ATHLETICS REPORT by Alex Mackay
Shettleston Harriers competed at Maryhill on Saturday 24 March and at Grangemouth the next day. The Nigel Barge 10 K on Saturday saw Thomas Fay winning in 31.55mins from club mate Lachlan Oates by 30 secs. Matthew Turner finished 4th with brother Gary in 25th position. Peter Ward was 49th with Sarah Ward finishing 80th.
On Sunday at the 46th ‘Round the House’ road race at Grangemouth Shettleston’s Tewoldeberham Mengisteab finished 2nd behind Ross Houston of Central Ac. Mike Deason was 4th with Paul Sorrie 7th. Kevin Brydon finished in 24th position.
Meanwhile, on Thursday 23 March, Emma Arbuckle, running at the Renfrewshire Schools Cross Country, came away with the gold medal to add to her recent bronze. At Balloch Park Natasha Mackay, running in the Dunbartonshire Schools Cross Country, finished 4th just getting run out for the bronze medal a couple of metres from the line.
Athletes from Shettleston Harriers were unphased by variable weather at the Scottish Cross Country Championships at Callander Park, Falkirk, writes ALEX MACKAY.
Shettleston Harriers’ first competitor of the day was Lewis Collins who finished 79th in the under 13 boys race. In the under 13 girls race all the six starters battled through snow and hail. Claire Mason lead the team in 58th position, Adeline Callan was 63rd, Natasha Mackay 85th, Ruth Ferguson 98th, Georgia MacDonald 107th and Emma Arbuckle 108th. The team finished 10th.
In the under 15 boys event Ryan Flanagan finished 20th, Murray McGiven 39th and Daniel Toland 46th. In the girls event Amy Harkins finished 25th.
The best individual performance of the day in the girls came from Stella Winters who worked hard to finish an excellent 4th, just missing out on a medal. Only 6 seconds separated the first four girls in this event. Mhairi Hendry finished 66th.
The club had two representatives in the under 17 men, Callum Drummond finished 40th with Gary Mason finishing 64nd.
By Alex Mackay
While most people were enjoying their Christmas holidays Shettleston Harrier athletes tested their fitness over a variety of events.
Highlights at the Kelvin Hall Yuletide meeting included a 3m 47cm clearance for Ian Paget in the pole vault and an easy victory for Nicola Mackay in the shot with 8m 77cm. In the endurance events, Euan Penrice recorded 2.26.33 over 800m and his older sister Laura recorded 11.18.21 for 3000m.Veteren athlete Denis Williams, running indoors for the first time, ran 10.07.94 in the 3000m. The sprinters and jumpers were also busy, with John Ruddy running a swift 7.45secs over 60m and Ava McLean recording 9.66. The Glasgow School of Sport jumpers also posted some impressive distances in the long jump through Mahad Ahmed (5.73), Joseph Amonzo ( 5.55) and Ingles Lumfuankenda (5.16).
Daniel Bradford, running the Ribble Valley 10km on Boxing Day, recorded a new personal best of 31.40 to follow up his run of 17th in the North Eastern Counties Championships a few weeks ago.
Matthew Gillespie and Lachlan Oates have been rewarded for their good form with selection for Scotland at the Celtic International Event in Edinburgh next week. An Inter-area event is also included and a number of Shettleston athletes have been selected for the West District or for the Scottish Universities team. Unfortunately a number of senior men had to turn down selection, including Matt Sullivan,Tewolde Mengisteab, Jethro Lennox and Tom Owens, but those who are running include:
Senior Ladies – Lindsay MacNeill and Shona Robertson
Senior Men – Paul Sorrie
Under 17 Ladies – Stella Winters and Laura Penrice
Under 15 Girls – Myrtle Breckenridge
Under 15 Boys – Ryan Flannagan
Universities – Michael Gillespie and Adam Peters
At the end of the year, Lindsay MacNeill of Shettleston Harriers, claimed the West District Senior Women’s title with an aggressive run over a muddy Irvine course.
Returning to the form which saw Lindsay being a regular member of the international team, she tracked the other athletes during the first lap before pushing clear over the last half mile. It was a great day for the ladies with Shona Robertson taking the Masters title in the over 40, when finishing 9th overall and with Avril Mason closing in the team in 18th position Shettleston took the team title for the first time in the club history.
Avril did a great job getting out a strong team with Carole Setchell (23rd)
and new member Neah Evans ( 24th ) supported by Susan Breckenridge
(69th) and Joanne Harkins (89th ).
The ladies were delighted with their success and it set up the men to defend their district title. Trying to claim the title for the 5th year in a row did not get off to a great start. Thomas Fay suffered a pulled hamstring in the first 100m and Tewelde Mengisteab also failed to finish because of a back problem. It looked as if the Club was in trouble.
Strength in depth is the key to success in team competitions and with 17 athletes starting for the club and strong competition to make the team we were never in danger.
Inverclyde athletes broke clear to fill the first three positions but then Shettleston athletes closed in.
Junior star Lachlan Oates returned to great form finishing first in the under 20 athlete then finishing 4th in the Senior race and leading his team to victory.
Medical student Michael Gillespie, just off night duty, finished 5th and with Scottish Hill Running Champion Jethro Lennox coming in 9th, it made a good base for the team.
Later, Mike Deason was competing in a 28 mile race so the 6 miles of Irvine must have been light relief for him when finishing the course in 11th position. Matt Sullivan returned to cross country for the first time this season after helping the club dominate the Hill Running scene in Scotland during the summer and took 5th position for the team.
New boy Adam Peters had a big smile on his face claiming his first ever district medal and closing the team in to win from Cambuslang and Inverclyde. Since 1991 the club has taken the title 8 times placing second 11 times and third once. Congratulations to all who have made this possible.
The under 20 athletes, Gary Turner and Gary McBride, combined well with Lachlan to take silver in the team competition. This was repeated by the under 17 girls with Stella Winters in third position just beating club mate Laura Penrice who finished 4th.
The team was closed in by Victoria McGloin in 21st position. The first race of the day at Irvine was the Under 13 Girls in which Shettleston had four finishers. The team finished 8th with Natasha Mackay 32nd, Claire Mason 49th, Emma Arbuckle 57th and Georgia McDonald 64th. In the under 15 Girls, Myrtle Breckenridge finished 13th with Amy Harkins 21st.
Ryan Flanagan finished a credible 12th in the under 15 Boys race with Daniel Tolland coming in 24th.
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