Weather doesn’t dampen Harriers performance at Bute

Bute Highland Games 19th August 2017

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It was another successful day at Rothesay for the Harriers at the Bute Highland Games which saw the Seniors’ dominating the 10k road race, and our juniors sweeping up the top prizes on the track.

In the wet and windy conditions Fiona Ramsay overcame a scare which saw her lose her long held lead at 7km mark but she fought back to run out a convincing winner in 39 minutes.

Shaun Lyon’s bid to win his home 10k were dashed again by Cambuslang’s Robert Gilroy, as he finished in 2nd place for the 3rd year in a row. It was a brave attempt by Shaun as he went with the early pace, but he was just unable to match the experienced Internationalist. Team mates Steven Campbell and Paul Monaghan were not far behind in 6th & 7th.

24 juniors competed in the 100m, 200m, and 800m races.  Scooping most of the prizes as they coped well with the extremely difficult, wet, windy and slippy underfoot conditions. A special mention to those taking part in their first open competition, Madeline McCabe, Francesca McKay, Josh Docherty, Douglas Campbell, Patrick McCabe, Katie  and Ewan Johnson, Aimee and Erin McEleny, all can be proud of their performances.

Scottish Under 15s National T&F Championships, Scotstoun 20th August 2017

Harry McGill had a successful championships at Scotstoun stadium. With the first 4 to qualify from each of the heats, Harry sailed through securing his place in the final by easily finishing in second place.

After a long 4 ½ hour wait, he again took to the track with all the top middle distance runners in Scotland. He was expecting it to be hard but it was made all the tougher when Central AC’s Lewis Dow led out a blistering first lap of 64 seconds, which strung out the field of 14 starters.

Harry maintained his challenge all the way to the line, and moved through the pack to eventually finish 8th, in 4.28minutes, 8 seconds quicker than his heat, but just failing by a single second to record a PB. Afterwards he said it had been painful towards the end as he was suffering from the effect of lactic acid following the quick first lap, but that he was still pleased with his days work.

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