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5 days ago

Central Athletics

Course Record for Mo at the Brian Goodwin 10km 🎉

🥇 Morag Miller in a blistering 33:51 (CR).
🥈Jamie Crowe in 29:42.
👍 Andrew Irvine narrowly missing out on a sub 40 run (40:00).

👏 Bellahouston Harriers for putting on a great event!
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Course Record for Mo at the Brian Goodwin 10km  🎉

🥇 Morag Miller in a blistering 33:51 (CR).
🥈Jamie Crowe in 29:42.
👍 Andrew Irvine narrowly missing out on a sub 40 run (40:00).

👏 Bellahouston Harriers for putting on a great event!Image attachment

 

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1 week ago

Central Athletics

Scottish Schools Championships
Grangemouth, 9-10 June 2019, Group A report

In the oldest group A (17 & over) age group Central ACs athletes bring a wealth of experience to the event. For many of them it was also their final ever appearance for their school before leaving.
This included Tom Graham-Marr who was competing in the 1500m. The 18 year old Stirling High pupil was still chasing his first medal after 6 years of appearances at Scottish schools events. However his wait finally came to an end as he ran an excellent personal best 4:15.76 minutes to place 3rd and step onto the podium for a bronze medal.
Dollar Academy pair Emma Mailer and Ben MacMillan are no strangers to the podium after numerous gold medals between them. Emma was pleased to get on top of the podium again in the 400m hurdles after running a controlled race to take the gold medal.
Ben was in the 3000m and found himself in the leading group in a tactical race. He was well placed when the pace quickened in the final lap and while he was just outrun in the final sprint finish he still managed to take a fine silver medal with a time of 8:57.54.
Elizabeth Thompson signed off her Balfron High career on a high note as she took bronze in the 400m. And Euan Smith (Dollar Academy) was on form in the 200m as he set an impressive pb 23.03s for 6th.
Overall it was an excellent turnout from the club athletes with a total of 17 medals including 5 golds and 20 personal bests. Well done to all that took part.
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1 week ago

Central Athletics

Scottish Schools Championships
Grangemouth, 9-10 June 2019, Group B report

Coirilidh Cook and Erik Escala and were on top form at the Scottish schools championships in the group B (age 15-16) age group. This age group has the added incentive of international selection after the event.
Coirilidh has won numerous Scottish titles and had already won a gold medal in the Balfron High relay team a week earlier. However she was looking for her first individual title in the under 17 age group as she took on the 80m hurdles. She is unbeaten over hurdles this season but had not yet faced opposition from the whole of Scotland and with some good athletes challenging her knew she would have to be at her best. After comfortably qualifying through her heat she lined up in the final and set off fast. She led from the start but faced a strong challenge as her lead was getting rapidly closed down at the finish. However she managed to hold on at the line to take the gold in 12.01s, an excellent time considering the strong headwind. She later took part in the long jump placing a respectable 6th with a pb 5.17m.
Multi eventer, Erik Escala, showed his versatility as he first took on the pole vault event. The 16 year old Dunblane High pupil has been making steady progress at a relatively new event for him and made another big improvement as he took his personal best from 3.30m to an excellent clearance of 3.55m to take the bronze medal. He was not finished there though and looked to add to his medals in the shot where he produced another personal best with a throw of 12.44m which won him an excellent silver medal to make it a medal double.
There was further good news for Coirilidh and Erik as both athletes have been selected to represent Scotland at the schools track and field international in Swansea in July where they will face teams from Wales, Ireland and England.
Shona McLay of Stirling High had a return to form in the 100m where she ran 12.96s to qualify for the final. In the final she was facing a strong headwind but managed 13.26s for a respectable 5th place.
Lois Burch of McLaren High has made great improvements in the hurdles this season and ran an excellent 12.75s in the 80m hurdles in spite of the strong headwind, to line up alongside Coirilidh and make it 2 Central athletes in the final. This was Lois’s first ever final appearance at a national event and she can be proud of her 7th place finish in the final.
Grace Tindall of Alva Academy ran a big personal best in the 3000m of 11:08.29 for 8th and also set a personal best in the 800m with 2:28.29.
There was a 6th place for Molly Cornes (Balfrom High) in the high jump with 1.50m and Daniel Ferguson (Lornshill Academy) placed 7th in the 100m hurdles with 15.14s after running 12.18s in the 100m.
Jack Haughton (Dunblane High) sprinted to the 100m semis with 11.92s in his heat. Aidan Grevemberg (Balfron High) pulled up with a hamstring injury in the 100m crossing the line in 12.15s. This was still enough to progress but he was unfortunately unable to continue after his injury.
Lucy More (McLaren High) just missed out on a semi final place in the girls 100m with 13.89s then ran 27.99s in the 200m.
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Scottish Schools Championships
Grangemouth, 9-10 June 2019, Group B report

