Scottish u17/Senior Indoor Championships

The Scottish u17/Senior Indoor Championships took place on Saturday 4th February at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow and Giffnock athletes were again in the mix.  Over the two age groups they took four Gold, seven Silver and three Bronze medals.


Our senior athlese took three National Titles with Alyson Bell winning the Senior Women’s 60m in a time of 7.48. Kyle Alexander clocked 44.63 in the 400m to take the title and Reuben Nairne cleared 5.05 in the pole vault to take Gold. Murray Fotheringham had a bust day taking Silver in the 60m hurdles and 200m and Bronze in the pole vault. Nikki Manson, taking a break from high jump, leapt to a new pb of 6.37 and a new Scottish Native Indoor Record in the long jump. Nikki finished sesond in the competition, only headed by City of York athlete, Lucy Hadaway who jumped a championship best performance of 6.66.Erin Campbell also took a silver medal in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.74.

Nikki Manson

Alyson Bell

Under 17s

Giffnock North’s under 17 athletes had a successful day at the Scottish Athletics Indoor Champs at The Emirates Arena, Glasgow.

Starting in the field Cara Weir struck gold in the Pole Vault with a new PB of 2.89m. Cara then went on to secure the bronze in the high jump (1.58m) with Isla Ross going one better for silver (1.58m pb). Cara Slater was 5th (1.53m). In the boy’s vertical jump Ryan Davie got the bronze with 1.69m. Courtney Barbour won bronze in the shot putt with 11.02m. In the horizontals Hannah Turnbull made it to through to the final three jumps of the Long Jump and finished 7th (5.00m) and Holly Slater finished 7th in the Triple Jump (10.10m).

Cara Weir – Photo by Bobby Gavin

In the short sprints we had Felix Chan and Ewan Cornfoot competing in both the 60m and 200m and Eve Greene in the 60m. A never say die run from Felix won him silver in the 200m (23.15s pb). Felix also finished 5th in the 60m final (7.44s pb). Solid performances from Ewan (8.05 and 25.69s) and Eve (9.05s) in their 60m and 200m heats. In the longer sprints Madeleine Mackenzie made it to the semi final (45.35s) and Emily Williams one round further to the final, finishing just outside the medals in fourth (43.74s). Rory Taylor-Young, running for Glasgow School of Sport also finished fourth in the 400m final (52.06s).

We had a number of athletes competing in the middle-distance events. Scarlet Wilson and Amy Vincent (2:47.44) took to the track for the 800m. Scarlett raced all the way to silver medal in a pb time of 2:14.33. In the 1500m Freya Campbell, Ruth Walsh Saoirse McNulty, Scarlett Cunningham and Jack Wallace were all racing.  In the girl’s final, where a Championship record was set, Freya Campbell secured bronze (4:43.06 a new pb by .02!). Ruth was 5th (4:54.17 pb), Saoirse 7th (4.57.12 pb) and Scarlett 12th (5:36.00 pb). Jack made it to the final, finishing 7th (4:14.55).

Well done to all our athletes and to the coaches and parent helpers for preparing for the event. Thanks also to our officials who supported the event.

High Jump Group Round Up

It’s been a busy and ultimately a successful week for the HJ group. We started on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Scottish schools where a number of the group had been entered. Tuesday saw the U15 boys competition where Noah MacLeod hoped to bring in his fantastic recent form. Unfortunately, Noah finished the competition just outside the medals. He still has the Scottish Nationals in a couple of weeks to make amends.

Wednesday saw the rest of the groups competing which started with Zoe McKell, Michelle Ibe and Edie Campbell in the U15 girls. This finished with Zoe standing on top of the podium with Gold and a new PB to add to her record. Huge congratulations..!!!

U17 girls was a massive pool which had to split over two different mats. Our representation included Cara Weir, Cara Slater, Isla Ross, Lucy Boules and Maisie Ling. This turned into a fantastic competition with Isla taking Silver and the Cara W and Cara S both being awarded Bronze with identical cards.

The day finished with the U17 boys with GNAC represented by Ryan Davie, Michael Gallery and Aaron Muir.

Both Aaron and Michael recorded new PB’s with Aaron only missing out on the podium on count back. Ryan benefited from a clean card to take the Bronze.

The U17 Scottish Nationals followed on Saturday with Isla, Cara W, Cara S and Ryan competing again. The girls all jumped brilliantly with Cara W jumping a new PB to take Bronze and Isla once again taking Silver behind Zoe Loughry (Victoria Park). Cara S just missed out on the medals but it’s great to see her coming back to form again. Ryan took Bronze on the boys side although slightly disappointed in his performances. It’s back to training now for the group with the Summer competitions in mind.

Huge congratulations to all of the group who competed this week. We still have the U15 Nationals to look forward to.

I’m very proud of the whole group who all show great commitment to training and to all the parents (taxi’s) who ferry their athletes every week. 

John Davie

HJ Coach