Feb 182018
Alistair Hay in action

Alistair Hay in action

The Men’s 5K road race at the Armagh International event, in Northern Ireland continues to grow in stature with a reputation for fast times. This year’s race, on Thursday 15 February, saw the highest quality race in the history of the event so no surprise that a number of Central Athletic Club athletes used the opportunity to record fast times.

Alastair Hay, competing for Scotland in the event, ran a superb new personal best on the roads of 14 minutes 30 seconds. Aidan Thompson also reduced his personal best to 14.39 while Chris Smithard was just outside his fastest with 15.06. Michael Wright underlined his current form with a 15.14 clocking and Matthew Sutherland also ran into personal best territory recording 15.15.

Feb 182018

Central Athletics Cross Country Championships were again held on the normal, testing course at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane on Saturday 17 February. The excellent weather didn’t completely make up for the taxing hills and the testing burn crossings.

Charge! - the Under-11 start

Charge! – the Under-11 start

The Boys and Girls Under-11 Races were held together over a 1.25 mile course with all 36 children showing great enthusiasm and determination. It was Joshua Kennedy who caught the eye to take the Boys’ trophy with a fine run of 6min 16secs with Tom Campbell also showing good form for silver (6.21) and Jamie Oldham picking up a deserved bronze (6.23). Owen Eckersley (6.51) was another to run well throughout to head home Aaron Middleton (6.53) and Alex Dunlop (7.04). Sam Gardner (7.18) held off Max Duncan (7.19) in a strong finish from both boys. Murray Henderson (7.38) led home Henry Crossley (7.49), Cameron Pollock (7.58) and Conall Paterson (8.00) while Dylan McCulloch and Jamie Connor finished together in 8.09 ahead of Andrew Fairbairn (9.02) and Gordon Chrichton (10.30). A number of Under-9 Boys also competed with Ray Taylor again showing great promise with a 6.30 clocking. Jack Sutton (7.26), Tyler Gibson (7.53) and Logan Bell (7.54) all proved they have what it takes to make an impression.

Under-11 race at the water

Under-11 race at the water

The Under-11 Girls Race was a bit of a family affair with sisters Carys and Leya Gibb in the first two spots. Carys’ (6.49) run a big improvement on 2017 and Leya also improving to 7.20. Naimh McKinlay picked up bronze, just holding off Leah Brown with both finishing in 7.27. Loren Stewart had a good run to record 7.49 and lead in Katy Cullen (7.56), Anna Lee (7.59), Iona Griffen (8.12), Beth Ronald (8.18), Mara Gillan (8.40), Connie Bateman (8.50) and Sophie Appelbe (9.07). The three Under-9 Girls who ran were all well in contention with Sienna Shepherd (8.20) just heading in Sienna Melville (8.21) and Ciara Middleton recording a useful 9.12.

A fast start for the combined Under-13 boys and Under-13 girls start

A fast start for the combined Under-13 boys and Under-13 girls start

The Under-13 race was held over a 1.75 mile course and here it was Connor Bell (9.32) who strode to victory with Cameron Kerr (10.03) repeating his silver medal run from 2017. Euan Campbell also made it a bronze medal double with an improved 10.08 clocking. Jack Campbell (10.19) had another quality run to head in Sam Vannet (10.25), Ryan McGuire (10.45), Ruiridh Burns (10.49), Cameron Darnbrough (10.55), Ross Lawrie (11.15), Innes Brown (11.56) and Finlay Marchant (12.57).

Melissa Turnbull (10.12) showed great class to win the Under-13 Girls Race by a margin from guest runner Leona Melville (11.11). Silver went to Summer MacLean (11.15) ahead of Mirren Henry’s 11.18 run to capture bronze. Anna McKinnon (11.19) was only a fraction from a medal place as she headed in Caitlin Bradwell (12.07), Megan Hogg (12.23), Heidi Eik Maxwell (12.23) and Olivia Freed (12.25). There were further encouraging runs from Anna Reid (12.44), Kirsty Reid (13.08), Megan Dunlop (13.23) and Heather Hale (14.42).

Lewis Dow leads Finlay Muir across the burn cross but it was Finlay who came out on top

Lewis Dow leads Finlay Muir across the burn cross but it was Finlay who came out on top

The third race, over a two lap course of 2.5 miles, saw the Under-15 Boys and Girls run with the Under-20 Women. Finlay Muir (12.28) proved to be the fastest Under-15 Boy holding off Lewis Dow (12.30) to move from Under-13 Champion to Under-15 trophy winner, and it was good to see Oliver Holden (14.24) tackling ‘the country’ as he lifted bronze. Finlay Brown put is a sterling effort to record 17.12. Kirkintilloch Olympian athlete Rachel Paton (15.30) was the only Under-15 Girl to accept the challenge while Rosie Eckersley again came through well in 13.53 to lift the Under-17 Girls trophy with guest runner Hanah Paton recording 15.05. Eleanor Hanson repeated her win in the Under-20 Woman’s age group finishing with a 15.16 clocking.

Matt Sutherland makes light work of the water as he speeds to victory in Senior Men

Matt Sutherland makes light work of the water as he speeds to victory in Senior Men

Talat Aidi, Charles Graham-Marr and Colin Alexander tussle at the water

Talat Aidi, Charles Graham-Marr and Colin Alexander tussle at the water

The Under-17 Men ran with the Senior Men and Veteran Men over 4 miles with another set of quality runs throughout. Sandy Holl put a fall behind him to take the Under-17 Men’s win with 23.11. The long striding Matthew Sutherland proved the strongest Senior Man on the day to win in 19min 50secs with Lewis Miller (21.38) in second and last year’s champion, Gordon Appelbe, taking bronze with an improved run of 24.05. Both Ben Noad (26.11) and Talat Aidi (26.20) showed sound efforts and continue to make good progress. David Eckersley (23.48) was the winner of the Veteran’s trophy ahead of a good run from Donald Shaw (23.57) for silver and Colin Alexander recording 25.35 for bronze. Charles Graham-Marr (25.51) ran strongly to finish ahead of Jens Subke (26.01), Hugh Buchanan (26.36), Jason Saunders (27.38), Colin Sinclair (28.29), Alan Gall (28.50) and Cameron Campbell 28.58.

Full results were:

    Time Club Champs
U11 Boys
Joshua Kennedy 6.16 CAC First
Tom Campbell 6.21 CAC Second
Jamie Oldham 6.23 CAC Third
Ray Taylor (U9) 6.30 Guest  
Owen Eckersley 6.51 CAC  
Aaron Middleton 6.53 CAC  
Alex Dunlop 7.04 CAC  
Sam Gardner 7.18 Guest  
Max Duncan 7.19 CAC  
Jack Sutton (U9) 7.26 CAC  
Murray Henderson 7.38 Guest  
Henry Crossley 7.49 CAC  
Tyler Gibson (U9) 7.53 CAC  
Logan Bell (U9) 7.54 CAC  
Cameron Pollock 7.58 Guest  
Conall Paterson 8.00 Guest  
Dylan McCulloch 8.09 CAC  
Jamie Connor 8.09 CAC  
Andrew Fairbairn 9.02 CAC  
Gordon Crichton 10.30 CAC  
U11 Girls
Carys Gibb 6.49 CAC First
Leya Gibb 7.20 CAC Second
Naimh McKinlay 7.27 CAC Third
Leah Brown 7.27 Guest  
Loren Stewart 7.49 CAC  
Katy Cullen 7.56 CAC  
Anna Lee 7.59 Guest  
Iona Griffen 8.12 CAC  
Beth Ronald 8.18 CAC  
Sienna Shepherd (U9) 8.20 Guest  
Sienna Melville (U9) 8.21 Guest  
Mara Gillan 8.40 CAC  
Makena Melville 8.48 Guest  
Connie Bateman 8.50 CAC  
Sophie Appelbe 9.07 Guest  
Ciara Middleton (U9) 9.12 Guest  
U13 Boys
Connor Bell 9.32 CAC First
Cameron Kerr 10.03 CAC Second
Euan Campbell 10.08 CAC Third
Jack Campbell 10.19 CAC  
Sam Vannet 10.25 CAC  
Ryan McGuire 10.45 CAC  
Ruaridh Burns 10.49 CAC  
Cameron Darnbrough 10.55 CAC  
Ross Lawrie 11.13 CAC  
Innes Brown 11.56 CAC  
Finlay Marchant 12.57 CAC  
U13 Girls
Melissa Turnbull 10.12 CAC First
Leona Melville 11.11 Guest  
Summer MacLean 11.15 CAC Second
Mirren Henry 11.18 CAC Third
Anna McKinnon 11.19 CAC  
Caitlin Bradwell 12.07 Guest  
Megan Hogg 12.23 CAC  
Heidi Eik Maxwell 12.23 Guest  
Olivia Freed 12.25 CAC  
Anna Reid 12.44 CAC  
Kirsty Reid 13.08 CAC  
Megan Dunlop 13.23 CAC  
Heather Hale 14.42 CAC  
U15 Boys
Finlay Muir 12.28 CAC First
Lewis Dow 12.30 CAC Second
Oliver Holden 14.24 CAC Third
Finlay Brown 17.12 CAC  
U15 Girls
Rachel Paton 15.30 Guest  
U17 Women
Rosie Eckersley 13.53 CAC First
Hanah Paton 15.05 Guest  
U20 Women
Eleanor Hanson 15.16 CAC First
U17 Men
Sandy Holl 23.11 CAC First
Senior Men
Matthew Sutherland 19.50 CAC First
Lewis Miller 21.38 CAC Second
Gordon Appelbe 24.05 CAC Third
Ben Noad 26.11 CAC  
Talat Aidi 26.20 CAC  
Veteran Men
David Eckersley 23.48 CAC First
Donald Shaw 23.57 CAC Second
Colin Alexander 25.35 CAC Third
Charles Graham-Marr 25.51 CAC  
Jens Subke 26.01 CAC  
Hugh Buchanan 26.36 CAC  
Jason Saunders 27.38 CAC  
Colin Sinclair 28.29 CAC  
Alan Gall 28.50 CAC  
Cameron Campbell 28.58 CAC  


Feb 122018

Central Athletic Club’s Andrew Butchart has been forced to withdraw from Team Scotland’s track and field team for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Endurance runner Butchart has reluctantly conceded defeat in his efforts to be with Team Scotland in Australia and his withdrawal has now been confirmed.

Andy Butchart with foot in a protective boot

Andy Butchart posted this picture of his foot in boot on Instagram

Butchart raced over 3,000 metres at the Millrose Games in New York on 3 February but during that race he suffered a fractured navicular bone in his right foot and an MRI scan in Boston revealed the extent of the problem.

Butchart posted a message on Instagram: “With 500m to go during my 3,000m race at the Millrose Games last weekend I felt a sharp pain in my right foot.

“I knew what it was straight away and after an MRI in Boston it was confirmed – fractured navicular in the right foot. I am heartbroken to miss Gold Coast 2018! It definitely sucks and I won’t be racing for a while… but I’m going to come back faster, fitter and stronger than ever!

“Good luck to all with Team Scotland in Australia.”

Jan 292018

Scottish Indoor Championships

Amy Gullen - high jump bronze

Amy Gullen – high jump bronze

Central AC’s Amy Gullen was back on form as she leapt to an excellent bronze medal in the high jump at the Scottish national indoor championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. The 19 year old from Muckhart came into the event confident after clearing 1.66m at the national open 2 weeks earlier, her best for 3 years. She put herself in contention with first time clearances at 1.54m and 1.59m. She then cleared an excellent 1.64m at the first attempt to confirm her in the top 3. The bar was then raised to 1.69m which would be a new personal best and club record height. Amy had 3 good attempts and in the final attempt looked like she was well clear of the bar only to knock it off with her heel. This meant she had to settle for bronze but with gold and silver going to athletes from Ireland and England she had the consolation of being the top placed Scot. Commenting afterwards Amy said “I know the big jump is there, it all just needs to click into place.” Amy is looking to broaden her horizons with competitions in Europe to give her further opportunities and will hopefully be competing in Spain next. Through these, she hopes to find that 1.70m plus jump that she has the potential to do.

Central had several Under-20 age group athletes moving up an age group to test themselves out against the top seniors. Kate Gallagher from Stirling is no stranger to top level competition having regularly represented Scotland at school and junior level. In the senior 1,500m she found herself up against GB internationals Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie but held her form for 5th place in 4:37.90 minutes. This was not only a new personal best with also broke the club indoor Under-20 record that had stood since 1996.

Balfron teenager, Anna Cameron was also on personal best form as she took a respectable 6th place in the long jump with a new best jump of 5.29m to go 3rd on the club indoor all-time list. This was after a respectable 8.26s in the 60m. Fellow Balfron teenager, Matt Chandler, was on similar top form in the men’s long jump with a season’s best 6.42m for 7th.

Andrew Sweeney and Kieran Halliday were contesting the sprints with Andrew running 23.94s in the 200m to just miss out on a place in the semi-final while Kieran ran 24.95s after 7.80s in the 60m.

Scottish Under-17 Indoor Championships

Ben McMillan

Ben McMillan

Central AC’s Ben McMillan was on superb form as he took gold in the 1,500m at the Scottish Under-17 Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, one of 3 medals won by Central AC athletes at the event. After taking silver at the equivalent Under-15 event 2 years ago, the 16 year old from Stirling has had a difficult time since then with injuries but having recovered came out at the indoor championships to see what form he was on. The question was answered emphatically as he led the final from start to finish and stormed away from the field in the last lap for a win that surprised even himself, in 4:17.52 minutes. Central teammate and training partner, Lewis Dow, followed him round attempting to complete a club 1-2 but he was just outrun at the finish ending in 4th place with 4:18.38 minutes.

Katie Sharkey took a bronze medal in the 60m hurdles with a season’s best 8.97s, finishing top Scot as an English and Irish athlete took the top places.

Central were well represented in the girls’ sprints with Shona McLay, Elizabeth Thompson and Lucy More taking on the 60m and 200m double. In the 60m all 3 set personal bests to progress to the semis, Shona running 8.13s, Elizabeth 8.36s and Lucy 8.51s. In the semis Shona equalled her 8.13s personal best to progress to the final, while Elizabeth sprinted to another personal best 8.27s to narrowly miss a place in the final. Lucy also set another personal best with 8.49s. In the final, Shona produced another 8.13s run to finish in an excellent 4th place just missing a medal.

Shona McLay

Shona McLay

In the 200m, Lucy set an indoor best 28.38s which was not quite enough to progress but both Elizabeth and Shona progressed comfortably through their heats and semis to line up against each other in the final, Elizabeth setting a new personal best 25.99s to qualify. Come the final, a fast athlete from Durham ran away with the gold but the Central pair chased hard for the medals. Shona finished in bronze position in a superb time of 25.61s, a time that was not only a new personal best but was enough to break the club senior record. Elizabeth finished just behind in another personal best 25.89s, a time also inside the previous club record. The club record of 25.9s had stood since 1999 so it was remarkable that 2 athletes had run inside it in one race. For Shona this was an excellent performance in her first year in the age group. For Elizabeth, who is much more comfortable over the 300m and 800m distances, it was quite a remarkable achievement to come so close to her first ever national medal at the shorter 200m sprint. This bodes well for when she returns to her longer distances.

And the good sprinting form from the Central athletes will stand them in good stead for the upcoming national 4x200m relay championships. The club’s team 2 years ago missed the national record by just 0.3s: with good form and baton exchanges this year’s team could go better than that.

Jan 292018

The latest race in the Central Athletic Club 2017-18 Cross-Country Series was held on Sunday 28 January on a flat course at Fintry Rugby Club with a field of 33 runners from across the Club. Conditions, although soggy underfoot, were not as bad as may have been expected after the recent snow thaw and rain.

Start of the race

Start of the race

This time around it was Connor Bell who showed his class with a superb front-running display to win in 4 minutes 32 seconds being chased home again by fellow Under-13 Euan Campbell (4.44), with a determined effort from Kyle Saunders (5.43) completing this age category. The Under-11 Boys proved to be a highly competitive category and Joshua Kennedy (4.48) showed excellent speed and stamina to head this age group. Owen Eckersley (4.54) had an improved performance ahead of a strong run from Aaron Middleton (4.59) while Alex Dunlop and Sam Gardner finished together with 5.10. Murray Henderson (5.20) came through well heading home a close tussle from Dylan McCulloch (5.50) and Conall Paterson (5.51) while Cameron Pollock (5.56) and Robert Tindall (6.14) both finished well. Amongst the Under-9 Boys it was Ray Taylor (4.52) who again caught the eye and with excellent runs from Tyler Gibson (5.30) and Noah Kennedy (5.33), much can be expected from this age group.

Grace Tindall (4.58) again headed home the girls to win the Under-15 category while Shannon Glen (6.49) will have picked-up some good experience from this outing. Anna MacKinnon (5.07) had another characteristically strong run to head the Under-13 Girls ahead of further superb performances from Summer MacLean (5.14), Mary Kealey (5.29), Caitlin Bradwell (5.30), Megan Dunlop (5.46) and Megan Hogg (6.09). Elizabeth Woods (5.26) showed great promise as she headed the Under-11 Girls age group. Again there was good back-up in this category from Leah Brown (5.32), Niamh McKinlay (5.43), Tabetha MacKenzie (5.55), Mara Gillan (6.12), Connie Bateman (6.15), Evie Scott (6.24) and Amy Fulton (6.53). Ember Mulhearn (6.19) was the sole Under-9 Girl and showed good form in a very capable run.

Thanks are due to David Eckersley and the small army of helpers who provided an excellent event.

Jan 222018
Team members with their trophies

Team members with their trophies

The final match of the East District Cross Country League was held on a testing and snowbound course above Broxburn on Saturday 20 January. While many football and rugby matches were called off the ‘whatever the weather’ slogan was rolled out for this cross country event. A good turnout of team members across the ages and abilities provided Central with three of the main team trophies from this fitting finale event.

Senior Women's team

Senior Women’s team

The day commenced with the Under-11 races with both the girls and boys following a 1.4 kilometre test on snow covered paths. There was a good turn-out of Central Athletic Club’s Under-11 Boys with spirited performances from the Club’s youngsters including a fine sixth place for Joshua Kennedy recording 5 minutes 49 seconds. Owen Eckersley and Aaron Middleton finished together in 15th and 16th placings both recording 6.05 while there was further strong back-up from Alex Dunlop (39th, 6.30) and Logan Bell (76th, 7.23). The results ensured the boys finished in an excellent third place on the day also recording third across the whole season. Niamh McKinlay ran the equivalent Under-11 Girls race as sole Central competitor with a fine run in 44th place with 7.21.

Leading U13 boys

Leading U13 boys

The Under-13 girls and boys again had their endurance tested over a one lap 2.7 kilometre course featuring Lungbuster Hill. In the boys’ race Connor Bell again underlined his strong racing credentials to finish sixth with 10.42 ahead of further top class efforts from Euan Campbell (28th, 11.48), Euan Docherty (35th, 12.04) and Dylan McCulloch (92nd, 15.18). There was a great turnout from Central in the Under-13 girls with Anna MacKinnon (18th, 12.54), Catriona Kane (20th, 12.55), Brogan McMillan (26th, 13.17), Summer MacLean (28th, 13.18) and Megan Dunlop (48th, 15.05).

Finish of the U15 and U17 women's race

Finish of the U15 and U17 women’s race

There was more excellent running in the Under-15 Boys race over a 4.1 kilometre course with Finlay Muir showing good form in finishing 16th (16.28) and Thomas Woods running well throughout (32nd, 17.01). The combined Under-15 Girls and Under-17 Women races ran the same course with Rosie Eckersley running with confidence in her best race of the season to date for 6th in 17.17 with good support from Heather Scott (43rd, 20.54) and Carla Subke (58th, 22.45). The Under-17 Men faced a two lap 5.4 kilometre challenge and here Tom Graham- Marr was always to the fore finishing seventh in 20.37 and with great back-up from Sandy Holl (11th, 21.14) and Telfer Gray (18th, 22.05) the club finished fourth in this age group across the season.

Aidan Thomson and Alistair Hay

Aidan Thomson and Alistair Hay

Start of the Senior Men's race

Start of the Senior Men’s race

Scott Brember and Michael Wright

Scott Brember and Michael Wright

A superb team effort from Central’s Senior Men resulted in six League wins in a row and here it was outstanding performances over an 8.1 kilometre course that sealed the team victory on the day. There were top counting performances through Aidan Thompson (second, 27.43), Alastair Hay (third, 27.47), Cameron Milne (fifth, 28.24), Matthew Sutherland (tenth, 28.54), Michael Wright (15th, 29.32) and Scott Brember (18th, 29.56). There was again excellent back-up from Murray MacLarty (25th, 30.07), Conan McCaughey (27th, 30.21), Lewis Miller (33rd, 30.40), Fraser Logan (44th, 31.12), David Eckersley (107th, 35.28), Donald Shaw (128th, 36.28), Robin Mussett (145th, 37.33), Gordon Appelbe (153rd, 37.58), Jens Subke (163rd, 38.28), Iain Dunsmore (173rd, 38.56), Hugh Buchanan (175th, 39.04), Ben Noad (186th, 39.52), Colin Sinclair (233rd, 44.22) and Cameron Campbell (246th, 45.55).

In addition to the team victory in the Senior Men’s category Central also won the overall male league title covering all the age groups and testament to top performances from all Club runners across the season.

Catriona Buchanan

Catriona Buchanan

Early in the Senior Women's race

Early in the Senior Women’s race

For the Senior Women, the club went into this last match with a narrow league lead and tying up the trophy proved no great difficulty through another strong turnout. Catriona Buchanan led the team in with a great 2nd place in 21.59 for the tough 5.4 kilometres, Lauren McCulloch continued to progress with 13th in 23.19 and Claire Houston stuck to the task to achieve 20th in 24.07 with strong showings from Kim Timmins (23rd, 24.25), Fiona Davies (30th, 25.06), Hazel Dean (39th, 25.45), Amy Hendry (48th, 26.24), Kirsten McStay (53rd, 26.33), Eleanor Hanson (64th, 27.31), Becky Hay (66th, 27.54) and Alison Curry (105th, 32.23).

As a footnote to the races Central Athletic Club had arranged the inclusion of a young visiting Hungarian athlete in the Under-13 Girls race. Dorottya Csuta from the Pegazus Budapest Club had wanted to experience some ‘real cross country’. The experience was fulfilled by the testing course and Dorottya showed her class with a front running performance to cover the course in 10min 19secs some 51 seconds ahead of the winner of the league race. Perhaps no real surprise as Dorottya is already a Hungarian champion on both hills and the track and could be a name to look out for in the future.

Jan 152018
Alastair Hay

Alastair Hay

Aidan Thomson

Aidan Thomson

Central AC athletes were in action at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh which was again the venue for the Scottish Inter District Cross Country Races with selected athletes representing their District or Scottish Students’ team following their performances in December’s District Championships. The top quality programme had televised international races from senior down to Under-17s where the international and domestic races were combined to provide competition and great development opportunities for the younger athletes.

Matt Sutherland

Matt Sutherland (11)

In almost perfect conditions for cross country running, Central’s Alastair Hay, competing for Scotland East, was always in close contention for an individual medal in the Senior Men’s Inter District race as the places fluctuated and the pressure built. Alastair finished in fine style in fourth, missing out on bronze by one tantalising second, covering the 8 kilometre course in 26min 36secs but contributing towards an East team win. Aidan Thompson was wearing a Scottish Students’ vest as he followed up on a winning run in Antrim for Scotland Under-23s the previous week. Here, Aidan finished ninth with a time of 27.02 which ensured the Students finished second in the team event. It was also good to see Matthew Sutherland in the black vest of Scotland East as he pushed through in 27th placing with an excellent 27.58 timing.

Fanni Gyurko

Fanni Gyurko

The Senior Ladies Inter District race had three Central ladies making a big contribution to the Scotland East team win. Fanni Gyurko took club honours after working her way forward across the 6 kilometre course with a fine 12th place in 23.30, followed closely by Catriona Buchanan in 15th place in 23.39 and Kate Gallagher 16th in 23.48. Lauren McCulloch represented the Students’ team through her studies at Stirling University with 39th in 25.11.

Central's 3 Senior Women

Central’s 3 Senior Women

The Under-17 Inter District races were supplemented by a number of up and coming international stars as GB took on USA and European teams in combined race, and it was good to see Tom Graham-Marr running strongly in this company and covering his 6 kilometre challenge in 22min 30secs for 18th in the Inter District race. In the Under-17 Girls’ race Rosie Eckersley represented Scotland East in a strong winning team with 14th (16.58) for the 4 kilometre distance.

Tom Graham-Marr

Tom Graham-Marr

Lewis Dow also produced a solid performance in the Under-15 Boys’ race held over 4 kilometres. Here he was 30th in the Inter District challenge in a time of 15min 10secs. In the Under-15 Girls’ race Carrie Banks was the Central AC representative in another winning Scotland East team with a fine 18th place in 16.25.

First year Under-13 runner Connor Bell was making his debut at this level and never looked out of place as he confidently covered the 3 kilometre course in 11min 56secs for 26th placing in his Inter District race. Melissa Turnbull made a strong start and finished in an accomplished 17th position in 12.45.

Jan 082018
Aidan Thomson powers through

Aidan Thomson powers through

Kate Gallagher receives her medal

Kate Gallagher (134) receives her medal

Central Athletic Club athletes impressed over the mud at the British Cross Challenge in Antrim on Saturday 6 January with Aidan Thompson winning the Under-23 Men’s race and Kate Gallagher taking silver in the Under-20 Women’s event. Indeed, both athletes were instrumental in Scotland winning team gold in both these categories in the Celtic Cross Country races.

Aidan’s race was part of the Senior race and, as well as being the first Under-23 home, he finished eleventh overall in a field of established international athletes, holding off Welsh Under-23 athlete James Hunt to bring home individual and team gold medals.

Kate Gallagher was competing in her first Celtic race in the Under-20 age group and was part of a Scotland 1-2-3 finish in this race, a superb start to her 2018 campaign. However, Kate didn’t take much rest as she was back performing over 3,000 metres at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow the next day reducing her personal best to 9 min 52.73 secs with another superb performance.

Dec 232017

Central Athletic Club’s Christmas Handicap was held on the evening of Thursday 21 December in misty but otherwise benign conditions. With 40 participants it was Fiona Davies who posted an emphatic win by some 23 seconds from veteran runner Allan Gall. It was good to see Ainsley Normand in competitive form as she came home in third, just ahead of newcomer Tal Aidi with Eleanor Hanson in close attendance.

Cameron Milne again proved to be the fastest on the night with a tasty 11min 58secs for the 4 kilometre course, taking some 7 seconds from his 2016 time and so closing in on Andrew Butchart’s 11.50 course record. Other notable male performances saw Jamie Crowe finish with 12.27, Rhuaridh Miller (12.51), Lewis Millar (12.53) and Chris Smithard (12.58). Scott Brember proved to be the fastest veteran with 13.11 while Under-15 Lewis Dow again underlined his promise with 14.15 as did Under-17 prospect Telfer Gray (14.18).

Morag MacLarty was again the top female competitor, finishing with 14min 11secs while Under-20 runner Lauren McCulloch made further progress to record 14.57 and Hazel Dean (17.41) finished as the top female veteran on the night.

Table of results below – also available as a downloadable spreadsheet.

Name Race time Handicap Lap time Category
Cameron Milne 22:13 10:15 11:58  
Jamie Crowe 23:27 11:00 12:27  
Ruaridh Miller 21:51 09:00 12:51  
Lewis Millar 21:53 09:00 12:53  
Chris Smithard 22:43 09:45 12:58  
Murray MacLarty 21:52 08:45 13:07  
Aidan Thompson 23:10 10:00 13:10  
Scott Brember 21:56 08:45 13:11 Vet
Michael Wright 22:35 09:15 13:20  
Fraser Logan 22:12 08:45 13:27  
Dale Colley 22:28 09:00 13:28  
Morag MacLarty 22:26 08:15 14:11 Female
Lewis Dow 21:00 06:45 14:15 U15M
Telfer Gray 21:33 07:15 14:18 U17M
David Lindsay 21:37 07:15 14:22  
Lauren McCulloch 21:42 06:45 14:57 U20F
Charles Graham-Marr 21:54 06:00 15:54 Vet
Donald Shaw 22:38 06:15 16:23 Vet
Gordon Appelbe 21:56 05:30 16:26  
Ben Noad 22:23 05:45 16:38  
Kim Timmins 21:44 05:00 16:44 Female
Jens Subke 22:16 05:30 16:46 Vet
Fiona Davies 20:13 03:15 16:58 U17F
Tal Aidi 20:37 03:30 17:07  
Iain Dunsmore 22:57 05:45 17:12 Vet
Ami Hendry 20:52 03:30 17:22 Female
Becky Hay 21:02 03:30 17:32 Female
Kirsten McStay 21:09 03:30 17:39 Female
Hazel Dean 22:41 05:00 17:41 F Vet
Ainsley Normand 20:37 02:45 17:52 F Vet
Eleanor Hanson 20:47 02:30 18:17 U20F
Claire Stansfield 22:09 03:45 18:24 U17F
Jennifer Wetton 24:12 05:45 18:27 Female
Heather Scott 22:04 03:15 18:49 U17F
Ali Aarg 24:21 05:30 18:51  
Jane Waterhouse 21:03 02:00 19:03 F Vet
Allan Gall 20:36 01:30 19:06 Vet
Colin Sinclair 22:16 03:00 19:16 Vet
Alison Currie 21:14 00:00 21:14 F Vet
Eilidh McLeish 21:39 00:00 21:39 Female


Dec 112017

East District Championships, Livingston

Central Athletic Club faced rock hard ground conditions at the East District Cross Country Championships in Livingston as their teams won the Senior Men’s and Under-20 Women’s team titles and Bronze medals for Under-13 and Under-17 Men’s teams. Jamie Crowe enhanced his reputation winning the Senior Men’s title and also coming home with Gold medals were Kate Gallagher in the Under-20 Women’s event and Scott Brember in the Masters Men’s category.

Jamie Crowe waits to sprint

Jamie Crowe waits to sprint

300 Senior Men with Central vests to the fore

300 Senior Men with Central vests to the fore

In the Senior Men’s race, Jamie Crowe was involved in a head-to-head tussle with Welsh International runner Kristian Jones, representing Dundee Hawkhill Harriers. Jamie sat on Kristian’s shoulder for much of the latter half of the 9.6 kilometre race, unleashing an impressive sprint finish to win in 29min 58secs. Superb running by Alastair Hay (sixth, 30.41) and Cameron Milne (seventh, 30.57), backed up by more top performances from Aidan Thompson (13th, 31.53), Matthew Sutherland (16th, 32.24) and Scott Brember (19th, 32.43) as medal counters, ensured Central continued their four year team winning streak in this event. There was more strong running throughout this race from Murray MacLarty (32nd, 32.59), Lewis Millar (29th, 33.11), Will Hensman (130th, 38.17), Donald Shaw (158th, 39.30), David Eckersley (174th, 40.09), Charles Graham-Marr (180th, 40.27), Fraser Purves (201st, 41.23), Ben Noad (210th, 41.58), Gordon Appelbe (215th, 42.06), Raymond Milne (263rd, 46.46), Allan Gall (273rd, 48.14) and Cameron Campbell (277th, 49.36).

