YOUNGSTERS from Kilbarchan Athletic Club showed their class as they took part in the International Schools Cross Country event at Strathallan, in Perthshire.
Teams of eight represented Scottish schools against their counterparts from England, Ireland and Wales.
There were two boys and two girls races and no fewer than eight members of the 32-strong Scotland squad were from the Kilbarchan club.
Although English athletes dominated the races, there were some fine performances by the ‘Habbies.’
Euan Gillham, of Gryffe High School in Houston, made a slow start in the Intermediate Boys 6K race but came through strongly to finish in second place.
In the same race, Gavin McArdle, of Gleniffer High in Paisley, claimed seventh place and Callum Matthews, of Castlehead High, also in Paisley, finished in 22nd spot.
Laura Stark, of St Columba’s School, in Kilmacolm, was top Scot in the Junior Girls 3K race.
Despite moving up an age group, she had a great run as she claimed seventh place overall.
Kilbarchan runner Katie Turnbull (Hutcheson’s Grammar School) was 18th in the same race, while Emma Kelly (Gryffe High) came home in 26th spot.
In the Intermediate Girls 4K race, Gwen Gillham (Gryffe High) finished 12th overall and was the second Scottish runner to cross the line.
And, in the Junior Boys 4K race, Euan Trout (Gryffe High) was 21st.
A Kilbarchan club spokesman said: “Congratulations go to all these young athletes for their selections and good performances.”
Several Kilbarchan members were also in action at the National Road Relay Championships in Livingston, which consisted of four stages for the women and six stages for the men.
The Kilbarchan Ladies team were unable to retain their national title but the quartet of Elaine Eadie, Hayley Haining, Jessica Martin and Christina Martin were still well to the fore and finished in a very creditable fifth place.
The Men’s team of Robert Quinn, Derek Hawkins, Craig Haxton, David Mackintosh, Graham Evans and Donald Petrie competed well to finish 10th, with Hawkins having the fastest long leg of the day – and the second fastest on record – in an impressive time of 27 minutes and 57 seconds.