Dec 102018

Central AC’s runners brought home three individual trophies and team medals in six of the 10 races at the East of Scotland Cross Country Championships at Aberdeen. Top individual honours in the senior races went to Jamie Crowe returning home for the Christmas break after some record breaking running at college in the US and Morag Millar whose run of form continues. These races also formed the main basis for selection to represent the East of Scotland in the inter-district matches in the New Year which see a move from Holyrood Park to Stirling, along with the televised international races.

Jamie Crowe (41) in leading pack

Jamie Crowe (41) in leading pack

The Senior Men’s race saw Jamie Crowe in the leading pack throughout and as runners, including Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Robbie Simpson, dropped back, it was Jamie who prevailed to win gold with a 27 minutes 19 seconds run over the 8.5 kilometre course. Alastair Hay shrugged off injury worries to finish seventh with 28:17, while an improved effort by Dale Colley (ninth, 28:24) and strong running from Conan McCaughey (11th, 28:31) laid the foundation for team victory.

Scott Brember, Michael Wright and Murray McLarty pack for tem points

Scott Brember, Michael Wright and Murray MacLarty pack for team points

There were more top performances from Murray MacLarty (21st, 29:37) and Scott Brember (22nd, 29:40) ensuring Central continued their five year team winning streak in this event while Michael Wright (23rd, 29:45) provided the vital back-up with yet another quality run. Further good runs came from David Lindsay (85th, 34:07), David Eckersley (93rd, 34:47), Iain Dunsmore (117th, 36:23), Cameron Campbell (178th, 43:25) and John Millar (190th, 49:03) while Scott Brember’s effort picked up the individual Master’s gold medal.

Morag Millar dominated the women's race

Morag Millar dominated the women’s race

Morag Millar put in a dominant performance in the Women’s race over the same distance as the men, with her 30:57 timing almost 2 minutes in front of her next opponent. The team finished in fourth place with fine runs by ever-improving Amy Hendry (27th, 37:40) and Master’s runners Julia McAfee (36th, 40:08) and Hazel Dean (40th, 40:47).

The Under-20 Men race over 6.5 kilometres saw Central’s new recruit Hamish Hickey bring home an individual bronze medal with a 21 minute 21 seconds timing and with more good runs from Central athletes Sandy Holl (10th, 22:09), Tom Graham-Marr (13th, 22:11) and Telfer Gray (23rd, 23:40) the team silver medals were assured. In the Under-20 Women’s race, Central’s sole runner Lauren McCullough put in a spirited run, being in a medal place for the bulk of the race, before the pace told and she finished with a fine fifth place in 25:19.

Ben Macmillan (139) in U17 action

Ben Macmillan (139) in U17 action

The Under-17 Men’s race saw Ben MacMillan in fine form to take an individual silver medal with an 18 minute 11 seconds run over a 5.5 kilometre course. Daniel Bruce swapped his jumping spikes to prove his endurance credentials finishing 29th with 21:08. The three Central Under-17 Women on the same course were rewarded for some fine running with bronze team medals through Carrie Banks (9th, 22:19), Rosie Eckersley (13th, 23:01) and Kyra Gibb (15th, 23:22).

Central's U17W team in at work

Central’s U17W team at work

The Under-15 Boys tackled a 4 kilometre course with Cameron MacMillan leading Central’s effort in eighth with 14:18. Cameron Kerr also had a fine run in 10th with 14:24 and with Euan Docherty finishing 24th (15:32) the Boys were rewarded with bronze team medals

Medal chase in U13B

Medal chase in U13B

The Under-13 Boys faced a 3.2 kilometre challenge and here a fine assured run from Connor Bell saw him take the individual gold medal with a winning performance of 10:21. Ruairidh Burns continues to impress and here finished ninth with 11:01 and with Aaron Middleton also proving his credentials in 16th with 12:25, Central won yet another set of bronze medals.

The final set of bronze team medals went to the Under-13 Girls’ team with fine runs from Melissa Turnbull (8th, 11:54), Carys Gibb (11th, 12:06), Mirren Henry (19th, 12:33) and Brogan McMillan (36th, 13:30).

Dec 032018

Central AC men won the Lindsays National Cross Country Relays at Cumbernauld and have claimed top spot in the Scottish Athletics Cross Country Team Challenge 2018.

Gemma Reekie and Morag Millar

Jemma Reekie and Central’s Morag Millar (right) went 1-2 at the Lindsays Short Course Cross Country in Lanark to land Cross Country GP points (photo by Bobby Gavin)

The series was across three of the shorter events in the cross country season and a team competition at senior level with points totted up from district relay championships as well as the national championships at Cumbernauld and the short course (4,000 metres) cross country championships in Lanark.

Central AC took the top place in the men’s table with 47 points from Shettleston Harriers on 44 and Inverclyde AC on 41.

On the women’s side, Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds took maximum points with 50 to win from Kilbarchan AAC on 47 and third placed Victoria Park Glasgow on 45. Edinburgh AC (42) and Central AC (40) completed the top five.

There’s £4,000 up for grabs in the Scottish Athletics Cross Country Grand Prix over six events this winter. Two have been completed following Lanark and the recent British Cross Challenge event at Liverpool and the third event is fast approaching at the Lindsays District Cross Country Championships.

Morag Millar of Central AC and Steph Pennycook of Fife AC and Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds share the lead in the women’s points table at the moment, both on 79.

Nov 282018

The second match of the East District Cross Country League was held on the normal testing course at Broxburn on Saturday 24 November. With a mixture of sunshine and heavy showers the races were made more challenging for those facing the full force of the rain. The constricted start and slippery conditions in places resulted in a few falls for Central’s runners with most able to pick themselves up and continue.

Packing well together

Packing well together

The Under-11 races saw both the girls and boys facing a 1.4 kilometre course. There was a good turn-out of Central Athletic Club’s Under-11 Boys with spirited performances from the club’s youngsters. Ray Taylor had an excellent fifth place run with a time of 5 minutes 27 seconds. Ossian Arkotxa also did well in 10th (5:33) with back-up from Jack Sutton (20th, 5:44), Jamie Connor (40th, 6:14) and Logan Bell (64th, 6:49) the results ensured the boys finished in fourth place on the day and are in fourth overall in the league.

For the Under-11 Girls, it was a third team place, with more good turnout and performances. Leah Gibb had a great run with 7th place in 5:51, with Niamh McKinlay (14th, 6:02), Isla Henry (28th, 6:26), Tabitha McKenzie (33rd, 6:39), Ciara Middleton (45th, 7:00) and Connie Bateman (48th, 7:07).

The Under-13 Girls and Boys had their endurance tested over a one lap 2.7 kilometre course featuring the dreaded Lungbuster Hill. In the Boys race Connor Bell ran well throughout to finish fourth with 10:05. There were further strong efforts from Aaron Middleton (21st; 11:00), Ruairidh Burns (29th, 11:13), Owen Eckersley (47th, 11:41) and Alex Dunlop (60th, 12:04). The Boys finished in sixth place and are currently in fifth in the league.

For the Under-13 Girls, Carys Gibb, followed her younger sister’s example by being first Central athlete home in 14th place in 11:52. Mirren Henry (16th, 11:54), Catriona Kane (17th, 11:54) and Leona Melville (18th, 11:58) came in strongly together with Mary Kealey (38th, 12:55) and Brogan McMillan (53rd, 14:24) completing a strong turnout and third place on the day, confirming third place overall in the league.

Sandy Holl among the counters

Sandy Holl among the counters

There was more excellent running in the Under-15 Boys race over a 4.1 kilometre course with Finlay Muir showing improved form to finish eleventh (15:44) and with good back-up from Ryan McGuire (14th, 16:03) and Euan Docherty (45th, 18:13) ensuring the team finished sixth on the day and are currently fourth in the league.

The combined Under-15 and Under-17 Girls also held their league position with fourth place over the challenging 4.1 kilometres through another strong team of Rosie Eckersley (Under-17) (11th, 17:07), Grace Tindall (17th, 17:42), Summer Maclean (28th, 18:39) and Heidi Eik-Maxwell (43rd, 19:52).

Scott Brember (18) - winning Masters Men

Scott Brember (18) – winning Masters Men

The Senior Men tackled a 3 lap course of 8.1 kilometres. Scott McDonald used his experience to work through the field and finish fifth with 29 minutes 14 seconds. Scott Brember proved to be the fastest Masters runner on show, finishing 16th overall with 29:49. Under-20 runners Sandy Holl and Telfer Gray did the club proud with 32nd and 43rd places respectively with 30:48 and 31:16. David Eckersley (122nd, 35:46) and Donald Shaw (128th, 36:05) completed Central’s counters while Iain Dunsmore (140th, 36:46), Colin Alexander (150th, 37:28), Ben Noad (165th, 37:58) and Hugh Buchanan (167th, 38:03) all showed their normal true grit. Alan Gall and Cameron Campbell had their own personal tussle with Allan prevailing by some 10 seconds as they finished 234th and 235th with times of 42:27 and 42:37. The Senior Men’s team finished in ninth place on the day leaving them off the pace in fourth in the league.

The Senior Women had a 5.4 kilometre two lap race, with failure to fill the team places left the squad crashing from lead place after match one to an irrecoverable 10th place after this match. Ever-resilient Claire Houston recovered from a fall to finish in 32nd in 25:11 with new masters recruit Julia McAfee 52nd in 26:46.

A number of Central Athletic Club’s senior athletes travelled to Liverpool at the weekend to compete in the British Athletics Cross Country Challenge with places in the European Cross Country Championships and European Clubs Championships at stake. Morag Millar tussled with a high class British field to finish in a superb 22nd place, covering her 8.1 kilometre course in 27 minutes 30 seconds.

The Senior Men from Central had a less successful day, again competing against the best in Britain over a 9.8 kilometre course with the British Club Championship within the race featuring Central AC competing against Leeds City AC and Swansea Harriers, for club champions from Scotland, England and Wales respectively. Cameron Milne was the best placed of Central’s runners in 60th (30:15) leading in Dale Colley (111th, 31:31), Chris Smithard (132nd, 32:18) and last minute addition Lewis Millar (207th, 34:58), with top honours in the club event going to Leeds.

Nov 192018
Trophy winners

Photography by – 01786 474340

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 club’s home grown Olympian, Andy Butchart, was on hand to present the awards to the club’s athletes. During the event Andy gave 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.

Prize winners

Photography by Whyler Photos of Stirling

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

Congratulation to them and to all the award winners on the night.

Nov 192018

The first race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2018-19 Cross-Country Series was held on Sunday 18 November, in bright sunshine, on a flat course of some 1.8 kilometres in Cochrane and Johnstone Parks Alva, attracting a field of 50 runners.

Race start at Alva

Race start at Alva

Connor Bell underlined his superb early season form with a mature performance for an Under-13 coming home first in 6 minutes 33 seconds. There were further classy performances from the Under-13 Boys through Ruairidh Burns (7:03), Jamie Oldham (7:07), Ethan Duncan (7:32), Sam Gardener (7:42), Henry Crossley (7:52) and Andrew Twigg (7:56). This well supported age group also saw strong runs from Jonah Whitby (8:06), Patrick Gallagher (8:09), Dylan McCulloch (8:10), Sam Jones (8:41) and Scott Hill (9:35). Under-17 Oliver Holden finished second overall with an assured performance of 6 minutes 55 seconds leading home Aaron MacDonald’s 7:29 effort in the same age group.

The fourteen Under-11 Boys on show were led home by Ossian Arkotxa with a fine 7 minutes 8 seconds timing ahead of more excellent efforts from Jack Sutton (7:37), Douglas Stewart (7:46), Euan Haythorne and Lewis Henry (both 7:48) and Fergus Young (7:55). Finlay MacGregor (8:07) led home more good efforts from Gavin Young (8:10), Aidan Imrie (8:11), Callum Harvey (8:20), Fergus Gallagher (8:21), Jamie Connor (8:25), Logan Bell (8:34), Cameron Moore (9:24) and Scott Hill (9:35). Ross Lawrie (7:57) proved the strongest of the Under-15 Boys leading in Adam McGregor (9:38). Logan McShane was the sole Under-9 Boy to take the challenge finishing in a tasty 9 minutes 41 seconds.

Amongst the girls it was Under-13 Carys Gibb who caught the eye with an excellent run and a fine 7 minutes 18 seconds clocking ahead of further solid runs from Mirren Henry (7:26), Catriona Kane (7:32) and Brogan McMillan (7:57). As the Under-13 Girls poured through, Zosia Paddon (8:27) led the chase followed by Megan Hogg (8:45), Niamh Imrie (9:01), Robyn Youens (9:06) and Isabel McGuire (9:48). Amy Cully proved to be the best of the Under-15 Girls with a fine 7 minutes 32 seconds effort followed home by Ellen Montgomery (8:36) and Megan Dunlop (9:27).

Leya Gibb should be pleased with her 7 minutes 45 seconds run as she led home a string of Under-11 Girls including Isla Henry (8:37), Emma Anderson (8:38), Fia Watkin (8:47) and Dara Clark (9:31). Under-9 Lauren McDonald (8:45) never looked out of place here and Alexandra Montgomery (9:47) was another who should be pleased with her effort.

Thanks are due to Derek Easton, Raymond Milne the small army of helpers who provided another excellent event. The results are available to download as a spreadsheet here.

Central runners Scott Brember and David Eckersley travelled to Swansea to represent Scotland in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International on Saturday 17 November. Scott was well to the fore in the M45 age group finishing in silver medal position while David produced a solid performance in the M55 age group finishing 13th and third Scot.

Nov 132018

Morag Millar of Central AC gave it her all in the Scottish Short Course Cross Country Championships but had to settle for silver medal in a hard fought contest over the flat and fast Lanark racecourse circuit. There were medals for Ben MacMillan in the Under-17 race and Scott Brember took the top Masters’ medal but otherwise it was a thinner day for the Central trophy cabinet.

Morag Millar (837) leads from Gemma Reekie

Morag Millar (837) leads from Gemma Reekie

In the Senior Women’s race, Morag pushed the pace for the majority of the 4,000 metre race, whittling the lead group down to four contenders, and then just two over the last kilometre. Unfortunately, that second runner was Jemma Reekie, who sat in behind Morag for the bulk of the race and then had a kick left for the last 100 metres that Morag could not match. Morag took silver medal with 13 minutes 9 seconds. She led in a squad of young Central runners: Rebecca Craig (30th; 14:42), Lauren McCulloch (45th; 15:02), Natalie Stewart (56th; 15:29) and Cliona Ferguson (115th; 17:12).

Ali Hay (4) amid the leading group

Ali Hay (4) amid the leading group

The Senior Men’s 4 kilometre race saw Alastair Hay lead home Central’s effort in seventh place recording 11 minutes 48 seconds and with Scott Green in a close up tenth (11:51), Dale Colley (27th; 12:16) and Matthew Sutherland (38th; 12:26), Central had to settle for fourth team spot on the day. Scott MacDonald (39th; 12:28) made an all too infrequent appearance while Murray MacLarty (51st; 12:38) and Scott Brember (52nd; 12:39) ensured the yellow and blue vests were to the fore. Scott took the championship medal for top Over-40 runner. With some 470 race finishers there were further good runs from Donald Shaw (265th; 15:01), Iain Dunsmore (317th; 15:31), David Eckersley (327th; 15:43), Charles Graham-Marr (328th; also 15:43), Ben Noad (348th; 16:02) and Colin Alexander (16:26).

