December. A great time was had by all.

We were privileged to have David Smith, our Internationalist High Jumper (& Club Administrator) to present the awards to the athletes with Dudley Walker at the helm in his usual brilliant job of compère. 

Certificates for performances over Cross Country & Indoor & Outdoor Track were presented, medals for Club Championships overall and in individual performances in the 4 disciplines of 80m /600m/ Long Jump & Shot Putt & finally U11 Athletes of the Year 2022.  Eilidh Brown took the U11s Girl’s Award and Finlay Hamilton the Boys.  Congratulations to Eilidh & Finlay for this achievement and to all our young athletes for their performances and efforts.

Eilidh & Finlay with David Smith

Presentation was also made to all the volunteers who helped at our Summer Holiday Camps. Their input at the camps is much appreciated by the club and, by our Young Coaches who deliver the popular athletics camps. 

A few words about David Smith – our celebrity elite athlete. As Dudley pointed out David has scaled the heights literally and metaphorically in High Jump. He has represented Team Scotland at 3 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, Gold Coast, Birmingham and has been in Team GB at countless championships. Check his Power of 10 profile.

David has now returned to Glasgow from a training base in Birmingham and has also returned to train with his first HJ Coach, Ken Allan. He has recently had foot surgery for an injury, even attending the club AGM in his surgical boot. He tells us his recovery is going well. We wish him all the very best as he continues his rehab and returns to competition. 

David took the time to say a few words. He recalls being at Awards Nights from when he joined the club at Age 9 and being impressed with those athletes doing the presentations. So, he added that he was very chuffed to be asked to do this. He advised the assembled youngsters, that one day it might be them. David also added that he remains in Athletics because he loves the sport and hopes they do too. He emphasised that above all, athletes need to enjoy themselves.

Then pizza was served and demolished and the Disco really began. There were some great moves on the floor and the DJ had a great repertoire of games and activities. Everyone joined in and the floor was never empty. A very competitive version of musical chairs concluded with exceptional 10 metres shuttle running. It was some spectacle. Well done all the athletes. It looked like great fun was had and certainly that’s the feedback so far.

Thanks again to David for doing the presentation and to the irreplaceable Dudley, to the Junior Committee members of Alison Watson, Caroline Hunter, Tracey Davie, Karen McKnight & Jenny Simpson for organising and our special thanks go to Allan Cameron for the great photos of the occasion.   Thanks also to GHA staff for their help on the night. Important to note that the response to our  Xmas Courier appeal for Ukraine was magnificent. Parents and supporters brought a fantastic amount of donations for Mykolaiv ! Thanks to everyone!

Check out the photos from Match 1 of the Indoor League, courtesy of Gary Leek, Athletics Digital