Golden vic­to­ries for the Har­ri­ers

Over-40s show how it’s done

Rutherglen Reformer - - Rugby - David Cooney

It was a golden dou­ble for Cam­bus­lang Har­ri­ers at the West District Cross Coun­try Re­lay Cham­pi­onships held at the Beach Park in Irvine.

Among many fine Cam­bus­lang per­for­mances, the masters men and women over 40 years of age both tri­umphed in mis­er­able, wet con­di­tions.

On the open­ing leg, Bernie O’Neil put the women in a good po­si­tion for Jac­que­line Ether­ing­ton, with the third-fastest over­all time of the day, to move the Har­ri­ers into third spot, be­fore Jen­nifer Reid timed her run well to over­haul her Kil­barchan and Giffnock North ri­vals.

The Cam­bus­lang male quar­tet of Char­lie Thom­son, Justin Carter, Jamie Reid and Ben Hukins were then com­fort­able win­ners ahead of Garscube and Cum­ber­nauld.

The se­nior ladies team of U20 Amy Craig, Les­ley McCar­dle and Paula McCab fin­ished a cred­itable 24th from 46 com­pet­ing teams.

In the men’s event, there was a ding-dong bat­tle through­out be­tween the A team of Ke­van Har­vey, Gavin Smith, Stu­art Gib­son and Al Camp­bell against the B team of Jamie MacKin­non, Ryan Thom­son, Craig Jar­dine and Fraser Stu­art. The A squad had the ad­van­tage on legs 1 and 3, with the B team to the fore on legs 2 and ul­ti­mately 4, but in spite of their best ef­forts Cam­bus­lang were out of the medals in fourth and sixth.

First year U20 Drew Pol­lock en­sured a good start for the C team and with sup­port from Con­nor McRae, David Sav­age and Gor­don Robert­son they fin­ished in 14th spot from 85 fin­ish­ing teams.

There was also a fine dis­play in 41st place by the masters B quar­tet of Iain Ni­chol, Dave Thom, Chris Up­son and Mick O’Ha­gan while the D team of An­drew Carey, Ea­mon Carr, Dan O’Con­nell and Ed­die Carr fin­ished not far be­hind them. John Kelly and club coach Iain Craw­ford man­aged a run out in an in­com­plete team.

The fe­male young ath­letes fared well in spite of a few ab­sences due to in­jury and school hol­i­days. The A trio of Mya Carmichael, Ni­amh Rig­gins and Susie McLaugh­lin com­bined well to come home ninth out of 46 com­pet­ing teams, while B team Eva Ritchie, Eilidh Kennedy and Shona Carey achieved a re­spectable 18th place and the C team of Lucy McGran­dle, Morvern Craw­ford and Chloe Burton with un­der 13 Francesca Fair­weather do­ing an open­ing leg.

The male young ath­letes fin­ished five com­plete teams and three in­com­plete ones. The A trio of Sam Mc­Carthy, Zak Povey and Chris McLew fin­ished strongly in seventh place out of 40 fin­ish­ing teams, while the B squad of Brodie McDon­ald, Lewis Rod­dis and Brodie Aitken was one place be­hind.

Next home was the C team in 15th place con­sist­ing of Jay Gal­lagher, Robbie Woods and Michael Black, fol­lowed by the 20th-placed D team of Reece Dun­can, Fearghus MacGre­gor and debu­tant Jack MacKin­non.

The E team crossed the line 30th thanks to Barry Master­ton, Stu­art Mil­lard and Aaron Grew.

Ben MacDougall and Joa Fair­weather cov­ered legs 1 and 2 and Chris Black and Jamie Kennedy ran the open­ing leg for the youngest age group.

All 61 club par­tic­i­pants de­serve credit for com­pet­ing in the mis­er­ably wet con­di­tions, es­pe­cially some of the youngest ath­letes who were get­ting their first taste of cross coun­try running. Thanks are due to Robert An­der­son for trans­port­ing the large club tent and to Colin Stephen who cap­tured the first three races be­fore his camera be­came wa­ter­logged.

A vote of thanks is also due to the West District Of­fi­cials and to mem­bers of the North Ayr­shire Club for or­gan­is­ing the event.

Golden girls Jac­que­line Ether­ing­ton, Jen­nifer Reid and Bernie O’Neil

On the run Win­ners Ben Hukins, Justin Carter and Char­lie Thom­son (cen­tre) cel­e­brate

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