Ben MacMillan has had a great start to the cross country season and here picked up an individual Bronze medal, covering the 3 kilometre course in 9 minutes 47 seconds, only six seconds adrift of the winner, Kane Elliott of Falkirk Victoria Harriers who is the current Under-18 1,500 metres European Champion. Ben led home Central team mates Lewis Dow (31st; 10:40), Daniel Bruce (64th; 11:24) and Kyle Howie (65th; 11:25) with the team in seventh overall.

Men's race start

Central AC’s yellow vests well up at the men’s start

Central’s Under-15 Girls faced a fast and furious 2,000 metre course through Summer MacLean (54th; 7:44), Naomi Howlieson (62nd; 7:52), Anna Buchanan (76th; 8:13) and Anna Reid (85th; 8:23). Elizabeth Thompson was sole Under-17 woman for Central running the 3,000 metres strongly to record 33rd place in 13:06.

The Under-15 Boys were faced by the same 2 kilometre challenge and it was Cameron MacMillan who led home Central’s challenge in 21st with a time of 6 minutes 27 seconds. Cameron Kerr showed improvement in 29th with 6:31 leading in Euan Docherty (66th; 7:00), Euan Campbell (74th; 7:13), Jack Campbell (92nd; 7:33) and Ross Lawrie (94th; 7:34) and the team finishing in eighth.

Oct 292018
Senior Men - gold medallists

Senior Men – gold medallists

Central AC’s Men’s team continued with winning ways at the National Cross Country Relay Championships as they climbed back onto the top step of the podium for the sixth time in seven years on one of the top days of the Scottish athletics calendar. Following up on a district relay win two weeks previously, Central were amongst the favourites over the tough course at Cumbernauld, but an even more dominant performance here sets the scene for another strong season by the senior men. It was pleasing to see this win backed up by the junior team taking silver medals as the production line looks in good hands.

Matt Sutherland (724)

Matt Sutherland (724)

Scott Green

Scott Green

The Club’s Senior Men with a superb effort over their four legs of 4,000 metres. Matthew Sutherland had been promoted to Central’s first team following his storming run two weeks previously. Matthew didn’t disappoint with his first leg run of 12 minutes 10 seconds to see his team in a close-up eighth position. Cameron Milne had made the trip from his work base in the Netherlands to support the team and produced an excellent effort of 11:51 to pull the team through to first place. Scott Green underlined his previous week’s form with a mature run (11:45) to extend Central’s lead and with Scottish 5,000 metre Champion Alastair Hay (11:38) on the final leg further extending the lead, it was very much ‘job done’ for Central. Kilbarchan AAC were some 46 seconds down in second with Glasgow University Hare and Hounds in third, a further 14 seconds behind.

Junior Male - silver medallists

Junior Male – silver medallists

It had been some eleven years since a Central AC Junior Boys team had mounted the podium at this event so there was some pressure on Under-13 Connor Bell followed by Under-15 Cameron MacMillan and Under-17 Ben MacMillan as they each tackled 2,500 metre legs. Connor again caught the eye with a 9:02 leg to put Central’s A team into close contention for medals. The MacMillan brothers have been running well in the early part of the Season and Cameron backed this up with an 8:42 clocking to keep the team in contention. Ben set off with great intent and he produced a fine 7:59 lap to bring the team home to lift the Silver medals some 17 seconds behind Giffnock North and crucially 12 seconds ahead of Garscube Harriers.

It was a close run thing, but there no prizes for the Central Women’s A team who finished fourth behind Edinburgh University, Victoria Park and Giffnock North teams in the packed senior race. Jennifer Wetton provided a spirited starting leg, with a 14:27 opener over the same course as the men, bringing the team to changeover in 11th place. Lauren McCulloch kept the pace moving and lifted the team to 7th place with her 15:06 leg and passed on to fellow student Rebecca Craig whose gutsy run had the team pegged in 7th place with her 15:11 leg. Morag Millar had the previous year brought off a remarkable chase through the front of the field to bring the team to silver. But this year, the gaps at the front were too large. Despite posting by far the fastest time of the day from some 232 finishers with her 13:01, the team finished in fourth place.

A Central Women’s B team also put in a strong performance, with 17 year old Abby Rowley posting a 15:35 first lap and the team in 24th place at changeover. Catriona Buchanan put in a storming lap to pull the team up to 13th with her 14:29 second leg to pass on to Kim Timmins who ran a 15:43 lap to move the team up to 11th, Becky Hay drafted in at late notice bringing the team home in a creditable 17th place with her 17:33 leg. For the C team it was just three legs, with Kirsten McStay (17:17), Heather Scott (17:57) and junior team manager Mary Kerr in 21:39.

Junior Female start

Junior Female start

The Central Junior Female teams were a further credit to the club with the top three teams finishing tightly packed in the front half of the race. On the first leg for Under-13 runners, Melissa Turnbull was first home in a great 10th place with her 10:24 leg. Summer McLean took over on the Under-15 leg with gritty 10:42 timing and Rosie Eckersley brought the team home with 10:03 for 24th place. Central’s next team in were Carys Gibb (10:34), Naomi Howlieson (10:58), and Carrie Banks (10:00) with 27th place and a third team were Catriona Kane (10:51), Mirren Henry (Under-13) on second leg with 10:58, and Kyra Gibb (10:12) in 34th place. A Central D team of Brogan McMillan (11:27), Mary Kealey (11:11) and Elizabeth Thompson (11:02) were 54th placed team and an incomplete team made up of Allie Buchanan (11:58) and Megan Dunlop (13:10) also showed great strength in depth for the club.

Junior Male start

Junior Male start

With all the Central Junior Male team also giving their all as always, the B team of Joshua Kennedy (9:59), Finlay Muir (9:22) and Lewis Dow (8:43) should be pleased with a fine 23rd place. Tom Campbell (10:30), Cameron Kerr (9:03) and Daniel Bruce (9:42) also showed great commitment in the C team to finish 48th. Owen Eckersley led off the D team challenge with 10:47 backed up by two Under-15s Jack Campbell (10:42) and Euan Docherty (10:13) for 82nd overall. The E team of Ruaridh Burns (10:07), Ross Lawrie (11:14) and Cameron Fraser (10:38) also did well in finishing 85th. The large turnout of Central’s Junior Males was completed by two incomplete teams of Dylan McCulloch (12:04) and Ethan Thomson (10:07) and then two Under-13s Alex Dunlop (11:19) and Angus Kennedy (13:21).

It was good to see Central’s Senior Men’s B team finishing in a highly respectable seventh overall through Murray MacLarty (12:28), Lewis Millar (12:21), Conan McCaughey (12:14) and Michael Wright (12:22). Central’s C team were also highly competitive in finishing 17th overall through Jack Kerr (12:33), Tom Graham-Marr (13:15), Dale Colley (12:21) and Sandy Holl (12:46).

There was further tenacity from a Central’s Masters’ team of Iain Dunsmore (15:39), Scott Brember (12:57), Donald Shaw (14:56) and Colin Alexander (15:55) finishing 73rd team overall, while Central’s D team of Telfer Gray (13:17), David Lindsay (14:11), Ben Noad (16:18) and Jens Subke (17:53) came home in 84th.

Special mention should be made of the Over-50 teams of David Eckersley (14:40), Hugh Kerr (15:45) and Hugh Buchanan (16:12) who finished 11th in the class, as well as Cameron Campbell (18:16), Allan Gall (18:32) and John Millar (21:02), 24th in class, who showed the younger athletes a great overall attitude as did a solo run of 17:19 by Raymond Milne.

There’s a 5 minute video of the event on YouTube.

Oct 222018

Central Athletic Club were again hosts for the first match of the East of Scotland Cross Country League on the University campus. Benign weather and dry underfoot conditions favoured the runners and there were some exceptional performances from Central Athletic Club’s runners, with Alastair Hay and Morag Millar winning the two senior races. Central finished the match in overall top place in the female half of the competition covering age groups from Under-11 to Senior.

Senior Men: Alastair Hay in leading group

Senior Men: Alastair Hay in leading group

The Senior and Junior Men tackled a 9 kilometre course and it was soon evident that the fast going suited Central’s Alastair Hay as he sped to victory in a time of 28 minutes 25 seconds. It was good to see Scott Green back competing locally and also delivering a fine second place run with 28:46. With excellent back-up from Michael Wright (10th; 29:44), Scott Brember 15th and first Veteran in 30:31, Under-20 runner Telfer Gray (26th; 32:01) and Dale Colley (46th; 33:23), the Senior Men finished close-up third on the day. Andrew Orr should be pleased with his 66th placing in 34:31 as should Chris McHardy (79th; 35:18). There were further fine efforts from Donald Shaw (98th; 36:30), Iain Dunsmore (136th; 38:50), Ben Noad (140th; 39:00), Hugh Buchanan (167th; 40:57) and a close tussle between Allan Gall and Cameron Campbell finishing in 203rd and 204th spots with Allan recording 44:47 and Cameron 44:54.

Morag Millar leads Women's race

Morag Millar leads Women’s race

The Senior and Junior Women’s race was over two laps of the 3 kilometre course and Central took top honours for both individual and team. Morag Millar followed up her fastest lap at last week’s relays with a comfortable win in 21:43. A strong team effort then followed through Rebecca Craig in 12th (23:34), Lauren McCulloch in 15th (24:11), Abby Rowley making her senior debut with 19th place (24:34), Claire Houston (23rd; 25:13), Amy Hendry (31st; 25:55), Becky Hay (52nd; 27:15), Kirsten McStay (53rd; 27:19), Eleanor Hanson (63rd; 28:18) and coach Rhona Scott (101st; 32:29) showing a fine example. The Women, who won the league last year, started this new season by topping the league after this first match. Their points total set the pattern for the day and Central topped the rankings for the Overall Female trophy.

Women's team: Rowley, McCulloch, Craig, Hendry, Hay, McStay, Houston, Millar

Women’s team: Rowley, McCulloch, Craig, Hendry, Hay, McStay, Houston, Millar

The Under-11 races featured one lap of 1,650 metres with the Under-11 Boys led home by Ray Taylor with a fine fifth place in 6:08 and back-up from Lewis Henry (27th; 6:50) and Rory Mackay (54th; 7:31). For the Girls, Leah Gibb (8th; 6:45), Niamh McKinlay (17th: 6:58) and Isla Henry (37th; 7:41) did a great job of filling the essential three counting places with some good running.

A great turnout of Under-13 runners took on a single lap of 2,400 metres. In the Under-13 Boys race Aaron Middleton led home the Central team in 17th with 10:50 followed closely by Joshua Kennedy (18th; 10:52) and Tom Campbell (32nd; 11:14). There were more encouraging performances from Owen Eckersley (40th; 11:37), Ruairidh Burns (52nd; 11:56), Henry Crossley (56th; 12:12), Sam Gardner (57th; 12:13), Harris Whyte (68th; 12:33) and Angus Kennedy (85th; 15:10). For the Under-13 Girls, Melissa Turnbull (5th; 11:06) was impressive leading the way for the team, with strong support from Carys Gibb (14th; 11:42), Catriona Kane (15th; 11:42), Mary Kealey (30th; 12:25), Brogan McMillan (32nd; 12:29) and Zoisia Paddon (45th; 13:31).

Ben MacMillan in Under-17 Men's race

Ben MacMillan in Under-17 Men’s race

Central’s Under-15 Boys made an impact in their 3.3 kilometre challenge with Cameron MacMillan again showing great form to finish second with an inspiring 11:05 clocking, backed-up by an excellent 11th place by Cameron Kerr (11:35) and Euan Docherty (32nd; 12:53). Euan Campbell came home 43rd in 13:30 followed in by Ross Lawrie (55th; 16:09) and Adam McGregor (57th; 19:06) with the Under-15 Boys finishing second overall.

Ben MacMillan was always to the fore in the Under-17 Men’s race, over 6 kilometres and racing to a close-up second overall with 20 minutes 20 seconds. Cameron Fraser stuck in well to come home in 34th place and a time of 27:27.

The combined Under-15 Girls and Under-17 Women’s race had the same course as Under-15 Boys with another strong set of results for the home squad. Rosie Eckersley (Under-17; 8th; 12:30) was first home for Central with Kyra Gibb (Under-17; 15th; 12:52), Grace Tindall (Under-15; 22nd; 13:11), Summer Maclean (Under-15; 34th; 14:07), Naomi Howlieson (Under-15; 47th; 15:02), Heidi Eik-Maxwell (55th; 15:35) and Anna MacKinnon (62nd; 17:08). This team were fourth against strong opposition but played a key role in the overall female league position.

Oct 152018

Central AC’s cross country teams started the season in medal winning form, with Senior Men taking top spot and Senior Women bronze medals in the East District Cross Country Championships at a rain drenched course at Glamis Castle.

Matt Sutherland (10) and Murray MacLarty (9)

Matt Sutherland (10) and Murray MacLarty (9)

The Senior Men’s team was back on top of the podium with fine runs from Murray MacLarty, Lewis Millar, Michael Wright and Alastair Hay, over the same 4 kilometre loop used for both Men and Women. The first leg saw Murray bring the team through in fourth with a fine effort of 13 minutes 17 seconds. Lewis picked up the challenge and soon pulled the Central team into the lead with a speedy 13:12 leg and with storming efforts from Michael (13:08) and Alastair (12:50) the lead was never relinquished. Central’s win made it a superb set of twelve victories in this event in the last thirteen years. The winning time of 52:27 was followed in by a 53:02 effort by Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds and Hunter’s Bog Trotters recording 53:10 in third. Alastair Hay’s unchallenged run proved to be the fourth fastest of the day.

Morag Millar

Morag Millar

Women's bronze medallists

Women’s bronze medallists

For the Senior Women’s team, a set of bronze medals were just reward for a fine set of runs. Kate Gallagher set off hard on the competitive first leg and was in 12th place at changeover in 16:21, handing on to Lauren McCulloch whose speedy 15:45 brought the team up to 8th place. It was left to Morag Millar to step in with much the fastest leg of the day to bring the team up through field to bronze medal position with a fine time of 14:02.

Central Men’s ‘B’ team came home in an excellent sixth place overall with Matthew Sutherland’s first leg of 12:55 leading the race after the first leg and recording the fifth fastest leg of the day. Under-20 runner Telfer Gray completed the second leg in 14:29 with the team in eighth overall and with Sandy Holl, another Under-20, picking up the challenge with a 13:51 leg the team moved up to sixth. Jack Kerr’s effort of 13:27 on the final leg ensured the team stayed in sixth with an overall time of 54:42. Central’s Masters’ team of David Eckersley (15:18), Donald Shaw (15:50), Charles Graham-Marr (16:47) and Scott Brember (13:38) proved to be the sixth fastest Masters’ team on the day, finishing 28th overall with Scott recording the fastest time for an Over-40 runner.

Under-20 Tom Graham-Marr led off Central’s ‘C’ team’s effort recording an excellent 13:53, and with David Lindsay (15:41), Ben Noad (17:51) and Kenneth Hislop (21:33) the team finished 46th overall. A further Masters’ team of Hugh Buchanan (17:04), Iain Dunsmore (16:31), Colin Alexander (17:20) and Allan Gall (19:56) finished 49th overall and 13th fastest of the Masters’ teams. An incomplete team of Cameron Campbell (19:10) and John Millar (21:55) rounded off the men’s efforts on the day.

Two further Central Women’s teams also featured with a fine 13th place for the ‘B’ team led off by Claire Houston with a first leg run in 16:58. The team was completed by two members in their first race for the club, Julia McAfee in 18:19 and Rebecca Craig bringing the team home with a fine 15:39 leg. Central ‘C‘ Women’s team finished in 22nd place through good runs by Becky Hay (18:37), Amy Hendry (17:38) and Heather Scott (18:49).

