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

Oct 262016

Thank you to all the fantastic volunteers who made this event a success!  Your support is very much appreciated.   The rain held off and this club series was off to a flying start!  Derek Easton and his team led the warm up and marshaled the event – thank you very much!


The first race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2016/17 Cross-Country Series attracted a field of 62 runners to take on a flat, fast course at Stirling University.

Balfron based athlete Gregor McArthur headed the field with an impressive 6min 8sec run, followed in by another aspiring Under 15 athlete, Daniel Bruce (6.17).  Further Under 15 Boys included Cameron Fraser (6.57), Ben Hughes (7.03) and first timer Francis McGinn (9.58).  Sandy Buchanan (6.30) proved to be the strongest Under 13 Boy on the day, closely followed by solid efforts from Euan Campbell (6.37), Sam Metcalfe (6.39), Callum Scott (6.42) and Ryan McGuire (6.44).  There was an excellent turnout in this age group with further endeavour from Jack Campbell (6.54), Angus Henderson (6.59), Finlay Marchant and Finlay Brown (both 7.47) as well as Ross Lawrie (8.04), Angus Duckworth (8.27),  Oisin Rice (9.01) and Lewis Gowan (9.36).

Connor Bell (6.47) proved to be the best of the Under 11 Boys finishing just ahead of Joshua Kennedy (6.49), with further fine runs from Alex Pettigrew (7.15), Aaron Middleton (7.22), Cameron Darnbrough (7.26), Innes Brown (7.27), Tom Campbell (7.31), Owen Eckersley (7.34), Marcus Sinclair (7.50), Murray Henderson and Andrew Twigg (both 7.56).  There was also great effort from Logan Gray (8.02), Alec Dunlop (8.04), Caomh Curtin (8.08), Ruaraidh Docherty (8.34), Benjamin Kennedy (8.49), Cameron Brown (8.54), Cameron Pollock (8.56) and Angus Kennedy (9.57) to round off this well supported age group.  The sole Under 9 Boy, Logan Bell, posted an excellent time of 8min 14secs.

Ciorstaidh Ainsworth (6.46) proved to be the fastest of the Under 15 Girls on the day ahead of Jessica McGinn (8.35) and Carla Subke (8.42).  The Under 13 Girls also provided some fine running with Grace Tindall (6.50), taking the honours from Amy Cully (7.17), Anna MacKinnon (7.30), Anna Buchanan (7.32), Summer MacLean (7.36), Eilidh Fleming (7.48) and Megan Dunlop (7.52).  This popular age groups also saw more true resolve from Harriet Ditchfield (8.14), Ceitdh Ainsworth (8.21) and Ellen Montgomery (8.22).

Melissa Turnbull produced a classy display in the Under 11 Girls to come home in 6min 48secs ahead of more top performances from Mary Kealey (7.47), Leah Stenhouse (7.53) and Zoe Loughrey (8.50).  Also catching the eye were Mary Gillan (9.08), Izzy McGuire (9.26), Emily Guest (9.41), Alice Cameron (9.55), Sophie Appelbe and Sarah Aitken (both 9.59) just ahead of a stoical effort from Orly Murray (10.32), with once again all the girls showing promise in this very competitive age group.


Thanks are again due to Derek Easton, David Eckersley and a small army of parent helpers who ably helped with the event.

Drum roll….. the results!

Name Age Group Place Time
Gregor McArthur U15B 1 6.08
Daniel Bruce U15B 2 6.17
Sandy Buchanan U13B 3 6.30
Euan Campbell U13B 4 6.37
Sam Metcalfe U13B 5 6.39
Callum Scott U13B 6 6.42
Ryan McGuire U13B 7 6.44
Ciorstaidh Ainsworth U15G 8 6.46
Connor Bell U11B 9 6.47
Melissa Turnbull U11G 10 6.48
Joshua Kennedy U11B 11 6.49
Grace Tindall U13G 12 6.50
Jack Campbell U13B 13 6.54
Cameron Fraser U15B 14 6.57
Angus Henderson U13B 15 6.59
Ben Hughes U15B 16 7.03
Alex Pettigrew U11B 17 7.15
Amy Cully U13G 18 7.17
Aaron Middleton U11B 19 7.22
Cameron Darnbrough U11B 20 7.26
Innes Brown U11B 21 7.27
Anna MacKinnon U13G 22 7.30
Tom Campbell U11B 23 7.31
Anna Buchanan U13G 24 7.32
Owen Eckersley U11B 25 7.34
Summer MacLean U13G 26 7.36
Mary Kealey U11G 27 7.47
Finlay Marchant U13B 28 7.47
Finlay Brown U13B 29 7.47
Eilidh Fleming U13G 30 7.48
Marcus Sinclair U11B 31 7.50
Megan Dunlop U13G 32 7.52
Leah Stenhouse U11G 33 7.53
Murray Henderson U11B 34 7.56
Andrew Twigg U11B 35 7.56
Logan Gray U11B 36 8.02
Alec Dunlop U11B 37 8.04
Ross Lawrie U13B 38 8.04
Caomh Curtin U11B 39 8.08
Logan Bell U9B 40 8.14
Harriet Ditchfield U13G 41 8.14
Ceitdh Ainsworth U13G 42 8.21
Ellen Montgomery U13G 43 8.22
Angus Duckworth U13B 44 8.27
Ruaraidh Docherty U11B 45 8.34
Jessica McGinn U15G 46 8.35
Carla Subke U15G 47 8.42
Benjamin Kennedy U11B 48 8.49
Zoe Loughrey U11G 49 8.50
Cameron Brown U11B 50 8.54
Cameron Pollock U11B 51 8.56
Oisin Rice U13B 52 9.01
Mara Gillan U11G 53 9.08
Izzy McGuire U11G 54 9.26
Lewis Gowan U13B 55 9.36
Emily Guest U11G 56 9.41
Alice Cameron U11G 57 9.55
Angus Kennedy U11B 58 9.57
Francis McGinn U15B 59 9.58
Sophie Appelbe U11G 60 9.59
Sarah Aitken U11G 61 9.59
Orly Murray U11G 62 10.32



Oct 252016

Central AC Press Report 22 10 2016

The Scottish National Cross Country Relays were again held on the traditional course in Cumbernauld in excellent conditions and it was Central’s Senior Men who made it five wins in a row while Central’s Senior Ladies matched their second place of last year in a dramatic race.


Senior Medallists

The Senior Mens race of over 100 teams unfolded with Central’s Jamie Crowe running with some of Scotland’s top endurance athletes, finishing in a close up fourth place on the first leg, covering the 4000metres course in 11min 50secs.  Michael Wright’s excellent (12.16) contribution continued Central’s challenge to hand over a healthy lead to former Scottish Cross Country Champion Alastair Hay.  Alastair (11.51) showed his class as he continued to pull away from the rest of the field to give Olympian, Andrew Butchart a comfortable lead for the final leg.  Andrew was never under pressure as he extended the Club’s lead to 84secs by the finish with the second fastest leg of the day (11.22).  Edinburgh University finished second and with Aberdeen AAC in third and a clean sweep for the East of Scotland teams.

For Central Senior Ladies, winning the Silver medal took determined running by the quartet, finished off by an exciting and impressive last leg by Morag Maclarty who took many plaudits with the fastest time of the day.

Women's Team - silver medallists

Women’s Team – silver medallists

With the Ladies now matching the men with four legs compared to three last year, Central required Lyndsay Morrison to return to competition earlier than she would have wanted after a prolonged layoff.  Lyndsay led off for Central with the task of keeping the team in contention and she fought hard to come to the changeover in 16th place covering the 4000metre course in 15mins 16secs but with a significant gap to the medal placings.  Fiona Thompson put in the fastest second leg time with her 14:14 taking the team forward to seventh.  Jennifer Wetton then pulled the team into a medal position with her 13:56 but with Edinburgh University and Victoria Park seemingly far distant with over a full minute’s gap to the next medal.  Morag set about closing the gaps taking the time back from both last leg leading pair and turning Bronze to Silver in the finishing straight, bringing the biggest cheer of the day.  Morag’s lap was 13:18, overall fastest lap of the day to return a time of 56.44 for the four with Edinburgh University taking Gold with 56.28 and Victoria Park Glasgow in third also recording 56.44.

Central’s second Ladies team were led off by Claire Houston whose 16:43 brought the team to changeover in 32nd place. Kim Timmins demonstrated prospects with a 16:13 to move the team to 23rd. Eleanor Hanson as a first year under 20 put in a great performance  to 21st place with 16:43 with Jodie Currie keeping the team moving forward with 20th place and 17:42 and overall time of 67:21.  Central’s Over 50 team also took a superb Silver medal through Patricia Milne (17:20), Jane Waterhouse (18:32) and Mary Kerr (19:34).

Central’s Mens ‘B’ team of Aidan Thompson (12.27), Conan McCaughey (12.19), Cameron Milne (12.35) and Alex Hendry (12.22) were competitive throughout finishing in a fine sixth place overall less than a minute from the medals.  On the day all of Central’s runners showed true competitive resolve perfectly reflected by the Over 50 team of Charles Graham-Marr (15.28), David Eckersley (14.26) and Hugh Kerr (16.30) finishing sixth in that category.  Central’s top Veterans team of Jans Subke (15.42), Ewan Jack (14.27), Colin Alexander (15.42) and Scott Brember (13.51) finished in a highly respectable ninth in that category.  The team of Tom Watson, Fraser Logan, Jamie Wastling and Euan Brownlee produced another fine showing but a mix-up with results doesn’t allow us to publish times for these runners.  Simon Barlow ran 16.48 backed up by Kenny Hislop (18.04), Sandy MacLarty (21.45) and Mark Logie.  Cameron Campbell (18.36) led off yet another Over 50 team along with Allan Gall (18.42) and John Millar (20.47).  Liam McCabe (16.52), David Lindsay (14.31), Will Hensman (14.06) and Ian Dunsmore (16.02) stuck well to their task to finish 67th in the Senior Mens category.

It was impressive to see Central’s junior Girls field a strong contingent and some six teams following the normal format of Under 13 followed by Under 15 and Under 17, all running a 2500 course.  Central’s ‘A’ team should be happy with a seventh place through Jessica Turnbull (10:38, 11th), Rosie Eckersley (9:59, 13th) and Kate Gallagher (9:28, seventh) with a final time of 30.05.  Other teams were Anna McKinnon (11:19, 34th), Kyra Gibb ( 10:11, 23rd) and Lauren McCulloch (10:05, 19th) an overall time of 31.35; followed by Mia Glen ( 11:10, 28th), Elizabeth Thompson (10:38, 29th) and Lauryn Turnbull (10:06, 23rd and a final time of 31:54.  The team of Naomi Howlieson ( 11:25, 38th), Ciorstaidh Ainsworth (10:42, 37th) and Heather Scott (10:56, 35th) completed in 33:03, while Finnlaidh Stokoe (12:14, 73rd), Skye Henderson (11:18, 56th), Madeleine Woods (10:43, 46th) finished in 34:15 followed by Ellie Ross (13:38, 95th) Millie Stokoe (10:33, 70th) and Fiona Davies (11:13, 56th) in 35:25.   It was good to see Under 13’s Amy Cully (11.29) and Eilidh Fleming (11.52) competing well in incomplete teams.

Juniors on the start line

Juniors on the start line

Central’s Junior Boys teams also each ran 2500metre legs with the ‘A’ team of Finlay Muir (9.34), Ben MacMillan (8.39) and Keir Howlieson (8.30) all showing great form as they worked through the field to finish fourth overall, indeed Central were in close contention for a medal only losing out in a highly competitive final stretch.  The ‘B’ team of Cameron Kerr (9.28), Thomas Woods (8.25) and Tom Graham-Marr (8.59) produced another fine showing for the Club in 20th overall.  There was more resolve with Euan Campbell (10.06), Daniel Bruce (9.46) and Sandy Holl (8.59) in the ‘C’ team, finishing 28th and also Finlay Marchant (12.04), Cameron Fraser (10.58) and Ben Hughes (11.46), an Under 15 running as an Under 17, as all the Central athletes produced runs of which they can feel proud.   Under 13 Ryan McGuire had a solo run in an incomplete team but handled the tough course well to complete his run in 10.23.

Oct 172016

Central AC played host to the first match of the season’s East of Scotland District Cross Country League over the Stirling University estate. There was a fitting tribute to Central’s current star Andrew Butchart when the large Senior Men’s field gave him a spontaneous round of applause as he joined the starting line-up. Just a few short weeks after his breakthrough run in the Rio 5000 metres final in the shadow of Sugar Loaf he made a return to a dreich day in Stirling when Dumyat was obscured by heavy rain.


Men’s start


Andrew Butchart

Andrew skipped over the slippery course to win for the third consecutive year, covering the 3 lap, 9000 metre course in 27min 34secs. He led his Central Senior Men’s team to League victory on the day and the all-age Male team lead to a narrow lead at the top of table.

Central were ensured the league win in the Senior Men’s category through supporting strength in depth from Jamie Crowe (6th, 29.25),


Jamie Crow

Michael Wright (7th, 29.35), Alex Hendry (13th, 30.05), Conan McCaughey (14th, 30.07) and Under 20, Aidan Thompson (16th, 30.33). Euan Brownlie came through in 41st with 32.43 while Central’s first Veteran, Scott Brember continued his excellent form in 43rd (32.47). There was further superb back-up through Colin Logan (52nd, 33.38), Will Hensman (64th, 34.16), Ewan Jack (82nd, 35.06), David Eckersley (94th, 35.42) and Fraser Logan (100th, 35.53). Jamie Wastling showed progress to finish in 108th (36.18) leading in a string of Veteran runners through Andy Turnbull (109th, also 36.18), Charles Graham-Marr (139th, 38.13), Colin Alexander (164th, 39.33), Hugh Kerr (174th, 40.24), Fraser Purves (199th, 41.49), Simon Barlow (203rd, 41.56), Liam McCabe (211th, 42.47), Jamie Stokoe (220th, 43.47), Allan Gall (233rd, 44.56) and the ever inspirational Cameron Campbell (249th, 46.23).

Central’s leading Senior Women runners were away on a range of other commitments, and stepping up to the plate to keep the female team on track were Eleanor Hanson (28th, 26.34), Lee Houghton (72nd, 32.32), Samantha Hunter (74th, 32.46) and Emily Holl (80th, 34.05). Central’s Female team over all age groups are still in League contention in third place.

The Under 11 Girls provided an early highlight of the day as they headed their age group league table with the first race over a 1400 metre course. Melissa Turnbull (2nd, 5.49) led a team of Carys Gibb (9th, 6.22), Leah Stenhouse (17th, 6.28), Ellie Watson (44th, 7.32) and Mara Gillan (51st, 7.49).

In the Under 11 Boys race Cameron Darnbrough finished in 18th following a strong 6min 5sec run. Owen Eckersley showed good form to finish 61st in 6.48 while Sam Jones also came through well in 78th with 7.29.

The Under 13 races had a much more testing profile of racing as their lap took them towards the Wallace Monument across more difficult ground and a 2400 metre test. The Under 13 Boys showed great form to finish as second team with Finlay Muir

Finlay Muir

Finlay Muir

showing great character to finish 7th (10.23) followed by Sandy Buchanan (15th, 10.47), Euan Campbell (21st, 11.00), Cameron MacMillan (35th, 11.31), Euan Donegan (52nd, 12.20), Ross Lawrie (63rd, 12.56), Struan Craig (68th, 13.21) and Fi nlay Marchant (69th, 13.21), and all doing the Club proud.


Jessica Turnbull

Central’s Under 13 Girls team was fifth in the league standings through great running and teamwork through Jessica Turnbull (15th, 12.09), Anna MacKinnon (19th, 12.21), Naomi Howlieson (24th, 12.34), Amy Faunce Smith (28th, 12.48), Amy Kirkpatrick (32nd, 13.02), Fionnlaith Stokoe (37th, 13.09), Ellen Montgomery (54th, 14.18), Erin Miller (59th, 14.44), Megan Dunlop (60th, 14.46), Heather Riach (62nd, 14.59), Ellie Ross (63rd, 15.03) and Heather Hale (66th, 15.49).

The Under 15 Boys also proved their ability as fifth team with strong running from Ben MacMillan (9th, 10.41), Cameron Blance and Thomas Woods finishing together in 22nd and 23rd, both running 11.15, while Cameron Fraser should also be pleased with his run in 39th (12.42).

There was a combined race for the Under 15 and Under 17 Ladies over a pair of short laps to make up 2800 metres and in the Under 15s, Rosie Eckersley was 5th in 11.32, Skye Henderson (18th, 12.57), Millie Stokoe (28th, 14.13), Hannah Blance (29th, 14.25) and Rebecca Hogg (30th, 14.35). The Under 17 team was led in by Lauren McCulloch (7th, 11.49) followed by Madeleine Woods (10th, 12.18), Heather Scott (15th, 13.04), Fiona Davies (16th, 13.07) and Bethany Burch (18th, 13.30).

The Under 17 Men’s race saw more fine displays with Tom Graham-Marr finishing seventh with 21.32 and Sandy Holl in 14th with 21.55.

Full results are available on the Scottish Athletics website.

Oct 102016

The Invitational English 6 Stage Road Relay Championships was again held in Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 8 October. Central Athletic Club’s Andrew Butchart recorded the fastest leg of the day, covering the 6 kilometre course in 16min 29secs. Overall there was a highly competitive race for gold medals with Cardiff AAC (1hour 45mins 52secs) prevailing over Welsh rivals Swansea Harriers (1-45-55) by just 3 seconds with the lead see-sawing throughout.

With some 79 teams completing the course Central’s effort saw them finish seventh overall in 1hour 47mins 23secs. Once again there was interest and drama throughout for both athletes and spectators. Dale Colley started Central’s effort with an 18min 16secs clocking to see the team in a close up 27th place at the first changeover. Alex Hendry moved through the field on his second leg run as he pulled the team up to 21st with a strong 18min 11sec leg. Alastair Hay used all his fitness and experience to bring the team through to 14th place with an excellent 17min 59secs effort. Conan McCaughey showed great form to keep the team in contention with an 18min 12secs clocking and the team in 16th.

Andrew Butchart showed his rivals and the spectators just why he was a high placed Olympian in Rio with his storming run pulling the Central team through to sixth overall with a time of 16.29, 20secs faster than any other runner on the day. It was left to Jamie Crowe to complete Central’s efforts on the final leg, recording 18min 16secs to bring the Central team home in seventh.

Full race results are available from the SportSoft website.

Oct 102016

Central Athletic Club Ladies were able to make it five years in a row as they continued their winning ways in the East District Cross Country Relay Championships. Their race featured a close battle for the lead with the Central trio steadily moving forward in each of the three 4000 metre legs to take the lead on the final leg. First off was Jennifer Wetton, just a week after her win in the Loch Ness Marathon, and she hung onto the early pace, posting a third place with just a 21 second  deficit to the leading Lothian team and Edinburgh University  in second. Jennifer’s time of 14min 12secs was fourth fastest of the day. Fiona Thompson took on the pace taking Central up into second place with the university students moving into the lead and their lead now just nine seconds ahead of Central. Fiona’s time of 14.45 was good enough for ninth fastest on the day. Morag MacLarty had a tough fight to wrestle the lead from the university runner, but by half way was ahead and creating a 19 second winning margin through her 13.57 time.

The Men’s four leg relay saw a reversal of the above result with Edinburgh University taking the honours as they pulled away from Central on each of the legs. Aidan Thompson set off Central’s effort to record the fourth fastest time of the day (12.13), there were further strong runs from Michael Wright (12.29), Cameron Milne (12.35) and Ross Houston (12.31) as Central picked up the Silver medals.

Central Men’s ‘B’ team came home in fifth through Tom Watson (12.39), Ruaridh Miller (12.57), Chris Smithard (12.37) and Scott Green (13.25) with the runners proving their fitness at the start of the Cross Country Season. The team of Fraser Logan (14.03), David Lindsay (14.57), Euan Brownlie (13.36) and Will Hensman (14.26) were competitive throughout and came home 19th overall. Central’s Veteran team of Hugh Buchanan (16.07), Charles Graham-Marr (15.27), Stuart Watson (17.22) and Scott Brember (13.59) finished seventh in the Veterans race. Two incomplete teams comprising Fraser MacPherson (15.14), Jamie Wastling (14.57) and Kenny Hislop (18.03) then Allan Gall (18.30), Mark Logie (19.07) and Cameron Campbell (18.59) completed Central’s efforts on the day.

Central’s young female ‘A’ team took a creditable eighth place with a steady improvement in placing through the three 2500 metre legs as the relay went from Under 13, to Under 15 to Under 17 runners. With this relay  race very much a trial for the National relays in two weeks’ time, runners in each of Central’s four teams were also vying with each other. The first Under 13 leg  saw the Central teams coming in with Jessica Turnbull (12th, 10.39), Carys Gibb (15th, 10.42), Mia Glenn (18th, 10.50) and newcomer Eilidh Fleming (32nd, 12.54). The Under 15 leg also had close contests between the Central girls with Kyra Gibb (10th, 9.39), Rosie Eckersley (11th, 9.37), Elizabeth Thompson (15th, 10.28) and Naomi Howlieson (28th, 11.34). The closing leg of Under 17 runners saw Lauren McCullough (8th, 9.56), Lauryn Turnbull (12th, 9.55), Heather Scott (17th, 11.01)  and Madeleine Woods (24th, 10.15).

