His­toric af­ter­noon for the Har­ri­ers

Ste­wart leaves fol­low­ing de­feat

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Mur­ray Spooner Ron­hill Cam­bus­lang Har­ri­ers savoured the finest af­ter­noon in their 68- year his­tory as a prom­i­nent force in Scot­tish athletics – with a help­ing hand from ‘Doc­tor Kyle’.

No fewer than 16 ath­letes went home from the Na­tional Road Re­lays in Liv­ingston, West Loth­ian, clutch­ing gold team medals as they en­joyed a ‘clean­sweep’ on the men’s side by win­ning the Se­nior race as well as re­tain­ing their Masters and V50 ti­tles.

Ju­nior doc­tor, Kyle McLel­lan, guided them home on the fi­nal leg of the six-stage Se­nior Men’s race from sil­ver medal­lists Cen­tral AC and third-placed In­ver­clyde AC.

McLel­lan did well to hold off the threat on the last leg at the end of a 63hour work­ing week at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and in his first race for three months.

“It is a very spe­cial day for the club and a unique achieve­ment to have 18 men across three teams at Seniors, Masters and V50s pick­ing up gold medals,” said David Cooney, Ron­hill Cam­bus­lang pres­i­dent.

“We’re nat­u­rally de­lighted for all at the club. I think this proves we have sig­nif­i­cant depth.

“In terms of the seniors, we felt we had a well-bal­anced team. There are never any guar­an­tees in athletics in terms of podium places.

“Our Masters and V50s have won this ti­tle the past few years but you still have to do it all again on the day.

“They stepped up to the plate once again and, in the main race, it was a great per­for­mance by all the boys.”

There was sad­ness at Ron­hill Cam­bus­lang over the week­end too, with sym­pa­thies ex­tended to the fam­ily and friends of for­mer mem­ber, Jim Fitz­patrick.

“I’d like to ded­i­cate our suc­cess at Liv­ingston to the mem­ory of a mem­ber of ours who died on Satur­day,” David added.

“Jim Fitz­patrick was with us from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s and he was one of the spon­sors of our Down By The River 10K races.”

Cen­tral and In­ver­clyde ate into the lead that Ryan Thom­son had handed over to McLel­lan – but not enough to change the medal or­der. Cam­bus­lang won it by 24 sec­onds with 2.16.12.

Kyle McLel­lan said: “I knew Cen­tral were clos­ing, and could see Dale Col­ley at times with Andy Dou­glas run­ning very strongly too, but thank­fully I just had enough to hold them off.

“I’ve had a lot of work com­mit­ments and it means I’ve missed a few races so my prepa­ra­tion wasn’t ideal but it was a great team per­for­mance for us to win it.”

Cam­bus­lang took the Masters race for the sixth year in a row from Kirk­in­til­loch Olympians and Bel­la­hous­ton Road Run­ners and their V50 men’s team just held off Shet­tle­ston for a fourth suc­ces­sive ti­tle in that cat­e­gory.

Har­ri­ers Kyle McLel­lan, Iain Reid, Stu­art Gib­son, Craig Jar­dine and Robert Gil­roy

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