GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC’s annual schools cross country races returned to a sunny but muddy Rouken Glen last Sunday, with an impressive turnout, especially in the primary age groups which attracted a total entry of over 400.
First up on the twisting course, made even more testing by the previous night’s downpour, were the P5 girls in a mile race well won by Mearns Primary’s Clare Wallace. Sophia Murray (second), Orla Lang (third) and Carla Garcia (eighth) claimed the team prize for Netherlee. The P5 boys’ event was won by Craig Thomson, who led his Netherlee team mates Reuben Nairn (second) and Jack Devon (fifth) to the team trophy.
Emma Lawton of Kirktonholme (EK) won the girls’ P6 race, and Hutchesons Grammar, led home by Molly Bambrough, took the team award.
P6 boys’ winner was Carolside’s Donald Kilpatrick, who led Peter Gibb and Calum Young to team gold in the biggest race of the day, with 98 runners coming under starter’s orders.
Leading from gun to tape, Erin Wallace simply powered through the mud to comfortably win the P7 girls event, with team mates Lauren Saxby (second) and Emily Crush (sixth) helping her put Mearns’ name on the team cup.
In the most dramatic finish of the day, P7 boys individual gold went to Mark McKenzie of Mossneuk (EK) one second ahead of the next three runners, all given the same time: Mearns’ Robbie Walker, Shawlands’ Stewart Taylor and St Cadoc’s Nicolas Boyle.
Hutcheson’s Ben Bicknell (fifth) led his team to gold.
The secondary schools two-mile races were won by individuals and teams from Williamwood High, except where noted: S1/S2 Boys Johnnie McLaughlin.
Team: McLaughlin, Andrew Vettraino, Jack Williamson. S1/S2 Girls Danielle Kelly (King’s Park). Team Hutchesons: Sarah Eunson, Jenny Anderson, Jessica Boyle. S3/S4 Boys Max Lancaster. No full teams. S3/S4 Girls Chloe Cowan.
Team: Cowan, Megan Amner, Alison Young. S5/S6 Boys Andrew Clark. No full teams. S5/S6 Girls Katie Ireland (Hutchesons).
Team Hutchesons: Ireland, Kathryn Scott, Kirsty Gray.
In the medal presentations at Rouken Glen Pavilion, Giffnock North AAC’s athletics president Billy Glasgow said: “It was a tribute to the hard work of teachers, coaches, parents and helpers that today was such a well attended success, giving so many youngsters a sporting opportunity.
“Thanks also to East Renfrewshire’s Parks Department and the Rangers who welcomed us back and provided a memorable setting for the races”.