Report by Croy Thomson
FOUR TEAM golds, a team bronze and an individual bronze – an impressive haul and an occasion to treasure for Giffnock North’s junior cross country squads at the National Championships in Callendar Park, Falkirk.
In ideal sunny conditions, the Under 13 Girls struck the first blow with a superb team effort led home by Hannah Ryding in fourth. The U13 Boys didn’t fare so well with fifth but Reuben Macdonald ran a hard-fought 3.1k for fourth.
Next up over 4.1k were the U15 Girls, who defended their title in style. Kate Richardson was first home, ably backed by Francesca Davidson, Helen Chong, and Zoe Flower, with Abby Thomson and Jill Carswell in close attendance. Ethan Carolan spearheaded a golden U15 Boys’ performance, supported by Harris Paterson, Ross O’Brien and Jacob Luc.
Under 17s Charlotte McKenna, Clare Wallace and Rhona Mowat clinched the hat trick of girls’ titles over six hilly kilometres, before their male counterparts won a well-deserved bronze. Ben Shaw had to drop out with an ankle injury on an early downhill, but Calum Young stepped up and put his name on a great individual bronze – the club’s only individual honour of the day. Team-mates Jack Bell, Andrew Robertson and Kieran Killen packed well in for the medals.
The statisticians are still on the case, but we can safely say that this was one of the club’s most successful days on the country, and just reward for a hard winter’s work. Well done all the athletes who turned out and made themselves a full race richer. Thanks to all coaches, officials, tent wranglers, parents, pals and innocent bystanders who helped create another inspirational day.
And many thanks to Croy for filing his copy in between keeping an eye on a certain Six Nations match !We hope to add more photos soon