GGH Juniors round off a highly successful “Short Relay Season” in spectacular style when Harry McGill produced the quickest time in a field of over 300 of the country’s top young athletes as he anchored the Boys team including David Docherty and Ben Campbell to 9th position at the National cross country championships at Cumbernauld,
It was the best performance in many years by Glenpark Juniors over all the races that make up the Short Relay season, in which teams of three compete over a 2.4km distance of cross country running at the West District, Renfrewshire and National championships. There was improvement throughtout all the teams which included quite a number of athletes making their debut on the national stage and was testament to the hard work put in by the athletes and coaches.
Cumbernauld has become the home of the National championships and is the extreme test of cross country running with its steep hills and muddy underfoot conditions. David Docherty set the boys off on the under 13 stage finishing strongly in 25th, passing onto Ben Campbell, who in his first year at U15 managed to pick off another place and kept the team well in contention for their top 10 target. And U17 Harry didn’t disappoint with a storming run finishing 17 places better than the 26th attained in 2018.
Ava Beaton got the Girls team off to a stunning start finishing 8th after leg 1, passing onto Katie Johnson then Ruby McGill, although dropping back, both ran well to finish in 33rd a massive improvement on last year’s 64th.
Previously at Kilmarnock the venue for the West Districts over a heavy twisting course both boys and girls exceeded expectations as both recorded top 10 finishes. The teams consisted of Harry McGill, also recording the quickest junior time in the district, along with David Docherty and track specialist Harris Morrison for the boys and it was the same trio of Ava Beaton, Katie Johnson and Ruby McGill who guided the girls to 10th.
The Renfrewshire championships were held in warm sunshine at Nether Pollok, and it brought bronze medals for the under 11 boys and the U13 and U17 girls.
Ruari Trainer and Cameron Beck had kept the u11 boys within 2 seconds of 3rd place to pass on to Leo Beaton on the final leg, who left it to the last 200m to sprint past his Giffnock opponent for Bronze.
Maria McCabe was the star performer for the U13 girls pulling in four places after taking over from Summer Taggart to put Ava Beaton within reach of what was another bronze medal for the club.
The final medal of the day went to the under 17 trio of Abbie Tosh, Olivia Trainer and Anna Docherty.
National: Girls A team 33rd, B team 61st, C team 72nd; Boys A Team 9th, B Team 45th.
Boys (A) David Docherty 10.16, Ben Campbell 9.37, Harry McGill 8.23,(B) Douglas Campbell 10.52, Harris Morrison 10.03, Shaun Wiseman 9.47 (C) TylerBryce 13.58. Girls (A) Ava Beaton 10.34, Katie Johnson11.39, Ruby McGill 11.15 (B) Erin McEleny 12.13, Maria McCabe 12.10, Abbie Tosh 11.38 (C)Summer Taggart 12.15, Sophie Campbell 12.09, Olivia Trainer 13.45, (D) Gabby Henderson 14.32, Anna Docherty 14.12
West: Girls A team 10th, B team 33rd, C team 40th; Boys A Team 10th, B Team 20th. (A) Ava Beaton 10.27, Katie Johnson 11.12, Ruby McGill 10.53 (B) Summer Taggart 12.17, Sophie Campbell 11.59, Abbie Tosh 11.56, (C) Maria McCabe 12.00, Sophie McGinty 12.12, Olivia Trainer 13.11 Boys (A) David Docherty 10.20, Harris Morrison 9.59 Harry McGill 8.18 (B) Euan Johnson 10.57, Jude Dolan 9.32, Shaun Wiseman 9.46 (C) Tyler Bryce 13.22, Alex Wiseman 13.43
Renfrewshire: U11G 6th Aimee McEleny 8.06, Beth Docherty 8.39, Islay Newsome 8.25. U11B (A) 3rd Ruari Trainer 6.52, Cameron Beck 6.43, Leo Beaton 6.26, (B) 6th Cameron Crawford 7.17, Grant Munro 7.16 Patrick McCabe 6.57, Josh Docherty 10.44. U13G 3rd Summer Taggart 11.47, Maria McCabe 10.56, Ava Beaton 9.57, Erin McEleny 11.08. U13B 4th Douglas Campbell 9.56, David Docherty 9.46, Euan Johnson 10.17 (B) Nathan Adams 10.40, Tyler Bryce 12.10. U15G 4th Sophie Campbell 11.13, Katie Johnson 10.59, Ruby McGill 10.20, Abigael Crawford 14.15 U15B Ben Campbell 9.00, Jude Dolan 9.24. U17G 3rd Abbie Tosh 11.06, Olivia Trainer 12.30, Anna Docherty 13.25