It was a similar scenario with Central’s young male athletes with Under 13s Cameron Kerr (7th, 9.27), Euan Campbell (19th, 10.01) and Cameron MacMillan (31st, 10.39). The Under 15 runners acquitted themselves well through Ben MacMillan (8th, 8.33) and fourth fastest Under 15 leg of the day, Daniel Bruce (10th, 9.26) and Ben Hughes (36th, 10.58). It was Under 17 Keir Howlieson who finished off the ‘A’ team effort with the third fastest Under 17 leg (6th, 8.21) and Cameron Fraser, running up an age group (19th, 10.26).

Full results are available from the Scottish Athletics website.

Oct 032016

Central AC Press Report 1 and 2 October 2016

The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Half Marathon was held in near perfect conditions on Sunday 2 October with course records in both the Mens and Womens races.  Central Athletic Club’s Michael Wright was once again well to the fore finishing 13th in the elite Mens field with an emphatic personal best of 68mins 39secs.  Other notable performances from Central athletes saw Scott Brember decimating his personal best recording a fine 75min 30secs performance while Fanni Gyurko finished a distinguished twelfth in the elite Womens race, recording a two minute personal best of 75min 43secs.

In the supporting 10 kilometre road race Dale Colley came home in fifth overall with yet another personal best of 31min 29secs to round off an impressive season.

The previous day had seen Glasgow lit up with the Bank of Scotland Junior Great Scottish Run over a 2.5 kilometre course .  Central’s Under 17 runner Keir Howlieson was always well to the fore finishing second overall with a superb 8min 43sec clocking.  In the Under 15 Girls category both Kyra Gibb (10.03) and Rosie Eckersley (10.12) caught the eye, finishing in fifth and sixth respectively in their age group.  Central’s Under 13 runners finished well up the field with Cameron MacMillan clocking 10.47, Finlay Marchant 12.06 and Naomi Howlieson 12.12, while Under 11 Carys Gibb came through superbly to record 11min 32secs.

Sep 302016

Please note the winter training arrangements begin on Tuesday 18 October.

Stirling athletes will revert to Stirling High School on Tuesday’s across the winter.  Register in the school reception.  Thursday will remain at Stirling University Track.  There will be no ‘top car park’ sessions for juniors this winter.




Sep 192016



Please note the scrutinised final results from the recent Club Championships held at Grangemouth Stadium.

Fantastic to see so many superb performances and hard work by so many.  A huge thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time on the day and without whom the event would not be possible.  Thank you also to Kenny Pearson for his continued work on the Club results and Database.



Sep 082016
Event Date Location Entry Who
East District Relay Championships 8/10/16 Livingston via  Team Managers U13,15,17, Sen, Mast
East District League 15/10/16 Stirling Uni ALL welcome! come along – team points U11, 13, 15, 17, Sen
National Relay Championships 22/0/16 Cumbernauld via  Team Managers U13,15,17, Sen, Mast
National Short Course Championship 5/11/16 Renfrew via  Team Managers UJ15,17, Sen
East District League 19/11/16 Lornshill, Alloa ALL Welcome! come along – team points U11, 13, 15, 17, Sen
East District Championships 3/12/16 Aberdeen via  Team Managers U13,15,17, 20, Sen
Inter-District Championships 7/1/17 Holyrood District Selection U13,15,17,20, Sen
East District League 14/1/17 Broxburn ALL Welcome! come along – team points U11, 13, 15, 17, Sen
National Masters Championships 28/1/17 Dundee via Team Managers Masters
National Championships 25/2/17 Falkirk via Team Managers U13,15,17,20, Sen


Team Managers

U13,15,17 – Mary Kerr (moc.t1524593337enret1524593337nitb@15245933373rrek1524593337.yram1524593337)

U20/sen/masters Women Jane Waterhouse (ku.oc1524593337.ooha1524593337y@esu1524593337ohret1524593337awena1524593337j1524593337)

U20/Sen/Masters Men Derek Easton (moc.l1524593337oa@no1524593337tsaeg1524593337kered1524593337)

Aug 302016

Central AC – Press Report – 27 August 2016


The final meeting in this year’s Scottish Athletics (Mens) League saw Central Athletic Club’s athletes finish in fourth place, again facing strong competition throughout.  The almost perfect conditions for athletics assisted in encouraging personal bests and again all athletes contributed to another strong Team performance.

The opening track event of the day, the 400metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright again running through strongly for fourth ‘A’ place (63.77secs) and David Lindsay’s 66.26secs run gaining fourth ‘B’ points.  In the 800metres it was Tom Watson who caught the eye with an emphatic winning run of 1min 51.57secs with back-up from Jamie Crowe in second ‘B’ spot with 2-00.20.  The 100metre series saw Under 17, John MacLennan come through in fourth place with an excellent 11.37secs run and Michael Currie with a personal best of 11.49secs.  Michael Wright and David Lindsay picked up more points for the Club in the 3000metres steeplechase with Michael finishing third in 9-42.98 and David picking up a new personal best as second ‘B’ runner with 10-40.51.  Fraser MacPherson shouldered 400metres responsibility coming through in fifth with 54.39secs.  Alastair Hay proved to be the top runner in the 1500metres to win impressively with a season’s best of 3min 48.22secs with Ruaridh Miller ensuring maximum points for the Club by winning the ‘B’ event in 4min 11.29secs.  The 200mete series saw Michael Currie power to sixth ‘A’ placing in 23.32secs, backed up by Mitchell Graham in eighth ’B’ spot with 25.04secs.  The 10,000metres was run in very warm conditions so congratulations are due to Dale Colley who took some 3 minutes from his personal best to record 31min 52.60secs in second ‘A’ placing and Alex Hendry finishing in second ‘B’ place with a classy run of 32-22.31.

This time around the throwing events were picked up by Ron Todd with fifth place in the discus (29.02metres), seventh in the javelin (30.52metres) and eighth in the shot put (7.82metres).  Under 17 athlete Matthew Chandler proved his worth with a personal best clearance in the pole vault, an impressive 3.90metres.  Ron Todd again provided back-up with third ‘B’ points (2.60metres).  Under 20 athlete Cameron McCorgray also brought top jumping skills as he cleared 1.90metres for second ‘A’ place in the high jump while Matthew Chandler weighed in with a best of 1.75metres for second ‘B’ spot.  Pete Muirhead soared out to an impressive 6.94metres to finish third in the long jump while Cameron McCorgray finished second in the ‘B’ event with a 6.43metre personal best.  Younger brother, Ross McCorgray had a best effort of 10.50metres for eighth ‘A’ place in the triple jump.        .

The 4 x 100metres relay featured, Pete Muirhead, John MacLennan, Dale Colley and Matt Chandler, the team finishing fifth with a tasty 44.95secs clocking.  The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Dale Colley, Alastair Hay, Ruaridh Miller and Fraser MacPherson were annoyingly disqualified for a slight technical infringement, mirroring the GB Mens Team in the Olympics.

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

On the day Aberdeen continued their winning ways with Victoria Park Glasgow in second followed by Arbroath and Central.  Overall match points saw Aberdeen as champions on 32, Central (23), Victoria Park Glasgow (22) and Arbroath (17), while Lasswade (13), Kilbarchan (13), Shettleston (12) and Edinburgh (12) fought out a relegation battle with Shettleston and Edinburgh being relegated.   Inverness and Pitreavie were promoted from Division 2.

Aug 292016

Ben McMillan was second in U15 boys and Rosie Eckersley and Kyra Gibb were 1 and 2 in the U15 girls respectively.

Fantastic result!  Well done all.

Rosie Eckersley & Kyra Gibb

Rosie Eckersley & Kyra Gibb

Aug 162016

Top Relay Club Again!

U17 Silver Medal

U17 Silver Medal

Central AC once again came out as top club in the National Sprint Relay Championships at Grangemouth. Central quartets won Gold in both under 13 and Under 15 Girls, Silver in Under 17 Ladies and Bronze in the under 17 Men.

The under 13 girls’ team of Mia Glen, Corilidh Cook, Katie Burr and Amy Kirkpatrick continued a run of three successive wins for the club but this year’s team took the extra plaudit of breaking the Scottish record with a great time of 53.33s. Qualifying second fastest in the heats, the team upped their game to take a second off their heat time as they came out top.

U13 and U15 Gold Medals

U13 and U15 Gold Medals

The under 15 girls’

U15 baton changeover

U15 baton changeover

team had a number of changes from the established quartet that had been running all season  in league matches, but all worked together seamlessly as the team went through the heats as fastest qualifier. In the final, the team of Lucy Davison, Katie Sharkey, Elizabeth Thompson and Abby Davison put in another class performance as the took the title with 51.21s.

For the Under 17 ladies, the team of Anna Cameron, Catriona Laing, Lucy Mason and Jessica Cleland took a conservative approach to qualify for the final as all had been performing in the under 17 individual championships running in tandem with the relay championships. They qualified as fifth fastest team, and then in the final pulled it all out as they took silver with 50.46s.

Matthew Chandler, Kieran Halliday, Matthew Meredith and Jack Houghton put


U17 Bronze Medalists

on a fine performance in the Under 17 Men’s final race. In a tussle for the medals, the Central quartet had to settle for bronze medals in a time of 47.21s.

The Central under 15 Boys’ team qualified for the final in a great race and then put in even faster time of 51.21 for a fifth place in the final through Jack Haughton, Daniel Ferguson, Daniel Bruce and Neil Casserley.

Planning for next year, a second Central under 13 girls team of  Bryony Smith,  Rebecca Chambers, Naomi Howlieson and Paige Stevens put in a fine showing in their heat but were disqualified for an illegal baton change.

Aug 162016

Medals in senior Championships


5000M Race

The Men’s 3000m steeplechase had three Central runners fighting it out for the medals with Scott Green taking silver (9:30.42), Alex Hendry bronze (9:31.82) and Michael Wright in fourth place (9:32.69). In a highly competitive 1500m, another to gain a hard won silver medal was Dale Colley  with 3:50.82, with Alistair Hay just missing with fourth (3:51.81). Tom Watson repeated his result from last year as he took a fine bronze medal in the 800 metres race with 1:51.08. Peter Muirhead also took silver with a 7.19 metres long jump. The men’s 5000m was a packed race with Central’s Conan McCaughey 8th in 15:04.11 just ahead of Alex Hendry in 9th place with 15:08.58.

Aug 152016

Central AC Club Championships are now open for entries!  This year – no cheque book required!

FVH & CAC event information

Please read the above link carefully;

  • details of events/ age groups
  • draft timetable for the day
  • Pole Vault and 1500M – must be completed at the Grangemouth OGM on 7 September and the respective clubs must be advised.
  • 3000M – must be completed at Lornshill Summer Time Trials on 25 August and again clubs must be advised in advance.
  • The Link to the Club Championship entries is year is a joint Championship with Falkirk Victoria Harriers and medals
    will be awarded to the best three performances in each event.
  • Central AC needs your help!  Can you offer to volunteer on the day?  Please support your/our athletes.

If you are able to help please email ku.oc1524593337.scit1524593337elhta1524593337lartn1524593337ec@OT1524593337Cenna1524593337oJ1524593337


Scoring Tables:



Aug 152016

Training is suspended at Stirling University on Thursday 25 August.  Instead  Time Trials will be held at Lornshill Academy track  (FK10 2ES).

Download your timetable and entry form here!

Time Trials info and Entry Form 25 August 2016


Registration is from 6.30pm adjacent to the track and events start at 7.15pm.

As usual this event is only possible with your support.  Please get in touch to volunteer!  ku.oc1524593337.scit1524593337elhta1524593337lartn1524593337ec@OT1524593337Cenna1524593337oJ1524593337



Jul 202016




Anthony Quinn was a 15 year old Central AC athlete who died in a tragic accident on 18 July 2015 – the Time Trials this month are being named in memory of Anthony.

Please register in the Football Centre adjacent to the track at 6.30pm on Thursday 28th July.  The Timetable of events is detailed below.  We welcome ALL athletes to this event – and encourage you to aim for your new PB.

Volunteer support is fundamental to the success of the event – please volunteer with Gillian Marchant, John McDonald or Derek Easton in advance if possible please.

 Download your entry form below

Time Trials info and Entry Form 28 July 2016



Event Details
7.15pm 100 metre Series Graded event starting with youngest athletes
7.40pm 600 metre Series Under 11’s and Under 13’s only
8.00pm 1500 metre Series Mile Under 15’s Upwards only
8.15pm 200 metre Series Graded event starting with youngest athletes
From 7pm Long and Triple Jump


Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening

From 7pm Shot Put



Under 11 – Born after 1/9/05

Under 13 – 1/9/03  – 31/8/05


Under 15 – 1/9/01 – 31/8/03

Under 17 – 1/9/99 – 31/8/01


Under 20 – 31/12/96 – 31/8/99

Senior – Born before 31/12/96




Please complete a separate Form for each Track event.

Long Jump and Shot Put athletes register at event.

Remember to ensure this event is a success we require your help.


Jul 192016

Central AC – Press Report – 17 July 2016

The penultimate meeting in this year’s Scottish Athletics (Mens) League saw Central Athletic Club’s athletes finish in fifth place facing strong competition throughout.  With blustery conditions the order of the day at Grangemouth Stadium there was little chance to gain personal bests but the athletes all contributed to another strong Team effort from all corners of the Club.

The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright coming through strongly for fourth ‘A’ place (64.60secs) and Aidan Thompson’s 69.87secs run ensuring third ‘B’ points.  In the 800metres it was Dale Colley who came through in third ‘A’ place in 1min 56.87secs and Fraser Logan, in his first Mens League race, finishing in sixth ‘B’ place with 2-17.11.  The 100metre series saw Mitch Graham clock 12.14secs to finish eighth and Ian McDonald taking sixth in the ‘B’ event with 12.41secs.  Aidan Thompson and Michael Wright picked up significant points for the Club in the 3000metres Steeplechase with Aidan finishing third with 9-46.51 and Michael Wright storming through as first ‘B’ runner with 9-49.14.  It was good to welcome back Jamie Paterson who shouldered responsibility in the ‘A’ 400metres finishing fourth with 52.60secs while Dale Colley clocked 53.51 as fourth ‘B’ runner.

Jamie Crowe on his way to victory in 1500M

Jamie Crowe on his way to victory in 1500M

Jamie Crowe always looked to be the classiest runner in the 1500metres and his final 200metres blew away his rivals to ensure a comfortable victory with 4-06.97 ahead of Under 20 League debutant Bradley Scott, gaining useful points in third ‘B’ spot in 4-15.92.  The 200mete series saw Jamie Paterson power to fifth ‘A’ placing in 23.17secs, backed up by Mitchell Graham in seventh ’B’ spot with 24.49secs.  In the 5000metres it was Alex Hendry’s turn to shine as he came through in third ‘A’ place (15-15.78) while another Under 20 first timer, Euan Brownlie, hung in for third ‘B’ spot with 16-54.43.

Throwing events were mainly covered by Gary Sweeney and Donavan Webster with both athletes colleting excellent points throughout the day.  Gary was fourth in the shot put with a best of 13.30metres then went on to take third in the discus (36.21metres) before finishing second ‘B’ in the hammer with a best of 28.09metres.  Donavan picked up third ‘B’ points in the shot put (10.71metres) and second ‘B’ in the discus (33.42metres) and threw out to 28.09metres in the hammer, finishing fourth ‘A’.  The ever reliable, Ron Todd weighed in with a javelin throw of 28.68metres for seventh ‘A’ placing and provided more useful fifth place points in the pole vault, clearing 3.00metres.  Under 20 athlete Cameron McCorgray added a touch of class to the high jump as he cleared 1.85metres to finish third overall.

Cameron McCorgray clears 1.85M

Cameron McCorgray clears 1.85M

Cameron also proved his worth to the Club in placing fifth ‘A’ in the long jump with a 6.39metres effort.  Younger brother, Ross McCorgray was Central’s youngest athlete on the day, as he made his Mens League debut with a best of 4.79metres for seventh ‘B’ long jump and an impressive 10.68metres for seventh ‘A’ place in the triple jump.        .

The 4 x 100metres relay featured brothers Ross and Cameron McCorgray, Mitch Graham and Jamie Paterson with the team finishing in sixth place with 46.48secs.  The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Jamie Paterson, Aidan Thompson, Jamie Crowe and Bradley Scott had bad luck in this event.  The close first changeover saw Aidan almost lose his shoe, the adjustment required left the rest of the team somewhat isolated but the team brought the baton home in eighth place.

There was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through Tom McMenemy, John Dickson, Xabier Cid, Steve Graham and Shona Malcolm.

On the day Aberdeen continued their winning ways with Kilbarchan in second followed by Victoria Park Glasgow, Shettleston and Central.  Overall match points now see Aberdeen on 24, Central (18), Victoria Park Glasgow (15), Kilbarchan (12),  Arbroath (11), Shettleston (10), Edinburgh and Lasswade (9), setting up an intriguing final match at Grangemouth on Saturday 27th August.


Jul 052016

Central AC struck gold at the National ‘long course’ relay Championships as both under 17 and under 15 ladies took top spot on the podium in the 4 x 300metres relays.

A team of Abi Davison, Shona McLay, Katie Sharkey and Emma Mailer were the favourites going into the race but exceeded recent form as they not only won the race decisively, but destroyed  the  2015 Scottish record.

U15 Relay Winners

U15 Relay Winners

Three of the current quartet took this in 2016 but they bettered  it by a margin of 4 seconds and shot to the top of the UK rankings with a time of 2:49.40.

The Under 17 Ladies team were an unknown quantity with some runners entering new territory of 300/400m running. The race soon settled into a battle with a strong Pitreavie team with Central first leg runner Lauren McCulloch, and then Lucy Mason and Madeleine Woods on legs two and three battling to keep  the Central team firmly in contention a few metres off the lead coming to last changeover.

U17 Silver Medalists

U17 Silver Medalists

Anna Cameron on last leg was able to storm into the lead and bring the team to victory in 2:52.19 the third fastest U17 time in UK this year.

The under 17 ladies 3 x 800m team had earlier taken a fine set of silver medals as Kate Gallagher, Heather Scott and Lauren McCulloch ran a fine race to finish just behind an Inverclyde team with a time of  7:21.58. Central’s under 15 boys team of Euan Smith,  Thomas Woods , Innes Huckerby  and Daniel Ferguson,   finished fourth in 3:00.19 and Central’s senior men’s team in the 3 x 800m series of Bradley Scott, Fraser Logan and  Dale Colley  took a fifth place in 6:15.49.

Pictures:  ‘Under 15’ Abi Davison, Katie Sharkey, Shona McLay and Emma Mailer show off their medals

Under 17 ‘ Lauren McCulloch, Lucy Mason, Madeleine Woods and Anna Cameron


The relays ran alongside the National Combined Events championships  and Lucy Davison won the Under 15 lucy and lucy nat champschampionship with Lucy Smith in bronze medal placing, with Lucy Davison winning the shot put and placing second in long jump and hurdles whilst Lucy Smith took top points from the high jump and was second placed in the 800m.

Amy Kirkpatrick had a good day, winning the 800 event on the way to fifth place overall in the under 13 Pentathlon championships. Katie Burr took top points from the hurdles element but dropped out the of the medals in the last event of the day to finish seventh overall whilst Matt Chandler took  bronze despite no-heighting in the pole vault.

relays under 17 w anna cameron

Jul 052016


Central’s division 1 team came out fighting hard to avoid relegation and they did not disappoint. With the Division 1 Central team sitting in the relegation zone before the meet it was all about improving the overall team standing. At the end of the match, Central took sixth place on the day by just 8 points, lifting the team to sixth overall and safety.

In the under 15 boys Neil Casserly (4.98m) and Daniel Ferguson (4.57m) both jumped well finishing 3rd in the A and B strings respectively. Kyra Gibb ran well in the under 15 girls 1500m finishing in a time of 5:02.07. Robb Ferguson finished in 2nd place in the under 11 boys High Jump and achieved the clubs silver standard with a jump of 1.20m.

Elise & Naomi

Elise & Naomi

connor bell

Connor Bell

Full team list; Hana Littlejohn, Melissa Turnbull, Sameeha Almass, Bryony Smith, Naomi Howlieson, Elise Graham-Marr, Amy Johnston, Amy Funce-Smith, Ceitidh Ainsworth, Katie Sharkey, Shona McLay, Kyra Gibb, Cerys Gilbride, Ciorstaidh Ainsworth, Connor Bell, Gregor Saunders, Robb Ferguson, Logan Gray, David Kirkpatrick, Harris Almass, Angus Henderson, Ben Isgrove, Euan Campbell, Cameron Dowie, Neil Casserly, Thomas Woods, Daniel Bruce, Daniel Ferguson and Erik Escala.

Summer McLean

Summer McLean


Central’s Division 2 team achieved thirteen top three finishes against some tough competition. Carrie Davidson jumped a fantastic 4.28m in the under 15 girls long jump finishing in 3rd place. Jack Campbell, under 13 boys, had a strong 200m finishing 1st with a time of 30.4s. Anna MacKinnon (5:51.8) and Summer MacLean (6:01.6) both ran well in the under 13 girls 1500m finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in the A and B strings. Full team list; Cora Morgan, Anna MacKinnon, Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock, Summer MacLean, Emily Campbell, Lucy More, Sophie Poulter, Maisie Campbell, Carrie Davidson, Alistair Banks, Tom Campbell, Jack Campbell, Arif Stec, Ardan Proctor Rowan Stephen,  Cameron Dinwoodie and Ben Hughes.


