Har­ri­ers in the medals

Suc­cess at re­lay races

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide - Mur­ray Spooner

It was an­other suc­cess­ful out­ing for the Cam­bus­lang Har­ri­ers as they re­turned home with medals from the Scot­tish Road Re­lay Cham­pi­onships at Liv­ingston.

The men had a hard act to fol­low hav­ing last year won a unique tre­ble in the se­nior and masters’ races for over 40 and 50 year- olds. But in spite of tremen­dous team ef­forts all round, the club nar­rowly failed to match last year’s achieve­ments.

The over 50 quar­tet of Alick Walkin­shaw, Peter Flem­ing, Colin Feechan and Stan MacKen­zie de­ci­sively re­tained their team ti­tle by over eight min­utes hav­ing led from gun to tape.

The six- man ju­nior/ se­nior team were in the lead un­til the penul­ti­mate leg five when there was a dra­matic twist in the tail for them.

Club cap­tain Iain Reid had put the club into a strong fourth po­si­tion on the open­ing 5K leg which set Stu­art Gib­son up nicely to storm through the field to first place.

Pole po­si­tion was main­tained over legs three and four by Al Camp­bell and over-40 run­ner Robert Gil­roy.

Un­der-20 Craig Jar­dine took off in front and was run­ning strongly when he mis­tak­enly took the turn­ing for the long leg in­stead of veer­ing to the left for the shorter route.

By the time Craig re­alised his er­ror and re­turned to the course, the two pre­vi­ously pur­su­ing run­ners were now well clear of him. How­ever, he ral­lied and worked hard over the re­main­ing dis­tance to re­gain one of the two lost places. In spite of Ryan Thom­son record­ing the sec­ond­fastest time on the fi­nal leg, Cam­bus­lang could not claw back the deficit and fin­ished a se­cure sec­ond.

It was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult for the M40 men to re­tain their ti­tle as lead­ing M40 Robert Gil­roy was rep­re­sent­ing the ju­nior/ se­nior team and last year’s first and sec­ond M40 in the Scot­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships Kenny Camp­bell and Jamie Reid were also miss­ing through in­jury.

H o w e v e r, the Cam­bus­lang run­ners were not go­ing to give up their ti­tle with­out a fight. At half­way Paul Ker­nohan, Justin Carter and Michael Barker had put the club into fourth spot with Ker ry- Liam Wi l s o n mov­ing Cam­bus­lang up to a close sec­ond be­hind Corstor­phine AC on stage four.

Brian Dou­glas then over­hauled his Ed­in­burgh ri­val to hand over a lead to Frank McGowan. Mis­for­tune be­fell the club when Frank was about to line up and badly went over on his an­kle when step­ping off the kerb. Driven by adren­a­line how­ever, he set off on the dif­fi­cult task in nor­mal cir­cum­stances of try­ing to hold off the chal­lenge of Corstor­phine’s Keith Hood and se­cured sec­ond place.

Per­haps the ic­ing on the cake for the club was the bronze medal won by the fe­male masters over 40 quar­tet of Claire Men­nie, Bernie O’Neil, Erica Christie and Jen­nifer Reid.

All four com­bined well to fin­ish a cred­itable third be­hind Ed­in­burgh AC and PH Rac­ing Club – a first medal for a se­nior or mas­ter ladies team from the club.

Happy Har­ri­ers Stan Macken­zie an­chor­ing the M50 team to gold

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