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Don't forget - ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR OUR ANNUAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

More info here: www.centralathletics.co.uk/2017/08/06/central-ac-and-falkirk-vics-club-championships-2nd-septembe....

Entries are online-only via www.online-entries.co.uk/entry_pages/club_champs.html.

CLOSING DATE IS 24th AUGUST!

Also, we NEED VOLUNTEERS to make the day run smoothly. Registration, Track and Field events support, First Aid - there's also plenty of non-specialist help needed (eg sand pit raking, javelin retrieval, HJ bar replacement etc) so please don't worry if you've not helped at an athletics event before - we will make sure you're well briefed and well supported!
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Andrea PartridgeI'm happy to help but didn't see the box to tick on the entry form. Can you add me to the list please!

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We are delighted to have the support of Heat Fitness for this year's 10K. Thanks guys.

Heat Fitness specialise in hot yoga, a yoga practice used by runners to stretch and strengthen for many years. We offer three of the world’s leading hot yoga sequences: Bikram, Fiercegrace and Absolute Hot Yoga.

What are the benefits for runners?

Hot yoga and running have an amazing synergy and the physical benefits are numerous, with the most obvious being – loosening up tight hamstrings. Each posture works on conditioning and realigning each part of your body to give you strength and flexibility, which in turn minimises the risk of injury.
If you are feeling the effects of increased training on your body, then hot yoga is a fantastic way to stretch your tight muscles. The heated room allows you to safely go deeper into each posture and the controlled breathing is a central part of the experience, with your inhales and exhales leading your movements. This is important for runners specifically because you get used to using your lungs as part of your workout. Focusing on your breath during running can also help you get through a difficult stretch of miles.
During yoga, you’ll also strengthen your feet and make them more stable to land on when you’re running. Injury prevention is so vital for runners, but we often try to run through injuries: coming along to yoga is the perfect way to ‘check-up’ on your body, focusing on your limbs, joints and muscles to make sure everything is okay. Long-term, hot yoga can prevent injuries.
In the hot yoga room, you will have to step out of your comfort zone and push yourself and these same ideals can be taken to the track or your first 10km race. Mentally, the practice of hot yoga is perfect if you are new to running or pushing yourself to the next level in your running career.
Come along and flood your body with the oxygen it needs, giving you more energy and a clear mind. Our introductory offer is 20 days of unlimited hot yoga and TRX for £20. All students and seniors get 20% off our ‘drop-in rates’ and monthly deals.
For more info, please visit our website: www.heatfitness.co.uk and/or contact us at ku.oc1503093948.ssen1503093948tifta1503093948eh@of1503093948ni1503093948 or Tel: 01786474447.
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We are delighted to have the support of Heat Fitness for this years 10K. Thanks guys. 

Heat Fitness specialise in hot yoga, a yoga practice used by runners to stretch and strengthen for many years. We offer three of the world’s leading hot yoga sequences: Bikram, Fiercegrace and Absolute Hot Yoga. 

What are the benefits for runners? 

Hot yoga and running have an amazing synergy and the physical benefits are numerous, with the most obvious being – loosening up tight hamstrings. Each posture works on conditioning and realigning each part of your body to give you strength and flexibility, which in turn minimises the risk of injury.
If you are feeling the effects of increased training on your body, then hot yoga is a fantastic way to stretch your tight muscles. The heated room allows you to safely go deeper into each posture and the controlled breathing is a central part of the experience, with your inhales and exhales leading your movements. This is important for runners specifically because you get used to using your lungs as part of your workout. Focusing on your breath during running can also help you get through a difficult stretch of miles.
During yoga, you’ll also strengthen your feet and make them more stable to land on when you’re running. Injury prevention is so vital for runners, but we often try to run through injuries: coming along to yoga is the perfect way to ‘check-up’ on your body, focusing on your limbs, joints and muscles to make sure everything is okay. Long-term, hot yoga can prevent injuries. 
In the hot yoga room, you will have to step out of your comfort zone and push yourself and these same ideals can be taken to the track or your first 10km race. Mentally, the practice of hot yoga is perfect if you are new to running or pushing yourself to the next level in your running career.  
Come along and flood your body with the oxygen it needs, giving you more energy and a clear mind. Our introductory offer is 20 days of unlimited hot yoga and TRX for £20.  All students and seniors get 20% off our ‘drop-in rates’ and monthly deals. 
For more info, please visit our website: www.heatfitness.co.uk and/or contact us at <a href=ku.oc1503093948.ssen1503093948tifta1503093948eh@of1503093948ni1503093948 or Tel: 01786474447." data-querystring="oh=1daa3c527f1e01867a498f13bb40845d&oe=5A1DEAEF" />

