Young run­ners are well on the Road to suc­cess

Har­ri­ers do club proud at cham­pi­onships

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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