Scottish National Cross Country winner Andrew Butchart clocked a superb 13min.18.96secs to finish second in a classy 5000m field in the Payton Jordan Invitational in California on Sunday. This puts the Central AC athlete firmly inside the 13.25 being asked for the Rio Olympics. This is a superb performance in a Scottish all-time context and now the British Championships in Birmingham in June will be key in a selection context.
To continue the high quality Jennifer Wetton entered her first track race for two years, and claimed a Scottish 10,000m Championship gold along with a fine personal best of 35-07.44 at Crownpoint, Glasgow on Friday evening. The Central AC athlete, returning to better form now after an injury-hit spell, picked up a £100 time target bonus.
‘It was only late last week I decided to race,’ revealed Wetton.
‘My coach, Derek Easton, mentioned it to me at training on the Thursday night – but he knows I am never too keen on track racing. Then on the Friday I saw a Tweet saying there were only three hours left to enter. So I did.
‘The pacemaker did really well for me but I didn’t actually realise he was dropping out with 10 laps to go. It was fair enough because he ran the London Marathon on Sunday and here he was trying to help me get a good time.
‘The 35.30 cash carrot is always an incentive and I had a pace-timing sheet taped to my wrist to know exactly what to go for at each stage. So, when I was on my own, I just kept checking with that to see if I was inside the target – into the last lap I knew I had almost 25 seconds in hand.
‘It’s good because my PB was 36.45 from three years ago and it was my first track race in a couple of years. I had all sorts of injury problems a year ago but I am getting there now.’