Central AC’s cross country season opened at Glamis Castle with medal placings for both senior teams in the East District Cross Country Relay Championships. The senior ladies team faced a testing 4000metre course through the grounds and woodlands of the Glamis Castle estate with teams of three runners. First off, Fanni Gyurko pushed hard to come in with the leading runners in 3rd place with a 14 minutes 22s lap and sixth fastest lap of the day. Natalie Milne was able to move the team up to second place with her 15.28 lap passing on to Under 20 runner Kate Gallagher. For Kate it was her first senior team run, and she ran a spirited lap, chasing those in front but with fast finishing clubs pushing hard behind. Her 14.43 lap brought the team home in silver medal position behind the winning Edinburgh University trio. The Central B team showed that there was good strength in depth with Lauren McCulloch (15.20), Eleanor Hanson (17.42) and Claire Houston (15.29) finishing in 11th place. Central’s C team of Amy Hendry (17.51) Shona Aiken (18.48) and Becky Hay (18.14) took 31st place. The Men’s four leg relay, over the same 4000metre course as the Ladies race, saw Central win the Bronze medals in an overall 50min 58secs behind Corstorphine AAC (49.59) and Aberdeen AAC (50.22). Aidan Thompson put in a fine effort on the first leg (12min 29secs) to put the team in second place. Ruaridh Miller’s 13.10 effort saw the Club in third after the second leg with Michael Wright (12.59) maintaining this position on the third leg. It was Alastair Hay who completed the Central effort with 12min 20secs to record the third fastest relay leg of the day. Central Mens ‘B’ team came home in 27th place through Fraser Logan (13.27), David Lindsay (14.21), Will Hensman (15.09) and newcomer Ben Noad (16.55). A Masters team of David Eckersley (15.14), Colin Alexander (16.26), Jens Subke (16.13) and Charles Graham-Marr (15.36) acquitted themselves well to finish in 34th overall and eighth in the Masters race. Raymond Milne (17.15) led off another Masters Team backed-up by Allan Gall (19.19), John Millar (20.43) and Cameron Campbell (19.17) finishing 57th overall. An incomplete team of Hugh Buchanan (16.33) and Colin Sinclair (18.09) rounded off Central’s efforts on the day. The young athletes combined U13, u15 and U17 leg runners, each doing a 2,500 metre lap and Central’s young female team made the most of the setting to post fine race times. Melissa Turnbull on first leg for the A team produced a classy 10:07 to bring the team in 4th place, Carrie Banks on the under 15 lap produced a 10:11 dropping just one place and Rosie Eckersley on the final leg brought the team home placed a creditable 6th. Incomplete team runners Mary Kealey (12:07), Anna MacKinnon (11:17) and Heather Hale (13:00) ran strongly in the youngest age groups. Central’s young male athletes made the most of their first cross country outing of the Season with Central’s Under 13’s Cameron MacMillan (22nd, 10.19), Ross Lawrie (33rd, 11.06) and Ben Harley (42nd, 12.11). Again the Under 15 runners acquitted themselves well through Finlay Muir (16th, 9.23), Daniel Bruce (37th, 9.54) and Cameron Fraser (40th; 11.16). It was Under 17 Keir Howlieson who finished off the ‘A’ team effort with the fourth fastest Under 17 leg (13th, 8.37) and Ben MacMillan also showing great form with the sixth fastest Under 17 leg (30th, 8.40).
Photos: Central’s first leg run Aidan Thompson (11) pushes hard at the race start of 42 teams Alistair Hay showing good form with third fastest lap time of the day Fanni Gyurko gave her team a great start in the Senior Ladies race Senior debut run for Kate Gallagher on last leg brings her a silver team medal.
Eilish McColgan attended Central AC’s Stirling Training group last night (3rd October). Eilish spent the evening inspiring our Athletes and Coaches as part of Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of increasing participation in sport and physical activity among women and girls, and the barriers to participation. Twenty-two of our Athletes were put through their paces as part of the special training session. This was followed by a Q&A where Eilish took a variety of questions from our Athletes and shared top tips from her own sporting success and her fantastic season.
It was great to have her give up her time to mentor our youngsters which is fabulous motivation for them. Thanks again Eilish! ...
Central AC as usual will be participating in the indoor league which takes place over three matches and a final all held at The Emirates Arena, Glasgow. This is a league for all age groups under 11 to under 20 inclusive, and a fantastic opportunity for our young athletes to gain experience in competing indoors. The matches will be:
Saturday 28th October Saturday 6th January Saturday 27th January Saturday 17th March (final and relays)
Team Managers will be emailing all athletes on the database shortly to ascertain availability and to encourage participation in this - please do not ignore as no reply potentially means athletes missing out.
Any questions or queries please speak to coaches or team managers who will be delighted to assist. The club actively encourages inclusion in this league. I will post an updated list of team managers in due course. Thank you
YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU! Saturday 21st Oct, Stirling University
The ‘annual’ East of Scotland Cross Country League that we, as a club, organises at the University needs lots of helpers.
With over 900 competitors and 200-300 supporters, it’s a big event. Races set off between 12pm and 2.15 (from under 11 through to seniors/Masters). Over 70 Central athletes usually take part across the age groups. So if your son, daughter, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend or anyone you know is running why not lend a hand?
Help/volunteers in the following categories are needed. No previous experience is essential for most of these roles.
a) Course-building – we need about a dozen people to help layout the course, starting at c 8am and finishing at c 10.30 (if you are planning to run this would be an ideal way to do your bit!)
b) Marshalling – we need people to marshall/direct runners and pick up any issues with runners out on the course – needed 11.30pm through till c 3.00pm
c) First Aid – if you are 1st aid trained or medically qualified your help would be extremely welcome! Cover needed from 12 till 3. With a rota, some can still run the senior races, they did last year!
Last night we popped out to Balfron High School to present Central Athletics with funding of £2000 towards training equipment. The equipment will be used at the new compact athletics facility at Balfron High School which has been developed over the summer.
Pictured with some of the athletes at the club are Head Coach of the Balfron Satellite Club, David Eckersley and Active Stirling Club & Sport Development Manager, Dougie Porteous.
The compact facilities and equipment will provide excellent training for athletes in all the component disciplines of athletics with running facilities, jumps facilities and throws facilities.
Well done and good luck with all your training! 😀