Senior Women's team

Senior Women’s team

Central’s Senior Women took fourth place with a strong team taking on a 6,400 metre course. Morag MacLarty led the team home, with a fifth place (23.30), with Fanni Gyurko just behind in 6th (23.40). Next counters for the team awards were Claire Houston (26th, 25.15) and Kim Timmins (45th, 26.54) with Patricia Milne (55th, 27.54), Hazel Dean (60th, 28:28), Becky Hay (81st, 29.35), Amy Hendry (85th, 29.46), Kirsten McStay (87th, 29.55), Lee Houghton (112th, 34.04) and Alison Curry (115th, 35.31).

Kate Gallagher in the leading group

Kate Gallagher in the leading group

Kate Gallagher (8) and other medallists

Kate Gallagher (8) and other medallists

Kate Gallagher took top spot and led her Under-20 team to team gold with Kate putting in an impressive 17.46 for her 5,000 metres course. Lauren McCulloch worked hard to move up through the field to fifth place with 18.43 and the winning trio was completed by a great run by Eleanor Hanson with 22.05 in 19th place.

Under-17 Men

Under-17 Men

The Under-17 Men saw Ben MacMillan lead his Central team home in eighth, covering the 6.4 kilometre course in 22 minutes 32 seconds. Tom Graham-Marr finished just a few strides behind in ninth (22.35) while new recruit Telfer Gray ensured the Bronze team medals in 16th spot with 23.10. This time there was back-up from Sandy Holl (31st, 24.59) and Gregor McArthur (35th, 25.19) with both youngsters producing strong performances. For the Under-17 Women, Rosie Eckersley (8th, 19.40) and Heather Scott (25th, 23.40) put in very good performances.

Under-15 Boys race

Under-15 Boys race

The Under-15 Boys’ team was led home through a strong run from Lewis Dow (eighth, 13.57) with further dogged performances from Finlay Muir (24th, 14.57), Thomas Woods (29th, 15.21) while Kyle Howie and Angus Henderson finishing together in 42nd and 43rd positions with 16.08 and Ben Angus Hughes came through in 53rd in 16.57, with the boys finishing as fifth team. Carrie Banks ran a strong 7th place with 15.21 along with Kyra Gibb (20th, 16.41) in the Under-15 Girls race.

The Under-13 Boys faced a 3.2 kilometre challenge with Connor Bell well to the fore to finish in seventh in 11min 50secs. The Bronze team medals were ensured by further top performances by Cameron Kerr (15th, 12.14) and Cameron MacMillan (29th, 12.52). Euan Campbell (34th, 13.13) again showed his promise as did Euan Docherty (35th, 13.19), Ruairidh Burns (52nd, 14.04) and Finlay Marchant (64th, 15.33). For Central’s Under-13 Girls there was another strong turnout with Anna MacKinnon (24th, 13:54), Summer Maclean (25th, 13:54), Amy Cully (33rd, 14:21), Mirren Henry (38th, 14:35) and Mary Kealey (46th, 15:07).

Acting as a trial race, the top ten finishers in each event won places in the East of Scotland team for the inter-district match at Holyrood in the New Year.

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European Cross Country Championships

Central AC members were critical to Great Britain topping the medal table at the European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia. Andrew Butchart landed a fine bronze medal as he once again proved his class at international level. A year after finishing fourth when Scotland’s Callum Hawkins took third in Italy last December, this time the Central Athletic Club athlete led the GB and NI men to team bronze medals in the Senior Men’s race. Butchart led the race in stages but ultimately had to defer to race winner Kigen Ozbilen of Turkey and silver medallist Adel Mechaal of Spain.

‘It was very different to last year,’ said Andy. ‘With the weather being so cold this year, training had to be different but out on the racecourse it went perfectly. It went exactly how I wanted it to go and I was confident from the start knowing I was in reasonable shape. The last lap was frustrating, once they were gone they were gone and on this sort of course there is no way of catching them. I wish I could have stayed with them but I lost a bit of concentration and that’s all it takes. I’m happy with the bronze medal and hopefully there will be many more to come. It is great to win the team bronze as well with the rest of the team running well so it is a nice result.’

Delighted Cameron Boyek with his relay team

Delighted Cameron Boyek (blue gloves) with his relay team

Central AC’s Cameron Boyek helped the Great Britain and NI team to victory in the first ever 4 x 1,500 metre Mixed Relay event at the Euro Cross. Cameron was on the second leg and took the Brits into a lead that they held on the final two legs to see off the Czech Republic by one second.

‘It’s an unbelievable feeling and a great honour to be here,’ said the Scottish 4K cross country champion, who lifted the team from third to first after the opening leg by Melissa Courtney. ‘We came for the gold and we achieved it. I knew I was in good shape and wanted to get out hard and make sure that I caught them. Once I caught them I wanted to make sure I didn’t waste too much energy going past them too early so I sat on them for a bit and got myself in a good position.’

Sarah McDonald took it on for GB and then Tom Marshall, who had come in for Charlie Grice from the original selection, brought it home.

Dec 042017

Central Athletic Club athletes Andrew Butchart and Cameron Boyek have been selected to compete for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team in the forthcoming European Cross Country Championships in Samorin in Slovakia on Sunday 10 December.

Andrew finished fifth in the trial race at Liverpool on 25 November in very muddy conditions while Cameron proved his fitness by winning the Lindsays Scottish 4 kilometre cross country title at Kirkcaldy, and followed that up with an impressive indoor 2 kilometre Scottish record run to seal his place and return to GB international duty after an absence of a couple of years.

Andrew will again test himself against Europe’s best having finished fourth in this competition in 2016 while Cameron will compete in a new event, a 4 by 1,500 metre mixed relay race, along with Melissa Courtney, Charlie Grice and Sarah McDonald.

There is also a strong turnout of Central AC athletes expected on Saturday 9 December at the East District Cross Country Championships in Livingston where the club will be defending both Men’s and Women’s senior team titles and hoping to make inroads in the various age groups.

Nov 272017
Fanni Gyurko leads

Fanni Gyurko leads

On a day where mud caught many of the headlines, Central AC’s cross country teams fought hard for top honours in both the East District League race in Alloa and the European Cross Country Trials in Liverpool. In the second match of the East District League at Alloa, Central’s senior ladies took an individual win through Fanni Gyurko and the team win, also matched by the Under-17 men’s squad. The senior men’s squad split their forces with teams in both Liverpool and at Alloa, where they were still able to hold onto overall league position. The tough test facing all the athletes competing at Lornshill by Alloa, on a biting cold day with long hilly trails and ankle-deep mud in places, saw over 60 Central athletes of all abilities pitting themselves the conditions.

Matt Sutherland in the Senior Men

Matt Sutherland in the Senior Men

The Senior Women’s race was over a very testing course of 6.2 kilometres and the Central team was led home by Fanni Gyurko. She repeated her win from the first league match in similar fashion, with a steady start before pulling away for a commanding victory in 24.56. Catriona Buchanan also tussled with the front runners for a fine 4th place in 25.17 and Claire Houston continued to improve with 14th place in 26.33. A strong team performance was underlined by strength throughout the large field through Hazel Dean (39th, 29.15), Amy Hendry (50th, 30.37), Kirsten McStay (52nd, 30.48), Becky Hay (53rd, 30.53), Alison Curry (95th, 35.46) and Lee Houghton (101st, 37.16). The Central women’s top team place on the day moved them up to top the league.

Scott Brember

Scott Brember

The Senior Men’s 9km race saw Matthew Sutherland finish in a fine fourth place (32.03) as he led the team to second club on the day, but still ahead in the league. Scott Brember, in 10th was the top veteran on the day clocking 32.57 ahead of Ruaridh Miller (11th, 33.11) and Murray MacLarty (12th, 32.12). Lewis Millar (18th, 33.51) led in Fraser Logan (25th, 34.19) and Michael Wright (26th, 34.26). Chris McHardy completed his effort in 72nd with 37.53 followed in by David Lindsay (76th, 32.57), David Eckersley (102nd, 39.46), Donald Shaw (121st, 40.39), Charles Graham-Marr (126th, 40.51), Robin Mussett (148th, 42.15), Iain Dunsmore (158th, 43.12), Ben Noad (159th, 43.17), Talat Aidi (203rd, 48.10), Allan Gall (210th, 49.15) and Colin Sinclair (212th, 49.59).

The Under-11 Girls race was first race off and featured another strong team performance over the 1,700 metre race from the Lornshill school fields through the woods to the top of the notorious Gubber Hill and a fast return to the school. The team took a fine second team place through determined running led in by Carys Gibb (5th, 7.22), sister Leya Gibb (7th, 7.31), Niamh McKinlay (21st, 7.56), Connie Bateman (53rd, 9.38) and Tabitha MacKenzie (54th, 9.47).

Start of the U13 Boys race

Start of the U13 Boys race

The Under-11 Boys faced the same arduous 1,700 metre test as the Under-11 Girls and competed with their normal enthusiasm through Joshua Kennedy (fourth, 6min 40sec), Aaron Middleton (18th, 7.06), Ossian Arkotxa (36th, 7.24), Logan Bell (74th, 8.30) and Dylan McCulloch (79th, 9.12) with the team finishing fourth overall.

The Under-13 Boys had to tackle a 3 kilometre course with Cameron MacMillan finishing ninth (11.44), backed up by Connor Bell (11th, 11.48), Euan Campbell (33rd, 12.27), Euan Docherty (49th, 13.03), Ross Lawrie (85th, 15.05) and Finlay Marchant (92nd, 15.47) and the team in a great fourth place.

Tom Graham-Marr and Ben MacMillan in the U17 Boys

Tom Graham-Marr and Ben MacMillan in the U17 Boys

The Under-13 Girls race had a great turnout by Central racers as they took seventh team place over their 3 kilometre lap. Amy Cully (24th, 13.34) won a close battle with her team mates in the finishing phase of the race just ahead of Anna MacKinnon (25th, 13.34), Summer MacLean (28th, 13.48), with more great running by Catriona Kane (29th, 14.01), Brogan McMillan (36th, 14.16), Mary Kealey (38th, 14.19), Erin Miller (47th, 14.52), Ellen Montgomery (65th, 17.22) and Hana Littlejohn (67th, 18.26).

The Under-15 Boys had to wait until late in the day and faced a 3.8 kilometre course and here it was Lewis Dow in 18th with 15.42, Finlay Muir (22nd, 15.55) and Cameron Fraser (49th, 19.06) who did the Club proud. In the Under-15 Girls event, Carrie Banks ran an accomplished race to bag 7th place in 16.32.

The Under-17 Men added to the Central honours over their two lap challenge of 6.2 kilometres winning the team event in this age group with Tom Graham-Marr taking a fine third place with 22.45 with back-up by Ben MacMillan (eighth, 23.38), Keir Howlieson (ninth, 23.39) and Gregor McArthur (24th, 25.22).

Six of Central Athletic Club’s senior athletes travelled to Liverpool at the weekend to compete in the British Athletics Cross Country Challenge with places in the European Cross Country Championships and European Club Championships at stake.

This year the Club Championship was a show-down between Central AC representing Scotland, Tonbridge AC for England and Swansea Harriers for Wales and hopes were high for the men especially with Andrew Butchart back in club colours. With mud again a dominant factor here, Andrew had to settle for fifth, covering the 9.8 kilometre course in 30 minutes 37 seconds, just outside of automatic selection for European honours.

In this highly competitive race Alastair Hay came through in 37th (32.15), closely followed by Cameron Milne (42nd, 32.28). Aidan Thompson weighed in with a gritty 52nd place run with 32.45 while fellow student Jamie Crowe made the trip from his USA base to finish 59th with 32.53. Chris Smithard improved from 139th in 2016 to finish 98th with 33.56.

On final countback Tonbridge AC proved stronger on the day by just 2 points from Central with Tonbridge finishing as UK Club Champions to take the British Club spot into a European match later in the winter.

Two of the Club’s Under-20 athletes set off to prove themselves against the best in Britain and here Kate Gallagher finished 14th, covering the 4.4 kilometre course in 16 minutes 7 seconds while Lauren McCulloch was 50th in 17.41. With both girls in the first year of this age group these were excellent results.

Nov 132017

Central AC and Balfron High pair, Matt Chandler and Briagha Cook, were on superb form as they represented Scotland in the Schools pentathlon international in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. For Matt it was a historic day as his Scottish Senior Boys’ team took a famous victory over their English, Irish and Welsh counterparts.

Senior Boys 60m hurdlesHopes were high after Matt and his Scottish teammates, which included Arbroath-based Central AC athlete and Scottish U17 Athlete of the Year, Joel McFarlane, had consistently won medals at UK championships over the last year. This was Matt’s third consecutive year in the event, but at 17 would be his final appearance in a schools international. After narrow defeats to England the last 2 years, last year by just 16 agonising points, they were eager to make amends and finally score a victory for Scotland.

Matt opened solidly with 8.61s in the 60m Hurdles for 5th place individually which helped Scotland take the lead in the team event. A personal best 10.87m in the shot kept up the challenge but some good throwing from the England team saw them move in front. A swift 200m from Matt with 23.80s helped the Scottish team to close the gap to just 58 points. In the long jump Matt leapt to a creditable 6.27m and with some excellent jumping from his teammates Scotland took the lead by a narrow 24 points going into the final 800m event. There was still work to do and each member of the team had an English counterpart to track. Matt did what he needed to do in his heat as he tracked his opponent all the way setting a personal best 2:13.09 minutes to finish with a score of 3,281 points ahead of his English rival. The final heat saw some close battles between the Scottish and English team, however some fine running from the Irish team with the top 3 finishers put them into contention as well leaving a nervous wait for the scores to be tallied.

Senior Boys podium

Central’s Arbroath-based Joel McFarlane took an outstanding personal gold medal to lead the Scottish team home. When the final scores were announced it was Scotland who had taken the victory by 111 points from England and 122 points from Ireland. This was Scotland’s first team win since 1998, before any of the current team were born and meant that Central AC athletes had finally secured a gold medal at this event after a string of individual and team silver and bronze medals from numerous Central athletes over the last few years.

Junior Girls 800mJunior Girls PodiumBriagha Cook was making her international debut at 15 in the Junior Girls’ event and opened with a solid 5.04m long jump. She followed this up with a superb 9.04s 60m hurdles personal best, the 2nd fastest of the day to lift her to 6th place. Another big personal best of 1.59m in the high jump, 3rd highest of the day, put her up to 4th just 7 points from a medal position. Briagha knew she would be under pressure in the final 2 events but produced a further personal best in the shot with 8.07m then another personal best in the 800m of 2:38.85 minutes. These performances gave her an excellent finishing score of 3,186 points for 7th place and helped her Scottish team to 2nd place overall and a silver medal behind a strong English team and well ahead of their Irish and Welsh counterparts.

Nov 132017

Central Athletic Club returned to winning ways at the Scottish Athletics Short Course Cross Country Championships. Record fields provided ferocious competition in all six of the races at Kirkcaldy with Central’s highlight being the Senior Men gaining the club three team trophies in three successive years and featuring a winning return to top class running for Cameron Boyek.

Central’s Cameron Boyek and Alistair Hay showing strongly in the lead group of the men’s race

Central’s Cameron Boyek and Alistair Hay showing strongly in the lead group of the men’s race

Cameron Boyek pleased with his winning form in a return to top level running

Cameron Boyek pleased with his winning form in a return to top level running

The Senior Men’s 4 kilometre race of two laps was certainly a case in point with some six athletes heading the field in a close bunch on the first lap. It was Central’s Cameron Boyek who seized the initiative on the second lap to open a 30 metre lead from his rivals. With dogged determination, Boyek held this gap to the finish to take the win in a keenly-contested race. Boyek’s victory, in 12 minutes 1 second, saw his next three rivals cross the line together just 4 seconds behind while Central’s Alastair Hay came home as a close fifth in 12.12. Team gold medals were also grasped by Central with excellent contributions from Cameron Milne (12th, 12.31) and Chris Smithard (28th, 12.52).

Alistair Hay, Cameron Milne, Cameron Boyek and Chris Smithard

Alistair Hay, Cameron Milne, Cameron Boyek and Chris Smithard

Boyek had helped Scotland to a Stewart Cup 4 x 1km Relay win at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country early in 2016 but the 1,500m runner has had injury problems in the interim. ‘It was good to win that and I knew reading the preview that there were some good names there and strong competition,’ said Cameron. ‘I just managed to get a bit of lead and then pushed it on when I could. I wasn’t sure what was going on behind me.

‘After the injuries that I’ve had, I am determined just to put in a solid winter and that means some cross country – certainly over this kind of distance. The 4K was probably ideal and I will be doing indoors as well. ‘I believe there is a 4 x 1,500m race at the Euro Cross and I think GB are planning to send a team to that so hopefully winning here helps me stake a selection claim for that.’

Also featuring for Central’s Senior Men were Murray MacLarty (13.07), Ruaridh Miller (13.09), Fraser Logan (13.21), Lewis Millar (13.49), David Eckersley (14.55), Charles Graham-Marr (15.32), Donald Shaw (16.15), Colin Alexander (16.17), Ben Noad (16.52), Gordon Appelbe (16.53), Kenny Hislop (18.50) and Allan Gall (19.11).

Morag MacLarty (442) and Laura Muir (531) feature at the front of a record field of 195 runners in the women’s race

Morag MacLarty (442) and Laura Muir (531) feature at the front of a record field of 195 runners in the women’s race

Morag MacLarty moving through the field as she makes the break in medal position

Morag MacLarty moving through the field as she makes the break in medal position

The Senior Women’s race was heavily featured in pre-race publicity, involving global top-flight runner Laura Muir running in her Glasgow University vest in a weekend’s break from her veterinary studies. Laura led from gun to tape, establishing an early and seemingly comfortable lead. For Central’s Morag MacLarty, there was an compelling battle for the minor medals, moving through a scattered main chasing group, to finally establish a bronze medal place (13.50). Kate Gallagher made a breakthrough run to take 11th place in the race (14.22), a huge step forward for the first year senior runner. Lauren McCulloch ran strongly for 31st (15.03) with Kim Timmins (66th, 16.22), Fiona Davies (17.88) and Becky Hay (18.03) completing a strong squad. Team medals were just outside their grasp with fourth place.

A strong run from Tom Graham-Marr led his team home with a fine eighth place

A strong run from Tom Graham-Marr led his team home with a fine eighth place

The Under-15 Boys race over 2,000 metres was also a hard fought race and here Lewis Dow was Central’s top counter in 24th placing with 6.48. Kyle Howie (7.15), Ben Angus Hughes (7.45) and Cameron Fraser (7.45) all ran with confident style and will have learned much from this top class racing.

The Under-17 Men’s race covered 3,000 metres and here Tom Graham-Marr was always well to the fore scoring a fine eighth place with 9min 30secs leading in further fine efforts from Ben MacMillan, Keir Howlieson (both finishing together in 9.54) and Sandy Holl (10.24) with the team in fifth place.

The Under-17 Women’s race covered the same 3,000 metre course and a strong quartet of Central runners took a very creditable 5th team place. Rosie Eckersley featured with 14th in 11.15 supported by Elizabeth Thompson (12.19), Heather Scott (12.56) and Skye Henderson (13.13). Central had an incomplete team in the Under-15 Girls’ race with great runs from Carrie Banks (14th, 7.16) and Eilidh MacKenzie (8.42).

Nov 092017

We’ve introduced a new design for club hoodies incorporating the club’s new logo on the left chest and the club name on the back. Optionally you can get name or initials on the right chest.

Prices are unchanged – £24 for children’s sizes, and £29 for adult sizes, and an extra £6 to get name or initials embroidered on.

The easiest way to order is through Run4It in Bridge of Allan who have sample hoodies in all sizes. Orders usually take a week or two to get made up.

If you prefer, there’s an order form on the club website .

Nov 062017

The first race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2017-18 Cross-Country Series was held on Sunday 5 November, in bright conditions, on a flat course in Cochrane and Johnstone Parks at Alva with a field of 46 runners.

It was Under-15 Finlay Muir who continued his fine early season form to win with 3min 51secs. Others in this age group were Ben Hughes who impressed to finish with 4.09 ahead of the improving Angus Henderson (4.10) while Finlay Brown had a strong effort to finish with 4.37. Amongst the Under-13 Boys it was Connor Bell who again went to the front to finish in 4.04 being chased home by Euan Campbell (4.11), Euan Docherty (4.16) and Cameron Darnborough (4.21). As the Under-13 Boys poured through there were further classy performances from Ryan McGuire (4.23), Ethan Sorley (4.39), Innes Brown (4.43), Kyle Saunders (4.59) and Andrew Twigg (5.04).

There was a superb turnout of Under-11 Boys headed home by Aaron Middleton (4.22) with Owen Eckersley (4.36) also showing true resolve. Matthew Kealy ran well to record 4.46 leading in Sam Gardner (4.47), Murray Henderson (4.49), Oliver Ditchfield (4.53), Conall Paterson (5.01), Logan Bell (5.03), Cameron Pollock (5.07) and Sam Jones (5.10). Special mention should be made of the sole Under-9 Boy, Ray Taylor, who ran strongly throughout to be rewarded with a 4min 22secs timing.

Under-15 Girl Grace Tindall also brought her impressive early season form to bear finishing in an excellent 4min 13secs. There were more useful performances in this age group through Lois Burch (4.34) and Lucy Yates (4.41). Melissa Turnbull (4.14) continues to impress as she led home a large contingent of Under-13 Girls including a top performance from Amy Cully (4.15). Catriona Kane (4.27) and Anna MacKinnon (4.28) were others to shine in this competitive age group as they led home Mary Kealey (4.38), Summer MacLean (4.40), Brogan MacMillan (4.48), Ellen Montgomery (4.57), Harriet Ditchfield (5.01) and Hana Littlejohn (5.35).

There was competitive running throughout the Under-11 Girls age group with Niamh McKinlay (4.53) holding off Elizabeth Woods (4.55). The future of this age group looks assured through Mara Gillan (5.12), Connie Bateman (5.41), Sophie Appelbe (5.43), Amy Fulton (5.44) and Issy McGuire (5.47). The Under-9 Girls, Ciara Middleton (5.51) and Sarah Marshall (6.04) both passed this test with flying colours.

Thanks are due to the small army of helpers who provided an excellent event.

**Full list of al athletes & times >>>>>   Alva CC Results 051117

Nov 062017

Central Athletic Club’s Lewis Millar put his fitness to the test at the Lochaber Half Marathon at Fort William by winning and posting his fastest time for five years with an impressive 72 minutes and 33 seconds.

Fraser Logan and Murray MacLarty took full advantage of the quality and depth of the Leeds Abbey Dash 10 kilometre race to post new personal bests. Fraser completed the course in a tasty 32 minutes 38 seconds with Murray following in with a fine 32.58 clocking.

Oct 312017

Missing the National Cross Country Relay races, Fanni Gyurko took up an invitation to the high quality Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday where she finished in 15th place in a time of 2:39:48 taking almost 2 minutes off her personal best set at the London Marathon in April this year.

Oct 302017

Central AC made the annual foray to Cumbernauld for the National Cross Country Relay Championships, which continues to grow with this year’s record entry of over 2,500 athletes. With race squads covering all ages and abilities, the club were well satisfied with three medal winning top teams, and great levels of participation throughout the huge fields of runners.

Central’s women athletes brought home two sets of silver medals to runners spanning ages from 17 to 64 while Central’s Senior Men also climbed onto the podium with bronze medals. The Central Senior Women’s team took second place behind Edinburgh University despite the Central team starting with many uncertainties, with Morag MacLarty just back to full training only a few days before the race and Catriona Buchanan doing little racing this summer. Their experience was balanced by the youth of two 17-year-olds, Lauren McCulloch and Kate Gallagher.

Catriona led off on a combative first of four legs of 4,000 metres in 15min 11secs to bring the team to the first changeover in tenth place in a field headed by Edinburgh University. Morag MacLarty quickly dispelled doubts about her fitness as she set about reeling in the nine teams in front of her to post the fastest time of the day of 13:51 turning a 1min 10sec deficit into a full minute lead over next placed Aberdeen at changeover. Meanwhile the Edinburgh University team had dropped to fourth place a further minute in arrears. First team debutant, Lauren McCulloch, set about the third leg in confident manner and her time of 15:24 held Central in first place. Kate Gallagher ran strongly with a fine 15:11 timing but could not hold off Steph Pennycook, seasoned international runner from Edinburgh University, but a silver medal placing was a great achievement for the team.

Central Athletic Club’s Senior Men made a determined effort over their four legs of 4,000 metres. It was good to see Scott McDonald back in form to complete the first leg in fourth spot with a 12min 37secs effort. Lewis Millar proved his fitness with a 13:17 timing and the team in fifth place. Aidan Thompson’s superb 12:40 on the third leg saw the team in second behind a resurgent Inverclyde AC. There was a dramatic final leg as Aberdeen overtook Central’s Cameron Milne (12:49) who then held off a fast finishing Shettleston Harriers to bag the bronze medals.

Central’s second women’s team was led off by Claire Houston with a 19th placing with her 15:34 lap, Kim Timmins fought hard to keep the team in 21st place with her 17:12 effort. Under-20 Eleanor Hanson held 21st position with 18:06 to hand on to final lap runner Natalie Milne. In a unique weekend of contrasts and dedication, Natalie completed her race as part of her wedding weekend celebrations, tying the knot on Friday afternoon and racing at Cumbernauld on Saturday before heading to her honeymoon. Natalie’s time of 16:25 pulled the team up to a creditable 15th place. A third team of Fiona Davies (18:16, 48th), Becky Hay (18:52, 45th) and Kirsten McStay (18:52, 38th) also did the Club proud with impressive runs.

Women’s V50 silver medallists

Central had two Women’s Masters’ teams running alongside the Senior Women. The W40 team finishing in 17th place through Alison Currie (21:18, 20th), Mary Kerr (21:47, 18th) and Lee Houghton (22:17, 17th) in a cumulative time of 65:22. The Central W50 team ran superbly throughout to take a second set of silver medals through Hazel Dean (17:29, second), Jane Waterhouse (19:34, second) and mother of the bride, Trish Milne, posting the fastest team time with 17:17 to bring the team home with 54:20 in second place behind Edinburgh AC.

There was further great endeavour from Central’s Senior Men’s ‘B’ team through Fraser Logan (13:44, 31st), Ruaridh Miller (13:26, 20th), Scott Brember (13:36, 17th) and Michael Wright finishing in 13:29 for 16th overall. It was good to welcome back Murray MacLarty to Central’s ‘C’ team here running 13:27 for 21st, back-up from Matthew Sutherland (13:46, 21st), David Lindsay (14:37, 25th) and Ross McNaught with 15:42 saw the team finish in 32nd placing.

There was further true resolve from Central’s Masters’ teams through Colin Alexander (16:34), Hugh Buchanan (16:34), Fraser Purves (16:21) and Donald Shaw (17:04) to finish 17th team in this category. More endeavour was shown by Raymond Milne (18:01), Jason Saunders (17:26), Hugh Kerr (16:55) and Mark Logie (18:08) with the team in 24th of the Masters’ teams.

For the Men’s Over-50 race the teams comprised 3 runners, and Central’s fastest team finished 7th after strong runs by David Eckersley (15:03), Charles Graham-Marr (16:08) and Stuart Watson (17:33), with the club’s representation completed in 20th place by Cameron Campbell (20:00), Allan Gall (19:13) and John Millar (21:44).

The Junior Girls’ team combined Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 legs of 2,500 metres. The Central lead team took a creditable 16th place through Anna MacKinnon (11:06, 28th), Kyra Gibb (10:11, 15th) and Rosie Eckersley (10:17, 16th). The other Central teams who showed great determination were Mary Kealey (11:40, 52nd), Brogan McMillan (12:08, 64th) and Bethany Burch (11:15, 51st) plus Mirren Henry (11:44, 55th), Amy Cully (11:30, 50th) and Heather Scott (11:59) close behind in 53rd. Erin Miller (12:49, 84th) and Summer McLean (11:45, 72nd) also ran well but had an incomplete team.

Central’s Junior Boys teams also ran 2,500 metre legs and here Under-13 Connor Bell set off with real purpose to complete his leg in 9min 34secs backed up by Under-15 Finlay Muir (9:36) and Under-17 Keir Howlieson (9:08) with this ‘A’ team finishing 20th overall. The ‘B’ team of Cameron Kerr (9:51), Cameron Fraser (11:07) and Tom Graham-Marr (8:48) produced another strong showing for the club in 40th overall. There were further solid performances from Owen Eckersley (11:16), Ben Angus Hughes (11:08) and Sandy Holl (9:10) in the ‘C’ team, finishing 66th. Brothers Cameron MacMillan (9:55) and Ben MacMillan (8:50) made up an incomplete team, both running strongly.

Oct 232017

Central Athletic Club was the host for the first match of the East of Scotland Cross Country League on the Stirling University campus. A record 903 finishers from over 40 clubs found an already tough course made more so with wet muddy conditions and periods of rain. Central came away with match wins for Senior Men and Under-11 Boys and were standing top of the league across all male teams and third in females.

Fanni Gyurko and Lauren McCulloch

Fanni Gyurko and Lauren McCulloch

For the Senior Women, two laps of the 3,000 metre circuit suited the strength of Fanni Gyurko who came through to take the win on the second lap with a fine time of 22mins 35secs. Lauren McCulloch (15th; 24.23) and Claire Houston (16th; 24.25) were pleased with their consecutive top-end placings. Central’s large contingent was completed by strong runs from Eleanor Hanson (51st; 27.35), Amy Hendry (66th; 28.36), Kirstin McStay (78th; 29.43), Alison Currie (117th; 33.54) and Lee Houghton (121st; 34.27).

The Senior and Junior Men tackled a 9 kilometre course facing tough underfoot conditions as the course had cut up from the earlier races.

Some 300 at the men's start

Some 300 at the men’s start

The Central contingent was always to the fore ensuring the club captured the lead in this first of the three race league series. Aidan Thompson, third in 30min 3secs and Alastair Hay (fourth; 30.19) underlined their form from the previous week and were well backed-up by further strong runs from Chris Smithard (9th; 30.54), Cameron Milne (13th; 31.35), Lewis Millar (14th; 31.46) and Scott McDonald (16th; 31.56). Scott Brember was first Veteran overall (22nd; 32.14) and Central’s seventh counter.

Aidan Thompson and Alastair Hay

Aidan Thompson and Alastair Hay

As the runners poured through there were others making light of the tough conditions including Michael Wright (32nd; 32.47), Ruaridh Miller (33rd; 32.50), Under-20 runner Euan Brownlie (68th; 35.05), David Eckersley (109th; 37.22), Andy Turnbull (131st; 38.20), Fraser Purves (154th; 39.20) and Robin Mussett (171st; 40.25). Also testing themselves were Neil Ferrier (172nd; 40.27), Hugh Buchanan (173rd; 40.33), Charles Graham-Marr (174th; 40.43), Jens Subke (201st; 42.01), Ben Noad (224th; 43.35), Raymond Milne (239th; 44.30), Liam McCabe (244th; 45.03), Allan Gall (254th; 46.16), Mark Logie (257th; 46.35), Cameron Campbell (278th; 49.36) and Kenneth Hislop (281st; 49.57).

The Under-11 races featured one lap of 1,640 metres, and among the Girls, sisters Carys and Leah Gibb finishing second (6.43) and 19th (7.14) respectively to lead in Niamh McKinlay (29th; 7.26), Alana Kerr (33rd; 7.37) and Isabella McGuire (67th; 8.49). The winning Under-11 Boys team saw Tom Campbell lead in his team-mates in seventh in 6min 28secs. Magnus Bryce ran well in ninth (6.31) just ahead of tenth place Aaron Middleton (6.35). There was excellent back-up from Joshua Kennedy (16th; 6.42), Oliver Ditchfield (56th; 7.22), Logan Bell (65th; 7.52) and Dylan McCulloch (76th; 8.52).

