Bute Highland Games 22nd August 2015

Shaun Lyon produced the run of his life in the Bute 10k to not just go under 33 minutes for the first time ever, but to smash his personal best by over 40 seconds. He took full use of home town advantage, with only international runner Gilroy heading the Bute man who set a new course record to do so. It was a sterling performance all round from the Glenpark men who had Andrew Harkins in 4th place, David Henderson 6th, and with Steven Campbell and Paul Monaghan fastest veterans in the field, meant all finished in the top 10.

The Junior athletes also had a successful day out with the busiest athlete being young Lucy McFarlane who competed in the 100m, 200m, 800m, Scots Hammer, Shot putt, Caber Toss, and also put in a tigerish performance in the Scottish Backhold wrestling. Never having attempted it before it was respectable effort as she lost out in a very close contest with her more experienced opponent by 3 throws to 1.

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Performances of note came from Alan Mollins who had the narrowest victory of the day, winning the 800m by a few inches in a tremendous race to the line with his Kilbarchan counterpart. Caitlin Marsh in her debut for the club finishing 3rd in both the 100m and 200m Under 13 sprints, and Ashlin Monaghan and Leah Knox in the Under 9 sprints.

Alan Mollins just takes the 800m

Alan Mollins just takes the 800m

Others competing and among the prizes were Aeden Monaghan, Shaun Hegarty, Cameron Patton, Beth McKenna, Cassie O’Neil, Ryan Brown, Robert Peterson and Chloe Hanlon.

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Cassie O’Neil gets to grips with the Scots Caber

10k results: Shaun Lyon 32.18, Andrew Harkins 33.30, David Henderson 34.02, Steven Campbell 34.20, Paul Monaghan 34.32, Paul Hegarty 47.30.

In the Scottish Track & Field Championships at Grangemouth, Harry McGill finished 12th recording a very respectable 5.03 minutes in the 1500m under 13s final. Harry has shown continued improvement all summer and can now look forward to the winters cross country competitions with plenty of optimism.

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