Boys' race start

Boys’ race start

There was an encouraging turnout of Central’s young athletes determined to make the most of the first cross country outing of the season over a 2.5 kilometre loop. Central’s ‘A’ Boys’ team comprised Under-13 Joshua Kennedy (10:05), Under-15 Finlay Muir (9:44) and Under-17 Ben MacMillan (8:46) with the team finishing in a fine fourth place with Ben recording the second fastest lap of the day. The ‘B’ team of Owen Eckersley (10:37), Cameron MacMillan (9:18) and Kyle Howie (9:54) finished in a creditable 12th overall with Cameron recording the fifth fastest Under-15 time on the day. Central’s ‘C’ team of Tom Campbell (10:42), Jack Campbell (10:59) and Sam Burton (9:36) proved gritty competitors with a 24th overall placing while the ‘D’ team of Henry Crossley (11:43), Euan Campbell (10:20) and Oliver Holden (10:49) should be proud of their efforts and their 31st placing overall. Central’s ‘E’ team saw Angus Kennedy (13:52), Ross Lawrie (12:00) and Daniel Bruce (10:15) in 39th placing overall, again all the boys showing the right resolve to stand them in good stead for the forthcoming season.

Girls' race start

Girls’ race start

In the Girls’ races, a good set of team results underlined the strong showing from across the club. The first Central team home was in a great 8th place, with Under-13 Mirren Henry (11.00), Under-15 Naomi Howlieson (11:40) and Carrie Banks (10:21). Closely following came the next Central trio in 12th place with Brogan McMillan (11:41), Anna MacKinnon (11:13) and Rosie Eckersley (10:32). In 19th place was the team led off by Mary Kealey (11:43), with Allie Buchanan, an Under-13 running in the Under-15 leg in 11:50, and Kyra Gibb completing with 10:37.

Oct 082018

Great Scottish Half Marathon

Once again there were fine performances by Central Athletic Club runners in the Great Scottish Half Marathon held on Sunday 30 September in Glasgow with the race doubling up as the Scottish Athletics Half Marathon Championships. While the consistent Michael Wright was the first Central Athletic Club athlete home, clocking an impressive 70 minutes 34 seconds in 12th, it was Scott Brember who made his own headlines in 20th overall with 71:41 as he won the Masters (Over 40) Scottish title. Lewis Millar also continues to impress and here finished in 28th with a fine 72:26 timing.

English Six Stage Road Relays

The Invitational English 6 Stage Road Relay Championships was held on the traditional Sutton Park course in Birmingham on Saturday 6 October. Central Athletic Club’s team was almost all change from 2017 with Michael Wright, Scott Brember and Lewis Millar back in racing action after their Glasgow Half Marathon exploits. Matthew Sutherland shouldered first stage responsibility, covering the 6 kilometre course in 19 minutes exactly bringing the Central team through in 56th place.

Scott Brember recorded 19:23 on the second leg with the team now in 52nd place of the 76 contenders. Scott Green picked up the third leg challenge and showed his recent training was paying off with an 18:17 clocking pulling the Central team up to 44th placing. Lewis Millar made more inroads to the opposition with his 18:50 leg bringing Central through to 38th overall. The penultimate leg saw Conan McCaughey make further progress with his 18:24 effort and Central now in 30th overall.

Michael Wright was left to complete Central’s effort coming home in 19:03 bringing the Central team home in 29th place and a club time of 1 hour 52 minutes 57 seconds.

Overall, there was a first ever win for Stockport Harriers (1:45:07) who came through from tenth on the first leg and their top athlete, Ross Millington, proving to be the fastest runner on the day with an excellent 16:54 effort.

Sep 092018

Congratulations to everyone who completed the Stirling 10k and 2k today. The results are now available on the Sport Systems website.

Stirling 10k

Stirling 2k

The 10k was the Scottish Championships for 2018, and there’s a race report on the Scottish Athletics website. There are also photos of participants in both races on Bobby Gavin’s That One Moment website.

More details about the event are on the dedicated page on this website.


Sep 062018

England Athletics Under-15 Championships – Bedford, 26 August 2018

Coirilidh Cook cemented her position as one of the UK’s top young hurdlers after she took a superb silver medal at the England Athletics Under-15 Championships at Bedford.

75 Metre Hurdles

75 Metre Hurdles

The 14-year-old from Balfron has been unbeaten in Scotland all season having won every possible Scottish title, as well as the Celtic Games international, but this time was testing herself against the top hurdlers in the UK.

She went into the Girls 75 Metre Hurdles event ranked 10th in the UK, meaning that getting to the final would be a challenge. In her heat, Cook found herself in a close battle for the two automatic qualification spots. She finished a close third, and her time of 11.77 seconds allowed her to progress as one of the two fastest losers over the three heats.

By the time of the final the rain was falling heavily and there was a headwind ruling out fast times. English schools champion Mia McIntosh built a clear lead, while behind her there was a close battle for the other medals with Cook in the thick of it in fourth place at the midpoint of the race. She dug in over the last few hurdles making light of the wet conditions and a great run off the last hurdle and a perfectly timed dip saw her take a superb silver medal in a time of 11.50 seconds. With this result, Cook beat several athletes ranked ahead of her – a great experience for her.

UK School Games, Loughborough, 31 August – 1 September 2018

There was a medal double for both Central AC athletes at the UK School Games in Loughborough as Elizabeth Thompson and Emma Mailer returned with 2 medals each.

Mailer was first in the 300 Metre Hurdles event. The 16-year-old Dollar Academy pupil has been a regular competitor in international events and this time found herself up against European youth finalist, Jasmine Jolly, representing North of England. It was a fast race and Mailer entered the home straight in fourth place. She overtook the Midlands athlete and narrowly failed to catch the South of England athlete. This gave Mailer third place and an excellent bronze medal in 45.50 seconds.

Thompson was in action in the Mixed Relay event. The 16-year-old Balfron High pupil has been a regular in Scotland relay teams this year and this time was given the anchor leg over 100m. She was handed the baton in the lead and made sure of victory as she stretched away from the opposition down the home straight.

The following day Thompson and Mailer teamed up to make up half of the Scottish 4×300 Metre Relay team. Thompson got the baton in a good position but found herself up against two Great Britain internationals, producing a strong run of 40.6 seconds to hand over in third place. Mailer was on the final leg and with a powerful run of 40.5 seconds brought the Scottish team home in bronze medal position in 2:43.51. Thompson and Mailer’s split times were the fastest in the team.

With a gold and bronze for Thompson and 2 bronzes for Mailer it was a successful two days and a great experience to travel away as part of a Scottish team to a multi-sport event.

Sep 052018

The final Thursday time trials of this summer took place on Thursday 30 August at the Stirling University track. Full results are below, and can be downloaded as a spreadsheet.

100 Metres Series
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
35 15.2 1 Loren Stewart F U11
86 16.2 1 Leya Gibb F U11
81 16.6 1 Laura Matthews F U11
14 18.0 1 Cara McKinlay F U11
36 19.7 1 Kayla Crawford F U11
12 15.9 2 Niamh McKinlay F U11
18 16.2 2 Connie Bateman F U11
32 16.6 2 Tabitha Mackenzie F U11
29 16.7 2 Emma Anderson F U11
30 15.6 3 Rory Mackay M U11
7 15.7 3 Jack Sutton M U11
13 15.9 3 Henry Crossley M U13
53 16.0 3 Logan Bell M U11
19 17.3 3 Sandy Bateman M U11
23 14.4 4 Lewis Miller M U11
38 15.4 4 Ray Taylor M U11
25 15.7 4 Tyler Gibson M U11
76 14.5 5 Ethan Sorley M U13
48 14.7 5 Tyler Hunter M U13
75 15.1 5 Dylan McCulloch M U13
54 15.7 5 Joshua Kennedy M U13
70 16.3 5 Alexander Escala M U13
27 17.4 5 Angus Kennedy M U13
62 13.9 6 Robb Ferguson M U13
9 14.8 6 Sam Vannett M U13
45 15.3 6 Jamie Oldham M U13
33 16.6 6 Alex Dunlop M U13
66 14.8 7 Erin Forgie F U13
17 15.0 7 Danielle Abel F U13
69 15.4 7 Olivia Freed F U13
97 15.7 7 Beth  Ronald F U13
71 17.5 7 Eleanor Jones F U13
31 15.3 8 Kate Gilvear F U13
28 15.6 8 Erin Partridge F U13
26 15.6 8 Allie Buchanan F U13
21 14.4 9 Hannah Tams F U13
43 14.6 9 Emily Guest F U13
22 15.4 9 Brogan McMillan F U13
59 15.4 9 Orly Mitchell Murray F U13
88 13.4 10 Duncan Glen M U15
90 13.9 10 Scott Hopper M U15
8 14.7 10 Struan Craig M U15
78 15.3 10 Enrique Mendez M U15
44 16.6 10 Ross Lawrie M U15
79 17.9 10 Douglas Fleming M U13
20 13.5 11 Bradly Allan M U15
83 13.8 11 Ethan Thomson M U15
77 14.2 11 Euan Docherty M U15
58 14.5 11 Euan Campbell M U15
1 12.6 12 Jamie McNaught M U15
11 13.4 12 Adam McGregor M U15
2 14.1 12 Finlay Marchant M U15
67 14.3 13 Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock F U15
92 14.6 13 Amaris Cuthbert F U15
5 14.9 13 Ellen Montgomery F U15
80 15.5 13 Finnlaidh Stokoe F U15
56 15.8 13 Anna Reid F U15
10 14.5 14 Amy Cully F U15
41 14.5 14 Erin Miller F U15
72 15.0 14 Mavia Duncan F U15
50 15.0 14 Ellie Ross F U15
51 16.1 14 Kyla Govan F U15
39 13.5 15 Katherine Fowler F U15
68 14.0 15 Ciara Forgie F U15
87 14.6 15 Cameryn Dick F U17
52 14.9 15 Ella Wilson F U15
46 14.9 15 Louise Carroll F U15
34 15.2 15 Megan Dunlop F U15
15 11.6 16 Jack Haughton M U17
74 11.9 16 Daniel Ferguson M U17
61 12.1 16 Erik Escala M U17
3 12.4 16 John Wilkie M U17
4 13.0 16 Rian Harvey M U17
6 13.3 16 Duncan Scott M U17
800 Metres Series
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
86 2.48.9 1 Leya Gibb F U11
12 2.49.5 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11
35 2.58.4 1 Loren Stewart F U11
32 3.09.0 1 Tabitha Mackenzie F U11
18 3.23.4 1 Connie Bateman F U11
81 3.23.9 1 Laura Matthews F U11
36 3.51.3 1 Kayla Crawford F U11
38 2.46.6 2 Ray Taylor M U11
24 2.51.2 2 Ossian de Arkotxa M U11
7 2.53.5 2 Jack Sutton M U11
30 2.53.5 2 Rory Mackay M U11
53 3.08.8 2 Logan Bell M U11
19 3.18.5 2 Sandy Bateman M U11
85 2.44.9 3 Carys Gibb F U13
22 2.45.9 3 Brogan McMillan F U13
69 2.46.7 3 Olivia Freed F U13
43 2.54.6 3 Emily Guest F U13
42 2.54.9 3 Mary Kealey F U13
97 3.09.7 3 Beth Ronald F U13
49 3.15.6 3 Alice Cameron F U13
55 2.27.0 4 Ruairidh Burns M U13
9 2.29.8 4 Sam Vannett M U13
45 2.32.0 4 Jamie Oldham M U13
73 2.56.2 4 Finlay McAndrew m u13
33 3.00.0 4 Alex Dunlop M U13
13 3.02.3 4 Henry Crossley M U13
99 3.08.5 4 Andrew Twigg M U13
27 3.24.8 4 Angus Kennedy M U13
10 2.31.7 5 Amy Cully F U15
60 2.46.6 5 Summer Maclean F U15
41 2.52.6 5 Erin Miller F U15
5 2.53.4 5 Ellen Montgomery F U15
46 2.57.3 5 Louise Carroll F U15
80 2.57.6 5 Finnlaidh Stokoe F U15
40 2.58.5 5 Anna Buchanan F U15
34 3.06.3 5 Megan Dunlop F U15
56 3.08.5 5 Anna Reid F U15
51 3.15.5 5 Kyla Govan F U15
98 2.24.7 6 Oliver Holden M U17
83 2.25.6 6 Ethan Thomson M U15
37 2.31.3 6 David Cairns M U15
91 2.40.4 6 Ryan McGuire M U15
16 2.47.1 6 Eilidh Mackenzie F U17
78 2.49.0 6 Enrique Mendez M U15
11 2.51.6 6 Adam McGregor M U15
3,000 Metres
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
100 9.14.9   Keir Howlieson M U20
94 9.27.1   Lewis Dow M U17
95 9.30.5   Sandy Holl M U20
111 10.25.0   Cameron Kerr M U15
65 10.37.4   Finlay Muir M U15
84 10.56.2   David Eckersley M SEN
77 11.13.3   Euan Docherty M U15
58 11.25.8   Euan Campbell M U15
110 11.48.6   Grace Tindall F U15
106 12.05.1   Lizzie Stansfield F U17
108 12.14.6   Benjamin Noad M SEN
89 12.15.6   Anna MacKinnon F U15
93 12.24.7   Bethany Burch F U20
96 12.43.8   Jens Subke M SEN
64 13.04.3   Heidi Eik Maxwells F U15
44 13.17.4   Ross Lawrie M U15
109 13.27.6   Colin Sinclair M SEN
107 13.42.6   Allan Gall M SEN
Long Jump
Number Distance Forename Surname Gender Age Group
30 3.45   Rory Mackay M U11
38 3.33   Ray Taylor M U11
24 3.29   Ossian de Arkotxa M U11
53 2.96   Logan Bell M U11
7 2.89   Jack Sutton M U11
57 2.64   Noah Kennedy M U11
19 2.58   Sandy Bateman M U11
23 3.64   Lewis Miller M U11
62 3.98   Robb Ferguson M U13
75 3.76   Dylan McCulloch M U13
45 3.60   Jamie Oldham M U13
54 3.26   Joshua Kennedy M U13
79 2.86   Douglas Fleming M U13
13 2.67   Henry Crossley M U13
99 2.51   Andrew Twigg M U13
27 2.20   Angus Kennedy M U13
88 4.69   Duncan Glen M U15
37 3.64   David Cairns M U15
44 3.37   Ross Lawrie M U15
98 4.14   Oliver Holden M U17
Shot Put
Number Distance Weight Forename Surname Gender Age Group
18 3.88 SP2.72K Connie Bateman F U11
12 3.32 SP2.72K Niamh McKinlay F U11
35 3.30 SP2.72K Loren Stewart F U11
36 2.79 SP2.72K Kayla Crawford F U11
14 2.59 SP2.72K Cara McKinlay F U11
43 5.68 SP2.72K Emily Guest F U13
17 5.44 SP2.72K Danielle Abel F U13
47 3.71 SP2.72K Megan Hogg F U13
49 3.49 SP2.72K Alice Cameron F U13
69 3.39 SP2.72K Olivia Freed F U13
5 6.24 SP3K Ellen Montgomery F U15
52 6.24 SP3K Ella Wilson F U15
63 6.07 SP3K Matilda Ross F U15
10 6.00 SP3K Amy Cully F U15
46 5.72 SP3K Louise Carroll F U15
82 5.31 SP3K Holly  Fordyce F u15
113 4.97 SP3K Amy Faunce Smith F U15
41 4.24 SP3K Erin Miller F U15
115 5.41 SP3K Jenny Clark F U17
7 4.79 SP2.72K Jack Sutton M U11
57 4.41 SP2.72K Noah Kennedy M U11
53 3.39 SP2.72K Logan Bell M U11
30 3.28 SP2.72K Rory Mackay M U11
19 3.04 SP2.72K Sandy Bateman M U11
62 6.33 SP3K Robb Ferguson M U13
79 5.51 SP3K Douglas Fleming M U13
75 4.66 SP3K Dylan McCulloch M U13
99 4.36 SP3K Andrew Twigg M U13
13 3.46 SP3K Henry Crossley M U13
90 10.26 SP4K Scott Hopper M U15
1 8.80 SP4k Jamie McNaught M U15
88 7.73 SP4K Duncan Glen M U15
44 5.46 SP4k Ross Lawrie M U15
2 4.28 SP4K Finlay Marchant M U15
61 10.66 SP5k Erik Escala M U17


Aug 282018

Central Athletic Club’s Men’s Team were in Kilmarnock on Sunday for the final meeting of this season’s Scottish Division One Track and Field series, held mainly in testing wet conditions. A number of Central’s Under-17 athletes made their debut in the league with all showing great form and maturity beyond their years. The opposition again included many of Scotland’s top athletes in opposition clubs and Central finished seventh on the day, slipping to sixth place overall in the league.

