Giffnock joy at Scally Relays; North 10k medals at Nairn

Monday 7th March 2022

Giffnock North AC celebrate their Men’s race win in the Allan Scally Road Relays with track legend Lachie Stewart

By John Mackay

A new name will be engraved in the Allan Scally Trophy for the 2022 race.

With a well-balanced, youthful team Giffnock North AC surprised a few of the more favoured teams to take the race in a new course record.

Duncan Robinson blew the field apart on Leg Two to smash the new course record set by Kane Elliott (Falkirk Victoria Harriers) on Leg One in superb conditions at Glasgow Green.

Duncan’s time of 14.26 and Kane’s time of 14.31 both were faster than the previous record held by Jamie Crowe (14.33) of Central AC.

Giffnock were not satisfied with supplying a new individual record but also set a new team record of 60:05  with the team of Cameron Green (U/17) 14.56*(New U/17 record), Duncan Robinson (U/20) 14.26,Cameron Deverill (U/17) 15.26 and Reuben MacDonald (U/17) 15.15.

It was an excellent day for Giffnock coach Dudley Walker, who was with Shettleston early in his own career and whose father had been part of the organising  committee who raised funds to buy the trophy.

Stirling University finished second in the team race with Hamish Hickey recording a time of 14.36 just outside the old record.

The Fife AC team who finished third featured two of our top British Paralympians, Owen Miller and Derek Rae.

Annabel Simpson of Fife AC also produced a stunning run to smash her own record of (16.19) when she ran 15.39. This run puts her high up in UK rankings and would be a Commonwealth Games qualifying time if translated onto the track.

The University teams dominated the women’s race with Edinburgh University taking the trophy when beating their Glasgow rivals. Corstorphine AAC took third just ahead of the defending champions Shettleston.

*Shettleston Harriers are grateful  to all the companies and organisations who supported the race: Thompson Solicitors Scotland, Clarkson Owens Specialist Recruitment, Bespoke Touches Wedding and Event Decorators, Calton Area Partnership, Total Teamware Ltd, The people’s Podiatry, Tesco Shettleston, Arnold Clark, Barclay’s Bank, St Andrews Ambulance and of course all the volunteers who make the event a success.

The Scottish Students Road Relay championships is held within the Allan Scally Memorial Relay:

Men’s Result:

1 Stirling University; 2 Glasgow University; 3 Edinburgh University       

Women’s Result:

1 Edinburgh University; 2 Glasgow University; 3 Glasgow University B


Action from the Nairn 10k on Sunday (photo by Carol Sim)

North District RR and CC Facebook page (with results, photos, video content from Nairn)

By Charles Bannerman

Fraserburgh’s Max Abernethy added the North District 10K title to the cross country crown he won in December with a gun to tape victory in fine conditions in Nairn on Sunday.

Abernethy, who ran 31:51, was pulled back in the latter stages by Moray duo James Wilson (32:14) and Ewan Davidson (32:18) who held their own private battle for silver across the entire race.

Lucas Cairns of Inverness was the first Men’s U20 home in 34:55.

Catriona Fraser-Lennox of Inverness Harriers was a clear winner of the women’s title in 36:49 with Sarah Attwood of Skye and Lochalsh the second woman in 38:10. Vikki Thompson of Ross County took the bronze medal.

Attwood and Jack Trevelyan of Highland Hill Runners were the Masters champions.


Tags: Allan Scally Road Relays, Annabel Simpson, Giffnock North, Nairn 10K, North 10k

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