Scottish Under 17 Indoor Championships Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Saturday 26th January 2019
There were a host of new personal best performances for Central AC’s athletes at the Scottish under 17 championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday. Daniel Ferguson and Molly Cornes were the top performers as Central’s youngsters took on the best in Scotland. Sprint hurdler, Daniel Ferguson is no stranger to top flight competition. The 16 year old from Tullibody won a silver medal for Scotland at last year’s Celtic games international. Daniel was contesting the 60m Hurdles and looked strong in his heat as he qualified in 3rd place equalling his personal best of 8.87s. However it was a close contest with 5 athletes qualifying within 0.1s of each other. The final was a fast race and Daniel found himself in 4th place. He ran hard but couldn’t quite get into the medals however was rewarded with an excellent new personal best 8.74s. Daniel also managed a seasons best 7.68s in the 60m, just missing his personal best. Molly Cornes was contesting the high jump and long jump and had the challenge of a timetable clash between the 2 events. The 14 year old from Balfron, opted to focus on the high jump and cleared every height up to 1.53m after which the bar was then raised to 1.58m, higher than her personal best of 1.55m. After a close first attempt she managed to go clear at the second attempt to set a new PB height. She had some good attempts at 1.63m but was unable to improve her PB further however she was pleased with 7th place and a 3cm improvement to her personal best. Molly then went straight over to the long jump and having missed the first 2 rounds had just one jump available to qualify for the top 8. She also had the difficulty of having missed the warm up meaning she had not been able to check her run up so had to trust the mark she had laid out. Thankfully the mark was spot on and she nailed a massive personal best jump of 5.30m to put her in 7th place and qualify for another 3 jumps. She was unable to improve on this position but her 5.30m distance was not only a 46cm personal best, it puts her 3rd on the club indoor all time list and earns her a silver standard on the club awards scheme. Lois Burch is relatively inexperienced at this level but made big improvements in both the 60m hurdles and 200m. The 15 year old from Callander started with a 9.71s 60m hurdles which was a massive 0.66s personal best. This put her in 18th place but with 8 English athletes ahead of her she was actually 10th fastest Scot however she missed out on a place in the semi finals. Also in the hurdles, Coirilidh Cook was looking to get into the medals having won numerous titles at under 15 last year including victory at the Celtic Games international. She looked comfortable in her heat which she won in 9.17s, however with the strong English opposition in her semi final, pushed slightly too hard and unfortunately caught the first hurdle leaving her unable to reach the final. Hurdlers always operate to fine margins and she will learn from this and look to get back to her best when she defends her Scottish schools title in 2 weeks time. There was more to come from Lois as she took on the 200m where she set another big personal best of 27.50s, knocking 1.2s from her previous fastest. This time she did manage to progress to the semi finals and though she wasn’t able to make the final was very pleased with her days work. Also setting a new mark in the 200m was Mavia Duncan who ran a personal best 28.83s, though not enough to progress it was a 2 second improvement on her previous best. Lucy More sprinted well in the 60m and having qualified for the semi finals with 8.36s went even faster in her semi with 8.29s, just missing her personal best. There were several other good performances by the Central athletes. Kyra Gibb set an indoor best in the 1500m of 5:00.6 minutes to qualify for the final. Shona McLay qualified for the 300m semi finals with a time of 43.99s and Rebecca Cumming took on the triple jump placing a respectable 12th with 8.93m. Overall it was good to see the Central athletes taking on the best in Scotland and the number of them rewarded with new personal bests. ...
