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Irvine AC Report 11 February 07

Track and Field

Irvine AC’s John McCafferty was competing in the Scottish Schools Indoor Championships at the Kelvin Hall on Thursday 8th February 2007. John as expected won the High Jump with a clearance of 1.83m. He took part in the 60m Sprint finishing 3rd in the heats and missing out on the final even although his time of 7.9secas was faster than any of the other heat qualifiers. U17 athlete Sean Thomson won bronze in the final of the 60m in a time of 7.46s. He went one better in the 200m final winning silver in 24,17. Ryan McDonald finish 4th in the 800m heat in 2.08mins. These were all good performances from the Irvine AC trio and with focused training improvement will come over the summer season.

Cross Country

Irvine Athletic Club were competing at the Scottish national cross-country championships which were held once again at Callendar Park in Falkirk.

Conditions were quite miserable with a cold wind in evidence and the occasional rain which helped to make the course quite heavy in parts.

The juniors only had one complete team with the U13 team of Victoria Conway, Paige Douglas, Ashley McQueen and Stephanie Dalgoutie who have been training well and were hopeful of a good team performance. With 160 runners in this tough 3200m course the start was fast, Victoria was 30th at the half way mark, Paige was 45th, Ashley 55th and Stephanie 70th the pace was fast but the girls kept up and were looking comfortable. It was a fast down hill finish and the second half stretched the field, this is where the training miles start to tell and the Irvine girls did lose some places Victoria was the first Irvine runner to cross the line in 49th place in 14,31mins Paige followed in 54th 14,40mins then Ashley 75th 15,07mins and Stephanie 90th in 15,31mins. This was a good team Performance from the Girls and with some extra endurance training they will make improvement for the Scottish Schools in March 10th at the Beach Park.

Sarah Munn was the sole U15 Irvine girl running the 4k race. With an uphill start to the race Sarah started well and was placed 15th after 1000m. At the halfway mark she was 13th and looking in good form. At the three quarter mark she was 16th with the only hill in the race just in front. Sarah lost some places on the hill and with a fast finish she cross the line in 19th place in 16,35mins. A good performance and with some more conditioning work will improve for the Scottish Schools.

Star of the day was U17 man Daniel Swanson who was competing in his first Cross Country Race since winning the West District in October 2005. Daniel has been troubled with Glandular problems since that race and has only been free of his condition since November 2006. His training has been going well and Daniels was looking forward to this 6k race. Daniel was up with the leading pack after the first 1000m and looking comfortable. At the half way mark he was 4th and still in contention, the pace picked up and his main rival Scott Hawkins Kilbarchan started to pull away on the second part of the race. Daniel struggled on the final hill but was still in fourth place. With 300m to the finish Daniel put in a turn of speed on this downhill stretch to cross the line 4th in 2148mins and although he missed out on a medal he should get selected for the Scottish Team that goes down to the British Championship at Nottingham on the 25th March.

In the senior women’s race Irvine had one competitor with Helen Morton finishing in 81st place in a very strong field.

For the senior men top performance was from Dave Millar in 21st place with the team finishing in 16th place overall.

The winner of the race was Mark Pollard of Inverclyde who has also been victorious in Irvine AC’s annual cyclists versus harriers race over the last two years.

Other Irvine finishers were George Irving 98th, Alex Allerdyce 124th, Brian Craig 150th, John Moore 178th, Colin Miller 202nd, Fergie Collier 218th, Andy Rennie 266th, Jim Sneddon 292nd, Jim White 315th, Ian Fraser 322nd, Ian McManus 393rd and Iain Hamilton 412nd.

This coming Saturday Irvine AC will be at the second training session of the newly formed Ayrshire Endurance squad taking place in Ayr.

These sessions take place once a month and are hosted by the Ayrshire clubs, with a view to raising the standard of distance running in Ayrshire.

The session is open to all standard of athletes aged 15 and upwards and further information can be found on the Irvine AC discussion forum.

