Report from Croy Thomson
” BLAZING sunshine plus perfect underfoot conditions and a powerhouse team effort added up to a Scottish title and medal-winning result for Giffnock North AC’s juniors at the National Cross Country Relays in Cumbernauld House Park today.
Craig Shennan (U13) ran a strong first leg over the infamously hilly 2.5k course to set up Giffnock’s A squad in fourth. Harris Paterson on the U15 leg blitzed the team into second behind Shettleston Harriers, before U17 Hamish Armitt delivered the coup de grace in defence of the crown won last year. Hamish commented, “The team did a great job putting me in a solid position for the title, I’m delighted to help them bring it back to Giffnock for the second year in a row..” Strength in depth helped Giffnock’s lads put five teams in the top 25, boding well for the winter season.
For the girls, Amber Wade (U13) handed over in seventh to Valencia Wright, who scythed through the field to return in first, in a fine nine minutes three seconds. Helen Chong (U17) fought hard on the final leg but couldn’t quite resist the charge from Fife AC’s Anna Hedley. Said Helen, sporting her well-earned silver medal, “We are more than satisfied with the result, the whole squad put up a great performance. It is always nice to make the podium against high calibre rivals from all over Scotland. We look forward to seeing them again soon at the Short Course Championships.
Senior Ladies Charlotte McKenna, Jill Smyllie, Allie Chong and Rhona Mowatt placed 12th. “It was lovely having the younger athletes competing, spurring us on,” said Allie. Men’s Team placed 20th.
Thanks to Croy Thomson for the report and to all the athletes in both the Junior and Senior ranks who raced up and over the hills at Cumbernauld and contributed to the overall success today for the club.
Link to provisional results and video coverage by Vinco