Central AC Press Report
Central Athletic Club’s Andrew Butchart broke a Scottish National Record for the second time in a fortnight. Following up on taking Nat Muir’s mark in the 5000m in Hengelo a fortnight ago Andrew took advantage of the large crowd and the televised Birmingham Diamond League meeting to take the Scottish best at 3000m – with his 7.45.00 run better than John Robson’s 7.45.81 time from some 32 years ago. Andrew finished fourth in the race behind Mo Farah’s British record run.
‘Awesome crowds + sunny weather – great racing! 7.45.00 Scottish Record,’ tweeted Andrew. And Lynsey Sharp was quick off the mark among the congratulations for Butchart on social media as she tweeted: ‘Andrew Butchart – breaking records for fun!’
It was indeed a weekend of celebration for Central’s athletes. Friday night saw Jamie Crowe winning the 3000metres at the Crownpoint track in Glasgow, against a top-class field, taking the race with a superb sprint finish in 8min 25.59secs. At the same meeting Kate Gallagher ran a well-judged race to win Under 17 Gold in the Scottish Championships in a time of 9-58.72. Iain Davies was another to shine in Glasgow as he lowered his personal best to 1-55.96. Friday night also saw the running of the iconic Black Rock 5 in Kinghorn, Fife where Scott Green finished in a highly creditable fourth place with 23min 48secs.
Jennifer Wetton also double reason for celebration through being first lady home at the Black Rock race (26.19) then winning the Vale of Leven 10K with 35min 30secs and taking the race series with a clean sweep of four out of four wins. Fanni Gyurko had another classy run in the Gargunnock Hill Race as she sped to a new female course record in very warm conditions.