Scottish Junior Hill Race Championships, Greenock, Sun 19th May 2019.
Pictures of race; thanks to Kenny Phillips : Kenny Phillips FaceBook Pics
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.
Registration for race is at Orangefield clubhouse (PA15 1YX) from 12.00pm to 1.15pm. Latecomers can register at the start at Woodstock Road. The race start is 1 mile from the clubhouse. Race starts at 2.00pm.
*There is also a Junior 1/2 mile uphill race for 9-12 year old’s at 1.45pm
Incorporating the 2019 Scottish Athletics Junior Championships
View route here: https://www.relive.cc/view/2184380765
Junior International Opportunities
The scottishathletics Junior Championship at Cornalees hill race, Greenock on May 19. is also a selection race for the International Youth Cup, which will be held in Susa, Italy on 24th August 2019.
Selection Date 20 May
Team Manager Mike Pearson and Jane Robertson
Number: Up to 6 Juniors – 3 male / 3 female. (Born in 2002 or 2003. Younger athletes will not be considered).
Selection Notes: The first eligible male and female athlete in the Cornalees Race on 19 May will be offered selection, with the balance of the team being selected on current form in this race and/or similar races.
The league categories are: U20 (born 2000-2002), U17 (born 2003-2004), U15 (born 2005-2006)
scottishathletics Hill Running Junior League (from 7 races)
Points will be awarded to the first 18 individuals in each category: 1st place 25 points, 2nd 20 points, 3rd 17 points, 4th 15 points, 5th 14 points, reducing at one point intervals down to 18th 1 point. However, the SA junior championships (Cornalees Hill Race) and the JHI Trial (Broughton Heights) will be double weighted, where runners will receive twice the points. The final league score comprises the athlete’s best 3 race scores, plus 2 points for each race completed. If overall points are tied after the final League race, points scored at Cornalees Hill Race and Broughton Heights will be used to determine the winner of the age category.