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We don’t normally cover other sports here but Central members may be interested to hear that long term Central AC athlete Sophie Parsons is making great progress in the world of rowing and since swapping her running spikes for oars has now established herself in the Scottish team at Senior international level. The 19 year old from Thornhill recently made her Scottish senior debut at the Home International Regatta at Strathclyde Park as she helped the Scotland team defeat their English, Welsh and Irish counterparts to win the inaugural Dame Katherine Grainger Quaich.
Sophie was a long time Central member joining aged 11 in 2009 and went on to win national medals in hurdles and triple jump. She was showing promise until she suffered a major setback in 2014 after an accident at triple jump resulted in a serious ankle fracture. This could have ended her sporting career but after an operation and 10 months of rehabilitation she finally returned to hurdles. However the ankle was never strong enough to allow her to triple jump again so when she started at Edinburgh University in 2015 she decided to give rowing a go. She quickly established herself in the University team and in 2016 her boat won the gold at the British Universities in the novices race and she was selected for the Scottish junior team in the coxless 4s.
She has since made further progress and was elevated to the Scottish senior team in the lightweight pairs. She finished third in her race but knows they could have been faster at the start so will look to learn from the experience for future. And still just 19 years old, with the perfect physique for lightweight rowing and with the strength from her athletics background she has a bright future in the sport. We’ll be watching out for her and hopefully this can inspire our athletes that not only can an athletic background as a teenager can take you a long way in sport, if you are determined enough you can always bounce back from adversity and major injury setbacks to long term success.
Pictures are her in rowing action for Scotland, with her victorious Scotland team (Sophie circled) and her highs and lows at Central AC, the high her first Scottish championship medal in hurdles in 2013 and the low after her ankle operation in 2014.
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We don’t normally cover other sports here but Central members may be interested to hear that long term Central AC athlete Sophie Parsons is making great progress in the world of rowing and since swapping her running spikes for oars has now established herself in the Scottish team at Senior international level.   The 19 year old from Thornhill recently made her Scottish senior debut at the Home International Regatta at Strathclyde Park as she helped the Scotland team defeat their English, Welsh and Irish counterparts to win the inaugural Dame Katherine Grainger Quaich.
Sophie was a long time Central member joining aged 11 in 2009 and went on to win national medals in hurdles and triple jump.  She was showing promise until she suffered a major setback in 2014 after an accident at triple jump resulted in a serious ankle fracture.  This could have ended her sporting career but after an operation and 10 months of rehabilitation she finally returned to hurdles.  However the ankle was never strong enough to allow her to triple jump again so when she started at Edinburgh University in 2015 she decided to give rowing a go.  She quickly established herself in the University team and in 2016 her boat won the gold at the British Universities in the novices race and she was selected for the Scottish junior team in the coxless 4s.
She has since made further progress and was elevated to the Scottish senior team in the lightweight pairs.  She finished third in her race but knows they could have been faster at the start so will look to learn from the experience for future.  And still just 19 years old, with the perfect physique for lightweight rowing and with the strength from her athletics background she has a bright future in the sport.  We’ll be watching out for her and hopefully this can inspire our athletes that not only can an athletic background as a teenager can take you a long way in sport, if you are determined enough you can always bounce back from adversity and major injury setbacks to long term success.
Pictures are her in rowing action for Scotland, with her victorious Scotland team (Sophie circled) and her highs and lows at Central AC, the high her first Scottish championship medal in hurdles in 2013 and the low after her ankle operation in 2014.

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Central AthleticsThose at McLaren High School may remember Sophie as head girl in 2014/15.

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Sarah McLayGreat talent, attitude and effort from Sophie.

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Lyndsay MacnairWell done Sophie.

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Fiona BuchananWell done Sophie!

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Hannah HopperWell done Sophie!!!

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Sandra SmithGo Sophie - so well done👍😘

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Tom YoungSophie you're my hero 😍

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Joyce BurnettNice post. Well done Sophie!

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Celtic Games, Dublin 5th August 2017

Central ACs Emma Mailer was on superb form for Scotland as she won the Celtic Games international in Dublin. This was a great result for the 15 year old from Stirling as she took on and beat her rivals from Ireland and Wales in the under 18 400m Hurdles. This was a familiar venue for Emma as she was returning to Dublin 3 weeks after she made her international debut at the schools international. She earned her international selections for the schools international and Celtic games after some impressive performances earlier in the season including victory in the under 17 300m hurdles at the Scottish schools in a new club record in June.
This time she was competing in the older under 18 age group and over the longer 400m hurdles distance. She clearly learned from her experience at the schools international and at the Celtic Games looked comfortable on the international stage as she ran away from the opposition to win in an excellent 64.42 seconds, 2 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.
She almost won a second gold medal as she ran the 2nd leg in the 4x400m relay however Scotland were just pipped by Ireland at the finish. Emma has 2 more years in the under 18 age group and will look to improve in the future.
Decathlete Joel MacFarlane was also competing for Scotland in the 110m hurdles, high jump and 4x100m relay and picked up bronze medals in all 3 events.
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Celtic Games, Dublin 5th August 2017

Central ACs Emma Mailer was on superb form for Scotland as she won the Celtic Games international in Dublin.  This was a great result for the 15 year old from Stirling as she took on and beat her rivals from Ireland and Wales in the under 18 400m Hurdles.  This was a familiar venue for Emma as she was returning to Dublin 3 weeks after she made her international debut at the schools international.  She earned her international selections for the schools international and Celtic games after some impressive performances earlier in the season including victory in the under 17 300m hurdles at the Scottish schools in a new club record in June.
This time she was competing in the older under 18 age group and over the longer 400m hurdles distance.  She clearly learned from her experience at the schools international and at the Celtic Games looked comfortable on the international stage as she ran away from the opposition to win in an excellent 64.42 seconds, 2 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.
She almost won a second gold medal as she ran the 2nd leg in the 4x400m relay however Scotland were just pipped by Ireland at the finish.  Emma has 2 more years in the under 18 age group and will look to improve in the future.
Decathlete Joel MacFarlane was also competing for Scotland in the 110m hurdles, high jump and 4x100m relay and picked up bronze medals in all 3 events.

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Nicola AlmassWell done Emma super achievements x

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Natalie SreenanBrilliant Emma, well done!! 🥇🎉x

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Linzi BryceWell done Emma!!

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Emma MailerThank you! Xx

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Rhubarb LimeWell done Emma 😘xx

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