Michael Wright (3) in the Steeplechase

Michael Wright (3) in the Steeplechase

The first track event, the 400 Metres Hurdles, saw David Lindsay in ‘A’ string action finishing fourth with 68.37 seconds, tackling some of the worst of the weather. There was a high standard set in the two Division One 800 Metres races with Jack Kerr setting a good pace in the ‘A’ event and again ducking under 2 minutes with a 1 minute 59.16 seconds timing in sixth place. The ‘B’ event saw Under-17 Lewis Dow shouldering responsibility and running a well-judged race to finish fourth with a classy 2:04.52. Sprinting duties were passed to the talented group of Under-17 sprinters with Euan Smith taking fifth ‘A’ place in 11.97 seconds and Jack Haughton equalling his personal best with 11.94 seconds in fifth ‘B’ placing. Distance running stalwart Michael Wright was always well placed in the 3,000 Metre Steeplechase clocking 9 minutes 44.15 seconds in third ‘A’ place while the ever reliable David Lindsay finished in third ‘B’ with 11:18.28. The 1,500 Metres saw yet further improvement from Jack Kerr as he ran a tactically sound race to finish third with 4:02.72. The 200 Metres ‘A’ race saw Under-17 Daniel Ferguson reduce his personal best to 24.16 seconds in seventh place. Michael Wright was soon back on the track to tackle the 10,000 Metres finishing in a fine fourth ‘A’ place, clocking 32:2.16 with a well-paced effort.

Jack Haughton and Euan Smith in the 200 Metres

Jack Haughton and Euan Smith in the 200 Metres

In the field the throwing duties were covered by Graham Porterfield throwing a best of 11.07 metres in the Shot Put for third ‘A’ points; followed by 34.72 metres in the Hammer and a best of 30.9 metres in the Discus, gaining excellent fourth places in these events. Under-17 athletes Euan Smith and Jack Haughton were experiencing their first taste of Men’s League action in the Long Jump with Euan jumping to a best of 5.56 metres and Jack producing a best of 5.18 metres to pick up more much needed points for the team. Daniel Ferguson tackled the Triple Jump, finishing in fourth ‘A’ and improving his personal best to 11.39 metres.

The Club’s Under-17s made up the 4 x 100 Metre Relay quartet of Rian Harvey, Daniel Ferguson, Jack Haughton and Euan Smith, bringing the baton home in fourth in a useful 46.91 seconds. The Guest 100 Metres races saw personal best runs from Under-17 athletes Aidan Grevemberg (11.82s) and Daniel Ferguson (11.87s) and a debut run of 12.83s from Rian Harvey.

As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through Stuart MacFarlane as Field Judge, John Dickson as Track Judge plus Tom McMenemy on Timekeeping duty.

Aug 262018

Scottish Under-20 Championships

Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler was on medal winning form yet again as he took two medals at the Scottish age group championships in Aberdeen at the weekend. The 17-year-old decathlete from Balfron was competing in the Under-20 age group and took on the vertical jumps starting with the high jump event on the Saturday. He looked in good form as he cleared every height up to 1.87 metres to guarantee a medal. He was then facing a new personal best at 1.92m which he soared over at the second attempt to move himself into 2nd place. While he was unable to go higher, he was still pleased with his personal best height and silver medal.

He returned the following day to take on the pole vault event where there was a high class field with every athlete having a personal best of 4.20m or higher. Matt had successively improved the club junior record this year several times taking it to 4.31m. He successfully cleared up to 4.17m then was attempting another club record height of 4.32m. After 2 failures Matt dug in at the third and final attempt to produce a superb clearance to improve his club record yet again. Matt was unable to clear 4.47m and such was the standard of the event he had to settle for 4th place on countback. But with a bronze medal and club record Matt was happy with his weekend.

Anna Cameron was Central AC’s other competitor in the Under-20 age group. Anna, also from Balfron, was looking to add the Scottish national title to the Scottish schools title she won earlier this season however was unable to match the 5.55m she jumped back in June at the Scottish schools and had to settle for 7th with 4.97m.

Scottish Under-13 Championships

U13 Boys – 75m Hurdles

Robb Ferguson was on top form as he took a brace of bronze medals at the Scottish Under-13 championships. He started with the 75 Metre Hurdles where he has been competing well this season and produced a strong run to finish in 3rd place with 13.41 seconds. He then took on the Javelin event where he has also shown great progress this season. An excellent second round throw of 29.09 metres was enough to add another bronze medal for Robb making it a great weekend for him. These were Robb’s first ever medals at a national level event.

Several other of Central’s athletes made the long trip to Aberdeen to test themselves against the best in Scotland and were rewarded with personal bests. Connor Bell took on the 1,500 Metres race and ran an excellent Personal Best of 4:35.68 to finish just outside the medals in 4th place in a fast race.

Hannah Tams has made excellent progress recently and was competing in her first ever championships. She was undaunted by the occasion in the 100 Metres as she qualified through the heats in 14.25 seconds, and semi-finals in 14.17s, to reach the final. There, she went even faster running a Personal Best 14.02s for 7th place. She followed this up in the Long Jump where she jumped 3.80m for 9th place, just missing the cut for 3 more jumps. Overall these were excellent performances for a championship debut.

Brogan McMillan was also on great form in the High Jump as she smashed her personal best by 8cm clearing 1.32m to place 9th and earn herself a bronze standard on the club awards scheme. She then placed 6th in her 1,500 Metres heat with 5 minutes 49.68 seconds.

Jamie Oldham set a Personal Best of 2:29.46 minutes in the 800 Metres for 2nd place in his heat and then ran 31.76 seconds in the 200 Metres. Emily Guest was unfortunate not to progress in the 100 Metres where she ran 14.55s in her heat to miss a semi-final spot by just one place. She also ran a fine 30.72s in the 200 Metres.

Scottish Under-15 Championships

U15 Girls - 75m Hurdles

U15 Girls – 75m Hurdles

Central’s Under-15 athletes produced some excellent performances in spite of wet conditions at Aberdeen. Celtic Games champion Coirilidh Cook was never challenged as she ran away with the 75 Metre Hurdles in 11.45 seconds to take the gold medal. This completes the set of Scottish titles for the 14-year-old from Balfron as this season she has won the Scottish national and Scottish schools titles both indoors and out.

Scott Hopper was taking on the Under-15 Javelin having won the Under-13 Scottish title last year and the Under-14 Scottish schools title earlier in the summer. The 13-year-old from Callander looked at one point like he might win after a superb Personal Best opening throw of 41.47 metres. In the end he was just pipped for the title with 2 other athletes beating his mark, the eventual winner out-throwing Scott by a slender margin of 21cms. However Scott was still proud of a bronze medal against older athletes. Earlier he had taken a respectable 5th place in the High Jump with 1.59m.

Euan Wilbert came close to the medals in the 80 Metre Hurdles. A time of 12.83s earned the 13-year-old from Strathyre 4th place; a decent run in wet conditions. He then followed this up with 4.88m for 7th place in the Long Jump.

Molly Cornes from Balfron was also competing well in the jumps events. 1.49m was good enough for 5th in a High Jump event where the top 2 athletes set a championship record. She then set a Personal Best in the Long Jump, leaping to 4.84m for 7th. Matilda Ross was rewarded for making the trip with 7th place for 6.06m in the Shot Put. This was in spite of picking up an injury in the warm up.

Ethan Thomson placed 4th in his 100 Metres with 13.87s and set a Personal Best in the 800 Metres, running 2 minutes 26.76 seconds. Cameron Kerr narrowly missed out on reaching the 1,500 Metres final after a fine run of 4:58.42 in his heat.

Aug 182018

Senior Championships

Ali Hay finishing

Ali Hay – Photo credit Bobby Gavin

Central AC’s Ali Hay was on top form as he took the 5,000 metre title at the Scottish national championships at Grangemouth at the weekend, as Central won 3 medals in total.

The 32 year old from Gargunnock has won several previous Scottish titles on and off the track but this was his first Scottish track title since winning the 1,500 metres in 2010, which qualified him for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi that year, where he reached the final.

Hay has shifted his focus up a distance to 5,000 metres and set a personal best 14:10 minutes earlier this season.  He used all his experience in a tactical race run in wet blustery conditions as he sat back initially and let others do the running but always kept a close eye on the leaders.  Gradually the lead group was whittled down to 6. With 600 metres to go, James Hood of Aberdeen wound up the pace to reduce the group to just 3.  When they hit the back straight on the final lap, Sean Fontana of Glasgow burst clear but Hay then decided it was time to make his move and hit top gear to surge ahead.  Hay then had the strength to keep going and was never challenged over the last 200 metres as he crossed the line to take the Scottish title.  The tactical nature of the race meant the winning time of 14:37.91 minutes was well below Hay’s personal best but what was more telling was his 57 second final 400 metres which nobody else could follow.

Afterwards Hay commented “I am delighted to win it because before today I only have one Senior Scottish track title to my name – that was a 1,500 metres in 2010 held at Pitreavie when they were doing it as selection for the Commonwealths.  Today was a good race. Lachlan Oates took it on a few times but nobody else really wanted to so the group stayed together for quite a while.  Sean Fontana kicked with 300 metres to go and I responded – I was just glad he didn’t keep it going and I was able to get a bit of lead.  I am 32 now and my wee boy was watching. He’s only two at the moment so he won’t remember it I don’t suppose but I can always tell him about it!

“You watch the events in Berlin and it just makes you want to get out there and run again and compete. Obviously we are not at that level, but I enjoyed watching it and it definitely inspired me for Sunday.  I don’t race as much now, I guess you have commitments and priorities as you get older, and my wife is training for the Berlin Marathon, so we sometimes have to take it in turns going out for a run.

“But I will look to do the cross country season again. At Central AC, we’re very keen to try and keep winning team titles but we’ve maybe not quite got the depth we had three or four years ago. We will keep working on that to get some athletes back out there.”  Hay should have a few more years at the top level.

Michael Wright (left) in action

Michael Wright (left) in action

Also on the podium was Central’s Stirling and Scottish marathon champion, Michael Wright, who finished off his season in style.  The Stirling based training partner of Ali Hay was competing in the 3,000 Metre Steeplechase.  It was another tactical race and Michael waited for his opportunity.  When the break came Michael Deeson of Shettleston pulled away but Wright settled into second place and kept his rhythm over the barriers all the way to the line to take the silver medal in a seasons best 9:28.20 minutes, only just missing his personal best.

High Jumper, Amy Gullen, was Central’s other medallist.  In her final competition as a teenager before celebrating her 20th birthday a few days later, Gullen was looking to finally improve her club record of 1.68m which she set back in 2013.  She has been in good form all season having jumped 1.66m earlier this year and winning the East District title and a bronze at the Scottish indoor championships.  Gullen had first time clearances at every height up to 1.62m which guaranteed a medal as only 3 athletes were left in the competition.  However she was looking for more and needed every bit of her resolve to clear 1.67m at the 3rd and final attempt.  The bar was then raised to 1.70m and Gullen had good attempts but was not quite able to get the clearance she was after.  However she had still done enough to win the silver medal on countback and finish top Scottish competitor behind an athlete from Herts Phoenix AC.

Afterwards Gullen said “I was pleased with the medal but was disappointed not to clear 1.70m as I know I have it in me.  I have been training hard and was trying a new run up.  I’ll be having another go at the women’s league later this month and the club championships in September so hopefully I can get the club record before the end of the season.”  We will all wish her best of luck with that.

There were several other Central competitors in the senior event.  Masters’ athlete, Graham Porterfield is still improving and earlier this season broke the club hammer record which had stood since 1980.  He couldn’t quite match that distance at the Scottish championships but still threw an excellent 37.74m for 7th place.  He also placed 5th in the shot with 11.03m.  Jack Kerr was making a return to competition and smashed his 800 Metre personal best with 1:56.66 to progress to the semi-finals where he missed out on the final by just one place.  Fraser Logan took on the 1,500 Metres running 4:24.17 minutes, and 2 of our juniors stepped up to test themselves against the top seniors: Kieran Halliday ran a near personal best of 11.74s in the 100 Metres and 24.46s in the 200 Metres.  Telfer Gray took on the 5,000 Metres for the first time ever running a respectable 17:18.

Under-17 Championships

Central AC’s hurdlers were on top form as they landed 3 medals at the Scottish Under-17 championships at Grangemouth at the weekend.

Daniel Ferguson - sprint hurdler

Daniel Ferguson – sprint hurdler

Daniel Ferguson was returning after winning a silver medal for Scotland in the Under-16 100 Metre Hurdles at the Celtic Games international the week before at the same venue.  This time Daniel was competing in the older Under-17 age group which meant he not only had the challenge of adjusting to the higher height of hurdles at Under-17 but also had to contend with a strong headwind and a wet track.  His concentration was then tested as the athlete in the lane next to him was disqualified for a false start.  However they were cleanly away at the second time of asking and Daniel got into his rhythm and held onto 3rd place from start to finish to claim the bronze medal.  His time of 14.55s was impressive given the difficult conditions.

Shortly earlier, Katie Sharkey lined up in the Under-17 girls 80 Metre Hurdles.  She started well and challenged all the way to the line to take silver in 12.16s.

Emma Mailer

Emma Mailer

Emma Mailer was also returning a week after winning a silver medal at the Celtic Games international at 400 Metre Hurdles, this time in the shorter 300 Metre Hurdles where she was defending the title she won last year.  Emma set out strongly building up a 5 metre lead however faded towards the end and was unfortunately just pipped on the line by 0.01s to win the silver medal in 45.87s but desperately wanting gold.

There were some further good performances as other Central athletes were close to the medals.  In the 1,500 Metres, Lewis Dow stayed in contention up until the final lap, however when European youth champion, Kane Elliot kicked at the bell, Dow was unable to keep up and had to settle for 4th.  He can still be pleased with a season’s best 4:12.08 minutes.  Shona McLay was just run out of the medals in the 200 Metres running 26.36s for 4th just 0.06s from bronze.  Elizabeth Thompson, who had also competed at the Celtic Games a week earlier in the 4 x 400 Metre Relay, took on the shorter 300m and placed 5th in a fast race with 41.88s.  Lucy More was testing herself out in the 100 Metres running a respectable 13.54s for 6th in her heat.