Irvine AC Report 14 January 07

Cross Country

Irvine AC athletes were over in Belfast for the Irish International Cross Country Races. On Saturday 6th January. U17 men Ryan McDonald and Daniel Swanson were running in the 6k race over three laps of the course which was set in the grounds of the Stormant Parliament buildings. The conditions were better than last year, the sun was shinning but underfoot, the course was cutting up and becoming muddy on some of the bends.

Both Irvine runners were recovering from viruses and were not at their best. Daniel was in 26th place after the first lap and looking comfortable, Ryan was 61st but looked to be having some trouble with his breathing. Daniel made good progress over the second lap and made up ground to 20th position. Ryan was still struggling and he lost ground and was back in 70th position. On the third lap Daniel picked up the pace and put in a strong lap to finish at a fast pace in 14th position in 19,59mins , a great result for Daniel finishing second Scot behind his rival Scott Hawkins 2nd and beating all the Scottish team which both runner failed to make due to being ill when the qualifying race was run. Ryan continued to struggle and lost more ground on the final lap to finish 86th I n 23,01mins.

U20 man William Morgan’s race was also over 6k and with a high quality field it was going to be a tough race. William started at a good pace and was 30th after the first lap. On the second lap he dropped back to 33rd and on the final lap he was struggling and ended up in 36th place in 21,57mins. Better than his time last year and considering its his first year at u20 a good position to finish at this level

Irvine’s only competitive representative at the Edinburgh International Cross Country races was U15 girl Sarah Munn. Sarah was running for the West District Team in the 3.4k race. The conditions were not to bad but the course was muddy in places.
Sarah started well and was well up in the top 15 at the half way mark. The pace picked up and Sarah was getting stronger as the race progressed, going into the last 300m Sarah was in 11th place and put in some pace to pass two more runners to finish 9th overall in 14,43mins and 3rd counter for the West team who picked up the silver medal.
This was a great performance from young Sarah and a good boost going into the Scottish Championship in February.


U17 man John McCafferty competing in the West District Indoor Championships for the first time at this age group started his High Jump competition at 1,77m. The bar was raised to 1,80m and John cleared again at the first attempt. The bar continued to be raised by 5cm up to 1,95m with John clearing at his first attempts, beating his Personal Best (PB) by 4cm. The bar then went to the Championship record of 1, 97m John again jumped clear at his first attempt. The bar was raised to 2.00m. a new Championship record and John again cleared at his first attempt. The bar then went up to 2.03m and John failed at his first attempt, at his second attempt he failed again but only just, as his heel just clicked the bar on the way down. He also failed on his last attempt at 2.03m.
This Championship record of 2.00m is a tremendous achievement for young and puts him
1st in the UK rankings so far this season. If you look at the UK rankings there are few athletes at this ge group who are capable of matching this achievement.
John’s ultimate aim is the Decathlon and he was planning to do the 60m hurdles and the long jump, also at the West Districts but had to pull out as he injured his knee in the high jump. His next big competition is the Scottish Schools Championship on the 6th February where he is competing in the Pentathlon, i.e. High Jump, 60mH, Shot Put, Long Jump and 1000m. This will be a good test for John before he goes to the Scottish on the 11th February for the Pentathlon and the 18th for the Long jump, High Jump and Shot. Then there is the UK High Jump at Birmingham on the 24th February and the UK Pentathlon at Manchester on the 17th March.
John is currently in the Nation Newspapers and is in the final of the award for the Young Scottish athlete of the year. It would be great for North Ayrshire and Irvine AC if John won this award. The competition is won by voting, so please make sure you cast your vote for John.

