Central AC Press Report – 31 January and 1 February 2015
There was a choice of venue available to Central’s Masters athletes on Saturday 31st January with most choosing the frozen Cross Country Challenge in Kilmarnock over the comfort of the Emirates Arena, Glasgow for the Indoor Championships.
On the day however it was the Indoor Championships that provided the medal haul with Cameron Smith proving to be the fastest man in the M40 category as he won heats and finals in both the 60metres (7.42secs) and 200metres (23.96secs) to pick up a brace of gold medals. Ron Todd, competing in the M50 events, also picked up two gold medals with victories in the Pole Vault (3.10metres) and 60metre hurdles(10.23secs) then adding a silver medal in the Shot Put (10.30metres).
The Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships course provided a chilly test for all the athletes. Catriona Welsh, in her first Cross Country race since her schooldays, finished in an excellent seventh place overall, covering the 6 kilometre course in 26min 45secs while Hazel Dean brought home a silver medal in the F50 category finishing 13th overall with 28.38. It is a feature of these races that the over 65 men compete with the women and here Bill Gault stuck well to his task to come home eleventh (34.11). The remaining men faced a 8 kilometre test and here it was David Eckersley who led Central’s effort finishing as 13th M50 in 33.55. Donald Shaw was next in with 30th in the M40 category (34.52) backed up by Hugh Buchanan (23rd M50; 35.41) and Robin Mussett (27th M50; 36.49). The next finisher in Central’s yellow and blue vest was Scott Brember (44th M40; 37.34) ahead of Central’s two M55 runners Allan Gall (31st; 42.05) and Cameron Campbell (33rd; 44.04). The results shake up showed Central’s M50 squad of David Eckersley, Hugh Buchanan and Robin Mussett placing close to the medals but having to settle for fifth team on this occasion.
It was a busy weekend in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow with the Scottish Senior Indoor Championships on Sunday 1st February. Tom Chandler proved to be the best of Central’s performers as the first year Under 20 athlete soared to a new personal best of 4.00 metres in the Pole Vault earning a Senior Championship bronze medal and equalling the Club record for the Indoor event. Johnathan McGuire was another first year Under 20 to catch the eye with some impressive sprinting. Johnathan qualified from his heat in a fine 7.27secs in the 60metres and just missed out on qualifying for the final with a 7.34secs semi-final effort. Peter Muirhead had competed for Scotland in the Long Jump at the previous weekend’s International match but here had to settle for fifth with a best of 6.72metres. Dale Colley made a diversion from his winter training to compete in the 1500metres so was reasonably pleased with his fifth place (4min 0.93secs) in a closely contested race. Kenny Hislop continues to make progress and here ran a 1500metres personal best of 5min 30.47secs.