Renfrewshire cross country championships at Shanks Park Johnstone – 25th November 2018
18 of the Greenock Glenpark Harriers young athletes made the short journey to Johnstone for the County cross Country Championships and were rewarded with a brace of team medals, and a number of top ten places.
Douglas Campbell led his team mates’ home in 13th place, as the Harriers youngest athletes got the days racing under way as they competed over two ½ mile laps of the undulating parkland course. He was backed up by Leo Beaton, Cameron Beck, Conner McCrorey, and Matthew Ross who all followed closely behind. Unfortunately for the boys, they fell one place short of team bronze.
The under 11 girls made up for the disappointment by going one place better. Sophie McGinty put in a gutsy display, and as always she was willing to go with the fast pace of the leaders. She suffered a little in the closing stages, dropping back to 8th. But behind her Summer Taggert and Brooke Taylor came storming through in the last lap picking off just enough places to snatch Bronze. The trio were ably supported by Erin McEleny and Ashlin Monaghan.
Ben Campbell is his short spell back training with the club is coming on leaps and bounds, and again put in a strong showing to finish 6th in the under 13s 2mile race. David Docherty in his first year in the age group ran well for a top 20 finish. Such is the good form of Ava Beaton this season, she felt disappointed with her 4th place in the girls event. But nonetheless there was plenty to be pleased about particularly the way she came through strongly in the second half of the race.
The under 15s girls hard work in training paid off with a surprise team medal. Close grouping by Abbie Tosh, Emma Aitken and Olivia Trainer earned them Bronze.
Run of the day came from Shaun Wiseman; the hilly course suiting the youngster as he pulled in place after place to close down on the leaders to finish 4th, with Jude Dolan producing a steady performance behind him.
Under 11s: Douglas Campbell 8.26, Leo Beaton 8.40, Cameron Beck 8.46, Conner McCrorey 9.06, Matthew Ross 11.17; Sophie McGinty 8.51, Summer Taggert 10.03, Brooke Taylor 10.11, Erin McEleny 10.23, Ashlin Monaghan 11.14.
Under 13s: Ben Campbell 11.49, David Docherty 13.14, Ava Beaton 12.54.
Under 15s: Shaun Wiseman 16.07, Jude Dolan 17.28, Abbie Tosh 19.52, Emma Aitken 20.30, Olivia Trainer 21.50.