England Indoor Combined Events Championships Sheffield, 5/6 January 2019
Central AC were well represented at the Senior and under 20 England Indoor Combined events championships in Sheffield earlier this month as brothers Tom and Matt Chandler were chasing selection for Great Britain against the best all round athletes from throughout the UK. Tom Chandler was competing in the Senior Men’s Heptathlon 3 years after earning his Great Britain debut at junior level. The 21 year old originally from Balfron but now living in Uxbridge, graduated from University last year and started his first full time job meaning he has to face the challenges of balancing full time work with the training demands of decathlon. He is also currently in transition between training groups so knew it would be a challenge to try and get into the reckoning for selection for the senior GB team. But he stuck to the task and sprinted to 7.55s in the 60m, followed with a 6.48m long jump, 11.34m shot then 1.83m high jump to finish the first day with 2609 points for 21st place. In the second day he ran 8.95s over the 60m hurdlers then had a strong 4.20m pole vault before finishing with 2:48.09 minutes in the 1000m. In spite of the extra demands placed on him he had managed to score 4825 points, within 200 of his personal best, and place 15th overall and a very respectable 6th in the under 23 category against the best all round athletes from throughout the UK. Afterwards Tom commented “I’m just getting to grips with working full time now and training and how difficult that is becoming. I was just not competition sharp, fitness wise and was just not reacting off the floor and it showed. But I’m looking forward to summer now with new coaching set up which should put me in good stead for outdoors!” Hopefully we can see him back to his best for the summer. Matt Chandler was contesting the Junior Heptathlon and had the perfect start as he sprinted to a personal best 7.54s in the 60m. He followed this with 6.53m in the long jump then another pb 10.57m in the shot. He was then looking to make his move in his strongest pole vault event however things didn’t go to plan as he managed only 3.80m, well down on his 4.32m club record. This gave him an uphill struggle to get into contention for the medals and GB selection. But he started well when he returned for the second day started with 8.88s in the 60m hurdles then he equalled his personal best in the high jump with an excellent 1.92m, the 3rd highest jump of the day to pull him up to 7th place. He then finished with another personal best 2:50.38 minutes to retain 7th place for an excellent personal best final score of 4751 points. Matt was able to take the positives and negatives from the competition commenting “My immediate reaction was I was a bit disappointed with the pole vault which ended my chances at the GB vest but a couple of days later I realised I still managed 4 Pb’s so very mixed emotions from the competition.” Matt will next be in action at the Scottish championships at the Emirates in February. Also competing in the junior Heptathlon was second claim Central athlete Joel MacFarlane, representing Arbroath on the day, who set a personal best 5113 points for the bronze medal. This earned Joel his second selection for Great Britain in the upcoming international after making his debut at the event last year. ...
Great Run are looking for volunteers for the two events on 12th Jan 2019 - this is a great opportunity to be part of the event (and generate a few quid for the club as we get a donation for every volunteer).
All welcome - though under 16s are restricted from on-course duties, but can assist at the finish area.
Start & Finish volunteers required. Volunteers Reg time – 9:15am. All volunteers will be finished by 15:00pm.
Did I also mention a hot food and drink voucher and, haud me back, a Castle Run Souvenir. And it's on the telly!
Central AC End of Season Celebration Stirling Court Hotel, Friday 16th November 2018
Over 150 of Central AC’s athletes along with their families and friends celebrated the success of the club this season at their annual End of Season Celebration at the Stirling Court Hotel on Friday night. The clubs home grown Olympian, Andy Butchart, was on hand to present the awards to the clubs athletes. During the event Andy did an interview where he inspired the younger athletes in the club as he described how he started at Central AC as a teenager and rose up the ranks all the way to the Olympics. He also told them how leading the race at the Olympics is just like leading any other race and how he is hoping to win a medal at the upcoming European Indoor Championships in Glasgow next March. The event finished off with a ceilidh as the athletes let their hair down to the music of local band Skelpit Lug. A great evening was had by all. Athletes will now turn their attention to the new season with the cross country season already underway and the indoor track and field season kicking off in December.