A great turnout of Under-13 runners took on a single lap of 2,400metres and the Girls team were rewarded with a third league team placing. Anna MacKinnon was top Central finisher in tenth place in 11.51 closely followed by Amy Cully (12th; 11.53), Summer MacLean (18th; 12.13), Mirren Henry (20th; 12.19), Catriona Kane (24th; 12.27), Mary Kealey (29th; 12.37), Brogan McMillan (36th; 12.51), Katherine Fowler (39th; 12.54), Ellie Ross (63rd; 13.53), Harriet Ditchfield (65th; 13.57) and Ellen Montgomery (73rd; 14.27). The Under-13 Boys followed the same course as the Under-13 Girls with the same third team result. Connor Bell showed committed running to finish seventh (10.18) followed closely by a determined Cameron Kerr (10th; 10.28) with Euan Campbell and Jack Campbell crossing the line together in 24th and 25th both recording 11.09. Cameron MacMillan came home in 34th (11.18) heading further good runs from Ryan McGuire (36th; 11.23), Euan Docherty (39th; 11.31), Jackson McKnight (46th; 11.45), Struan Craig (85th; 13.34) and Finlay Marchant (86th; 13.36).

For the combined Under-15 and 17 Women’s race over 3.3 kilometres, Grace Tindall had a great run finishing 17th Under-15 with 14.38; Skye Henderson was 15th Under-17 in 14.54 with Heather Scott next placed with 15.46. Central’s Under-15 Boys made an impact in their 3.3 kilometre challenge with Lewis Dow in eighth with 12.13 leading in further classy performances from Finlay Muir (13th; 12.36), Angus Henderson (29th; 13.32), David Cairns (45th; 14.42), Ben Hughes (48th; 15.12) and Cameron Fraser (51st; 15.25). It was good to see Under-17s Keir Howlieson and Craig McArthur test themselves over 6 kilometres with Keir finishing twelfth recording 22.18 and Gregor in 20th (23.26).

Oct 162017
Fanni Gyurko gave her team a great start in the senior women’s race

Fanni Gyurko gave her team a great start in the senior women’s race

Central AC’s cross country running season opened at Glamis Castle with medal placings for both senior teams in the East District Cross Country Relay Championships.

The senior women’s team faced a testing 4,000 metre course through the grounds and woodlands of the Glamis Castle estate with teams of three runners. First off, Fanni Gyurko pushed hard to come in with the leading runners in 3rd place with a 14 minute 22 second lap, and what proved to be the sixth fastest lap of the day. Natalie Milne was able to move the team up to second place with her 15.28 lap passing on to Under-20 runner Kate Gallagher. For Kate it was her first senior team run, and she ran a spirited lap, chasing those in front but with fast-finishing clubs pushing hard behind. Her 14.43 lap brought the team home in silver medal position behind the winning Edinburgh University trio.

Senior debut for Kate Gallagher brings a silver team medal

Senior debut for Kate Gallagher brings a silver team medal

The Central B team showed that there was good strength in depth with Lauren McCulloch (15.20), Eleanor Hanson (17.42) and Claire Houston (15.29) finishing in 11th place. The C team of Amy Hendry (17.51), Shona Aitken (18.48) and Becky Hay (18.14) took 31st place.

The men’s four leg relay, over the same 4,000 metre course as the women’s race, saw Central win bronze medals in an overall 50.58 behind Corstorphine AAC (49.59) and Aberdeen AAC (50.22). Aidan Thompson put in a fine effort on the first leg (12.29) to put the team in second place. Ruaridh Miller’s 13.10 effort saw the club in third after the second leg, with Michael Wright (12.59) maintaining this position on the third leg. It was Alastair Hay who completed the Central effort with 12.20 to record the third fastest relay leg of the day.

Aidan Thompson (11) at the head of 71 runners

Aidan Thompson (11) at the head of 71 runners

Central men’s B team came home in 27th place through Fraser Logan (13.27), David Lindsay (14.21), Will Hensman (15.09) and newcomer Ben Noad (16.55). The Masters’ team of David Eckersley (15.14), Colin Alexander (16.26), Jens Subke (16.13) and Charles Graham-Marr (15.36) acquitted themselves well to finish in 34th overall and eighth in the Masters’ race. Raymond Milne (17.15) led off a further Masters’ team backed-up by Allan Gall (19.19), John Millar (20.43) and Cameron Campbell (19.17) finishing 57th overall. An incomplete team of Hugh Buchanan (16.33) and Colin Sinclair (18.09) rounded off Central’s efforts on the day.

Alastair Hay - third fastest lap

Alastair Hay – third fastest lap

The young athletes combined Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 leg runners, each doing a 2,500 metre lap and Central’s young female team made the most of the setting to post fine race times. Melissa Turnbull on first leg for the A team produced a classy 10.07 to bring the team in 4th place, Carrie Banks on the Under-15 lap produced 10.11, dropping just one place and Rosie Eckersley on the final leg brought the team home placed a creditable 6th. Incomplete team runners Mary Kealey (12.07), Anna MacKinnon (11.17) and Heather Hale (13.00) ran strongly in the Under-13 age group.

Central’s young male athletes made the most of their first cross country outing of the season with Central’s Under-13s Cameron MacMillan (22nd, 10.19), Ross Lawrie (33rd, 11.06) and Ben Harley (42nd, 12.11). The Under-15 runners also acquitted themselves well through Finlay Muir (16th, 9.23), Daniel Bruce (37th, 9.54) and Cameron Fraser (40th, 11.16). It was Under-17 Keir Howlieson who brought the A team home in 13th with the fourth fastest Under-17 leg of 8.37, and Ben MacMillan also showing great form to finish the B team in 30th with the sixth fastest Under-17 leg of 8.40.

Full results are on the Scottish Athletics website

Oct 132017
Ross Houston hits the tape

Ross Houston hits the tape

Central AC’s Ross Houston continued his recent winning ways with a marathon win in York. The GB and NI international ultra-runner and Central AC stalwart won the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon in a time of 2.24.13. It was the first marathon run for Ross for a number of years after representing Scotland at that distance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Ross led home a field of over 4,000 runners after a race-long scrap with Tom Charles of Trafford AC, making his break in the last few miles for a decisive victory.

Oct 132017
Eilish McColgan (right) with the Central training group

Eilish McColgan (right) with the Central training group

Eilish McColgan, World and Olympic finalist and Scottish 5000 metres champion, attended Central AC’s Stirling training and spent the evening inspiring our athletes and coaches as part of Women and Girls in Sport Week. The aim of the week was to raise awareness of increasing participation in sport and physical activity among women and girls, and to challenge the barriers to participation. Eilish put 22 of our athletes through their paces as part of the special training session. This was followed by a Q&A where she took a variety of questions from our athletes and shared top tips from her own sporting success.

Oct 092017

The invitational English 6 Stage Road Relay Championships was again held on the traditional Sutton Park course in Birmingham on Saturday 7 October. Central Athletic Club’s team was all change from 2016 with all the local runners gaining great experience and again making an impact at this high level of competition. Aidan Thompson was charged with first leg responsibility and covered the 6 kilometre course in 18min 27sec bringing the Central team through in 33rd place.

Iain Davies took time off from his studies to record 18min 52sec on the second leg with the team now in 39th place of the 84 contenders. Ruaridh Miller picked up the third leg challenge to finish with 19min 44sec and the team now in 45th placing. Lewis Millar started to pull back places for Central with his 18min 45sec leg bringing Central through to 40th overall. The penultimate leg saw international orienteer, Chris Smithard, gain a further ten places with his 18min 28sec effort.

Cameron Milne showed his class on the final leg to bring the Central team home in 26th place, covering his leg in 17min 48sec, the fastest time by a Central runner on the day, giving a club time of 1hour 52min 13sec.

Overall, there was a relatively easy win for last year’s second placers Swansea Harriers (1-45-16), the team coming through from tenth on the first leg and their top athlete, Dewi Griffiths, proving to be the fastest runner on the day with a superb 16min 40sec effort.

Oct 022017

There were fine performances by Central Athletic Club runners in Sunday’s Great Scottish Half Marathon in Glasgow which would have helped to push back the wet conditions. With the race doubling up as the Scottish Athletics Championships it was great to see Fanni Gyurko mastering the difficult conditions to take a well-deserved bronze medal in the ladies’ race with a personal best of 77min 28sec.

Controversy had raged over the 2016 race as the course was reported to be short but steps had been taken to ensure the full half marathon distance was on offer this time around. Alastair Hay can therefore take pride in his new personal best of 68min 15sec in finishing tenth overall. Andrew Butchart made a big step-up in distance to contest his first ever half marathon, using the event to kick-start his winter in front of a home crowd but proving the challenge to be a steep learning curve, finishing 14th in 70min 3sec. Scott Brember again caught the eye with a 71min 40sec personal best which should bring another Scottish Master’s medal when all results are published. Gavin Hogarth also continues to impress and here he ran a tasty 74min 44sec in his first ever outing over the distance.

Sep 242017

Well done to all athletes, officials and parent helpers that helped us launch the new track facilities in style. Despite the floodgates opening in the sky, there were a lot of good performances and close competition. Wet weather and failing light played havoc with the shot competition with the result that some athletes weren’t able to complete their allotted 3 throws and the results sheet becoming nearly unusable.

Nonetheless, a very enjoyable and fitting way to celebrate the brilliant new facilities for our Balfron group!

Results are here: TIME TRIAL RESULTS BALFRON – 20 September 2017 

We were also able to celebrate the award of £2000 grant to the club for us to buy equipment for Balfron and the club as a whole. Dougie Porteous of ClubSport Stirling and Active Stirling was on hand to present the cheque to David Eckersley and the rest of the Balfron contingent.

Sep 192017


The Cross Country Season starts on October 14th. Are you getting yourself mud-ready? Here are some bits of info to help you get to grips with the fixture list:

For relays, athletes/parents confirm availability to team managers, direct or through coach, team manager organises teams. Multiple teams are entered, with top team based on capability.

For League matches, club members just turn up and run, collecting a number from the club tent (all Central members run in ‘18’ and each club provides the names of runners in finishing order, so it is only necessary to ‘register’ with team managers at the tent). The club pays a subscription based on numbers of runners. Age groups rise from under 11 through to Masters, in all other  events the youngest age group is under 13.

For individual championships, names must be provided to team managers who enter the  teams, usually at least 2 weeks before the event. Race numbers are collected at the club tent.

*The club covers the entry costs of relay events from membership subscriptions. For East District and National Championships, the club covers the individual entry costs of all young athletes and any older athletes in full time education.

The Scottish athletics website provides further details in the ‘Events’ section.

Age groups are a continuation of ‘summer’ track 2017 age groups, but for indoor track they are the start of next season’s track. So a second year under 13 stays in under 13 for cross country, but moves to U15 for  indoor athletics.

Only current club members are eligible to run in club colours and to count for teams. Otherwise it is simple club policy for all athletes that want to run, can. Just let team managers know or  for the League races just turn up

Sep 182017
Scott Brember at medal presentation for Stirling 10K - photo by Bobby Gavin

Scott Brember at medal presentation for Stirling 10K – photo by Bobby Gavin

Central Athletic Club’s Scott Brember strode to victory in the Scottish Veteran Harriers Cross Country Trials held on Saturday in Tollcross Park, Glasgow. Following on from his Masters’ bronze medal run in the recent Stirling 10k, Scott left a trail of quality athletes in his wake. Scott’s 25min 33sec run over the 8 kilometre course ensured his selection for Scotland in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships to be held in Derry, Northern Ireland on Saturday 18 November.

David Eckersley also tackled the Tollcross course, producing another highly competent performance to finish seventh in the Over 50 category with 28min 47sec.

Sep 102017

Thanks to everyone in the club for their help in making the Stirling 10k a great success for yet another year, both in organisation, and in club performances. The results are now on the 10k page.

The weather wasn’t the best, but you all got your heads down and got on with the job in hand. 

Particular thanks to Colin Sinclair, the Race Director, for his organisation and co-ordination, but also for a good deal of good old-fashioned hard work.

Sep 052017

Here FINAL RESULTS 31 AUGUST 2017 are the results from last Thursday’s club time trials at Stirling University track. The entries were a new record of 126 swelled by a particularly large contingent of Wee County Harriers.  Many thanks to John  McDonald and all his team of helpers for all the invaluable help in making the night a success. 

Next time trial is at Balfron on Sept 20th where we will be launching the brand new 100m track, LJ and Shot facilities.

Sep 052017

Scottish Under 17 Championships
Grangemouth, 27th/28th August 2017










There were another 5 medals for Central AC athletes as our under 17s took on the best in Scotland at the Scottish Championships in Grangemouth over the weekend.

Emma Mailer was on top form yet again. Having won silver over 400m hurdles the weekend before at the under 20 championships she was taking on her own age group at 300m hurdles. And she was a clear winner running away from the field to win in 45.23 seconds, nearly 2 seconds clear of her nearest rival. She then returned the next day in the flat 300m and produced a strong run to add her second medal of the weekend with a personal best 40.72 seconds, narrowly missing the club record, for silver.

Matt Chandler was also looking for a medal double at Pole Vault and High Jump. In the Pole Vault he found himself up against a strong challenge from Scott Brindlay of North Ayrshire. By the time the bar reached 3.80m just Matt & Scott remained. Matt kept the upper hand though clearing 3.80m first time then 3.90m at the second attempt to stay in the lead. However it was his second attempt clearance at 4 metres that sealed the gold after Scott was unable to match this.

Matt then took on the high jump the following day and found himself in a high class competition against Joel MacFarlane of Arbroath and Stephen MacKenzie of Inverness. With Joel having won the long jump the day before in a championship record and Stephen likewise winning the triple jump in a new record it meant the long jump, triple jump and pole vault champions were all going for a gold medal double with some high jump specialists looking to challenge them as well. Matt knew in a tight contest first time clearances were key and he managed that up to 1.79m but with all 9 competitors still in the competition there was still work to be done. Another first time clearance from Matt at 1.84m put the pressure on the opposition and as the bar went to 1.89m Matt was in the joint lead with Joel and Stephen with only one other athlete left in. Matt was unable to go higher but with only Joel MacFarlane clearing 1.89m Matt finished in joint 2nd place for silver, his second medal of the day.

Central’s other medallist was Rosie Eckersley taking on the 1500m Steeplechase. She went out strong, leading the field round the first lap before Scottish record holder, Sarah Tait of Lasswade, took control. Rosie however ran strongly finishing in 3rd place with a time of 5:37.45 minutes for bronze. This was Rosie’s first Scottish medal on the track having had previous success at cross country and winning the Scottish trail running title last year.

There were many other great performances from Central athletes. James Isgrove triple jumped to a new personal best 12.71m. This would usually be good enough for a medal but with the top 3 jumping well over 13 metres, including a championship record 14.24m from Stephen MacKenzie of Inverness, James had to settle for 4th.
Also in the jumps Anna Cameron placed 5th in the long jump after jumping 5.11m. She went on to reach the 200m final after running 27.09s in her semi-final, before placing 7th in the final with 27.50s. She also just missed out on the 100m final, an impressive 13.02s in the semi just missed out on the fastest loser spots.

Rachel Methven took 7th place at shot put, with a season’s best 9.89m and was also 7th at discus with a throw of 26.04m. Keir Howlieson set an excellent personal best in the 1500m of 4:12.97minutes but this was only enough for 11th in a fast race. In the 100m Neil Casserley and John Wilkie were both just outside their personal bests with Neil sprinting to 12.17s and John 12.48s.

These results brought Central ACs tally to 22 medals over all the age groups at the Scottish championships over 2 weekends of action. Along with further medals earlier in the season at relays, combined events and long distance events this makes an impressive tally for the club’s athletes.

Sep 012017







Invitation to all Central AC Athletes to take part in a competition night at Balfron HS. 

Event details and registration form: Balfron track launch 20 9 17

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 100 metre Series: Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 6.45
  • Sprint Hurdles Series: Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 7.10
  • 1KM Series (on grass): Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 7.35
  • Long Jump – Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening from 6.30
  • Shot Put – Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening from 6.30

Registration from 6.15pm in the High School by the Swimming Pool.

No entry fee.



Aug 272017

Scottish Under 20 Championships
Scotstoun, 20th/21st August 2017



Photo credit: Bobby Gavin


There was further success for Central athletes as the clubs under 20s took on the best in Scotland at the Scottish championships at Scotstoun over the weekend.

Emma Mailer was on great form as she stepped up an age group to take on the 400m hurdles. This is an event she is familiar with having recently won the Celtic Games for Scotland in Dublin. She was up against older athletes this time but put in a strong run challenging for the lead all the way. It was only in the home straight that Emily Craig of Whitemoss pulled clear but Emma managed to hold on to 2nd place, taking silver in a new personal best 64.00s.
High jumper, Cameron McCorgray was also on the podium. Competing in the windier conditions on Saturday made jumping difficult but Cameron cleared 1.81m for a silver medal.

Elizabeth Thompson was also stepping up an age group in the 400m and made light of the windy conditions as she qualified through to the final in a personal best 61.12s. She then went even faster in the final taking an excellent 5th place in another personal best 60.48s, an excellent time in the strong wind.

Jack Houghton took on the hurdles double opening with a personal best 15.95s in the 110m sprint hurdles for 6th place in a fast race where the top 2 ran under 14 seconds. He then had a brave run in the 400m hurdles as he went out hard in the opening stages to challenge for the lead. Unfortunately he lost his stride in the final stages and was overtaken for third after hitting the final barrier but still managed a respectable 4th place in 62.12s.

Central AC’s senior women’s high jump club record holder, Amy Gullen, was making a welcome return to club colours. She was unable to improve on her record but still cleared a respectable 1.56m for 6th place.

Central were represented in the endurance events by Bradley Scott who placed 6th in the men’s 1500m in a seasons best 4:18.19 minutes and Lauren McCulloch was 7th in the women’s 1500m with 5:0

Aug 212017

Big thanks to Kenny Pearson for this comprehensive report:


Scottish Under 13 Championships

Scotstoun, Saturday 20th August 2017










Photos from Kenny Pearson and Bobby Gavin


Central AC’s under 13s stepped up to championship competition with distinction.  Most of the athletes were tasting championship action for the first time ever but returned with 4 medals and a host of personal best performances.

The boys javelin event had high hopes for Central AC with Scott Hopper and Jack Campbell both on form.  It was a close event as Scott threw 29.23m in the opening round to take the early lead however Ben Connolly of Nenagh Olympians in Ireland overtook him by a slim 4cm margin in round 3.  It was a lead Scott was unable to overcome however he held onto 2nd position at the finish.  Jack was sitting in 4th place until the 5th round when he threw 26.87m to move into 3rd position then extended this with 27.41m in the final round.  This meant Scott and Jack ended up with silver and bronze medals respectively, and with only an Irish athlete ahead it was a 1-2 for Central out of the Scots, an excellent result for the athletes and the club.

Scott wasn’t finished though as he then took part in the high jump where he was joined by Central teammate Euan Campbell.  At 1.31m Euan cleared first time to maintain a share of the lead.  Scott needed every bit of his resolve though as he finally went clear at the 3rd and final attempt.  At 1.36m they were both in new territory attempting personal bests but showed no sign of nerves as they both went clear first time.  With 6 athletes still left though the medals were likely to be decided at the next height.  Scott put himself in contention clearing at the second attempt.  Euan was unfortunate after some close attempts when his heel just clipped the bar off at his final attempt leaving him in 4th place just outside the medals.  Scott was unable to improve finishing in 3rd but can be proud of finishing the day with a silver and bronze medal.

Euan Wilbert also impressed in the long jump and hurdles.  He started his long jump with a personal best 4.55m to move into 2nd place but was unable to improve on that and was unfortunately pipped for bronze by the slimmest 1cm margin.  Euan Campbell finished a respectable 9th with 4.26m just missing out on the halfway cut.

Euan Wilbert wasn’t finished though with the 75m hurdles still to come.  He eased through to the final in a personal best 12.87s.  In the final he found Zane McQuillan of Ballymena too fast but he sprinted over the barriers ahead of the rest of the opposition to claim the silver medal and be first Scot over the line.  His time of 12.69s was another personal best and earned him his first gold standard on the club awards scheme.  His times in the heat and final were both faster than the club record of 13.0s which has stood for 13 years but unfortunately the wind reading was over the legal limit of 2.0 metres per second, the final only just over at 2.3.  Euan will look to take this record at the club championships in 2 weeks.

Ellie Ross was the top performing girl.  She has tried various events at championships for experience but showed perseverance  pays off as she found an event she can excel in with the javelin.  She went in to the event as one of the lower ranked athletes with a personal best (pb) of 13.89m but pbs of 15.30m, 15.75m, 16.70m then a final round 17.19m earned her an excellent 6th place.

Cora Morgan reached the final 8 of the long jump to get all 6 attempts and managed 4.32m in the final round for 7th place, just short of her pb.  She was unfortunate in the 70m hurdles as her time of 12.69s was 7th fastest overall in the heats but as she was in a quick heat she was unable to claim a fastest loser spot for the final missing out by one place.

There were some fine performances in the sprints as athletes took advantage of the higher level competition to set personal bests.  Katherine Fowler smashed her 200m pb by a whole second clocking 29.52s to progress to the semi-finals.  Erin Miller set a big pb in the 100m with 14.49s to progress to the semis then set a pb 31.42s at 200m.  Finlay Marchant took chunk off his pb in the 100m with 14.36s then ran 31.02s in the 200m.  Jack Campbell showed he is not just a javelin thrower after progressing to the 200m semis with 29.46s in his heat.

The endurance athletes had to contend with atrocious wind conditions putting personal bests out of reach but there were good performances.  Conor Bell ran 2:31.61 minutes for 12th in the boys 800m while Amy Cully ran 2:46.68 for 15th in the girls 800m.  Summer McLean was 21st at 1500m in 5:59.67 minutes. 

Shannon Glen and Ben Harley also gained experience.  Shannon ran 16.01s in the 100m and log jumped 2.93m.  Ben managed 15.18s in the 100m, just off his pb then long jumped 3.12m.

What was pleasing for the club was the wide range of events being contested with almost every event featuring one or two Central athletes.  Well done to everyone and hopefully the can all learn from the experience of championship competition and progress in the older age groups.

Aug 142017

Central Athletic Club’s Andy Butchart insisted he belongs at global final level despite feeling a little frustrated by his performance at the men’s 5,000m final on Saturday at London 2017.

It was Mo Farah’s track swansong at the World Championships but he had to settle for silver as Ethiopian Muktar Edris won it in 13-32.79.

Butchart clocked 13-38.73 after making a surge to join Mo at the front with around 500m remaining but was caught by half a dozen rivals by the bell.

It was a second global final in a row for the Central AC athlete, who finished a fine sixth last year in Rio at his first Olympics.

“It is eighth in the world so it isn’t too bad a place to be,” said Butchart. “I’d rather have been placed higher but these guys are fast.

“I was sitting at the back just relaxing and then before you know it it’s down to four laps, three laps, and you think: ‘it’s not long to go now, and I’m at the back’. So I made it hard for myself but I’m on par with these guys – I’m meant to be in these races, so it’s not like I’m expected to come last. I’m expected to do well and I put a lot of pressure on myself.

“I moved up because it’s nice to be up there with Mo because the crowd really gets going. When you get to the front you get such a boost of energy from the crowd, and I needed that at the time.”

At Grangemouth Stadium on Sunday, Central Athletic Club Men’s Team competed at the final match of the Scottish Division One track and field season in excellent conditions. Once again a few gaps on the teamsheet made this a real contest for the team but, as always, the superb commitment from the athletes saw Central finish third on the day and retain second spot in the league, behind another championship winning performance from Aberdeen AAC.

The first track event, the 400m hurdles, saw an improved run from Aidan Thompson to finish in fourth ‘A’ spot with 66.10 seconds backed up by a first ‘B’ placing for David Lindsay (67.45 seconds). The 800m saw Dale Colley take the win in a tasty 1 minute 55.53 seconds while Fraser Logan reduced his personal best to 2-08.63 for fourth ‘B’ points. Michael Currie was close to his personal best, clocking 11.36 seconds for sixth ‘A’ place in the 100m while Cameron Smith was close to his season’s best with 11.77 seconds for seventh in the ‘B’ race. It was Aidan Thompson who stamped his quality on the 3,000m steeplechase winning with a fine 9 minute 27.65 seconds effort; while David Lindsay again put in a fine performance for second ‘B’ points with 10-43.48. Michael Currie produced a personal best run of 51.49 seconds in finishing sixth in a top class field in the ‘A’ 400m. Dale Colley (4-02.87) and Alastair Hay (4-02.97) raced to the line in the 1,500m well ahead of their rivals to rake in maximum points for the Club. The 200m series saw Cameron Smith take sixth ‘A’ place (23.84 seconds) while Kieran Halliday showed he is moving back into form with 24.84 seconds for seventh in the ‘B’ event. This match featured a 10,000m race with Michael Wright as Central’s sole representative. As anticipated, Michael showed his normal ‘can-do’ attitude as he raced to second ‘A’ placing in a big personal best of 32 minutes 17.07 seconds. Kai Ligertwood had a little difficulty finding his rhythm as raced to third in the ‘A’ 110m hurdles to record 22.05 seconds.

In the field it was good to see Tom Chandler (42.59m) and Kenny Pearson (31.56m) pick up fifth ‘A’ and ‘B’ places in the javelin. Tom went on to record 1.75m for sixth ‘A’ place in a top quality high jump competition. Ron Todd had another busy day recording 3.20m in the pole vault; 30.03m for the discus and 8.84m in the shot put as he raked in more useful points. Graham Porterfield won the shot put with a best of 11.42m then provided much needed points with a 28.20m discus and a 36.06m hammer throw. Peter Muirhead finished sixth in the long jump (6.34m) as he continues to get used to jumping off his left foot while Ross McCorgray again provide back-up with a personal best of 5.51m. Ross then went on to record 11.24m in the triple jump backed-up by Kai Ligertwood (10.25m) in his first competition in the event.

The 4 x 100m quartet of Michael Currie, Kieran Halliday, John Wilkie and Neil Casserly brought the baton home in a close-up seventh place to record 46.97 seconds. The 4 x 400m quartet of Michael Currie, Aidan Thompson, Tom Chandler and Dale Colley finished sixth with a season’s best of 3 minutes 30.09 seconds. The guest 100m saw Kieran Halliday record 12.13 seconds; Neil Casserly 12.40 seconds and John Wilkie 12.73 seconds while Neil (25.26 seconds) and John (26.79 seconds) also contested the guest 200m races.

As always there was great back-up from the club’s officials, this time through Stuart MacPherson, John Dickson and Tom McMenemy.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 375; Victoria Park Glasgow 293; Central 246; Kilbarchan 240; Pitreavie 202; Lasswade 200; Inverness 186 and Arbroath 117. Overall league points for the season were Aberdeen 32; Central 26; Victoria Park Glasgow 21; Inverness 19; Kilbarchan 18; Pitreavie 13; Lasswade 8 and Arbroath 6. So Lasswade and Arbroath are relegated while Shettleston Harriers and Falkirk Victoria Harriers are promoted from Division 2.

Aug 062017

Calling all club members from Under 11s up to Seniors!

Entries are now open for our club championships at Grangemouth. Full details and timetables are here 2017 FVH & CAC draft TT v5 (1).

Entries are online-only via http://www.online-entries.co.uk/entry_pages/club_champs.html. Closing date is 24th August.

To make this event happen we also need volunteers to help with Registration, Track and Field Officiating and First Aid – if you can help with any of these please get in touch with John McDonald, Gillian Marchant or Phil Mestecky.

Your club needs you! 

Aug 062017


Central ACs Emma Mailer was on superb form for Scotland as she won the Celtic Games international in Dublin.

This was a great result for the 15 year old from Stirling as she took on and beat her rivals from Ireland and Wales in the under 18 400m Hurdles. This was a familiar venue for Emma as she was returning to Dublin 3 weeks after she made her international debut at the schools international. She earned her international selections for the schools international and Celtic games after some impressive performances earlier in the season including victory in the under 17 300m hurdles at the Scottish schools in a new club record in June.

This time she was competing in the older under 18 age group and over the longer 400m hurdles distance. She clearly learned from her experience at the schools international and at the Celtic Games looked comfortable on the international stage as she ran away from the opposition to win in an excellent 64.42 seconds, 2 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

She almost won a second gold medal as she ran the 2nd leg in the 4x400m relay however Scotland were just pipped by Ireland at the finish. Emma has 2 more years in the under 18 age group and will look to improve in the future.
Decathlete Joel MacFarlane was also competing for Scotland in the 110m hurdles, high jump and 4x100m relay and picked up bronze medals in all 3 events.

Kenny Pearson

Photography by Jim Mailer
Whyler Photos of Stirling – www.whylerphotos.com – 01786 474340
Jul 312017
Jamie Crowe (4) set to pounce in the 1500 metres

Jamie Crowe (4) set to pounce in the 1500 metres

Central Athletic Club’s athletes made a significant impact at Friday night’s British Milers Club races at Scotstoun in Glasgow, taking advantage of the high quality races. The meeting doubled as the East and West District 5000 metres championships and Jamie Crowe’s excellent run of 14min 27.25secs won East District Gold and reduced his personal best for the distance. Alastair Hay also proved to be in top form with a season’s best clocking of 14-31.98 to lift the silver medal. Dale Colley, although out of the medals this time around, substantially reduced his personal best with a 15-10.37 clocking.

The 1500 metre series of races saw Aidan Thompson close to his personal best with 3min 56.63secs while Matthew Sutherland came through in a season’s best of 4-12.78. Fraser Logan was pleased with his 4-15.18 personal best as was under-20 athlete Lauren McCulloch as she made a significant step forward with a new personal best of 4-51.65.

Jul 302017

There was considerable shock at Central Athletic Club this week in hearing of the death of prominent coach, Sandy Robertson.

Sandy was a well-known figure around the athletic community, a current coach to some of the Club’s athletes and a mentor to the Club’s coaches.  Sandy was hugely-respected by athletes, officials, coaches and club volunteers with whom he was involved in a long career serving the Sport.

We join the rest of the athletic community in offering our condolences to Sandy’s family and friends at this sad time.

Funeral details have now been confirmed and Sandy’s family have asked us to share those for his many friends in athletics:

1pm – Monday 7 August at Mortonhall Crematorium, Howden Hall Road, Edinburgh, EH16 6TX (Big chapel)

As a former Scottish Schools Athletic Association President and coach and team manager Sandy will have been to known to most athletes representing Scottish Schools down the years and would have been a big influence in their development.

Part of a tribute from Scottish Athletics Chief Executive Mark Munro ‘There are very few people who will have touched and inspired as many young people (and older) in a lifetime, but Sandy was certainly one of those rare characters.’

‘A former Scottish Champion and internationalist in hurdles, BAAB/UKA Master Coach and coach to numerous international athletes, innovative teacher, coach educator, mentor and all round gentleman.

‘Both Sandy and his wife Evelyn were a unique and inspirational force within athletics in Scotland and Sandy in particular was also a very passionate supporter and led the cause for greater investment and support into multi-events for many years.