Coirilidh Cook and Erik Escala and were on top form at the Scottish schools championships in the group B (age 15-16) age group.  This age group has the added incentive of international selection after the event.
Coirilidh has won numerous Scottish titles and had already won a gold medal in the Balfron High relay team a week earlier.  However she was looking for her first individual title in the under 17 age group as she took on the 80m hurdles.  She is unbeaten over hurdles this season but had not yet faced opposition from the whole of Scotland and with some good athletes challenging her knew she would have to be at her best.  After comfortably qualifying through her heat she lined up in the final and set off fast.  She led from the start but faced a strong challenge as her lead was getting rapidly closed down at the finish.  However she managed to hold on at the line to take the gold in 12.01s, an excellent time considering the strong headwind.   She later took part in the long jump placing a respectable 6th with a pb 5.17m.
Multi eventer, Erik Escala, showed his versatility as he first took on the pole vault event.  The 16 year old Dunblane High pupil has been making steady progress at a relatively new event for him and made another big improvement as he took his personal best from 3.30m to an excellent clearance of 3.55m to take the bronze medal.  He was not finished there though and looked to add to his medals in the shot where he produced another personal best with a throw of 12.44m which won him an excellent silver medal to make it a medal double.
There was further good news for Coirilidh and Erik as both athletes have been selected to represent Scotland at the schools track and field international in Swansea in July where they will face teams from Wales, Ireland and England.
Shona McLay of Stirling High had a return to form in the 100m where she ran 12.96s to qualify for the final.  In the final she was facing a strong headwind but managed 13.26s for a respectable 5th place.
Lois Burch of McLaren High has made great improvements in the hurdles this season and ran an excellent 12.75s in the 80m hurdles in spite of the strong headwind, to line up alongside Coirilidh and make it 2 Central athletes in the final.  This was Lois’s first ever final appearance at a national event and she can be proud of her 7th place finish in the final.
Grace Tindall of Alva Academy ran a big personal best in the 3000m of 11:08.29 for 8th and also set a personal best in the 800m with 2:28.29.
There was a 6th place for Molly Cornes (Balfrom High) in the high jump with 1.50m and Daniel Ferguson (Lornshill Academy) placed 7th in the 100m hurdles with 15.14s after running 12.18s in the 100m.
Jack Haughton (Dunblane High) sprinted to the 100m semis with 11.92s in his heat.  Aidan Grevemberg (Balfron High) pulled up with a hamstring injury in the 100m crossing the line in 12.15s.  This was still enough to progress but he was unfortunately unable to continue after his injury.
Lucy More (McLaren High) just missed out on a semi final place in the girls 100m with 13.89s then ran 27.99s in the 200m.Image attachment

1 week ago

Central Athletics

Scottish Schools Championships
Grangemouth, 9-10 June 2019, Group C report

Scott Hopper of McLaren High was on great form in the group C (age 14) age group at the Scottish Schools championships winning 2 medals. He started in the shot where a throw of 12.52m earned him 2nd place and a silver medal in a close competition. He returned the next day for the javelin looking to go one better and ended up clear winner with a big throw of 39.23m, over 6m clear of the opposition, to take the gold medal.
Cameron MacMillan of Dollar Academy was also on the podium in the 1500m after running a personal best 4:28.58 minutes to place 3rd and take the bronze medal, his first ever medal at a national level event.
In the High Jump Central AC pair Louise Carroll of Balfron and Katherine Fowler of McLaren high were chasing a second Scottish schools medal this season. The previous weekend Louise had won a silver in the relay and Katherine a bronze in the pentathlon. Both athletes went clear up to 1.40m and at 1.45m Louise cleared first time and Katherine cleared at the second time of asking. At 1.50m both athletes came very close but couldn’t quite go over but with only 2 athletes going clear this gave Louise the bronze medal on countback, making it her first ever individual medal at a national level event.
Katherine’s 2 attempts at 1.45m meant she had to settle for 5th on countback however she had another chance at a medal in the 200m. Katherine won her heat comfortably, just missing her pb with 26.49s into a strong headwind. In the final the headwind was even stronger and she found herself in 4th place coming off the bend. However she dug in and clawed back 5 metres on the athlete outside her to snatch an excellent bronze medal in 26.74s, an excellent time into a -3.5ms wind.
Louise was also entered in the 75m hurdles and achieved her aim of reaching the final where she placed 7th in 13.10s.
In the endurance events Catriona Kane (Dunblane HS) was on good form in the 1500m where she ran a big personal best 5:20.34 minutes to place 8th. And East district champion Amy Cully (Wallace High) reached the 800m final after running 2:32.21 minutes.
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Scottish Schools Championships
Grangemouth, 9-10 June 2019, Group C report

