Canal canter is a winner with runners

Runners turned out in force last Wednesday for the annual Springburn Harriers Canal Canter held along on the Forth and Clyde Canal.

This year, in addition to the 7km canter going west towards Possil Loch, there was a 1.5km canter for juniors and a 3km canter for novices going east towards Cadder Road.

At 6.45pm, the junior race took off towards Cadder Road with 39 children finishing the race near Blamuildy Road, Bishopbriggs.

Ryan McLoughlin won the boys group while Drew McCartney took the top slot in the girls section.

Shortly after, the 3km novice race began with 21 competitors up to the age of 16 taking part. Daniel Haggerty and Stephanie Lindsay were crowned the winners with some solid times.

At the same time, a total of 60 runners were on their marks for the main event — the 7k Canal Canter Race.

Starting opposite the Bishopbriggs Lesiuredome before heading west towars Balmore Road.

Louise O’Hare arrived back first to take the win in the mens section with Shona McManus take the top spot in the womens group.

Junior race results: Boys — 1st, Ryan McLoughlin, 4.33; 2nd, Jack McCallum, 5.00; 3rd, Patrick Papa, 5.04. Junior Girls — 1st, Drew McCartney, 5.14; 2nd, Emma Gunnee, 5.29; 3rd, Leah Watson, 5.45.

Novice race results: Boys — 1st, Daniel Haggery, 13.41; 2nd, Jonathan Gilbride and Nicol Gilbride, both 14.35; 3rd, Sorely Johnstone, 15.11. Girls — 1st, Stephanie Lindsay, 15.58; 2nd, Alice Wilson, 17.06; 3rd, Jada Amoah, 17.08.

Canal Canter results: Men — 1st, Louise O’Hare, 22.38; 2nd, Stephen Allan, 23.02; 3rd, Andy Callan, 23.29. Women — 1st, Shona McManus, 25.23; 2nd, Marlene Hunter, 27.08; 3rd, Elaine Hogg; 27.49.

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Meanwhile, the Kirkinitlloch Olympians raised a staggering £1,200 for the Teenage Cancer Trust with a handful ofhe 100m races at the Kirkintilloch Canal Festival.

The 100m race was won by local lad Jamie Stevenson. with a time of 12.67 seconds.

He said: “I really just enjoyed the day, I love running and though it can feel a little stressful at times, I think that’s good to get you fired up for a race.”