West & National Open T&F Championships – Day 2

Bronze for Harry on Day 2 of West District T&F Championships, Kilmarnock 12/5/19

It was another successful day at the District Championship for the Harriers with useful experience gained for all the youngsters, which for many was their first taste of outdoor track competition and it was topped off with a Bronze medal. Again all the Glenpark athletes were competing in the same event distance, but this time it was the 1500m rather than yesterday’s 800m.

And what a difference 12 months makes; last year Harry McGill was pushed around in the final eventually dropping off the pack to finish 8th. But with a year’s experience behind him his only thought was of going all out for the top spot. Even though being up against the Scottish Champion Jack Patton, he followed every move as the pace gradually wound up by each passing lap. But it was to take a surge by the champion with 350 metres to go that finally killed off Harry’s challenge.  Although he drifted back he fought on to hold for 3rd place and a coveted bronze medal. In the same race was Shaun Wiseman, a little tired from his win at the Prestwick Aquathon on the Saturday, ran well just missing out on a sub 5 minute time.

The first runners away after an early morning rise were the under 15 girls Ruby McGill and Emma Aitken. In their final, the pair ran strongly to both go well under 6 minutes.

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In the afternoon the races came thick and fast as the different age groups took to the track.

Next, showing little sign of nerves, were the youngest athletes, the under 13s Sophie McGinty, Maria McCabe and Douglas Campbell.  They more than met expectations with all producing quick times for the 3 and ¾ laps in the warm Ayrshire sun.

Ben Campbell tired in the middle part of his race, but his potential was there to see with a blistering final 200m to claim 8th in the under 15s boys final. The same can be said for Abbie Tosh, cast adrift by the main pack, she ran steadily throughout and finished impressively down the home straight to dip under 6 minutes.

In the under20 and seniors competition Alan Mollins produced an outstanding final lap to pass three athletes to take 3rd in the B final.  While Chloe Simpson ran a season’s best finishing 7th in 5.01.

Results: U13s; 14th Douglas Campbell; 5.34.37; 11th Sophie McGinty 5.59.17; 14th Maria McCabe 6.21.16

U15s: 7th Ben Campbell 4.55.42; 10th Ruby McGill 5.26.38; 13th Emma Aitken 5.46.09

U17s: 3rd Harry McGill 4.13.77; 12th Shaun Wiseman 5.04.15 11th Abbie Tosh 5.57.63

Sen/U20s: 3rd Alan Mollins 4.20.12 (2sec PB) 7th Chloe Simpson 5.01.30

Day 2 of Under 20&Seniors National Open, Grangemouth 12/5/19

The very good early season form continued from the Harriers sprinters Scott Hannaway, Scott McCluckie and Mark Magee, when they dropped down to the 200metres after yesterday’s exertion of 2 heats over 400metres.

It was encouraging that even after a tiring weekend the trio still managed to produce times just a fraction away from their personal bests.

Results:

H1-3rd Scott Hannaway 22.83

H2-5th Scott McCluckie 23.61/ A-Final 24.30

H3-7th Mark Magee 25.32 / C-Final 25.30

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