Photographs – courtesy Gary Leek



Jul 052016

Central AC Press Report

With five weeks still to go to the Rio Olympics the ‘Olympic effect’ seems to be already having a positive influence on Central Athletic Club athletes.   Following Andrew Butchart’s success in gaining Olympic selection three of his training companions travelled to the British Milers Club mid-week meeting in Manchester to seek high quality competition.  The result was three new personal bests in the latest series of races in Stretford.  Dale Colley saw his 800metres personal best tumble by some 2 seconds as he won his race in fine style with 1min 52.71secs.  Jamie Crowe, as always, pushed hard throughout his 1500metres to record 3min 53.32secs.  Aidan Thompson also tackled the 1500metres and his effort was rewarded with a 3-56.29 timing and a magnificent 6 second trimming from his personal best over the distance.

Jul 012016

Another superb Time Trials last night at Stirling University track.  The rain stayed away and the turn out, although lower than usual was fantastic for the start of the summer holidays.  Well done to all the athletes and a particular thank you to all the parent volunteers.  We could not manage without you!

Results: TIME TRIAL RESULTS 30 June 2016

Any queries in the first instance to John McDonald.

July Time Trials will be held on the 28th – same venue.  See you there.

Jun 282016

Central AC Press Report


Andrew Surges Ahead of his rivals

Andrew Butchart kept his excellent track season moving along as he romped to 5,000metres victory at the Olympic Trials in Birmingham to secure his seat on the plane to Rio with 13min 44.00secs.  Andrew, having run two sub 13.24 qualifying times earlier in the season, has also picked up Scottish 3,000metres and 5,000metres records and came to Birmingham full of confidence.

Central Athletic Club’s Andrew had to finish in the top two in the race to ensure Olympic selection so a relatively slow race built-up the tension.  The Dunblane runner proved himself equal to all challenges as he surged to the front with four laps remaining, immediately pulling away from a top class field.  He continued to extend his lead to almost 60metres as he celebrated victory over the length of the finishing straight.

Andrew Celebrates his final lap

Andrew Celebrates his final lap

“I’m buzzing with that, it went exactly how I wanted it to go, so I cannot ask for a better day. To win the British title and confirm my place in Rio is a great feeling. I have been so nervous coming into this as I knew what I had to do. I’ve not really raced some of these guys this year so you have no idea what shape they are in, so it is good to get the win.”

Tom Watson also travelled to Birmingham to compete in the 800metres where he put in a mighty challenge to finish third in the first heat, with 1min 51.75secs.  With the following heats run in faster times Tom was disappointed to miss out on a place in the final by the narrowest of margins.


Tom Watson in contention

Jun 222016

Great, sunny day out in Ayr. Central AC sent two teams to the Under 12 Superteams competition to compete in 75m sprint, long jump, javelin, and 4x100m relay.  Boys team was Jack Campbell, Tom Campbell, Finlay Marchant and Cameron Dowie. Girls team was Cora Morgan, Heather Hale, Summer Maclean, and Bryony Smith. Some great individual performances on the day and lots of new PBs to be proud of!

superteams boyssuperteams girls

Jun 222016
Track team events update:
The series of various track leagues are now well progressed and a quick summary of the current positions are as follows;
Scottish Athletic League ( Men’s League) (seniors); Central are lying second after two matches with two more matches to go.
Scottish Women’s Athletic League (under 13-senior). Central provided almost 2/3rds of team for the Forth Valley team to 3 meetings of this league which are now complete. Overall 2nd place a repeat of last year’s first ever 2nd.

Coirilidh Cook, Mia Glen, Katie Burr & Amy Kirkpatrick

Lower Youth Development League (u13, u15). After the 3 league matches, another second place on Sunday past, gave Central overall second place in the league on its completion, top ever placing. A place in the Scottish final at the end of July achieved.

Ben Isgrove, Jack Campbell, Sam Metcalfe & Ben Salmon

Under 17 Challenge: results awaited on Sunday’s placings, should have competition opportunities at Scottish Final
Upper Youth Development League (u17 and u20). After two match Team Forth Valley (with Central providing over half of athletes) the team is in equal first place with City of Sheffield in North East Division and are firmly on track for promotion and a realistic target of winning this league. There are two buses going to York this weekend, a first for this team.
Forth Valley League (u11,13,15). Our two development teams in Div 1 and 2 of this 3 division league face their final match this weekend with tough ‘relegation’ fights ahead of them. Central’s focus of ‘development athletes’ for these leagues, against some smaller clubs putting in their top teams makes it a good challenge for our younger athletes.
Last weekend saw Central have two teams in the annual Under 12 Superteams competition.
Upcoming events are the 3×800 and 4×300/400 relays on 3rd July with active recruitment in full flow and the 4 x 100m relays on 14th August.
National Events Championships with self entry are under 17 and senior (w/end 13th August), under 13, u15 & under 20 (w/end 20th August) on-line entry on scottishathletics website.
Jun 222016

Central AC Press Report

There was continuing success for Central Athletic Club’s athletes in the AAA’s of England Under 23 Championships in Bedford at the weekend.

Jamie Crowe bettered his 5000metres personal best to 14min 55.10secs an impressive 40 seconds improvement.  Not to be outdone Aidan Thompson finished fifth in the 3000metres steeplechase to improve his best to 9min 25.72secs while Dale Colley had a solid performance in the 1500metres to record 3min 53.70secs.

Jun 212016

Time Trials info and Entry Form 30 June 2016

It’s that time of the month again.  Come along to our Club Time Trials on Thursday 30 June.  Register at 6.30pm in the Football Centre adjacent to the track at Stirling University.

ALL athletes will be very welcome!  New athletes will be made most welcome – just let us know and we can talk you through the evening.

If you can volunteer we would appreciate it – it takes around 25 parents to support the evening.  Please let us know?



Jun 142016

Central AC – Press Report – 12 June 2016


Central Athletic Club Mens Team travelled to Aberdeen on Sunday for their second Scottish Division One Track and Field Match of the Season and journeyed home having finished second to home Club and last year’s champions Aberdeen AAC.  The match was held in benign conditions and saw another superb Team effort from athletes across the Club with a few personal bests to boot.

The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright in fourth ‘A’ place (65.15secs) and David Lindsay’s personal best gaining third ‘B’ points (65.55secs).  In the 800metres it was Dale Colley who finished in second ‘A’ spot with 1min 54.71secs and Robert Russell in fourth ‘B’ with 2-06.21.  The 100metre series saw Johnathon McGuire clock 11.68secs to finish sixth ‘A’ and Sean Clark take sixth ‘B’ with an improved 12.02sec run.  Aidan Thompson and Michael Wright picked up maximum points for the Club in the 3000metres Steeplechase with Aidan winning with 9-38.44 ahead of the fast finishing Michael, 9-40.63.  Michael Currie shouldered responsibility in the ‘A’ 400metres and was rewarded with a personal best time of 51.65secs while under 20 league debutant Fraser MacPherson clocked 54.75secs to pick up more useful points as fifth ‘B’ runner.  Scott Green (6) challenges in the 1500metresScott Green was always to the fore in the 1500metres and finished a close-up second with 3-59.1 ahead of Dale Colley’s first ‘B’ placing in 4-08.0.  The 200mete series saw Michael Currie power to fifth ‘A’ placing in 23.41secs, backed up by Sean Clark in sixth ’B’ spot with 24.84secs.  In the 5000metres it was Conan McCaughey who underlined his endurance credentials to come through in fourth place 15-07.36 while Robert Russell hung in for third ‘B’ spot with 16-10.92.

Throwing events were mainly covered by Gary Sweeney and Donavan Webster with both athletes claiming personal bests.  Gary won the shot put with a new best of 13.88metres then went on to take third in the discus (35.65metres) before finishing first ‘B’ in the hammer with a best of 33.64metres.  Donavan picked up first ‘B’ points in both shot put (10.85metres) and discus (35.40metres) and gained a new best in the hammer, finishing second ‘A’ with 35.24metres.  Under 20 athlete Lewis Livingston again helped out in the javelin with a best throw of 33.88metres before clearing 2.40metres in the pole vault.  Under 20 athlete Cameron McCorgray added a touch of class to the high jump as he cleared 1.91metres to finish second overall.  Peter Muirhead also proved his worth to the Club as he won the long jump with a fine jump of 6.80metres while Michael Wright picked up more useful points in the triple jump.

The 4 x 100metres relay featured Sean Clark, Johnathan McGuire, Michael Wright and Peter Muirhead with the team finishing in a more than useful fourth place with 45.84secs.  The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Dale Colley, Scott Green, Aidan Thompson and Fraser MacPherson finished seventh with 3min 36.7secs only to be disqualified for a slight technical infringement.

There was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through Tom McMenemy and Stuart MacPherson.

On the day Aberdeen were run away winners with Central in second.  Overall match points now see Aberdeen on 16, Central (14), Arbroath (10), Victoria Park Glasgow (8), Lasswade (7) Edinburgh and Shettleston (6) and Kilbarchan (5).

Jun 132016

Central AC as part of Forth Valley team in Scottish Women’s League – Scotstoun 12th June 2106

A magnificent seven middle distance runs by Central AC athletes were the turning point in the last match of the Scottish Athletic Women’s League at Scotstoun Stadium. As a result the Forth Valley regional team came out of the late afternoon series with a good second match place on the day and overall second in the short three match league season series.

Morag Maclarty set the scene with an infrequent outing in the senior 800m, winning in a time of 2:12.82. Under 13 Amy Kirkpatrick won the A 800mrace with another decisive victory in 2:26.85, amy k swaland Grace Tindall took a strong second in 2:40.63 in the B race. The under 15 middle series saw four out of four wins for Forth Valley. skye 3 Central’s Skye Henderson showed the best turn of speed from a tight bunch with 200 metres to go, to take the win in 2:24.57 in the under 15 800m A race. ciorstadh 1 Ciorstadh Ainsworth then took on the B race field and she took her race in similar fashion winning with 2:28.03. For the under 15 1500m, with both A  and B races running together, Forth Valley’s  Daisy Cumming from the Dunfermline club and Central’s Kyra Gibb took first places in A and B fields with 4:58.77 and 5:01.48.  kyra 1500 swalNot to be outdone Kate Gallagher moved up the age group to take on the senior field in the 1500m and gave them a hard run, taking second place in 4:45.25.kate 1500 swal

Central athletes took top points elsewhere in the competition with Catriona Laing winning  the A 300m for Under 17 in 41.09s and Madeleine Woods taking second in the B race with 44.09s . The U17 long jump was won by Anna Cameron (4.95m) with Madeleine taking another second in the B with 4.30 metres. Lucy Smith took another good win in the high jump with 1.50m whilst older sister Georgia Smith had second  places in shot with  7.79m and  in high jump with 1.45m. Corilidh Cook made her debut for the team to win the under 13 hurdles in a new personal best time of 11.95s to move further ahead at the top of the Scottish rankings  and she came second in 100m B race.  Fiona Davies took a good fourth place in the senior pole vault and Katie Burr set a new personal best  in the 200m under 13 as took third place in 28.87 shooting her up rankings and  had a good 7.10m throw in the shot put. Rachael Methven took a second place in under 17 shot put with 8.93m. Shona MacLay captained the all new under 15 relay team to second place with a 53.61 time after earlier taking fourth place in 100 with 13.75m.

Provisional points totals were Edinburgh AC 526.5; Forth Valley 409.5; Team West 388.5; VP Glasgow 357; Tayside 328; Lothian 297; Pitreavie AC 248.5; Aberdeen 240.

Jun 072016


Central athletes headed south to Doncaster last weekend to compete as part of Team Forth Valley in the second match of this season’s Youth Development League for under 17 and under 20 athletes.  Although missing some athletes due to clashes with exams the team continued it successful season finishing in second place on 611 points just nine points behind top English club, City of Sheffied & Dearne AC.

The day began well for TFV with an early win for Nathan Rix in his debut at the hammer leading the U17M B event with a throw of 20.16m.  He later won the U17M discus B event with a new personal best of 20.16m.  Cameron McCorgray was on form topping 1.90m to win the U20M high jump A event.  He later took third place in the U20M discus with a pb throw of 24.16m.  Younger brother, Ross, not to be outdone, jumped a pb of 10.63m in the U17M triple jump to finish in second place, and was third in the U17M javelin (25.19m).  The women field athletes matched this with Caitlin Edgar winning the U20W long jump (5.08m) followed by second place in the U20W javelin B event with a throw of 23.51m.  Enjoying her YDL debut, Laura McKenzie jumped 1.45m for third in the U17W high jump and was fourth in the U17W shot put (8.35m).

First on track was Jack Houghton who won the U17M 400m hurdles race in 62.1s.  He later completed a hurdles double winning the U17M 100m hurdles in 15.1s.  He was followed by Sarah Pearson who had two close seconds in the U20W 400m hurdles (67.2s) and 100m hurdles (15.8s).

Central’s endurance runners were out in force with Iain Davies winning the U20M’s 1500m (4:04.9) and Keir Howlieson, in a well-judged race, finishing strongly to take second place in the U17M 1500m (4:22.05).  The 3000m men’s races saw a quartet of Central athletes racking up points for the team with wins for Iain Davies in the U20M A race (9:12.7), Sandy Holl in the U17M A race (9:43.2) and Tom Graham Marr in the U17M B race (9:51.0).  Jamie Wastling, returning to competition after exams, finished second in the U20M B race (10:27.3), all four athletes running personal best times.  In the 800m Keir Howlieson repeated his second place in the U17M A race (2:07.8) and Sandy Holl took fourth place in the B race (2:25.1).  Completing the middle distance races Jamie Wastling took on the challenging 2000m steeple chase for the first time to finish fourth in 7:55.6.

The sprinters also enjoyed success with John MacLennan winning both the U17M 100m (11.5s) and the 200m (23.6s) A races, Lydia Simpson winning the U20W 200m B race (26.4s) and Fraser MacPherson winning the U20M 400m B race in a pb of 53.9s.  Jamie Paterson clinched two second places in tough races in the U20M 200m (23.1s a new pb) and 400m (51.6s) A races, and Johnathan McGuire, back after injury, ran strongly to take third in the U20M 100 A race (11.8s).  Laura Mckenzie also ran a pb of 43.6s to finish fifth in a very fast U17W 300m.

The day concluded with an exciting set of relays with Central athletes featuring in all the teams.  The women clinched two victories in the U17W 4x300m in a new team record of 2:57.7 and in the U20W 4x400m (4:23.0).  The U17M were also first home in the 4x100m (47.0), but the U20M 4x100m team just missed out in a tight finish which saw the first three teams cross the line within less than half a second.  The relays were completed with two further second places in the U17M 4x400m (3:50.3) and the U20M 4x400m (3:40.8)

Despite the second place finish, Forth Valley remain first overall in the league after their win in match 1, and the team are looking forward to their next match at York on 26 June.

Jun 072016

Balfron Satellite Club Time Trials were held on Wednesday 1 June.   A fantastic evening and a superb turnout of athletes.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers and Officials on the night – your support is very much appreciated.


Results: Balfron TT Results June 2016

Any queries to Joanne Brown in the first instance;  ku.oc1524593337.scit1524593337elhta1524593337lartn1524593337ec@OT1524593337Cenna1524593337oJ1524593337



Jun 062016

Central AC Press Report

Central Athletic Club’s Andrew Butchart broke a Scottish National Record for the second time in a fortnight.  Following up on taking Nat Muir’s mark in the 5000m in Hengelo a fortnight ago Andrew took advantage of the large crowd and the televised Birmingham Diamond League meeting  to take the Scottish best at 3000m – with his 7.45.00 run better than John Robson’s 7.45.81 time from some 32 years ago.  Andrew finished fourth in the race behind Mo Farah’s British record run.

‘Awesome crowds + sunny weather – great racing! 7.45.00 Scottish Record,’ tweeted Andrew.  And Lynsey Sharp was quick off the mark among the congratulations for Butchart on social media as she tweeted: ‘Andrew Butchart – breaking records for fun!’

It was indeed a weekend of celebration for Central’s athletes.  Friday night saw Jamie Crowe winning the 3000metres at the Crownpoint track in Glasgow, against a top-class field, taking the race with a superb sprint finish in 8min 25.59secs.  At the same meeting Kate Gallagher ran a well-judged race to win Under 17 Gold in the Scottish Championships in a time of 9-58.72.  Iain Davies was another to shine in Glasgow as he lowered his personal best to 1-55.96.  Friday night also saw the running of the iconic Black Rock 5 in Kinghorn, Fife where Scott Green finished in a highly creditable fourth place with 23min 48secs.

Jennifer Wetton also double reason for celebration through being first lady home at the Black Rock race (26.19) then winning the Vale of Leven 10K with 35min 30secs and taking the race series with a clean sweep of four out of four wins.  Fanni Gyurko had another classy run in the Gargunnock Hill Race as she sped to a new female course record in very warm conditions.

May 302016

Central AC Press Report

Central Athletic Club’s Alex Hendry went straight to the top of this year’s Scottish 3000metres steeplechase rankings with a 9min 21.82secs clocking at the British Milers Club Meeting in Watford at the weekend.


Elsewhere Jennifer Wetton has been adding to her reputation taking wins in the first three Polaroid 10K Road Race Series, her latest in an impressive 35mins 30secs in Dumbarton.  The series concludes on Sunday 5th June with the Vale of Leven 10K.


A number of Central Athletic Club athletes ran the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday but results have been slow in coming through.  Highlights include Allan Gall continuing his sequence of completing every Edinburgh Marathon despite fracturing his ankle in the National Cross Country in February and consequently missing many weeks training; he finished in a very respectable 3 hours 51mins and 42 secs.  Scott Brember had an excellent run taking approximately 30 minutes off his personal best to finish third in the 40 to 45 age group in a time of 2 hours 48mins and 13seconds.  Well done to 6 of our recreational runners who train with Colin Sinclair – all completing their first marathon!


The Scottish Universities versus Irish Universities Match in Kilmarnock featured Cameron Wilson who achieved a new outdoor personal best of 12.75metres in the triple jump.  Conor McCaughey ran as a guest at the same meeting and achieved a personal best of 15min 5.93secs in winning the 5000metres.


The Club’s next venture is the Gargunnock Hill Race on Saturday 4 June as part of the Gargunnock Show.

May 242016


FREE COMPETITION FOR ALL – athletes welcome  from ALL training groups!  Sign up at 6.30pm

Timetables and entry slips can be downloaded and printed below. 

 Time Trials info and Entry Form 26 May 2016


Come along and get a new personal best or try a new event


Events for Thursday 26 May 2016


7.15pm 100 metre Series Graded event starting with youngest athletes
7.45pm 600 metre Series Graded event for Under 11’s and Under 13’s
8.00pm 1000 metre Series Graded event for Under 15 upwards
8.10pm Shuttle Relays All 5 member Relay teams report to the start/finish area at 8pm
From 7pm Long Jump


Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening

From 7pm Shot Put




Under 11 – Born after 1/9/05

Under 13 – 1/9/03  – 31/8/05


Under 15 – 1/9/01 – 31/8/03

Under 17 – 1/9/99 – 31/8/01


Under 20 – 31/12/96 – 31/8/99

Senior – Born before 31/12/96


The success of this event is dependent on parental help on the night with both Registration and Track & Field Judging so if you are not competing please volunteer with Joanne Brown, John McDonald or Derek Easton  – Registration and Warm-up from 6.30pm – Registration in the Football Centre adjacent to the track.


To assist with registration please complete the following:-



Name: ­­­­________________________________   Gender:_______________                  


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Please complete a separate Form for each Track event.

Long Jump and Shot Put athletes register at event.

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May 242016

Congratulations to all the athletes who came and represented their club in the Forth Valley League at Grangemouth stadium. Thank you to Nicola Almass, Catherine Malley and Judith Dinwoodie, the other Central AC team managers who put in a great deal of effort before, during and after the event. A particularly thanks for all the helpers and Forth Valley League team who made the event run smoothly.  Full results can be found here:

Central AC’s junior team competed in the second match of the Forth Valley League at Grangemouth Stadium with twenty one top three finishes and a heap of personal bests and top performances.