John McCafferty

The following is a request from John’s coach Allan Pettigrew

Hi All this is big favour time ,you have to go out and buy a Daily Record turn to page 52 and vote for young John Mccafferty. This is a young man i have the pleasure of coaching and is going to be next big star in athletics. The paper forot to mention he is the UK High Jump Champion Scottish champion High Jump and Discus and is ranked in the top ten in no fewer
than 8 or 9 events. If you do this i will buy you all a wee cup of tea (maybe not all together)



A new snippet from Mike Flinn writing about the Arran Runners new year handicap race and an entry from Dave McLelland who recently competed the West Highland Way in reverse.
Dave details his preparation and diary events of the run

Irvine AC Report 07 January 07

After the stormy New Year weather, conditions were much more favourable for the runners at the Beith New Year Road Race. With mild and calm conditions, fast times could be expected over the undulating 4 lap 4.8mile course. Irvine AC's David Millar was involved in an excellent battle with Chris McKay of Greenock Glenpark, who had won this race on the previous two years. McKay is well known for his tremendous finishing ability so David attempted to blunt his finish by taking the race out at a fast pace from the start. However, the Greenock man shadowed Millar all the way and eventually prevailed in a sprint finish over the last 200 metres. David was pleased with his run, finishing in an excellent time of 22'49" and also claiming first in the V35 category. Other Irvine runners also ran well with a clutch of Irvine men all finishing close together led by David MacLelland in 27'11" for 11th place followed by Alan Auld in 12th at 27'20". Next Irvine athlete home and enjoying another good run was the consistent Ian Berryman in 14th place picking up the first V45 prize in a time of 27'38". Jim White, continuing his return from injury, finished 26th in 31'37" and picked up first in the V55 category, proving again that it is difficult to keep a good man out of the prize list. David King was not far behind in 28th place in a time of 32'05".

The younger athletes were also competing and not to be outdone by the good senior results had some top results in the various age groups. Full Irvine AC results were:

U11 Boys
1st Gordon Wilson 5min 18secs
2nd Kian Douglas 5min 44secs

U13 Boys
3rd Jonathan McLelland 7min 50secs

U13 Girls 1st Page Douglas 7min 33secs
2nd Victoria Conway 7min 41secs
5th Stephanie Dalgoutte 8min 14secs

Two Irvine AC runners made the trip to Maryhill to run the Nigel Barge Memorial 10K Road Race. This is one of the oldest road races in Scotland having been run for over 60 years in memory of the son of one of Maryhill Harriers' members who died in the second world war. This year the course was a new one, making the race into a full 10K. Attracting a large field of around 250 runners, weather conditions were good but the race featured a number of steep climbs making it a difficult race for fast times. David Millar, continuing his recent good form was again in contention with the leaders to finish 3rd in a time of 31'19", a good run for this stage of the season and the difficulty of the course and not far outside his personal best. Veteran Jim White struggled somewhat but finished in 106th place in a time of 43'33" but can chalk up another race in his comeback form a lengthy injury lay-off."

Veteran 60 athlete Ian McManus was competing at the Callendar Crags hill race as an alternative to the road races and finished in 37th place with a time of 35:53 for the 3.5 mile race. This gave him first place in his category.

Irvine AC Report 29 December 06

Irvine Athletic Club held their annual 2.5 mile Xmas handicap races across Irvine Moor on a cold and wet Wednesday afternoon.

With a good mixture of young and old it was time to see whether or not the handicappers had got it right or totally wrong as it has been quite a few times in the past.

Back marker Dave Millar set of on a lonely pursuit and it was even more daunting a task as quite a few runners had completed almost half the distance before he had even started.

However as is often the case the back markers started to pass the majority of the runners over the last half mile but by this time the race winner Dave Campbell was never going to be caught.

Dave’s scratch time was 22:05 and he has now been added to the list of those members who have won the event on more than one occasion.

Jim Sneddon was second home in 16:30, with new addition to the club Alan Auld 3rd in 16:02 with Dave Miller finishing 4th.

Sarah Munn was first woman in a time of 17:25 and Ryan McDonald took the under 17 title with a time of 16:47.

Top times were Dave Millar in 13:33, George Irving in 14:51 and Colin Miller in 15:26.

