KILBARCHAN athletes have been producing some ‘gold-en’ performances at competitive meetings up and down the country.
There were a number of winning efforts from the Habbies as they competed in a Central and South of Scotland League Division 1 meeting at Wishaw.
Holly Belch led the way in the Senior Women’s 100m race, while there were also victories for Scott MacAulay in the Men’s 800m, Andrew Cunningham in the Men’s Shot and Ewan Johnstone in the Under-15 Boys’ 100m.
And, to top off a successful meeting for Kilbarchan, the talented quartet of Andrew Cunningham, Craig Haxton, Adrian Mendez McVeigh and Nishant Puri secured a convincing win in the Men’s 4x100m relay in the final event of the day.
The Habbies have also been proving their worth in ultra distance running, which covers distances beyond marathon length.
Husband-and-wife teams John and Katrina Kynaston and Callum and Lesley McKerral were among those who represented Kilbarchan in the Hoka Highland Fling race, which took place over 53 miles on part of the West Highland Way, between Milngavie and Tyndrum.
Several hundred runners competed in the event and the first club runner to finish was Stephen Speirs, who covered the arduous route in a time of 10 hours, 28 minutes and 35 seconds, while the local contingent came home at around the 12-hour mark.
In other athletics news, Kilbarchan youngster Gwen Gillham completed the Pollok Park 5K race in an impressive time of 19 minutes and 14 seconds, which puts her at the top of the 14 age group category.
A few days earlier, at the Linwood Open Graded meeting, there were some good performances from the Habbies contingent, despite the cold, damp and windy conditions.
Particularly notable was Laura Stark’s run in the 3,000m.
Laura, last winter’s Scottish Under-13 Cross Country champion, finished ahead of Scottish Under-15s title holder Catriona Graves, from Garscube Harriers.