Kilbarchan AC’s Derek Hawkins added another string to his bow after smashing the club half marathon record during the Great North Run.
‘Habbie’ Hawkins, from Elderslie, was ‘The Talk of the Toon’ after coming home as the third British athlete – 14th overall – timed at 64mins 7secs.
It was a fine performance from the Renfrewshire-based athlete against some truly world-class opposition.
This year’s Great North Run attracted nearly 40,000 runners, including some of the world’s top stars.
Paisley’s Gemma Rankin, meanwhile, who also runs for the Kilbarchan club, continues to emerge as one of Scotland’s top endurance athletes.
On Sunday, she impressed with a fine run for second place during the Scottish Championship 10k Road Race at Stirling, timed at 34mins 41secs.
The weekend result almost guarantees her winning the Scottish Athletics Grand Prix Series of events that have been staged around Scotland in the last few months.
In other news, the Kilmacolm Running Festival was also last Sunday and 16-year-old Callum Matthews, from Elderslie, was a convincing winner in 34mins 49secs.
And during the Kilmacolm 3K, it was a 1-2-3 for the Kilbarchan club in the girls race – with Laura Stark winning in 10mins 43secs, ahead of Rona Tytler in 11mins 41secs and Iona Miller, who came home in a time of 11mins 50secs.
In the boys race, Ewan McKerral was second to Inverclyde’s Ryan Gray, in 10mins 2secs.
Kilbarchan club youngsters were in good form at other events.
In the Stirling Junior 2K race, Natalie Moran was first girl to finish, seventh overall, timed at 7mins 49secs.
Meanwhile, a small number of places are remaining for the first Endurance Development Day of the 2012/13 winter season, to be held on Saturday, in partnership with Glasgow Athletics Association.
The day runs from 10.15am to 2.30pm at Glasgow Green.
The development day will involve coach and athlete workshops, looking at planning and training for the winter season.
Coaches and athletes will be divided into age and stage groups for the workshops.
The planning workshop will look at the key dates in the winter programme as well as the international selection policy for this winter.
And consideration will be given to how these factors can be considered to impact positively on the construction of training and racing programmes for athletes.
The training workshop will consider training priorities for endurance athletes at each age and stage and will also reflect on what types and volumes of training would be appropriate.If you would like to claim one of the remaining places, email firstname.lastname@example.org