After the race the club presentation took place with the Summer Championship winners as follows:

Men’s Club Champion – Dave Millar, Veteran – George Irving, Veteran 50 – Jim White, Veteran 60 – Dave King, Women’s club champion – Liz McGarry, veteran – Mary Miller

Young male
under 11 – Gordon Wilson, under 13 – David Kerr, under 15 – John McCafferty, under 17 – Ryan McDonald, under 20 – William Morgan

Young female
Under 11 – Caitlin Lee, under 13 – Paige Douglas, under 15 – Sarah Munn, under 17 – Nicole Bunyan, under 20 – Jennifer Hendry

The Ayrshire 10 mile medal winners were

Champion – Dave Millar, 3rd – Billy Richardson, veteran 40 – Colin Miller, veteran 50 – Ian Berryman, 1st team – Dave Millar, Billy Richardson, Colin Miller and Brian Craig, female 45 – Mary Miller

Irvine AC Ultra runner and coach David McClelland, running with an athlete from neighbouring club Troon Tortoises, tackled one of the most dangerous and longest race routes in Scotland, the west highland way all in aid of charity. With only about 6 hours of daylight, the pair started at Fort William on Friday morning at 8am. They had to negotiate the Devils staircase in day-light as this was the most dangerous part of the course. Both runners were equipped with lights and had a back up team who checked with them every two hours. Both runners finished at Milngavie at 11.52 on Saturday 23rd December taking 27hrs 52mins for the 96 miles course. This was a tremendous achievement for both runners who thankfully recovered in time to enjoy their Christmas dinner and in Dave’s case to run the club handicap race.

Irvine AC Report 17 December 06

Irvine athletic club hosted their annual cyclists versus harriers race on Sunday with a good turnout of runners and cyclists in attendance.

After the recent heavy rain the grounds around the sports club, where the race starts, were not ideal conditions for cycling and defending champion Mark Pollard from Inverclyde athletic club took advantage of this to open up a large gap, as the runners and cyclists commenced the first of the two laps of the moor before heading back to the playing fields.

Normally the top cyclists would move into the lead on the flat firm ground of the moor but Pollard, one of Scotland’s finest middle distance prospects was never going to be caught as he stormed to a 90 second victory over cyclist James Melville.

The third place was taken by runner Colin Brash of Girvan athletic club who held off a fast finishing Alan Quinn of Glasgow United Cycling Club.

Top Irvine finisher was Colin Miller in 6th place who took the veteran prize with George Irving not far behind in 9th place.

Young Sarah Munn had a comfortable victory in the women’s race where she finished in 23rd place overall.

Full Irvine results.

6th Colin Miller (30:18), 9th George Irving (30:50), 12th Ian Berryman (32:02), 17th Dougie Connery (33:11), 20th Alistair Munn (34:25), 22nd Jim Sneddon (34:43), 23rd Sarah Munn (34:58), 35th Iain Fraser (37:35), 42nd Helen Morton (39:02), 43rd Jim White (39:39), 44th Mike Flinn (40:11), 48th Ian McManus (42:01), 55th Dave Kerr (49:57).

Irvine AC Report 10 December 06

Irvine Athletes Battle Mud and Toil at East Kilbride

Injuries, illnesses and other commitments saw Irvine Athletic club field a depleted squad to the Scottish West District Cross Country Championship at East Kilbride on Saturday. After the recent atrocious weather of wind and rain the athletes were not to be disappointed with a very muddy, waterlogged and challenging 10km course to contend with.

Top Irvine finisher in the Mens Senior Race was Alex Allardyce in 55th position with a time of 40.13min. This was Alex’s first time to lead the Irvine AC senior squad home after his recent transfer from Ayr Seaforth. Next home was young Willie Morgan running as a junior athlete along with the seniors. Willie finished in a fine 57th position in a time of 40.28min. Dougie Connery was next to cross the finish line in 70th position and time off 42.14min this was a positive result for Dougie after his last minute decision to run the event owing to illness. Quite a battle was mounting between Brian Craig and John Moore for next Irvine finisher, with John just pipping Brian to finish 81st and 82nd respectively, both were given an official time of 43.06min. Next home and 6th man team counter was Jim Sneddon in 99th place with a time of 45.15min resulting in a credible 7th place for the Mens team overall. Other Irvine finishers include Ian Fraser, in 120th position with a time of 47.58min, Ian McManus in 140th Position and time off 54.26min and finally Dave Kerr the elder statesman of Irvine AC in 148th position and time of 63.38min . Congratulations to all the athletes for completing such a punishing Cross Country course.