Aug 062018

Central AC athletes were on great form for Scotland as they helped the Scottish team to a convincing victory over Ireland and Wales in the Celtic Games international. Five Central athletes won a total of 5 medals as Scotland won the annual match against the top young athletes from the Celtic nations. This year it was a home match for Scotland and Central AC’s athletes found themselves competing in familiar surroundings at our local track at Grangemouth stadium.

Under-16 80m Hurdles

Under-16 80m Hurdles (photo by Bobby Gavin)

The star Central performer of the day was Coirilidh Cook who was making her international debut in the Under-16 Girls 80 Metre Hurdles. The Balfron athlete is more used to competing at the shorter 75m hurdle distance where she has already won the Scottish schools title this season. The longer distance meant she had the challenge of adjusting her stride pattern. When the gun went, her task was made even harder when she slipped out of the blocks. However, she quickly recovered and overhauled her Welsh and Irish rivals to take the lead. There was a late charge by the Irish competitor but Coirilidh held her nerve and the lead to take the win for Scotland by 0.05 seconds, in a superb personal best and club record of 11.89 seconds.

Under-16 100m hurdles

Under-16 100m hurdles (photo by Bobby Gavin)

Following on soon after was Daniel Ferguson in the Under-16 Boys 100 Metre Hurdles. The Tullibody athlete, also making his international debut, ran strongly over the barriers to finish in a personal best 13.99 seconds, his first sub-14 second run. The Welsh competitor was too fast but Daniel held off Ireland to take second place for Scotland and the silver medal.

Coirilidh and Daniel weren’t finished yet though as they teamed up in the mixed 4×100 Metre Relay. Coirilidh led off for Scotland and ran well round the first bend tracking the Welsh and Irish athletes outside her. Daniel took the baton on the 3rd leg holding off the Welsh athlete and overtaking Ireland before handing the baton on for his Scottish teammate to sprint home for victory. This gave Daniel a gold medal to add to his silver in the hurdles and Coirilidh a second gold medal of the day.

Under-18 400m Hurdles

Under-18 400m Hurdles

Emma Mailer is a very experienced international having won at the Celtic Games last year. The Stirling athlete was looking to defend her Under-18 Girls 400 Metre Hurdles title, however she knew she was up against a strong Irish competitor, Miriam Daly, who had competed at the European Youth championships earlier this summer. Emma could not prevent the Irish competitor winning but dug in for the full lap of the track to finish well ahead of Wales and take the silver for Scotland in a season’s best 66.41 seconds.

Elizabeth Thompson was competing in her second international in the 4×400 Metre Relay. She is very experienced in relays having won numerous Scottish titles with Central AC teams and helped Scotland to bronze in 4×300 Metre Relay in the schools international last month. She was running second leg, and with Ireland and Wales choosing to put their top athletes in the first leg, she took the baton in 3rd place. However she showed her experience as she ran a 59 second leg to close the 5 metre gap on the other teams to hand over almost level. This allowed her teammates to overtake the Welsh team in the final leg to finish 2nd behind a strong Irish team.

Central's Scotland team members and coach

Central’s Scotland team members and coach

Anna Cameron has made huge strides this season since focusing on Long Jump after winning the Scottish schools earlier this summer with a big personal best 5.55 metres. This earned her a place in the Scottish futures team who were selected by the Scottish schools in addition to the main Scottish team. She didn’t quite manage to reproduce the form she showed at the Scottish schools but gained good experience at international level as she jumped 4.99 metres for 4th. She also gained more experience as she ran anchor leg for the Scottish futures team in the 4×100 Metre Relay.

Overall Scotland dominated the final standings, not only winning overall but winning in every individual age group, helped greatly by the performances of the Central AC contingent.

Jul 302018

There were some tasty contests at the Glasgow Athletics Association Miler Meeting in Scotstoun, Glasgow on the evening of Friday 27 July with both East District and Masters’ medals up for grabs in a series of 5,000 Metre track races. The event was punctuated by thunder and lightning storms and heavy rainfall which didn’t stop some top class performances from Central Athletic Club athletes.

While it was Scottish Cross Country Champion Kristian Jones of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers who won the East Senior Men’s race in 14min 6.38secs, he had some top class opposition as Central athletes Alastair Hay (14:12.03) and Jamie Crowe (14:13.77) picked up the Silver and Bronze medals, with Alastair improving his personal best for the distance. Telfer Gray’s first track 5,000 Metres saw him bring home a deserved Under-20 East District bronze medal with a fine 16min 57.98secs effort. In the Masters’ ranks, David Eckersley’s excellent 18min 18.33secs run saw him winning silver in the M55 Scottish Championships.

There were other top performances from Aidan Thompson 14min 36.31secs, in his track debut for the distance while Michael Wright continued his fine season with a 15:07.73 personal best. Matthew Sutherland ran his first track race of the season to record 4:15.55 for 1,500 Metres.

Five Central Athletic Club athletes have been selected to compete for Scotland in the annual Celtic Games Track and Field International to be held at Grangemouth on Saturday 4 August. The competition covers a full programme for Under-18 athletes and a number of events for Under-16 athletes.

The opposition features teams from Wales and Ireland and there will be two Scotland teams on show, the Celtic team and a Futures team with the event giving many of the athletes their first taste of International competition and providing a great opportunity for further progress.

The Central Athletic Club athletes who have been selected for the event are Emma Mailer in the Under-18 Celtic Team for 400 Metre Hurdles and Elizabeth Thompson in the same team for the 4 x 400 Metre Relay. The Under-16 Celtic team features Daniel Ferguson in the 100 Metre Hurdles plus Coirilidh Cook in the 80 Metre Hurdles and both Daniel and Coirilidh also selected as part of the Under-16 Mixed Relay pool. Anna Cameron has been selected to compete in the Scotland’s Futures team in the Under-18 Long Jump and the 4 x 100 Metre Relay pool.




Jul 282018

The July Central AC time trials took place at the Stirling University track on 26 July. You can download the results as a spreadsheet or browse through them below.

100 metres Series
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
59 13.7 1 Hannah Tams F U13
66 14.3 1 Emily Guest F U13
89 14.7 1 Danielle Abel F U13
104 14.9 1 Orly Mitchell Murray F U13
85 15.3 1 Tyler Gibson M U11
65 15.5 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11
63 14.8 2 Brogan McMillan F U13
83 15.4 2 Allie Buchanan F U13
76 16.3 2 Alice Cameron F U13
80 16.4 2 Megan Hogg F U13
64 16.9 2 Leona Melville F U13
67 17.9 2 Lewis Henry M U11
79 14.7 3 Sam Vannet M U13
91 15.0 3 Dylan McCulloch M U13
93 15.2 3 Gregor Saunders M U13
90 15.5 3 Olivia Freed F U13
101 15.8 3 Jamie Connor M U11
92 16.5 3 Aaron Middleton M U13
100 14.0 4 Ciara Forgie F U15
75 14.3 4 Louise Carroll F U15
78 14.3 4 Erin Miller F U15
86 15.5 4 Loren Stewart F U11
87 14.2 5 Teagan Mcintosh-Blacklock F U15
84 14.6 5 Amy Cully F U15
77 14.6 5 Ella Wilson F U15
60 13.1 6 Adam McGregor M U15
58 13.4 6 Finlay Marchant M U15
71 13.6 6 Euan Wilbert M U15
72 13.8 6 Ethan Thomson M U15
62 13.3 7 Lucy More F U17
88 14.2 7 Euan Campbell M U15
69 15.8 7 Ross Lawrie M U15
98 17.6 7 Douglas Fleming M U13
95 11.4 8 Euan Smith M U17
74 11.4 8 Jack Haughton M U17
96 12.0 8 Erik Escala M U17
61 12.3 8 John Wilkie M U17
200 metres Series
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
63 31.7 1 Brogan McMillan F U13
90 32.7 1 Olivia Freed F U13
85 32.7 1 Tyler Gibson M U11
65 33.7 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11
79 32.3 2 Sam Vannet M U13
101 33.5 2 Jamie Connor M U11
68 34.6 2 Henry Crossley M U13
100 29.3 3 Ciara Forgie F U15
78 29.9 3 Erin Miller F U15
75 30.8 3 Louise Carroll F U15
87 30.7 4 Teagan Mcintosh-Blacklock F U15
84 30.9 4 Amy Cully F U15
29 31.2 4 Ellen Montgomery F U15
58 28.6 5 Finlay Marchant M U15
60 29.0 5 Adam McGregor M U15
88 31.5 5 Euan Campbell M U15
69 34.1 5 Ross Lawrie M U15
74 24.6 6 Jack Haughton M U17
96 25.0 6 Erik Escala M U17
62 28.5 6 Lucy More F U17
800 metres Series
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
79 2.37.2 1 Sam Vannet M U13
92 2.44.1 1 Aaron Middleton M U13
90 2.52.2 1 Olivia Freed F U13
65 2.53.4 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11
64 2.54.6 1 Leona Melville F U13
63 2.56.0 1 Brogan McMillan F U13
68 2.59.6 1 Henry Crossley M U13
67 3.03.2 1 Lewis Henry M U11
76 3.32.0 1 Alice Cameron F U13
84 2.36.6 2 Amy Cully F U15
103 2.49.5 2 Eilidh McKenzie F U17
29 2.55.0 2 Ellen Montgomery F U15
75 2.59.3 2 Louise Carroll F U15
70 3.00.8 2 Summer McLean F U15
97 3.01.6 2 Anna Buchanan F U15
102 2.00.3 3 Jack Kerr M SEN
94 2.20.5 3 Sandy Buchanan M U15
82 2.25.1 3 Craig Walker M SEN
72 2.27.2 3 Ethan Thomson M U15
73 2.28.2 3 Cameron Kerr M U15
81 2.34.6 3 John Bennett M SEN
69 2.53.8 3 Ross Lawrie M U15
99 3.15.6 3 Allan Gall M SEN
Long Jump
Number Distance Forename Surname Gender Age Group
86 3.78   Loren Stewart F U11
65 2.95   Niamh McKinlay F U11
59 4.87   Hannah Tams F U13
80 3.86   Megan Hogg F U13
89 3.75   Danielle Abel F U13
66 3.67   Emily Guest F U13
104 3.59   Orly Mitchell Murray F U13
63 3.28   Brogan McMillan F U13
90 2.95   Olivia Freed F U13
76 2.79   Alice Cameron F U13
87 4.68   Teagan Mcintosh-Blacklock F U15
100 4.31   Ciara Forgie F U15
75 4.00   Louise Carroll F U15
29 3.78   Ellen Montgomery F U15
77 3.74   Ella Wilson F U15
70 3.59   Summer McLean F U15
78 3.48   Erin Miller F U15
97 3.34   Anna Buchanan F U15
Shot Put
Number Distance Weight Forename Surname Gender Age Group
86 4.01 SP2.72K Loren Stewart F U11
65 3.54 SP2.72K Niamh McKinlay F U11
63 5.27 SP2.72K Brogan McMillan F U13
89 5.23 SP2.72K Danielle Abel F U13
76 3.78 SP2.72K Alice Cameron F U13
90 3.43 SP2.72K Olivia Freed F U13
80 3.28 SP2.72K Megan Hogg F U13
77 6.75 SP3K Ella Wilson F U15
29 5.82 SP3K Ellen Montgomery F U15
84 5.56 SP3K Amy Cully F U15
75 4.97 SP3K Louise Carroll F U15
78 4.69 SP3K Erin Miller F U15
70 3.78 SP3K Summer McLean F U15
98 5.61 SP3K Douglas Fleming M U13
91 4.23 SP3K Dylan McCulloch M U13
88 5.30 SP4K Euan Campbell M U15
69 5.22 SP4k Ross Lawrie M U15
96 11.24 SP5K Erik Escala M U17
95 8.54 SP5K Euan Smith M U17


Jul 152018

The club’s monthly summer track and field time trials take place at the Stirling University track on Thursday 26 July, starting at 7pm. The events on offer are 100 metres, 200 metres and 800 metres on the track, and long jump and shot put in the field. Registration and warm-up from 6.30 pm.

More details and a registration form are available to download: Time Trials info and Entry Form 26 July 2018. To make registration more straightforward, you can print off and complete the registration form in advance.

Jul 012018

The club’s June time trials took place at the Lornshill track on Thursday 28 June.  Full results below and can be downloaded as a spreadsheet.

