Har­ri­ers clinch the tro­phy for 21st time

Cam­bus­lang club’s cross county win

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors - Mur­ray Spooner

Ron­hill Cam­bus­lang Har­ri­ers re­tained the AT Mays Tro­phy for the 21st time in the club’s his­tory.

The prize is awarded an­nu­ally to the top per­form­ing male club across the five dif­fer­ent age groups in the Scot­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships that took place ear­lier this month.

This was the fifth con­sec­u­tive award of this tro­phy to the club and Cam­bus­lang have now claimed the award on 21 out of a pos­si­ble 28 oc­ca­sions.

Pride of place at the cham­pi­onship went to the u17 boys who won team gold thanks to the ster­ling ef­forts of Struan Pa­ton, Gavin Smith, Joshua Boyle and Ea­mon Carr.

Pres­i­dent David Cooney said: “This is an out­stand­ing and per­haps un­her­alded achieve­ment and one which all the run­ners, coaches, of­fi­cials, par­ents and sup­port­ers can be proud of.”

Both the u15 boys and u20 men also per­formed well to lift bronze team medals. The four coun­ters for the u15 team were Christo­pher McLew, Drew Pol­lock, Ryan Stephen and Ruairidh MacGre­gor. Ryan Thom­son, who was just out­side the medals in fourth place, led home his fel­low u20 team mates Craig Jar­dine, Ross Stephen and Scott Som­merville .

Cam­bus­lang’s se­nior and vet­eran men, with a num­ber of ab­sences due to work com­mit­ments and in­jury, fin­ished a solid fourth. Robert Gil­roy, Iain Reid, Jamie Reid, Wil­lie MacRury, Kenny Camp­bell and Ben Hukins were the six count­ing run­ners with an­other 21 club ath­letes back­ing them up. In the open­ing race of the day the u13 boys fin­ished a re­spectable eighth due to the ef­forts of Michael Black, Sean Friel, Ar­ron Grew and Rob­bie Woods.

There were also some good per­for­mances by the club’s ladies. Eve Mackin­non was a close fifth and only 10 sec­onds away from a bronze medal in the u20 ladies race while Sarah Ben­son, just 11 months af­ter giv­ing birth, fin­ished an ex­cel­lent 12th. She had good sup­port from Alex La­mond, Kirsty An­der­son and Jen­nifer Reid of the se­nior ladies who achieved eighth place for their best ever fin­ish­ing po­si­tion.

Ni­amh Rig­gins led the u13 girls team of Carla Fay, Shona Carey and Chloe Bur­ton home in 13th place while the club’s three u15 girls were Christie Dal­gleish, Lau­ren McEwan and Katie Moss.

David Cooney added: “Many thanks are due to the club’s coaches for their hard work through­out the year in all weath­ers and to all the sup­port­ers on the day who of­fered their en­cour­age­ment to the ath­letes.”

Run­ning well Ryan Thom­son, num­ber 181, was 4th in the u20 men’s race

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