IN AN emotionally testing week for Giffnock North, the team struck double gold at the national cross country championships.
Days after the tragic death of former training partner Ewan Murray, Neil Gourley landed the southside club’s first ever under 17 male individual crown with a perfectly executed race plan.
On Saturday, through three miles of the rollercoaster hills of Callendar Park, Falkirk, Gourley broke clear of his rivals on the final hill with a fantastic sprint finish.
After the race, Gourley dedicated the win to the memory of his teammate.
“He was a nice lad who enjoyed the sport,” said Neil, “it hit everyone at the club and it has been a terrible tragedy for the family”.
The club’s success didn’t stop there, as Luke Traynor took gold in the u20 event ahead of Lasswade’s Ross Matheson and David Vernon of Victoria Park-Glasgow.
Traynor found another gear with 600 metres to go and pulled away to win to leave Vernon for dust by a comfortable 16 seconds, completing the five mile course in 26 minutes 28 seconds.
Giffnock also grabbed three team medals.
The u13 boys won bronze through Michael Lowrie, Harry Nimmo, Keir Carolan and Joseph Lowrie.
The u13 girls claimed silver thanks to Holly Still, Danielle Kelly, Erin Wallace and Rebecca Metcalfe.
Bronze medals went to u15 girls Chloe Cowan, Lucy Davidson, Alex Pope and Rebecca Saxby.
Cowan’s fourth place was another fine placing for her club, and Max Lancaster delivered a hard-earned fifth in the u15 Boys event.