IT WAS dismal way to spend a Saturday – running around in the rain.
But last weekend proved a successful day out for Giffnock North AAC as they participated in the annual Renfrewshire Cross Country championships at Linwood Sports Centre.
The runners were up to their ankles in puddles throughout the twisted course but winning was never sweeter as the endurance paid off. Pride of place went to the under 13 team of Erin Wallace, Danielle Kelly and Emma Lawton.
The trio produced a clean sweep of medals to claim the county title – but they were almost matched by their u11 team mates Jenny Dougal, Orla Lang and Annabel Ballatyne – who posted first, second and fourth for their own team crown.
Holly Still kept up her fine form for the season by grabbing second place in the u15 event, leading two Rebecca, Metcalfe and Saxby, to team silver – a single point behind arch rivals, Kilbarchan Harriers.
Laura Penrice won a hard-earned bronze in the u17 4k, with an appropriately flowing effort over fields that were soggier with every race.
Giffnock’s boys won the u15 event with impressive runs from Chris Stewart in third, Paul Hutchison and Euan Brodie.
The club had earlier won u13 silver through Taylor Stewart, Nicholas Boyle and Cameron Smith, and gold in the u11s mile thanks to sterling efforts by Hamish Armitt (third), Reuban Nairne and Euan Smith.
Patrick Lonergan produced a strong effort over 4k to claim individual u17 silver.
Over five punishing miles, Derren Thomson and James O’Hagan flew the flag for Giffnock’s senior men while ladies Hilary Millar, Doleen Galbraith and Maureen McVey brought the sun out, with a glittering team silver – one point adrift of Greenock Glenpark Harriers.