In a busy meeting with three divisions and 31 teams on show, Central had two teams, one each in Division 1 and 2. Division 1 was a closely fought competition with only eight points between fourth and seventh place. In the under 15 boys Neil Casserly (26.6s) and James Isgrove (26s) both ran strong in the 200m gaining new PB’s. Neil and James were joined by Euan Smith and Erik Escala for the 4x100m relay and finished the day on a high, finishing third with a time of 52.1s. Elis Graham-Marr ran a fantastic 1500m for the under 13 girls coming in third with a time of 5:43.6. The under 11 boys performed excellent in the 600m with Connor Bell (1:50.9) finishing 2nd in the A string and David Kirkpatrick (1:59.7) finished 3rd in the B string. Full team list; Anna Hewitt, Ellie Watson, Melissa Turnbull, Sameeha Almass, Bryony Smith, Rebecca Cumming, Naomi Howlieson, Elise Graham-Marr, Sophie Poulter, Ciorstaidh Ainsworth, Ava Smith, Rosie Eckersley, Connor Bell, Gregor Saunders, David Kirkpatrick, Alistair Banks, Harris Almass, Finlay Marchant, Angus Henderson, Ben Isgrove, James Isgrove, Neil Casserly, Thomas Woods, Angus Davis, Erik Escala and Euan Smith.

undr 15 fvl relay team

Central’s Division 2 team put up a strong fight against some great opposition. The team excelled in the field events with 4 first place finishes and a swarm of PB’s.  Celie Duncan was a clear winning in the under 11 girls Shot Putt with a distance of 5.08m, achieving the clubs Bronze standard and a new PB. Anna MacKinnon finished first in the Long Jump B string with a jump of 3.44m gaining a new PB. The under 11 Boys Javelin was dominated by Central with both Andrew McLay (21.83m) and Rowan Stephen (13.98m) finishing first in the A and B string respectively. Both boys and girls under 15 relay teams finished in third place and concluded the morning’s competition. Full team list; Celie Duncan, Leah Stenhouse, Cora Morgan, Rachael Dinwoodie, Ellie Ross, Anna MacKinnon, Heather Hale, Lucy More, Rowan Clarke, Maisie Campbell, Briagha Cook, Owen Eckersley, Andrew Twigg, Andrew McLay, Rowan Stephen, David Cunningham, Cameron Dinwoodie, James Smith and Euan Bryce.


If you are available to compete in the final match at Grangemouth Stadium on the 25th June please contact the relevant team manager or speak to your coach at training.

David Cumming

FVL Team Manager


Photographs – all courtesy Gary Leek


May 232016

Andrew Butchart AB blacktook another step towards Olympic qualification with a new personal best time of 13min 13.30secs over 5000metres in an International Athletics Meeting in Hengelo, Netherlands on Sunday evening. This fulfills the requirement for two qualifying times and had the added bonus of a new Scottish record, beating the 13-17.9 set by Nat Muir in 1980. The race was not without incident and Andrew had to run the final lap with only one shoe. Olympic selection is now dependant upon gaining a top two finish in the UK Trials in Birmingham in June.



May 182016

Press Report – Central Athletic Club

Central AC athletes had a record breaking weekend at the East District Championships at Grangemouth, winning a 31 medals including with 16 championship titles and smashing two club records.

michael wright steeplechase east west


Catriona Laing picked up two titles as she won the Under 17 200 metres final on Friday evening  in new personal best time of 25.85s and then bettered this the next day with another win in the 300 metres, this time taking a full second off the club record as she recorded 40.43s. Emma Mailer  made a further improvement to her own under 15 300 metres championship best performance winning in 41.54s and bettering her own club record in the process.

A stand out event for the club was the Girls Under 15 hurdles where the final saw three Central athletes battling it out for the title and seeing them land a 1-2-3. Katie Sharkey (11.65s),  Briagha Cook (11.70s) and Lucy Davison (11.80s) showed the club’s dominance in this discipline. Lucy Davison took the honours for most successful Central athlete by also winning the long jump with a new personal best of 5.20m and in another core discipline of the pentathlon won the shot put with a winning throw of 11.33metres. Further jumping success came to Katie Burr won under 13 girls long jump with a new personal jump of 4.44 metres.

More hurdling successes came to the club through under 13 girl hurdler Coirilidh Cook who won in a new personal best time of time of 11.88s. Upping the distance, there were further successes In the under 17 men’s 400 metres hurdles as Jack Houghton won with 58.90s and Sarah Pearson won the Under 20 Ladies race in 65.45s with both also gaining silver medal success in the sprint hurdles.

Further improvements in personal bests were needed to take the top podium spot in the middle distance events as Aidan Thompson swept past the field to take the senior 1500m title in 4:02.99. Iain Davies gained confidence from his Friday evening bronze in the Under 20 1500 metres where he had a 10 second improvement in his best time to next day win a close fought 800m with a time of 1:58.81. The under 13 800 metres also gave Amy Kirkpatrick a chance to better her silver medal placing in the 200m from the previous evening as she turned the tables on rival young athletes who had been beating her in league marches. Amy put in a drive for the line on the back straight to win with a clear margin in 2:26.14. With no steeplechase available at Grangemouth, Michael Wright travelled to the West District Championships in Kilmarnock to win the senior 3000m steeplechase title with his 9:39.8 clocking.

John McLennan took Central’s only gold in the 100 metres series with a 11.38s clocking for under 17 100 metres.  Cameron McCorgray was the best male high jumper over the championships as he took the under 20 high jump with 1.90m.

Other medallists:

Silver: Peter Muirhead, senior long jump, 7.06m; Finlay Muir U13 800 metres 2:30.23; Amy Kirkpatrick 200m, 28.09s, Abby Davison Under 15 200m 26.62s; Briagha Cook U15 Long jump 5.05m; Lucy Smith U15 high Jump, 1.48m; Jack Houghton  U17M sprint hurdles, 14.64; Matt Chandler U17 javelin 29.74m; Rachael Methven U17 discus 23.0m; Sarah Pearson U20 sprint hurdles 15.22s;

Bronze: Harris Almass U13 high jump 1.31m; James Isgrove U15B long jump 5.31m; Rachael Methven, under 17 shot, 8.49m.

May 162016
Congratulations to Ciorstadh Ainsworth as she was first home in the Stirling Race for Life
Race For Life - Stirling
May 162016

Central AC Press Report

Saturday night’s British Milers Club (BMC) Meeting in Stretford, Manchester saw three of Central’s men competing.  First up was Tom Watson in the 800metres where he was always in contention finishing third in the fine time of 1min 50.52secs.  Dale Colley also picked up the 800metres challenge and was rewarded with a personal best of 1-54.64.  Alex Hendry opened his track season by posting a quality time of 14min 50.25secs over 5000metres.

May 162016

Record breaking results at East District Championships. Sixteen championship titles amongst  31 medals and two new club records and lots of other great results. pic of district results


Pictured are Lucy Davison, Katie Sharkey and Briagha Cook taking all three medals in under 15 hurdles. Fuller report to follow.

U15 Girls Hurdles - Central 1 2 3

May 162016

Central AC Press Report

Saturday night’s British Milers Club (BMC) Meeting in Stretford, Manchester saw three of Central’s men competing.  First up was Tom Watson in the 800metres where he was always in contention finishing third in the fine time of 1min 50.52secs.  Dale Colley also picked up the 800metres challenge and was rewarded with a personal best of 1-54.64.  Alex Hendry opened his track season by posting a quality time of 14min 50.25secs over 5000metres.


May 092016

A remarkable show of strength in younger age groups supported a 4th place finish by Forth Valley at second match of Scottish Women’s Athletic League in Aberdeen. The Under 15 winning 70% of their events and a strong showing by the Under 13s,  all contrasting with the relative weakness in senior age groups by the four contributing clubs to the Forth Valley team.

The Forth Valley under 15 won both A and B races in 100, 200 and sprint hurdles, shot put and long jump and stormed the relay. Top point scorer for under 15 was Central’s Lucy Davison who won Long jump (4.92m ), lucy davisonshot put (10.37m) and was fifth in high jump. Sister Abby won the B 100m after a storming win by Dunfermline team-mate Jade Hutchison in the A event. Jade was the star performer of the day as she won the 200m in 24.91s beating a 41 year old league record and posting fastest time of the year to date in the UK. Emma Mailer looked impressive in winning the B 200m in a new personal best of 26.16s. The hurdles was another double win with Katie Sharkey winning in 11.97s and Briagha Cook winning the B race in 12.17s in a new personal best. Briagha then took top spot in the B LJ with 4.67m . The middle distance events saw further top running with Central runners well to the fore. Ciorstadh Ainsworth just lost out in a three way tussle at the front of the race for the winning line in B 800m and Rosie Eckersley won the B 1500m with a 5.01.44. The relay squad of Jade, Abby, Katie and Emma improved the top Scottish time of the year with 50.41s.

The under 13 team provided other high spots with Katie Burr katie burrwinning the hurdles in 12.20 and came second in the 800m B race with 2:33.40 and taking 3rd in the shot put with a new PB of 7.34m. Amy Kirkpatrick accumulated great points with 2nd in the 200m in 28.62s, 3rd in the 800m in 2:30.30 and 2nd in the B shot put.

Senior highlight was a resounding win by Fiona Thompson in the 3000m, whose solo run was timed at 10:05.86s. It was also good experience for Emma Mason who took fourth place in the 800m. Anna Cameron took a win in the Under 17  B long jump (4.78m) after tough races in the 100 and 200 (26.93s). Anna Warren made her debut for the team with seventh in the 200m B and 4th in the B high jump. Anais Scott took fifth in the B 300m in 48.28 and debuting in senior hammer and discus.

May 092016

Central AC – Press Report – 8 May 2016

Central Athletic Club Mens Team started their Scottish Division One Track and Field Season with a second placing behind last year’s champions Aberdeen AAC.  The match, held in sunny conditions at Grangemouth on Sunday 8th May, saw another superb Team effort from athletes across the Club, some excellent early season performances and two Under 17 athletes making their debut at this level.

The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright in third ‘A’ place (65.31secs) and David Lindsay third ‘B’ (68.68secs).  The 800metres saw Tom Watson ‘A’ (1-53.74) and Dale Colley ‘B’ (1-57.27) taking maximum points with dominant performances.  Tom in control - 8 May 2016The 100metre series saw Mitch Graham clock 12.27secs for seventh ‘A’ spot and Sean Clark take fifth (12.47secs) in the ‘B’ race.  Michael Wright took control of the 3000metres Steeplechase to win in 9-54.17; while David Lindsay had another strong run for second ‘B’ place (12-08.03).  Tom Watson never looked out of place against a top field in the 400metres and came through in fourth ‘A’ with an excellent 50.26secs effort while Dale Colley also produced a strong run for fourth ‘B’ spot with 54.02secs. Jamie Crowe has been running well of late and here he produced another fine run to win the 1500metres (4-02.21) and Aidan Thompsons’s 4-04.21 effort ensure maximum points in the ‘B’ event.  The 200mete series saw Michael Currie taking on a high class field to take seventh ‘A’ points with 23.55secs, backed up by Mitch Graham coming home fifth in the ‘B’ event (25.02secs).  The 5000metres saw Cameron Milne running a well-judged race to win with 15-10.38 while Conan McCaughey ensured maximum points with a 15-26.93 effort.

In the field the throwing duties were mainly covered by Donavan Webster 9.73metres Shot Put, 32.96metres Discus and 32.26metres Hammer and Ron Todd 8.97metres Shot Put, 27.72metres Discus,  22.68metres Hammer and 30.66metres Javelin.  Under 20 athlete Lewis Livingston had a best Javelin throw of 32.83metres.  Under 17 athlete Matt Chandler proved to be the Club’s top Pole Vaulter on the day to record 3.30metres with further back-up from Ron Todd (3.10metres) and a guest performance from Matthew Meredith with a 3mtres clearance.  Under 20 athlete Lewis Livingston (5.06metres) and    Under 17 Jack Houghton (5.02metres) picked up useful points in the Long Jump while Lewis (10.99metres) and Jack (10.47metres) again combined in the Triple Jump.  Under 17 Matthew Meredith  picked up more points in the High Jump with a best of 1.50metres in sixth place.

The 4 x 100metres relay featured Michael Currie, Jack Houghton, Aidan Thompson and Mitch Graham with the team coming home sixth in 46.63secs. Changeover The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Dale Colley, Mitch Graham, Michael Wright and Jamie Crowe came home fifth with 3min 46.69secs to round off the day’s efforts.  Guest events saw Under 17 Jack Houghton record 61.39secs in the 400metres hurdles and 12.22secs in the 100metres while another Under 17, Sean Clark, ran 25.22secs for 200metres.


As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through Tom McMenemy, Gillian Marchant and Kenny Hislop.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 390; Central 286; Lasswade 248; Arbroath 243; Edinburgh 236; Shettleston and Victoria Park Glasgow tied on 172 and Kilbarchan 80.


May 092016

Central AC Press Report

Since the inception of free to enter 5K Parkruns across the country race organisers believe there is no market for ‘pay to enter’ 5K road races.  The exception to the rule must be the Silverknowes 5K in Edinburgh which doubles as the Scottish Championships.  The race on the evening of Friday 6th May attracted a field of some 400 runners including 18 from Central AC.  Almost ideal conditions saw a plethora of personal bests and a number of first recorded times over the distance.  There were also a number of individual and team Championship medals brought home by Central runners.

In the ladies race Morag MacLarty came home in second place (16min 31secs) just ahead of bronze medallist Jennifer Wetton recording a 16.34 personal best.  Natalie Milne finished in 18minutes exactly ahead of her mum Trish, 20.26 and Alison Curry, 25.12.

Cameron Milne picked up his first individual Scottish Championship medal with third in the Mens race with 14.44 and top performances from Jamie Crowe, sixth with 14.52 and Under 20 runner Aidan Thompson, eleventh (second Under 20) with 14.59 ensured Central were team gold medallists.  Dale Colley and Iain Davies (fourth Under 20) both finished with 15.08 and with another Under 20, Euan Brownlie’s 16.16 the Under 20 Team silver medals also belonged to Central (same points as Edinburgh University who won on countback).  Alan Hume and Neil Cameron both recorded 17.08 ahead of Robin Mussett, 18.29; Charles Graham-Marr, 18.35; Robert Hutchison, 18.41; Iain Dunsmore, 18.51 and Billy Mitchell 20.24.  All in all an excellent night for Central AC.

May 062016

The first round of track league matches are almost complete and the headline news is that this is the best ever start to the season for Central in recent history. 

Central’s team in the Lower Age Youth Development League (u13 & U15) took second place, a record equalling placing at the match in Ayr in  both the new YDL and the previous Young Athletes League. The Under 17 Challenge team at this match also produced its best performance.

Central’s role in composite league teams is also paying off. Central has the largest contingents in both Team Forth Valley as part of the Upper age Youth Development League (U17&U20) and Forth Valley (U13 to seniors) in the Scottish Women’s Athletic League. Team Forth Valley  travelled to Doncaster and won the first match of the YDL, the first ever league win by Team Forth Valley since this league was reconstituted. The Women’s League team had a comfortable second place at its match at Grangemouth, the best start to this league since its inception.

Central’s junior development teams in the Forth Valley League (U11 to U15) appear to have had a more mixed start with the first match in the snow of Edinburgh. With Central having two teams in the three Divisions, and these teams performing a development function with as little overlap as possible with the ‘first pick’ teams, Central youngsters are facing many smaller clubs putting in their strongest athletes. The good news is that all reports show the youngsters having a good time and learning a lot. Central’s Division 1 team is 6th out of 8, and the Div 2 team is propping up the Division.  Plenty to play for and eyes on the bigger prizes of developing athletes and encouraging competition.

Sunday sees the first match of the Men’s League team (seniors only) at Grangemouth and Women’s League team faces its second match at Aberdeen.

Overall a great start to the season by athletes, team managers and coaches and not forgetting the family support teams bringing out our athletes and the essential officials who make the events work.

The Club are keen to hear from parents / supporters who may be able to share photos of the day – we look forward to hearing from you!


May 052016

Scottish National Cross Country winner Andrew Butchart clocked a superb 13min.18.96secs to finish second in a classy 5000m field in the Payton Jordan Invitational in California on Sunday.  This puts the Central AC athlete firmly inside the 13.25 being asked for the Rio Olympics.  This is a superb performance in a Scottish all-time context and now the British Championships in Birmingham in June will be key in a selection context.

To continue the high quality Jennifer Wetton entered her first track race for two years, and claimed a Scottish 10,000m Championship gold along with a fine personal best of 35-07.44 at Crownpoint, Glasgow on Friday evening.  The Central AC athlete, returning to better form now after an injury-hit spell, picked up a £100 time target bonus.

‘It was only late last week I decided to race,’ revealed Wetton.

‘My coach, Derek Easton, mentioned it to me at training on the Thursday night  – but he knows  I am never too keen on track racing. Then on the Friday I saw a Tweet saying there were only three hours left to enter. So I did.

‘The pacemaker did really well for me but I didn’t actually realise he was dropping out with 10 laps to go. It was fair enough because he ran the London Marathon on Sunday and here he was trying to help me get a good time.

‘The 35.30 cash carrot is always an incentive and I had a pace-timing sheet taped to my wrist to know exactly what to go for at each stage. So, when I was on my own, I just kept checking with that to see if I was inside the target – into the last lap I knew I had almost 25 seconds in hand.

‘It’s good because my PB was 36.45 from three years ago and it was my first track race in a couple of years. I had all sorts of injury problems a year ago but I am getting there now.’

Apr 292016

A chilly night for the first Time Trials of the season.  However a very warm thank you for the fantastic support from our parent volunteers and our coaches.  These events cannot run without you!  Ask your young athletes to pat you on the back please!

The results are now available – well done all



DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – May Time Trials – 26/5/16


Apr 252016

Central AC Press Report

Central Athletic Club had three finishers in the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April where Michael Wright made the most of the perfect conditions to finish in 51st place with a personal best of 2hours 28min 29secs.  Colin Logan also recorded a new personal best with 2-39-40 while Simon Barlow suffered a little towards the end but still recorded an very useful 3-18-57.

Fanni Gyurko was involved in a battle for Olympic selection for Hungary as one of four Hungarians with the qualifying time.  Fanni reached halfway in a classy 1hour 19min 53secs but unfortunately dropped out at this stage.

In the London Mini Marathon Kate Gallagher finished eighth in the Under 17 Girls race ensuring Scotland won Team Gold medals in that age group.

Apr 252016

Central AC at Forth Valley League Match 1

Central AC’s junior team got the outdoor season underway in the first match of the Forth Valley League at Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh. In a busy meeting with three divisions and 31 teams on show, Central had two teams, one each in Division 1 and 2.

Euan Smith makes a strong start in the 100m

Euan Smith






Central’s Division 1 team put in a solid performance finishing the day in sixth place. In the under 11 Girls the youngsters showed the way through Sameeha Almass (100m, 17.99, LJ, 2.61m), Hana Littlejohn (100m, 17.09), Melissa Turnball (800m, 2:50.98), Ellie Watson (800m, 3:29.50), and Leah Stenhouse (LJ, 2.43m). In the under 11 boys events Connor Bell took 2nd place in the 800m and got a new personal best of 2.39 moving him up to the club’s gold standard. Robb Ferguson (15.43) and Logan Gray (16.31) took on the 100m with David Kirkpatrick (800m, 2:45.80), and Connor Bell (LJ, 3.5m). For the under 13 Girls Bryony Smith (100m, 15.96) and Amy Johnston (100m, 15.0) , Naomi Howlieson (800m, 3:03.18) with Becky Cumming  (1.15m) and Naomi Howleson (1.15m) both putting in fine performances in the High Jump. For the under 13 Boys, Cameron Dowie (100m, 15.62), Harris Almass (100m, 15.1 and HJ, 1.3m), Euan Campbell (800m, 2:43.30 and HJ, 1.15m), Finlay Marchant (800m, 3:16.59). In the under 15 Girls Ciorstaidh Ainsworth took on the 100m with a time of14.57, with Ava Smith running smoothly in B100m, 14.83.  Rosie Eckersley (2:34.38), Rosie Eckersleyand Jessica McGinn (2:55.69) got excellent points in the 800m as did, Ciorstaidh Ainswoth (6.9m) and Ava Smith (6.12m) in the shot, with Jessica (9.16m) and Rosie Eckersley (13.85m) taking on the javelin. Euan Smith (13.03) and Daniel Ferguson (13.97) performed well in the 100m for the Under 15 boys with James Isgrove (800m, 2:21.99 and Javelin, 27.78m) and  Erik Escala (Javelin, 18.98m and Shot, 6.96m).


Central’s Division 2 team also faced strong opposition. The under 11 boys kicked off the afternoon with Tom Campbell (100m, 18.39 and LJ, 2.32m), Gregor Sanders (100m, 16.94), Owen Eskersley (800m, 3:05.03) and Andrew Twigg (800m, 3:22.23 and LJ, 2.49m). For the under 13 Girls Rachael Dinwoodie (15.96) and Cora Morgan (16.51) took on the 100m with Ellie Ross (3:18.45) and Anna MacKinnon (2:59.53) running well in the 800m. Both Heather Hale (1m) and Ellie Ross (0.9m) jumped well in the high jump. For the under 13 Boys Jack Campbell (100m, 15.0), Andrew McLay (100m, 16.22 and 800m, 3:05.45), Ryan McGuire (800m, 2.51.53), Struan Craig (HJ, 1.1m). In the under 15 girls Rebecca Hogg (15.72) and Carrie Davidson (14.51) performed strong in the 100m with Rebecca Hogg (6:08.23) also competing in the 1500m alongside Maisie Campbell ( 6:02.75). Some fantastic throws by Carrie Davidson (6.63m) and Rebecca Hogg (5.5m) in the shot putt whilst Maisie Campbell (9.74m) and Carrie Davidson (7.7m) competed in the Javelin. The under 15 Boys all performed well with David Cunnigham (100m, 14.15 and Javelin, 18.81m), Euan Bryce (100m, 14.84 and Javelin, 14.32m).  James Smith (1500m, 5:40.21 and Shot, 4.96m), Francis McGinn (1500m, 6:08.23 and Shot 4.13m).


Congratulations to all the athletes who came and represented their club in the Forth Valley League at Meadowbank stadium. A particularly thanks for all the helpers and Forth Valley League team who made the event run smoothly.  Full results can be found here:

If you are available to compete in the second match at Grangemouth Stadium on the 21st May please contact the relevant team manager or speak to your coach at training.