‘A gentleman, an educator, he was one of the rare breed of coaches who could turn their hand to most events, Sandy Robertson will certainly be sorely missed.’



Jul 112017

It was tough going for a depleted contribution from Central contingent in the Forth Valley team at the Scottish Women’s Athletic League match at Aberdeen. Ahead of this match, Forth Valley were second in the League, but could only manage fourth place on the day. Nonetheless, there were some great performances on a difficult day for weather.

Emma Mailer set the day off in fine style, winning her under 17 300m hurdles in 45.50s. Anna Cameron made the move up to the senior division and took a strong fifth place in the 100m in 13.18 and second in the B 200m in 27.83. In her favoured event, a 4.99m long jump gave her 3rd place.

Madeleine Woods put in a good run with a 13.58 for second place in the B 100m for seniors before covering both relays.
Lucy More stepped up to this level of competition for the first time and produced a great result with a 3rd place in Under 15 A 100m with a new personal best of 13.51s and backed this up with fourth place in the 200m with 28.13s and fifth in the long jump with 3.97m.

The distance events were a strong suit for Forth Valley, with Kyra Gibb featuring in a double win for the team as she won the B event 1500m for under 15s with a 5:03.57 timing. Lauren McCulloch took a 3rd place in the senior 800m with 2:24.36. Skye Henderson took 5th place in the combined under 15 800m.

A senior 4 x 400m relay featuring Madeleine and Lauren, supported by Olivia Varielle of Falkirk and Sarah Calvert of Livingston took second place with a new best ever Forth Valley time of 4:01.20s.

Jul 102017

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.

Peter Muirhead (4) on the way to 200 metre B victory

Peter Muirhead (4) on for 200m B victory

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.

Jamie Crowe (4) set to pounce in the 5000 metres

Jamie Crowe (4) set to pounce in the 5000m

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.

Jul 032017
Andrew Butchart leading the pack

Andrew Butchart comfortably leading the pack

Central AC’s Andrew Butchart claimed his place at the London 2017 World Championships and then insisted he can’t wait to savour the atmosphere.

Andrew, who finished sixth in the 5000metres final at his first Olympics in Rio, with a Scottish National Record, successfully defended his British Athletics Championship title with an emphatic victory at the same distance in Birmingham on Saturday 1 July. Andrew had already met the selection standard and therefore cemented his place for London with this win.

Now the 5000m runner can’t wait to race Sir Mo Farah again at the Olympic Stadium in London in August. “To run in the Olympic final in Rio last year was a great experience but this will be something special too” said Butchart, who won in 13.50.56 from the experienced Andy Vernon.

“It’s London and racing for GB in front of a home crowd so I think the whole atmosphere will be really amazing. I have to get in the final first, and then see what I can do. It’s always an honour to be on the same track as Mo Farah and for me even to be mentioned in the same sentence as him at times is a thrill.”

Jun 262017

Friday evening’s Black Rock 5 in Kinghorn, Fife saw a field of some 1,100 runners tackle the iconic route that takes participants across the beach and around the Black Rock with nobody returning with dry feet. The steep race finish adds to the toughness of the course with all runners finishing exhausted.

Central AC’s Cameron Milne continued his fine run of form as he proved the strongest runner on the night winning in 22mins 40secs. Alastair Hay was also on form, only a few yards behind in second place (22.43) and with another excellent run from Scott Green in sixth (23.26), Central ensured team gold medals.

Lewis Millar would have been pleased with his 24.37 run in eleventh, as would Ruaridh Miller in 15th (25.29). Neil Cameron (27.12) and Chris McHardy (27.21) both came through well in top forty places. As the runners poured through there were further fine performances from Iain Dunsmore (31.43), Bob Hanson (32.17), Raymond Milne (32.48), Kenny Hislop (36.34), Colin Sinclair (40.50) and John Millar (40.56).

There was also a good turnout from Central’s ladies with Jennifer Wetton’s strong effort seeing her finish as third lady and 56th overall with 28.43. Patricia Milne continues to impress finishing with 31.22 taking first prize in the 40 to 45 category, just ahead of further top performances from Kimberley Timmins (31.25) and second junior lady Eleanor Hanson (33.32). Runs from Becky Hay (34.30), Kirsten McStay (35.54) and Claire McHardy (36.35) also caught the eye.

Jun 122017

A strong Central Athletic Club Men’s Team competed at the second match of the Scottish Division One Track and Field Season in blustery conditions, interrupted with heavy rain showers, at Crownpoint, Glasgow. Superb commitment in these trying conditions saw Central finish in second spot, close behind last year’s champions Aberdeen AAC.

The first track event, the 400 metres hurdles, saw David Lindsay finish in fourth ‘A’ place with 65.55secs, equalling his personal best. Dale Colley stood in for the ‘B’ slot and ran a fine 67.45 seconds for first ‘B’ points. The 800 metres saw Dale Colley back on the track and using his finishing speed to great effect in winning with 1min 56.54secs while Matthew Sutherland also ran a fine race to finish in second ‘B’ spot with 2min 1.26secs. It was good to see John MacLennan back in Men’s League action and here he finished fifth in a high quality 100 metres with a tasty 11.25secs clocking. New recruit Neng Wildman, ran to 11.55secs for fourth in the ‘B’ event. Michael Wright again showed great commitment in the 3000 metres steeplechase in perhaps the worst of the day’s rain, to finish second ‘A’ in 9min 58.26secs, while David Lindsay put in a strong effort for second ‘B’ points with 10-41.61. Decathlete Tom Chandler suffered more than most in the difficult conditions but here picked up a personal best of 16.00secs in third place in the 110 metres hurdles. Kai Ligertwood provided the necessary back-up in this event in second ‘B’ place with 19.61secs, another fine effort. Neng Wildman had another strong run in the 400 metres, finishing sixth ’A’ in a quality field while Fraser MacPherson again produced strong running for sixth in the ‘B’ event with 56.78secs. Dale Colley continued his busy day to finish a close-up second in the ‘A’ 1500 metres with 4min 2.40secs while David Lindsay came away with a personal best of 4-41.77 in seventh ‘B’ placing. The 200 metre series saw Peter Muirhead shoulder ‘A’ string responsibility, taking fifth ‘A’ points with 23.24secs, backed up by student Steven Illand in fourth ‘B’ placing with 23.95secs. The 5000 metres saw orienteer Chris Smithard pick-up maximum points with 15min 34.30secs in his first track race while Michael Wright again pushed on for maximum ‘B’ points with 16-01.79.

In the field the throwing duties were covered by Gary Sweeney, Tom Chandler and Graham Porterfield. Tom recorded 45.79 metres in the javelin (third ‘A’) and 31.93 metres in the discus (first ‘B’). Gary weighed in with a win in the shot put with 12.86 metres backed-up with second ‘A’ in the discus with 36.06 metres and second ‘B’ in the hammer (23.39 metres). Graham also produced some fine throws gaining maximum ‘B’ points in the shot put (11.28 metres), third ‘A’ in the hammer (37.48 metres) and third ‘B’ in the javelin (34.54 metres). The heavy rain and blustery wind made the Pole Vault a true trial of character and here Tom Chandler achieved a fourth equal height of 3.60 metres while Ron Todd again managed excellent second ‘B’ points with a best clearance of 3.15 metres. The high jump also proved a real test with Under-20 athlete Cameron McCorgray achieving 1.85 metres for fourth ‘A’ points backed-up by Under-17 James Isgrove with a 1.60 metres effort for third ‘B’. Peter Muirhead recorded a best of 6.74 metres in the long jump for a third ‘A’ place while Neng Wildman filled in for fourth ‘B’ spot (5.40 metres). James Isgrove produced a personal best of 12.30 metres for third ‘A’ points in the triple jump with Peter Muirhead ensuring second ‘B’ points with 11.57 metres.

The 4 x 100 metres quartet of Peter Muirhead, Jack Houghton, Steven Illand and John MacLelland had a storming run to record 45.56secs in third spot. The 4 x 400 metre quartet of Fraser MacPherson, James Isgrove, Dale Colley and Jack Houghton came home fifth, recording a tasty 3min 46.25secs. The Guest 100 metres saw Peter Muirhead record 11.23secs and Kieran Halliday, making his season debut, with 12.38secs.

As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through John Dickson, Stuart MacFarlane and Tom McMenemy.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 389; Central 368; Kilbarchan 317; Victoria Park Glasgow 313; Inverness 218; Lasswade 170 and Pitreavie 181. Overall league points are now Aberdeen 16; Central 13; Inverness 11; Victoria Park Glasgow 10; Kilbarchan 8; Pitreavie 6; Lasswade 4 and Arboath 3.

Jun 062017

As reported last week, Andrew Butchart retained his Vitality 10,000 metre title in fine style, while behind him three of Central Athletic Club’s top runners came through to potentially pick up team medals in this UK Championships event. Team results have yet to be confirmed but impressive runs from Alastair Hay in 17th with 30min 46secs; Jamie Crowe (22nd, 30.53) and Cameron Milne (29th, 31.08) should be sufficient to win team silver medals. There is however an anxious wait while the Race Referee confirms the race results.

Friday night’s British Milers Club Regional Meeting at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow saw Alastair Hay back in action on the track, coming home second in the ‘A’ 3000 metre race with 8min 14.30secs, close to his personal best for the distance. In the series of 3000 metre races, Aidan Thompson recorded 8-52.33 while veteran runner David Eckersley ran 10-27.22. Under-17 runners Sandy Holl (9-49.69) and Rosie Eckersley (11-01.27) also showed excellent form and determination in their races.

May 312017







All parents of Central AC athletes (including the Active Stirling Development Squad) are warmly invited to attend a workshop about the club on from 6.50pm to 8.25pm on Tuesday 20th June (ie while club training is going on at Stirling) at the Gannochy Centre, University of Stirling.

The programme can be found here: CAC Parent wkshp 20 06 17

This will be an informal opportunity to meet with some of the club’s representatives and find out more about Central AC and also a chance to get some useful tips and insights that could really help your child’s development as an athlete today and for the long term.

Places are limited and so bookings will be taken on 1st come, 1st served basis and before the deadline – 13/06/17. To book email: ku.oc1519430295.scit1519430295elhta1519430295lartn1519430295ec@ot1519430295clihp1519430295 or text Phil on 07703 766465. Please include the name of all people attending and the name and age of your athlete(s).

If there is interest, we will be keen to hold several of these each year and develop the programme to cover topics that are most interesting and relevant to you – so if you think this is a good initiative from the club, show your support by signing up today!

May 292017

Andrew Butchart came home eighth in the Diamond League 5000 metres held at the Prefontaine Classic Meeting in Eugene. Andrew was faced by an unusually large field of some 28 rivals and the strength in depth was underlined by a world-leading 13min 00.70secs win by Mo Farah. Andrew’s 13-11.45 clocking was just shy of his 2016 Scottish Record set in Rio and saw him finish on the shoulder of Olympic silver medallist Paul Chelimo. Andrew’s performance saw him inside the qualifying time for both the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the World Championships this August in London.

In the UK, Saturday night’s British Milers Club Grand Prix Meeting in Manchester’s Sportcity saw three of Central’s men competing in top domestic competition. Dale Colley picked up the 800 metres challenge finishing in an excellent time of 1min 55.73secs, while Aidan Thompson and Michael Wright also picked up Season Best times in the 3000 metres steeplechase clocking 9-31.00 and 9-42.86 respectively.

May 292017

Here is the latest athlete database with all performances up to the time trials last Thursday



New top standards since the last update:

Silver grades: Magnus Bryce, Joshua Kennedy and Scott Hopper.

Bronzes: Emily Guest, Cora Morgan, Connor Bell, Kyra Gibb, Jack Haughton and Kate Gallagher.

And numerous blue & merit standards.  Well done to everyone.

In particular Magnus, Joshua, Scott, Emily and Cora as this is their first ever top level standard.



May 272017

Time Trial Results – 25 May 2017

Here are the results from last Thursday’s club time trials at Stirling University track. The entries were a new record of 110.  Many thanks to everyone for all the invaluable help in making the night a success. If you spot any errors or have any queries, please contact John McDonald moc.s1519430294ulp.n1519430294allan1519430294elgnh1519430294oj@dl1519430294anodc1519430294m1519430294 .

You can download the results as a spreadsheet, or view them below.

100 metres series
No. Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
15 16.3 1 Loren Stewart F U11
73 16.7 1 Leya Gibb F U11
64 17.0 1 Laura Matthews F U11
55 17.3 1 Alice Cameron F U11
17 17.5 1 Rebecca Dowie F U11
11 17.8 1 Leah Brown F U11
8 15.8 2 Zoe Loughrey F U11
99 15.9 2 Cara Maclean F U11
53 16.0 2 Danielle Abel F U11
72 16.1 2 Carys Gibb F U11
70 16.7 2 Niamh McKinlay F U11
242 17.3 2 Ava Saunders F U11
65 14.3 3 Cora Morgan F U13
27 14.6 3 Jessica Hanson F U13
88 14.9 3 Ellie Ross F U13
82 15.4 3 Emily Guest F U11
87 16.0 3 Maisie Blyth F U13
69 16.5 3 Matilda Ross F U13
34 15.2 4 Erin Miller F U13
43 15.3 4 Louise Carroll F U13
46 15.3 4 Bryony Smith F U13
56 16.4 4 Lucy Hensman F U13
50 16.5 4 Olivia Freed F U13
48 16.6 4 Hana Littlejohn F U13
25 15.1 5 Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock F U13
30 15.1 5 Megan Dunlop F U13
21 15.6 5 Ava Moore F U13
24 15.8 5 Finnlaidh Stokoe F U13
19 15.9 5 Summer Maclean F U13
33 16.3 5 Harriet Ditchfield F U13
5 14,6 6 Hannah Tams F U13
7 15.1 6 Ellen Montgomery F U13
4 16.0 6 Heather Hale F U13
10 16.6 6 Hannah Brown F U13
12 19.4 6 Olivia Macdougall F U13
81 13.7 7 Rosanna Savoury F U15
241 14.2 7 Amy Johnston F U15
80 14.6 7 Eilidh Mackenzie F U15
79 15.0 7 Amy Faunce-Smith F U15
39 13.7 8 Lucy More F U15
78 14.0 8 Cameryn Dick F U15
95 15.3 8 Maddy Thomson F U17
63 15.7 8 Holly Fordyce F U15
32 16.2 9 Oliver Ditchfield M U11
20 17.1 9 Finlay Macleod M U11
58 17.4 9 Logan Bell M U11
239 17.7 9 Sam Isgrove M U11
49 17.7 9 Connor Kirkwood M U11
60 18.2 9 Cameron Pollock M U11
62 15.1 10 Lewis Miller M U11
23 15.3 10 Joshua Kennedy M U11
29 16.2 10 Alex Dunlop M U11
6 16.9 10 Henry Crossley M U11
9 17.2 10 Harris Whyte M U11
13 18.0 10 Sam Jones M U11
40 14.3 11 Curtis Denison M U13
243 15.4 11 Gregor Saunders M U13
240 15.6 11 Logan Gray M U13
14 16.0 11 Ethan Sorley M U13
74 16.1 11 Harris Anderson M U13
47 16.2 11 Jamie Oldham M u11
93 14.7 12 Ruaridh Blyth M U13
92 15.0 12 Andrew Dallas M U13
16 15.0 12 Cameron Dowie M U13
1 15.5 12 Scott Hopper M U13
94 15.7 12 Logan Morrison M U13
91 16.6 12 Daniel Crawford M U13
89 13.9 13 Euan Wilbert M U13
42 14.3 13 Jack Campbell M U13
3 14.8 13 Finlay Marchant M U13
57 15.5 13 Connor Bell M U13
45 15.6 13 Struan Craig M U13
85 16.1 13 Ross Lawrie M U13
247 13.0 14 Erik Escala M U15
238 13.4 14 Ben Isgrove M U15
98 13.6 14 Cameron Blance M U15
28 13.8 14 Finlay Muir M U15
35 14.0 14 Sophie Williams F U15
76 14.6 14 Harris Almass M U15
36 12.0 15 Jack Haughton M U15
2 13.1 15 Jamie McNaught M U15
52 13.1 15 Daniel Bruce M U15
38 13.6 15 Oliver Holden M U15
54 14.0 15 Sam Metcalfe M U15
44 14.4 15 Andrew McLay M U15
22 12.1 16 Ian McDonald M Sen
61 12.2 16 Neil Casserly M U17
37 12.3 16 John Wilkie M U17
244 14.2 16 Jason Saunders M Sen
68 14.9 16 Lloyd Raymond M U17
600 metres series        
No. Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
72 2.07.3 1 Carys Gibb F U11
73 2.11.5 1 Leya Gibb F U11
15 2.15.2 1 Loren Stewart F U11
70 2.15.2 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11
8 2.17.1 1 Zoe Loughrey F U11
17 2.17.5 1 Rebecca Dowie F U11
11 2.18.5 1 Leah Brown F U11
64 2.26.1 1 Laura Matthews F U11
97 1.59.1 2 Anna Mackinnon F U13
59 2.08.7 2 Catriona Kane F U13
50 2.10.9 2 Olivia Freed F U13
21 2.16.1 2 Ava Moore F U13
41 2.19.8 2 Ellie Watson F U13
87 2.24.4 2 Maisie Blyth F U13
56 2.25.5 2 Lucy Hensman F U13
12 2.39.7 2 Olivia Macdougall F U13
86 1.58.0 3 Amy Cully F U13
88 2.00.3 3 Ellie Ross F U13
248 2.01.0 3 Elise Graham-Marr F U13
43 2.06.6 3 Louise Carroll F U13
34 2.07.0 3 Erin Miller F U13
48 2.23.8 3 Hana Littlejohn F U13
51 1.55.8 4 Rhona Samphier F U17
19 2.00.0 4 Summer Maclean F U13
77 2.02.6 4 Anna Buchanan F U13
7 2.07.7 4 Ellen Montgomery F U13
24 2.08.0 4 Finnlaidh Stokoe F U13
10 2.09.7 4 Hannah Brown F U13
4 2.13.5 4 Heather Hale F U13
33 2.19.2 4 Harriet Ditchfield F U13
47 1.59.1 5 Jamie Oldham M u11
29 2.02.9 5 Alex Dunlop M U11
32 2.05.9 5 Oliver Ditchfield M U11
6 2.05.9 5 Henry Crossley M U11
66 2.11.0 5 Marcus Sinclair M U11
9 2.15.4 5 Harris Whyte M U11
58 2.20.0 5 Logan Bell M U11
49 2.30.4 5 Connor Kirkwood M U11
60 2.35.5 5 Cameron Pollock M U11
20 2.45.1 5 Finlay Macleod M U11
93 1.57.1 6 Ruaridh Blyth M U13
92 1.59.0 6 Andrew Dallas M U13
14 1.59.7 6 Ethan Sorley M U13
74 2.16.4 6 Harris Anderson M U13
16 2.18.1 6 Cameron Dowie M U13
91 2.22.2 6 Daniel Crawford M U13
57 1.48.3 7 Connor Bell M U13
38 1.49.5 7 Oliver Holden M U15
90 1.50.5 7 Ethan Thomson M U15
85 2.01.9 7 Ross Lawrie M U13
68 2.03.9 7 Lloyd Raymond M U17
3 2.06.3 7 Finlay Marchant M U13
45 2.06.4 7 Struan Craig M U13
1000 metres          
28 3.01.2 1 Finlay Muir M U15
100 3.07.5 1 Kyle Howie M U15
18 3.11.7 1 Ben Roebuck M U17
75 3.13.6 1 Sandy Buchanan M U15
246 3.27.7 1 Cameron Fraser M U15
245 3.33.4 1 Angus Henderson M U15
51 3.38.8 1 Rhona Samphier F U17
Long Jump          
 No. Distance   Forename Surname Gender Age Group
99 3.46   Cara Maclean F U11
15 3.36   Loren Stewart F U11
53 3.02   Danielle Abel F U11
82 2.78   Emily Guest F U11
8 2.51   Zoe Loughrey F U11
65 4.33   Cora Morgan F U13
96 4.15   Ella Campbell F U13
7 3.79   Ellen Montgomery F U13
43 3.72   Louise Carroll F U13
97 3.55   Anna Mackinnon F U13
19 3.49   Summer Maclean F U13
34 3.36   Erin Miller F U13
33 2.91   Harriet Ditchfield F U13
48 2.88   Hana Littlejohn F U13
59 2.86   Catriona Kane F U13
12 2.41   Olivia Macdougall F U13
35 4.07   Sophie Williams F U15
241 3.96   Amy Johnston F U15
39 3.90   Lucy More F U15
79 3.71   Amy Faunce-Smith F U15
26 4.29   Millie Stokoe F U17
62 3.75   Lewis Miller M U11
47 3.25   Jamie Oldham M u11
58 3.23   Logan Bell M U11
20 3.17   Finlay Macleod M U11
32 3.07   Oliver Ditchfield M U11
66 3.03   Marcus Sinclair M U11
23 2.90   Joshua Kennedy M U11
6 2.83   Henry Crossley M U11
239 2.70   Sam Isgrove M U11
13 2.68   Sam Jones M U11
60 2.21   Cameron Pollock M U11
9 2.15   Harris Whyte M U11
84 2.09   Noah Kennedy M U11
40 4.17   Curtis Denison M U13
57 3.98   Connor Bell M U13
92 3.95   Andrew Dallas M U13
42 3.92   Jack Campbell M U13
71 3.63   Joe Philipps M U13
27 3.42   Jessica Hanson M U13
91 3.41   Daniel Crawford M U13
83 2.86   Benjamin Kennedy M U13
67 2.78   Kieran Mooney M U13
2 4.56   Jamie McNaught M U15
238 4.54   Ben Isgrove M U15
98 4.49   Cameron Blance M U15
52 4.47   Daniel Bruce M U15
28 4.45   Finlay Muir M U15
100 4.37   Kyle Howie M U15
76 4.12   Harris Almass M U15
75 3.87   Sandy Buchanan M U15
18 5.27   Ben Roebuck M U17
61 5.03   Neil Casserly M U17
37 4.15   John Wilkie M U17
68 4.13   Lloyd Raymond M U17
Shot Put      
Weight No. Distance Forename Surname Gender Age Group
SP2.72K 8 4.57 Zoe Loughrey F U11
SP2.72k 15 3.36 Loren Stewart F U11
SP2.72k 239 4.72 Sam Isgrove M U11
SP2.72K 66 3.75 Marcus Sinclair M U11
SP2.72K 62 3.58 Lewis Miller M U11
SP2.72k 69 5.29 Matilda Ross F U13
SP2.72k 43 5.29 Louise Carroll F U13
SP2.72K 7 5.16 Ellen Montgomery F U13
SP2.72K 87 4.85 Maisie Blyth F U13
SP2.72k 86 4.67 Amy Cully F U13
SP2.72k 4 4.55 Heather Hale F U13
SP2.72K 12 3.57 Olivia Macdougall F U13
SP3.25k 1 7.62 Scott Hopper M U13
SP3.25k 240 6.00 Logan Gray M U13
SP3.25k 40 5.57 Curtis Denison M U13
SP3.25k 83 5.22 Benjamin Kennedy M U13
SP3.25k 85 5.20 Ross Lawrie M U13
SP3.25k 94 5.14 Logan Morrison M U13
SP3.25k 14 4.37 Ethan Sorley M U13
SP3.25k 67 4.30 Kieran Mooney M U13
SP3.25k 3 4.12 Finlay Marchant M U13
SP3.25k 74 3.88 Harris Anderson M U13
SP4k 247 10.45 Erik Escala M U15
SP4k 2 8.18 Jamie McNaught M U15
SP4k 100 7.96 Kyle Howie M U15
SP4k 238 6.57 Ben Isgrove M U15
SP4k 44 6.18 Andrew McLay M U15
SP3K 45 7.32 Elle Blair F U17
SP5k 61 8.72 Neil Casserly M U17
SP5k 31 8.39 Stuart Thomson M U17
SP5k 68 6.30 Lloyd Raymond M U17


May 242017

Invitation to all Central AC Athletes to take part in a competition night at Balfron HS. 

Full details on the registration and entry form 

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 100 metre Series: Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 6.45
  • 800 metre Series: Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 7.10
  • 200 metre Series: Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 7.35
  • Long Jump – Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening from 6.30
  • Shot Put – Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening from 6.30

Registration from 6.15pm in the High School by the Swimming Pool.

No entry fee.



May 172017

This month’s club track time trials take place on Thursday 25 May at the Stirling University track.

Full details on the registration and entry form: Time Trials info and Entry Form 25 May 2017

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 100 metre Series – Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 7.15
  • 600 metre Series: Graded event for Under 11’s and Under 13’s from 7.55
  • 1000 metre Series – Graded event for Under 15 upwards from 8.15
  • Long Jump – Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening from 7pm
  • Shot Put – Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening from 7pm

Registration for the 100 m, 600 m and 1000 m track events from 6.30pm.

No entry fee.

May 152017

The weekend saw the East District Championships take place across the full range of age categories, with Central athletes producing strong performances throughout.


Aidan Thompson en route to gold

Aidan Thompson en route to gold. Photo credit Steve Adams.

Aidan Thompson was Central AC’s star performer at the East District championships taking a superb golden double in the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase. The 20-year-old Stirling University student has been an integral part of Central’s all conquering cross country team over the winter but has turned his attention to the track for the summer.

The 1500m on the Friday evening session was a tactical affair with nobody taking the pace on but Aidan had the sprint for the important final straight as he held off Ben Potrykus of Pitreavie to cross the line first in 4:03.29 minutes. Matthew Sutherland followed in 3rd in 4:14.50 minutes to make it two Central athletes on the podium.
Aidan returned for the Saturday session to take on the 3000m steeplechase and was in full control as he took his second gold in 9:37.31 minutes leading home his Central teammate Michael Wright who finished in 9:43.13 minutes. Central AC’s top senior field event athlete, Peter Muirhead, took on the long jump against a high class field and took a respectable 3rd place with 7.11m.

Central were well-represented in the 200m event. Michael Currie was on great form not being put off by a headwind to take 4th in the 200m in a personal best 22.78s, just 0.18s off the bronze. Joining Michael in the 200m field were Central AC stalwarts Cameron Smith (24.67s) and Ian McDonald (25.60s) who showed they still had a turn of pace in their heats.


Catriona Laing was in superb form as she dominated the 400m event. The 17-year-old from Dunblane led from start to finish to take gold in a season’s best 58.42s. Also on form in the race was Madeleine Woods who looked like she might join Catriona on the podium entering the home straight in 3rd place. However, she was just overtaken in the final run-in, ending up in 5th place, but can still be proud as she set a new personal best 62.31s.

Lauren McCulloch was also on the podium in the 800m after running a season’s best 2:23.18, and another season’s best for Lauren in the 1500m (5:04.75) was enough for 7th.


Central’s Under-17s were on great form taking a total of 9 medals.

Emma Mailer set an excellent personal best 45.15s to take the gold in the 300m Hurdles leading home a Central 1-2 with Katie Sharkey 2nd in 46.01s. Emma went on to add a bronze in the 300m running 41.68s ahead of Elizabeth Thompson who took 5th in 42.55s. Katie also went on to add another medal with silver in the 80m Hurdles in a season’s best 11.97s.

There was another Central 1-2 in the Pole Vault as Matt Chandler took gold with 3.80m ahead of Matthew Meredith who won silver. The event was interrupted by heavy rain meaning Matt was unable to go higher. Rachel Methven took 2 medals in the throwing events with a silver in the shot (9.53m) and bronze in the discus (23.09m).

Anna Cameron added another bronze in the long jump. She left it late but a final round jump of 4.96m lifted her into a podium position. She had earlier taken 4th in the 100m with 13.27s into a stiff breeze. Lucy Smith set a personal best in her new triple jump event with 9.92m for 5th, just 6cm from the bronze. Skye Henderson set a season’s best 2:26.04 minutes for 6th in the 800m and Rosie Eckersley was 7th in the 1500m with 5:04.38 minutes.


Coirilidh Cook leads the way in the hurdles

Coirilidh Cook leads the way in the hurdles

Another 4 medals came from Central’s Under-15 contingent. Coirilidh Cook dominated the 75m hurdles taking gold in a personal best 11.76s.

Lewis Dow was also on dominant form as he won his 800m by a 5 second margin in 2:05.90 minutes. Daniel Bruce was proud to win his first ever district medals with a bronze medal double in the long jump with a personal best 4.79m and in the 80m hurdles with 13.59s. Shona McLay was also on the podium running 43.1s for bronze in the 300m.

Thomas Woods took 6th in the long jump (4.02m) and ran 2:30.40 minutes in the 800m. Naomi Howlieson was 8th at high jump with 1.29m and ran a season’s best 800m (2:45.97 minutes). Tasting championship action for the first time was Rosanna Savoury, who just missed the 200m final after running 28.79s and reached the semi-finals in the 100m with 13.96s. Also in her first ever championship was Eilidh MacKenzie who set two personal bests in the 300m (47.27s) and 100m (14.86s).


Central’s Under-13s were mainly tasting championship action for the first time ever and were rewarded with many new personal bests.

The girls 800m saw 4 Central athletes competing, all setting new best performances. Amy Cully placed 6th overall with 2:40.31 minutes. Anna MacKinnon was 2nd in the B race for 8th overall in 2:47.69, followed by Brogan McMillan who was 3rd in the B race with 2:48.20 and Ellie Ross 5th in the B race with 2:54.54.

Curtis Dennison was on form taking 6th in the 100m final with a season’s best 14.49s having set a personal best in the 200m with 29.54s earlier. He then added another personal best in the long jump (3.95m) for 8th. The chances of personal bests in the sprints was reduced by strong headwinds but Lucy Hensman (200m, 34.00s), Marissa Welsh (200m, 36.51s) and Megan Dunlop (100m 15.36s) all performed well.

Overall it was excellent to see these Central athletes stepping up to test themselves at championships. Well done!

May 082017

Andrew Butchart’s period of altitude training was put to the test in the 3000 metres at the Diamond League in Doha on Friday evening. As is the norm with Diamond League races the field was full of top international athletes and the pace was torrid from the start. Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi kept the fast pace going to the finish recording a world-leading 7 minutes 28.53 seconds with Andrew in eighth on 7-45.36, just a fraction of a second from his personal best and gaining a Diamond League point. ‘The rust definitely got busted’ said Andrew ‘now it’s time to go back to Flagstaff, the season has begun.’

Central AC’s Cameron Milne was on Scottish international duty at the weekend taking a superb third place in the Lillebaelt Half Marathon in Denmark with a personal best of 66 minutes 39 seconds on his senior debut. Cameron kept with the leading group in the early stages which included some challenging climbs and with 2 kilometres to go over-hauled Olympic marathon runner Derek Hawkins to become the first Scot across the line. Both the men’s and women’s races were considerably more competitive than in previous years with Central’s Jennifer Wetton finishing ninth woman with 84:25.

‘The race started at a good pace and we went through 10km at just over 31 minutes which is close to my personal best,’ said Cameron. ‘I fell off the lead group at about seven miles and I didn’t expect to get back to Derek so it must have been a pretty strong finish. In myself I knew I could run 66 and that’s consistent with the progress I had hoped to make so I have to be pleased.’

The Scottish Athletics 5 kilometre Road Race Championships were once again held at Silverknowes, Edinburgh on the evening of Friday 5th May. Once again there was a high quality field assembled and with 480 finishers there was tough competition for the 16 Central Athletic Club runners who again won a number of individual and team championship medals.

