After a slow start Giffnock North AC’s under13/15 team finished a very good second to Edinburgh at the Lower YDL final at Grangemouth on the 4 August at Grangemouth stadium. At the start of the match the weather seemed fine in fact it was almost perfect conditions for athletics however the forecast wasn’t great and true to form the weather broke at about 14.15 just as the 100m events were finishing. The heaven’s opened along with thunder & lightening so the match was halted for 10 minutes and then extended to minutes. As the rain had appeared to have stopped the competition restarted with the U13 girls 1200m’s and all those who competed are to be commended for their efforts. No sooner had the race started and the heaven’s opened again and the rain was torrential but all the girls stuck to the task in hand and the whole of those in the stand applaud every single competitor throughout the whole race. Not surprisingly as soon as they finished the match was halted again.
It was a difficult decision for the event organizer but after a further lengthy delay and meeting of all team manager’s it was agreed the 1500m events would go ahead but as the outside lanes were flooded the longer sprint events & relays would be canceled and one of the two remaining field events, the U13 girls high would be held indoors. All our athletes gave their all and a full set of results is attached but some of the highlight’s are as follows;
U13 Girls HJ Cara Weir was equal 1st in the A string with a height of 1.45 ably backed up by Cara Slater who won the B string with 1.40m. Katy Donnelly had a fine win in the 1200m with a time of 4.05.61 despite the horrendous conditions. The U13 boys were not to be outdone by the girls and Ryan Davie & Ellis Nairne both finished second A & B with each clearing a height of 1.40. In the distance events Craig Shennan & Jack Wallace both won their respect 800m races in times of 2.18.29 & 2.28.10 and Alastair Nugent was second in the A 1500m with a time of 4.51.48 with Oliver Bryers 1st in the B string with 4.55.80. In the U15 girls Angelica Mayer finished 2nd in the A string of the 100 & 200m’s with times of 13.15 & 26.75. In the distance events Isla Scott was 2nd in the A 800m with a time of 2.27. 43 & in the B string, Kirsty Wylie was 3rd with 2.36.01. In the 1500m’s Hannah Ryding was 1st A in 4.48.06 & Kate Paul finished second in the B string with 5.05.56. Rachel Miler had a fine run in the B string hurdles finishing in a time of 14.47. Imogen Maher set a new club record and finished 3rd in the hammer with a distance of 26.04. In theU15 boys Ross Gourley did very well winning the A string of the hurdles with a time 13.68. Mark Herbert-Ruiz won the pole vault with a height of 2.40m. In the distance events both Reuben MacDonald & Michael Nolan won their respective 1500m races in times of 4.22.97 & 4.53.15.
All in all, it was a very great team effort in very difficult weather conditions.
Report by Billy Glasgow