David Cumming

FVL Team Manager


Photographs – all courtesy Gary Leek


Apr 202016

Summer track and field season has arrived!  Our first Club Time Trial of the season kicks off next week at Stirling University –  make sure you come along and register at 6.30pm in the Football Centre adjacent to the track.  Time Trials are a fantastic way for ALL athletes to gain more competition experience in a relaxed atmosphere.  Time Trials are especially useful for gaining new times for the season – essential to ensure selection – and essential for all new club members too!

ALL athletes from the satellite groups are actively encouraged – this is a fantastic opportunity to compete with athletes from Stirling, Callander, Balfron and Alloa.  Don’t miss out!

Parents – as usual these events cannot run without your support.  We need at least 25 volunteers – please do offer to help!  If you are concerned your athlete needs supporting – don’t worry – this event is very relaxed – kids are safe and parents can easily see all the action from volunteer vantage points!  Please get in touch – ku.oc1524593337.scit1524593337elhta1524593337lartn1524593337ec@OT1524593337Cenna1524593337oJ1524593337

Entry Form – Timetable – Event Details – Age Groups – see below

Time Trials info and Entry Form 28 April 2016

Apr 192016

Central AC Press Report Saturday 16 April 2016

Central Athletic Club’s Senior Mens Team headed to the Invitational English 12 Stage Road Relay Championships in Sutton Park, Birmingham, held on Saturday 16 April, with a team filled with a mix of youth and experience.  The traditional course of alternating long and short laps was attended by the top English and Welsh Clubs and three Scottish Clubs through Central AC, Corstorphine AAC and recent Scottish Six Stage winners Ron Hill Cambuslang.

This year Central’s athletes were travelling more in hope than in expectation of a podium finish but saw the opportunity to give some Under 20 athletes experience of this unique event played out over almost four and a half hours of tough competition.  With fortunes fluctuating throughout both the experienced and younger athletes acquitted themselves well to finish in tenth place overall, ahead of both of their Scottish rivals.  Once again Team Manager Derek Easton, his support staff and all the athletes are due congratulations on another superb effort.

Results from the twelve legs were Alex Hendry (28min 31secs), Dale Colley (15.46), Scott Green (28.15), Lewis Millar (17.15), Cameron Milne (27.25), Iain Davies (16.20), Conan McCaughey (27.43), Euan Brownlie (17.13), Ross Houston (27.44), Aidan Thompson (16.21), Michael Wright (28.06) and Jamie Crowe (15.55) giving an overall time of 4hours 26min 34secs.  With some 64 teams finishing the event it was good to see the Scottish contenders Ron Hill Cambuslang finishing in a respectable 19th place with 4-31.53 and Corstorphine’s team also doing well to finish 21st.

Apr 182016

Athletics track report Monday 18 4 16

Scottish Women’s Athletic League Grangemouth

Congratulations to Central part of Forth Valley team who got a great result with second place on Sunday in first match of Scottish Women’s Athletic League;
seniors: Sarah Pearson, Lydia Simpson, Jodie Curry
Under 17: Catriona Laing, Lucy Mason, Lauren McCullough; Heather Scott; Fiona Davies, Anna Cameron, Rachael Methven
Under 15: Katie Sharkey, Emma Mailer, Lucy Smith, Ciorstadh Ainsworth,
Under 13 Amy Kirkpatrick, Katie Burr, Grace Tindall

The first track match of the Scottish Women’s Athletic League kicked off with a strong performance by the Forth Valley team as they took second place at Grangemouth stadium.

There were wins for Central AC members of the team through Katie Sharkey in the under 15 sprint hurdles, Katie Burr in the under 13 hurdles, Amy Kirkpatrick in the under 13 800m, Catriona Laing in the under 17 300m and  by the under 15 relay team,  and further wins in the B events by Lucy Smith (under 15 hurdles), Grace Tindall (Under 13 800m and shot put), Emma Mailer (under 15 200m), Lucy Mason (under 17 200m) and Ciorstadh Ainsworth(under 15 800m). The spirit of the day was captured in the final track event, the senior 4 x 400m, when  three Central runners and Victoria Stephen of Dunfermline track club combined for one of the best race performances of the day, but with Forth Valley just being pipped on the line. Leading off with a 61.7 split Catriona Laing brought her team into changeover in second  place for Sarah Pearson to take the team into the lead with a 59.9s timing, passing on to under 17 Laura McCullough who held onto the lead with a 62sec lap, but with Edinburgh final leg runner coming back to pip the team in the very last couple of metres, with Forth Valley posting a 4:06 timing for second place well ahead of other opposition.

Points total were Edinburgh 487; Forth Valley (462); Team West (427); Aberdeen (375); Tayside 371; VPGlasgow 314; Pitreavie 272; and Lothian 258.


Womans league u15

Forth Valley’s winning Under 15 relay team, comprised of Rebecca Calder (Livingston), Jade Hutchison (Dunfermline), Katie Sharkey (Central) and Emma Mailer (Central), were comfortable winners of the under 15 relay race with a superfast 51.19 timing,

Apr 182016

Central Athletic Club – Press Report 10 April 2016

The Grangemouth ‘Round the Houses’ 10K Road Race enjoys a reputation of being a fast, flat course which always attracts a top quality field.  This year’s race, held on Sunday 10th April, lived up to its reputation so it was once again a hard challenge for Central Athletic Club athletes. On the day it was Conan McCaughy who showed top form to come through in fourth overall in a personal best time of 31min 6sesc.  Other notable performances from Central’s males included Jack Lawson (16th; 33.18) and Under 20 Euan Brownlie’s new personal best of 34.56.

It was Edinburgh AC’s Olympic Marathon runner Freya Ross who won the women’s race in 33.50 while Fanni Gyurko led home Central’s women with an excellent third place in 34.46 followed in by further top performances from Jennifer Wetton in fourth (35.27) and Fiona Thompson in sixth (35.43).

Mar 312016
> Following up on his 100 kilometre British Championship win of 2015,
> Central’s Ross Houston won the 2016 50K British Championship title on home
> ground at Perth in a new Scottish record time of 2:56.37, beating a 31 year
> old record by just 2 seconds.
> He also made it to be new cover photograph of Scottishathletics facebook
> page.

Mar 212016

Central AC Press Report – 12/13 March 2016
The climax to the UK’s domestic Cross Country Season was again played out in Cofton Park, Birmingham at the Inter-counties Championships including the final of the UK Challenge Cross Country Series for 2015/16. As always at such a prestigious event the cream of British endurance running was present as athletes from all over the country tackled challenging courses in pursuit of both individual and team medals. Club vests were swapped for County vests with Central athletes wearing the black of Scotland East.

Kate Gallagher, fresh from her mid-week victory at the Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships, led home the East District Under 17 Womens Team to deliver a set of Gold Team medals. Kate’s seventh place overall was further evidence of her potential as she covered the 5 kilometre course in 20min 36secs.

The Mens race, over a 12 kilometre course saw Alex Hendry (24th with 40min 11secs) and Dale Colley (33rd with 40.44) produce their best performances at this level as they made significant individual impact and a massive contribution to the Scottish East District Team lifting Silver medals.

Keir Howlieson made his debut at this level and never looked out of place as he finished 37th and third Scot, covering his 4.5 kilometre challenge in 16min 53secs. Fiona Thompson faced a top class International field in the 8 kilometre Senior Womens race coming through in 63rd place in a time of 33min 16secs.

Fanni Gyurko and Jennifer Wetton made the trip to Inverness to compete in the Half Marathon on Sunday 13 March and came away with top honours in the ladies race with Fanni winning in a personal best of 77min 44secs. Jennifer was testing her fitness after a long injury hit lay-off and will be pleased with her second place run of 80min 1sec.

Mar 202016

Central AC’s Junior Club Cross Country series of 5 races come to a conclusion on Saturday 19 March in Kings Park.  The weather was glorious and the spirits high!

36 runners completed this race and enjoyed great support from spectators.  Thank you very much indeed to the team of volunteer senior athletes, coaches and parents who set the course, marshalled, timed the race and supported the event in various ways!  Your help is very much appreciated.

Congratulations to ALL the athletes taking part – 24 athletes achieved medals by competing across 4 events and the trophy winners are listed below.

Senior Endurance Coach Derek Easton commented ” many of my own Scottish, GB and International athletes started their own cross country journeys on this series, which is a fantastic stepping stone as an athlete”.

Medal Winners – 2015/16 XC SERIES

Under 15 Girls
1st Rosie Eckersley
2nd Hannah Blance

Under 13 Girls
1st Amy Kirkpatrick
2nd Naomi Howlieson

Under 13 Boys
1st Cameron Blance
2nd Daniel Bruce
3rd Jacob Organ

Under 11 Girls
1st Katie Findlay
2nd Elise Graham Marr
3rd Anna MacKinnon

Under 11 Boys
1st Euan Campbell
2nd Connor Bell
3rd David Kirkpatrick

Under 9 Girls
1st Alana Kerr
2nd Sophie Appelbe

Under 9 Boys
1st Owen Eckersley
2nd Killian Trenholm

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Central AC senior men’s made it six championship wins on the trot in the National Cross Country Championships with Andrew Butchart anchoring the team with the individual trophy for the second year in succession. The event with 130 years of history saw the largest ever field of over 2500 entries racing over Callendar Park course at Falkirk.
Andrew Butchart was a firm favourite for the race, following on his success of 2015 and showing good form in recent weeks, but he still had a tough 12km course to take on with contenders who fancied their chances. After a steady first lap he broke away from his rivals to hold a comfortable lead to the finish with a time of 40.02 for the 3 lap overall course of 12km. Alex Hendry was next in for Central, with a fine fifth place (41.13) pushing for bronze medal place for most of the race. The Central team effort was now very much about packing the top six team positions and battling team-mates for bragging rights. With Central top 6 finishers all coming in the top 17 place, the team title was comfortably in the bag through Ross Houston (12th, 41.57), Conan McCaughey (14th, 42.18) Michael Wright (16th, 42.29) and Cameron Milne (17th, 42.32). Central had commendable backup with 25 other senior men runners in a huge field of 650.

For the Central ladies, Fanni Gyurko posted another great performance to finish 5th with 31.57 for the 8 kilometre race. Fiona Thompson was 15h in 32.46, Patricia Milne 108th with 38.11 and Alison Curry 239th with 47.38 in the largest field assembled for the event. Stirling-based Fanni is fighting for a place in the Hungarian Olympic marathon team having already obtained a qualifying time, but is preparing for London to secure a place.

The Central under13 girls put in a great show just failing as a team to get on the podium in 4th place with Kyra Gibb leading in the team with 7th place with 13.45 supported by Carrie Banks (19th, 14.20), Amy Kirkpatrick (44th,15.05), Jessica Turnbull (54th, 15.22), Grace Tindall (93rd, 16.06) and Naomi Howlieson (127th, 17.03). Central’s under 13 boys team of Daniel Bruce, (57th, 14.04), Thomas Woods (84th, 14.35), James Brown (103rd, 15.06) and Cameron Fraser (114th, 15.14) made a strong account of themselves.
The Under 15 boys team were another highspot for Central taking silver team medals through some hard fought racing. From the outset, Central’s Keir Howlieson was close to ending up on the deck, with all aspects of gentlemanly conduct lost by the competitive young men in a scramble to get away to a good start. Keir quickly recovered and was up near the lead pack after the first kilometre. Keir’s 9th place (14.42) was followed up with Ben MacMillan (13th, 14.53), Tom Graham-Marr (14th 14.54) and Sandy Holl (25th 15.21). Cerys Gilbride (44th, 18.40), Heather Scott (69th, 19.36) were well-placed as Central’s competitors in the Under 15 race.
In the under 17 Women’s race, a good showing by Central team were always in with a shout. Kate Gallagher fought hard at the front of the field but had to settle for fifth place (18.53) with Lauryn Turnbull (22nd, 21.23), Fiona Davies ( 26th, 21.33), Madeline Woods (36th, 22.21), Eleanor Hanson (39th,22.36) and Jodie Currie (48th, 23.18). Jamie Wastling (67th , 27.32) was the sole Central runner in the Men’s Under 17 race.
The under 20 race had a strong Central contingent, with Aidan Thompson had a fine race to take 3rd in 27.43 with good support from his Central team-mates as he took the silver team medals together with Bradley Scott (18th,29.44), Cameron Harris (24th, 30.46), Euan Brownlie (28th, 31.05), Jack Kerr (36th, 31.56).
Other men’s results
Jamie Crowe, 26th, 43.13; Dale Colley, 31st, 43.39; Lewis Millar, 42nd, 44.11; Colin Logan, 77th, 46.08; Scott Brember, 118th, 47.50; Will Hensman,156th, 48.55; David Eckersley, 220th, 50.36; Ross McNaught, 242th, 51.15; Phil Williams, 243rd,51.19; Simon Barlow 352nd, 54.09; Iain Dunsmore 362nd, 54.23; Fraser Purves, 378th, 54.54; Robin Mussett, 390th, 55.21; Robert Hutchison 408th, 55.54; Jens Subke, 418th, 56.12; Hugh Kerr, 490th, 58.44; Kenny Hislop, 539th, 61.03; Alan Gall, 584th, 64.10; Cameron Campbell 605th, 66.31.

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Here are the updated results in Central’s Cross Country League after the races at Club Championships at Queen Victoria School. With one more match to go, and the lowest score from 4 races to count, its all still to play for. The final race will be in Kings Park on Saturday 19 March 2016.

Start Line – at QV School







Under 17 Boys
Jake Shaw 1 1 1

Under 15 Girls
Rosie Eckersley 1 1 1 1 4 4
Hannah Blance 2 3 3 3 11 4
Darcy Baxter 1 2 2 5 3
Cerys Gilbride 2 2 1
Millie Stokoe 4 4 1

Under 15 Boys
Ross Coombs 2 1 3 2
Sam Burton 1 1 1
David Cunningham 1 1 1
Angus Davis 1 1 1
Keir Howlieson 1 1 1
Ben McMillan 2 2 1
Tom Graham-Marr 3 3 1

Under 13 Girls
Amy Kirkpatrick 1 2 1 4 3
Naomi Howlieson 4 5 7 16 3
Kyra Gibb 1 1 2 2
Ciorstaidh Ainsworth 2 3 5 2
Jessica McGinn 1 1 1
Frances McGinn 2 2 1
Carrie Banks 2 2 1
Grace Tindall 3 3 1
Mary Kiwi 3 3 1
Jessica Turnbull 3 3 1
Katie Burr 4 4 1
Ceitidh Ainsworth 5 5 1
Amy Faunce-Smith 5 5 1

Under 13 Boys
Cameron Blance 1 2 1 3 7 4
Daniel Bruce 2 1 2 4 9 4
Jacob Organ 3 6 1 5 15 4
Angus Henderson 6 5 5 7 23 4
James Brown 7 9 4 8 28 4
Finlay Muir 3 2 1 6 3
Cameron Fraser 4 4 4 12 3
Toby Mooney 10 7 11 28 3
Sam Metcalfe 3 6 9 2
Cameron Dinwoodie 5 7 12 2
Finlay Brown 3 10 13 2
Thomas Wood 2 2 1
Calum Bowie 6 6 1
Thomas Woods 7 7 1
Aaron MacDonald 8 8 1
Andrew McLay 8 8 1
Joe Lazell 9 9 1
Archie Flett 9 9 1
Aaron Buchanan 11 11 1

Under 11 Boys
Euan Campbell 1 1 1 1 4 4
David Kirkpatrick 2 4 2 7 15 4
Finlay Marchant 3 7 5 17 32 4
Cameron Kerr 2 2 1 5 3
Connor Bell 3 3 6 12 3
Caomh Curtin 6 4 18 28 3
Kieran Mooney 11 8 20 39 3
Cameron Dowie 9 11 22 42 3
Innes Brown 3 10 13 2
Cameron Brown 4 10 14 2
Struan Craig 5 9 14 2
Archie Baxter 12 9 21 2
Ross McKenzie 6 19 25 2
Cameron MacMillan 2 2 1
Cameron Darnbrough 3 3 1
Jack Campbell 4 4 1
Lewis Gowan 5 5 1
Alasdair Banks 5 5 1
Benjamin Kennedy 6 6 1
Angus Cheyne 7 7 1
Ryan Mallon 7 7 1
Andrew Twigg 8 8 1
Ryan McGuire 8 8 1
Oisin Rice 10 10 1
Curtis Denison 11 11 1
Logan Gray 14 14 1
Gregor Sanders 21 21 1

Under 11 Girls
Ellie Ross 5 2 4 9 20 4
Elise Graham Marr 1 1 3 5 3
Katie Findlay 1 2 2 5 3
Anna MacKinnon 2 1 4 7 3
Rachael Dinwoodie 3 2 5 2
Summer MacLean 3 6 9 2
Ellie Watson 7 6 13 2
Cora Morgan 5 11 16 2
Rebecca Organ 6 11 17 2
Hana Littlejohn 6 15 21 2
Melissa Turnbull 1 1 1
Becky Organ 4 4 1
Ellen Montgomery 4 4 1
Isla Cunningham 5 5 1
Eva Quinteros 5 5 1
Heather Hale 7 7 1
Edie McBain 13 13 1
Leah Stenhouse 14 14 1

Under 9 Boys
Owen Eckersley 1 1 2 1 5 4
Killian Trenholm 2 1 2 4 9 4
Aaron Middleton 3 3 2 8 3
Joshua Kennedy 1 1 1
Fraser Banks 4 4 1

Under 9 Girls
Alana Kerr 1 1 1 3 3
Sophie Appelbe 1 1 2 4 3
Elizabeth Woods 2 2 1


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England Indoor Age Group Championships
Sheffield, 13th/ 14th February 2015

A trio of Central AC teenagers made the long trip to Sheffield to take part in the England age group championships at the weekend. The event is the UK championships in all but name as the best athletes from throughout Britain and Ireland gather for the strongest competition there is at this level.  Eng champs
KatieKatie Sharkey from Stirling was competing at this event for the first time ever in the under 15 girls 60m hurdles but was confident after being unbeaten in Scotland all season and going to 5th in the UK rankings after she won the Scottish schools in 9.21s. She eased through her heat in 9.36s then semi -final in 9.28s to qualify comfortably for the final in the 2nd automatic qualifying spot. She knew the final was going to be tough though but hung on for a highly respectable 6th place with 9.37s. There was an element of frustration for her though as her 9.21s run at the Scottish schools would have earned her the bronze medal but her 6th place is a highly respectable finish in her first ever run against the fastest athletes from throughout the UK.
Jessica Cleland was returning to this event for the first time since 2014 after a difficult period of injuries. 2 years ago the Dunblane teenager made an astonishing breakthrough as she became Central AC’s first UK sprint finalist in over 25 years finishing an unexpected 5th place in the under 15 60m.  JessicaWhile she had been out injured though the opposition had improved and she knew the under 17 age group would be far tougher. She ran a respectable 8.01s to progress through to the semi-finals, an achievement in itself against such a strong field, but was unable to progress on to the final which was ultimately won in an impressive 7.52s by Irelands Ciara Neville. Jessica did get a measure of satisfaction though as the only Scot to progress beyond the first round.
However Jessica found a second wind on the second day as she took part in the 60m hurdles. She smashed her personal best in the heats with a superb 9.02s to qualify 8th fastest for the semi-finals giving her a chance to make another unexpected run to the final at this level. However she was unable to reproduce the form in the semi-final and was just run out if the fastest loser spots for the final. Like Katie there was elements of pride and frustration, pride in her excellent 9.02s pb in the heat, frustration knowing this time would have placed 5th in the final had she qualified, which would have been an excellent result.
Anna Cameron from Balfron, was making the trip for the first time ever as one of the youngest athletes in the under 17 age group. She has set several personal bests this season at 200m and 300m and took on these events with an aim of learning for the future. In the 300m she set out strongly on the tight inside lane but when they broke from lanes found herself boxed in and with just one automatic spot and 2 fastest losers to progress was unable to get into a position to challenge for the final. Her 42.59s time is her 2nd fastest ever though and was the 12th quickest time of the day. A highly respectable run which would have seen her progress to semi-finals had they been required. She also ran her 2nd fastest ever 200m with 26.56s the following day and will learn much from the experience.
All 3 athletes can be proud of the way they stood up to the best athletes from throughout the UK and Ireland and will hopefully encourage more Central youngsters to make the trip South to compete at the highest level at the equivalent outdoor event in Bedford at the end of August.

