EK win at the dou­ble

East Kilbride News - - SPORTS -

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.”

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