100 metres series
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
45 14.5 1 Lewis Miller M U11  
10 15.6 1 Tyler Gibson M U11  
26 15.9 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11  
34 16.3 1 Connie Bateman F U11  
12 20.6 1 Holly Allan F U11  
50 14.9 2 Danielle Abel F U13  
4 15.3 2 Amy Honeyman F U13  
20 15.4 2 Kate Gilvear F U13  
56 15.5 2 Orly Mitchell-Murray F U13  
52 15.6 2 Lucy Hensman F U13  
24 16.2 2 Molly Sullivan F U13  
39 14.1 3 Hannah Tams F U13  
42 14.4 3 Jessica Hanson F U13  
5 14.8 3 Emily Guest F U13  
38 15.6 3 Marissa Welsh F U13  
11 15.6 3 Allie Buchanan F U13  
28 16.6 3 Alice Cameron F U13  
15 14.4 4 Robb Ferguson M U13  
33 15 4 Sam Vannett M U13  
41 15.3 4 Dylan McCulloch M U13  
8 15.7 4 Harris Whyte M U13  
53 15.8 4 Peter Daniels M U13  
2 14.5 5 Amy Cully F U15  
1 14.8 5 Ellen Montgomery F U15  
32 14.9 5 Ella Wilson F U15  
22 15.1 5 Teagan Mcintosh-Blacklock F U15  
17 14.3 6 Louise Carroll F U15  
25 14.5 6 Erin Miller F U15  
31 14.7 6 Megan Dunlop F U15  
14 13.9 7 Bradly Allan M U15  
43 14.2 7 Euan Campbell M U15  
46 15.1 7 Enrique Mendez M U15  
51 15.3 7 Henry Daniels M U15  
7 13.9 8 Ben Ebsworth M U15  
9 14.1 8 Adam McGregor M U15  
47 14.4 8 Euan Docherty M U15  
48 12.6 9 Harry Wilson M U17 Wee County Harriers
35 12.7 9 John Wilkie M U17  
49 12.9 9 Matty Meechan M U17 Wee County Harriers
13 13.4 9 Douglas Allan M U17  
19 11.8 10 Euan Smith M U17  
18 12.0 10 Cameron Smith M Sen  
23 12.4 10 Daniel Ferguson M U17  
3 12.4 10 Ian McDonald M SEN  
200 metres series
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
45 30.2 1 Lewis Miller M U11  
54 32.7 1 Ray Taylor M U11  
10 33.1 1 Tyler Gibson M U11  
21 33.7 1 Henry Crossley M U13  
26 33.7 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11  
12 80.8 1 Holly Allan F U11  
42 29.4 2 Jessica Hanson F U13  
37 30.8 2 Brogan Mcmillan F U13  
5 31.1 2 Emily Guest F U13  
50 31.8 2 Danielle Abel F U13  
38 33.2 2 Marissa Welsh F U13  
28 35.5 2 Alice Cameron F U13  
36 28.6 3 Ruairidh Burns M U13  
15 30.3 3 Robb Ferguson M U13  
30 34.7 3 Alex Dunlop M U13  
25 29.8 4 Erin Miller F U15  
2 30.4 4 Amy Cully F U15  
22 30.7 4 Teagan Mcintosh-Blacklock F U15  
1 31.2 4 Ellen Montgomery F U15  
17 31.8 4 Louise Carroll F U15  
32 32.2 4 Ella Wilson F U15  
14 28.2 5 Bradly Allan M U15  
43 29.8 5 Euan Campbell M U15  
47 30.7 5 Euan Docherty M U15  
18 24.0 6 Cameron Smith M Sen  
23 24.4 6 Daniel Ferguson M U17  
3 25.0 6 Ian McDonald M SEN  
48 25.2 6 Harry Wilson M U17 Wee County Harriers
600 metres series
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
33 1.55.3 1 Sam Vannett M U13  
54 2.01.6 1 Ray Taylor M U11  
26 2.01.9 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11  
21 2.02.7 1 Henry Crossley M U13  
53 2.03.9 1 Peter Daniels M U13  
30 2.04.6 1 Alex Dunlop M U13  
36 1.44.6 2 Ruairidh Burns M U13  
16 1.47.9 2 Connor Bell M U13  
37 1.54.8 2 Brogan Mcmillan F U13  
6 2.00.4 2 Mary Kealey F U13  
8 2.04.4 2 Harris Whyte M U13  
24 2.36.0 2 Molly Sullivan F U13  
1,500 metres
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
44 4.29.7 1 Lewis Dow M U17  
47 5.23.7 1 Euan Docherty M U15  
46 6.07.3 1 Enrique Mendez M U15  
17 6.07.9 1 Louise Carroll F U15  
40 6.28.2 1 Allan Gall M SEN  
Long Jump
Number Distance   Forename Surname Gender Age Group
45 3.77   Lewis Miller M U11  
10 3.28   Tyler Gibson M U11  
54 3.15   Ray Taylor M U11  
55 2.54   Jack Burns M U11  
41 3.80   Dylan McCulloch M U13  
15 3.57   Robb Ferguson M U13  
8 3.52   Harris Whyte M U13  
53 3.37   Peter Daniels M U13  
21 2.89   Henry Crossley M U13  
9 3.97   Adam McGregor M U15  
51 3.70   Henry Daniels M U15  
23 5.31   Daniel Ferguson M U17  
48 5.15   Harry Wilson M U17 Wee County Harriers
49 4.65   Matty Meechan M U17 Wee County Harriers
57 4.33   Cameron Fraser M U17  
Shot Put
Weight Number Distance Forename Surname Gender Age Group
SP2.72K 26 3.80 Niamh McKinlay F U11  
SP2.72K 34 3.77 Connie Bateman F U11  
SP2.72K 28 3.46 Alice Cameron F U13  
SP3K 32 6.76 Ella Wilson F U15  
SP3K 2 6.56 Amy Cully F U15  
SP3K 1 6.15 Ellen Montgomery F U15  
SP3K 31 5.67 Megan Dunlop F U15  
SP3K 25 5.11 Erin Miller F U15  
SP3K 53 6.75 Peter Daniels M U13  
SP3K 30 3.70 Alex Dunlop M U13  
SP4K 27 10.95 Scott Hopper M U15  
SP4k 29 9.89 Jamie McNaught M U15  
SP4k 43 5.35 Euan Campbell M U15  
SP4k 46 5.00 Enrique Mendez M U15  
SP4k 47 4.10 Euan Docherty M U15  
SP5k 48 8.15 Harry Wilson M U17 Wee County Harriers
SP5k 49 7.59 Matty Meechan M U17 Wee County Harriers
Weight Distance Forename Surname Gender Age Group
400gSilverEagle 7.95 Connie Bateman F U11  
400gSilverEagle 7.26 Niamh McKinlay F U11  
400g 4.90 Alice Cameron F U13  
500g 12.97 Ellen Montgomery F U15  
500g 12.90 Amy Cully F U15  
500g 12.40 Louise Carroll F U15  
500g 11.17 Megan Dunlop F U15  
500g 9.59 Erin Miller F U15  
400g 27.88 Robb Ferguson M U13  
400g 14.55 Alex Dunlop M U13  
400g 14.33 Peter Daniels M U13  
400g 9.16 Dylan McCulloch M U13  
400g 5.80 Henry Crossley M U13  
600g 34.70 Scott Hopper M U15  
600g 27.60 Jamie McNaught M U15  
600g 18.25 Enrique Mendez M U15  
600g 16.72 Euan Docherty M U15  
600g 15.65 Euan Campbell M U15  


Jun 262018

Central Athletic Club’s men’s team were at Grangemouth Stadium for the third and penultimate meeting of this season’s Scottish Division One Track and Field League, held in warm but blustery conditions. Once again all of Central’s athletes gave of their best and with many of Scotland’s top athletes on show for opposition clubs, Central had to settle for sixth on the day, with the team now in fourth place overall in the league.

Lewis Millar in close order in the 5,000 Metres

Lewis Millar (3) in close order in the 5,000 Metres

The first track event, the 400 Metre Hurdles, saw David Lindsay in ‘A’ string action finishing fifth with a determined 67.79 seconds clocking, while Ruaridh Miller stepped into the ‘B’ event with a second place in a tasty 63.54. The 800 Metres was a high class affair so congratulations to Jack Kerr coming home with a personal best of 2 minutes 00.79 seconds in seventh. It was left to David Lindsay to take responsibility for the ‘B’ race, here also in personal best territory with 2:15.27 in sixth. There was also top quality sprinting on show again from all clubs in the Division with Kieran Halliday finishing a close-up eighth place in the ‘A’ 100 Metres with an improved 11.72, backed up by Ian McDonald taking seventh ‘B’ place in a season’s best 12.09. Michael Wright and Ruaridh Miller were always to the fore in the 3,000 Metre Steeplechase clocking 9:47.72 and 10:00.43 respectively to score excellent points with third ‘A’ and second ‘B’ placings. Tom Chandler looked good as he sped to a tasty 15.67 in finishing a close-up third in the 110 Metre Hurdles. Tom continued his busy day as he was soon back on the track in the 400 Metres, running 52.33 for fifth ‘A’ place. The 1,500 Metres saw yet another personal best from Jack Kerr with 4:11.80 in fifth ‘A’ place while Dale Colley stuck in well to finish fifth ‘B’ in 4:35.26 scooping up more useful points for the Central team. The 200 Metre series had Under-20 Kieran Halliday back in action finishing in eighth ‘A’ place in an improved 23.81 and back-up here from Sean Reilly, taking to the track for the first time in four years, in seventh ‘B’ place with 25.21. Lewis Millar was drafted into the team at short notice and ran a well-judged 5,000 Metres finishing fourth ‘A’ with 16:24.78 while Fraser Logan put his hay fever woes to one side with a determined run of 16:40.25 for second ‘B’ points.

Jack Kerr in relay action

Jack Kerr in relay action

In the field the throwing duties were covered by Graham Porterfield and Ron Todd. Graham threw out to 32.05 metres in the Javelin with Ron throwing 27.57 metres. Graham then produced a best of 30.72 metres in the Discus with Ron‘s top throw here 26.91 metres. The Hammer saw Graham out to a best of 35.47 metres while Ron again achieved further points with 23.48 metres. The Shot Put showed Graham at his best with his 11.66 metres effort taking fourth ‘A’ place, backed-up by Ron’s 7.75 effort. The Pole Vault had Tom Chandler pitted against multiple Scottish International Jax Thoirs, and Tom’s impressive 4.05 metres clearance take second ‘A’ points while Ron Todd was first ‘B’, clearing 3.00 metres. Under-17 athletes Daniel Bruce and Daniel Ferguson were experiencing their first taste of Men’s League action with both youngsters stepping up to the plate. Daniel Bruce’s 1.60 metres High Jump clearance produced much needed points for the team. In the Long Jump, Daniel Bruce reached an impressive 5.42 metres while Daniel Ferguson’s 5.15 metre effort proved to be an outdoor personal best. Daniel Ferguson then moved into new territory with his first ever Triple Jump competition, achieving excellent fifth ‘A’ points with a best effort of 10.97 metres.

The 4 x 100 Metre quartet of Daniel Ferguson, Kieran Halliday, Tom Chandler and Sean Reilly brought the baton home in seventh in a useful 46.15. A much changed 4 x 400 Metre quartet of Michael Wright, Dale Colley, Sean Reilly and Jack Kerr held on well throughout to record 3:45.90 in sixth place. The Guest 100 Metres saw Daniel Ferguson clock an impressive 11.76 in second place in his race.

As always there was great back-up from the Club’s officials through Stuart MacFarlane as a Field Judge, John Dickson as Track Judge plus Tom McMenemy and Bill Gault on Timekeeping duties. The final match of the season is in Kilmarnock on Sunday 26 August.

Jun 172018
Mhairi MacLennan receives her prize from Cathy Gallagher

Mhairi MacLennan receives her prize from Cathy Gallagher

The inaugural Monument Mile Classic, held at the University of Stirling Track on Wednesday 13 June, proved to be a night of top class racing despite the dreich Scottish summer weather and with international athletes to the fore in both elite races.

A co-operation between Central Athletic Club and the University of Stirling ensured the event was appropriately licenced via Scottish Athletics and with all places sold out there was a feast of 12 one mile races held throughout the evening covering athletes from Under-13s to Veterans.

Ben Greenwood receives his prize from Cathy Gallagher

Ben Greenwood receives his prize from Cathy Gallagher

There were wins in both the top male and female races for pre-race favourites Mhairi MacLennan of Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds and Ben Greenwood of Perth Strathtay Harriers with each picking up a winner’s cheque of £100.

The evening started with races for the younger athletes with almost all hitting personal bests for the distance: of the 91 finishers, 83 ran personal best for the mile. In the younger age groups Central athlete Amy Cully won the first race in 5 minutes 40.32 seconds followed home by Carys Gibb, 5:48.57, Mirren Henry 5:54.38, Naomi Howlieson 6:21.66, Ellen Montgomery 6:31.71 and Anna Buchanan 6:31.89. The second race saw a mixture of youth and age take to the track with no less than six Central vests on show and Sandy Buchanan in first with 5:26.30, then Euan Docherty 5:46.83, Aaron Middleton 5:55.45, Gareth Marchant 5:59.38, Ross Lawrie 6:05.77 and Kirsten McStay 6:18.83. Oliver Holden achieved a big personal best in running 5:16.26 and Donald Shaw looked pleased with a gutsy 5:25.00 effort. Under-13 runner Connor Bell continues to underline his potential by running 5:18.37 here ahead of Rosie Eckersley 5:31.10, Euan Campbell 5:32.81 and Ruairidh Burns 5:47.52.

Start of Race 1

Start of Race 1

Race 10 in action

Race 10 in action

Under-15 Angus Wright of Team East Lothian impressed with a 5:03.58 clocking as the excitement grew and the quality increased. Central’s Gregor McArthur posted a 5:08.39 time while Telfer Gray should be pleased with his 4:52.52 effort. The tenth race of the night saw determined front running from Jack Kerr with 4:26.12 bringing him the win from experienced orienteer Chris Smithard 4:29.66 with Lewis Dow 4:31.80, Fraser Logan 4:32.09 and Ruaridh Miller 4:33.99 all posting tasty personal bests.

Mhairi MacLennan (14) and Jenny Selman

Mhairi MacLennan (14) and Jenny Selman

The elite women’s race saw Mhairi MacLennan and Fife AC’s Jenny Selman take a significant lead from the remainder of the field and Selman fighting hard with Scottish National Cross Country winner MacLennan for 3 laps before MacLennan pushed on to win in 4:54.23 from Selman’s 5:08.16. Race director Michael Wright said: “It was impressive to watch the two athletes go toe to toe for three laps, then Mhairi took off.” Central athlete Lauren McCulloch raced to a personal best of 5:17.93 while Stirling University student Rebecca Craig recorded a fine 5:23.25. The women’s prize fund of £400 for a sub 4:40 mile wasn’t troubled in the wet weather, but the race director was already discussing the possibility of rolling it over for next year to entice more athletes from across the UK to run quick miles at the event.

Ben Greenwood (2) and Ali Hay

Ben Greenwood (2) and Ali Hay

As the rain grew heavier the elite men took to the track with a quality field assembled and Central’s Aidan Thompson taking responsibility for pace-making. In the difficult conditions the predetermined sub-four minute mile pace slipped to around 2:06 at the half mile point and when Thomson stepped off with just over a lap and a half to go it was Alastair Hay who moved to the front with pre-race favourite Ben Greenwood, Aberdeen AAC’s Michael Ferguson and Central’s Jamie Crowe in close pursuit. With around 250 metres to run Hay put in a significant kick and at the top of the final bend had a lead of around 7 metres. However 800m runner Greenwood did not give up. “As they entered the final straight it still looked like Ali’s race, but somehow Ben was back in contention and surged past in the last 20m,” said Wright. “How Ali didn’t win, I’ll never know.” The 2010 Commonwealth Games athlete certainly made an exciting race of it to the line.

So it was Perth Strathtay’s Ben Greenwood who took the win in 4:10:48, with Central’s Hay a stride behind in 4:10:87. Michael Ferguson was third in 4:14:59 and Jamie Crowe crossed the line in fourth with 4:15.30, yet another personal best, as it was for Dale Colley with 4:26.58. Again the additional prize fund for breaking 4:05 wasn’t touched so can potentially roll over for next year and, hopefully, another anticipated series of great races.

The event looks like one to put on your calendar for 2019 if you’re after a mile personal best or want to see some great Scottish and British racing. Thanks are due to the great support from the University of Stirling, to Michael Wright and his Central AC team and to the squad of Scottish Athletics officials who assisted at the event.

View the full race results here.

Jun 122018

Central Athletic Club’s Men’s Team made the trip to Aberdeen for the second of this season’s Scottish Division One Track and Field Meetings, held in somewhat cooler conditions than of late. With great individual and all round team performances Central finished fourth on the day, retaining third place overall in the league.

Following the tried and tested league format the first track event, the 400 Metres Hurdles saw Michael Wright again take responsibility as he finished in fourth ‘A’ placing in 67.60 seconds, while David Lindsay again provided excellent back-up here to take third ‘B’ place with 67.00 seconds. The 800 Metres saw Alastair Hay compete in a high quality ‘A’ race, finishing in a close-up fourth place in the tasty time of 1 minute 57.33 seconds. Dale Colley showed improvement from his previous outing finishing third in the ‘B’ event with 2-05.89. There was also high quality sprinting on show from all eight teams in the Division with Kieran Halliday ensuring seventh placing in the ‘A’ 100 Metres with 12.3 seconds, backed up by Matthew Chandler taking sixth ‘B’ spot in 11.9 seconds. Michael Wright and Ruaridh Miller ran strongly in the 3,000 Metres Steeplechase clocking 9-44.57 and 9-49.49 respectively to scoop up great points with second ‘A’ and first ‘B’ placings. David Lindsay ran in the same race as a Guest finishing in an improved 10-41.58. Kai Ligertwood again shouldered responsibility for the 110 Metre Hurdles taking fifth placing in a time of 21.58 seconds after hitting the second hurdle, sending him somewhat off balance. The 1,500 Metres saw a spectacular final lap effort from Aidan Thompson as he reversed a 20 metre lead from his Shettleston Harriers rivals to win by a similar margin in 3-56.92. Dale Colley again proved his worth to the team in taking third ‘B’ spot with 4-11.91. The 200 Metre series had Under-20, Kieran Halliday, back on the track finishing in seventh ‘A’ place in 24.29s and backup from Under-17 Erik Escala as he sped to seventh ‘B’ place with 24.74s. Alastair Hay was in contention on the early laps of the 5,000 Metres, but a loose shoe lace put paid to any winning hopes. A quick stop and re-tying saw Alastair finish in second ‘A’ with 15-20.12 while Fraser Logan picked up yet more points with a gritty run of 15-42.45 for second ‘B’ points.

