Central Athletic Club’s two Senior teams had to work hard to take notable double team wins at the National Short Course Championships at the fast and flat new course in Renfrew. Central also secured the further double of winning the Scottish Cross Country Challenge by being the two top teams in the early season series covering cross country relays and culminating in the short course event. Amongst a good turnout of junior teams, the Club’s Under 17 Ladies took team Silver.
Central’s Senior Men were defending Team Champions and here they showed true grit and some splendid packing to defend their title over the two lap, 4000metre course. Jamie Crowe was well to the fore throughout and finished off his effort in tenth place (12min 31secs). Cameron Milne (18th; 12.39), Alex Hendry (20th; 12.40) and Dale Colley (21st; 12.43) ensured the Team Gold medals in a close fought race.
Conan McCaughey (23rd; 12.44) provided quality back-up ahead of significant performances from Tom Watson (44th; 13.05), and Scott Green (13.32). Scott Brember added to his reputation with a 13min 58sec run in 98th place, missing out on an Over 40 Masters Bronze medal by just 3 seconds. Lewis Millar (104th; 14.01) led in David Lindsay (162nd; 14.43), David Eckersley (193rd; 15.02), Fraser MacPherson (210th; 15.16), Charles Graham-Marr (219th; 15.26), Colin Alexander (257th; 15.55), Jens Subke (271st; 16.14), Stuart Watson (305th; 17.06), Simon Barlow (318th; 17.33) and Mark Logie (347th; 19.00).
With four to count for team awards and a strong field it was always going to be tight battle for team medals in the Senior Womens Race. Fresh from being awarded ScottishAthletics Athlete of the Year, Laura Muir showed her world-class as she soon created clear water to the rest of the field, to win in emphatic style.
Central’s Morag MacLarty set about taking on a fierce battle for minor medals and team awards amongst a group of half a dozen top girls. Morag came away with a good return in third place for an individual Bronze medal with a time of 14.02, over the same 4000metre course as the men. Jennifer Wetton, though now focussing on longer road races and marathons, was pleased to be able to take eighth place (14.20). Fanni Gyorko, making her first outing for the club after returning from representing Scotland on international orienteering duties, was able to achieve 17th in 14.42. Fiona Thompson was struggling with an injury but battled to a 38th place in 15.20 and made a vital contribution in securing the Championship title by just 3 points from Edinburgh AC in second place. Other Central finishers were Natalie Milne (57th; 16.12), Kim Timmins (68th; 16.34), Claire Houston (83rd; 16.55), Eleanor Hanson (86th; 17.01), Patricia Milne (99th; 17.37) and Jodie Currie (123rd; 18.19).
The Under 17 Womens race, over 3000metres, also featured a strong team performance from Central as they took Silver medals behind Giffnock North.
Kate Gallagher (6th; 11.21) had a battle within the leading group, whilst Lauren McCulloch (10th; 11.49) worked her way up the field and with Lauryn Turnbull (15th; 12.19) giving another strong performance the Team medals were secured. There was strong back-up from Heather Scott (26th; 12:59) and Bethany Burch (44th; 14.28). Sandy Holl acquitted himself well as Central’s sole runner in the Under 17 Mens race, completing the 3000metre course in a fine 28th placing with 10min 35secs.
For the Under 15 Girls race over 2000 metres Rosie Eckersley worked up through the field from a steady start and finished twelfth in 7.56, with Kyra Gibb close at hand with 19th in 8.01. Elizabeth Thompson (51st ; 8.37), Carrie Banks (64th; 8.47), Millie Stokoe (89th ; 9.24) and Emma Mailer (94th;9.34) contributed towards another good team performance with a fifth placing in the Team results. The Under 15 Boys race saw some excellent endeavour from Central’s youngsters with Cameron Blance and Daniel Bruce finishing together with 7min 55secs in 63rd and 64th places.
Cameron Fraser picked up more good experience in 94th (8.40) heading in another good effort from Ben Hughes (99th; 8.53).