Young runners are well on the Road to success
Harriers do club proud at championships
The young athletes of Cambuslang Harriers represented their club perfectly by excelling in the Scottish Schools Secondary Road Championships.
A number of members competed for Cathkin High School in the race at Falkirk, where Drew Pollock continued his rich vein of form.
The 16-year old, who had won the Lanarkshire 6K road race last month, took gold in the fifth/sixth year boys’ category on October 4.
And there was also success for the S1 girls team who claimed bronze thanks to the combined efforts of Eva Ritchie, Abbie McClue, Eilidh Kennedy and Morvern Crawford. S1 boy Fearghus MacGregor and S2 girl Millie Nicholl were well placed in their respective events.
The Scottish Half Marathon Championships, which was incorporated into the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on October 1 was also a rewarding day for the club’s athletes.
Cambuslang took team silver thanks to the sterling efforts of the over 40 masters trio of Robert Gilroy, KerryLiam Wilson and club captain Iain Reid. There was a further bonus for Robert and Kerry-Liam when they were awarded gold and bronze for the over 40 men category.
Jennifer Reid made sure that the ladies were not overlooked by capturing the over-40 ladies bronze medal with a personal best (pb) time thus adding spice to her achievement. Among the 14 finishers from the club Colin Reilly, Justin Carter and John Paul Murphy also set pb’s.
On the same day but in a different half marathon at Carlisle, Alasdair Campbell took five minutes off his pb to finish second.
A 10K race was held in conjunction with the Glasgow Half Marathon and Stuart Gibson had a brilliant run to come home first with Doug Roberts on his debut crossing the line in third place. However, due to a registration mix up he was disqualified.
While this was unfortunate for Doug he has put down a marker for the upcoming cross country season.
David Savage in fourth spot was one second off his pb and just short of breaking the 33.00 minute barrier, while 10th placed Bobby Bristow returned to open competitive racing.
Over-60 runner Frankie Barton recorded an excellent time of 38.16 and under-17 Andrew Carey in his first 10K dipped under 40 minutes.
Like her brother Bobby, Katie Bristow continued her come back from injury to finish ninth lady.
Club president David Cooney said: “Fifteen Cambuslang Harriers completed the course.
“However, a number of our members not competing were out on the course to cheer on our runners and their support was greatly appreciated by our athletes.
“Indeed top ranked UK over 60 ladies marathon runner Erica Christie was seen all over the course offering encouragement.”
Podium place Robert Gilroy and Kerry-Liam Wilson (both in red) at medal ceremony at the Great Scottish Run marathon
Thumbs up Harrier’s Stuart Gibson with Doug Roberts in the background
Team silver Cambuslang Harrier Kerry-Liam Wilson
Good finish Katie Bristow placed ninth in Glasgow