Alastair Hay in the 4x400m

In the field the throwing duties were covered by a combination of Donavan Webster, Tom Chandler, Matt Chandler and the ever competitive Ron Todd. Matt was close to his personal best in the Javelin with a throw of 38.63 metres with Ron throwing some 29.74 metres. Donavan threw out to 31.27 metres in the Discus, with Tom’s best throw here 29.90 metres. The Hammer saw Donavan throw a best of 29.06 metres while Ron achieved more points with 24.64 metres. Shot Put proved the best points scoring field event for the team with Tom’s 11.34 metres taking third ‘A’ place and Donavan’s 11.08 effort winning the ‘B’ event. The Pole Vault had Ron Todd clearing 3.20 metres and Colin Christie over 2.60 metres. Central’s Under-17s were to the fore in the High Jump with Erik Escala reaching 1.65 metres and newcomer Hamish Nouwens at 1.55 metres. Hamish also proved his worth in the Long Jump with a personal best of 5.33 metres, backed-up by Kai Ligertwood’s 5.11 metre effort. Kai was soon back on duty in the Triple Jump with a best effort of 10.50 metres.

The 4 x 100 Metre quartet of Tom Chandler, Matt Chandler, Kieran Halliday and Erik Escala showed strong running to record 45.86 in fifth spot. The 4 x 400 Metre quartet of Dale Colley, Aidan Thompson, Alastair Hay and Tom Chandler were competitive throughout the race but had to settle for sixth place with an improved 3-39.76. The Guest 100 Metres saw Erik Escala record 12.35 seconds.

As always there was great back-up from the Club’s officials through Stuart MacFarlane as a Field Judge and Tom McMenemy on Timekeeping duties. The third match of the season is at Grangemouth on Sunday 24 June.

Jun 042018

Central AC’s junior team competed in the second match of the Forth Valley League at Craigswood Sports Stadium, Livingston. In a busy meeting with three Divisions and 21 teams on show, Central had two teams, one each in Divisions 1 and 3.

Under-13 Boys 75m Hurdles

Under-13 Boys 75m Hurdles

Central’s Division 1 team put up a strong fight against some great opposition. Robb Ferguson started the event with a great run and Personal Best (PB) in the 75 Metre Hurdles in a time of 13.5s. Connor Bell looked strong in the 1,500 Metres finishing in first place with a time of 4:55.30. Magnus Bryce ran a fantastic 200 Metres finishing in second place with a time of 30.6s attaining the club’s silver standard. Niamh McKinlay achieved the club’s bronze standard in the Under-11 Girls 600 Metres with a great time of 2:02.20 (PB). Jack Sutton threw well in the Under-11 Boys Shot Put finishing in second place with 5.02m (PB) while Catriona Kane also finished second in the Under-13 Girls Javelin with 10.74m (PB). The High Jump saw some fine jumping with Euan Wilbert (a 1.45m PB) and Scott Hopper (1.50m) competing for the Under-15 Boys. Full team list: Alice Cameron, Amy Cully, Amy Johnston, Andrew Twigg, Brogan McMillan, Cameron Darnbrough, Catriona Kane, Connor Bell, Douglas Fleming, Ellen Montgomery, Erin Miller, Ethan Sorley, Euan Campbell, Euan Wilbert, Finlay Marchant, Jack Sutton, Logan Bell, Loren Stewart, Magnus Bryce, Megan Hogg, Mirren Henry, Niamh McKinlay, Rebecca Cumming, Robb Ferguson, Ross Lawrie and Scott Hopper.

Under-13 Girls 1,500 Metres

Central’s Division 3 team are currently sitting in second place with promotion to Division 2 still within reach going into the final. In the Under-11 Boys Lewis Miller (14.6s) and Tyler Gibson (16.1s) each finished in 1st place in their 100 Metre race. The Under-15 Boys also took top spots in the 100 Metres with Jamie McNaught (12.9s) and Adam McGregor (13.7s). The Under-11 Boys and Under-13 Girls continued the winning streak with Ray Taylor (2:04.10) and Douglas Stewart (2:10.50) finishing first in their Under-11 Boys 600 Metres and Carys Gibb (5:21.70) and Mary Kealey (6:04.70) in the Under-13 Girls 1,500 Metres. Central excelled in the field events taking first and second place in 13 out of 16 heats across the age groups. The Under-15 Boys and Girls took on the High Jump with Louise Carroll (1.35m), Megan Dunlop (1.15m), Jamie McNaught (1.53m) and Harris Milne (1.30m). The Under-13 Boys and Girls competed in the Long Jump with Dylan McCulloch (3.46m), Michael Arestis (3.01m), Danielle Abel (3.45m) and Emily Guest (3.19m). Full team list: Abigail Disley, Adam William McGregor, Alex Dunlop, Anna Buchanan, Carys Gibb, Danielle Abel, Douglas Stewart, Dylan McCulloch, Emily Guest, Euan Docherty, Freddie Mills, Harris Milne, Jamie McNaught, Lewis Miller, Leya Gibb, Louise Carroll, Mary Kealey, Megan Dunlop, Michael Arestis, Molly Cleland, Naomi Howlieson, Ray Taylor, Rebecca Watson, Shannon Glen and Tyler Gibson.

Photographs courtesy of Gary Leek

Jun 042018

A small contingent of Central Athletic Club athletes attended the Glasgow Athletic Association Miler Meet at Scotstoun on the evening of Friday 1 June. With high quality fields and excellent weather the stage was set for quality running and the Central athletes did not disappoint.

The Meet doubled as the Scottish 3,000 metres Championships for Under-17s and Ben MacMillan made full use of the opportunity to win Bronze, in his first race over the distance, in the fine time of 9min 12.90secs. First year Under-20 athlete, Sandy Holl, made a significant downward revision of his personal best with a tasty 9-26.41 effort. Also on show was Aidan Thompson, in his first track race of the season, recording a close to personal best 8-35.45 in yet another high quality race over the distance.

There were two excellent personal bests for Central athletes in the 800 metre races with Under-17 Lewis Dow reducing his time to 2min 0.52secs and Under-20 Lauren McCulloch recording 2-20.09 with both athletes finishing third in their respective races.

May 302018

Under-13 Boys relay team

The second Youth Development League match on 28 May at Grangemouth Stadium saw some great new personal bests for Central AC athletes in all age groups, resulting in the club moving up a position on the leader board.

For the Under-13 boys there was a new personal best for Robb Ferguson in the 75m Hurdles as he took second place and for both Ethan Thomson and Robb again in the 200m.  In the longer distances, Jamie Oldham gained a new PB in the 800m and Conor Bell won the 1,500m. In the field events Robb improved his best in the Long Jump while in the Shot Put, Alex Dunlop also gained a new PB at the heavier 3kg weight. The Under-13 Boys team was completed by Joshua Kennedy, Dylan McCulloch and Ethan Sorley.

Under-15 Boys relay team

Despite injury and illness on the day, the Under-15 boys team produced new personal bests through Sandy Buchanan (300m), Finlay Marchant (200m), Ethan Thomson (800m), Tom Duncan (Long Jump and 80m Hurdles), Scott Hopper (Shot Put and Javelin), Euan Docherty (Discus) and Andrew McLay (Discus and Shot Put). Finlay Muir ran a season’s best for a win in the 800m in 2:12.58 while Tom Duncan won his 80m Hurdles B heat in 13.56 competing for the first time in that event. Euan Campbell, Struan Craig, Euan Docherty, Tom Duncan, Cameron Kerr and Euan Wilbert completed the team.

Under-13 Girls relay team

A number of the Under-13 Girls were competing for the first time in competition, with new personal bests for Brogan McMillan (1,200m), Orly Mitchell Murray (Long Jump and Javelin), Emily Guest (Shot Put), Danielle Abel (Long Jump) and Elizabeth Woods (800m and Javelin) with Danielle Abel, Marissa Welsh, Catriona Kane completing the team.

Under-15 Girls relay team

Under-15 Girls relay team

In the Under-15 Girls team, new personal bests came from Katherine Fowler (100m), Megan Dunlop (200m), Erin Miller (200m), Becky Cumming (300m and Discus), Amy Cully (800m), Grace Tindall (1,500m), Cora Morgan (75m Hurdles) and Shannon Glen (Javelin). Coirilidh Cook won her hurdles race in 11.44s in fine style. Louise Carroll, Naomi Howlieson, Grace Tindall, Ellie Ross, Amy Johnston, Anna Mackinnon and Amy Faunce-Smith completed the team.

May 262018

Here are the results from last Thursday’s club time trials:

100 metres series
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
33 15.6 1 Iona Griffen F U11
21 15.7 1 Connie Bateman F U11
45 15.8 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11
12 15.8 1 Eden Wilkie F U11
15 16.0 1 Tabitha MacKenzie F U11
16 16.6 1 Ember Mulhearn F U11
7 17.9 1 Isla Henry F U11
22 15.6 2 Peter Daniels M U13
48 16.5 2 Fergus Gallagher M U11
64 16.7 2 Hamish Blyth M U11
49 17.5 2 Sam Isgrove M U11
8 17.8 2 Lewis Henry M U11
36 16.1 3 Lewis Miller M U11
73 16.2 3 Ray Taylor M U11
17 17.0 3 Tyler Gibson M U11
31 17.5 3 Jack Sutton M U11
57 18.0 3 Dylan McCulloch M U13
29 18.2 3 Logan Bell M U11
5 14.3 4 Hannah Tams F U13
9 15.2 4 Brogan McMillan F U13
66 15.6 4 Olivia Freed F U13
32 15.9 4 Katy Cullen F U13
67 16.4 4 Maisie Blyth F U13
42 17.3 4 Ava Saunders F U13
50 14.9 5 Jessica Hanson F U13
18 15.7 5 Alice Cameron F U13
6 16.1 5 Mirren Henry F U13
35 16.5 5 Megan Hogg F U13
3 15.3 6 Emily Guest F U13
80 16.2 6 Orly Mitchell Murray F U13
51 17.0 6 Hana Littlejohn F U13
65 17.1 6 Catriona Kane F U13
54 14.5 7 Ethan Sorley M U13
44 15.0 7 Gregor Saunders M U13
23 15.1 7 Henry Daniels M U15
26 15.2 7 Alexandra Escala F U13
11 16.6 7 Harris Whyte M U13
46 18.3 7 Scott Hill M U13
69 13.9 8 Robb Ferguson M U13
58 14.7 8 Sam Vannet M U13
25 16.0 8 Henry Crossley M U13
47 16.8 8 Patrick Gallagher M U13
37 17.1 8 Alex Dunlop M U13
30 14.2 9 Erin Miller F U15
62 14.5 9 Mavia Duncan F U15
77 15.3 9 Anna Reid F U15
52 15.4 9 Rowan Niven F U15
86 16.4 9 Dharma Damvelt F U15
40 14.3 10 Louise Carroll F U15
38 14.3 10 Megan Dunlop F U15
70 14.7 10 Amy Cully F U15
1 15.3 10 Ellen Montgomery F U15
28 16.0 10 Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock F U15
43 13.7 11 Ethan Thomson M U15
68 14.2 11 Euan Docherty M U15
63 14.2 11 Ruaridh Blyth M U15
60 15.2 11 Ross Lawrie M U15
55 17.4 11 Douglas Fleming M U13
4 12.7 12 Jamie McNaught M U15
39 13.4 12 Adam McGregor M U15
41 13.5 12 Euan Wilbert M U15
2 14.3 12 Jack Campbell M U15
10 14.7 12 Struan Craig M U15
81 14.0 13 Cameryn Dick F U17
53 14.05 13 Eilidh MacKenzie F U17
71 14.5 13 Olivia Harries F U17
78 14.5 13 Emily O’Brien F U17
74 11.7 14 Daniel Ferguson M U17
20 12.3 14 John Wilkie M U17
13 12.6 14 Matthew Meechan M U17
83 13.1 14 Cameron Blance M U17
59 13.4 14 Oliver Holden M U17
75 11.7 15 Euan Smith M U17
19 11.9 15 Jack Haughton M U17
27 12.1 15 Erik Escala M U17
87 12.2 15 Ian McDonald M SEN
800 metres Series
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
45 2.58.8 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11
15 3.14.3 1 Tabitha MacKenzie F U11
33 3.16.0 1 Iona Griffen F U11
21 3.16.8 1 Connie Bateman F U11
7 3.17.6 1 Isla Henry F U11
73 2.44.1 2 Ray Taylor M U11
14 2.48.2 2 Ossian Arkotxa M U11
31 2.53.0 2 Jack Sutton M U11
22 2.55.1 2 Peter Daniels M U13
8 2.59.3 2 Lewis Henry M U11
48 3.06.5 2 Fergus Gallagher M U11
64 3.10.9 2 Hamish Blyth M U11
29 3.23.7 2 Logan Bell M U11
24 2.25.8 3 Connor Bell M U13
34 2.31.8 3 Ruairidh Burns M U13
58 2.33.0 3 Sam Vannet M U13
61 2.46.9 3 Aaron Middleton M U13
88 2.53.7 3 Finlay McAndrew M U13
25 2.58.7 3 Henry Crossley M U13
23 3.01.3 3 Henry Daniels M U15
26 3.05.6 3 Alexandra Escala F U13
47 3.14.3 3 Patrick Gallagher M U13
46 3.16.9 3 Scott Hill M U13
85 2.03.4 4 Keir Howlieson M U20
43 2.29.8 4 Ethan Thomson M U15
63 2.43.5 4 Ruaridh Blyth M U15
6 2.39.6 5 Mirren Henry F U13
9 2.41.7 5 Brogan McMillan F U13
65 2.52.5 5 Catriona Kane F U13
56 3.01.8 5 Mary Kealey F U13
32 3.07.1 5 Katy Cullen F U13
1 Mile Series
Number Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
91 5.49.8 1 Euan Campbell M U15
70 5.57.0 1 Amy Cully F U15
72 6.15.8 1 Anna Mackinnon F U15
60 6.18.4 1 Ross Lawrie M U15
92 6.38.4 1 Heidi Elise Eik Maxwell F U15
76 6.54.0 1 Anna Buchanan F U15
1 7.01.9 1 Ellen Montgomery F U15
39 7.48.5 1 Adam McGregor M U15
94 4.28.7 2 Michael Wright M SEN
95 4.30.9 2 Jack Kerr M SEN
93 4.39.0 2 Chris Smithard M SEN
84 4.42.3 2 Lewis Dow M U17
79 4.47.9 2 Sandy Holl M U20
89 4.58.5 2 David Lindsay M SEN
82 5.23.1 2 Kyle Howie M U17
59 5.31.1 2 Oliver Holden M U17
Long Jump
Number Distance   Forename Surname Gender Age Group
45 3.08   Niamh McKinlay F U11
21 3.05   Connie Bateman F U11
16 2.83   Ember Mulhearn F U11
15 2.69   Tabitha MacKenzie F U11
5 3.55   Hannah Tams F U13
80 3.50   Orly Mitchell Murray F U13
67 3.38   Maisie Blyth F U13
65 3.16   Catriona Kane F U13
56 3.10   Mary Kealey F U13
3 3.07   Emily Guest F U13
66 3.06   Olivia Freed F U13
18 3.03   Alice Cameron F U13
9 3.00   Brogan McMillan F U13
35 2.70   Megan Hogg F U13
51 2.58   Hana Littlejohn F U13
6 2.50   Mirren Henry F U13
40 4.01   Louise Carroll F U15
62 4.00   Mavia Duncan F U15
97 3.85   Amy Faunce Smith F U15
1 3.63   Ellen Montgomery F U15
30 3.62   Erin Miller F U15
52 3.37   Rowan Niven F U15
81 3.79   Cameryn Dick F U17
78 3.45   Emily O’Brien F U17
Shot Put
SP2.72K 21 4.18 Connie Bateman F U11
SP2.72K 45 3.67 Niamh McKinlay F U11
SP2.72K 67 5.26 Maisie Blyth F U13
SP2.72K 3 4.61 Emily Guest F U13
SP2.72K 66 3.79 Olivia Freed F U13
SP2.72K 35 3.59 Megan Hogg F U13
SP2.72K 18 2.72 Alice Cameron F U13
SP3K 40 6.88 Louise Carroll F U15
SP3K 62 6.54 Mavia Duncan F U15
SP3K 1 5.79 Ellen Montgomery F U15
SP3K 38 5.65 Megan Dunlop F U15
SP3K 70 5.2 Amy Cully F U15
SP3K 30 4.65 Erin Miller F U15
SP2.72K 36 5.36 Lewis Miller M U11
SP2.72K 31 5.07 Jack Sutton M U11
SP2.72K 49 5.05 Sam Isgrove M U11
SP2.72K 29 4.62 Logan Bell M U11
SP3K 22 6.21 Peter Daniels M U13
SP3K 69 5.81 Robb Ferguson M U13
SP3K 24 5.61 Connor Bell M U13
SP3K 55 5.39 Douglas Fleming M U13
SP3K 57 5.23 Dylan McCulloch M U13
SP3K 54 4.39 Ethan Sorley M U13
SP3K 46 4.38 Scott Hill M U13
SP3K 37 3.92 Alex Dunlop M U13
SP3K 47 3.32 Patrick Gallagher M U13
SP4K 4 9.59 Jamie McNaught M U15
SP4k 23 6.38 Henry Daniels M U15
SP4k 2 6.18 Jack Campbell M U15
SP4k 91 5.37 Euan Campbell M U15
SP4k 60 5.28 Ross Lawrie M U15
SP4k 63 4.62 Ruaridh Blyth M U15
SP4k 68 4.13 Euan Docherty M U15
SP5k 27 11.1 Erik Escala M U17
SP5k 75 8.89 Euan Smith M U17