Jamie Crowe was always to the fore in the race and his sprint finish was rewarded with a silver medal as he finished with 14 minutes 41 seconds. In a tightly fought race it was great to see Alastair Hay come through in fifth with a tasty 14-47 and Aidan Thompson, in twelfth (14-59) and second Under-20, ensuring the team gold medals were retained by Central. Cameron Harris finished as sixth Under-20 (15.24) and there were more strong runs from local athletes including Matthew Sutherland (15.48), Ruaridh Millar (15.57), Scott Brember (16.14) and Lewis Millar (16.31). Charles Graham-Marr improved from last year’s run to record 18.26 ahead of Phil Sweeney (18.35), Robin Mussett (19.03), Raymond Milne (20.39) and Mark Logie (22.14).

In the ladies race, Under-17 athlete Kate Gallagher again caught the eye as she finished as first Under-17 and sixth overall with 17 minutes 34 seconds. Patricia Milne showed progress from last year with 20.22 while Kirsten Samara McStay should be pleased with her 23.32 clocking.

Central Athletic Club Men’s Team started their Scottish Division One track and field season with a third placing behind last year’s champions Aberdeen AAC and a resurgent Inverness AC team. The match, held in sunny but windy conditions in Aberdeen on Saturday 6th May, saw a committed team effort from athletes across the Club, some excellent early season performances and two Under-17 athletes making their debut at this level.

Jack Houghton lifts off in the 100 metres

Jack Houghton lifts off in the 100 metres

The first track event, the 400 metres hurdles, finished with Michael Wright in fourth ‘A’ place (71.34 seconds) and David Lindsay win the ‘B’ event (68.33 seconds). The 800 metres saw Aidan Thompson and Jamie Crowe dusting themselves down from their previous night’s 5000 metre efforts taking second ‘A’ and first ‘B’ places respectively with times of 2-04.87 and 2-03.32. Michael Currie had a superb 11.15 seconds run in the ‘A’ 100 metres for third place and Jack Houghton provided the back-up, recording 11.69 seconds for fifth ‘B’ spot. Michael Wright was in a class of his own as he strode to victory in the 3000 metres steeplechase to record 9-48.77; while David Lindsay improved his personal best to 10-34.75 for second ‘B’ place. Kai Ligertwood, in his first ever 110 metre hurdles race, picked off third place with a tidy 19.56 seconds effort while fellow Under-20 athlete, Jack Houghton, continued his busy day to take fifth ‘A’ in the 400 metres with 57.17 seconds while Fraser MacPherson also produced a strong run for fourth ‘B’ spot with 55.37 seconds. Jamie Crowe continued his busy weekend with a win in the 1500 metres (4-05.81) and David Lindsay produced yet another personal best run to take third ‘B’ placing with 4-45.36. The 200 metres series saw Michael Currie again to the fore, taking fourth ‘A’ points with 22.68 seconds, backed up by an Under-17 debut run in the Men’s League for John Wilkie in sixth ‘B’ placing with 25.51 seconds. The 5000 metres saw Michael Wright push his body through the pain barrier in his third race of the day to take second ‘A’ spot with 16-02.38 while Matthew Sutherland, yet another competitor from the previous night’s 5000 metres coming home in second ‘B’ spot with a 16-14.16 effort.

Michael Wright in steeplechase action

Michael Wright in steeplechase action

In the field the throwing duties were covered by the ever reliable Ron Todd recording 8.58 metres shot put, 29.81 metres discus and 30.04 metres javelin. Ron also cleared an impressive 3.45 metres in the pole vault, backed-up by Colin Christie’s 2.70 metre effort. Under-20 athlete Cameron McCorgray (6.32 metres) and Under-17 debut athlete James Isgrove (5.36 metres) picked up more useful points in the long jump while James (11.39 metres), showed great form in the triple jump with Jack Houghton (10.37 metres) again proving his range of abilities. Cameron McCorgray came into his own in the high jump with his superb 1.95 metre clearance winning the event.

The 4 x 400 metre quartet of Michael Currie, Fraser MacPherson, James Isgrove and Jack Houghton came home third in a tight race, recording a tasty 3 minutes 40.57 seconds. The guest 100 metres saw Under-17’s James Isgrove and John Wilkie record good times of 12.22 seconds and 12.34 seconds respectively. Jack Houghton won a specially arranged 400 metres hurdles for Under-18s as he tried to achieve the Junior Commonwealth Games qualifying time. Jack’s brave effort of 57.77 seconds just fell short of the mark, the strong wind having a big effect in putting paid to his ambitions.

As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through John Dickson, Stuart MacFarlane and Kenny Hislop.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 417; Inverness 310; Central 284; Victoria Park Glasgow 208; Pitreavie 161; Arbroath 142; Kilbarchan 97 and Lasswade 76.

May 022017

A new athlete database with all performances up to the time trials on 27 April 2017 is on the Club Statistics page. Please let us know of any corrections for events prior to this date. 

Top standards so far this season;

Gold: Briagha Cook, Coirilidh Cook, Shona McLay, Lewis Dow, Katie Sharkey, Matt Chandler, Cameron McCorgray, Andrew Butchart, Peter Muirhead.

Silver: Cara MacLean, Tom Campbell, Lewis Miller, Emma Mailer, Kathryn Gillespie.

Bronze: Elise Graham-Marr, Euan Campbell, Daniel Ferguson, Jack Haughton, Anna Cameron, Lucy Smith, Elizabeth Thompson, Keir Howlieson, Caitlin Edgar, Catriona Laing, Fanni Gyurko.

Special mentions since the last update, first ever top level standards for Elise Graham-Marr and Daniel Ferguson and first ever Gold standard for Shona McLay.

Certificates will be awarded to all standard winners at the end of the season and all gold, silver and bronze standard winners will receive their certificate at the club end of season awards night in the Autumn. So you have until the end of the season to go for a higher award.

Well done to all.

Kenny Pearson

(club statistician)

May 012017

A massive thank you to all the athletes who turned out for our club time trials last Thursday, and to all who helped so that the competitions could run smoothly.

These were the most popular time trials yet with 114 athletes registered. The results are available as a spreadsheet or below.

100 metres series          
No. Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
52 16.1 1 Danielle Abel F U11
70 17.1 1 Katy Cullen F U11
93 17.2 1 Laura Matthews F U11
220 17.3 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11
62 19.7 1 Jessica Robertson F U11
225 16.5 2 Jamie Connor M U11
131 17.1 2 Freddie Mills M U11
177 17.6 2 Dylan Kane M U11
78 17.8 2 Cameron Moore M U11
233 17.9 2 Sam Isgrove M U11
64 18.8 2 Sam Jones M U11
226 15.9 3 Emily Quest F U11
87 16.0 3 Erin Partridge F U11
49 16.4 3 Loren Stewart F U11
56 16.9 3 Iona Griffen F U11
97 17.2 3 Connie Bateman F U11
91 17.5 3 Ava Saunders F U11
81 16.4 4 Joshua Kennedy M U11
57 16.7 4 Jamie Griffen M U11
80 16.8 4 Marcus Sinclair M U11
86 17.1 4 Fraser Banks M U11
54 17.6 4 Duncan Rennie M U11
60 17.9 4 Logan Bell M U11
96 15.5 5 Lewis Miller M U11
55 15.8 5 Jamie Oldham M U11
72 16.2 5 Tom Campbell M U11
191 15.3 6 Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock F U13
199 16.0 6 Finnlaidh Stokoe F U13
47 16.2 6 Marissa Welsh F U13
40 16.5 6 Summer Maclean F U13
230 18.4 6 Maisie Blyth F U13
79 19.4 6 Olivia Macdougall F U13
95 15.3 7 Amy Cully F U13
65 15.4 7 Louise Carroll F U13
44 15.5 7 Ellen Montgomery F U13
204 15.7 7 Ellie Ross F U13
25 16.6 7 Heather Hale F U13
197 17.6 7 Matila Ross F U13
74 14.5 8 Katherine Fowler F U13
228 15.0 8 Ruaridh Blyth M U13
203 16.2 8 Struan Craig M U13
221 16.6 8 Daniel Crawford M U13
227 16.7 8 Logan Morrison M U13
73 17.8 8 Roberto Mackenzie M U13
85 15.1 9 Curtis Denison M U13
88 16.1 9 Logan Gray M U13
58 16.8 9 Ben Harley M U13
93 17.0 9 Laura Matthews F U11
53 17.3 9 Ross Lawrie M U13
63 18.8 9 Kieran Robertson M U13
71 15.0 10 Jack Campbell M U13
38 15.3 10 Finlay Marchant M U13
98 15.4 10 Euan Campbell M U13
89 15.9 10 Cameron Darnbrough M U13
208 16.5 10 Caomh Curtin M U13
75 18.0 10 Ross McGann M U13
212 14.4 11 Amy Johnston F U15
122 14.4 11 Olivia Harries F U15
206 14.9 11 Eilidh Mackenzie F U15
69 15.6 11 Ewan Cullen M U13
94 16.0 11 Holly Fordyce F U15
132 16.0 11 Tessa Morrison F U15
231 13.3 12 Erik Escala M U15
67 13.9 12 Rosanna Savoury F U15
129 14.2 12 Mia Glen F U15
207 14.6 12 Cameryn Dick F U15
76 14.9 12 Molly Cornes F U15
77 15.6 12 Mavia Duncan F U15
34 13.5 13 Jamie McNaught M U15
214 13.7 13 Finlay Muir M U15
84 14.0 13 Daniel Bruce M U15
153 14.3 13 Oliver Holden M U15
210 16.1 13 Dean Manson M U15
170 16.6 13 Kyle Buchan M U15
45 14.8 14 Elle Blair F U17
104 15.8 14 Ella Conroy F U17
66 15.9 14 Maddy Thomson F U17
61 12.4 15 Neil Casserly M U17
30 12.4 15 Ian McDonald M Sen
48 12.9 15 John Wilkie M U17
213 13.4 15 Robbie Subke M U17
90 14.8 15 Jason Saunders M SEN
152 15.8 15 Lloyd Raymond M U17
234 15.9 15 Mark Logie M SEN
800 metres series        
No. Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
49 3.21.0 1 Loren Stewart F U11
220 3.21.2 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11
56 3.30.9 1 Iona Griffen F U11
93 3.33.2 1 Laura Matthews F U11
55 2.46.8 2 Jamie Oldham M U11
72 2.47.2 2 Tom Campbell M U11
81 2.49.3 2 Joshua Kennedy M U11
223 2.49.8 2 Aaron Middleton M U11
80 3.05.1 2 Marcus Sinclair M U11
86 3.12.2 2 Fraser Banks M U11
57 3.16.1 2 Jamie Griffen M U11
60 3.19.9 2 Logan Bell M U11
54 3.30.4 2 Duncan Rennie M U11
78 3.45.9 2 Cameron Moore M U11
219 2.48.6 3 Anna Mackinnon F U13
205 2.48.7 3 Elise Graham-Marr F U13
95 2.54.5 3 Amy Cully F U13
202 2.55.1 3 Anna Buchanan F U13
204 2.58.1 3 Ellie Ross F U13
224 3.00.7 3 Catriona Kane F U13
40 3.03.0 3 Summer Maclean F U13
229 3.19.2 3 Mary Kealey F U13
44 3.33.4 3 Ellen Montgomery F U13
65 3.40.1 3 Louise Carroll F U13
199 3.40.1 3 Finnlaidh Stokoe F U13
211 3.55.0 3 Leah Stenhouse F U13
230 3.57.1 3 Maisie Blyth F U13
59 2.35.9 4 Connor Bell M U13
98 2.38.7 4 Euan Campbell M U13
228 2.48.5 4 Ruaridh Blyth M U13
71 2.52.2 4 Jack Campbell M U13
235 2.58.0 4 Jackson McKnight M U13
38 3.06.5 4 Finlay Marchant M U13
53 3.07.2 4 Ross Lawrie M U13
58 3.12.8 4 Ben Harley M U13
50 3.15.8 4 Kieran Mooney M U13
236 2.40.7 5 Grace Tindall F U15
99 2.48.1 5 Naomi Howlieson F U15
67 2.53.9 5 Rosanna Savoury F U15
76 2.57.0 5 Molly Cornes F U15
77 2.59.6 5 Mavia Duncan F U15
218 2.08.5 6 Lewis Dow M U15
214 2.21.2 6 Finlay Muir M U15
68 2.23.6 6 Kyle Howie M U15
83 2.26.5 6 Thomas Woods M U15
209 2.28.3 6 Sandy Buchanan M U15
153 2.37.2 6 Oliver Holden M U15
222 2.43.3 6 Ben Angus Hughes M U15
232 2.43.8 6 Angus Henderson M U15
51 2.45.8 6 Ethan Thomson M U15
100 2.01.8 7 Keir Howlieson M U17
237 2.23.6 7 Angus Brownlie M U20
215 2.48.9 7 Rhona Samphier F U17
185 2.49.2 7 Bethany Burch F U20
152 2.52.6 7 Lloyd Raymond M U17
Long Jump          
 No. Distance   Forename Surname Gender Age Group
87 2.97   Erin Partridge F U11
49 2.95   Loren Stewart F U11
52 2.84   Danielle Abel F U11
97 2.79   Connie Bateman F U11
62 2.39   Jessica Robertson F U11
91 1.72   Ava Saunders F U11
96 3.33   Lewis Miller M U11
72 3.29   Tom Campbell M U11
55 3.12   Jamie Oldham M U11
225 2.97   Jamie Connor M U11
64 2.86   Sam Jones M U11
57 2.82   Jamie Griffen M U11
223 2.76   Aaron Middleton M U11
80 2.72   Marcus Sinclair M U11
86 2.66   Fraser Banks M U11
78 2.64   Cameron Moore M U11
60 2.52   Logan Bell M U11
177 2.49   Dylan Kane M U11
131 2.17   Freddie Mills M U11
46 1.70   Reece Blair M U11
44 3.74   Ellen Montgomery F U13
74 3.59   Katherine Fowler F U13
65 3.52   Louise Carroll F U13
229 2.99   Mary Kealey F U13
47 2.70   Marissa Welsh F U13
79 2.02   Olivia Macdougall F U13
98 4.28   Euan Campbell M U13
85 3.92   Curtis Denison M U13
59 3.82   Connor Bell M U13
89 3.67   Cameron Darnbrough M U13
71 3.62   Jack Campbell M U13
88 3.32   Logan Gray M U13
221 3.30   Daniel Crawford M U13
92 3.23   Gregor Saunders M U13
75 3.15   Ross McGann M U13
235 3.09   Jackson McKnight M U13
50 2.82   Kieran Mooney M U13
73 2.80   Roberto Mackenzie M U13
63 2.47   Kieran Robertson M U13
203 2.38   Struan Craig M U13
129 3.98   Mia Glen F U15
216 3.62   Ceitidh Ainsworth F U15
84 4.64   Daniel Bruce M U15
34 4.36   Jamie McNaught M U15
83 4.23   Thomas Woods M U15
153 4.07   Oliver Holden M U15
210 3.32   Dean Manson M U15
170 3.15   Kyle Buchan M U15
Shot Put            
Weight No. Distance Forename Surname Gender Age Group
SP2.72k 49 3.81 Loren Stewart F U11
SP2.72k 72 4.93 Tom Campbell M U11
SP2.72k 46 4.45 Reece Blair M U11
SP2.72k 233 4.32 Sam Isgrove M U11
SP2.72k 225 3.13 Jamie Connor M U11
SP2.72k 54 2.32 Duncan Rennie M U11
SP2.72K 197 5.57 Matila Ross F U13
SP2.72K 25 4.63 Heather Hale F U13
SP2.72K 44 4.14 Ellen Montgomery F U13
SP2.72K 79 3.88 Olivia Macdougall F U13
SP2.72K 230 3.80 Maisie Blyth F U13
SP2.72K 47 3.59 Marissa Welsh F U13
SP3.25k 71 6.69 Jack Campbell M U13
SP3.25k 85 5.36 Curtis Denison M U13
SP3.25k 82 5.11 Benjamin Kennedy M U13
SP3.25k 89 4.91 Cameron Darnbrough M U13
SP3.25k 227 4.85 Logan Morrison M U13
SP3.25k 228 4.76 Ruaridh Blyth M U13
SP3.25k 53 4.59 Ross Lawrie M U13
SP3.25k 50 4.05 Kieran Mooney M U13
SP3.25k 38 3.38 Finlay Marchant M U13
SP3K 217 7.47 Ciorstaidh Ainsworth F U15
SP3K 67 6.34 Rosanna Savoury F U15
SP3K 76 6.25 Molly Cornes F U15
SP3K 216 5.75 Ceitidh Ainsworth F U15
SP3K 99 5.20 Naomi Howlieson F U15
SP3K 77 4.88 Mavia Duncan F U15
SP4k 231 9.09 Erik Escala M U15
SP4k 34 7.89 Jamie McNaught M U15
SP4k 210 4.90 Dean Manson M U15
SP3K 45 7.32 Elle Blair F U17


Apr 282017

As some of you may know, following the departure of Joanne Brown after over 3 years devoted service as Central’s CTO, we have recently found her replacement. Phil Mestecky started in this role on 18th April so we caught up with him to ask a few questions and find out a bit more about him and what he’s hoping to do in the role.

Phil Mestecky

Email: ku.oc1519430294.scit1519430294elhta1519430294lartn1519430294ec@OT1519430294Clihp1519430294

Mobile: 07703 766465



Central AC: First of all, welcome to Central. We think it’s a great club and we hope you will find your time with us rewarding and enjoyable.

PM: Thanks very much. I’m excited to be part of one of the biggest and best athletics clubs in Scotland. Central has a great reputation for producing not only high performing individual athletes, but also successful teams across all age groups and, in the short time I’ve been involved, I can see this is the result of huge commitment from coaches and team managers and also, of course from athletes and their parents.

Central AC: Tell us something about yourself.

PM: I’m 47, and worked in publishing for over 25 years before leaving the corporate world behind earlier this year. I have always loved sport whether watching or participating in it and am now keen to explore the opportunity for a career in sports administration. I live in Crieff with my wife, Liz, and my border collie, Tess, and have two grown up sons.

Central AC: What’s your background in athletics?

PM: I’ve been a runner for nearly 20 years, starting off with road races and cross-country down in Oxfordshire before moving to Scotland and developing a love of hill running and ultra-distance challenges. Since we moved up, I have been closely involved with Strathearn Harriers and have helped grow the club from just 17 members in 2003 to over 150 today. I am a qualified Coach in Running Fitness, Athletics Coach and Event Group coach for Endurance.

Central AC: What are your first impressions of Central?

PM: I’m really impressed. The enthusiasm and energy of everyone I’ve met is great. There’s so much going on with all the different competitions, training opportunities, coaching groups etc that it makes my head spin a little! But it all seems to be well organised and functioning efficiently. That said, everyone has lots of ideas of how we can improve things and lots of suggestions about how I can best use my time!

Central AC: So then, what do you see as your priorities for the CTO?

PM: That’s a tough question! As I said, everyone I’ve met so far has lots of great ideas for how we can make the club even better. What experience has taught me though is that if I try to do everything, I’ll not manage to do anything well. So, I will need to try to focus on a few key areas and work hard to make them successful. The three that I think I should prioritise are:

  1. Supporting the coaches. Without the coaches, there would be no Central AC. We have a great coaching team and some well-established coaching structures in place. However, we have over 50 coaches and coaching assistants, we have multiple venues where training takes place and we have an extremely valuable link with Active Stirling which helps to manage the pipeline of new young recruits to the club. The CTO has a key role to play in supporting the whole coaching team with communication, coordination, recruitment and development.
  2. Volunteers. Central is very lucky to already have an amazing army of volunteers that, each year, help the club function in any number of ways: coaching, team management, admin, organising the 10K, officials (timekeepers, results, starters, measurers), marketing & communications, fundraising etc etc. But we always need more…The CTO has a key role to try to encourage a wider pool of people who are willing to give up their time and energy to support the club. And we also need some of those that are already involved to develop their skills further and take them to the next level. For most people, life is increasingly busy but getting involved can be a lot of fun and extremely rewarding! In other words: “Your Club Needs You!”
  3. One Club. Central is a large and complex organisation with many moving parts and sub-groups. We are one club, however, so ensuring that everyone in the club feels, informed, valued and included is an important but tough challenge. With a job title like “Club Together Officer”, this is clearly an area that will need my ongoing focus.

Central AC: How will you know if you have been successful?

PM: Another tough question. I would be delighted if, over the next couple of years, the club has sufficient volunteers, coaches and other resources to, not just maintain the current programme of athletics activities, but to grow and further develop them across the club. That said, this can only happen with the support and engagement of everyone associated with the club so thanks in advance for your help!

Central AC: Thanks for your time, Phil, and best of luck.

PM: Thanks, I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone at the club and, hopefully, making a useful contribution.

Apr 242017

The Club’s first track time trials of 2017 will take place at the Stirling University track on Thursday 27 April. This is a fantastic opportunity and very low key with all levels of participant from beginners to fully competitive.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 100 metre series from 7.15pm
  • 800 metre series from 7.50pm
  • 4 x 100 metre relays at around 8.15pm
  • 4 x 400 metre relays at 8.30pm.
  • Long Jump and Shot Put competitions from 7pm.

Registration for the 100 m and 800 m track events from 6.30pm.

A great opportunity to get some competitive experience or a new personal best.
No entry fee.

Please remember the club membership does expect all athletes to compete 4 times over the year, so this is a good opportunity to understand the environment and structure.

Apr 242017

Central AC athletes took 5 sets of medals from the National Relay Championships at Grangemouth Stadium, covering the range from Under-13 to senior age groups.

Surprise package of the day for the club came from a mature performance by Central Under-13 boy’s 4 x 100m team. The quartet of Jack Campbell, Robb Ferguson, Finlay Marchant and Curtis Denison took a fine set of silver medals with a 57.63 second timing.

At the other end of the age spectrum the senior squad made up of Jack Houghton, Michael Currie, Jamie Price and Ian McDonald looked well set for a medal in senior 4 x 100m, but suffered the classic fate of the sprint relays with a dropped baton. Jack, Michael and Jamie of the squad then took on the 4 x 400m along with Under-17 athlete James Isgrove and were able to get their hands on an award as they took bronze medal place with a 3:34.35 timing.

Central’s Under-17 ladies squad made it a double set of silver medals as the same set of runners took close second places in both 4 x 100m and 4 x 300m events. In the sprint event, Central had to give way by 0.03 seconds to Dundee Hawkhill. Anna Cameron, followed by Elizabeth Thompson and Katie Sharkey, with the anchor leg by Emma Mailer put in a spirited run with a great time of 49.81 seconds fractionally outside one of Central’s oldest Club Records dating back to 1984. In the 4 x 300m, another tight race again had the Central quartet posting another great time of 2:48.41, taking a full 3 seconds off the club record, but this time were left chasing a strong Giffnock team.

For Central’s Under-15 team, another silver medal was the result after another great race. Mia Glen led off the 4 x 100m team with sisters Corilidh and Briagha Cook bringing the baton to the final changeover in second place behind Edinburgh. Despite Shona McLay producing a fine final leg to bring Central all but level, careful scrutiny of the photo-finish gave them second with a 51.12 second timing. In the 4 x 300m, the quartet of Ciorstadh Ainsworth, Lucy More, Briagha Cook and Shona McLay took fourth place in 3:01.08.

The Under-17 men’s quarter of John Wilkie, Daniel Ferguson, Robbie Subke and Neil Casserley worked through the heats to take sixth place in the 4 x 100m final with 47.80 seconds. John, Neil and Robbie were joined by Euan Cameron to take another sixth place in the 4 x 400m final in 3:52.06.

A series of 3 x 800m relays provided strong opposition for Central’s teams with all featuring well up the standings. The Under-13 3 x 800m team of Ryan McGuire, Jackson McKnight and Euan Campbell made it fifth place in 8:18.19. Both Central’s Under-15 teams made it through to finals, with the girl’s team of Grace Tindall, Carrie Banks and Kyra Gibb gaining seventh fastest time with 7:47.47. A boy’s 3 x 800m trio of Cameron Blance, Daniel Bruce and Finlay Muir were fourth fastest in 7:19.83. The Under-17 team of Sandy Holl, Tom Graham-Marr and Ben MacMillan made it to fifth place in their final with 6:37.72.

Apr 242017

A busy weekend of athletics and road races saw Central’s Morag MacLarty again on top of the podium as she won the Conoco Phillips 5 kilometre road race at the Run Balmoral event.  Morag’s 15min 58sec was enough to take victory over Inverness runner and last year’s winner Jenny Bannerman, in a week where Morag’s victory in the 2016-17 Scottish Cross Country Grand Prix was announced.  Lewis Miller showed he was back to fitness with his fifth place 16:35 clocking in the Men’s race.  Fiona Thompson also came to the fore in the Stena Drilling Tartan 10 kilometre road race finishing in a close-up second place clocking 37 minutes exactly, a fine time on this hilly course.

The London Marathon preparations take over athletes’ lives for months before the event so it was congratulations all round to Central runners Michael Wright running 2 hours 29 mins 33 secs, a debut marathon for Matthew Sutherland (2-36-00), a personal best for Fanni Gyurko (2-41-20), Simon Barlow’s effort saw him finish with 3-36-36 with Allan Gall coming through in 3-48-45 and Kate Weldon, running only her second marathon, to finish with 4-12-34.  Kate Gallagher had a superb run for Scotland in the Under-17 version of the London Mini Marathon over 3 miles, finishing eighth with 16min 46secs and ensuring Scotland won team Gold medals.

Closer to home there was a high turnout of Central runners at the Balfron 10K with Under-17 Keir Howlieson taking second overall with 35 min 2 secs.  Under-15 runner Gregor McArthur came home ninth with 37-58 while David Eckersley took time away from his organising duties to clock 38-52 in 15th.

The Scottish University and College Athletics Championships saw Central athletes Aidan Thompson and Pete Muirhead representing Stirling University.  Aidan started his track season well with an excellent 4 min 2.89 secs clocking to win the 1500 metres title then support the University team in the 4 x 400 metre relay with Stirling taking third.  Pete also came home with a medal from his Long Jump of 7.15 metres, a prodigious jump at this stage of the season but having to settle for Silver this time around.  Earlier in the day Pete achieved a new 100 metres personal best of 11.10 secs in finishing fifth in a top class 100 metre final.

Apr 172017

The first track league match of the season featured a second league place for Central AC athletes as part of the Forth Valley team in the Scottish Women’s League.

Katie Sharkey (308) showing fine form in the 200m

Katie Sharkey (308) showing fine form in the 200m

Central’s under-17 hurdlers featured strongly with Emma Mailer turning in a new personal best to win the 300m hurdles in 45.57 seconds and Katie Sharkey winning the sprint hurdles in 12.08 seconds. Both girls backed up with strong performances in the 200m with Emma taking third in 26.51 seconds and Katie winning the B race in 26.24 seconds. Elizabeth Thompson showed good form in the 300m with a third place in a new PB of 42.20 seconds. Lucy Smith cleared 1.40 metres for second in the B High Jump while Anna Cameron took a good third place in the Long Jump with 4.94 metres and was fourth in the 100m in 13.31 seconds. Skye Henderson produced a gutsy run with 5th place in the 800m and a season’s best of 2:26.61.

Kate Gallagher (340) and Sarah Calvert (334) make ready for the final lap in the senior 1500m as they gained maximum points

Kate Gallagher (340) and Sarah Calvert (334) make ready for the final lap in the senior 1500m as they gained maximum points

A number of Central’s athletes moved into the senior ranks to face top competition to acquit themselves well. Catriona Laing was a fine fourth place in the 200m in 26.47 seconds and Lucy Mason was 6th in the B race with 27.21 seconds. Kate Gallagher had a tough race with her team-mate Sarah Calvert in the senior 1500m, with them both taking wins in the combined A/B race, with Kate’s time of 4:44.57 a good marker for season ahead. Lauren McCulloch moved up to senior 800m and took fourth in 2:26 with Madeleine Woods posting a 64.02 seconds outdoor personal best for 5th in the 400m B race. Lydia Simpson was 6th in the 100m with 13.59 seconds. An all-Central 4 x 400 metre relay team were pleased with a fine third place as Lauren, Elizabeth, Madeleine and Catriona turned in a 4:12.96 to finish the day, after the senior 4 x 100 metre relay featuring Lydia, Catriona and Lucy put in a 5th place run with 52.61 seconds.

Shona McLay (300) showing fine form as she took a 200 metres win

Shona McLay (300) showing fine form as she took a 200 metres win

In the under-15 age group, only Shona McLay made the squad from Central AC, and posted two good wins in the B 100 and 200 metres with times of 13.28 and 26.82 seconds and then made a big contribution to a 4 x 100m relay second place in 52.71 seconds. Cora Morgan posted a new personal best with 14.07 seconds for 5th in the under-13 hurdles, and formed part of a 4 x 100 metre relay team posting 57.56 seconds for second place. Elise Graham-Marr took on a hard fought 800m with 6th in 2:42.84.

Overall points were Edinburgh AC 484; Forth Valley 402; VP Glasgow 389; Lothian 340; Tayside/Fife 339; Team West 332; Aberdeen 325; Pitreavie 190.

Apr 102017

Central Athletic Club’s Senior Men’s Team headed to the Invitational English 12-Stage Road Relay Championships in Sutton Park, Birmingham, held on Saturday 8 April. Central’s team featured both youth and experienced athletes who tackled the traditional course of alternating long and short laps, at a race attended by the top English and Welsh Clubs and three Scottish Clubs through Central AC, Corstorphine AAC and Cambuslang Harriers. The event was played out in bright sunshine and high temperatures throughout as almost 70 teams toed the start line.

Central’s athletes were travelling more in hope than in expectation of a podium finish but saw the opportunity to gain experience of this unique event played out over almost four and a half hours of tough competition. In an event where fortunes fluctuate throughout the day the Central athletes acquitted themselves well to finish in 14th place overall and ahead of their Scottish rivals. Once again Team Manager Derek Easton, his support staff and all the athletes are due congratulations on another excellent effort.

Results from the twelve legs were Michael Wright (27:49), Iain Davies (17:06), Conan McCaughey (27:34), Scott Green (16:16), Cameron Milne (26:52), Matthew Sutherland (16:27), Alastair Hay (27:38), Ruaridh Miller (17:14), Ross Houston (30:02), Scott Brember (17:16), Jamie Crowe (27:35) and Aidan Thompson (16:11), giving an overall time of 4 hours 28 minutes. With another top-class field assembled it was good to see Scottish contenders Corstorphine AAC (4-30.31) and Cambuslang Harriers (4-32.55) finish in highly respectable 18th and 21st places respectively.

