East League XC - Livingston 18th Jan 💛💙
Central AC’s senior men took top honours at the final match of the East District Cross Country League which was played out at Deans Country Park in Livingston. Hamish Hickey enjoyed the almost perfect conditions to lead a strong team to victory on the day, as they clinched the League title for the tenth occasion.
As always the day commenced with the Under 11 races with both the girls and boys facing 1.6 kilometre runs. There was some good packing from Central’s Under 11 boys with Finlay MacGregor (23rd; 6min 51secs), Jake Drummond (25th; 6.52) and Joel Gillan (26th; 6.53) and with the essential back-up from Logan Bell (57th; 7.54) the boys finished as fifth team on the day. Cuara Middleton was the sole Central girl runner with a fine 29th place and a time of 7.38.
The Under 13 girls and boys had a full 3.2 kilometre lap of the course to negotiate. In the boys race Aaron Middleton caught the eye in ninth (12.01) and with further good runs from Joshua Kennedy (24th; 12.44), Henry Crossley (48th; 13.53) and Alex Dunlop (49th; 14.03) the Central team finished in sixth place on the day and an excellent third placing for the season. For the girls, Leah Brown ran well to take 44th placing with 15.04
Connor Bell, fresh from his quality run the previous weekend, always looked in control of the 4 kilometres Under 15 Boys race coming home for an emphatic victory with 13min 39secs. Euan Docherty had another strong run to finish 21st (15.35). For the combined under15/u17 girls/ladies race, a fourth team place both on the day and over the season was achieved by some strong running by Summer McLean (12th; 16.28), Catriona Kane (13th; 16.39), Mirren Hentry (20th; 17.24), Anna McKinnon (23rd; 17.41), Zosia Padden (33rd; 18.48), Leona Melville (40th; 19.32) and Heidi Eik-Maxwell (45th; 19.52).
Sam Grivell may have been the only Central Under 17 Man to tackle the 6.4 kilometre two lap course but here showed continued improvement to finish in thirteenth with a useful 24.38 timing.
It was Under 20 runner Hamish Hickey who showed his strength and confidence to become the latest Central AC athlete to win an East District League race, here completing the 9.6 kilometre, 3 lap course in 31min 8secs. Alastair Hay again produced a sterling performance in fourth overall (31.30) and with back-up from Dale Colley (eighth; 31.53), Matthew Sutherland (eleventh; 32.12), Michael Wright (twelfth; 32.26) and Under 20 runner Ben MacMillan (thirteenth; 32.28) meaning Central again took team honours and lifted the Senior Mens Team Trophy for the season. The essential back-up came from the top two Masters runners on the day, Ross Houston (15th; 32.40) and Scott Brember (19th; 32.58), while there were further top performances from Robert Russell (25th; 33.29), Luca Fanottoli (26th; 33.34) and Under 20 Telfer Gray (36th; 34.12). David Eckersley (99th; 38.37) showed great concentration throughout to complete Central’s Masters team who gained second place and led home more solid performances from Donald Shaw (103rd; 38.48), Alan Hume (120th; 39.49), Ross McNaught (129th; 40.14), Tal Eidi (140th; 40.37), Iain Dunsmore (150th; 41.02) and Jens Subke (157th; 41.27). Charles Graham-Marr (169th; 42.08) stuck well to the task as did the remaining Central runners Hugh Buchanan (186th; 43.10), Colin Alexander (191st; 43.23), Roger Greenaway (211th; 45.21), Liam McCabe (218th; 36.17), Ben Noad (229th; 47.22), Allan Gall (243rd; 48.33), Colin Sinclair (251st; 49.46) and Cameron Campbell (257th; 50.17) as some 27 Central runners finished the Senior Mens race making up a tenth of the total field.