Mar 012016

Scottish Indoor Combined Events Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 13th & 14th February 2016

Central AC athletes were on form at the Scottish indoor combined events championships at the Emirates Arena at the weekend as Lucy Davison picked up a superb gold while Lucy Smith and Matthew Chandler took bronze medals.
The under 15 girls event was a Scotland versus England battle with the Scottish challenge led by Central AC pair Lucy Davison and Lucy Smith against two visitors from the North of England. They started well in the opening High Jump event as Lucy Smith took 4th with 1.49m and Lucy Davison set a personal best 1.46m for 5th. Lucy Davison then had an excellent run in the 60m Hurdles setting another personal best 9.59s to move up to 3rd place overall while Lucy Smith ran 9.89s to maintain 4th place. Lucy Davison, Lucy Smith Lucy Davison then literally leapt into the lead in the long jump after setting a club record 4.98m to win overall and overtake the opposition in the overall standings. Lucy Smith maintained 4th with an equal pb 4.48m. The shot was always going to be Lucy Davison’s strong event after she smashed the club record earlier in the season with a 3rd Scottish all time 11.33m. She wasn’t quite able to match this distance on this occasion but she produced a superb 10.56m effort well ahead of the opposition putting her 130 points ahead. Central AC teammate Lucy Smith threw the 2nd furthest of the day with a personal best 8.74m to move up to joint 3rd place and into the medals.
Going into the final 800m event the overall positions were still wide open though as the two English athletes challenging were both accomplished 800m runners and could easily snatch the title away. The 800m provided a dramatic finish as Steph Driscoll of Kendall AC, who was joint 3rd with Lucy Smith, was first home in an excellent 2:20 minutes to guarantee a medal. Lucy Smith followed in with a personal best 2:32.48 minutes but looked to have missed out on the medals. However the drama took place behind her as the top 2 athletes battled it out. Lucy Davison knew she had to run the rae of her life and hung onto her opponent close enough to retain the lead smashing her personal best by over 6 seconds in the process to finish in 2:36.56 and take the gold medal. The drama was not finished there though as the officials judged the 2nd placed athlete had run out of her lane resulting in a disqualification. Whilst this was an unfortunate end for the athlete concerned it meant Lucy Smith was promoted into 3rd place and a bronze medal. Lucy Davison’s final score for gold was 3104 points which is not only a new club record but also places her 8th on the Scottish all time list for under 15 girls. Lucy Smith set a new personal best as well with 2875 points which earns her a gold standard on the club awards scheme.
Matthew Chandler was also on form in the under 17 mens Heptathlon. This was the first time he had taken on the 2 day indoor equivalent of the decathlon and he opened well with a personal best 7.84s in the 60m. He followed this up with 5.78m in the long jump for 6th place overall. Another pb 9.33m in shot then 1.75m high jump moved him up to 4th at the end of the first day.  Matt HJHe opened day 2 well with 8.97s at 60m hurdles then equalled his club record in the pole vault with 3.40m to pull up to 3rd and into the medals. Matt then finished with another personal best 3:00.49 minutes in the 1000m to safely finish in 3rd place and claim the bronze medal with an excellent score of 4045 points.
Central were well represented overall. Molly Cornes was on form in the under 13 girls pentathlon producing 1.24m at high jump, personal bests at 60m hurdles (12.05s), and shot (6.17m), a seasons best 3.69m in the long jump then another personal best 2:53.82 minutes in the 800m to finish just outside the medals in 4th place scoring a personal best 1673 points.
The under 13 boys pentathlon saw Harris Almass in action. He set a personal best score 979 points to finish a respectable 5th place. Daniel Bruce contested the under 15 boys pentathlon setting a personal best in the long jump (4.74m) as he scored a personal best 1234 points for 10th.
Well done to all of Central’s representatives.

Feb 232016

The 2016 Central AC pre season event will be held at Grangemouth Stadium on Saturday 26th March.  Entries are by post with a cheque, and must arrive by 14 March at the latest.  Details of events and where to post your cheque can be found on the attached form.

Pre season entry form PDF

Paper copies will be available at training venues this week – but please do secure your place early – there is a strict closing date in operation to allow for lane draws.

Thank you to all the volunteers who are working on this event – please do help volunteer on the day.  More volunteers mean everyone does a little bit less.  Thank you for your support.

Feb 222016
2016 Central AC Cross Country Championship, 20th February 2016
Under 11 Girls CAC Member Time Central Championship Medallists
Melissa Turnbull y 7.19 1
Katie Findlay y 7.28 2
Elise Graham-Marr y 7.48 3
Anna Mackinnon y 8.08
Eva Quinteros y 8.10
Ellie Watson y 8.15
Summer McLean y 8.15
Molli Robb n 8.16
Ellie Ross y 8.28
Alana Kerr n 8.37
Cora Morgan y 8.53
Rebecca Organ y 8.53
Edie McBain y 8.54
Leah Stenhouse y 9.04
Hannah Littlejohn y 9.32
Sophie Applebe n 11.25
Under 11 Boys time
Cameron Kerr n 6.42
Cameron MacMillan y 6.59 1
Cameron Darnbrough y 7.19 2
Luke Kennedy n 7.25
Logan Morrison n 7.33
Connor Bell y 7.38 3
David Kirkpatrick y 7.39
Ryan McGuire y 7.41
Struan Craig y 7.53
Innes Brown y 7.54
Owen Eckersley y 8.05
Curtis Denison y 8.05
Alex Read n 8.08
Logan Gray y 8.12
Matthew Cameron n 8.22
Aaron Middleton n 8.26
Finlay Marchant y 8.29
Caomh Curtin y 8.36
Ross McKenzie y 8.38
Kieran Mooney n 8.41
Gregor Sanders y 8.44
Cameron Davie y 9.03
Under 13 Girls time
Kyra Gibb y 10.52 1
Carrie Banks y 11.29 2
Jessica Turnbull y 11.38 3
Kerry Robertson n 12.28
Amy Faunce-Smith y 12.48
Abbie Robb n 13.07
Naomi Howlieson y 13.17
Under 13 Boys time
Finlay Muir y 10.44 1
Thomas Wood y 10.49 2
Cameron Blance y 11.00 3
Daniel Bruce y 11.04
Jacob Organ y 11.09
Sam Metcalfe y 11.20
Angus Henderson y 11.39
James Brown y 11.44
Archie Flett y 11.59
Finlay Brown y 12.03
Toby Mooney y 12.06
Aaron Buchanan y 12.06
Under 15 boys
Keir Howlieson y 12.19 1
Ben McMillan y 12.21 2
Tom Graham-Marr y 12.30 3
Under 15 Girls
Rosie Eckersley y 14.11 1
Cerys Gilbride y 15.24 2
Hannah Blance y 17.04 3
Mayumi Shinozuka n 19.06
Under 17 Ladies
Madeleine Woods y 14.40 1
Fiona Davies y 14.52 2
Eleanor Hanson y 15.07 3
Masters Ladies
Hazel Dean y 14.52 1
Alison Curry y 19.38 2
SeniorMasters Men
Alex Hendry y 20.50 1 senior
Scott Brember y 23.06 2 s
David Eckersley y 23.53 1 masters
Phil Williams y 24.32 2 m
Jens Subke y 25.27 3 m
Charles Graham-Marr y 25.29 m
David Downey n 25.35 m
Robin Musset y 26.04 m
Iain Dunsmore y 26.08 m
Hugh Kerr y 27.06 m
Gareth Marchant y 27.41 m
Alan Gall y 30.11 m
Mark Pullan n 30.25 m
Cameron Campbell y 30.32 m
Peter Cartwright y 31.34 m
Bob Hanson n 33.02 m



U13 Start Line!


Feb 102016

Results  that are  hand timed will be adjusted upwards by 0.2s before adding to the athlete database.  This is in line with IAAF policy and allows fair comparison between hand and electronic timing.

Forename Surname Gender Age Group 60m Long Jump Shot Put
Alasdair Banks M U11 9.8 2.87 5.69
Archie Baxter M U11 10.1 2.05 4.38
Connor Bell M U11 9.6 3.41 3.77
Cameron Brown M U11 11.8 2.44 3.7
Innes Brown M U11 dns DNS dns
Tom Campbell M U11 10.1 2.8 4.58
Caomh Curtin M U11 9.7 2.44 3.25
Cameron Darnbrough M U11 9.7 3.64 5.69
Logan Gray M U11 9.5 2.91 4.78
DAVID KIRKPATRICK M U11 10.3 2.85 3.62
Oisin Rice M U11 11.4 2.89 4.88
Gregor Saunders M U11 9.9 1.77 2.51
Andrew Twigg M U11 11.8 2.05 3.25
Harris Almass M U13 9.1 4.08 7.24
James Brown M U13 10.3 3.32 4.23
Sandy Buchanan M U13 9.2 4.08 6.39
Ross Cameron M U13 9.2 3.96 5.06
Euan Campbell M U13 9.3 3.94 5.06
Jack Campbell M U13 9 4.07 4.93
Euan Cullen M U13 9.7 2.46 4.14
Andrew Dallas M U13 9.7 3.43 4.91
Ethan Davidson M U13 10 3.24 4.15
Euan Donegan M U13 9.6 3.56 5.81
Cameron Dowie M U13 9.5 2.68 4.67
Rory Duffy M U13 dns dns dns
Thomas Duncan M U13 9.3 3.37 4.94
Adam Harvey M U13 9.9 2.75 6.75
Ben Isgrove M U13 9.3 4.09 6.94
Finlay Marchant M U13 10 2.94 2.81
Andrew McLay M U13 9.8 3.07 5.83
Sam Metcalfe M U13 9 3.84 4.29
Stanley Mottram M U13 9.4 3.1 4.76
Ronan O’Lenskie M U13 10.3 2.48 3.24
Luke Piper M U13 10 2.87 4.69
Nathan Robertson M U13 8.9 3.94 5.94
Adam Smith M U13 9.7 2.88 5.35
Cameron Blance M U15 8.4 4.39 4.87
Daniel Bruce M U15 8.9 3.84 4.65
David Cunningham M U15 8.7 dns dns
Cameron Dinwoodie M U15 8.9 3.85 5.43
Erik Escala M U15 dns dns dns
Daniel Ferguson M U15 8.6 4.33 7.25
Oliver Holden M U15 10.1 2.83 5.11
James Isgrove M U15 8.3 4.79 9.39
Conall Stephen M U15 9.4 3.28 5.69
Thomas woods M U15 9.7 3.66 5.69
Sameeha Almass W U11 10.7 2.21 3.74
Celie Duncan W U11 10.2 2.75 3.89
Anna Hewitt W U11 10.1 2.75 5.19
Hana Littlejohn W U11 10.1 2.03 2.9
Lois Burch W U13 9.3 3.06 3.87
Katie Burr W U13 9 3.91 6.45
Coirilidh Cook W U13 9.1 3.97 5.15
MOLLY CORNES W U13 9.3 3.68 5.74
Rebecca Cumming W U13 9.7 3.5 4.87
Dharma Damvelt W U13 10.8 2.54 4.09
Rachael Dinwoodie W U13 9.7 2.85 4.75
Mavia Duncan W U13 9.3 3.26 4.81
Amy Faunce Smith W U13 9.4 3.61 5.36
shannon glen W U13 10.8 2.48 3.77
Naomi Howlieson W U13 9.4 3.25 4.28
Amy Johnston W U13 9.4 2.97 4.37
AMY KIRKPATRICK W U13 8.5 4.16 5.98
Anna MacKinnon W U13 10.2 2.98 4.4
Ellen Montgomery W U13 10.4 2.86 4.44
Cora Morgan W U13 9.6 3.43 4.95
Eva Quinteros W U13 9.7 2.65 3.92
Ellie Ross W U13 10.6 2.57 3.54
Matilda Ross W U13 10.2 2.13 4.27
Charlotte Schmautz W U13 9.3 3.03 4.66
Anna Shields W U13 9.5 3.6 5.34
Bryony Smith W U13 9.1 2.66 3.46
Darcy Baxter W U15 9.4 3.63 5.51
Rowan Clarke W U15 9.6 2.96 4.76
Briagha Cook W U15 8.4 5.03 6.29
Carrie Davidson W U15 8.7 3.39 7.14
Maisie Duncan W U15 9.6 3.05 6.65
Beth Elliott W U15 9.5 2.85 5.66
Cerys Gilbride W U15 9.7 3.03 5.87
Shona Harrower W U15 8.7 3.59 7.55
Rebecca Hogg W U15 9.3 3.03 5.35
Ellee Mills W U15 8.8 3.44 5.99
Lucy More W U15 9.1 3.23 6.39
Isla O’Sullivan W U15 9 2.84 4.98
Katie Sharkey W U15 8.3 4.52 7.43
Lucy Smith W U15 9 4.47 8.7
Jenni Totten W U15 9.9 2.93 6.13

Feb 022016

Club Cross Country Champs 2015/1 

Saturday 20th February 2016 – at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane

Enter on the day – Declarations from 12.15pm

Please remember you can contribute by volunteering on the day as timekeepers/recorders and we do require contributions of home-baking.  Look forward to seeing you on 20th! 

Order/Distance/Timing of Events :- (may change depending on numbers)

Under 11 Girls & Under 11 Boys 1.25 miles 1.15pm
Under 13 Girls & Under 13 Boys 1.75 miles 1.30pm

Under 15 Girls & Boys*

Under 17/Under 20/Sen/Vet Ladies*


2.5 miles



Under 17/Under 20/Senior/Veteran Men*


4 miles



* These races will also carry prizes via a sealed handicap

Medals to first 3 Club members in each age group and all finishers in Under 11 & Under 13 Races

Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 Entry £1

Under 20, Senior Veterans £2


 Tea, Coffee and other refreshments on the day

Donations of Home Baking welcome on the day


It is hoped that CLUB KIT, including sweatshirts, vests and hats will be available for purchase



Feb 012016

Central AC Cross Country – Sunday 30 January 2016 – Fintry

It was good to see 27 of Central Athletic Club’s youngsters tackle a snowbound cross country course at Fintry Rugby Club on Saturday 30 January, with great application and endeavour throughout.

Rosie Eckersley Rosie fintrylooked determined to make her mark as she went to the head of the race from the start and came home in confident style to record 4min 49secs. Angus Davis was making his debut in the cross country series and looked as though he will be one to watch for the future as he recorded 4.52 just ahead of the first Under 13 Boy Jacob Organ (4.53) who led in the other Under13’s, Daniel Bruce (5.02), Finlay Brown (5.26) and James Brown (5.45). Euan Campbell continues to stand out and here he again led home the Under 11 Boys with 4.56 ahead of a strong run from David Kirkpatrick (5.24) with Innes Brown (5.41), Caomh Curtin (6.01), Finlay Marchant (6.13), Benjamin Kennedy (6.35) and Ryan Mallon (7.48) all showing great resolve and enthusiasm. Among the Under 9 Boys it was Joshua Kennedy (5.36) who caught the eye with a strong run and with Owen Eckersley recording 5.47. Aaron Middleton 6.02 and Killian Trenholm 6.37 it was apparent the youngsters could hold their own in any company.

Fintry Race Start

The Under 11 Girls were led in by highly competent runs from Anna MacKinnon (5.46) and Katie Finlay (5.50) while Mary Kiwi (6.07), Ellie Ross (6.13), Cora Morgan (6.27), Rebecca Organ (6.30) and Heather Hale (7.33) all showed great attitude to conquer the difficult conditions. Under 13’s Jessica and Frances McGinn had their own personal battle with Jessica just prevailing to finish with 5.53. Under 9, Sophie Appelbe has been a great supporter of this race series and again kept going right through to the finish

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

Jan 282016
statement on anti-doping from Scottish Athletics.
Dear Scottish Athletics member
Following recent media coverage on athletics globally, the Scottish Athletics Board discussed various issues and looked to implement a fitting response. There is now a three-point plan, endorsed by the Board, which will be acted upon as outlined below. There are also some further comments from Chairman, Ian Beattie.   Three-point plan endorsed by Scottish Athletics Board:   1) We will remind every member that entry to a Scottish National Championship event carries with it agreement to undertake anti-doping procedures on event day if requested. There is potential for these tests to happen, as an example, at the Scottish Seniors at the Emirates Arena on Saturday 30 January or the National Cross Country Champs in Falkirk on February 27.   2) We will once again issue guidelines to our athletes and remind them of the latest banned substance lists. These are available on our website and we have had staff in Birmingham only last week to discuss with UK Athletics more anti-doping education.   3) We propose to introduce what we see as a very significant step in terms of Scottish National Records. As guardians for those, Scottish Athletics have the right to set parameters on Scottish National Records and we will amend the criteria to ensure that – from this point onwards – any athlete who in the future receives a suspension for a serious doping offence (two years or more) will not be eligible to hold a Scottish National Record.   This will apply across all age groups and sits against the name of the athlete who received a ban (of two years or more). That is; he or she would forfeit any records already held and would not be recognised as holding any Scottish records in athletics during the rest of their competitive career.   Ian Beattie, chairman of Scottish Athletics, said:   ‘You will be aware through the media of the current debate concerning drug misuse and corruption in athletics.   ‘I know I speak for all within the Scottish Athletics Board and staff in wishing to under-line and re-iterate our deepest commitment to clean sport and our desire to safeguard the future of athletics in Scotland and worldwide.   ‘We are very aware that the recent disclosures around anti-doping procedures globally and corruption at the IAAF have been deeply damaging and are an acute concern for lovers of the sport here in Scotland.   ‘I would stress we vehemently condemn all those complicit, whatever their roles or involvement, and would like to see still more transparency in the weeks and months ahead. It is vital that all matters are dealt with now in order to shine a light on cheating and other mal-practice to allow the sport to move forward with integrity.   ‘At our most recent board meeting, we discussed at some length our desire to find some practical ways in which to further outline our commitment to clean sport to our members.   ‘Scottish Athletics does not have direct jurisdiction over anti-doping matters – that responsibility falls to UK Athletics  and the independent body, UK Anti-Doping. But there are some steps we can and will take – as they are within our remit as governing body in Scotland.   ‘It is worth me also at this juncture touching on historical aspects. We have as a Board on a number of occasions over the past two years discussed issues relating to some long-standing Scottish National records, against which allegations have been made regarding the use of performance-enhancing substances by the athletes at that time.   ‘So far, we have not yet come up with the right framework to take action in a way which is fair to all athletes and takes account of the evidence available for historical performances.   ‘However, it remains firmly on our agenda and a subject for more discussion.   ‘I hope these steps demonstrate our deep determination to act on this issue and we will do so on the points out-lined as soon as possible.   ‘With National Indoor and Cross County events looming, plus the Glasgow Grand Prix and the European Indoor 2019 bid for the Emirates Arena, as well as record numbers for many of our events, we are pleased with the current health of the sport in Scotland.   ‘It is vital therefore that we do what we can, and urge others to play their role, in order to protect that and prove that athletics is a wonderful sport which is open to all.’   There are details on our website about Anti-Doping procedures with links to the UK Athletics site which has the 2016 prohibited list.


Jan 252016


Central AC’s first Team Quadrathlon – Indoor Track and Field event took place yesterday at Grangemouth Stadium – 90 athletes took part with record numbers of volunteers supporting the competition – a great day was had by all – watch out for a full run down of results tomorrow!  83 new PB’s across shot, Long Jump and 60M – plus almost 40 new athletes taking part!  Well done all!

 quadrathlon  group image quadrathlon sprints 2 quadrathlon sprints 1 quadrathlon relay
 Team Photo! Exciting Relays Close call Daniel Bruce
 quadrathlon lj2  Katie Burr  quadrathlon lj 1  Amy Kirpatrick

Thanks to Bruce Cook for photography





Team Photo!                     Amy Kirkpatrick                 Katie Burr                        Daniel Bruce

quadrathlon sprints 1quadrathlon sprints 2Thank you to Bruce Cook for the photography!




Exciting Relays finish!




Jan 192016

This week saw Andrew Butchart travel to the Antrim International Cross Country to represent Scotland in the senior men’s race. Butchart continued his strong start to 2016 finishing sixth (22min 34secs) in a stacked field of international cross country stars. The British international athlete worked hard around the undulating course to collect the full allocation of Cross Challenge points. Butchart commented afterwards: “I am really happy with that run and I worked hard against some of the best runners in the world. I consider my performances over the past eight days to be very good (He finished 7th in Edinburgh). “It is nice to come to Ireland and repeat my Edinburgh performance. I was very impressed with the support here.” Conor McCaughey also should his character here to finish 20th overall (24.28) in this same quality field.




The Final Match of the East District Cross Country League was held in testing and frozen conditions at Broxburn on 16th January, the course featuring the infamous Lungbuster Hill and a somewhat icy water splash. There was much to play for with Central Athletic Club’s Teams in contention for a number of League trophies.

The day commenced with the Under 11 races with both the girls and boys being spared the hill and water splash in their 1.4 kilometre test of frozen paths. Testament to Central’s youngsters that all conquered the difficult conditions to pass with flying colours. Melissa Turnbull led home the girls with another mature run in sixth place with 6min 31secs, followed by Anna McKinnon (18th; 7.01), Ellie Ross (31st; 7.20), Rebecca Organ (37th; 7.42), Dharma Davlett, (40th; 7.49), Heather Hale (45th; 8.11), and Hana Littlejohn (48th; 8.25). The boys also featured a strong turnout led home by Euan Campbell in a superb fourth place (5.49) and with back-up from Connor Bell (13th; 5.59), Cameron Darnbrough (29th; 6.31) and Finlay Marchant 55th; 7.30), bringing the boys home in a useful third 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 and the water splash. Kyra Gibb proved strongest on the day finishing fourth (11.06) and with back-up from Carrie Banks (eighth; 11.43), Jessica Turnbull (19th; 12.23) and Naomi Howlieson (46th; 13.43)the Team finished in a fine second overall and second over the Season. Cameron Blance (twelfth; 11.04), Finlay Muir (19th; 11.10), Thomas Woods (28th; 11.39), Sam Metcalfe (29th; 11.39), Jacob Organ (34th; 11.51), Angus Henderson (46th; 12.42), Caneron Fraser (48th; 12.58) and Toby Mooney (53rd; 14.12) ensuring the yellow and blue vests were again well to the fore.

