Giffnock North’s road runners made a good show of themselv es at the weekend, at the Renfrewshire Road Race Championships in Greenock.
The club’s Luke Traynor took on Kilbarchan’s international marathon star Derek Hawkins over the senior five-mile event.
But Hawkins’ relentless pace proved too strong. Yet, Traynor fought on for a good second place, and his 24 minutes, six seconds effort is the third fastest in the UK this winter.
Elsewhere in the age-group races, Emily Crusher won the U15 Girl’s race, leading Lynn and Charlotte McKenna to team gold; Michael Moynihan won the U11 Boys mile race with a blistering final 100 metres; Oliver Watson-Sweeney, pictured, took U17 Men’s silver and further silvers went to Annabel Ballantyne (U13) and Ethan Carolan (U13).
At The Emirates Stadium in the National Indoor Championships, high jumper David Smith missed gold only on countback, his 2.25 metre clearance matching Allan Smith of Shaftesbury. Other notable Giffnock performers indoors include Rachel Alexander, bronze in the long jump; Nikki Manson (high jump bronze) and middle distance runners Jack Walker and Grant Muir second and third respectively in 800 and 1500m.