Ballantyne, Harper and Welsh pair make the trip to Tru Wealth Scottish Athletics Young Athletes Road Race Championship 2020
As the Corana virus continues to cancel and postpone many sporting events the Young Athletes Road Race Champs were giving the go ahead at the overcast and blustery venue of Battery Park Greenock. Four members of Teviotdale members made the journey West on Sunday following on from their successful Friday evening at the Harriers Presentation Night.
The first of the quartet was Irvine Welsh in the under 13 boys’ race with the distance little over a mile and a half. Irvine who is renowned for his cross-country ability swapped his spikes for flat racing shoes and was able to produce a fine display crossing the line in 26th place in a time of 9minutes 12 seconds. This an improvement on his 32nd place at the Scottish Cross Country in Falkirk.
Conan Harper and Robbie Welsh were next to take the race to their fellow competitors in the under 15 boys’ race. Harper who had struggled with illness over the last few weeks finally was able to get some decent training behind him and this was shown at Battery Park. Setting out hard from the gun Harper settled into the top 5 positions along with runners from Fife Ac, Giffnock, Team East Lothian and Central. As the race reached its final stage Conan stayed in the front group as the Fife athlete dropped off, Harper claiming 4th spot and only 7 seconds behind Connor Bell in the gold medal spot.
Robbie Welsh the second of the Harriers in the under 15 boys race was unfortunate to have a fall during the race. He is typical Harriers fashion got straight back onto his feet and completed the course in 16minutes and 46seconds placing Robbie in 62nd place.
Lastly to go for Teviotdale Harriers was Maisie Ballantyne in the under 17 womens race. On the back of her recent win up Hawick Moor, Maisie took her great form onto Greenock where she completed the extremely windy road race. Ballantyne crossed the finishing tape in 19:51 and placed in 22nd.
Pittillo takes Gold at British Masters
Jim Pittillo, Teviotdales current Men’s Captain took GOLD in the British Cross-Country Championship held last weekend in Corwen, Wales. Competing in the over 85 age group Jim completed the adulating 6KM cross-country race in 40minutes and 23 seconds and added to his Scottish title won earlier in the season.
Alastair ‘Sammy’ Walker also made the trip South of the Border to compete in the 60-65 age group, with the distance a challenging 8KM. Sammy who has won this event last year in Belfast was unable to retain his title with the younger Colin Donnelly (Cambuslang) and Ifan Lloyd (Swansea) taking the top two spots. Sammy claimed the bronze medal spot in great time of 32minutes and 49 seconds and made it 100% podium finish for the Harriers duo.