some terrific performances by Kilbarchan athletes who competed in the
various races in the International cross country event at Holyrood Park,
Edinburgh on Saturday 7th January 2012.
Derek Hawkins, representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the
International 8K race involving some of the worlds best, was 18th, a fine
run in this major International event, competing against athletes from the
European, African and American continents
Callum Hawkins, also competing for GB and NI this time in the under 23s 3K
International race, was 7th, again a quality run in a race of very high
class .. and to beat World and Olympic Champion Kenenisa Bekele in the
process, made it very special.
In the Celtic International u17s race, it was a remarkable 1-2-3 for
Scotland and Kilbarchan with Euan Gillham 1st, Callum Matthews 2nd and Gavin
McArdle 3rd .. a really spectacular result for the local boys ..
There were also great successes in the Inter district Cross Country
Championships at the same venue ..
Gwen Gillham won her first major individual cross country title, winning the
under 15 girls championship and leading the West team to victory, the 6
member team also including Katie Turnbull 4th and Jemma Reekie 7th, with
Emma Kelly 13th. Laura Stark was inches away from winning the under 13 girls
title, same time as the winner but did win gold by leading the West to
another team title, helped by Kerry MacAngus 6th and Rebecca Craig 7th with
Rona Tytler 12th.
West under 13 boys also won Gold, helped by Conor Thomson in 8th place.
Under 15 boys West team won Silver with Euan Trout 8th and Scott McLardie
11th, while Tom Murray was 16th and Charlie Wighton 22nd.
In the Senior Inter district races, Christina Rankin, representing Scotland
and also Scottish Universities, was 14th, helping the Unis to Silver team
medals. Also competing were Jessica Martin 43rd in the women's race and
Chris Devenney 31st in the Men's event.
It was quite a day ...
Arthur M Smith
Monday 9th January 2012