EK win at the double
East Kilbride Athletic Club did the double at the North East Spring Relays, winning the men’s 4x100m and 4x400m.
After a successful raid on the Whitley Bay meeting last year, another cross-border raiding party was assembled for this excellent pipe-opener for the outdoor season.
First up was the 4x100m, where Scottish indoor and outdoor champion Greg Kelly got EK off to a great start before passing on to Calum McWilliam, who further extended the team’s lead down the back straight.
Callum Field hung up his rugby boots for a week to slip into his accustomed leg three role before passing on to last leg runner Jacob Connelly.
He shrugged off the pain of a cut knee to repel the late challenge of Middlesbrough AC in a time of 44.9 seconds.
East Kilbride produced another all-the-way success in the 4x400m, with McWilliam running a solid 50.9 opening leg to open up a gap, which only grew as 16-year-old Ryan Clydesdale took the baton and scorched round in 50.2 seconds – not bad for a runner who barely broke 56 seconds for 400m last year.
Greg Kelly extended the gap still further with a 49.5 seconds third leg before passing on to Callum Field. He brought the baton home safely in 3m 24.7s, within sight of the club record set over 20 years ago.
Gateshead Harriers finished second with Tynedale third.
Kelly told the News:“It was brilliant to go down and get the double against a few strong teams.
“This is an ideal way to start our season and the results show that as a group we are all in a good position to go into the summer season ahead.”