Reuben Macdonald celebrates his success as he takes gold in the U15 Boys race (all photos by Bobby Gavin)
If Central AC and Fife AC have become synonymous with team success at the Lindsays National XC in the Senior races, then Giffnock North AC invariably feature on the podium in the younger age groups.
The 2020 event was to prove no different, certainly in terms of the individual medals where the Glasgow club opened up with three of the first four gold medals.
At this juncture, we want to say a huge thank you to each and every competitor in the age group races and all parents, coaches, family members and club folk involved in helping them compete on Saturday. We appreciate the big effort it took.
Our U13 Girls took centre stage in the opening race of the day. It was sunshine when they started and snow when they finished and they only ran just over 3k!
Glasgow School of Sport colours were to the fore when Millie McLelland Brooks raced through to the win from Olivia Warboys of Kilmarnock Harriers and third-placed Freya Campbell of Giffnock North.
Campbell’s performance helped lead Giffnock to their first set of team golds and Edinburgh AC took the silvers with Kilbarchan AAC landing the bronzes.
U13 champions – Millie McClelland-Brooks of Glasgow School of Sport and Craig Shennan of Giffnock North
A string of yellow then began to dominate as we went to the U13 Boys race.
Giffnock’s Craig Shennan was the winner from Rowan Whitworth of Livingston AC and William Ronald of Kilmarnock. Giffnock won that team race from Garscube and Kilbarchan AAC.
Similarly, Giffnock’s Hannah Ryding took the U15 Girls race from Central AC’s Hungarian athlete, Dorottya Csuta, in second place and Anna Cairns of Inverness was third.
And Reuben Macdonald made it three wins in a row at that stage when he surged to the front on the final straight to take the U15 Boys race after a good run by VP-Glasgow’s Fraser Gilmour with third for Corey Campbell of Team East Lothian.
Once the points were tallied, that was another set of team golds for Giffnock with VP-Glasgow in second and Aberdeen AAC in third.
U17 champions Lucas Cairns of Inverness Harriers and Anna Hedley of Fife AC
At U17 level, there were familiar names on top of the podium with victories for Lucas Cairns of Inverness Harriers and Anna Hedley of Fife AC.
With his sister having already won a medal, Cairns had family pride at stake as well as club glory and he led home Cameron Fordyce (unattached) and Kilbarchan AAC’s Jack Patton.
Kilbarchan won the team golds with Inverness delighted to take silver as Giffnock had to settle for bronzes in this one.
Hedley for her part is often unstoppable on these occasion and the Fife AC athlete proved exactly that once again to follow up her Run Stirling win and repeat her success at Callendar Park last year at U15 level.
East Kilbride AC’s Hannah Anderson took the silver with Edinburgh AC on the podium for bronze via the efforts of Cade Wright.
Wright’s performance helped lead Edinburgh AC home to the gold medals with Fife AC and Giffnock joining them on that U17 Women’s podium.
Hannah Ryding of Giffnock North celebrates as she win the U15 Girls race at Falkirk