Scott Hopper of McLaren High was on great form in the group C (age 14) age group at the Scottish Schools championships winning 2 medals.  He started in the shot where a throw of 12.52m earned him 2nd place and a silver medal in a close competition.  He returned the next day for the javelin looking to go one better and ended up clear winner with a big throw of 39.23m, over 6m clear of the opposition, to take the gold medal.
Cameron MacMillan of Dollar Academy was also on the podium in the 1500m after running a personal best 4:28.58 minutes to place 3rd and take the bronze medal, his first ever medal at a national level event.
In the High Jump Central AC pair Louise Carroll of Balfron and Katherine Fowler of McLaren high were chasing a second Scottish schools medal this season.  The previous weekend Louise had won a silver in the relay and Katherine a bronze in the pentathlon.  Both athletes went clear up to 1.40m and at 1.45m Louise cleared first time and Katherine cleared at the second time of asking.  At 1.50m both athletes came very close but couldn’t quite go over but with only 2 athletes going clear this gave Louise the bronze medal on countback,  making it her first ever individual medal at a national level event.
Katherine’s 2 attempts at 1.45m meant she had to settle for 5th on countback however she had another chance at a medal in the 200m.  Katherine won her heat comfortably, just missing her pb with 26.49s into a strong headwind.  In the final the headwind was even stronger and she found herself in 4th place coming off the bend.  However she dug in and clawed back 5 metres on the athlete outside her to snatch an excellent bronze medal in 26.74s, an excellent time into a -3.5ms wind.
Louise was also entered in the 75m hurdles and achieved her aim of reaching the final where she placed 7th in 13.10s.
In the endurance events Catriona Kane (Dunblane HS) was on good form in the 1500m where she ran a big personal best 5:20.34 minutes to place 8th.  And East district champion Amy Cully (Wallace High) reached the 800m final after running 2:32.21 minutes.Image attachmentImage attachment

1 week ago

Central Athletics

Scottish Schools Championships
Grangemouth, 9-10 June 2019, Group D report

Central AC had a successful weekend as the Scottish schools championships reached the climax of the track and field championships. In the youngest Group D (under 14) age group the clubs competitors were mainly taking part at this level for the first time but came away with an impressive tally of 4 medals and numerous personal bests.
Robb Ferguson of Lornshill Academy, was on top form as he took his first ever gold medal at a national level event as he won the javelin after throwing a personal best distance of 35.71m in a close competition. He followed this up in the 80m hurdles where he added to his medal collection with a silver in a time of 12.86s.
Also getting on top of the podium was Connor Bell of Balfron High. Connor ran a measured 800m as he paced himself over the first lap then hit the front in the second lap. One athlete remained with him but he managed to stay in front in the sprint finish to win in an excellent pb 2:09.23 minutes. Following behind was Ruaridh Burns of Stirling High who finished a respectable 5th in a personal best 2:14.09.
Alva Academy were well represented in this age group with Danielle Abel, Hannah Tams and Kate Gilvear all turning out for the school for the first time at this event. Danielle was competing in the 75m hurdles for the first time ever and also stepping up an age group from her usual under 13 age group. However she was undaunted by the challenge and finished in an excellent 5th place in the final with 13.51s. She also managed a top 8 finish in the long jump jumping to a personal best 4.12m for 7th.
Hannah and Kate were both contesting the 100m. Hannah had a good outing as she reached the final where she placed 8th in a seasons best 13.91s and Kate ran a personal best 14.56s in her heat.
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Scottish Schools Championships
Grangemouth, 9-10 June 2019, Group D report

Central AC had a successful weekend as the Scottish schools championships reached the climax of the track and field championships.  In the youngest Group D (under 14) age group the clubs competitors were mainly taking part at this level for the first time but came away with an impressive tally of 4 medals and numerous personal bests.
Robb Ferguson of Lornshill Academy, was on top form as he took his first ever gold medal at a national level event as he won the javelin after throwing a personal best distance of 35.71m in a close competition.  He followed this up in the 80m hurdles where he added to his medal collection with a silver in a time of 12.86s.
Also getting on top of the podium was Connor Bell of Balfron High.  Connor ran a measured 800m as he paced himself over the first lap then hit the front in the second lap.  One athlete remained with him but he managed to stay in front in the sprint finish to win in an excellent pb 2:09.23 minutes.  Following behind was Ruaridh Burns of Stirling High who finished a respectable 5th in a personal best 2:14.09.
Alva Academy were well represented in this age group with Danielle Abel, Hannah Tams and Kate Gilvear all turning out for the school for the first time at this event.  Danielle was competing in the 75m hurdles for the first time ever and also stepping up an age group from her usual under 13 age group.  However she was undaunted by the challenge and finished in an excellent 5th place in the final with 13.51s.  She also managed a top 8 finish in the long jump jumping to a personal best 4.12m for 7th.
Hannah and Kate were both contesting the 100m.  Hannah had a good outing as she reached the final where she placed 8th in a seasons best 13.91s and Kate ran a personal best 14.56s in her heat.Image attachmentImage attachment
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