The winners of the perpetual trophies for 2018 were as follows: Joe Allan Trophy for best performance by an under 13 at the club championships: Girls - Emily Guest, Boys - Robb Ferguson
Bob Crawford Memorial Trophy for best Javelin Performance over the season: Female – Rebecca Cumming, Male - Scott Hopper
Best performance by a senior boy thrower at club championships – Andrew McLay
Jimmy Millar Trophy for horizontal jumps: Female - Louise Carroll, Male – Matt Chandler
Best Performance by any athlete at the club championships – Jack Haughton
Fraser Shield for Most Improved Athlete: Female - Elizabeth Thompson, Male – Tom Chandler
Robert Shephard trophy for outstanding contribution by a female athlete to club performance – Emma Mailer
Isobel Robertson Trophy for outstanding contribution to the youth development league: Boys – Ewan Wilbert, Girls – Coirilidh Cook
Ralph Erskine Trophy for Contribution to team performance in Cross Country: Female – Lauren McCulloch, Male – Ali Hay
Whitelam Quaich for Endurance – commitment – David Lindsay Whitelam Quaich for Endurance – excellence – Andy Butchart David Hay trophy for ultra-Distance - Michael Wright
Jimmy Millar King of the Track – David Cumming
Club Championships winners and medalists: Under 11 Boys: 1st Magnus Bryce, 2nd Lewis Miller, 3rd Ray Taylor Under 11 Girls: 1st Loren Stewart, 2nd Niamh McKinlay, 3rd Connie Bateman Under 13 Boys: 1st Robb Ferguson, 2nd Ruairidh Burns, 3rd Tyler Hunter Under 13 Girls: 1st Hannah Tams, 2nd Emily Guest, 3rd Brogan McMillan Under 15 Boys: 1st Finlay Muir, 2nd Scott Hopper, 3rd Euan Wilbert Under 15 Girls: 1st Rebecca Cumming, 2nd Grace Tindall, 3rd Louise Carroll Under 17 Men: 1st Jack Haughton, 2nd Daniel Ferguson, 3rd Sean MacInnes Under 17 Women: 1st Emma Mailer, 2nd Shona McLay, 3rd Elizabeth Thompson Under 20 Men: 1st Jack Houghton Masters Men: 1st Kenneth Pearson, 2nd Gareth Marchant
Summer time trial series: Under 11: 1st Niamh McKinlay, 2nd Loren Stewart, 3rd Tabitha MacKenzie Under 13: 1st Olivia Freed, 2nd Alice Cameron, 3rd Megan Hogg Under 15: , 1st= Euan Campbell, 1st= Louise Carroll, 3rd= Ross Lawrie, 3rd= Amy Cully
Gold Certificates: Andrew Butchart, Tom Chandler, Jamie Crowe, Alastair Hay, Kathryn Gillespie, Magnus Bryce, Lewis Miller, Ray Taylor, Loren Stewart, Connor Bell, Robb Ferguson, Coirilidh Cook, Briagha Cook, Elizabeth Thompson, Matthew Chandler, Joel McFarlane.
Silver certificates: Aidan Thompson, Amy Gullen, Niamh McKinlay, Ruairidh Burns, Hannah Tams, Scott Hopper, Molly Cornes, Lewis Dow, Ben MacMillan, Emma Mailer, Shona McLay, Katie Sharkey, Anna Cameron, Kate Gallagher.
Bronze Certificates: Ruaridh Miller, Graham Porterfield, Michael Wright, Tyler Hunter, Dylan McCulloch, Carys Gibb, Emily Guest, Brogan McMillan, Melissa Turnbull, Cameron MacMillan, Finlay Muir, Euan Wilbert, Louise Carroll, Amy Cully, Daniel Ferguson, Jack Haughton, Euan Smith, Rosie Eckersley, Fiona Davies, Catriona Laing.
Blue Certificates: Catriona Laing, Tyler Gibson, Connie Bateman, Iona Griffen, Tom Campbell, Jamie Oldham, Sam Vannet, Danielle Abel, Mirren Henry, Sandy Buchanan, Tom Duncan, Andrew McLay, Jamie McNaught, Lois Burch, Rebecca Cumming, Katherine Fowler, Naomi Howlieson, Grace Tindall, Daniel Bruce, Neil Casserly, Erik Escala, Aidan Grevemberg, Carrie Banks, Kyra Gibb, Keir Howlieson, Andrew Sweeney, Lauren McCulloch, Rachael Methven.
Merit Certificates: Logan Bell, Hamish Blyth, Lewis Clinkenbeard, Jamie Connor, Ossian de Arkotxa, Sam Isgrove, Jack Sutton, Tabitha MacKenzie, Eden Wilkie, Peter Daniels, Douglas Fleming, Joshua Kennedy, Aaron Middleton, Ethan Sorley, Erin Forgie, Olivia Freed, Megan Hogg, Niamh Imrie, Catriona Kane, Orly Mitchell Murray, Euan Campbell, Jack Campbell, Lyle Hunter, Cameron Kerr, Mavia Duncan, Megan Dunlop, Amy Faunce Smith, Ciara Forgie, Mia Glen, Amy Johnston, Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock, Erin Miller, Ellen Montgomery, Cora Morgan, Ellie Ross, Comhnall Ferguson, John Wilkie, Lucy More, Tom Graham-Marr, Telfer Gray, Kieran Halliday, Sandy Holl, Nathan Rix, Holly McNaught, Charlotte Moock, Heather Scott.
Congratulation to all the award winners on the night. Kenny Pearson ...
Further to last night's word at training, it is with great sadness that I have to report that one of our members, Jayne Gray, has tragically lost her life in a car accident in Zambia. She was there on a charity cycle, raising money for Transaid.
Jayne was a committed and gutsy athlete, up for a challenge - most recently the half marathon in Iceland in June - supportive, outspoken and, most importantly, excellent company on long training runs. Banter was always of the highest order. She will be much missed by us all.
The fundraising page for her cycle can be found here:https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=JayneDGray&pageUrl=2