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So much has been going on at the club just now with XC success, our Athletes at the World Indoor Championships , a first win of the coveted Alan Scally Trophy, our Junior Endurance Squads taking all 6 titles at National XC and then also repeating that feat at the Young Athletes Road Race Champs , athletes at GAA Jumps meet and numerous other competitions on the road, that we are only now reporting on the SAIL Finals . The Final Match & Relay Competition was on 6th March in the Emirates and was still held under COVID restrictions.
There were a number of notable successes four SAIL records , several more club records and a string of Team and 4X 200m Relay wins and performances. In some of the Age groups Coaches & Team Managers had decided on maximising & ensuring competition opportunities for squad members.
Main highlights were as follows:
U11 Girls 1st Team & 2nd in the Relay
U11 Boys 1st Team & 1st in the Relay
U13 Boys 1st Team
U15 Girls 2nd Team
U15 Boys 3rd Team & 3rd in Relay
U17 Women 3rd Team
U17 Men 2nd Team & 3rd in Relays
U20 Women 2nd Team & 1st in Relay
U20 Men 2nd Team
The four SAIL Records achieved on the day were:
Eilidh Brown with 1.52.92 in the 600m,
Angus Weir with U13 Boys Long Jump at 5.08
Rachel Callan with 25.25 in the U20 women 200m
U20 women in 4x200m with 1.45.33 – [ Rachel Callan, Caroline MacConnell, Amy Greene, Emma Barclay] Club Records taken in addition to the above SAIL Records were U11 Girls SLJ Erica Ross 2.04
All in all, in a National League a good tally of results and podium places achieved .
For our youngest club competitors it was a very exciting, although, very long day. Warnings were provided however regarding that aspect of our SAIL presence!
A Report and comment from U11s follows
“Following three previous matches, the U11 girls and boys teams headed to the Emirates for the SAIL Final and Relays on Sunday 6th March.Excitement was high as the teams started the day with a 4x200m relay. The girls relay team of Katie Heron, Eilidh Brown, Chole Simpson and Lauren Bell, and the boys Campbell Miller, Finlay Hamilton, Zac Hollman and Evan Tyler secured first place in both their relays giving them a firm place in the final at the end of the day. In the final, the boys grabbed gold and the girls took silver having been pipped to the finish line by Springburn.The final SAIL match saw a collection of PBs from Zac Hollyman Campbell Miller, Chloe Simpson and Katie Heron in the 60m, Erica Ross in standing long jump and Finlay Hamilton , Evan Tyler and Eilidh Brown in the 600m. An additional shout to Eilidh who ran 600m in 1.52.92 beating the previous U11 girls SAIL and Giffnock North Club records.Eilidh: “We had a brilliant day and all really enjoyed it. I’m feeling very proud to have run a PB and broken two records.”Huge thank you to Clare, Mark Hamilton and Ross O’Brien for getting the teams ready and making sure they were where they needed to be at the right times.
Finlay Hamilton writes
“after Giffnock North did so well in the previous heats going into the finals we were in a good ranking. There were two teams – boys and girls – both teams had amazing athletes. throughout the competition, we got top points across the boards and won most events allowing us to win gold overall in girls and boys. As well as this we also achieved gold in the relay race ranking the boy’s team top of the two events in sail. our team was very positive and we supported each other and we believed we could do it. I am proud to be part of the team and everything we achieved.
Thanks to Karen & Eilidh Brown and Finlay Hamilton
Some excellent photos from Athletics Digital Gary & Kenny Leek