Gold rush for Giffnock North

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GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC’s Junior athletes put yet more shine on a memorable winter’s competition, when they won three team crowns and two individual golds at the National Junior Road Championships in a rainy Edinburgh last Sunday.

First onto the podium for the southsiders were the under 13 girls, led home by Erin Wallace in first, ably backed by Nikki Miller (3rd, bronze medal) and Danielle Kelly (5th). Such is Giffnock’s strength in this category that, had the rules allowed, their next three runners — Emma Lawton, Fern Conway and Lori Agnew — would have taken silver.

Next up were U13 boys Michael Lowrie, Joseph Lowrie and Harry Nimmo, soon to be followed by U15 girls Holly Still (individual silver), Rebecca Metcalfe and Sarah Eunson. Giffnock’s U15 boys weighed in with a well-earned silver from Euan Penrice, Keir Carolan and Euan Brodie.

The slick, wet roads of Riccarton Campus at Heriot Watt University proved another top class test for Chloe Cowan in the U17 girls event, as she stormed to Giffnock’s first ever individual victory in this category.

Club mate Laura Penrice was a fine fifth, and the team prize eluded Giffnock’s U17 girls only through an unfortunate injury to Nicole Scott, who was forced to retire.

Max Lancaster, Patrick Lonergan and Euan Anderson were fifth in a hard fought U17 race where only a handful of points covered four clubs to decide the bronze.

Senior middle distance coach Dudley Walker said: “It’s been a sensational winter for all our athletes, especially the girls, who swept all three team titles at the recent National Cross Country, plus the National Cross Country Relay gold, and just about every other challenge they encountered.”