Garscube’s muddy marvels

Garscube Harriers ladies' team at the West cross country champs
Garscube Harriers ladies' team at the West cross country champs

Garscube Harriers enjoyed some great results at last weekend’s West District cross country championships at Bellahouston Park.

The men’s team took team bronze medals, the team’s highest placing since the 1940s. The counting team on the 10km course consisted of Del Young (39:29), Donald McPartlin (41:42), Neal Robertson (41:47), Chris Devine (41:59), Alan Blair (42:33) Garry Mathew (42:47)

In the ladies’ team, Lesley Chisholm (27:50) continued on her fantastic form to finish second overall and first V40 on the 6.5km course. She also led the team to Masters Gold with team mates Arlene Brendan (31:27) and Ann White (35:36), while the senior ladies finished a very respectable fourth.

Garscube have had a big drive to encourage more ladies to participate in cross-country events. At last year’s West District Championships only three ran, not even enough for a team, but this year 21 ladies embraced the very muddy and flooded park.

Ladies’ team Captain Marian Callister said: “It was an amazing day out. The team spirit was on an all-time high and I’m very proud of everything we have achieved.”

In the junior section, U13 boys, U13 and U15 boys girls were both fourth in the team rankings.

From the success at the championship and recent form, a number of Garscube athletes have been selected to represent the West of Scotland at the Inter Districts cross-country in Edinburgh in January.

Del Young and Lesley Chisholm will join the senior team, while junior athletes Finlay Ross-Davie and James Connelly (U13 boys), Anya MacLean (U13 girls) and Elliot Duff (U15) have also been selected.

Club president Jill O’Neil said: “Last weekend’s race was one of the best events that I have ever been involved in as a member of the club.

“The mix of team spirit, intensity, camaraderie, focus and of course performance made this target race really special.

“Of course the guys and girls out there in the mud were absolutely sensational but the behind the scenes team were equally important - coaches, team managers and volunteers.

“I have always believed that there are two really exciting things about Garscube – the people and our potential as a club. I’m excited to see what 2016 brings.”