The Under 15 Girls again ran with the Under 17 Ladies, tackling a 4.1 kilometre course and here it was no surprise to see Kate Gallagher repeat a three year winning streak in the event with a fine front running display covering the course in 15min 24secs. Rosie Eckersley (U15) finished eighth overall (16.42) to again underline her progress. Jodie Currie (20th; 17.30) finished just ahead of Fiona Davies (21st; 17.31) and were followed in by Under 15’s, Elizabeth Thompson (30th; 18.17) and Heather Scott (32nd; 18.28). Eleanor Hanson (34th; 18.37) and Under 15’s Cerys Gilbride (35th; 18.37) and Hannah Blance (53rd; 20.51) rounded off Central’s efforts as the Girls retained the Under 15/Under17 Quaich for winning team. There was more determined running in the Under 15 Boys race over the same 4.1 kilometre course with Keir Howlieson (fourth; 14.42) again showing his considerable promise and an improved run from Kyle Middleton (28th; 16.47). Under 17 Jamie Wastling did the Club proud in the Under 17 Mens race over 5.4 kilometres finishing 19th with 22.35.


The Senior Ladies race over a two lap 5.4 kilometre course showed solid performances from Hazel Dean (41st; 24.58) and Alison Curry (104th; 30.55) but with no real back-up the Womens League Trophy slipped from Central’s grip.

There was no concern over the Senior Men’s Team’s ability to make it four League wins in a row as the yellow and blue vests featured once again at the front of the field. This week it was Dale Colley’s opportunity to shine as he powered through to win with 27mim 4secs for the 8.1 kilometre course just ahead of Alex Hendry in second (27.06) and with back-up from Aiden Thompson (sixth and first U20; 27.46), Cameron Milne (seventh; 27.52), Michael Wright (13th; 28.17) and Jamie Crowe (14th; 28.19) the points were secured. Further support came from Colin Logan (34th; 30.01), then a group of Under 20 athletes Euan Brownlee (36th; 30.11), Jack Kerr (41st; 3032), and Iain Davies (48th; 30.57). Robert Russell was a welcome addition to Central’s team finishing 43rd (30.45) ahead of Will Hensman (68th; 31.47), Scott Bremner (99th; 33.28), Ross McNaughton (124th; 35.03), Simon Barlow (139th; 35.22), Ian Dunsmore (142nd; 35.27) and Robin Mussett (152nd) who crossed the line with Fraser Purves (153rd) with both timed at 35.46. The Central runners continued to filter in through Hugh Buchanan (158th; 35.57), Jan Subke (174th; 26.43); Charles Graham-Marr (187th; 37.21), Jan Thompson (235th; 40.20) and Cameron Campbell (265th; 44.05) in another record field for the race.

Thanks are again due to Team Managers Derek Easton, Mary Kerr and John Millar for their superb work throughout the Season.


Jan 192016

Central AC Press Report 9 January 2016

 Conditions for the Inter-District Cross Country event held at the International Cross Country in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh on Saturday 9 January were pretty ideal given the recent rains and Central Athletic Club athletes were to the fore throughout.

It was an early start for the Under 15 Boys and Girls 4km races with the mist just clearing from the course and Keir Howlieson acquitted himself well to finish fifth (14min 11sec) in a highly competitive race. The East of Scotland Team had to give way to the West in this race in spite of good runs from Ben MacMillan (13th; 14.40) and Tom Graham Marr (16th; 14.49). It was a similar story for the Under 15 Girls with the West taking the Inter District honours however Rosie Eckersley was pleased with her strong run for 13th overall in a 16.24 timing.
Next up was the Senior Women’s 6Km race where Fanni Gyurko, running for the winning Scottish Students Team came home in a very useful tenth place (23.44).

The Senior Mens race, over 8 kilometres, saw Alex Hendry vying at the front of the race in the early stages but finishing seventh overall with 26.42 and ruing some of his decision making which could have seen him on the podium. Scott Green started more cautiously but worked through to eighth (26.47) and again underlined his potential. Dale Colley also came through well in ninth (26.54) with another fine run while Aiden Thompson was first Under 20 runner and overall eleventh (27.00). Cameron Milne (16th; 27.19), Jamie Crowe (20th; 27.47) and Conan McCaughey (21st; 27.49) performed admirably, making progress from last year’s venture. Alex, Scott, Cameron and Conan were all counters for a second place East Team while Dale, Aiden and Jamie came home as counters for a third place Scottish Students Team with the West of Scotland taking the Inter District honours.
The 3 kilometre Under 13 Girls race saw four Central Girls representing the East of Scotland and having to contend with a muddy course following the earlier races. Kyra Gibb came through in fine style in 16th (12.37) ahead of determined efforts from Carrie Banks (21st; 12.51), Amy Kirkpatrick (29th; 13.13) and Ciorstaidh Ainsworth (34th; 13.29), with the East again taking second place to the West.

Kate Gallagher Kate Gallagher (86) shows typically combative spiritwas involved in another hard fought contest in the Under 17 Womens race over 4 kilometres. Here Kate was representing both Scotland in the Celtic Challenge and the East of Scotland in the Inter District Match and with GB, European and American athletes also in the mix this was a real high quality race. Similar to last year Kate ran most of the course shoulder to shoulder with Erin Wallace of Giffnock. In the final shake-up it looked as though Kate could win the Inter District honours but a final surge from Erin saw her take the title with both finishing in 15min 9secs. Further down the field Fiona Davies was also battling the mud and should be pleased with her 34th place in 18min 15secs   Kate’s effort ensured Scotland won the Celtic Challenge and she also led her East Team to victory.

Andrew ButchartAndrew Butchart making light of the top competition was competing for Great Britain in the last race of the day, the 8 kilometre International Race, with challenges from Mo Farah, other top British rivals and a list of the best athletes from Europe and the USA. Andrew was determined to eradicate the memory of an uncharacteristically poor run in the European Cross Country Trials in Liverpool and here was always up with the top athletes to finish seventh overall (25min 23secs) and fifth GB counter as GB took the Team victory. The Scottish Athletics webpage reported – Butchart was rightfully satisfied with his run, his seventh place remarkably the fifth counter for GB. The Central AC athlete missed out on GB selection for the Euro Cross after his trials run in Liverpool was affected by a virus the previous week and he felt he had a point to prove. “I wanted to show I was better than what happened in Liverpool – when I should not have run – and I’ve done that,” he said. “Mo is great to have in your team and he is so infectious with that smile around the hotel and everything. Callum (Hawkins) took the pace on a lot to today and that helped a few of us who were chasing. ” Next weekend will see Andrew competing in a Scottish Team in Antrim as he continues to prepare to defend his Scottish Cross Country Championship title.

The Great Winter Road Races also saw some quality performances from Central athletes the highlight being a 16.22 clocking by Michael Wright as he finished in a superb second place over the hilly 5 kilometre course.


PHOTOS – courtesy of Bobby Gavin


Dec 212015

The third race in the Central Athletic Club’s Cross-Country Series was held in the Laighills, Dunblane on the morning of 19 December on an unseasonably mild day giving great conditions for the young athletes.

Cameron Blance showing good form at the front

Cameron Blance was always to the fore with a fast paced run to win in 6min 1sec to take the Under 13 honours while Finlay Muir (6.15) continues to impress in this age group as he finished ahead of newcomer Sam Metcalfe (6.21) and further fine runs from Cameron Fraser (6.33), Angus Henderson (7.02), Calum Bowie (7.16), Toby Mooney (7.37), Andrew McLay (8.17) and Joe Lazell (9.19). Euan Campbell made another strong effort at the front of the Under 11 Boys to finish in 6.19 just ahead of a strong run from Cameron Kerr (6.20) who was followed in by Connor Bell (6.36), David Kirkpatrick (6.49), Alasdair Banks (7.17), Caomh Curtin (7.54), Angus Cheyne (7.59), Kieran Mooney (8.24), Archie Baxter (8.51), Oisin Rice (9.17) and Cameron Dowie (9.26). Ross Coombs (7.26) was top Under 15 Boy on the day and there were some outstanding runs from the Under 9 Boys through Owen Eckersley (7.32), Killian Trenholm (7.52), Aaron Middleton (8.19) and Fraser Banks (9.20).

Under 15 Rosie Eckersley (6.06) underlined her current superb form ahead of gritty runs from Darcy Baxter (7.27) and Hannah Blance (7.33). Amy Kirkpatrick (6.27) also produced a tasty performance to gain top points in the Under 13 Girls while Elise Graham-Marr (7.24) showed maturity well beyond her years to come in as top Under 11 Girl ahead of Ellie Ross (8.29) and Under 9 Alana Kerr (9.01) again showed great form against her older rivals.Laighills Race Start

Once again there was great organisation from Elinor Coombs, David Eckersley, Sean Scott, Derek Easton and Allan Gall plus a group of willing parent timekeepers and recorders.

The Annual Club Christmas Handicap was held on Thursday 18 December and saw Under 20 Lewis Sinclair winning the race followed in close order by Charles Graham-Marr and Robin Hutchison. Jodie Currie was the leading female on the night while Andrew Butchart had a magnificent run to break the course record.

Dec 182015

Schools Pentathlon International

Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 12th December 2015

Matt Chandler of Balfron High School came within a whisker of victory for Scotland at the schools pentathlon international at the Emirates Arena at the weekend. Scotland have not won this event since 1998 and Matt’s Junior Boys team came into the event as underdogs against strong opposition from favourites England and Ireland but Matt and his Scottish team looked like they were about to pull off a shock win as they led for much of the day only to be pipped by England at the finish.

Matt was one of 3 Central AC athletes, along with fellow Balfron athlete, Anna Cameron and Lucy Davison of Morrison’s Academy, all making their international debut for Scotland at the annual event that pits the top all round athletes from throughout the home nations schools against each other.

While Matt Chandler was competing at this event for the first time he was continuing a long family tradition following in the footsteps of his brother Tom who made a record 4 consecutive appearances for Scotland at this event from 2011 – 2014. Matt stepped up to the challenge and had the best possible start in the 60m hurdles smashing his pb by half a second to run 8.67s for 2nd place in his heat placing him 4th overall out of a field of 16 international athletes. He followed this with another personal best 5.93m in the long jump which not only lifted him into the medal positions in 3rd but helped move Scotland into an unexpected lead ahead of England and Ireland. He then had another huge 1.3s personal best in the 200m running 24.08s to maintain 3rd place. At this point the team event couldn’t be tighter with just 20 points separating the top 3 as Ireland won 3 of the 4 heats to edge in front and England edged 7 points ahead of Scotland. There was everything to play for as they went into the 4th shot putt event and a pb from Matt at 10.72m along with pbs from all of the Scottish team saw them pull 200 points clear of Ireland but England matched the Scots to remain a narrow 50 points in front. Matt was also after an individual medal and had slipped to 5th but was just 50 points behind 3rd place and the podium going into the 800 metres. With 50 points equalling under 4 seconds on the scoring tables a tense battle loomed in the 800m as the Scots knew they just needed to beat their English counterparts by 1 second each to secure a historic win.

Matt and his teammates gave their all in the 800m but with English athletes running the fastest 2 times and the Irish athlete in 4th place ahead of Matt running strongly he knew he had lost out in both the individual medal and the team gold. Matt crossed the line in 2:20.95 scoring a 400 point personal best 3044 points for 5th place overall. And while they had missed out on a famous win Matt’s team can still be proud of a superb 5th place against top class opposition and his team holding off Ireland and finishing well ahead of Wales to take team silvers overall. But Matt knew how close he came to individual bronze and how close the Scots came to history and will be back to try and again next year.

Anna Cameron and Lucy Davison were contesting the junior girls event in a team who were all representing Scotland for the first time. They started well in the long jump as Anna jumped 4.98m and Lucy 4.62m. They then both had personal bests in the 60m hurdles Anna running 9.65s to place her 10th and Lucy ran 9.91s. Anna set another personal best 1.45m in the high jump to maintain 10th and Lucy cleared 1.39m. In the shot it was Lucy’s turn to shine in her main event as she threw 10.74m as Anna set yet another personal best with 8.36m. These performances lifted Scotland ahead of Wales into 3rd place going into the final 800m event. While England and Ireland were battling it out for the victory Anna and Lucy had to ensure they stayed ahead of their Welsh counterparts to hold onto 3rd place. Both athletes did what was asked as Anna finished strongly to hold off the leading Welsh athlete for 2nd place in her heat with 2:27.91 behind her Scottish teammate Olivia Vareille and Lucy set a personal best 2:43.09 to beat 2 of the Welsh athletes and secure the team bronze for Scotland. Both athletes were rewarded with personal best scores. Anna scored 3041 points for a respectable 9th place overall against a top class field of 16 athletes. Lucy also scored a personal best 2806 points for 14th place overall. Both athletes will learn from the experience of competing at this high level and look to improve next year.

Overall the Central AC athletes did Scotland proud and will hope to add to their international appearances in the future.

Dec 182015
Christmas handicap 2016
No Name Category Handicap Position Time Actual Time Comments
36 Lewis Sinclair U20 5.45 First 21.42 15.57
39 Charles Graham-Marr V 6.00 Second 21.48 15.48
49 Robert Hutchison V 6.30 Third 21.50 15.20
40 Jens Subke V 6.00 4 22.01 16.01
59 Scott Brembner V 7.30 5 22.07 14.37 Fastest equal Vet
34 Jodie Currie U17F 5.30 6 22.25 16.55
45 Robin Mussett V 6.15 7 22.33 16.18
65 Phil Williams V 8.00 8 22.37 14.37 Fastest equal Vet
77 Euan Brownlee U20 9.00 9 22.39 13.39
66 Ben MacMillan U15 8.15 10 22.42 14.27
64 Jennifer Wetton F 8.00 11 22.43 14.43 Fastest lady
55 David MacKinley M 7.15 12 22.50 15.35
86 Michael Wright M 10.00 13 22.52 12.52
67 Kate Gallagher U17F 8.15 14 22.53 14.38 Fastest junior woman
60 David Lindsay M 7.45 15 22.56 15.11
83 Iain Davies U20 9.45 16 22.59 13.14 Fastest U20M
75 Keir Howlieson U15 8.45 17 23.01 14.16 Fastest U15B
27 Allan Gall V 4.00 18 23.02 19.02
42 Kenny Hislop M 6.15 19 23.11 16.56
26 Andy Davies V 4.00 20 23.14 19.14
89 Dale Colley M 11.00 21 23.16 12.16
74 Alan Hume M 8.45 22 23.17 14.32
90 Scott Green M 11.00 23 23.17 12.17
78 Lewis Millar M 9.15 24 23.22 14.07
24 Tony Cummings V 6.30 25 23.27 16.57
68 Tom Graham-Marr U15 8.30 26 23.31 15.01
88 Jamie Crowe M 10.45 27 23.35 12.50
93 Alex Hendry M 11.15 28 23.46 12.31
94 Andrew Butchart M 12.00 29 23.50 11.50 Fastest and new course record
51 Ben Parkinson U15 6.45 30 23.56 17.11
29 Amy Hendry F 4.45 31 24.08 19.23
72 Neil Ferrier M 8.30 32 24.26 15.56
31 Steven Hamilton V 5.15 33 26.00 21.45

Dec 152015

CAC is putting on training for our Club volunteers to become registered Officials!

So many of you help out at club events, races, time trials, cross country etc. which is so important and highly valuable to the Club.  However, some of the Leagues our children and athletes compete in, are now asking for a requisite number of Officials or penalty points are awarded.  In addition ‘Power of 10’ have started to refuse to acknowledge times because the officials are not qualified to the required standards.   Our volunteers can do the job – we simply need the required paperwork!

Are you a regular helper at time trials, do you think you ‘just rake the pit, are you a new parent looking for a way to get involved without a big commitment – then perhaps this is for you?

Please come along to either a ‘field’  or ‘track’ session or both! 

The training takes 3 hours – plus an hour of Health and Safety.  In addition, to complete the award volunteers need gain 4 ‘experiences’.  Easy to do across the year!  Come along for a half day – or – book both sessions?

DATE: Saturday 23 January 2016 – (the day before our newest event –  “Team Quadrathlon”)

VENUE: Grangemouth Stadium

TIME: 9.30am – 12.30pm – Track Officials training

1pm – 2pm  – Health and Safety

2pm – 5pm – Field Official training

Refreshments and Lunch: included

Officials are required to complete 4 ‘experiences’, easy to do across the year!  Why not use the Team Quadrathlon on Sunday 24th January as your first ‘experience’?

Book your place – or find out more – contact ku.oc1524593337.scit1524593337elhta1524593337lartn1524593337ec@OT1524593337Cenna1524593337oJ1524593337


Dec 152015

andrew%20butchart1With some five individual medals and five sets of team medals the trails of Deans Country Park in Livingston proved to be a great day out for Central Athletic Club athletes at the East District Cross Country Championships on Saturday 12th December.

The Under 13 Girls race started proceedings with Central’s girls showing close order throughout. When it came to count back it proved to be the closest team competition of the day with Central winning team bronze. Kyra Gibb led Central’s effort with a fine fifth place (12min 50secs) over the 3200metre course. Carrie Banks (twelfth; 13.17), Amy Kirkpatrick (14th; 13.22), Ciorstaidh Ainsworth (16th; 13.35), Jessica Turnbull (36th; 14.25) and Naomi Howlieson (60th; 16.07) proved the Club’s strength in depth in this age group. A team of four Central Under 13 Boys faced up to the same 3200metre challenge with Daniel Bruce leading the way to finish 18th overall (12min 47secs) followed in by further fine efforts from Thomas Woods (25th; 13.19), Cameron Dinwoodie (38th; 14.07) and James Brown (43rd; 14.25) as the team finished sixth overall.

The Under 15 Girls competed over a 3900metre course and here it was Rosie Eckersley who caught the eye with a fine effort in sixth place (15.43) followed by Heather Scott who stuck well to her task to finish 32nd (17.41). The Under 15 Boys also had some 3900metres to cover and here it was Keir Howlieson keir%20howlieson1who challenged throughout for first place but had to settle for a silver medal by the narrowest of margins, finishing in 13min 21secs. Tom Graham-Marr underlined his recent progress in fourth (13.36) and with further strong runs from Ben MacMillan (tenth; 13.57) and Sandy Holl (24th; 14.42) Central comfortably lifted the gold team medals.

The Under 17 Ladies race featured another fine performance from Kate Gallagher to win gold taking just 18min 23secs to cover the 5100metre course. With back up from Fiona Davies (tenth; 20.34), Jodie Currie (15th; 21.19), Madelaine Woods (18th; 22.02) and Eleanor Hanson 21st; 22.47) the Central team were awarded silver team medals.

The Under 20 Mens 8 kilometre race saw Central’s Aidan Thompson running strongly throughout to lift a well-deserved silver medal (27.00). With further excellent runs from Iain Davies (seventh; 28.19), Euan Brownlie (twelfth; 28.57) and Cameron Harris (15th; 29.18) the team were rewarded with team bronze medals.


Men’s start

womens%20race1Central ladies team produced a fourth team place in a high quality senior ladies race over 6400metres. Fanni Gyorko had a fine race, battling for an individual medal till the end when a disputed finishing line rush saw her given fourth place in a time of 24.00. Jennifer Wetton stuck in well to take 13th place in 24.44 with Catriona Buchanan (18th; 25.11), Natalie Milne (28th; 26.00), Patricia Milne (55th; 27.58) and Alison Curry (102nd; 36.02) rounding off Central’s effort.

The Senior Mens race over a three lap course of 9600metres saw Central’s largest turnout of the day with some 18 finishers and excellent running throughout. Andrew Butchart set out with intent from the start proving his undoubted class to win in 30min 37secs.   Alex Hendry was locked in a battle for silver with Lothian Running Club’s Max McNeill and it was only on the final lap that Alex established a slight lead to win his third silver medal at this event with a 31.19 effort. Ross Houston used all his experience to move through the field for fifth (31.36) ahead of Cameron Milne (ninth; 32.17), Scott Green (eleventh; 32.24) and Conan McCaughey (17th; 32.46) as Central lifted their eleventh set of team gold medals from the last twelve years. Colin Logan came through well in 36th (36.38) and with Will Hensman (70th; 36.32), Scott Bremner (88th; 37.12), David Eckersley (97th; 37.41), Ross McNaught (109th; 38.32), Hugh Buchanan (158th; 40.44), Simon Barlow (175th; 41.39), Robin Mussett (188th; 42.26), Kenny Hislop (211th; 44.07) and Jan Thompson (228th; 46.49) it was obvious the harrier tradition is still strong among Central’s runners. Perhaps the most intriguing contest of the day was being played out at the back of the field with Allan Gall and Cameron Campbell vying for position throughout. Allan made his move on the final lap to finish 243rd (48.10) one place and 10seconds ahead of Cameron.


Dec 072015

Central AC – Team Quadrathlon!

Central AC is delighted to invite your athlete(s) to compete in a brand new

Indoor Track and Field event at Grangemouth Stadium on Sun 24 Jan 2016. This event is open to ALL athletes in the U11, U13 and U15 categories.

This event is being launched in response to your requests for more winter track and field opportunities. Don’t miss out – places are limited! We are particularly keen to see our young, new and emerging athletes take part in this event.

The format on the day will be:

  • Athletes will compete in teams of 4 (allocated in-house)
  • Athletes in each team will be mixed to ensure all teams represent the spread of ability and experience across the Club
  • All will compete with their team in shot putt, long jump, 60M sprints and relays. Each team will rotate around these events with the relays held at the end of the day

ALL athletes will receive a free T-Shirt.

