Kirkintilloch Olympians have a proud tradition of being well represented at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International Championships and this year was no exception. Following on from another very successful year for the male Masters team, with national silver medals at both road and cross country relays, four members of the team were selected to represent Scotland in Dublin. Stephen Allan was selected for the fourth consecutive year and Louis O’Hare was selected to run in Dublin again, following his previous outing in 2010. David Hogg and Howard Elliott, as a late call-up, both made their debut on the international stage.
The venue for the race was in Santry, a suburb on the northside of Dublin, over a testing 8km course, on a typically wet and windy November weekend – in other words, a ‘proper’ cross country. All four athletes competed in the 35-49 race, which involved 4 laps of an increasingly churned up course, which had already seen the women’s and men’s 50+ races. In the 40-44 race, Stevie Allan had a strong race, finishing in 19th place in a time of 28:49. Louis O’Hare finished in 24th place in 29:32. In the 45-49 race, Davie Hogg also had a strong race, finishing in 23rd place in 29:39. Howard Elliott finished in 25th place in 30:12.
All four athletes finished ahead of other athletes representing each of the other home nations, including both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as well as athletes from younger age categories. This is testament to the hard training they have put in over recent months, under the expert guidance of Alastair Macfarlane. To cap a very successful weekend, Stevie and Louis came away with a bronze team medal – the first occasion either has done so! Well done, boys!
KIRKINTILLOCH OLYMPIANS – SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY RACE SERIES 2015/16
For a number of years’ Kirkintilloch Olympians Athletics Club has had the pleasure of organising a series of three cross country races for school pupils in the East Dunbartonshire area.
The co-ordinating and organisation of these races is carried out by Club members on a voluntary basis and as different things come into people’s lives it can often mean that they are no longer available to take on the tasks that they once did. Alongside this we are also aware that there have been a growing number of opportunities for school pupils to participate in athletics. It is for these reasons that the Club has decided to reduce the number of races this year to just one. Further details will follow in the coming weeks but the race is expected to take place in February 2016.
We are planning for this single event to offer an opportunity for pupils to have a memorable experience of the joys and challenges of cross country running. We hope that you will appreciate it is the Club’s absolute priority to ensure the safety of all your young athletes at our events and unfortunately the Club just does not have the capacity at present to ensure that this would be the case in all three races.
We look forward to welcoming your athletes, teachers and parents on hopefully what will be a perfect morning for cross country racing in February 2016.
After three races over 9 months, the results of the 2015 Run Kirkintilloch series have seen Emma Kay and Rob McLennan emerge as the female and male winners.
This series incorporates the tough 12.5k race in February, the more gentle 10k run along the canal towpath in June and the challenging Neil McCover half marathon in October.
More than 30 entrants started the Series and 16 recorded a time on all three races. Well done to everyone who took up the challenge and especially to those who managed to sustain their performance and stay injury free for the year.
Results can be found below and prizes are on their way to the first two in both categories.
Well done to all the runners in today’s race and special mention to Daniel Bradford (1st male in 1:10:48) and Lindsey Currie (1st female in 1:26:41). The winner of the Neil McCover trophy – awarded to first serving or former police officer – was Robert Urquhart (10th overall).
Provisional results of the race are below. If you see any errors, please let us know.
Thanks all for your support.
Provisional results from this year’s race. Well done to everyone and thanks to the volunteers who officiated and assisted.
First male : Howard Smith (Garscube Harriers)
Second male: Stephen Wylie (Ronhill Cambuslang)
Third male: Del Young (Garscube)
Male team prize – Garscube Harriers (Smith, Young and Donald McPartlin)
First female: Michelle Sandison (Springburn Harriers)
Second female: Jennifer Telford (Scottish Prison Service)
Third female: Annemarie Mcgregor (Kirkintilloch Olympians)
Female team prize: Kirkintilloch Olympians (Mcgregor, Anne Crombie-Brown, Ashley Scott)
Male 40-49: 1st Stephen Allan (Kirkintilloch) 2nd Graham McCabe (Kirkintilloch)
Male 50-59: Colin McLean (Springburn)
Male 60+ : Norman Baillie (Garscube)
Female 35-44: 1st Cath Ferry (Edinburgh AC) 2nd Tara Donnelly (Falkirk Victoria Harriers)
Female 45-54: Pamela McCrossan (Clydesdale Harriers)
Female 55+: Helen Clark (Glasgow Running Network)
Well done to all the prize winners and to those who achieved PBs (of whom there were surprisingly many given the conditions). Also special mention to those who completed their first 10k race, including Claire Harper and Jacqueline Robertson from JogScotland who completed their first race in under 85 minutes to take 304 and 305 positions.
Results for the different races can be found below. Well done to everyone who took part in this race and across the three XC events this season.
Results from this year’s race with a record entry and some excellent times across the field. Your support of the race is greatly appreciated and we hope that everyone is inspired to meet your targets for the Spring and Summer. Look forward to seeing you all at the 10k on Thursday June 11 – on a flatter course!
Well done to all the runners who took part in the races in the wintry conditions, We hope you enjoyed the experience despite (or maybe even because of) the conditions. Provisional results for the races are attached.
Despite the weather there are currently no plans to cancel this event. Any change to this will be communicated on here and also on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Amended results from yesterday morning’s runs are attached above. Well done to all those braved the weather extremes and finished. A superb turnout of just over 400 registered and most completed one of the races. If there any further errors, please let me know at email@example.com . A special thanks to all those who marshalled and assisted at the finish line and registration.