Lynn and Charlotte Mc Kenna took part in the Scottish Trials at Colsnaur in the Ochils Sunday 28th August and performed so well [1st &2nd Place ]they gained automatic selection for Scotland in the forthcoming Hill Running Home International at Keswick on 17th September . Congratulations to Lynn and Charlotte.
As Peter Jardine from Scottish Athletics reports “It is an uphill only event and the Scottish trial was thus uphill only in order to help prepare the athletes.
Reports below & Photos from proud dad Frank McKenna. Preparation for Lynn included running the day before with other Club Athletes at the National Trail race at Strathmiglo in Fife.
Lynn and Charlotte competed in the Under 17 Scotland trial for the Junior Home International Hill race – which will be held at Keswick on September 17th. The first two finishers in the race would secure automatic selection for the two of the four Scotland team places available. This was only their second hill race, so running against some experienced hill runners, including National champion Grace Whelan from Moray was potentially a daunting prospect. However, on the day both girls ran strongly, Charlotte leading the race from early on, and Lynn moving through the field to eventually take over the lead from Charlotte towards the final third of the race. Both girls managed to hold on to the lead before finishing strongly on the particularly steep final ascent. Lynn finished in first place, with Charlotte 6 seconds behind in second place. Both have now booked a place in the Scotland team for the 17th.
Lynn competed in the National trail race championship which was held in Strathmiglo, Fife at the Falkland estate. It was a 5K two lap course with a very steep uphill and downhill section on each lap. She came first in the under 17 girls category.
Lynn with her gold medal and below one from the race: –
Here are the Full Scotland selections for 17 September:
Scotland U17 Men:
Tam Munro-White (Inverness Harriers); George Rees (Fife AC); Cameron Corrigan (Kilbarchan AAC); Robert Sparks (Fife AC)
Scotland U17 Women:
Lynn McKenna, Charlotte McKenna (Giffnock North AAC); Grace Whelan (Moray Roadrunners); Mairi Wallace (Moorfoot Runners)
Scotland U20 Men:
Logan Rees, Tristan Rees (Fife AC); Euan Gillham (Kilbarchan AAC); Alasdair Couper (East Sutherland)
Scotland U20 Women:
Anisha Badial (Aberdeen AAC); Ailsa Cruickshanks (Fife AC); Laura Stark (Kilbarchan AAC); Emily Nicholson (Pitreavie AAC)
Other Giffnock North athletes taking to the challenges of the Hills as follows :
National Cross Mid Trail Championships – Strathmiglo 27/8/2016
27 Kathleen McLachlan Giffnock North AAC 59:16
1 Lynn McKenna
21 Jack Meikle Giffnock North AAC 20:41
6 Cameron Green Giffnock North AAC BU13 12:49
Sunday Scottish Trials at Colsnaur in the Ochils Sunday 28th August
Under 17 Girls, 3.1km, 300m climb
1 Lynn McKenna Giffnock North 16.54
2 Charlotte McKenna Giffnock North 17.00
Under 20 Boys, 4.6km, 520m climb
5 Oliver Watson-Sweeney Giffnock North 28.03
Under 15 Boys, 2.7km, 240m climb
5 Christopher Watson-Sweeney Giffnock North 15.41
Well done to Oliver and Christopher at the Trials with 5th Places and to Kathleen , Jack and Cameron our other Hill Runners last weekend