Cornalees Junior Hill race (Greenock) 9th June 2018
A dozen youngsters took part in the inaugural Junior Cornalees Hill race, over 3 distances for the various age groups. Unfortunately the numbers being low due to clash with the Scottish Schools track & field championships, but what was lacked in quantity was more than made up with quality.
The Under 20s competed over the longest distance, 8km, to the cairn at the summit of Hillside Hill, high above the Cornalees visitor centre, then back to the start at Woodstock road, with the Under 17s and Under 15s competing over 6km and 4km respectively.
Blue sky overhead and warm conditions were excellent for spectating, but not so much for those youngsters running.
With all the athletes starting at the same time, it was as expected that the u15s came back first with Inverclyde AC’s Tayven Adamson leading the way. Following him were Glenpark Harriers Katie Johnson and Ava Beaton taking joint 1st in the girls race.
The long journey from Newtonmore was worthwhile for Highland Hill runners Katie Slimon taking the top spot in the girls’ U17 race. Glenpark’s Harry McGill showed his versatility, fresh from his appearance in the Scottish schools the previous day on the track where he recorded an impressive Personal Best of 9.18 in the 3000metres. He was equally imposing on the hills, going clear of club mates Ewan Ferguson who just managed to hold off Shaun Wiseman in the under 17’s race.
Charlotte McKenna of Giffnock North AC looked outstanding when setting a junior record for the 8km route, while Ryan Brown showed his tenacity by completing the race despite suffering bad cramp early on.
Results 8km/290m ascent: Charlotte McKenna (GNAC) 42.12, Ryan Brown (GGH) 51.17; 6km/204m ascent: Harry McGill (GGH) 26.39, Ewan Ferguson (GGH) 30.48, Shaun Wiseman (GGH) 30.51, Katie Slimon (HHR) 32.35, Andrew Winter (IAC) 33.30; 4km/164m ascent: Tayven Adamson (IAC) 19.02, Katie Johnson (GGH) 23.06, Ava Beaton (GGH) 23.06, Alex Wiseman(GGH) 25.35, Francesca McKay (GGH) 28.13.
Thanks to all the volunteers from Inverclyde Athletic Club and Greenock Glenpark Harriers for their help out on the hillside marshalling and organising the race.