In the senior women’s race over 6.4 kilometres, Catriona Buchanan led her team in with a fine 13th place display in 25.24, supported by Claire Houston (26th, 26.47), Mandy Williams (29th, 27.39), Hazel Dean (58th, 29.48) and Jane Waterhouse ( 104th, 32.49) finishing the season in 4th place. ... See MoreSee Less
British XC Challenge - 11 January 2020 💛💙
Central Athletic Club were very much at the heart of events on King’s Park, when Stirling hosted a series of Home Countries internationals, mixed with the annual Scottish Inter-District Championship. As host club, Central set and laid out the course and marshalled the event. Unfortunately, it did not organise the weather with large amounts of standing water and mud on the sports pitch section providing very heavy going. The golf course section had fast but treacherous downhill sections with runners at any point in danger of a mudslide.
Central athletes featured strongly at the front of the Senior Mens and Under 20 Mens 8 kilometres race, with this the last race of the day the underfoot conditions were challenging in the extreme. Andrew Butchart and Jamie Crowe were both representing Scotland as was Hamish Hickey in the Under 23 category. There was further representation in the Scotland East team through Alastair Hay and Matthew Sutherland and a number of local runners wearing the yellow and blue Central vests willing to face up to this tough challenge.
This race provided a great spectacle for the spectators who braved the incessant rain with Butchart and Crowe at the front running in a four man group with Welsh runners Kristian Jones and James Hunt. The underfoot mud and the tight turns on the course saw Jones and Butchart taking tumbles with both recovering to race to the finish. The race unfolded on the final 2 kilometres lap with Jones establishing a lead to take him to victory in 25minutes 33seconds while a determined run from Crowe (25.43) was rewarded with second place and Butchart (25.50) just run out for third by the fast finish of England’s Adam Hickey (25.49) while Hunt faded to fifth (26.10). There was further reward for Jamie and Andrew as they led Scotland to overall victory from Wales and England the first set of gold medals for Scotland in this race for some years.
Hamish Hickey was representing the Scottish Under 23 team moving up from his normal Under 20 level. Here Hamish’s talent shone through with fourth place in the Under 23 race and 19th overall to record an excellent 27minues exactly helping Scotland lift further team gold in the Celtic Cross Country International. East of Scotland representatives Alastair Hay (40th; 27.45) and Matthew Sutherland (49th; 28.05) also tamed the conditions with the East well ahead of their rival teams.
Amongst the club entries, Conan McCaughey wore the first of the mud spattered Central vests to finish in 48th overall (27.56) ahead of further good runs from Telfer Gray (93rd; 29.52) and Calum Phillip (99th; 30.13). There was a determined run from Neil Ferrier (134th; 33.55) leading in Donald Shaw (135th; 34.10), Andrew Irvine (136th; 34.22), Jens Subke (138th; 34.36), Iain Dunsmore (141st; 36.09), Iain Elliott (142nd; 36.13), Colin Alexander (148th; 38.32) and Allan Gall (156th; 43.05).
The Under 13 Boys race featured Joshua Kennedy in the black vest of the East of Scotland, his first run at this level. As expected Joshua coped well with both the quality of the opposition and the deteriorating conditions producing a strong effort in 39th overall, recording 13min 20secs over the 3 kilometres course with the East taking silver team medals just one point behind the West of Scotland team. Jamie Connor put himself forward to challenge at this high level and should be proud of his 72nd place overall and his 15.43 clocking.
Central were represented by Carys and Leah Gibb in the girl’s Under 13 East of Scotland team, and they ran strongly thoughout with fine results of 14:17, 27th and 14.37, 31st respectively
Connor Bell was always to the fore in the Under 15 Boys race over a 4 kilometre course only headed by Birtley AC’s runner Christopher Perkins. Connor second place finish saw him lift individual gold as first Scot home, and well clear, in the Inter District race with a superb 13min 51secs effort, a brilliant outcome for someone in his first year in this age group. Indeed Connor led home the East of Scotland’s winning team effort backed up by excellent runs from fellow Central runners Cameron Kerr (tenth; 14.17) and Cameron MacMillan (18th; 14.50). In the Under 15 girl’s race Summer McLean gave a fine account for herself with her 20th place in 16.28 contributing to an East team that took the inter district title.
