Harriers show that West is Best

Scottish Inter District XC Championships – 12th January 2019, Stirling.

Greenock Glenpark Harriers had a strong representation with 5 athletes competing at the prestigious Inter-district championships at Stirling for the successful West District squad.

Ben Campbell, Harris Morrison Ava Beaton and Katie Johnson were representing the West district for their first time in the under 13 category.

In the boys 3km race Ben and Harris got away steady on the first of the two 1500 metre laps around Stirling golf course. Harris managed to hold position throughout, but Ben made the most of his long stride to cut through the field in the second half of the race to finish 8th counter for the Gold winning West team, with Harris crossing the line as 12th counter.

Immediately following their race came Ava Beaton and Katie Johnson, they too had a controlled start up the steep hill and it paid off as they steadily moved through the field finishing 7th and 9th respectively for the West team who took Silver behind a strong team from the East.

The more experienced Harry McGill’s recent good form continued when he helped the West’s under 17 men’s team to Gold. On the penultimate 3rd lap he looked to be tiring in 11th place, with a big group gathering ominously just behind him; but he somehow managed to recover to surge through in the final kilometre to finish in an impressive 7th overall. This will give Harry confidence going into the Celtic cross country championships in Belfast next week where he will be representing Scotland for the first time.

It was a fantastic experience for the youngsters to be mixing with senior national and international athletes, which will stand them in good stead in future competitions.

Credit to their recent success is not only down to the athletes themselves but also to their team mates who have been pushing them hard in training all season.

Results: 3km: Ben Campbell 11.22, Harris Morrison 11.58, Ava Beaton 12.21, Katie Johnson 12.30, 5km: Harry McGill 17.06

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