Full Results

Alex Allardyce 55th, 40.13,
Willie Morgan 57th , 40.28,
Dougie Connery 70th, 42.14,
John Moore 81st , 43.06,
Brian Craig 82nd , 43.06,
Jim Sneddon 99th , 45.15,
Iain Fraser 120th, 47.58,
Ian McManus 140th , 54.26,
David Kerr 148th, 63.38.

7th Team overall.

Thanks to Jim Sneddon for the report.

Irvine AC Report 26 November 06

Irvine AC were competing at the Ayrshire cross-country championships, being held this year on a very muddy Cumnock course.

Irvine’s current number one runner Dave Millar won this race last year and after his disappointment at the recent Kilmarnock open cross-country race where he finished third, he was determined to retain his title.

From the gun he set off with a vengeance and at the end of the first of the three lap race found himself with a massive lead which was never challenged by the chasing runners.

By the end of lap three he was almost two minutes clear of the second placed runner and the Ayrshire title was his once again.

Behind Dave the next Irvine finisher was Colin Miller who was just outside the top three when he finished 4th with Ian Berryman having a good run when he finished in 8th place and winner of the veteran over 50 category.

Another category winner was Dave Kerr who finished in 23rd place which was good enough to take the over 70 title.

Top finisher for the women was Helen Morton who finished 4th and winner of the veteran 45 category.

In the younger age groups Kian Douglas was 2nd in the under-11 boys race which was just five seconds behind the winner and another 2nd place was achieved with David Kerr winning the silver medal in the under-13 boys race.

The girls had a clear winner in the under 15 race with Sarah Munn taking the title and Ashley McQueen was 3rd in the under 13 race.

Full results

Senior Men
Dave Millar 1st 34:27
Colin Miller 4th 37:20
Ian Berryman 8th 39:05
Brian Craig 9th 40:23
John Moore 10th 40:48
Doug Connery 11th 40:58
Jim Sneddon 17th 43:59
Ian Fraser 21st 46:55
Dave Kerr 23rd 64:26

Senior Women
Helen Morton 4th 30:11
Mary Miller 6th 33:48

Under 17 men
Gary Kerr 5th 25:05
John Kerr 7th 25:44

Under 15 Girls
Sarah Munn 1st 13:17

Under 13 boys
Kian Douglas 2nd 14:09

Under 13 girls
Ashley McQueen 3rd 15:21
Victoria Conway 4th 15:32
Stephanie Dalgoutte 7th 16:24

Under 11 boys
Kian Douglas 2nd 4:52

Full results are now on our Results page.

Dave Millar on his way to victory

British and Irish Masters International

A report and pictures from the 2006 race at Falkirk, which George Irving and Colin Miller were competing in can be found under the Snippets page.

Also pictures from the open race where we had four runners competing.

Irvine AC Report 20 November 06

Irvine AC had three runners competing for Scotland at the British and Irish Masters cross-country which was being held in Falkirk this year.

This event brings out the best veteran runners from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Southern Ireland and provides a top class competition from the home countries.

Unfortunately Liz McGarry who had been selected for the women’s over 50 team had to withdraw when she had a back injury during her warm up.

In the men’s race Irvine had George Irving in the over 40 team and Colin Miller returning to international running after a lapse of seven years in the over 45 team.

Conditions were cold and dry with no wind, which made the conditions ideal for cross-country running with only some muddy areas being the only hazards on the day.

These races are fast and furious and from the start the Irvine pair found themselves in the top third of the field of 127 runners.

As the race progressed the Irvine pair had to fight hard to maintain their positions as their respective teams were trying to get in amongst the medals.