Apr 022017

The outdoor track and field competition season got underway at Grangemouth on Saturday 1 April with the club’s Pre-season meeting.  The results are available in a spreadsheet, or below:

Central Athletic Club Pre Season Meeting
Grangemouth Stadium – 1 April 2017
Results for publication
70m Hurdles U13G Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
86 Mya McMahon Dunfermline U13G 1 11.9
125 Lily Arrundale Edinburgh AC U13G 2 12.6
120 Eve Beswick Ayr Seaforth U13G 3 13.1
11 Louise Carroll Central U13G 4 14.5
114 Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock Central U13G 5 14.5
56 Heather Hale Central U13G 6 14.9
7 Kirsten Morris Livingston U13G 7 15.5
75m Hurdles U13G Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
61 Isla Steel Dunfermline U15G 1 12.1
196 Ciara Brown Kirkintilloch U15G 2 15.1
130 Grace Robertson Giffnock North U15G 3 18.3
80m Hurdles U15B Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
38 Daniel Ferguson Central U15B 1 13.2
164 Daniel Bruce Central U15B 2 13.5
106 Gino Brock Dundee Hawkhill U15B 3 15.4
800m U11G & U13G Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
117 Caitlyn Christie FVH U13G 1 2.41.6
90 Amy Cully Central U13G 2 2.44.8
121 Katie Bennie FVH U13G 4 2.55.7
83 Lois Cant FVH U11G 5 2.59.5
89 Brogan McMillan Central U13G 5 2.49.6
84 Emily Fawkes FVH U11G 6 3.02.5
116 Ellie Watson Central U13G 7 3.13.2
2 Rebecca Dowie Central U11G 8 3.14.7
800m U15G-SenW Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
142 Rebecca Hogg Central U15G 1 2.41.1
93 Ellie Buchanan FVH U15G 2 2.41.7
196 Ciara Brown Kirkintilloch U15G 3 2.43.9
92 Naomi Howlieson Central U15G 4 2.49.9
155 Margaret Newell Law & District SenW 5 2.55.8
140 Elana Kerr Team East Loth U15G 6 3.03.4
800m U15G-SenW Heat 2      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
113 Emma Mahon Kirkintilloch U17W 1 2.27.6
97 Skye Henderson Central U17W 2 2.29.1
137 Ciorstaidh Ainsworth Central U15G 3 2.32.0
135 Hannah Steel Lothian  U15G 4 2.33.4
138 Shannon McAleer FVH U15G 5 2.37.1
110 Rachel Paton Kirkintilloch U15G 6 2.38.4
144 Heather Scott Central U17W 7 2.41.2
95 Lauren Barclay FVH U15G 8 2.42.0
57 Charlotte Schmautz Central U15G 9 2.49.0
800m U11B Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
26 Jamie Oldham Central U11B 1 2.42.3
156 Adam Kennedy FVH U11B 2 2.44.1
102 Aaron Middleton Central U11B 3 2.50.4
98 Greg Ritchie FVH U11B 4 2.55.9
72 Owen Eckersley Central U11B 5 2.58.3
100 Alex Dunlop Central U11B 6 3.03.7
74 Logan Bell Central U11B 7 3.10.2
99 Sam Jones Central U11B 8 3.20.0
800m U13B Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
158 Connor Bell Central U13B 1 2.34.0
103 Harris Cant FVH U13B 2 2.41.8
28 Finlay Marchant Central U13B 3 3.00.2
800m U15B-SenM Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
111 Louis O’Hare Kirkintilloch U15B 1 2.21.1
78 Oliver Holden Central U15B 2 2.26.4
163 Sandy Buchanan Central U15B 3 2.33.9
174 Ben Hughes Central U15B 4 2.34.8
166 Ethan Thomson Central U15B 5 2.39.5
800m U15B-SenM Heat 2      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
176 Kane Elliott FVH U17M 1 1.59.9
178 Harris Pentecost FVH U17M 2 2.01.3
167 Callan Hogarth FVH U15B 3 2.22.7
169 Cameron Blance Central U15B 4 2.23.8
107 Fraser Morris Livingston U15B 5 2.24.8
105 Kyle Macfarlane Pitreavie U15B 6 2.31.1
172 Michael McGarvey FVH U15B 7 2.41.3
100m U11G Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
1 Jessica Hanson Wee County Harr U11G 1 15.6
52 Danielle Abel Central U11G 2 15.7
53 Emily Guest Central U11G 3 16.1
4 Zoe Loughrey Central U11G 4 16.1
51 Erin Partridge Central U11G 5 16.2
3 Roxanne Hardie Livingston U11G 6 17.5
2 Rebecca Dowie Central U11G 7 17.6
100m U13G Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
6 Megan Dunlop Central U13G 1 15.1
11 Louise Carroll Central U13G 2 15.4
7 Kirsten Morris Livingston U13G 3 15.5
55 Shannon Glen Central U13G 4 16.1
50 Robyn O’Hare Kirkintilloch U13G 5 16.5
12 Marissa Welsh Central U13G 6 16.6
100m U13G Heat 2      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
9 Paige Stevens FVH U13G 1 14.0
8 Millie Gallagher FVH U13G 2 14.1
5 Hope Griffin FVH U13G 3 14.8
10 Erin Stanners FVH U13G 4 14.9
56 Heather Hale Central U13G 5 15.8
54 Matilda Ross Central U13G 6 17.2
100m U15G Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
20 Rosanna Savoury Central U15G 1 14.2
64 Lucy Kinghorn FVH U15G 2 14.4
60 Mavia Duncan Central U15G 3 15.0
63 Shannon Stevenson Dunfermline U15G 4 15.0
17 Eilidh Mackenzie Central U15G 5 15.1
65 Carys Burke Dunfermline U15G 6 15.5
100m U15G Heat 2      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
14 Erin Thomsom Dunfermline U15G 1 13.7
15 Sophie Williams Wee County Harr U15G 2 14.5
62 Molly Cornes Central U15G 3 14.6
16 Cameryn Dick Central U15G 4 14.8
57 Charlotte Schmautz Central U15G 5 15.0
66 Ceitidh Ainsworth Central U15G 6 15.4
100m U15G Heat 3      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
18 Lottie Jeffrey FVH U15G 1 12.4
19 Shona McLay Central U15G 2 12.7
59 Coirilidh Cook Central U15G 3 13.3
58 Briagha Cook Central U15G 4 13.4
67 Nicole Furness FVH U15G 5 13.5
61 Isla Steel Dunfermline U15G 6 13.8
13 Lucy More Central U15G 7 14.2
139 Carla Subke Central U15G 8 18.3
100m U17-SenW Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
21 Anna Cameron Central U17W 1 13.0
70 Kirsty Snaddon FVH U20W 2 13.3
22 Elle Blair Central U17W 3 14.0
24 Megan Stevenson Livingston U17W 4 14.6
69 Holly McNaught Central U17W 5 14.7
23 Madeleine Thomson Central U17W 6 15.8
100m U11B Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
73 Luca Capanni FVH U11B 1 14.6
27 Lewis Miller Central U11B 2 15.4
26 Jamie Oldham Central U11B 3 16.2
72 Owen Eckersley Central U11B 4 17.2
74 Logan Bell Central U11B 5 17.3
100m U13B Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
31 Robb Ferguson Central U13B 1 14.5
33 Matthew Newlands FVH U13B 2 14.8
28 Finlay Marchant Central U13B 3 14.9
29 Cameron Dowie Central U13B 4 15.8
76 Scott Hopper Central U13B 5 15.9
32 Andrew McKechnie FVH U13B 6 16.1
100m U15B Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
39 Aidan Grevemberg Central U15B 1 12.7
80 Aiden Johnston FVH U15B 2 13.4
78 Oliver Holden Central U15B 3 13.8
79 Nathan Laing FVH U15B 4 14.6
100m U15B Heat 2      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
35 Jack Haughton Central U15B 1 12.2
38 Daniel Ferguson Central U15B 2 12.7
36 Euan Wond FVH U15B 3 12.9
77 Jamie McNaught Central U15B 4 13.2
37 Matthew Meechan Wee County Harr U15B 5 13.3
100m U17-SenM Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
49 Martin Byrne Kirkintilloch U20M 1 12.0
82 Lewis Darnbrough Stirling Uni SenM 2 12.1
81 Ross McCorgray Central U17M 3 12.4
45 Alexander McLeod FVH U17M 4 13.3
48 Ryan Cuzen Red Star SenM 5 13.5
100m U17-SenM Heat 2      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
46 Jamie Price Central U20M 1 11.8
41 Neil Casserly Central U17M 2 12.2
42 Alistair Loudon Team East Loth U17M 3 12.3
43 John Wilkie Central U17M 4 12.5
44 Robbie Subke Central U17M 5 12.6
47 Liam Nolan FV Flyers SenM 6 12.8
300m Hurdles U15G& U17W Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
68 Emma Mailer Central U17W 1 45.8
151 Eve Allison Livingston U17W 2 48.8
147 Katy McGonigal FVH U17W 3 49.3
134 Leah Keisler Law & District U15G 4 49.4
149 Rachel Gibb Livingston U17W   dnf
300m Hurdles U15B Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
164 Daniel Bruce Central U15B 1 48.2
106 Gino Brock Dundee Hawkhill U15B 2 51.8
400m Hurdles height 84 cm Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
182 Jack Houghton Central U20M 1 57.6
184 Michael Cairns Kilbarchan U20M 2 60.8
200m U11G Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
1 Jessica Hanson Wee County Harr U11G 1 31.8
4 Zoe Loughrey Central U11G 2 33.1
83 Lois Cant FVH U11G 3 33.7
84 Emily Fawkes FVH U11G 4 34.5
3 Roxanne Hardie Livingston U11G 5 37.2
2 Rebecca Dowie Central U11G 6 38.9
85 Jessica Robertson Central U11G 7 43.0
200m U13G Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
90 Amy Cully Central U13G 1 32.7
11 Louise Carroll Central U13G 2 33.3
89 Brogan McMillan Central U13G 3 33.6
50 Robyn O’Hare Kirkintilloch U13G 4 35.3
12 Marissa Welsh Central U13G 5 36.2
200m U13G Heat 2      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
86 Mya McMahon Dunfermline U13G 1 29.0
8 Millie Gallagher FVH U13G 2 29.7
10 Erin Stanners FVH U13G 3 30.8
5 Hope Griffin FVH U13G 4 30.9
88 Cora Morgan Central U13G 5 30.9
6 Megan Dunlop Central U13G 6 32.6
7 Kirsten Morris Livingston U13G 7 33.5
200m U15G Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
20 Rosanna Savoury Central U15G 1 29.6
17 Eilidh Mackenzie Central U15G 2 30.4
16 Cameryn Dick Central U15G 3 30.4
95 Lauren Barclay FVH U15G 4 30.7
92 Naomi Howlieson Central U15G 5 31.0
96 Charlie Maree Nolan Livingston U15G 6 31.1
94 Niamh Campbell FVH U15G 7 31.6
200m U15G Heat 2      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
18 Lottie Jeffrey FVH U15G 1 26.2
19 Shona McLay Central U15G 2 26.4
14 Erin Thomsom Dunfermline U15G 3 27.9
13 Lucy More Central U15G 4 28.4
93 Ellie Buchanan FVH U15G 5 29.7
15 Sophie Williams Wee County Harr U15G 6 30.4
110 Rachel Paton Kirkintilloch U15G 7 30.9
200m U17-SenW Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
21 Anna Cameron Central U17W 1 27.3
113 Emma Mahon Kirkintilloch U17W 2 28.8
22 Elle Blair Central U17W 3 29.7
97 Skye Henderson Central U17W 4 30.5
112 Katie Martin Kirkintilloch U17W 5 30.8
23 Madeleine Thomson Central U17W 6 32.6
200m U17-SenM Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
44 Robbie Subke Central U17M 1 25.1
49 Martin Byrne Kirkintilloch U20M 2 25.6
45 Alexander McLeod FVH U17M 3 27.1
48 Ryan Cuzen Red Star SenM 4 28.2
109 Mark Lumsden FV Flyers SenM 5 34.3
200m U17-SenM Heat 2      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
46 Jamie Price Central U20M 1 23.6
41 Neil Casserly Central U17M 2 24.3
43 John Wilkie Central U17M 3 25.5
47 Liam Nolan FV Flyers SenM 4 26.0
200m U15B Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
35 Jack Haughton Central U15B 1 25.7
39 Aidan Grevemberg Central U15B 2 26.3
38 Daniel Ferguson Central U15B 3 26.6
37 Matthew Meechan Wee County Harr U15B 4 26.6
36 Euan Wond FVH U15B 5 28.1
111 Louis O’Hare Kirkintilloch U15B 6 29.9
107 Fraser Morris Livingston U15B 7 30.0
105 Kyle Macfarlane Pitreavie U15B 8 30.0
200m U13B Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
103 Harris Cant FVH U13B 1 29
33 Matthew Newlands FVH U13B 2 30.4
31 Robb Ferguson Central U13B 3 31.6
28 Finlay Marchant Central U13B 4 31.7
32 Andrew McKechnie FVH U13B 5 33.3
29 Cameron Dowie Central U13B 6 36.4
101 Kieren Robertson Central U13B 7 36.9
200m U11B Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
27 Lewis Miller Central U11B 1 32.7
26 Jamie Oldham Central U11B 2 33.1
98 Greg Ritchie FVH U11B 3 34.4
100 Alex Dunlop Central U11B 4 36.4
102 Aaron Middleton Central U11B 5 36.8
99 Sam Jones Central U11B 6 39.7
1500m   Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
124 Elise Graham-Marr Central U13G 1 5.17.4
127 Kerry Robertson FVH U15G 2 5.18.4
119 Megan Kyle Dunfermline U13G 3 5.21.1
79 Nathan Laing FVH U15B 4 5.24.6
115 Erin Macfarlane Pitreavie U13G 5 5.28.9
123 Molli Robb FVH U13G 6 5.30.3
141 Grace Tindall Central U15G 7 5.33.8
159 Luke Kennedy FVH U13B 8 5.44.0
118 Anna MacKinnon Central U13G 9 5.50.9
126 Summer MacLean Central U13G 10 5.57.8
160 Andrew Twigg Central U13B 11 6.39.2
1500m   Heat 2      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
175 Keir Howlieson Central U17M 1 4.17.5
173 Lewis Dow Central U15B 2 4.20.0
179 Tom Graham-Marr Central U17M 3 4.25.7
188 David Eckersley Central MstrM 4 4.57.7
162 Thomas Woods Central U15B 5 5.01.7
157 Elliot Frame Livingston U13B 6 5.02.6
136 Abbie Robb FVH U15G 7 5.04.3
168 Jonathan Faulks FVH U15B 8 5.14.6
96 Charlie Maree Nolan Livingston U15G 9 5.19.2
195 Hannah Paton Kirkintilloch U17W 10 5.27.5
300m   Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
67 Nicole Furness FVH U15G 1 45.1
143 Ellen Ranklin Dunfermline U17W 2 47.6
142 Rebecca Hogg Central U15G 3 48.0
128 Ellie Gifford FVH U15G 4 48.5
17 Eilidh Mackenzie Central U15G 5 49.6
112 Katie Martin Kirkintilloch U17W 6 49.7
300m   Heat 2      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
68 Emma Mailer Central U17W 1 41.5
198 Elizabeth Thompson Central U17W 2 42.5
133 Katie Foss Law & District U15G 3 42.9
148 Catriona McPheat Team East Loth U17W 4 43.9
400m   Heat 1      
No Name Club Age Grp Place Perf
176 Kane Elliott FVH U17M 1 54.1
192 Stewart Wanser Stirling Uni SenM 2 54.2
108 Christopher Stewart Team East Loth U17M 3 54.5
189 Euan McCallum FVH SenM 4 54.6
186 Callum Johnstone Stirling Uni SenM 5 54.7
167 Callan Hogarth FVH U15B 6 61.8
48 Ryan Cuzen Red Star SenM 7 64.3
172 Michael McGarvey FVH U15B 8 69.9
Field Results        
Triple Jump (100m start pit) Time 10:30    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
113 Emma Mahon Kirkintilloch U17W 9.48  
147 Katy McGonigal FVH U17W 9.65  
70 Kirsty Snaddon FVH U20W 10.27  
81 Ross McCorgray Central U17M 10.41  
Long Jump U11 Boys (finish line pit) Time 10:30    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
27 Lewis Miller Central U11B 3.36  
73 Luca Capanni FVH U11B 3.51  
74 Logan Bell Central U11B 2.76  
99 Sam Jones Central U11B 2.42  
Shot U15G – SenW Time 10:30    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
58 Briagha Cook Central U15G 7.56  
65 Carys Burke Dunfermline U15G 6.57  
141 Grace Tindall Central U15G 6.67  
22 Elle Blair Central U17W 7.02  
69 Holly McNaught Central U17W 8.23  
143 Ellen Ranklin Dunfermline U17W 9.08  
149 Rachel Gibb Livingston U17W 8.93  
Hammer Time 10:30    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
140 Elana Kerr Team East Loth U15G 17.08  
146 Robyn Conlin FVH U17W 43.39  
154 Zoe Yule Livingston U20W 34.52  
187 Ciaran Wright FVH SenM 60.54  
201 Ron Todd Central MstrM 23.38  
Long Jump U15B-SenM (Tailwind pit) Time 11:15    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
35 Jack Haughton Central U15B 4.67  
77 Jamie McNaught Central U15B 4.07  
78 Oliver Holden Central U15B 4.22  
80 Aiden Johnston FVH U15B 3.99  
164 Daniel Bruce Central U15B 4.19  
169 Cameron Blance Central U15B 4.46  
41 Neil Casserly Central U17M 4.89  
45 Alexander McLeod FVH U17M 4.36  
Long Jump U13B (Headwind pit) Time 11:15    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
32 Andrew McKechnie FVH U13B 3.50  
33 Matthew Newlands FVH U13B 3.75  
101 Kieren Robertson Central U13B 2.67  
103 Harris Cant FVH U13B 4.34  
157 Elliot Frame Livingston U13B 3.68  
158 Connor Bell Central U13B 3.82  
Shot U11 & U13 Girls Time 11:15    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
4 Zoe Loughrey Central U11G 4.50  
5 Hope Griffin FVH U13G 6.87  
9 Paige Stevens FVH U13G 8.40  
50 Robyn O’Hare Kirkintilloch U13G 3.23  
54 Matilda Ross Central U13G 6.08  
86 Mya McMahon Dunfermline U13G 6.00  
High Jump (all females) Time 11:15    
No Name Club Age Grp Height
56 Heather Hale Central U13G 1.15  
61 Isla Steel Dunfermline U15G 1.40  
62 Molly Cornes Central U15G 1.35  
92 Naomi Howlieson Central U15G 1.30  
127 Kerry Robertson FVH U15G 1.40  
200 Rebecca Cumming Central U15G 1.30  
143 Ellen Ranklin Dunfermline U17W 1.45  
151 Eve Allison Livingston U17W 1.45  
70 Kirsty Snaddon FVH U20W 1.40  
Discus   Time 11:15    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
123 Molli Robb FVH U13G 16.37  
200 Rebecca Cumming Central U15G 13.13  
154 Zoe Yule Livingston U20W 32.35  
47 Liam Nolan FV Flyers SenM 19.61  
109 Mark Lumsden FV Flyers SenM 22.33  
171 Andrew McLay Central U15B 15.31  
181 Connor Currie Team East Loth U17M 22.51  
194 Matthew Craig FV Flyers U17M 18.65  
201 Ron Todd Central MstrM 29.24  
Long Jump U13 Girls (Tailwind pit) Time 12:00    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
9 Paige Stevens FVH U13G 4.30  
55 Shannon Glen Central U13G 2.98  
88 Cora Morgan Central U13G 3.96  
89 Brogan McMillan Central U13G 2.64  
90 Amy Cully Central U13G 3.40  
121 Katie Bennie FVH U13G 3.48  
126 Summer MacLean Central U13G 2.77  
Long Jump U11 Girls (Headwind pit) Time 12:00    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
3 Roxanne Hardie Livingston U11G 2.52  
51 Erin Partridge Central U11G 2.97  
52 Danielle Abel Central U11G 2.89  
83 Lois Cant FVH U11G 3.29  
84 Emily Fawkes FVH U11G 3.18  
85 Jessica Robertson Central U11G 2.12  
Club Throw Time 12:00    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
193 Jim Anderson FV Flyers MstrM 8.76  
Long Jump U15 Girls (Tailwind pit) Time 01:30    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
15 Sophie Williams Wee County Harr U15G 4.11  
20 Rosanna Savoury Central U15G 3.69  
59 Coirilidh Cook Central U15G 4.67  
65 Carys Burke Dunfermline U15G 3.67  
66 Ceitidh Ainsworth Central U15G 4.01  
139 Carla Subke Central U15G 3.02  
141 Grace Tindall Central U15G 4.09  
196 Ciara Brown Kirkintilloch U15G 4.07  
Shot U11 & U13B Time 01:30    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
72 Owen Eckersley Central U11B 5.08  
29 Cameron Dowie Central U13B 5.10  
76 Scott Hopper Central U13B 6.98  
160 Andrew Twigg Central U13B 4.31  
High Jump U15 Boys – Sen Men Time 01:30    
No Name Club Age Grp Height
164 Daniel Bruce Central U15B 1.40  
169 Cameron Blance Central U15B 1.35  
172 Michael McGarvey FVH U15B 1.30  
180 Euan Bryce Central U17M 1.60  
49 Martin Byrne Kirkintilloch U20M 1.60  
183 Cameron McCorgray Central U20M 2.00  
Javelin (all females) Time 01:30    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
54 Matilda Ross Central U13G 11.52  
55 Shannon Glen Central U13G 9.86  
88 Cora Morgan Central U13G 10.32  
62 Molly Cornes Central U15G 15.71  
66 Ceitidh Ainsworth Central U15G 15.80  
137 Ciorstaidh Ainsworth Central U15G 21.30  
142 Rebecca Hogg Central U15G 11.98  
69 Holly McNaught Central U17W 19.62  
154 Zoe Yule Livingston U20W 26.40  
Long Jump U17 – Sen Women (Tailwind pit) Time 02:15    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
21 Anna Cameron Central U17W 5.19  
113 Emma Mahon Kirkintilloch U17W 4.50  
150 Lucy Smith Central U17W 4.49  
Shot U15B – Sen Men Time 02:15    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
47 Liam Nolan FV Flyers SenM 7.77  
109 Mark Lumsden FV Flyers SenM 7.75  
187 Ciaran Wright FVH SenM 14.10  
77 Jamie McNaught Central U15B 8.80  
181 Connor Currie Team East Loth U17M 10.12  
194 Matthew Craig FV Flyers U17M 7.24  
High Jump U11 & U13 Boys Time 02:15    
No Name Club Age Grp Height
31 Robb Ferguson Central U13B 1.20 1
161 Thomas Fulton FVH U13B 1.20 2
Javelin (all males) Time 02:15    
No Name Club Age Grp Distance
109 Mark Lumsden FV Flyers SenM 16.53  
190 James Muir FVH SenM 40.94  
39 Aidan Grevemberg Central U15B 33.79  
165 Finlay Steel Dunfermline U15B 23.85  
171 Andrew McLay Central U15B 23.07  
81 Ross McCorgray Central U17M 24.13  
181 Connor Currie Team East Loth U17M 27.58  
194 Matthew Craig FV Flyers U17M 13.89  


Mar 292017

Central Athletic Club – Press Report 26 March 2017

Central AC were able to achieve another double as both Men’s and Ladies teams took titles at the National Road Relay Championships at Livingston held in Summer like conditions on Sunday 26th March over the traditional Livingston course.  The event was the normal 4 stages for ladies and 6 stages for the men of pavements, cycle tracks and underpasses, with alternating short (3.15 miles) and long (5.85 miles) laps.

Lyndsay Morrison, Fiona Thomson, Jennifer Wetton, Morag McLarty
(C)Bobby Gavin –


Cameron Milne, Dale Colley, Iain Davies, MAtthew Sutherland, Jamie Crosw, Aiden Thompson
(C)Bobby Gavin –


The 6 Stage Mens Championships saw Central Athletic Club’s ‘A’ Team locked in a close battle with last year’s winners Ron Hill Cambuslang Harriers and with Central fielding perhaps their youngest ever team at this event it proved a tantalising afternoon’s racing.  The 6 Stage Mens Championships saw Central Athletic Club’s ‘A’ Team locked in a close battle with last year’s winners Ron Hill Cambuslang Harriers and with Central fielding perhaps their youngest ever team at this event it proved a tantalising afternoon’s racing.

Under 20 runner Iain Davies, taking a break from his studies at Cambridge University, was handed first leg responsibility and did the Club proud, coming home in eighth place with a 16min 25sec run, some 18 seconds down on Cambuslang.  Dale Colley, back from a four week injury lay off, ran determinedly on the second leg to finish with a tasty 30min 29secs timing but a growing gap of 1min 52secs to Cambuslang.  Matthew Sutherland set off to start making inroads to Cambuslang’s lead and here ran the sixth fastest short leg of the day (16.09) with the gap now down to 1min 34secs.  Cameron Milne looked determined to bring Central back into close contention and his 28min 42secs effort not only proved to be the second fastest long leg of the day but also reduced the gap to just 24seconds.  Responsibility for the fifth leg was left to another Under 20 athlete, Aidan Thompson, who not only had the third fastest short leg of the day (15.47) but also pulled Central into the lead for the first time.  Jamie Crowe has shown great form and reliability in recent times and here showed great maturity to bring home both medals and race trophy with the third fastest long leg of the day (28.52) and a win by just over 2 minutes.

Unlike the men, the race for the women was a more straightforward affair, with the ladies leading from gun to tape in a new course record time. Morag MacLarty continued her form to lead her team to first changeover with a 51 second lead over Edinburgh AC. Morag’s 17.09 was the fastest short leg time of the day and set the scene for last year’s identical winning team being able to repeat their victory. Some strong running enabled the team to stay roughly a minute ahead throughout the race as Edinburgh  AC and Edinburgh University swapped places behind them. Fiona Thompson was second leg runner on the long leg and was pleased with her 34.24 timing, having assisted her English club, Thames Valley Harriers, take a silver medal in the South of England Relay Championships the day before. Lyndsay Morrison then ran another good leg with fourth fastest short leg time of 18.21, a great run given that she has missed much of the winter’s racing and training. Final long leg was safely in the hands of Jennifer Wetton with a 34.00 timing to bring the team home in a final time of 1:43.54, a new course record for the 16 years of competition at Livingston.

Central’s master team of Jane Waterhouse, Hazel Dean and Trish Milne took Silver medals in their three leg competition with times of 23.50, 42.57 (long) and 21.20.

 ‘We’re always looking to win or be as competitive as we can be and I am absolutely delighted with wins for the Men and for the Women,’ said Central’s Endurance Coach, Derek Easton.  ‘It was a slightly altered line-up with one or two of our more experienced names missing out. Iain Davies, for example, is only just back from Cambridge and he has had hard winter there. But he ran well on the first leg last year and did so again today.  ‘I’m pleased for the likes of him and Aidan Thompson, who had a good run. Cameron Milne was second at Alloa in the half marathon last weekend and he has followed that up with a really good long leg for us.

‘I don’t expect Central to win all the time – I just expect the teams to do the best they can on the day. But to get a double at the National XC and again at the National Road Relays makes it a very successful winter for our Senior squads.  ‘With the Women, we’ve always a good chance if we can get those four athletes out fit. Lyndsay Morrison, for example, has had a few injuries so it is great for her to be a national champion again.’

Central’s Mens ‘B’ Team of Lewis Millar (17.56), Fraser Logan (32.04), Ruaridh Miller (17.08), David Lindsay (36.26), Alan Hume (18.08) and Scott Brember (32.26) acquitted themselves well to finish 21st overall.  An Over 50’s Mens Team tackled a four stage challenge through John Millar (26.16), Allan Gall (43.45), Raymond Hutchison (22.10) and Hugh Buchanan (40.34) stuck well to the task throughout.  Finally an somewhat decimated Over 40’s team of Ian Dunsmore (19.26), David Eckersley (36.25) and Neil Cameron (18.32) all had good runs but had to finish as an incomplete team while in a handy  45th placing overall.

Mar 282017

England Indoor Combined Events championships

Sheffield, 11th/12th March 2017


Matt Chandler was on superb form as he took a fine bronze at the England indoor combined events championships.  The 16 year old Central AC athlete from Balfron was taking on the best all round athletes from throughout the UK as he took part in the under 17 mens Heptathlon event.

Matt started well equalling his personal best in the 60m with 7.55s for 9th overall.  He followed this with a 6.18m long jump to lift himself to 6th place.  A personal best in the shot of 10.58m was not enough to prevent him slipping to 9th but with stronger events to come Matt was in confident mood.  He rounded of the first day with an excellent 1.85m high jump, the 3rd highest of the day, to equal his personal best and finish the first day in 7th place.  He was just 120 points away from the top 3 though so there was everything to play for in day 2.

He started day 2 in the 60m hurdles running 8.66s for the 5th quickest time to climb to 6th place but it was in the pole vault Matt was looking to move himself up the field as one of the highest ranked athletes.  Matt went clear at every height up to 3.71m where he was one of only 2 athletes left in the competition.  He was unable to improve on his club record 3.85m set earlier in the season as 3.81m proved beyond him on this occasion but his 3.71m clearance and 2nd place in the pole vault had moved Matt up to 3rd place and a medal position.  In fact it was 3 Scots who occupied the top 3 spots with Matt trailing only Joel MacFarlane of Arbroath and Robbie Farquhar of Aberdeen.  Joel was over 300 points ahead and uncatchable but Robbie was just 41 points ahead giving Matt a chance of moving up another place in the final 1000m event.  In the 1000m Matt ran hard setting a new personal best 2:58.80 minutes but Robbie did just enough to stay ahead finishing 3 seconds behind.

Matt was still in bronze medal position though completing a Scottish 1-2-3 as he finished 80 points ahead of the leading English athlete with a new personal best score 4551 points.  This was a huge personal best for Matt.  Prior to this event only 2 Scots had ever scored higher, including Matt’s older brother Tom, whose Central AC club record Matt missed by only 60 points.  This result also bodes well for the schools international later in the year where Scotland will have a great chance of a team win.

Mar 282017

Central AC Cross Country – Saturday 25 March 2017 – Kings Park

Some 56 youngsters competed over a one mile course in Kings Park, Stirling in the final of Central Athletic Club’s cross country series on 25 March.   Andrew Butchart assisted with warm-up and stayed around to present prizes prior to flying off to Flagstaff, Arizona for another spell of altitude training.  The race itself was held in bright Spring sunshine a far cry from the mud of the Winter.

Finlay Muir ran another assured race to win with a 4min 46secs performance and head the Under 13 Boys.  Euan Campbell also showed good form in coming second in this age group (4.59), again closely followed by Callum Scott (5.05 and Angus Henderson (5.19).  Jack Campbell (5.26) finished ahead of Ryan McGuire (5.45) and Finlay Brown (5.56).  Daniel Bruce’s strength saw him head the Under 15 Boys with a 4min 53sec run ahead of improved running from Ben Hughes (5.15) and Cameron Fraser (5.25).  Connor Bell continues to show great potential, again heading home the Under 11 Boys in and excellent time of 4min 54secs.  Cameron Darnbrough (5.19) had another good run for second in this age group as did Joshua Kennedy (5.21) leading in Innes Brown (5.31), Aaron Middleton (5.41), Owen Eckersley (5.42), Alex Dunlop (5.45) and Benjamin Harley (5.46).  Marcus Sinclair (5.47) also ran well to finish ahead of Ross McGann (5.51), Murray Henderson (6.08), Andrew Twigg (6.34), Sam Jones (6.45), Benjamin Kennedy (6.51), Angus Kennedy (7.20) and Keiran Robertson 8.22.  Under 9 Boys Logan Bell (5.59), Noah Kennedy (6.24) and Cameron Pollock (6.33) never looked out of place amongst their older opposition.

