Clydesdale Harriers athletes won promotion to division 1 in their first team meeting of the new season when they competed in the CSSL league at the newly upgraded Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock.
Seven teams battled it out including Corstorphine, Shettleston Harriers, Motherwell, East Kilbride, Kirkintilloch Olympians and Lasswade.
Clydesdale Harriers started confidently but knew the calibre of the other teams would test them.
Half-way through the day Clydesdale, Lasswade and Motherwell were each in contention for the top spot but determination gave Clydesdale the edge to finish in first and second place in most events including sprints, hurdles, distance, throws and jumps at every age level.
At the end of the day Clydesdale athletes were 200 points ahead of their nearest rivals. The girl’s teams at under 11’s was: Hannah Jordan, Isla Haddock, Erin Pryde and Carys Wilson. Under 13’s- Chloe Allan, Cara Jordan, Carly Wishart, Caitlin Stuart, Natasha Shaw and Jade Steele-Milne. Under 15’s, Iona Allan, Rachel Campbell, Anna Haddock, Rachel Meehan and Charlotte Ross. Under 17’s, Erin Ball, Karyn Glen, Emily Paxton, Sarah Thornley and Abbie Warrington. Senior and Master Women, Claire Reid, Kirsty Kelly, Fiona McCue, Marina McCallum, Ann Murray and Pamela McCrossan.
The boy’s teams were -Under 11’s, Zak Shannon, Grant Sloan, Stuart Aird and brothers Daniel and Ryan McKell. Under 13’s, Jack Dolan, Aaron Belkevitz, Robert Whittock and Cairn Wallace. Under 15’s, Brian Aird, Stephen Kane, Lewis Hay, Liam Milligan and David Wilson. Under 17’s Tobi Akinkunmi, Phillip Allan, David Campbell, Darren Dolan and Andrew Hunter. Senior and Masters Men- Paul Carroll, Andrew Cusick, Tony Dolan, Jonathan Farrell, Martin King, Ryan Nelson, Anton Russell and Iain Robertson.
Head coach Phil Dolan, said: “We have a dedicated team of athletes and coaches who support each other and the club. This was a team effort by many athletes over the season. We have a number of athletes who rank at the highest level in Scotland and who represent their club and medal at Championship and National level. The league however is about drawing on the strength and determination of all of all athletes and working together to produce a solid team performance and we did just that.”
For more information on joining Clydesdale Harriers, contact Phil Dolan on 07967971915.