At the end of the race both runners finished in respectable positions with Colin 41st in a time of 29.42 for the five mile course and George not far behind in 50th place with a time of 29.58.

At the evening’s prize giving function there was good news that both runners had received bronze medals as the over 40 and over 45 teams had finished third.

There were four Irvine runners in the open race with Brian Craig and Helen Morton, who were both reserves for the international teams finishing in the top ten in each of their races.

Ian McManus and Mary Miller also ran well in the race.

At the Kilmarnock open cross-country race Dave Millar was trying to retain his title when he was the winner in 2005.

The conditions were very heavy, due to the very wet weather and Dave found it difficult to navigate his way round the course and had to settle for third place.

The course had many retirements and injuries and the Irvine runners suffered with Ryan McDonald who was well up in the U17 men’s race but had to retire with a twisted ankle.

In the U13 girls the club had 2 retirements with the course just getting the better of Stephanie Dalgoutte and Page Douglas who got caught by another runners spikes at the start but bravely carried on.
She eventually had to pull out just before the end of the first lap and required hospital treatment for her injuries.

Full Irvine results
U11 Boys
Kian Douglas 6mins 4secs - 6th .
U13 Girls
Victoria Conway 14min 13secs - 14th
Emily Munn time not recorded - 39th
U13 Boys
Jonathan McLelland 17min 41secs - 44th
U15 Girls
Sarah Munn 12min 52secs - 6th
Senior Women
Helen Morton 24min 39secs - 9th
Senior Men / Junior Men
David Miller 28min 2secs - 3rd
Ian Berryman 31min 26secs -15th
William Morgan 32min 8secs - 17th
David McLelland 35min 27secs -

Irvine AC Report 05 November 06

Irvine AC were competing in the Allan Scally road relay at Ballieston in Glasgow which is the last of the autumn relay races

This race attracts clubs from all around Scotland and attracts some top teams with many international runners on show.

Francis Napier ran the first leg for the ‘A’ team and finished well in 15th place with a time of 26:11 and Jim Sneddon for the ‘B’ team bettered his time from last year to hand over in 45th place with a time of 29:23.

On the second leg Brian Craig for the ‘A’ team had quite a few good runners around him and but ran well to hand over in 19th place with a time of 27:52 and Ian McManus brought the incomplete ‘B’ team home in 57th place with 35:39.

Colin Miller on the third leg for the ‘A’ team bettered his time of last year by about a minute to hand over in 14th place with a time of 26:08 and Dougie Connery brought the team home in 16th place with a time of 28:24.

On Sunday the club had a few runners at the Girvan open cross-country races and the following were category winners.

1st over-40 was John Moore, 1st over-50 was Ian Berryman who also finished 2nd overall, 1st over-60 was Ian McManus and 1st over-70 was Jim Young.

Three members of the club have been selected to run for Scotland in the British and Irish masters international which is being held at Falkirk in two weeks time.

George Irving has retained his place in the over 40 team with Colin Miller, after a good relay season, getting into the over 45 team and Liz McGarry being selected for the over 55 women’s team.

Irvine AC Report 29 October 2006

Irvine AC had three men’s and one women’s team at the National cross-country relay championships which were held over a very muddy and testing two and a half mile circuit at Cumbernauld.

In the women’s race Helen Morton ran the first leg to hand over in 35th position with a time of 18:37.

On leg two Mary Miller ran well to hand over in 46th place with a time of 21:15 with Liz McGarry holding on to that place with a time of 21:16.

In the men’s race there was a field of 94 full teams and but due to injury and other commitments, Irvine were not at full strength.

George Irving ran the first leg for the veteran team and had another good run to hand over in 25th place with a time of 14:51 with the ‘A’ team’s Francis Napier, after losing a shoe, handing over in 38th with a time of 15:20.

For the ‘C’ team John Moore finished in 66th place in 16:33 with Ian McManus the sole runner of the ‘D’ team finishing in a time of 21:13.

On leg two, Brian Craig who is still trying to find some form, battled well to finish his stage in 37th place with a time of 16:04.

