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Bell and Heggie take U17 titles as Giffnock win five team golds

Bell and Heggie take U17 titles as Giffnock win five team golds

Sunday 26th February 2023

Connor Bell crosses the line to take gold in the U17 Men’s race (photo by Bobby Gavin)

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Giffnock North AC have dominated the National Lindsays XC junior team podiums of late, and this year was no exception.

But, in an impressive intervention, Harmeny AC stepped in at Falkirk on Saturday to claim the U15 Boys team title, keeping Giffnock from repeating their six-strong clean sweep of 2022.

That notwithstanding, it was a superb all-round performance from Giffnock, with six athletes on individual podiums in addition to those five team wins.

And indeed in that U15 Boys race, both first and third places on the individual podiums were taken by Giffnock athletes, Tristan Robin and Calum Dick, with James Alexander of Garscube in second.

Hosts Falkirk Victoria Harriers were no strangers to the team podiums, taking second in the U13 Girls and U17 Women’s team races, and third in both the U15 Girls and Boys team champs.

The remainder of the team slots were shared between Team East Lothian, Edinburgh AC, Central AC and Cambuslang Harriers.

The U15 Girls individual race saw a win for Lois Macrae of Inverness AAC, who has so impressed on the track this indoor season, most recently with a 1500m record at the Age Group Champs in Glasgow last weekend.

At U13, the individual winners were Rhuairdh Laing (VP-Glasgow AC) and Cerys Wright (Team East Lothian).

U17 Men’s champion Connor Bell of Central AC said he’d benefited from the team spirit at the club – and across the country: ‘I won the Short Course and Kirkcaldy so it is nice to make it a National double in terms of cross country titles.

‘I’ve not done all that much indoors this winter because this was the main focus to be honest.

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