U13 Boys and Girls
A clean sweep of the Team medals for all the Age groups at U11/U13/U15 at the Renfrewshire Road Race Champs on 4th Feb was reported earlier but a fuller report required to give credit to all the performances on the day.
U11 Boys. Craig Shennan, Calan Chong and Jack Wallace left no room for doubt with a 1/2/3 in that Race and in fact Giffnock took 8 of the top 10 places in that race with many of the new U11s also demonstrating that they will be competing for the top places next year . The U11 Girls with Katy Donnelly in 2nd Place, Erin McKay in 5th and Hazel O’Donoghue in 6th enjoyed their run in the sun at the Battery Park to take the Gold Team Title.
Spectators of the U13 Boys Race witnessed a combative performance by Hugh Shiels to also take 1st place and lead his teammates to the third Team Title of the day with Aaron McGillivray 4th and Mark McInnes 9th in support.
U13s Girls with another 1/2/3 saw Hannah Ryding forging ahead to take the Gold individual, followed home by Isla Scott and Kate Paul to earn Team title No 4
U15 Boys and Girls, no slouches at all claimed Title No 5 and No 6 with Harris Paterson taking the individual Gold,Ross O’Brien 2nd and Jacob Luc in 4th [ also in action at the Emirates Sprint Relays on Saturday] and Helen Chong with another Gold and ably backed up by Jill Carswell in 3rd place and Zoe Flower in 5th.
Emily Crusher our only U17 Rep enjoyed the last individual Gold of the day . A bling or gong fest indeed for the Giffnock athletes in the sun
Well done to all those taking part and especially to all those on the start line for the first time!
SENIOR REPORT from Sarah Smith
A team of three women and six men from Giffnock gathered in Battery Park in Greenock for the Renfrewshire Road Race Championships 5 miler. Two brave individuals (Ted Gourley and Michael Hampson ) had also competed in the Masters XC in Kilmarnock the day before.
This race has a reputation for bad weather with heavy rain and puddles resulting in a number of injuries two years ago, however there was no sign of any of this and we were greeted by sunshine and blue skies.
In the women’s race Nicola McBeath came an excellent 17th with Anne Williamson and Sarah Smith coming in just 26 seconds apart in 48th and 49th places.
In the men’s race Ted Gourley won his M55 age category and came 39th overall. Nicholas Boyle and David Ross came in together in 27th and 28th, with Jordan Orr and Derren Thomson 10 seconds apart in 49th and 50th with Michael Hampson 56th.
Full Results can be found at this link on Kilbarchan AAC website .
Thanks to Sarah Smith for report and photos and David Chong