It was Grace Tindall (5.18) who led home the Under 13 Girls, just ahead of Elise Graham-Marr (5.20) with Amy Faunce-Smith (5.32) and Amy Cully (5,36) in close attendance.   Summer MacLean (5.44) continues to show classy form and here led in other Under 13’s Heather Riach (6.01), Anna MacKinnon and Elle Ross (both 6.03), with Finlaidh Stokoe (6.04) only a stride or two behind.  Ellen Montgomery (6.09) was another to finish strongly just ahead of Megan Dunlop (6.12), Eilidh Fleming (6.17) and Heather Hale (6.29).

The Under 11 Girls were led home by Catrina Kane (5.44) as she led in Mary Keally (5.48), Leah Stenhouse (6.02), Zoe Loughrey (6.26) and Marissa Welsh (6.36).  Also to the fore in this age group were Cara McLean (6.53), Issy McGuire (6.57), Sophie Appelbe (7.02) and Alice Cameron (7.32).  Carla Subke (6.34) was again the sole Under 15 Girl showing her normal consistent running.  There were also good  and determined runs from the three Under 9 Girls with Niamh McKinlay (6.07) heading in Connie Bateman (6.56) and Ciara Middleton (7.21).

Tt was great to see a large turnout of Club volunteers and parents who helped to make this another successful event.

Series winners were Logan Bell – Under 9 Boys; Melissa Turnbull – Under 11 Girls; Connor Bell – Under 11 Boys; Summer MacLean – Under 13  Girls; Finlay Muir – Under 13 Boys; Daniel Bruce – Under 15 Boys and Carla Subke – Under 15 Girls. 

Mar 202017

Central AC Press Report 18 and 19 March 2017
Central Athletic Club’s Kate Gallagher claimed the Scottish Under 17
Road Race title on Saturday, again demonstrating her potential. Heavy
showers didn’t dampen spirits at Battery Park, Greenock, as Clubs from
across the country gathered for races at Under 17, Under 15 and Under 13
Kate covered the exposed 4.9 kilometre course in an excellent 17min
21secs and said ‘I’ve won track golds before but never a National title
on the road or in cross country.’
Kate is part of Derek Easton’s training group at Central AC, ‘Kate is
doing well. She is part of a large training group and that includes Andy
Butchart, when he is around in Scotland, and hopefully they all feed off
each other,’ said coach Derek.
‘There are around 30 women in all there and she’s working hard and
learning from the likes of Morag MacLarty, Jenn Wetton and Lindsay
Morrison. ‘I think it is really important for young athletes to see a
successful Senior side to their Club and to have joining that as one of
their goals.
‘Kate is involved in a strong U17 Women’s group in Scotland at the
moment. There is a fair bit of competition for medals at various events
and that is a good thing. If that group can move through to Under 20
then I think that helps them all as individuals.’
The Under 17 Men also tackled a 4.9 kilometre course with Craig Palmer
coming through in tenth (16.07) and Keir Howlieson in close attendance
(13th; 16.13). Under 15, Kyra Gibb continues to make progress and here
finished 17th with 16min 3secs over a 4.2 kilometre course. Elizabeth
Thompson found the conditions tough and will have better days, here she
finished 44th with 18.22. The Under 13’s were set a 2.5 kilometre
challenge and here it was good to see Amy Cully taking on the task to
finish 51st with 10min 33secs while Naomi Howlieson showed her
versatility with 56th in 10.45.
Sunday’s Alloa Half Marathon saw some excellent results from Central’s
athletes with Cameron Milne finishing second in a personal best time of
67mins 40 secs. Michael Wright, running his second half marathon in
eight days, came home seventh with 72min 24secs. Scott Brember
continues to impress and here ran 76.26 in 23rd place, yet another
personal best time.
Morag MacLarty made her debut at this distance and emerged with third
place in the Womens race with a tasty 79mins 48secs, ahead of another
high quality run by Jennifer Wetton in fourth with 80mins 3secs.

Mar 132017

The climax to the UK’s domestic cross country season was played out at a new venue, Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, at the Inter-counties Championships including the final of the UK Challenge Cross Country Series for 2016-17.  As always this prestigious event attracted much of the cream of British endurance running as athletes from all over the United Kingdom tackled an undulating course, with the now-familiar mud, in pursuit of both individual and team medals.  In this event Club vests were swapped for County vests with Central athletes wearing the black of the Scotland East team.  

Morag MacLarty was the first of Central Athletic Club’s athletes to toe the line, covering the 8 kilometre course in 31min 36secs to finish 25th and making a massive contribution to Team Silver medals for the Scotland East Senior Women.

Under 15 Ben MacMillan was making his debut at this level and completed the 4.5 kilometre course with a fine run in 16min 58secs.  Ben will have picked up great experience at this event especially on the strength of the opposition.

Kate Gallagher was another Central athlete to contribute to Team Silver medals in the Under 17 Women’s race, finishing the 5 kilometre course in 20min 38secs in 8th place with another strong run.

The Senior Men’s race was the final race of the day, over a 12 kilometre course, and here Jamie Crowe (18th with 39min 44secs) produced another high quality run finishing as third Under 23 athlete.

Mar 072017

Scottish Indoor Relay Championships

Emirates Arena, 5th March 2017

Central AC’s under 15 girls were on top form as they smashed the club record to take a superb silver medal at the Scottish indoor 4x200m relay championships at the Emirates Arena on Saturday.  The team of Coirlidh Cook, Shona McLay, Lucy More and Briagha Cook came into the event trying to continue a winning run for the club stretching back the previous 2 years and looked good in their heat qualifying with the fastest time and breaking the club record with 1:47.90 minutes.

In the final they found themselves up against a strong Giffnock team.  Coirilidh Cook set off first with an excellent 200m time of 27.1s in the long opening leg from blocks to hand the baton over the Shona McLay.  Shona then battled hard with the Giffnock team to take the crucial lead on the break from lanes before handing on with a split time of 26.2s.  Lucy More then took on the 3rd leg under severe pressure from Giffnock but held of a challenge on the back straight to maintain the lead then pulled away to hand over in 1st place after a leg of 27.6s.  Briagha Cook then took the baton for the final leg.  She gave her all running a superb split time of 26.1s but this was not enough to hold off a swift final leg from Giffnock.  The Giffnock team finished in a Scottish record 1:46.62 minutes but the Central smashed the club record again with 1:47.23 minutes for silver to go 3rd on the Scottish all-time list.  Every athlete in the team can be proud of their performance as they all ran significantly faster than their 200m personal bests and faster than every previous Central AC team so could not have asked for more.

Central teams did well overall coming close to further medals.  The under 15 boys team of Daniel Ferguson, Aiden Grevemberg, Ben Isgrove and Eric Escala were close to the podium placing 4th with 1:47.56 minutes.  The under 13 boys team of Jack Campbell, Curtis Denison, Finlay Marchant and Euan Wilbert were also one place away from a medal in 4th with 2:01.67 minutes having run 1:59.25 in the heats.  The under 17 means team of Euan Smith, James Isgrove, Robert Sybile and Neil Casserly ran a respectable 1:40.15 minutes which was not quite enough for the final.

Mar 022017

Central AC Pre-Season Meeting – Saturday 1 April 2017

Grangemouth Stadium

Spring has almost sprung – the bulbs are peeping through – Grangemouth Stadium will still be freezing cold – but it is almost time to test your Winter training – all athletes are encouraged to come along to compete.  Performances will be used to guide Team Managers with team selection for the Spring/Summer.

Entry Form Pre Season 2017

Pre Season 2017 – Entry Information

Entry and payment is online only and available via

(entries close 21 March 2017)

If you are able to volunteer on the day we wold be delighted to see you!  Please get in touch with John McDonald in the first instance



Feb 282017

Central AC Press Report – National Cross Country 25 February 2017

The Scottish Cross Country Championships were once again held in Callendar Park, Falkirk with the recent rain producing a testing course with deep mud the order of the day.

Highlights from Central Athletic Club saw Morag MacLarty winning the Senior Womens Championship title, the Club winning both Mens and Womens Senior Team Trophies and also, for the first time, winning the Trophy for overall Female team performance over all age groups.

Morag McLarty


Senior Men & the Trophy


Morag MacLarty went into the race on the back of useful form, but with the uncertainty of a new longer course as the Senior Ladies moved to cover the same distance as the Senior Men and the added challenge of the terrible underfoot conditions, this was always going to be a real test.  However Morag skipped over the mud in a demonstration of front running as she finished well clear of 2016 Olympian Beth Potter, covering the course in 38min 32secs. Catriona Buchanan worked her way up through the field to take twelfth place (41:16) and with Jennifer Wetton (17th; 41:48) and Fanni Gyurko (18th; 41:56)

Fanni Gyurko coping well with the mud!

the team Gold medals were secured by a significant margin.  Fiona Thompson (21st, 42:18), provided strong back-up and there were more top runs from Kim Timmins (70th, 46:31), Claire Houston (77th, 47:20), Pat Milne (105th, 49:42) and Alison Curry (227th, 59:41), on a day where every runner was a hero. ‘I wouldn’t say it was easy, but I’m pleasantly surprised at how far ahead I was’ said Morag.  ‘I’m so happy.  It’s been a long, long time.  The past few years have been so tough, but I train at Central and the group I’m with there is absolutely amazing.’

Central Athletic Club’s Senior Mens Team had won the last six races at these Championships so the pressure was on to make it seven in a row.  Nerves were quickly quelled as the yellow and blue vests moved through in top positions on the first of the three laps.  As the race unfolded the Central runners further exerted their dominance finishing the necessary six counters in the top twenty and impressively, eight runners in the top twenty five.  Under 23 runner, Jamie Crowe, coped well with the extreme conditions to finish fifth covering the 10,000metre course in 35min 29secs.  The ever reliable Alastair Hay followed through in sixth (35.35) while Dale Colley worked through the field for eleventh (36.31).  Ross Houston used all his experience with a conservative start but a significant end game to finish twelfth (36.38) while  Cameron Milne (14th; 36.43) and Conan McCaughey (20th; 37.06) showed great resilience to complete Central’s Team scoring with 68 points, an emphatic victory from West Clubs Shettleston Harriers 155 and Cambuslang Harriers on 203.  Michael Wright (24th; 37.24) and Scott Green (25th; 37.33) ensured there was plenty of back-up for the scoring runners.  With the mud spattered runners coming through in droves Central newcomer Luca Fanottoli finished in 71st (39.46) ahead of Scott Brember (112nd; 40.57), Fraser Logan (133rd; 41.36) and Chris McHardy (187th; 43.00).  There were further committed efforts from David Eckersley (286th; 45.38), Neil Cameron (295th; 45.54), Ross McNaught (310th; 46.21), Robin Mussett (318th; 46.38), Fraer Purves (363rd; 47.50), Charles Graham-Marr (375th; 48.00), Iain Dunsmore (427th; 49.29), Simon Barlow (502nd; 52.03), Allan Gall (596th; 57.33) and Kenny Hislop (617th; 59.32) in a field of some 647 finishers.  Matthew Sutherland ran as an individual here but will soon prove another strong addition to Central’s team with his top 30 finish.

The Under 20 Mens Race was another high quality affair with Central’s Aidan Thompson, returning after injury, finishing ninth (26.30) over a 7.6 kilometre challenge. Cameron Harris also ran strongly to finish 16th (27.53) and Aidan Cameron stuck well to the task to finish 57th with 33.58. 

Central’s Under 17 Ladies picked up the Silver team medals  over a challenging 5.9kilometres through Kate Gallagher with a fine fifth place in 25:02, Lauren McCulloch 20th in 28:31, Fiona Davies 30th in 30:10, Bethany Burch 35th in 31:35 and Heather Scott 41st in 32:43. Eleanor Hanson was the sole Central competitor in the Under 20 Ladies race over 6.8kilometres, having a strong run in 21st place with 32:28.

Central’s Under 17 Men were well to the fore in their 5900 metre challenge with Keir Howlieson leading the Central challenge in 14th (23.23) and further quality efforts from Tom Graham-Marr (24th; 23.41) and Sandy Holl (28th; 23.52), all three should be proud of their efforts.

The Under 15 Girl’s had to contend with 4.2 kilometres and here Rosie Eckersley led her team home with eleventh place (15:03) with strong support from Kyra Gibb (25th; 15:53), Elizabeth Thompson (50th; 16:45) and Millie Stokoe (88th; 18:30) and a Team placing of sixth.  The Under 15 Boys were always going to find this event a hard 4.2 kilometre challenge and here Ben MacMillan led the Central Team to record 13min 41secs and a fine seventh place in spite of losing a shoe early in the race.  The remaining Central runners should also be proud of their achievements with Gregor MacArthur (42nd; 14.39), Thomas Wood (93rd; 15.40), Kyle Howie (105th; 15.59), Daniel Bruce (110th; 16.07) and Cameron Fraser (134th; 17.10) as the Central Team finished ninth overall with much more to come from this age group in the future.


In the Under 13 Girls race over 3.2 kilometres there was another good showing from Elise Graham-Marr (17th; 12:53), Jessica Turnbull (31st; 13:15), Grace Tindall (38th; 13:31),  Anna MacKinnon (65th; 13:58), Summer MacLean (68th; 14.00), Finnlaidh Stokoe (83rd; 14:29) and Amy Cully (87th; 14:38), and another sixth place Team finish.  The Under 13 Boys race was also over the 3.2 kilometre course and here Cameron Kerr led home Central’s effort in 20th (11.59) with other fine efforts from Euan Campbell (52nd; 12.42), Cameron MacMillan (78th; 13.03); Angus Henderson (98th; 13.24), Ross Lawrie (128th; 14.05) and Ryan McGuire (132nd; 14.19) and a seventh Team placing.


Feb 282017

Scottish Under 20 Indoor Championships

Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 11th/12th February 2017

Cameron McCorgray was on medal form again as he took silver at the Scottish indoor under 20 championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow at the weekend.  After taking a fine bronze at the senior championships 2 weeks ago Cameron came into the event full of confidence.  He was well within himself as he cleared 1.92m at the second attempt but with Chris MacKay of Giffnock clearing first time Cameron had to clear at the next height of 1.97m to win.  It proved beyond him this time but he can still be proud of his silver medal.

Jamie Price just missed out on the podium in the 400m after running a pb in his heat (51.86s) then another pb 51.72s in the final for 4th place just 0.3s from bronze.  His time moves him to 5th on the Central AC men’s all-time list for the event.

Catriona Laing was also on form in the women’s 400m with an indoor best in her semi with 59.19s then finishing 5th in the final with 59.69s.  Her semi-final time moves her to 3rd on the Central AC women’s indoor all-time list.

Jessica Cleland was making her first appearance of the indoor season having decided to focus on her training over the winter but had a good run out in the 60m to test her form improving in each round with 8.22s in the heat, 8.13s in the semi then 8.06s in the final to finish a respectable 6th place, 0.11s from the podium in a tight finish.

Fiona Davies placed 5th in the 1500m with an indoor pb 5:25.25 minutes and Matthew Meredith stepped up an age group to equal his season best 3.11m for 5th in the pole vault.


Scottish Under 15 Indoor Championships

Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 12th February 2017


Balfron sisters Briagha and Coirilidh Cook were celebrating after taking a 1-2 at the Scottish under 15 indoor championships in the 60m hurdles at the Emirates Arena on Sunday.  The sisters both won national titles at under 13 level in 2015 and 2016 but this is the first time they had competed head to head in the same age group.  They both set personal bests as fastest qualifiers for the final with Briagha running 9.43s and Coirilidh 9.55s.  When the final came it was a close run affair with Briagha taking the lead but Coirilidh closing.  Briagha held on for gold in a personal best 9.36s with Coirilidh just behind in 9.40s for silver, also a personal best.

Briagha & Coirilidh Cook

Briagha had already been on the podium after she set a personal best 5.11m in the long jump to break the club indoor record for silver.

Shona McLay was also on good form in the 60m.  After getting through heats and semis she set a personal best 8.27s for 7th place in the final.  She then just missed out on the podium in the 200m taking 4th place in a personal best 26.97s.

Daniel Bruce finished a respectable 5th place in the 60m hurdles final in 10.27s and was also 8th in the high jump (1.42m) and 12th in the long jump (4.36m).  Coirstaidh Ainsworth placed 9th overall in the 800m running a seasons best 2:28.11 minutes.  Naomi Howlieson tested herself out gaining experience in her new under 15 age group placing 16th in the high jump with 1.27m.


Scottish Under 13 Indoor Championships

Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 12th February 2017


For Central’s under 13 athletes it was all about experience with all of them competing at a national championships for the first time.  Euan Campbell took a respectable 7th place in the long jump with 4.28m.  He also placed 12th overall in the 800m with a seasons best 2:33.58 minutes.

Cameron MacMillan placed 8th in his first ever 1500m race in 5:24.90 minutes.

Ellie Ross set personal bests at 200m (33.92s) and long jump (4.59m) along with a seasons best at 800m (3:01.80 minutes).

Feb 212017

Central Athletics Cross Country Championships were held on the normal testing course at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane on Saturday 18 February.  The course featured burn crossings, heavy ground and some taxing hills, in all a real cross country.

Trophy and Medalists

The Boys and Girls Under 11 Races were held together over a 1.25 mile, one lap course with all the children once again showing great enthusiasm and resolve.  Connor Bell underlined his excellent recent form to take the Boys trophy with a fine run of 6min 24secs with Cameron Darnbrough also showing good speed for Silver (6.51) and Aaron Middleton picking up Bronze (6.58).  There was an excellent race between Magnus Bryce (7.04), Sam Vannet (7.05), Innes Brown (7.07) and Tom Campbell (7.08), as the four boys crossed the line close together.  There were further strong runs from Benjamin Harley (7.20), Finlay Fleming (7.23), Alex Dunlop (7.24), Marcus Sinclair (7.25) and Ross McGann while Henry Crossley (7.43), Ethan Moore (7.46), Kieran Mooney (7.48), Oliver Ditchfield (7.59), Andrew Twigg (8.15), Caomh Curtin (8.20), Cameron Pollock (8.55) and Harris Anderson (9.05) all posted impressive times.  The Under 11 Girls Race saw Melissa Turnbull’s impressive 6min 45sec run lift the title and here she was followed by guest runner Caitlin Christie (7.08).  Carys Gibb’s 7.27 run was awarded with Silver ahead of Leah Stenhouse’s Bronze (7.47).  Leah Gibb (7.49) and Alana Kerr (7.50) were in contention throughout heading in Eleanor Jones (8.13), Loren Stewart (8.52) and Zoe Loughray (8.58).  Erin Partridge ran well to record 9.08 ahead of Mara Gillan (9.14), Hana Littlejohn (9.20), and another close race between Marissa Welsh (9.37), Mia Proctor (9.39), Sophie Appelbe (9.40), Connie Bateman (9.42), Olivia Ashworth (9.45), Ciara Middleton (9.50) and Alice Cameron (10.12).


The Under 13 race was held over a 1.75 mile course and here it was Finlay Muir

U13 Start Line

who continued his strong recent form to win the Boys race with 9min 37secs.  Cameron Kerr (9.59) proved a worthy winner of the Silver medal as was Euan Campbell of the Bronze (10.20).  Cameron MacMillan (10.27), Callum Scott (10.43) and Jack Campbell (11.06) all showed good form to come through well just ahead of Ardan Proctor (11.16), Finlay Brown (11.21), Ruairidh Burns (11.23), Matthew Cameron (11.30) and Rory Duffy (11.41).    Elisse Graham-Marr had another top-class run to win the Under 13 Girls Race (10.48) ahead of Jessica Turnbull’s Silver run of 11.07 and Grace Tindall’s Bronze effort of 11.13.  Summer MacLean had another consistent run of 11.37 to finish just ahead of Finnlaidh Stokoe (11.38) and Amy Cully (11.56), Caitidh Ainsworth (12.07), Anna MacKinnon (12.08) and Anna Buchanan (12.16) all showing promise. There were more good runs from Naomi Howlieson (12.34), Rebecca Watson (12.43), Lucy Yates (12.44), Heather Riach (12.55), Ellen Mntgomery (13.08), Megan Dunlop (13.13) and the race topped off with a dramatic finish from Ellie Ross and Harriet Ditchfiekd with both girls recording 13.25.


The third race, over a two lap course of 2.5miles, saw the Under 15 Boys and Girls run with the Under 20 Women. Ben MacMillan led from the start completing the course in a speedy 11min 46secs to win the Under 15 Boys Trophy ahead of Gregor McArthur (12.52) in Silver and Thomas Woods (13.04) for Bronze..  Daniel Bruce (13.44) and Cameron Fraser (15.00) both came through the race in fine form.  The Girls race saw Kyra Gibb (14.22) striding through for a fine victory ahead of medalists Millie Stokoe (15.54) and Rhona Samphier (16.10), while Rebecca Hogg showed great determination to finish the course in 17min 30secs. Eleanor Hanson was the sole Under 20 Woman and here she showed her normal can-do attitude to finish in an excellent 14min 20secs. 


The Under 17 Men ran with the Under 20 Men, Senior Men and Veterans Men over 4 miles with quality runs throughout.  Craig Palmer swept to victory in the Under17 Mens race to record 20.51 ahead of  further good urns from Keir Howlieson (21.23),

U17 – Keir Howlieson chasing Tom Graham Marr

Sandy Holl (21.45) and Tom Graham-Marr (23.26).  Aiden Cameron’s gutsy effort of 25.30 saw him lift the Under 20 Mens Gold medal and trophy while it was Gordon Appelbe (27.27) who won the Senior Race.  Andy Turnbull (23.25) proved to be the fastest Veteran Man on show ahead of fine efforts from Charles Graham-Marr (24.08) Kenny Pearson (26.44) and Alan Gall (29.11).


Donald Shaw once again put on a fine event for the Club ably backed up by Jane McNab on refreshments and a large group of Club helpers.

Feb 132017

Andrew Butchart completed his American racing stopover with yet another Scottish Indoor record, moving ahead of the legendary Ian Stewart’s best of 8min 28secs for two miles. Competing in a top quality race at the Millrose Games in New York on Saturday Andrew again proved himself world class on the indoor track, clocking a new Scottish best of 8min 12.63secs for third place. To underline the depth of quality in the race, Matt Centrowitz, the Rio gold medallist at 1500metres, finished some nine seconds behind Andrew.

En route Andrew was timed at 7.41.05 for the 3000metres, just over a second quicker than his recent new Scottish indoor record for the distance. Subject to the ratification processes for all Scottish records, Andrew should emerge from this weekend with a new Scottish indoor 3000m record and a new Scottish best performance for two-miles indoors.

Feb 062017

Andrew Butchart continued his American training and racing trip to
record a 2017 world-leading 3min 54.23secs for the indoor mile. The
Armory Invitational Mile in New York saw Andrew surge to the front at
the half-way point and move ever further away from the chasing pack.
This run moves Andrew to third on the UK indoor all-time list in what
was his first ever indoor race over the distance.
Andrew tweeted: ‘I certainly never thought I would be a World Leader at
the Mile.’

Jan 302017

Scottish Under 17 Indoor Championships

Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Saturday 28th January 2017

Matt Chandler was on superb form as he took a gold and silver medal at the Scottish under 17 indoor championships.  The 16 year old from Balfron started in the 60m hurdles confidently having recently set a club record of 8.47s whilst representing Scotland in Ireland.  The final was a tense affair with multiple restarts as an athlete’s blocks slipped then 2 athletes were disqualified for false starts.  When they finally got away at the 4th time of asking Matt got away well and took 2nd place in 8.76s for silver.  However he knows it could have been better as his personal best would have won the gold.

Matt did not have to wait long to climb on top of the podium though as he was on top form in the pole vault. 

Matt Chandler

He cleared his opening height 3.61m first time however he had a scare at the next height of 3.71m as he twice cleared it only for the pole to knock the bar off.  He finally did manage to clear it and throw the pole away on the 3rd and final attempt but this left him trailing his rival, Finlay Walker from Kilbarchan who had cleared first time to lead on countback.  At 3.81m Matt made no mistakes though as he was clean over at the first attempt to set a new club indoor record and retake the lead.  With his only challenger failing, Matt had secured victory.  He made some good attempts at 3.91m but was unable to go clear but was happy with a gold medal and new club record.

Balfron teammate Matthew Meredith was just outside the medals after setting a season’s best 3.11m.

Katie Sharkey was also on the podium in the 60m hurdles.  She set a superb personal best 8.92s in her heats before taking bronze in the final with 8.99s.

The girls shot competition saw 2 Central athletes just outside the medals as Rachael Methven threw a seasons best 9.70m for 4th, just 6cm short of the bronze medal position.  Scottish pentathlon international Lucy Smith was just behind with an indoor pb 9.36m before clearing 1.48m in high jump for 7th.

Anna Cameron was on good form in the 60m setting a personal best 8.16s in the semi final to progress to the final then went even faster in the final with 8.13s for 7th place overall.  She then ran a seasons best 27.04s in the 200m semi-final which was not quite enough to reach the final.

Elizabeth Thompson also took part in the sprints equalling her 60m pb with 8.51s to progress to the semi-finals then sett a new pb in the 200m with 27.82s.

The 1500m saw two Central athletes competing.  Keir Howlieson ran an indoor personal best 4:19.16 to reach the final where he finished 9th.  Ben MacMillan was returning a year after he made his breakthrough performance at last year’s indoor championships where he won silver at the under 15 age group.  Competing in his new under 17 age group he ran an indoor pb 4:22.76 however this was not enough to progress to the final at this age group.


Scottish Senior Indoor Championships

Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Saturday 28th January 2017

Cameron McCorgray was Central ACs top performer as Scotland’s top senior athletes contested the Scottish national indoor championships at the Emirates arena in Glasgow. 

Cameron McCorgray

The 18 year old from Tillicoultry claimed his first ever Scottish medal at senior level as he took bronze in the high jump.  First time clearances at every height up to 1.98m was enough for Cameron to take 3rd place.  He then attempted a new personal best 2.03m which was beyond him this time but he can be proud of stepping on the podium at a senior event which was won by Glasgow athlete David Smith who set a commonwealth games qualifying standard 2.21m.  At 18 Cameron has plenty of time to improve and can hopefully reach this level for the next games in 4 years.

Peter Muirhead was returning to defend his long jump title he won a year ago to become the first Central athlete to win a senior Scottish indoor title since 1987.  A first round 7.21m initially put him in 2nd place but he found himself up against a strong field and was unable to improve on this as he finished 5th overall.

Jan 302017

Central AC Cross Country – Sunday 29 January 2017 – Fintry

Fintry CC 2017 Results

It was good to see 45 youngsters complete the cross country course at Fintry Rugby Club on Sunday 29 January, in the most recent race in Central AC’s cross country series.  The soft underfoot conditions didn’t deter any of the athletes who all showed great application and endeavour throughout.

Start line!

Finlay Muir again showed his strength and fine form as he came home in 4min 46secs to win the overall race and head the Under 13 Boys.  Euan Campbell was also to the fore coming second in this age group (5.09), closely followed by Callum Scott (5.11), Angus Henderson and Euan Docherty (both 5.19).  Ryan McGuire came through well with 5.21 and there was more good running in this age group from Finlay Brown (5.49), Ross Lawrie (5.57) and Daniel Crawford (6.28).  Connor Bell has struck a rich vein of form and here he led home the Under 11 Boys in and excellent 5min 1sec.  Joshua Kennedy (5.20) also impressed in this age group leading in Cameron Darnbrough (5.37), Aaron Middleton (5.40), Innes Brown (5.46), Owen Eckersley (5.54), Alex Dunlop (5.55) and Benjamin Harley (5.59).  Oliver Ditchfield with 6.05 also showed good form as he led in Marcus Sinclair (6.07), Murray Henderson (6.28), Benjamin Kennedy (6.30) and Angus Kennedy (7.19) in this most popular age group.  It was good to see Daniel Bruce (5.04) at the front of the Under 15 Boys and here Cameron Fraser (5.23) and Ben Hughes (5.39) also had good runs.  Under 9 Boys Logan Bell (6.19) and Cameron Pollock (6.50) put down strong markers for the future.

Angus Henderson with Cameron Fraser to the fore

The Under 13 Girls saw Elise Graham-Marr to the fore with a mature run in 5min 29secs.  Summer MacLean (5.48) has also been showing progress and here headed in more committed runs from Heather Riach (5.58), Ellen Montgomery (6.08), Megan Dunlop (6.21), Harriet Ditchfield (6.29) and Heather Hale (6.37).  Melissa Turnbull also enhanced her reputation as she led in the Under 11 Girls (5.31) with Mary Kealey (6.02) also well up the field.  Brogan McMillan (6.09) also caught the eye as she led in Alana Kerr (6.25), Mara Gillan (6.45), Marissa Welsh (6.58), Issy McGuire (7.03) and Alice Cameron (7.35).  Carla Subke was again the sole Under 15 Girl, adding to her experience with a 6.36 timing.  There were also determined runs from the two Under 9 Girls with Niamh McKinlay clocking 6.26 and Connie Bateman 7.02.

As always thanks were due to Derek Easton, David Eckersley, Raymond Milne and Allan Gall plus a small army of helpers and parents who added to the atmosphere and made the event such a success.

Jan 232017

Central AC’s Ian Tervit coaches and manages a strength and conditioning programme for our young athletes using cutting edge techniques and individualised programmes for each athletes.  Ian is an enthusiastic proponent of this additional training:

Ian Tervit coaching

“As coaches we are attempting to provide a vehicle for our athletes to achieve their potential, whether on the track coaching technical points or sitting planning the next phase of training. There are many aspects to consider and one which is becoming more prevalent is the addition of Strength and Conditioning training through Olympic lifting and other functional training to improve sports performance. This type of training is key to any event whether this is a sprinter, thrower or endurance athlete. This is because the main focus of the Olympic lifts are based on the triple extension of the ankles, knees and hips, and shoulder, elbows and wrists, while also replicating the stretch-shortening of the muscles as seen in all athletic movements. If we take the endurance athlete as an example the foot-strike has all the elements of the triple extension and stretch-shortening cycle of muscles in repetitive bouts in excess of 1min or more. It could be considered that strength training is not relevant to an endurance athlete, however when you consider that each foot-strike lasts a fraction of a second, within which the leg muscles must absorb approximately 2-3 times the athletes body weight (e.g. 60kg athlete = 120kg to 180kg) and then re-generate this to drive the athlete forward, it is easy to see that the athlete with an increased strength endurance capacity will have a greater chance of running faster for longer. Therefore, a strength and conditioning programme will aim to improve the muscle capacity through increasing strength and improving the stretch-shortening cycle concurrently with the track training. With the correct planning and integration strength and conditioning is a great vehicle for propelling the athlete to a high level of performance, whatever their discipline”.

Katie Sharkey hard at work

At present one session is in operation on a Monday night for an hour that can take a capacity of 6 athletes. These sessions operate an 80% cost recovery basis where athletes pay a small fee to help cover the cost for the hire of the facility. Each athlete is assessed for movement competency at the beginning and then a programme is developed based on 4 week blocks that are integrated into the athletes training and competition schedule.

Andrew Sweeney

“This type of training has a number of benefits including improving the biochemical processes within muscles, increasing muscle fibre recruitment per contraction, improving neurological system (connection between CNS and peripheral nerves), improve mitochondria efficiency/capacity, increases posterior chain muscles to help prevent injury and improve triple extension capacity, increases posture to improve technique maintenance during performance, and it will also improve confidence within the athletes as they become more proficient in the techniques”.

Thank you Ian – another  one of our club’s unsung heroes! 