The Under 20 Mens race was played out over a 7 kilometre challenge with this earlier race getting the best of the underfoot conditions and here Ben MacMillan proved equal to the test finishing 24th with 25.26. Aidan Shea continued to show progress in 29th (25.44) while Sandy Holl fought throughout to finish in 40th overall (28.00). ... See MoreSee Less
Great photographs! Tony Waterhouse?
Great photographs! Tony Waterhouse?
UK Senior/Under 20 Indoor Combined Events Championships
Sheffield, 4/5 January 2020
Erik Escala tested himself against the best all rounders in Britain as he travelled to Sheffield for the UK indoor combined events championships. The 17 year old from Dunblane was competing in the under 20 mens Heptathlon, the indoor equivalent of the decathlon and it was Erik’s first competition since representing Scotland in the schools pentathlon international in November. Erik opened well with personal bests of 7.49s in the 60m and 5.99m in the long jump. He then threw an excellent 11.87m in the shot, his first throw with the heavier 6kg weight then just missed a pb in the pole vault with 3.53m. This gave him an overnight score of 2389 points for 15th place overall against a top class field. He then ran an excellent 60m hurdles time of 8.87s in his first ever run over the under 20 height, then came close to his personal best in the high jump as he cleared 1.79m. This lifted him to a respectable 11th place overall. Unfortunately Erik landed badly on the bar attempting a pb 1.82m and after taking medical advice and with the final 1000m event to come, decided not to risk further damage and withdrew from the competition. However he learned a lot from competing at his first UK championship event and will look to return and compete for medals and GB selection in future years. ... See MoreSee Less
Scottish Indoor 3000m Championships
Emirates Arena, 3rd January 2020
Central AC’s endurance athletes opened 2020 with a bang as they took 2 medals and set several personal bests at the Scottish indoor 3000m championships. This event kicks off the 2020 indoor championship season and highlight for Central was a Gold medal for Dorottya Csuta in the under 17 Women’s event. The 15 year old Hungarian athlete already had a Scottish title after winning the Scottish indoor under 15 1500m championships in February 2019. This time she was looking to add the under 17 3000m title. She ran a steady race and eventually ran away from the field to record a superb time of 9 minutes 42.96 seconds, a huge personal best. On the club stats, it broke the Central AC club under 17 club record, earned Dorottya the first gold standard of the 2020 season on the club awards scheme and placed her 3rd on the club female all time list for all age groups. Even more impressively, it met the qualifying time for Hungary for the European Youth Championships. This event will be held in Rieti, Italy in July and we will keep our fingers crossed the Hungarian selectors will keep faith with her.
Also getting onto the podium was Ben MacMillan in the under 20 mens 3000m. The 18-year-old from Stirling made great strides in 2019 winning the bronze medal at this event last year and earning the title for Central AC’s most improved male athlete of 2019. This year Ben was looking to improve on this and he stuck to the task and managed to go one better taking an excellent silver medal. His time was an excellent 8:39.39, only just missing the club record he set last year. Afterwards Ben commented “I was really happy to get onto the podium after only having 2 weeks training due to having the flu and being ill for the first two weeks of December. I was happy with my time considering not being fully fit. I’m looking forward to the flat and fast track and road ahead!”
Also running well in the under 20 race was Aidan Shae who placed 10th in a personal best 8:59.12 minutes and Sandy Holl who placed 16th in a personal best 9:17.42.
Michael Wright was Central’s top placed senior with 8:52.16 minutes. He was followed by Tom Graham-Marr in 9:00.61, Matthew Sutherland who ran a pb 9:01.17 and Calum Philip who also ran a personal best with 9:19.04.
Well done to all Central’s competitors. ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
British Cross Challenge - Run Stirling 2020 ☔
A huge well done to all the Central AC athletes and Marshal's that were out in force today 💪! Full report to follow.
🥈 Jamie Crowe at Senior Men.
🥈 Connor Bell at U15 Boys.
Team 🏆 for Scotland Senior Men (Jamie Crowe and Andy Butchart) and at U23 (Hamish Hickey)
#muddybrilliant ... See MoreSee Less
Connor bell under 15*