Places in teams are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis – so don’t miss out. Join 96 of your fellow athletes at Grangemouth stadium for a superb afternoon of competition. If you are unlucky enough not to secure your place quickly, your athlete will be placed on a waiting list and if a place becomes available we will confirm this to you as soon as we can.

Athletes should register at 11.30 and we anticipate the event closing at around 16.00. Please be aware the café facilities are closed on Sundays! There will be space for spectators and all events will take place within the Indoor Centre at Grangemouth Stadium.
All recorded performances will be added to the Club database and will be used for future team selection, an important and very useful marker for younger and new athletes.


As with all Club level sports we do rely on our volunteer supporters on the day. The event requires more than 30 volunteers to run smoothly – if you can help – please indicate via EntryCentral when you enter your child.

The cost of the Team Quadrathlon – including the T- Shirt is £5.60. (60p of which is EntryCentral admin).
Go to – Confirm your child’s place now

We look forward to seeing you all on 24 January!

Dec 042015

Central AC – Team Quadrathlon!


Central AC is delighted to invite your athlete(s) to compete in a brand new

Indoor Track and Field event at Grangemouth Stadium on Sun 24 Jan 2016.

This event is open to ALL U11, U13 and U15 athletes only.

This event is being launched directly in response to your requests for more winter track and field opportunities. Don’t miss out – places are limited! We are particularly keen to see our young, new and emerging athletes take part in this event.

The format on the day will be

Athletes will compete in teams of 4 (allocated in-house). Athletes in each team will be mixed to ensure all teams represent the spread of ability and experience across the Club.
All will compete with their team in shot put, long jump, 60M sprints and relays. Each team will rotate around these events with the relays traditionally at the end of the day. ALL athletes will receive a free T-Shirt.

Places in teams are limited – don’t miss out and join 96 of your fellow athletes at Grangemouth stadium for a superb afternoon of competition. If you are unlucky enough not to secure your place quickly, your athlete will be placed on a waiting list and we will aim to confirm as many as we can.
Athletes will register at 11.30am and we anticipate the event closing at 16.00 / 16.15. Please be aware the café facilities are closed on Sundays!

There will be space for spectators and all events will take place within the Indoor Centre at Grangemouth Stadium.

All recorded performances will be included into the Club database and will used for future team selection, an important and very useful marker for younger and new athletes.
As with all Club level sports we do rely on our volunteer supporters on the day. The event requires more than 30 volunteers to run smoothly – if you can help – please indicate your willingness to help via EntryCentral.

The cost of the Team Quadrathlon – includes the T- Shirt and is £5.60. (60p of which is EntryCentral admin).

book your place –

Nov 302015

Central Athletic Club’s men have dominated the Cross Country scene in Scotland this year so a contingent of the Club’s 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’s Championships at stake.

The Club’s Championship race was a straight show down between Central AC, Morpeth Harriers and Swansea Harriers so hopes were high as Andrew Butchart contented the early laps with the front runners in the 9.8 kilometre Senior Mens race. Once again the Sefton Park mud made this a tough test and in the final shake out Andrew had to settle for thirteenth (30min 53secs). ‘I’ve been under the weather a wee bit over the past couple of weeks but I had to run and see if I could shake it off – it is disappointing to miss out,’ said Andrew.

As always in a highly competitive race any lapse of concentration means losing places so testament to Alastair Hay to come to home in 36th (31.25), Alex Hendry (41st; 31.46), Jamie Crowe (64th; 32.26), Dale Colley (66th; 32.29) and Scott Green (80th; 32.49) all fine runs in a field of around 550 finishers. Jamie and Dale finishing 20th and 22nd respectively in the Under 23 category. On final countback it was apparent that Central had finished in front of Swansea but Morpeth Harriers would take the British Club spot into Europe.

Michael Wright took the opportunity to support his team mates with a worthy run in finishing 111th (33.36) and Kenny Hislop also pushed himself through the mud in 414th (44.53).

Three of Central’s Under 29 runners picked up on that challenge and despite recent injury issues Aidan Thompson finished a respectable 30th in 21mins 58secs. Iain Davies finished 76th in 22.58 and Euan Brownlie was 105th with 24. 09.

Nov 242015

There was a superb turnout of Central Athletic Club runners at Alloa for the second match of the East of Scotland Cross Country League on Saturday 21st November. With soft underfoot conditions all age groups faced testing muddy courses with the tough climb to Gubber Hill featuring in all the races.

The day started with the Under 11 Girls race over 1600metres with Melissa Turnbull in fifth place (7min 34secs) leading home a winning Central Team. Anna MacKinnon also had a fine run in sixth (7.36) followed closely by Elise Graham-Marr (seventh; 7.39). There were further useful performances from Rachel Dinwoodie (17th; 8.04), Summer MacLean (20th; 8.07), Ellie Ross (24th; 8.10), Ellie Watson (50th; 8.47), Hana Littlejohn (56th; 8.59) and Rebecca Organ (60th; 9.22). The Under 11 Boys raced over the same course and here Euan Campbell led home the Central team in fourth (6.41) with David Kirkpatrick in 17th (7.10) and Cameron MacMillan (19th; 7.19) bringing Central’s team home in second overall. Cameron Darnbrough (25th; 7.30) led home a large contingent of determined Central runners through Arden Proctor (36th; 7.45), Logan Gray (48th; 8.03), Finlay Marchant (52nd; 8.14), Gregor Saunders (62nd; 8.32), Cameron Brown (69th; 8.52), Lewis Gowen (76th; 9.20) and Oisin Rice (78th; 9.32).

The Under 13’s had to contend with a 2700metre course and in the Girls race it was Ciorstaidh Ainsworth who led her team home in an excellent eighth place (12.43) ahead of strong runs from Carrie Banks (ninth; 12.51) and Grace Tindall (15th; 13.12) as the Girls Team finished fourth overall. There was great back-up from Amy Kirkpatrick (18th; 13.22), Jessica Turnbull (22nd; 13.37), Katie Burr (28th; 14.01) and Naomi Howlieson (48th; 15.16) as again all Central’s runners showed good form and commitment.

The Boys race saw similar commitment through Daniel Bruce in twelfth (12.09) followed home in quick succession by Jacob Organ (16th; 12.17), Cameron Blance (21st; 12.36) and Finlay Muir (23rd; 12.39). There were further strong runs from Thomas Woods (31st; 13.05), James Brown (39th; 13.23), Cameron Fraser (40th; 13.33), Cameron Dinwoodie (41st; 13.34) and Toby Mooney (56th; 15.09) as once again the Boys did the Club proud finishing as fourth team.

The Under 15 Girls and Under 17 Ladies ran together over a 3700 metre course and it was Central’s Kate Gallagher who showed fine form to finish second overall with 15.21. Kate Gallagher challenges at the frontRosie Eckersley was first of Central’s Under 15 Girls in twelfth overall (17.01) ahead of a committed run from Fiona Davies (19th; 17.48) while Jodie Currie showing improved form in 22nd (17.57). Madelaine Woods (29th; 18.20), Skye Henderson ((31st; 18.24), Cerys Gilbride (36th; 18.38), Heather Scott (38th; 18.50) and Eleanor Hanson (49th; 19.45) completed Central’s effort in this race as the Girls finished fourth team in this very competitive group. The Under 15 Boys contested the same 3700metre course and here Keir Howlieson featured in the front group throughout finishing in fourth (14.41) and with Tom Graham Marr (sixth; 14.50), Ben MacMillan (seventh; 14.55), Sandy Holl (14th; 15.29) and Kyle Middleton (35th; 16.55) Central’s runners placed first in this age group.Great endeavour from Ben MacMillan and Tom Graham-Marr

The Senior Women tackled two long laps of the course over some 8200metres and here it was Jennifer Wetton, making progress back to full fitness, who carried the Club’s hopes, coming home in a fine fourth place (25.21).

Alex Hendry repeated last year’s victory in the Senior Mens race of three laps and some 8200metres with a confident run of 30min 24secs. It was good to see Ross Houston testing himself again and finishing fifth overall (31.27) ahead of Iain Davies who finished first Under 20 on the day and twelfth overall in spite of a heavy fall. Conan McCaughy (21st; 33.32) shrugged of a bout of food poisoning to support the Central team and with Under 20 Euan Brownlie (27th; 34.15) and Colin Logan (28th; 34.22) Colin Logan a picture of concentrationpacking well the first Team place was assured. Lewis Millar (32nd; 34.50) provided the all-important back-up leading in top 100 finishers Ross McNaught (67th; 37.10), David Eckersley (76th; 37.47), Phil Williams (81st; 37.59), Will Hensman (85th; 38.10) and Scott Bremner (93rd; 38.28). The blue and yellow vests just kept filtering through with Donald Shaw (107th; 39.18), Hugh Buchanan (138th; 40.25), Ian Dunsmore (148th; 40.35), Jens Subke (154th’ 40.47), Fraser Purves (163rd; 41.05), Richard Coombs (173rd; 41.29), Simon Barlow (174th; 41.31), Robin Mussett (196th; 42.21), Charles Graham-Marr (208th; 43.01), Liam McCabe (242nd; 45.05), Jan Thompson (273rd; 48.01) and Allan Gall (274th; 48.03) in a record field of over 300 finishers.

Elsewhere Central’s Alastair Hay finished ninth in 30.06 in a high quality Leeds Abbey Dash 10K road race on 15 November. 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 182015

“In light of the recent allegations against the IAAF, please see attached letter
issued to Scottish Athletics by the Club committee, raising our concerns in
respect of this on behalf of the membership.”

reaction from Nigel Holl, Chief Executive of Scottish Athletics below


13 November 2015

Your Reference:

Our Reference: WADA-SA-UKA-001

Dear Nigel,

I am writing as the General Secretary of Central Athletic Club with regard to the

findings from the WADA’s independent commission that were made public on 9 November 2015.

With regard of the role of the IAAF during recent years in respect of doping allegations, the

WADA report states:

“This Report also identifies corruption and bribery practices at the highest levels of international

athletics, evidence of which has been transmitted to Interpol for appropriate investigation.”

My purpose in writing at this juncture is to record formally the concerns that Central Athletic Club

hold strongly in respect of the WADA findings.

As I am sure you will appreciate, these allegations are of significant concern to our committee and

our club members. Our efforts as a voluntary organisation to engage and involve our local

community in our sport, is undermined by any perceived public notion that our own world

governing body (to whose rules and regulations we adhere throughout our practice and

competition) is not itself adhering to the highest standards of governance and ethical behaviour.

We at Central AC consider it imperative that these allegations of corruption in our world

governing body be examined thoroughly at the highest level.

In addition, whilst the IAAF may, at times, seem remote from the Scottish Athletics community, if

the allegations which have been made are not addressed, and are not seen to be addressed

without fear or favour, there could be very real future implications for some of our performance

athletes who are trying their utmost to make it to the next level of competition.

Therefore, on behalf of Central Athletic Club, may I respectfully request that Scottish Athletics, as

our national governing body, raise our concerns directly to UK Athletics, for UKA to subsequently

raise through their formal channels to the IAAF?

Yours in sport,


Club Secretary

Central Athletic Club

Cc: Derek Easton, Central AC President

Liam McCabe, Central AC Vice President

Ainsley Normand, Central AC Treasurer

John McDonald, Central AC Development

Jamie McDonald, Scottish Athletics National Club Manager (East)


Dear Michael

Can I start by thanking you for taking the time to write on behalf of Central
AC expressing what are understandable concerns at world level.

I am delighted to confirm that I will forward your correspondence and concerns
to UK Athletics, with – as you request – an expectation that they can raise
these issues themselves. I will ask them to confirm that to me.

I do fear that there may yet be more revelations / allegations to become
public. Whilst I of course regret that, I do think that this is the time for
all such matters to be dealt with.

Finally, whilst I absolutely share your concerns about the impact on our sport
at all levels, and especially at club level, I also have faith that the
excellent work I know you do as a club will continue to inspire athletes of
all levels. I am confident the role models that you have at Central can
inspire people young and old for all the right reasons.

With thanks and best wishes.



Nov 172015

The second race in the Central Athletic Club’s Cross-Country Series was held around the Stirling University Playing Fields on the morning of 14 November taking advantage of a gap between the almost incessant rain of recent days.xc Airthrey nov 15

Daniel Bruce (7min 34secs) produced a strong and determined run to reverse the leading positions from the first races with his Under 13 rival Cameron Blance also showing resolve to finish in 7.42. Once again there was a large turnout in this age group with Finlay Muir (8.02), Cameron Fraser (8.03), Angus Henderson (8.04) and Jacob Organ (8.07) vying for positions throughout. Thomas Woods and Cameron Dinwoodie battled to the line together in 8.13 ahead of James Brown (8.30) and Toby Mooney (9.34). Euan Campbell continued his strong early season form to again led home the Under 11 Boys with 7.44 ahead of Cameron Kerr (7.56), Connor Bell (8.47), Jack Campbell (9.10), Struan Craig (9.16), Ross McKenzie (9.22), Finlay Marchmant (9.32), Andrew Twigg (9.40), Cameron Dowie (10.05), Cameron Brown (10.07), Kieran Mooney (10.27) and debutante Archie Baxter (10.42). Sam Burton was top Under 15 (8.12) ahead of Ross Coombs (9.35) while Under 9 runner Killian Trenholm came through well in 9.21.Race to the line

The Under 13 Girls provided a close race with Kyra Gibb (7.43), Rosie Eckersley (7.45) and Amy Kirkpatrick (7.53) filling the top three places. Ciorsaidh Ainsworth completed the course in 8.11 ahead of Katie Burr (8.54) and Naomi Howlieson (9.11). The Under 15 age group was headed by Darcy Baxter (8.57) with Hannah Blance (9.15) and Millie Stokoe (9.21) also running well. Elise Graham Marr (9.03) was the top Under 11 Girl on the day ahead of promising runs from Rachel Dinwoodie (9.26), Summer MacLean (9.48), Ellen Montgomery (9.50), Ellie Ross (9.52), Hana Littlejohn (10.08), and Ellie Watson 10.15). It was great to see Under 9’s Alana Kerr (10.01) and Elizabeth Woods (10.26) competing well with the older girls.The leaders showing resolve
Once again there was great organisation from David Eckersley, Raymond Milne, Kenny Hislop, Mark Ainsworth and Joanne Brown plus a group of athlete and parent timekeepers and recorders.

Nov 162015

East District Cross Country League – Match 2, Lornshill Academy, Saturday 21st November

Format: All age groups count equally towards championship totals as well as contributing towards their own age group. The races are mass participation style and all competitors need to be able do is to comfortably run the distances involved. As a team event there are no medals, but athletes throughout the field count towards club totals. Our aim is to have over 80 club athletes involved in each match. Currently Central lead in many age groups and are overall female team leaders. Follow link from the events page of Scottish athletics web-site.

Location: The races will start and finish at Lornshill Academy. Car Parking must use the school grounds. A map is available via the events page of Scottish athletics web-site. The course is likely to be very wet and muddy in sections.

Arrangements: To register find Central team managers at the Central AC tent in the start area and get a race number from them before the race starts. Do NOT go to Registration. All that is required is get a race number from team managers, and run. There is no race fee, the club covers that from club subscriptions. A club vest is needed though, but spare vests will be found for newcomers.

Walk the course at the start, at the Central AC tent – one hour before first race start (i.e.11.00) walk the course with coaches and other athletes.

Race times: Under 11 Girls 12.00 noon; Under 11 Boys 12.15 pm; Under 13 Girls 12.30 pm; Under 13 Boys 12.50 pm; Under 17 Men 13.05 pm; U20/Senior/Masters Women 13.10 pm; Under 15 Boys 13.45 pm; Under 15 Girls/Under 17 Women 13.48 pm; Under 20/Senior/Masters Men 14.15 pm


Nov 162015

Airthrey Castle, 14 November 2016

Thank you very much to all the volunteer senior athletes, coaches and parents who helped at this event.  Fantastic dry and bright conditions for the race –  Well done all who took part.

Daniel Bruce            7.34    U13B

Cameron Blance          7.42    U13B

Kyra Gibb               7.43    U13G

Euan Campbell           7.44    U11B

Rosie Eckersley         7.45    U13G

Amy Kirkpatrick         7.53    U13G

Cameron Kerr            7.56    U11B

Finlay Muir             8.02    U13B

Cameron Fraser          8.03    U13B

Angus Henderson         8.04    U13B

Jacob Organ             8.07    U13B

Ciorstaidh Ainsworth    8.11    U13G

Sam Burton              8.12    U15B

Thomas Woods            8.13    U13B

Cameron Dinwoodie       8.13    U13B

James Brown             8.30    U13B

Connor Bell             8.47    U11B

Katie Burr              8.54    U13G

Darcy Baxter            8.57    U15G

Elise Graham Marr       9.03    U11G

Jack Campbell           9.10    U11B

Naomi Howlieson         9.11    U13G

Hannah Blance           9.15    U15G

Struan Craig            9.16    U11B

Millie Stokoe           9.21    U15G

Killian Trenholm        9.21    U9B

Ross McKenzie           9.22    U11B

Rachel Dinwoodie        9.26    U11G

Finlay Marchmant        9.32    U11B

Toby Mooney             9.34    U13B

Ross Coombs             9.35    U15B

Andrew Twigg           9.40    U11B

Summer MacLean          9.48    U11G

Ellen Montgomery        9.50    U11G

Ellie Ross              9.52    U11G

Alana Kerr             10.01    U9G

Cameron Dowie          10.05    U11B

Cameron Brown          10.07    U11B

Hana Littlejohn        10.08    U11G

Ellie Watson           10.15    U11G

Elizabeth Woods        10.26    U9G

Kieran Mooney          10.27    U11B

Archie Baxter          10.42    U11B

Nov 102015

Andrew Butchart and Alastsair Hay showing off their medalsThere were medals throughout the age groups for Central Athletic Club’s athletes at the Scottish National Short Course Cross Country Championships held at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow on Saturday capped off by a Central 1 – 2 for Andrew Butchart and Alistair Hay in the Senior Mens race.

Everyone who competed had to endure tough underfoot conditions with mud, large puddles and rain the order of the day. As normal the day started with the Under 15 races with Rosie Eckersley and Heather Scott leading the way for Central with improved performances over their two kilometre test. Rosie Finishing in a fine 14th placing in 6min 30secs and Heather in 30th (6.57).

The Under 15 Boys race saw fine efforts from Central’s youngsters through Keir Howlieson, Ben MacMillan and Sandy Holl. Keir continued his superb start to the season placing fourth with a 6min 21sec effort over the 2 kilometre course and with strong running from Ben (19th; 6.43) and Sandy (39th. 7.02) the Boys were able to celebrate Team Bronze medals.

The Under 17 Women had to contend with a 3 kilometres course and a fast pace from the gun. Kate Gallagher again caught the eye as she picked up Silver with a superb 11min 1sec effort and with strong running from Fiona Davies (twelfth; 12.15), Jodie Currie (24th; 12.45) and Eleanor Hanson (30th; 13.34) Central picked up another set of Bronze medals.

Central’s strong performances continued throughout a high quality 4 kilometre Senior Womens race. Again the race was attritional from the start so great testament to Central’s runners for staying on the pace. With fortunes fluctuating throughout it was Jennifer Wetton who led home Central’s effort in eleventh (14.41) ahead of Lyndsay Morrison (14th; 14.43),Lyndsay Morrison Fiona Thompson (17th; 14.52), Natalie Milne (51st; 16.10) and Tricia Milne (66th; 16.56). When places were calculated Central’s team finished fourth overall with Tricia winning a hard fought Over 50 Bronze.

There was no doubting the quality of Central’s Senior and Under 20 Men with their yellow and blue vests well to the fore throughout the 4 kilometre race. Andrew Butchart started with intent and led throughout to win with an excellent 12min 2secs clocking while Alastair Hay finished only a few strides behind following a strong final push to the line to take Silver with 12.04. The Gold Team medals were ensured through well-judged efforts from Dale Colley (seventh; 12.20) and Alex Hendry (eleventh, 12.31) while this time around it was Aidan Thompson (twelfth; 12.32) and Scott Green (17th; 12.42) who provided back-up with Aidan being rewarded with a Bronze Under 20 medal. Under 20, Iain Davies should be pleased with his 31st place 13.00 effort ahead of Ruaridh Millar 38th; 13.07). There were further top Under 20 performances from Cameron Harris (53rd; 13.27), Jack Kerr (58th; 13.32) and Euan Brownlie (93rd; 14.08). David Eckersley rolled back the years to finish 182nd in 15.21 and Kenny Hislop stuck well to the task in 291st and 17.28. Special mention should be made of John Miller’s efforts to ensure Central’s gazebo was available for the athletes throughout the event.


The next of this winter’s Club Cross Country Series is due on 14 November at Airthrey Castle, Stirling University with warm-up from 11am,all youngsterswelcome. The next East District League Cross Country Races are being held at Lornshill Academy, Alloa on Saturday 21 November with the first race starting at 11.45am. Central’s athletes just need to find the Central Athletic Club tent and they will receive a number from Team Manager Mary Kerr. Next Race is on 14 December 11am at the Laigh Hills in Dunblane – car parking at Dunblane Cathedral or on road side at Kilbryde Crescent etc – registration at play area at the entrance to the Laigh Hills from 10.30am

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