Erin goes for gold

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NEWTON Mearns athlete Erin Wallace captured the Olympic spirit by winning gold on Saturday.

The first year pupil claimed victory when she won the Scottish girls (11-12 years) triathlon title at Bellahouston park.

In perfect weather conditions, Erin was lying in second place after the swimming and cycling.

However, once running began, she soon took a commanding lead and went on to win easily — completing the course faster than all of her male counterparts.

Erin is set to challenge herself against tougher competion when she represents Scotland in next month’s inter-regional championships in Newcastle.

And there was more southside success as Giffnock North’s Neil Gourley was another Scottish winner in the Under-18 800m at Saturday’s Celtic games.