Central’s Andrew Butchart continues to rewrite the record books and at the London Anniversary Games clocked 7min 37.56secs for 3000 metres, yet another Scottish record. Finishing third behind Sir Mo Farah, this proved to be a big step up from his 7.45.00 outdoor run last year and 7.41 indoors this year.
“I’m over the moon with that performance, and the stadium was incredible,” said Andy. “Mo was coaching me mid-race and giving me advice on what to do, and I felt really good. The British Champs was an easy race for me, so my legs were quite fresh. I had so much fun out there; it was a good rehearsal for the world championships.”
“Next I’m off to Font Romeu for prep camp, and then in August I’m rooting for a place in the final. Today gave me a lot of confidence and I have a lot of self-belief I can do really well in London.”
Elsewhere, Central Athletic Club Men’s Team competed on Sunday at the third match of the Scottish Division One track and field season, in relatively benign conditions at Grangemouth Stadium. With a few gaps on the teamsheet there was always the potential for a stumble here but the normal superb commitment from the athletes saw Central finish in second spot, behind league leaders and last year’s champions Aberdeen AAC.
The first track event, the 400 metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright take third ‘A’ spot with 65.74secs backed up by David Lindsay just missing out on first (65.95secs) in a very close ‘B’ race. The 800 metres saw Dale Colley take third ‘A’ placing (1-56.29) in a quality race while Matthew Sutherland picked up fourth ‘B’ points clocking 2-06.29. Under-20 athlete John MacLennan proved competitive in the 100 metres ‘A’ race to come home fourth in 11.25secs. This time was matched by Peter Muirhead in the ‘B’ event, gaining more excellent points in second. Michael Wright proved to be the quality athlete in the 3000 metres steeplechase as he swept to victory in a season’s best of 9min 34.50secs; while David Lindsay again put in a strong effort for second ‘B’ points with 10-50.01.
Matthew Sutherland was taken somewhat out of his comfort zone to tackle the ‘A’ 400 metres clocking 56.47secs for seventh in his first ever race over the distance. Fraser MacPherson had an improved run for fourth in the ‘B’ event with 55.56secs. Jamie Crowe (4-02.75) and Dale Colley (4-05.12) always looked to have the 1500 metres sewn up as they lifted the Club’s spirits with maximum points. The 200 metre series saw Neng Wildman come through in sixth ‘A’ place (23.35secs) while Peter Muirhead set a personal best in winning the ‘B’ event in 22.96secs. The 5000 metres saw the welcome return of Alastair Hay who stamped his authority on the race to win with 14min 34.35secs while Jamie Crowe again proved his worth to the team with the ‘B’ string victory (14-45.21).
In the field the throwing duties were competently covered by Ron Todd recording 30.73 metres for the javelin; 20.95 metres for the hammer; 28.17 metres for the discus and a best of 8.51 metres for the shot put. Peter Muirhead demonstrated his versatility with an 8.55 metre shot put to pick up more useful points. Ron Todd was pleased with his 3.20 metre clearance in the pole vault, taking sixth ‘A’ placing. The Division One high jump was another quality event so it was congratulations to Under-20 athlete Cameron McCorgray achieving 1.95 metres for second ‘A’ points. Peter Muirhead recorded a best of 6.70 metres in the long jump for a third ‘A’ place while Under-17 athlete Ross McCorgray finished third ‘B’ (5.47 metres). Ross brought home more ‘A’ string points with fourth in the triple jump while Ron Todd took fifth ‘B’ points with 10.00 metres.
The 4 x 100 metres quartet of Peter Muirhead, Neng Wildman, Kieran Halliday and John MacLellan had another storming run to record 44.87secs in third spot. The 4 x 400 metre quartet of Dale Colley, Fraser MacPherson, Michael Wright and David Lindsay finished seventh at the end of a tiring day. The guest 100 metres saw Neng Wildman record 11.36secs; Ian McDonald 12.11secs and Kieran Halliday 12.29secs while Kieran also ran 24.92secs in the guest 200 metres race.
As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials, this time through Stuart MacPherson and Tom McMenemy.
Points on the day were Aberdeen 404; Central 264; Inverness 236; Kilbarchan 226; Victoria Park Glasgow 225; Pitreavie 199; Lasswade 188 and Arbroath 180. Overall league points are now Aberdeen 24; Central 20; Inverness 17; Victoria Park Glasgow 14; Kilbarchan 13; Pitreavie 9; Lasswade 6 and Arbroath 4.