Central Athletic Club athletes are having to find new and innovative ways of keeping fit during the current coronavirus lockdown but two of the Club’s Under-15 athletes have been given a great incentive to keep training throughout the summer. With much of the planned summer season already cancelled or postponed, the London Marathon and London Mini-Marathon have currently been rescheduled to 4 October and Connor Bell and Cameron Kerr have been selected to compete for Scotland in the prestigious London Mini-Marathon. As with much in these uncertain times the final details require to be confirmed but it looks as though Connor and Cameron could be following in the footsteps of other local runners who have competed in previous years and progressed to greater achievements including Andrew Butchart, Jamie Crowe, Alastair Hay and Morag Millar.
The London Mini-Marathon 3 mile race doubles as the British Championships and includes teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, nine English Regions and 33 London Boroughs so a great opportunity for both Connor and Cameron for some top class competition.
Scottish Athletics have been looking at Virtual Challenges and the first is planned for Easter weekend from 10 to 13 April with a Clubs’ Tru Wealth Virtual Relay of 5 and 10 kilometre runs. The idea is to count solo road runs uploaded from Strava or Garmin with three 5 kilometre runs and three 10 kilometre runs contributing to the final result. Scottish Athletics have emphasised solo runs and the importance of keeping to social distancing of at least 2 metres. The event is open to Under-20, Senior and Masters runners and it will be interesting to see how this works out, with the possibility of holding further virtual challenges in future. Michael Wright is co-ordinating the Club’s entry so interested athletes need to contact Michael.