Jan 162017

This weekend saw Jamie Crowe travel to the Antrim International Cross Country to represent Scotland in the senior men’s race. Crowe continued his quality racing to finish seventh (25mins 58secs) in a field containing Olympic Steeplechase Champion Consesus Kipruto and Olympian Andy Vernon.  Conan McCaughey, winning his first Northern Irish vest, also showed strong character to finish 14th overall (27.07) in the same 9 kilometre challenge.  Morag MacLarty, fresh from last week’s dominant performance in Holyrood Park, faced a similar high quality field and here led the Scottish Team home in tenth, completing the 5.6 kilometre run in 20min 25secs.



The Final Match of the East District Cross Country League was held in testing and frozen conditions at Broxburn on 14h January, the course featuring the infamous Lungbuster Hill.  Central’s teams had slight leads in both the Senior Mens and Veteran Mens competitions but top performances would be required from both teams on the day.  Central were also well positioned to take the overall Female title.

The day commenced with the Under 11 races with both the girls and boys being spared the hill in their 1.4 kilometre test of frozen paths.  Central’s Under 11 girls had another great set of performances to clinch second overall in the league.  Melissa Turnbull led the team home with fifth (5.54) with Mary Kealey (16th; 6.25), Brogan McMillan (20th; 6.25), Leah Stenhouse (34th; 6.46) and, Izzy McGuire (73rd; 8.29).    Central’s Under 11 boys were headed home by a spirited second place run from Connor Bell (5.19), with Joshua Kennedy also showing top form in fifth (5.29), Owen Eckersley (48th; 6.26) and Kieran Mooney (82nd; 7.12) ensured the boys finished in a useful fourth place on the day and also an excellent third across the whole Season.

The Under 13 girls and boys again had their endurance tested over a one lap 2.7 kilometre course featuring the aforementioned Lungbuster Hill.  The Central Under 13 girls came out in strength with  Elise Graham-Marr  having a great run in eighth place in 11.32, Jessica Turnbull finished in twelfth (11.49) and with Summer McLean (23rd;12.23), Anna McKinnon (34th;12.52), Amy Cully (37th;12.56),   Fionnlaith  Stokoe (58th;14.000, Ellen Montgomery (59th ;14.00) and  Ellie Ross (69th;14.49) it was a great overall effort from the girls.  In the boys race Finlay Muir was Central’s top scorer in fifth (10.15) with, Ryan McGuire (37th; 11.29), Angus Henderson (60th; 11.39), Ross Lawrie (62nd; 12.55) and Benjamin Kennedy (73rd; 14.32) ensuring the yellow and blue vests were again well to the fore.

In the combined Under 15 girls and Under 17 women’s race over 4.1 kilometres Rosie Eckersley finished ninth overall and fourth under 15 with a 16.28 timing. Carrie Banks was 14th overall in 16.46, with Fiona Davies (25th; 17.50) and Millie Stokoe (40th, 20.15) completing Central’s challenge.  There was more excellent running in the Under 15 Boys race over the same 4.1 kilometre course with Thomas Woods finishing 23rd (16.12) followed closely by Kyle Howie (24th; 16.20) while Cameron Fraser (38th; 18.37) and Ben Hughes (40th; 18.46) saw the team finish sixth on the day.  Under 17 Tom Graham-Marr did the Club proud in the Under 17 Mens race over 5.4 kilometres finishing in a fine eleventh place in 20min 21sec.

Jennifer Wetton

Central Senior Ladies were second team on the day, led in by Jennifer Wetton with an excellent second place run (20.53) over the 5.4 kilometre course. Lyndsay Morrison made a welcome return to racing with eighth in 21.42, with Kim Timmins (22nd; 23.28), Claire Houston (28th; 24.00), Hazel Dean (35th; 24.54), Eleanor Hanson (37th; 25.08) and Alison Currie (88th; 33.00).

With determined running throughout the Senior Mens Team made it five League wins in a row and here it was another mature performance from Cameron Milne (sixth; 27.37) which led home Central’s charge ahead of

Cameron Milne

impressive runs from the remaining Team counters Michael Wright (seventh; 27.44), Dale Colley (ninth; 27.58), Scott Green (22nd; 29.05), Scott Bremner (56th; 31.07) and Will Hensman (66th; 31.44).  David Lindsay (97th; 33.11) provided the essential back-up while David Eckersley and Andy Turnbull, along with Scott Bremner, ensured the Veterans Trophy was picked by Central for the first time.  Back-up here came from Robin Musset and Charles Graham-Marr while there more gutsy performances from Ross McNaught, Fraser Purves, Iain Dunsmore, Jens Subke, Kenny Hislop, Alan Gall and Cameron Campbell, all completing the 8.1 kilometre challenge in fine style.

Andy Turnbull

At the final count up of the overall points it transpired that Central had won the overall female trophy by some 41 points across the Season from local rivals Falkirk Victoria Harriers.


Jan 092017

Central AC Press Report 7 January 2017


Morag MacLarty repeated her 2015 win in the Senior Womens Inter-District Cross Country race in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh on Saturday 7 January with a dominant performance. 

Morag McLarty – out on her own

There was also a Bronze medal run from Jamie Crowe in the Mens race and further team medals for Rosie Eckersley and Jennifer Wetton.

Jamie Crowe No 47

It was an early start for the Under 15 Girls 4km race but near perfect conditions ensured fast times throughout.  The East of Scotland Team was somewhat overwhelmed by a strong West of Scotland Team despite useful runs from Rosie Eckersley (17th with 15min 54secs) followed in closely by Kyra Gibb (19th; 15.59) and Carrie Banks (24th; 16.16).

Next up was the Senior Women’s 6km race where Morag MacLarty ran away from her opponents to record a 15second win with 22min 18secs, leading the East of Scotland Team to victory.  Jennifer Wetton was part of the essential back-up with a 23.28 run in eleventh place.

The Senior Mens race, over 8 kilometres, saw Jamie Crowe competing for the Scottish Students Team.  Here Jamie adopted a cautious approach at the start but worked through the strong field as the race unfolded and moved into third place on the final lap to finish with 26min 12secs.  Three Central AC runners represented the East of Scotland Senior Mens Team with Cameron Milne (20th; 27.17) proving to be the strongest on the day and back-up from Conan McCaughey (22nd; 27.20) and Michael Wright (27th; 27.43) with the East of Scotland taking the Inter District honours.

Kate Gallagher was involved in yet another high quality Under 17 Womens race over 4 kilometres. With the East Team packing six runners into the first seven places Kate’s gutsy ninth place run of 15min 51secs saw her just miss out on a Team medal.  Lauren McCulloch continues to make progress and here she finished well in 18th place with a time of 17min 1sec.  Sandy Holl was the sole Central athlete in the East of Scotland Under 17 Team, facing a 6 kilometre challenge made tougher by including an International Challenge.  Sandy showed great endeavour throughout to finish 33rd with 23min 35secs.

The Great Winter Road Races also saw some quality performances from Central athletes with Alan Hume leading the way in 21st with 18.14 over the hilly 5 kilometre course.  Highlights from the Children’s 2.5 kilometre races included a second place run from Melissa Turnbull (9.53); seventh from Carys Gibb (10.43) and a 15th place finish from Euan Campbell with 9.42 in the Boys race.

Dec 242016

Central Athletic Club’s Christmas Handicap was held on the evening of Thursday 22 December, blessed with an interval in the heavy rain although there was no hiding from the incessant wind. Amy Hendry was first home winning by some 5 seconds from veteran runner Mark Logie. Charles Graham-Marr had a strong run in third ahead of fellow veteran Allan Gall. Sandy Holl underlined his progress this year, finishing first Under-17 while the irrepressible Jane Waterhouse finished as first veteran woman. Testament to the quality of the handicapping saw all the runners finish close together with the whole field of 35 runners completing the 4 kilometre course within 3 minutes of each other.

Morag MacLarty finished with 13min 42secs to trim 3 seconds from her own course record while the fastest male proved to be back marker Cameron Milne with 12min 5secs, the second fastest ever, behind Andrew Butchart’s 11.50 course record from 2015. Other notable performances included Scott Green (13.11) and Chris Smithard (13.14), Under-20 Iain Davies (13.53), Fraser Logan (14.03), Under-15 Ben MacMillan (14.04) and Under-17s Sandy Holl (14.20) and Keir Howlieson (14.23). Jennifer Wetton finished with 14.26 ahead of Kim Timmins (16.45) and Catriona Buchanan (16.55), Under-17s Fiona Davies (17.28) and Heather Scott (18.03) and yet another good run from Under-20 Eleanor Hanson (17.29).

The focus in early 2017 turns to the Inter District races in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh on 7 January. Central Athletic Club selections for the East of Scotland Team include Under-13s Jessica Turnbull, Cameron Kerr and Finlay Muir; Under-15s Rosie Eckersley, Kyra Gibb and Ben MacMillan; Under-17s Kate Gallagher, Lauren McCulloch and Sandy Holl; Senior Women Morag MacLarty and Jennifer Wetton; Senior Men Dale Colley, Conan McCaughey, Cameron Milne and Michael Wright, while Jamie Crowe will compete for the Scottish Students Team.

    Handicap Finish Running time
AMY HENDRY FEMALE 3.00 21.06 18.06
MARK LOGIE VET 2.30 21.11 18.41
CHARLES GRAHAM-MARR VET 6.15 21.23 15.08
ALLAN GALL VET 3.00 21.44 18.44
SANDY HOLL U17 7.30 21.50 14.20
JANE WATERHOUSE F VET 3.00 21.51 18.51
JENS SUBKE VET 5.30 21.59 16.29
ALISON CURRIE F VET 1.00 22.02 21.02
MORAG MacLARTY FEMALE 8.30 22.12 13.42
LIAM McCABE VET 5.00 22.21 17.21
ELINOR COOMBS F VET 4.00 22.23 18.23
RICHARD COOMBS VET 7.00 22.25 15.25
FIONA DAVIES U17F 5.00 22.28 17.28
ELINOR HANSEN U20F 5.00 22.29 17.29
JOHN MILLAR VET 1.00 22.33 21.33
BEN MacMILLAN U15 8.30 22.34 14.04
DAVID LINDSAY MALE 7.45 22.37 14.52
GORDON APPELBE MALE 5.30 22.39 17.09
FRASER LOGAN MALE 8.45 22.48 14.03
BECKY HAY FEMALE 5.00 22.55 17.55
SCOTT GREEN MALE 9.45 22.56 13.11
KATE WELDON F VET 4.45 22.58 18.13
CHRIS SMITHARD MALE 9.45 22.59 13.14
HEATHER SCOTT U17F 5.00 23.03 18.03
PHIL SWEENEY MALE  7.00 23.04 16.04
PHIL WILLIAMS VET 8.00 23.05 15.05
CAMERON MILNE MALE 11.00 23.05 12.05
HAZEL DEAN F VET 5.30 23.08 17.38
KEIR HOWLIESON U17 8.45 23.08 14.23
JODIE CURRIE U20F 5.15 23.28 18.13
KENNETH HISLOP  MALE 5.00 23.36 18.36
IAIN DAVIES U20 9.45 23.38 13.53
KIM TIMMINS FEMALE 7.00 23.45 16.45


Dec 192016

The third race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2016/17 Cross-Country Series was held on Saturday 17 December in mild and dry conditions, on a testing course in the Laighills Park in Dunblane with a field of 62 runners.

Laighills CC Result 2016 Follow the link for all the details! 

Start Line – Laighhills Park

Once again it was Under 13 runner Finlay Muir who led home the field to finish with an impressive 5min 51sec run over the one mile course.  Sandy Buchanan ran strongly to finish second in this category (5.58) with Cameron Kerr continuing to show promise with his 6.04 run.  Euan Campbell proved to be the fastest of the remaining Under 13 Boys with a 6.07 timing, leading in other Under 13’s Callum Scott (6.19), Euan Docherty (6.35), Angus Henderson (6.42), Toby Rooney (7.14), Scott Hopper (7.28), Ross Lawrie (7.36), Finlay Marchant (7.58) and Joe Phillips (8.50).  Thomas Woods (5.57) showed his normal ‘can-do’ attitude to lead home the Under 15 Boys with Kyle Howie (6.03) also impressing to finish second in this age group while Daniel Bruce came through in 6.38 ahead of Cameron Fraser (6.41) and Ben Hughes (6.52).

Joshua Kennedy (6.08) proved to be the best of the Under 11 Boys on the day finishing just a step or two ahead of Connor Bell (6.09) with Oliver Richardson (6.27) also showing good form ahead of Cameron Darnbrough (6.53).  Another big turnout in this age group also saw Oliver Ditchfield (7.15) running well just ahead of Ross McGann (7.16), Owen Eckersley (7.17), Alex Dunlop (7.21) and Benjamin Harley (7.23).  This competitive age group also saw true spirit from Kieran Rooney (8.08), Kyle Saunders (8.10), Elliot Chohan (8.21), Dylan McCulloch (8.24), Douglas Hesketh (8.33), Benjamin Kennedy (8.38), Kyle Thomson (8.40) and Arthur Jacques (8.41).  Fergus Young (7.31) proved to be the strongest Under 9 Boy on the day, finishing ahead of Logan Bell (8.13) and Cameron Pollock (8.50).

Early in the race

A high class performance from Under 11 Melissa Turnbull (6.27) led in the Girls ahead of other Under 11’s Carys Gibb (7.11), Leah Stenhouse (7.39), Lizzie Woods (7.47), Catriona Kane (7.48), Eleanor Jones (7.49), Mara Gillan (8.37), Zoe Loughrey (8.43) and Marissa Welsh (9.32) with all showing great commitment.  Elise Graham-Marr (6.43) was the best of the Under 13 Girls finishing ahead of more excellent running from Anna MacKinnon (7.03) and Summer MacLean (7.08).  This popular age group also saw good battles and strong efforts throughout from Anna Reid (7.27), Heather Riach (7.29), Anna Buchanan (7.33), Rebecca Watson (7.34), Ellen Montgomery (7.55), Eilidh Fleming (8.14), Kirsty Reid (8.15), Harriet Ditchfield (8.18), Ellie Ross (8.29) and Amy Johnston (8.38).  Under 15 Carla Subke held on well to record 8min 31secs while Leya Gibb caught the eye as the fastest Under 9 Girl (7.51) ahead of a spirited run from Connie Bateman (8.52).

Thanks are again due to Derek Easton and Eleanor Coombes and a large group of able helpers who organised this successful event.  Thanks also to Tony Waterhouse for photography.

Dec 142016

Central Athletic Club’s Andrew Butchart showed true leadership in the Senior Men’s race at the European Cross Country Championships in Italy on Sunday. As captain of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team, Andrew committed at the front of the race from the start, sharing the lead with fellow Scot Callum Hawkins. As the race unfolded the two Scots were running in a group of four with two (Kenyan-born) Turkish athletes on a fast, dry course in Sardinia.
The later part of the race saw the two Turkish runners in first and second, with Callum winning the Bronze medal ahead of Andrew in fourth. These performances eclipse the best performances by any Scottish Senior man over the years at these Championships. The overall team scores proved to be a close affair with the two Scots leading the British Team to team Gold medals, indeed every GB & NI athlete throughout the age groups came home with a medal.
Hawkins said, “I got out a lot better than I thought I would – I thought I’d be chasing but I saw Andy take it on and I thought I’d do it with him. He almost got me: I fell off a bit about 4 laps in, but I managed to get it together.”
“I think between me and Andy that one day he’ll probably beat me and the next I’ll beat him – it’s that even between us, but we both went for it. We’ve both only really been at it properly in the sport for four or five years, so we’ve still got a long time left in our careers.”
Butchart, who is coached by Derek Easton, said: “I’m happy: Callum delivered a medal today and has put a lot of work in, but I definitely think if you want to beat the top guys you have to go for it, and for us to be that close to them and compete properly against them is great to see.”
“You never want to come off that course and think you could have given it that bit more. I think that Callum and I have both killed ourselves out there today: he’s got a medal and we’ve won team Gold, so it’s amazing to see that.”

Dec 052016

Central Athletic Club took top accolades at the East District Cross Country Championships at Aberdeen as their teams won the Senior Mens’, Senior Womens’ and Under 17 Ladies titles. 

Central AC Senior men

Central AC Senior men

Morag MacLarty’s form continues to strengthen as she led the Womens’ Team and regain the trophy she has won three times previously, whilst the Men took their twelfth title in thirteen years.

Jamie Crowe is starting to write his own headlines and here he led home Central’s Senior Mens’ team with an individual Bronze medal


Jamie Crowe

performance, covering the 9.7 kilometre course in a tasty 29min 52secs.  Excellent packing from Dale Colley (sixth; 30.22), Cameron Milne (seventh; 30.29) and Michael Wright (eighth; 30.43) laid the foundation for the team title but it required top performances from Scott Green (28th; 33.04) and fourth placed Master’s runner Scott Brember (43rd; 33.57) to take the Team title by a narrow margin from Hunters Bog Trotters.  There was strong running throughout this race from Will Hensman (57th; 34.53), Charles Graham-Marr (105th; 37.52), David Eckersley (106th; 37.56), Colin Alexander (114th; 38.19), Iain Dunsmore (138th; 39.35) and Allan Gall (183rd; 48.07) with Scott Brember, Charles Graham-Marr and David Eckersley taking Team Masters Bronze medals.

Central’s Ladies title chase looked strong with Morag MacLarty taking the individual Gold with a strong performance pulling away during the first of two laps to complete the 6.6 kilometre course with a time of 22min 50secs, whilst Fanni Gyurko had to fight to gain the bronze medal position with her 23.20 effort. Jenny Wetton followed In quickly afterwards with a fine fifth place in 23.40. With four counters required for the team championship, it was new club member Kim Timmins who had the conclusive impact with a fine run, moving steadily through the field to take 29th in 26.23 and clinch the title.

The Under 17 Ladies race, over a 4.9 kilometre course, saw Kate Gallagher mixing it with the lead group to finish sixth in 17:43, whilst Lauren McCulloch worked her way up the places after a steady start to take ninth in 18:29.

Kate Gallagher & Lauren McCulloch

Kate Gallagher & Lauren McCulloch

As with the Senior Ladies, the overall team title was down to the strong work by Heather Scott as she completed the team counters in 25th with 21:20.  The Under 17 Men saw Sandy Holl running competitively throughout to finish tenth, covering the 6.6 kilometre course in 22.42.  Keir Howlieson used this race to test his fitness following an injury lay-off, finishing 17th with 23.16while Tom Graham-Marr finished in an excellent 23.42 in 21st with the Team in fifth overall. Under 20 Men Iain Davies ((15th; 29.01) and Fraser MacPherson (26th; 32.59) completed their 8.4 kilometre challenge with further dogged performances.

The Under 15 Girls title race, over 4kilometres, was very tight with the Central Girls taking Bronze team medals in a close contest with Edinburgh and Pitreavie with only three points separating the three teams.  Kyra Gibb (sixth, 15:26), Rosie Eckersley (ninth, 15:41) and Carrie Banks (16th, 16:09) put in fine displays to ensure the medals were taken by Central.  The Under 15 Boys were led home through a strong run from Ben MacMillan (sixth; 13.47) with more determined running from Thomas Woods (28th; 15.05) and Daniel Bruce (35th; 15.38) with the Boys finishing as fifth team.

The Under 13’s faced a 3.1kilometre challenge and Jessica Turnbull (eleventh; 12:04) and Amy Cully (27th; 12:59) ran with commitment throughout.  The Under 13 Boys saw Cameron Kerr finish eleventh with 11.11 and Euan Campbell also sticking well to the task for 26th in 11.54.

Dec 022016

East District Cross Country at Aberdeen

Central AC make their annual outing in the East District

Central’s men have won 11 out of the last 12 events. It was 2004 when a young Central team beat the then dominant Edinburgh AC team (previous 4 wins in a row). For the senior women it has been  4 wins in the same period. Individual winners were Robert Russell and Morag MacLarty of Central at the start of an era.

What will happen this Saturday? With almost 50 Central athletes entered, it could be another good day in history of club? As it is also the main selection for the Inter-District matches (under 13 to seniors) in Holyrood Park amongst the televised events it’s an important opportunity for our developing athletes.

The event is well previewed at http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/21936-2/

With entry lists, timetable, directions and parking http://events.scottishathletics.org.uk/events/18219-17138-lindsays-east-district-cross-country-championships

To get their numbers, remember runners just need to find their respective team managers (Derek Easton, Jane Waterhouse for seniors and Mary Kerr or her nominees for juniors) at or around the Central tent on the course. If you are no longer running please let team managers know.

Pictures show Senior men in 2012 when Central won, spot the faces – the Central finishing order for the six counters was Russell, Houston, Hendry, Millar, Butchart and Reilly….

Senior men in 2012,  the Central finishers; Russell, Houston, Hendry, Millar, Butchart and Reilly

Senior men in 2012, the Central finishers; Russell, Houston, Hendry, Millar, Butchart and Reilly

Nov 302016

At Central AC’s recent AGM – new officer bearers were appointed – our thanks go to the outgoing committee and a warm welcome to some new faces!

The Club’s new President Liam McCabe, has been a member of the Central Athletic Club since 2004. After being a Club member for about a year Liam was asked by the previous incumbent (and subsequent Club President), Tony Quin to be Club Secretary. Liam fulfilled the Secretary function faithfully for a number of years before happily passing on the mantle to his successor who was similarly duped into taking on this critical role. While it can be demanding at certain times, being Secretary gave Liam a great understanding of the wider workings of the Club, the history and tradition of the Club and the undoubted privilege of working with some of the Club’s grandees who have been around since the start of time or John McDonald whichever came first.

Liam McCabe President

Liam McCabe

Liam’s ‘post secretary’ freedom was short-lived !  Liam stayed on the Committee and eventually became Vice President to Derek Easton during his two year stint as President. In a moment of weakness Liam agreed that his name go forward as nominee to be President and so at the 43nd AGM Liam indeed became Club President.  While all that exciting admin stuff was going Liam also continued with running (which was why he had joined the Club in the first place), a sport he had come to in his early forties having had a misspent youth playing football to no especially high standard. Under the expert tutelage of Scotland’s foremost endurance coach Derek Easton, Liam saw his 10k and half marathon times improve significantly. He has since completed a handful of marathons and indulged one year in the black art (his words) of ultra-marathon running. In addition, Liam has been a keen participant in cross countries, hill races and hill relays. In the past few years injury has never, it seems, been far off so Liam is forever on the comeback trail or injured.  For his day job Liam is the Director of Finance for the University of Stirling.   Liam considers it an honour and privilege to be President of this great Club.


Catherine Sharkey, Central AC’s new Vice President is a local Police Sargeant in Clackmannanshire.  She is also an ex-athlete herself, competing in 800, 1500 and cross country, she is a parent of a competing junior in Track and Field and extremely interested, and committed to, the development of coaching and the athlete centred pathway that Central AC has been building over the last 8 months or so.  Catherine has been actively involved in Team Management. 

Catherine Sharkey Vice President

Catherine Sharkey
Vice President

Many of you will know her from contact about competitions and she will be seen supporting ALL athletes trackside!  Catherine manages the Indoor League, (SAIL) and the Junior Youth Development League (YDL).  In addition she has been putting her skills to great use on the Coaching Sub Group of the main committee in recent months.  Catherine is very keen to see an increase in the number of youngsters competing across the Club!  Be warned!  There’s nowhere to hide!  Catherine is also involved in the ‘Central AC World Tour’.  Make sure you say hello!  Catherine is usually to be found trackside in Stirling.


Michael Wright is the current Club Secretary. Since 1998, when he was eleven years old, he has been a member of the Club. Aside from two years spent in London between 2013 and 2015, he has actively trained and competed for the Club during this time. He is an endurance athlete in Derek Easton’s training group, and competes on the track in the summer with a focus on the 3,000m steeplechase, and cross country in the winter. He has also raced the past two London marathons (with varying degrees of success). In 2015, during a momentary lapse of concentration, he found myself agreeing to take on the position of Club Secretary. Aside from the compulsory sherry drinking soirees, his role generally sees him arranging committee meetings and keeping minutes for them, addressing correspondence that comes into the Club from both Club members and external stakeholders, and also arranging bookings for all of the various training sessions. As the Club currently enjoys an unprecedented level of success (Club member Andrew Butchart competing at Rio 2016 Olympics, record membership levels, new training base in Callander,.etc)  

Michael Wright Club Secretary

Michael Wright
Club Secretary

Michael finds it highly rewarding to assist in a small way to the work of the Club as it continues to strive to offer high level training and competition opportunities for the people in our local communities.  When he is not pounding the streets of Stirling, he is a Chartered Building Surveyor working in Edinburgh and can invariably be found up a scaffold somewhere. He is always keen to hear from people about how they think the Club is doing, and what we can do better, so please do not hesitate to contact him at moc.l1519430294iamto1519430294h@thg1519430294irwdr1519430294awdel1519430294eahci1519430294m1519430294




Nov 222016

There was another excellent turnout of Central Athletic Club runners at Alloa for the second match of the East of Scotland Cross Country League on Saturday 19th November.  All runners faced a tough and testing course with near freezing conditions and mud proving a major factor in all the races.

The day started with the Under 11 Girls race over 1700metres with Melissa Turnbull finishing in a fine second place in an excellent 6min 57secs.  Leah Stenhouse (19th; 7.43), Mary Kealey (20th; 7.49) and Brogan McMillan (25th; 8.01) completed Central’s challenge in this age group with the girls finishing third on the day and in overall second place in the League.  The Under 11 Boys raced over the same course and here it was Connor Bell (24th; 7.08) who led home Central’s challenge ahead of determined running from Innes Brown (48th; 7.40), Owen Eckersley (71st; 8.01), Kieran Mooney (76th; 8.08) and Sam Jones (91st; 8.52).

The Under 13’s had to contend with a 3000metre course and in the Girls race it was Anna MacKinnon who proved the strongest of Central’s runners, finishing in 25th place with 13.44, while great back-up was provided by Amy Culley (35th; 14.02), Summer MacLean (41st; 14.37), Rebecca Watson (42nd; 14.37), Ellen Montgomery (55th; 15.47), Megan Dunlop (58th, 15.54) and Ellie Ross (67th; 17.35) as again all Central’s runners showing good form and commitment.   The Boys race saw strong runs from Finlay Muir (seventh; 11.27), Cameron Kerr (ninth; 11.49) and Euan Campbell (12.14) with the Boys finishing as second team on the day.  There were further good performances from Cameron MacMillan (30th; 12.47), Ryan McGuire (45th; 13.19), Finlay Brown (55th; 13.49), Ross Lawrie (60th; 14.04)and Finlay Marchant (73rd; 14.40).

The Under 15 Girls and Under 17 Ladies ran together over a 3800 metre course and it was Central’s Kate Gallagher who again led the Team in with an overall sixth placing in 15.42.  Back-up was provided by Lauren McCulloch (twelfth; 16.17) and Under 15 Kyra Gibb (27th; 17.00) with the Team finishing third overall.  There was more committed performances from Carrie Banks (30th; 17.19), Fiona Davies (39th; 17.54), Elizabeth Thompson (43rd; 18.14) and Bethany Burch (66th; 19.45).  The Under 15 Boys contested the same 3800metre course and here Gregor McArthur (16th; 15.24) led home the Central Team ahead of resolute performances from Thomas Woods (24th; 15.52), Daniel Bruce (26th; 15.56), Kyle Howie (37th; 16.40), Cameron Fraser (51st; 17.37) and Ben Hughes (56th; 18.18) with Central’s runners placing sixth in this age group.  Tom Graham-Marr was the sole Under 17 Man from Central and here he had a more than useful run to finish 24th, recording 25min 34secs for his 6200 metre run.

Jennifer Weton - Leading

Jennifer Weton – Leading

The Senior Women also tackled the 6200metres course and here it was Jennifer Wetton who showed her class to finish in an excellent second place in 24.37 and with back-up from Catriona Buchanan (eighth, 25.42), Kim Timmins (23rd; 27.39), Under 20 runner Eleanor Hanson (25th; 27.44) and Lee Houghton (81st; 36.00), the team finishing second on the day and are second overall in the League.

Men's race start - Central already to the fore

Men’s race start – Central already to the fore

The Senior Mens race of three laps and some 9000metres proved to be a true test of strength and stamina which saw Dale Colley head Central’s challenge in third overall with a confident run of 30min 52secs.  Campbell Milne in seventh (31.29) and with Chris Smithard (eleventh; 31.59), Alex Hendry (16th; 32.49), Robert Russell (21st; 33.24) and Colin Logan (31st; 33.59), the team finishing second on the day and lead the League overall. Under 20 runner Rory Strachan (37th; 34.18) was first of the back-up runners ahead of Central’s first veteran runner Scott Bremner (44th; 34.52), who finished as second veteran on the day;  indeed Scott led in a winning veteran’s team including Ewan Jack (70th; 36.12) and David Eckersley (85th; 37.13).  There were also good runs and true endeavour from Will Hensman (58th; 35.40), Andy Turnbull (98th; 37.53), Charles Grahm-Marr (119th; 39,24), Phil Williams (121st; 39.33), Colin Alexander (140th; 40.20), Hugh Buchanan (150th; 40.39), Iain Dunsmore (157th; 40.59), Fraser Purves (162nd; 41.12), Jens Subke (165th; 41.14), Simon Barlow (202nd; 43.49), Liam McCabe (205th; 44.25), Allan Gall (226th; 47.21) and Cameron Campbell (235th; 48.02).

Focus for Central’s runners now turns to the European Cross Country Selection races in Liverpool next weekend with Club and individual selection places up for grabs.

Nov 142016

Central AC’s Ross Houston made his Great Britain debut in the 50Km World Championships in Doha with his seventh place contributing towards a hard  won silver team award for the British quartet in one of the toughest contests on the world athletic’s scene. Running at six in the evening, to reduce the impact of the heat, Ross completed the 20 circuits of a 2.5 kilometre city centre circuit, in 3hours 01.33.

Ross Houston 50K - World Champs  Doha 2016

Ross Houston
50K – World Champs
Doha 2016

Ross’s strategy of a steady start and even paced laps enabled him to move up from an early position in around 20th, making his way steadily through the field as others wilted.

This new peak in the 36 year olds running career has been widely celebrated in the running community. Twenty years of persistence,  many thousands of training miles and being part of the backbone of Central’s decade long domination at club level endurance has now taken him to a world championship medal just two years on from his previous late-career high of representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games marathon.

Nov 072016

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.

Team Gold - Jamie, Alex, Dale and Cameron

Team Gold – Jamie, Alex, Dale and Cameron

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. 


Jamie Crowe – top CA finisher!

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.

Morag McLarty battles for Team Gold

Morag McLarty battles for Team Gold

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 wearing 286

Kate Gallagher wearing 286

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 Blance and Daniel Bruce

Cameron Blance and Daniel Bruce

Cameron Fraser picked up more good experience in 94th (8.40) heading in another good effort from Ben Hughes (99th; 8.53). 

Oct 312016

Central AC were honoured at the Scottish Athletics Annual Awards night

SAL Awards 2016 Oct 29th (C)Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics Byline must be used

SAL Awards 2016
Oct 29th (C)Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics

– George Dallas Trophy on behalf of Andrew Butchart. 

The two gentlemen are Bob McSwein and Bob Greenoak, Trustees for the Trust alongside our very own John McDonald.

In additon the Club achieved National recognition as the ‘Off Track’ Club of the Year!   Michael Wright, Club Secretary and Senior Athlete collected the award from Olympic 10,000 metre runner Beth Potter.

SAL Awards 2016 Oct 29th (C)Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics Byline must be used

SAL Awards 2016
Oct 29th (C)Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics

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