Scottish Junior Hill Race Championships, Greenock, Sun 19th May 2019.
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Race Results: on following Links
It was success for Glenpark Harriers Ben Campbell and Harry McGill at the Scottish Junior Hill running Championships, where the pair made home advantage count, at the event being held in Greenock for the very first time.
In the under 17 men’s 7km race , Harry’s tactic of starting cautiously on the climb was to pay off, as a flying descent pushed him into the lead to win from Lasswade’s Henriksen to take his first National title by 30 seconds.
In the under 15’s 4km race East Lothian’s Angus Wright – Also a National cross country champion – was impressive as he went well clear of the chasing pack. That pack was led by Ben Campbell who made the most of his long stride to just keep clear to claim Silver. Alex Wiseman with a 2 minute improvement on last year finished in 9th.
Ava Beaton was first of the 6 Harriers back off the hill, agonisingly just one place away from a medal but she along with Katie Johnson and Francesca McKay can take great confidence from the massive improvements in their times in the last 12months. A special mention to Sophie Campbell who continues to improve with every race.
In a high quality Under 20s race won by Garscube’s Jack Trainer, the Harriers Alan Mollins ran strongly to finish a creditable 7th.
The Championship races were preceded by the under 13s who had a tough little 1200metre run from Woodstock road up to the “Cut” and back down. The field was mostly made up from runners from the two local clubs, and there were amazing performances from all of the youngsters taking part.
David Docherty was denied on the line as county rival Calan Chong from Giffnock just held him off by a stride, with Douglas Campbell a few seconds further behind.
Inverclyde’s Iris Paterson had a much more comfortable win, 20 seconds clear of Fife’s Freya Hedley, with Erin McEleny in 3rd winning the battle of the Glenpark Girls.
The prestigious event attracted runners from all over the country from Stornaway, Gala in the Borders and Aberdeen.
Thanks to all the volunteers from Inverclyde Athletic Club and Greenock Glenpark Harriers for marshalling and timekeeping, and putting in all the preparation work required for hosting the successful Championships.