Cambuslang Harriers goes global with performances on two continents

Cambuslang Harriers riders have been performing well in road, track and hill competitions across Europe and beyond recently.

The athletes have been in action at home as well as in England, Wales, the Czech Republic and the United States and there are impressive results to show for their efforts.

Moira Stewart (inset, right) set a championship record in the 10,000m to win the Czech Republic women’s title in 32.51.74.

She broke free at 2km and raced solo in windy conditions for the remaining 8km to finish 50 seconds ahead of her closest rival.

In the USA, Gavin Smith set a PB of 1.54.19 for 800m, and followed that up a week later with consecutive performances of 3.51.13 and 15.01.23 for 1500m and 5000m.

The main road focus in Scotland was the Scottish SRI Chinmoy 5k Road Championship, held on a flat but windy course at Silverknowes in Edinburgh.

This year, for health and safety reasons, the men started five minutes before the women. The Harriers fielded 21 male competitors and five female competitors, while Andrew Carey and Keir Crawford represented the University of Glasgow.

Mike Christoforou (14.35) was ninth out of 451, and Cambuslang was fifth team, supported by Kevan Harvey (15.03) and fourth M50 Gordon Robertson (15.39). Carey lowered his PB by 40 seconds at 15.30.

Although unable to win any championship prizes, athletes under the age of 15 and 17 were allowed to participate. Lewis Roddis and Jonathan Dow improved their PBs by a few seconds, with 16.06 and 17.08 respectively.

M35 Colin Reilly was nine seconds behind Lewis, and Under-20s Luke Biggart, M40 Stuart McGeachy and Ian Hodge were comfortably under the 17-minute mark.

With a time of exactly 17 minutes, U20 Keir Crawford took three minutes and 39 seconds off his best time of 2020. Mark Gallacher, in 17.16, snatched the U50 silver on the line.

Under-17 athlete Millie Nicholl finished second in her age group, while Dave Thom, who had run the Helensburgh 10k the day before, was fifth in the M60 in 19.07.

In England, Owen Walpole (34.28) and Craig Jardine (32.37) finished third in the 10k races at Exeter and Oxford, the latter also recording a 5k PB of 15.54 at Battersea.

Chris Upson was the first M50 in the Helensburgh 10k at 36.39, with Justin Carter at 18 seconds and Dave Thom fourth M60 at 40.07.

Meanwhile, Harriers took both men’s and women’s honors at Strathclyde Park Parkrun, courtesy of Under-20s Aaron Grew (16.13) and Lesley Blackwood (18.43).

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There were other Parkrun podium spots for Justin Carter, Mark King, Richard Cooper, Peter Ogden, Paula McCabe and Iain McDonald.

Two days after the Scottish 5km, Nathalie Brohan finished first lady and 14th overall in the Strathaven half-marathon in 1.33.33. Lewis Roddis, now a junior on the track, set a five-second PB of 2.05.4 at Grangemouth.

Ryan Thomson, who recently returned from altitude training in Flagstaff, Arizona, has been selected to represent Scotland in the 3000m event at Loughborough International, after setting a PB of 8.04.29 for the distance in February.

Kieran Cooper finished first from the west in 27th place, after being selected to represent the western district in the Inter-Counties Mountain event at Llanberis in Wales, while Alasdair Campbell finished sixth of the Clachnaben Hill Race, the opening event of the 2022 Scottish Hill Running. Championship.

Finally, Gerron Stewart – Moira’s younger brother – won a great victory in a 10 km off-road race in Prague.

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