Many thanks to the following athletes who have competed for Giffnock North in the 2018-19 Men’s League –
Calum McWilliam, Alexander Young, John Hamilton, Scott MacIver, Kyle McLean, Finlay Waugh, Eoghan O’Donnell, Lewis Mitchell, Andrew Robertson, Andrew Clark, Luke Nelson, Kieran Killen, Sam Young, Calum Rogers, David Lees, Neil Hutchison, Murray Fotheringham, Chris MacKay, Greg Turner, Donald MacLean, Blayne Wright, Ben Shaw, Nicolai Gajic
Men’s League Match 4 and Season Round-up
In the last Division Two Men’s League in 2018-19, Giffnock North’s team put in the best performance of the season, coming third on the day with 249 points. Edinburgh were 2nd on 269 points and Corstorphine 1st on 286. With over thirty events, I think we can declare that a bit of a blanket finish!
In the four match series Giffnock finished fourth overall, a tantalising 1 point behind Lasswade. Edinburgh in 2nd and Corstorphine in 1st are promoted to Division 1. The Match 4 and Overall Series points tables are at the bottom of this email.
On our return to the Mens Leagues, (we didn’t compete last season), I am pleased that we put in a credible performance. Match 4 shows the potential of what Giffnock can do when we field athletes in (almost!) all the events. I thank every single athlete who has competed for Giffnock’s Mens League Team this year. Without fail you put your heart and soul into every performance.
I look forward to you all competing again next year when, if we put in a “Match 4 performance” every time, we will push for promotion.
Gerry Duggan, Team Manager
Match 4 Summary (Full results are attached to this email)
We had a very soggy start to the event, making the field events a bit tricky. Our jumpers (Sam Young, Calum Rogers, Scott MacIver, and Lewis Mitchell) landing on puddled crash mats or swampy sand and our throwers (David Lees and Neil Hutchison) handling what must felt like heavy bars of soap. But the guys persevered and landed vital points.
In the middle distances Nicolai Gajic and Donald MacLean (800m) and Andrew Clarke and Ben Shaw (1500m) all scored well for the team. In the guest 1500m Blayne Wright tore strips off his PBB. In the longer event, Kieran Killen ran his first track 10,000m.
Lewis Mitchell and Eoghan O’Donnel performed well in the 400m, despite having to stand at the cold, wet start line for 20 minutes prior to the gun.
The short sprint team also racked up the points. Special mention to new boys Scott MacIver and Finlay Waugh. Scott made a huge round trip from Stornaway and was rewarded with a PB in the 100m and Finlay flew round the 200m for his first sub 23s 200m. Remarkable times in horrible conditions. Kyle McLean continued his series of sub-23 200m runs and John Hamilton had a seasons best in the guest 100m. Alexander Young was frustrated with on an ongoing injury hampering his 100m.
Finally the relays were a mix of highs and lows. The 4×100 landed third place, but in the 2nd leg of the 4×400, Lewis Mitchell pulled up dramatically with a hamstring injury. We wish him a speedy recovery.
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