Dougie Connery finished in 58th place with a time of 16.55 for the ‘A’ team and Jim Sneddon handed over in 72nd place with a time of 17:35 for the ‘C’ team.

On leg three Colin Miller brought the veteran team up nine places to hand over in 28th place with a time of 15:14 with Stevie Daye also making progress for the ‘A’ team by passing twenty runners to hand over in 38th place with a time of 15:26.

Not to be outdone Alex Allerdyce passed eleven runners to bring the ‘C’ team up to 61st place with a time of 15:51.

The last leg had Ian Berryman finishing in 30th place for the veteran team with a time of 16:33, Joe McNamee finished in 42nd for the ‘B’ team in 17:43 and Andy Rennie held onto the 61st place for the ‘C’ team with a time of 17:43

Irvine AC Report 22 October 2006

At the Ayrshire cross-country relays at Irvine’s beach park, Irvine AC had four men’s and one women’s team competing with holders Irvine trying to retain the title from some very strong teams.

From the gun Girvan AAC’s runner opened up a lead on the first leg with Irvine’s George Irving coming home in 3rd place with the ‘B’ team’s Francis Napier not far behind in 4th place.

On the second leg Lee Richardson worked hard for the ‘A’ team to close the gap to only seven seconds at the changeover with the ‘B’ teams Willie Morgan having a blistering last two hundred metres to catch the third placed runner on the line.

By this point in the race it was looking like a battle between Irvine ‘A’ and Girvan for the gold medals while the ‘B’ team were having their own tussle with Kilmarnock Harriers for the bronze medals.

Stephen Daye, who is now starting to show some form, took off for the ‘A’ team on leg three and ran well to close the gap to four seconds at the hand over with the ‘B’ team’s Brian Craig losing out to his younger Kilmarnock competitor finishing in fourth place.

The last leg was one of the most exciting for quite a few years with Irvine’s in form runner Dave Millar running against Girvan’s internationalist Stephen Wylie a member of Cambuslang harriers but who is eligible to run for Girvan as second claim.

After catching Wylie both runners were together until the last half mile when Wylie made a decisive break to bring Girvan home as champions with Millar only a few seconds down in 2nd place.

The ‘B’ team had to settle for 4th place with Colin Miller bringing them home and the senior women’s team of Helen Morton, Mary Miller and Alison Craig ran well to finish 2nd.

Unfortunately the times are not yet available.

In the Junior race the Boys U11 team had two new team runners in Johnny Duncan and David McFarlane. Johnny started well and finished in 3rd place in 5.22mins. David McFarlane maintained the team’s position and finished in 5.51mins. third leg runner Conner Gracie from Girvan ran the fastest leg in 5.01mins to bring the team home in 3nd place. U13 girl Victoria Conway was first to cross the line in 10.53mins handing over to Jennifer Valance who finished 2nd in 12.07mins. Jordan Duncan ran the last leg to bring the team home in 3rd place in 13.03mins. Stephanie Dalgoutte ran the first leg for the ‘B’ team in 12.57mins handing over to Ashley McQueen who ran a good leg in 11.31mins.
The U13 boys team started with Lee Simpson running a fast 10.24mins in 2nd place handing over to David Kerr who maintained the teams 2nd place in 11.04mins with Robbie Adams also finishing 2nd in 11.22mins winning the silver medal. The U15 girls team started with Sarah Munn running a fast 9.53mins in 2nd place with Ashley Easdon maintaining 2nd in 12.07 and Molly bell bring the team home in silver medal position in 11.18mins. U15 girls Fiona Hughes and Kathleen Fernandez decided to run the U17 race with Rachel Taylor. Fiona started well finishing 2nd in the first leg in 12.22mins with Kathleen 3rd in 12.51mins, giving the team the bronze medal. Best result of the day for Irvine AC came from the U17 boys team. With Ryan McDonald running a fast 8.48mins in 1st place handing over to John Kerr who ran a 9.19 also in 1st place. and brother Gary maintained the gold medal position for the u17 team in 8.57mins.