Sep 3 2008 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
CHAIRMAN Mark Fraser hailed the Airdrie Harriers athletes after another successful club championship day recently.
A healthy turnout of competitors battled to win their respective age groups with some superb individual displays produced during the event.
Mr Fraser told the Advertiser: “This year, the championships had a good family feel to them.
“Without the parents and older athletes helping out with marking and officiating, it would not have been the success it was, so a big thanks to them.
“The championships are a culmination of a lot of hard work by the coaches and long hours of planning, in particular by Angela Murray.
“The athletes’ attitude and efforts are encouraging and there were many great performances during the competition.
“This event is always eagerly looked forward to by everyone associated with the Airdrie Harriers.”
The chairman added: “With the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 not far away, athletics is in the spotlight just now with many of our athletes dreaming of being a part of these events.
“The coaches here motivate and encourage everyone to meet their standards and maybe someone here now will make one or both of these teams.”
Mr Fraser also passed on his best wishes to Harriers member Shane Malone as he heads off to Stirling University.
He added: “Shane has been at the club for over seven years and has been a stand-out athlete that others aspire to be.
“He has been part of the West of Scotland regional squad for some time and enjoyed a lot of success over 60 metres and 100 metres in his time with the club, bagging many medals.”
In the girls’ section, Roisin Smith held off challenges from Emma Miller and Sarah McDonald to claim the under-11s title. Victory in the 800 metres helped Laura Campbell to success at under-13 level.
Jodie Ronald won the under-15 competition with Samantha Donnelly just edging out Stephanie Boyd and Jane Williams in the under-17s following the tightest of contests.
For the boys, there was joy for Josh Kerr who performed consistently to pip John Harty in the under-11s.
An excellent time of 13.1 seconds in the 100 metres saw James Higgins defeat Ben McLean in the under-13 age group after a good battle between the pair.
The under-15s crown was keenly contested with Calum Wilson taking the honours ahead of Cairan Gallagher and Steven Ferguson who finished equal runners-up.
Ross McLean claimed success in the under-17s, thanks mainly to an outstanding 100 metres, to see off Darren Godfrey and Nathan Angelopolous in joint second place.
Malone produced the result of the day on his way to victory in the under-20 category by smashing the club record and delivering a personal best of 6 metres 33 centimetres in the long jump.