Irvine Running Club member John McGarry has brought a British track title back to Irvine after winning the over-70’s 100 metres at the Master’s track and field championships at Birmingham.

McGarry has been on a great run of form this year and after winning the Scottish and inter-area championships.

He faced stiff competition down in Birmingham but came away with the gold medal with a time of 14.47 seconds, beating second place David Hinds by one millisecond.

Unfortunately, with the effort he had to make in the 100 metres to pick up gold he sadly picked up a hamstring injury but still decided to contest the 200 metres race. McGarry had a good lead at the 150 metres mark but the injury proved to much and he had to slow down but was still able to hold onto second place.

A disappointing end to the trip but it was still two tremendous results in a major championship for McGarry to add to his sparkling year on the track so far.

Elsewhere in the club, Alex Allardyce was back on the racing scene with two races in a week with one a 5K and the other a trail race in Arran.

First up was the Ayr Seaforth club 5K where Alex was an invited guest and he posted a time of 19:25.

This was followed by the Glencloy trail race in Arran where he posted a time of 41:59 over the testing five miles course.

Irvine times at the Eglinton parkrun were:

Steve Daye(17:12), Cameron Blades(19:42), Jim Sneddon(21:40), Jennie Jackson(23:01), Peter Taylor(23:17), Mike Flinn(23:44), Joe McNamee(24:35), Joyce Stewart(34:29) and Teri Evans(35:08).

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