For the info of coaches, team managers, parents and athletes, please see the below dates for the Forth Valley League (FVL) and lower Youth Development League (YDL)
28/04 Livingston, 26/05 Livingston, 23/06 Grangemouth and final on 28/07 Grangemouth.
22/04 Grangemouth, 20/05 Grangemouth, 17/06 Scotstoun and final on 29/07 Grangemouth
These leagues are both team events therefore entries and declarations will be completed by team managers. Our younger and less experienced athletes should be encouraged to take part in FVL, with YDL being for our more experienced youngsters although there is likely to be an overlap. Please speak to coaches or contact myself if any queries.
These events don’t happen without volunteers - we always need new team managers and parent helpers and it’s for the benefit of our athletes. It’s not difficult and you will be completely supported. Please get in touch ASAP if you think you can help - please don’t ignore this appeal; if we all did that these events simply wouldn’t happen. Thank you
Scottish Indoor Relay Championships Emirates Arena, Saturday 3rd February
While the clubs multi eventers were in action Central AC’s sprinters were taking part in the national indoor 4x200m relay championships. The event involves 4 athletes sprinting one lap of the tight indoor 200m track and with the crowd so close to the track it has an excitement unique to this event. It was an historic occasion for the club as Central AC fielded its first ever senior women’s squad. The experienced team of Anna Cameron, Catriona Laing, Madeleine Woods and Megan Anderson safely qualified for the final in 1:53.13. In the final the team of 3 school girls and one university student found themselves up against some top class senior women but Anna of Balfron High, led the team off well with a 27.1s split before handing on to Catriona of Dollar Academy, who broke from lanes into 4th place fighting hard for the medal positions. After a 58.8s split she handed on to Madeleine, another Balfron High pupil who fought hard to keep in 4th place and within reach of 3rd running 28.3s. The final leg was fast but Stirling University’s Megan Anderson on anchor took the team round to a faster time of 1:53.13 minutes and an excellent 6th place at the finish. For the junior teams the event was about qualification for the finals to be held alongside the Glasgow Grand Prix on the 24th February. The under 17 girls team of Elizabeth Thompson, Shona McLay, Lucy More and Katie Sharkey are all experienced relay competitors having won numerous relay medals over the year. They were in great form as they comfortably took the baton round in 1:45.65 minutes, the second fastest ever by a Central female team, to qualify fastest for the final to earn top seeding. Joining them at the finals will be the under 17 men’s team of Aidan Grevemberg, Erik Escala, Daniel Ferguson and Neil Casserley. They went round in 1:38.44 minutes to qualify 6th fastest but with 2 weeks to practice will look to improve on that and challenge for the medals in the final. The under 15 girls team of Molly Cornes, Amy Faunce-Smith, Erin Miller and Amy Johnstone ran 1:59.47 minutes in their heat to progress to the semi-final stage but were unable to improve on this in the next round missing out on a place in the final. The under 15 boys team of Finlay Marchant, Cameron Dowie, Ross Lawrie and Euan Docherty ran 2:01.19 minutes and the under 13 girls team of Emily Guest, Danielle Abel, Alice Cameron and Marissa Welsh ran 2:13.56 minutes. These performances were not quite enough on this occasion to progress to the final against some strong teams, however with the athletes mainly running indoor relays for the first time, they will have earned great experience. Well done to all. ...
The senior and under 20 men’s events saw Central’s experienced multi eventers, Balfron brothers Tom & Matt Chandler taking on the Heptathlon, the indoor equivalent of the decathlon. Tom is a Great Britain international and at the recent UK championships Tom placed a fantastic 5th in the senior event and Matt an excellent 7th in the junior event. Tom had a difficult start after his blocks slipped in the 60m. He still managed 7.55s but having run an excellent 7.37s pb earlier in the week he was hoping for more. After his appeals for a rerun were denied he had to focus on the long jump event where a season’s best 6.57m pulled him up to 3rd place. Tom then threw the furthest in the shot with 11.75m to move up to 2nd. However he had disappointment in the high jump, only managing 1.74m to finish the first day in 3rd place. Matt started with season’s bests in the 60m (7.59s) and long jump (6.57m). A personal best 10.03m in the shot and 1.80m high jump saw Matt finish the first day in 4th place. However both the Chandlers were looking to improve their position with a stronger second day to come. They both started well in the second day in the 60m hurdles. Tom ran 8.78s for 2nd senior and Matt 8.83s for 2nd in the junior event. However it was the pole vault where they both excelled. Matt knew pole vault specialist Andrew MacFarlane would be strong here but all Matt’s other opponents had gone out by the time Matt cleared 3.77m giving him an opportunity to make up ground. And by the time Tom came in at 3.97m all his senior opponents had gone out so he too had an opportunity to make gains. With a large Central contingent of the younger athletes and their parents cheering on, Tom and Matt went on to clear every height up to 4.07m first time and then Tom cleared 4.17m first time. Matt needed every bit of his resolve though to finally go clear at 4.17m at the 3rd and final attempt. Matt then attempted 4.27m which would improve his own club junior record but this proved beyond him this time. However Tom went clear first time again at 4.27m then again at 4.37m to loud cheers from the Central supporters. At 4.47m he was then attempting to improve his personal best and club senior record but had to settle for his 4.37m clearance. The performances in the pole vault moved Matt up into the medal positions in 3rd in the junior event and Tom was now within 100 points of the lead in the senior event with just the 1000m to go. In the 1000m Tom and Matt did everything they could, Tom won the race in a seasons best 2:43.93 minutes and Matt was first junior over the line with a personal best 2:53.21 minutes. Tom’s run gave him an excellent final score of 4925 points, just 33 points behind the winner, Rolus Oluso, from Ireland. It was a frustrating weekend though for Tom having scored 4981 points at the UK championships. He had a good second day but he knows a better first day would have given him his first Scottish senior title and improved his personal best of 4981 points which places him in the top 10 of the Scottish all time list. However with only the Irish athlete ahead he was well ahead of his Scottish rivals. Matt had to settle for 3rd place after narrowly failing to improve his position however his score of 4663 points equalled his personal best performance at the UK championships and places him 13th in the Scottish under 20 all-time list. With 17 younger Central athletes competing over the weekend, Tom, now aged 20, & Matt, 17, set an excellent example to them all as athletes who progressed through the club coaching system as teenagers, of where they can progress to at senior level. ...