May 072018

A busy weekend of athletics started with the Scottish 5 kilometre Road Race Championships on Silverknowes Esplanade in Edinburgh. A trio of Central runners dipped below 16 minutes in the race with Murray MacLarty and Fraser Logan finishing virtually together in 15 minutes 42 seconds while Under-17 Ben MacMillan came through with an impressive 15:58 timing.

There was another strong showing from Central Athletic Club Men’s Team competing at the first match of the Scottish Division One Track and Field Men’s League held in excellent conditions in Grangemouth. Another display of all round commitment saw Central finish in third place on the day.

Michael Wright (3) in the 5,000 metres

Michael Wright (3) in the 5,000 metres

With the normal league format, the first track event, the 400 metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright shrug off the effects of his previous weekend’s Scottish Marathon win to claim third ‘A’ placing in 64.54s. Not to be outdone David Lindsay showed good form over the hurdles to land third ‘B’ place with 66.12s. The 800 metres saw Dale Colley back on his local track clocking 2:11.75 in fifth, proving he had not conquered a mid-week illness while Fraser Logan, fresh from his previous night’s 5,000 metres race showed some impressive finishing speed to claim sixth ‘B’ spot with 2:07.56s. It was good to welcome back Andrew Sweeney to Men’s League action and here he finished fifth in a quality 100 metres with 11.98s, backed up by Cameron Smith who used all his experience to come through in second in the ‘B’ race, clocking 12.02s. Ruaridh Miller showed great resilience in the 3,000 metres steeplechase clocking 10:17.28 for fifth in spite of running two laps with only one shoe, while David Lindsay again underlined his worth to the team with fourth ‘B’ points in 10:53.46. Kai Ligertwood shouldered responsibility for the 110 metre hurdles taking a worthy fourth placing in a time of 19.91s. Andrew Sweeney was back on the track in the 400 metres, finishing fifth ’A’ in an excellent 52.30s clocking. The 1,500 metres saw Fraser Logan finish fifth ‘A’ runner with a near personal best time of 4:18.14 while Dale Colley provided more ‘B’ points in fourth place. The 200 metres series saw Cameron Smith back to the fore, taking sixth ‘A’ points with 24.32s, backed up by Under-20 Kieran Halliday in fourth ‘B’ placing with 24.26s. The 5,000 metres saw Michael Wright again prove his commitment to the team with second ‘A’ place in 15:34.54 as did Ruaridh Miller as he provided more points with fifth ‘B’ placing in 16:50.26.

In the field the throwing duties were covered by Graham Porterfield and Ron Todd. Graham recorded a discus personal best of 32.31 metres for third ‘A’; won the shot put with 11.38 metres; had a 32.78 metres javelin throw and completed a busy day with a hammer throw of 38.28 metres in third, picking up excellent points in all events. Ron weighed in with second ‘B’ points in the discus (27.46 metres); second ‘B’ javelin (29.39 metres) and fourth ‘B in the shot put with 8.07 metres. Conditions for the pole vault were, for once, favourable and here Under-20 athlete Matthew Chandler won the event with an outdoor personal best of 4.20 metres while Ron Todd again produced excellent second ‘B’ points with a best clearance of 3.10 metres. Matthew also contested the high jump and again proved his quality credentials with second ‘A’ placing as he cleared 1.85 metres. Under-17 athlete Erik Escala proved a more than useful addition to the team and here high jumped to 1.70 metres taking second ‘B’ points. Erik was also to the fore in the long jump with a best of 5.66 metres in seventh ‘A’ placing. Kai Ligertwood was pleased with his second ‘A’ place in the triple jump with a best of 10.72 metres.

The 4 x 100 metres quartet was supplemented by the versatile Fraser Logan on the final leg, finishing off from strong runs by Cameron Smith, Matthew Chandler and Kieran Halliday and the team finishing in fourth with 48.71s. The Guest 100 metres saw Kieran Halliday record 11.76s to win his race while Erik Escala (12.18s) and Ian McDonald (12.25s) should be pleased with these early season runs.

As always there was great back-up from the Club’s officials through John Dickson, Stuart MacFarlane, Tom McMenemy, Bill Gault, Richard and Ronnie O’Grady plus Gillian Marchant and Kenny Hislop.

Overall placings on the day saw Aberdeen again in first place followed by Falkirk Victoria Harriers, Central, Inverness, Shettleston, Pitreavie, Victoria Park Glasgow and Kilbarchan.

Decathlete Tom Chandler was competing at the British University Championships in Bedford over the weekend and his classy performances included personal bests in shot put – 12.37 metres, high jump – 1.86 metres and pole vault – 4.45 metres in qualifying with possibly more to come.

The Forth Valley team got off to a good early season start with a third place in the Scottish Women’s Athletic league on home turf at Grangemouth Stadium on Sunday.

In the senior ranks for the first time, Central’s Anna Cameron was third in long jump with 5.08 metres, and was timed to 13.26s and 27.68s for 6th places in 100 metres and 200 metres. Amy Gullen won the Senior high jump with 1.65 metres. Catriona Laing also transferred to senior ranks with a fine 2nd in Senior 400 metres in 59.19s. Rosie Eckersley 4th, though Under-17, also moved up to take on seniors with a fine 3,000 metres in new personal best of 10:54.05.

The Under-17 races saw fine competition, with Emma Mailer first off and put in a storming run to win the Under-17 300 metre hurdles in 45.35s. Lucy More achieved a personal best as she took 6th place in Under-17 100 metres. Elizabeth Thompson showed good early season form with 42.34 for 3rd in Under-17 300 metres. Katie Sharkey just lost out in a tight Under-17 hurdles with 11.98 for second place and was 6th in a quality 200 metres with 26.86s, with Emma Mailer taking ‘B’ 200 metres race win with 26.74s. Briagha Cook comfortably took a win in ‘B’ hurdles race with 12.19s

Sister Coirilidh Cook took the win in the Under-15 hurdles in 11.68s and Amy Cully made her debut for the team and took a big chunk off her personal best as she took second place in the ‘B’ Under-15 800 metres with 2:30.32.

Apr 262018

The Dunblane Road Race is taking place on 27 May and all the money raised will go to The Dunblane Centre. The adult race is 12km, starting at 1pm, and follows a 2km youth race at noon. The organisers are trying to get as many participants as possible to help raise funds for the centre.

All entries in advance through the website for both races

Apr 242018

The first track time trials of 2018 took place on 19 April. The results were as follows:

100 metres Series
Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
16.1 1 Connie Bateman F U11
16.5 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11
16.6 1 Emma Anderson F U11
16.7 1 Tabitha MacKenzie F U11
16.9 1 Laura Matthews F U11
17.4 1 Rebecca Dowie F U11
18.6 1 Evie Scott F U11
15.4 2 Ray Taylor M U11
16.0 2 Tyler Gibson M U11
16.2 2 Ossian Arkotxa M U11
16.4 2 Jack  Sutton M U11
16.7 2 Gregor Morrison M U11
17.6 2 Logan Bell M U11
14.6 3 Lewis Miller M U11
15.1 3 Dylan MCCulloch M U13
17.6 3 Jack  Burns M U11
15.2 4 Danielle Abel F U13
16.4 4 Alice Cameron F U13
17.0 4 Megan Hogg F U13
17.4 4 Maisie Blyth F U13
17.9 4 Ava Saunders F U13
18.0 4 Sarah Allan F U13
14.4 5 Hannah Toms F U13
16.2 5 Mirren Henry F U13
16.2 5 Hana Littlejohn F U13
16.5 5 Ellie Jones F U13
16.5 5 Dharma Damvelt F U15
15.0 6 Emily Guest F U13
15.4 6 Erin Partridge F U13
15.4 6 Orly Mitchell Murray F U13
16.0 6 Olivia Freed F U13
17.0 6 Marissa Welsh F U13
13.9 7 Robb Ferguson M U13
14.5 7 Ruaridh Blyth M U15
15.1 7 Sam Vannet M U13
15.4 7 Jamie Oldham M U13
16.0 7 Oliver  Ditchfield M U13
14.4 8 Ethan Sorley M U13
15.9 8 Calum Lammie M U13
15.9 8 Noah Canavan M U13
17.0 8 Henry Crossley M U13
15.2 9 Gregor Saunders M U13
15.9 9 Ciaran Calder M U13
17.1 9 Sam Jones M U13
17.4 9 Jake Foley M U13
14.7 10 Mavia Duncan F U15
15.3 10 Kate Mackie F U15
15.6 10 Anna Reid F U15
15.6 10 Rowan Niven F U15
15.7 10 Summer MacLean F U15
16.5 10 Heather Hale F U15
13.7 11 Lois Burch F U15
14.3 11 Rebecca Cumming F U15
14.6 11 Charlotte Schmautz F U15
15.0 11 Amy Faunce Smith F U15
15.8 11 Lucy Yates F U15
14.8 12 Louise Carroll F U15
14.9 12 Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock F U15
14.9 12 Ellen Montgomery F U15
15.4 12 Rebecca Watson F U15
17.4 12 Matilda Ross F U15
14.4 13 Sophie Williams F U17
14.5 13 Erin Miller F U15
14.7 13 Megan Dunlop F U15
14.9 13 Cora Morgan F U15
14.5 14 Euan Campbell M U15
15.2 14 Struan Craig M U15
15.6 14 Cameron Dowie M U15
16.2 14 Ross Lawrie M U15
17.8 14 Douglas Fleming M U13
18.1 14 Campbell Allan M U15
13.8 15 Euan Wilbert M U15
14.3 15 Finlay Marchant M U15
14.4 15 Jack  Campbell M U15
14.8 15 Euan Docherty M U15
15.2 15 Andrew McLay M U15
12.8 16 Shona McLay F U17
14.3 16 Eilidh Mackenzie F U17
14.6 16 Emily O’Brien F U17
14.6 16 Orla Proctor F U17
13.4 17 Lucy More F U17
14.5 17 Elle Blair F U17
14.6 17 Cameryn Dick F U17
14.7 17 Olivia Harries F U17
12.0 18 Jack Haughton M U17
12.3 18 Daniel Ferguson M U17
12.5 18 Erik Escala M U17
12.6 18 Ian McDonald M SEN
12.7 18 John Wilkie M U17
600 metres Series
Time Heat Forename Surname Gender Age Group
2.10.4 1 Niamh McKinlay F U11
2.22.4 1 Tabitha MacKenzie F U11
2.23.7 1 Rebecca Dowie F U11
2.25.0 1 Isla Henry F U11
2.25.4 1 Connie Bateman F U11
2.26.0 1 Evie Scott F U11
2.26.7 1 Laura Matthews F U11
2.02.1 2 Ray Taylor M U11
2.02.1 2 Ossian Arkotxa M U11
2.05.0 2 Lewis Miller M U11
2.05.7 2 Jack  Sutton M U11
2.11.8 2 Tyler Gibson M U11
2.18.7 2 Hamish Blyth M U11
2.23.0 2 Gregor Morrison M U11
2.23.0 2 Logan Bell M U11
2.01.7 3 Mirren Henry F U13
2.03.4 3 Olivia Freed F U13
2.12.2 3 Ellie Jones F U13
2.13.7 3 Erin Partridge F U13
2.24.3 3 Maisie Blyth F U13
2.25.8 3 Alice Cameron F U13
1.46.1 4 Connor Bell M U13
1.54.4 4 Ruaridh Burns M U13
1.55.8 4 Sam Vannet M U13
1.58.3 4 Jamie Oldham M U13
2.09.1 4 Ruaridh Blyth M U15
2.10.3 4 Oliver  Ditchfield M U13
2.14.5 4 Dylan MCCulloch M U13
2.15.0 4 Henry Crossley M U13
2.20.4 4 Andrew Twigg M U13
1.50.0 5 Amy Cully F U15
1.58.9 5 Anna MacKinnon F U15
2.04.0 5 Summer MacLean F U15
2.11.4 5 Lucy Yates F U15
2.11.7 5 Dharma Damvelt F U15
2.26.2 5 Rowan Niven F U15
2.02.6 6 Amy Faunce Smith F U15
2.06.6 6 Louise Carroll F U15
2.07.5 6 Charlotte Schmautz F U15
2.07.9 6 Anna Buchanan F U15
2.10.3 6 Ellen Montgomery F U15
2.11.6 6 Heidi Eik Maxwell F U15
2.12.7 6 Anna Reid F U15
1.41.8 7 Sandy Buchanan M U15
1.49.4 7 Euan Campbell M U15
1.52.2 7 Ethan Thomson M U15
1.53.0 7 David Cairns M U15
1.58.5 7 Euan Docherty M U15
1.59.7 7 Eilidh Mackenzie F U17
2.02.0 7 Orla Proctor F U17
2.02.9 7 Lizzie Stansfield F U17
2.06.1 7 Ross Lawrie M U15
2.13.3 7 Cameron Dowie M U15
2.35.7 7 Campbell Allan M U15
1.27.3 8 Dale Colley M SEN
1.29.9 8 Lewis Dow  M U17
1.35.5 8 David Lindsay M SEN
1.39.8 8 Oliver  Holden M U17
1.48.7 8 Ryan Deakin M U17
Long Jump
Distance Forename Surname Gender Age Group
2.80   Connie Bateman F U11
2.75   Laura Matthews F U11
2.60   Niamh McKinlay F U11
1.28   Tabitha MacKenzie F U11
3.43   Orly Mitchell Murray F U13
3.42   Danielle Abel F U13
3.28   Erin Partridge F U13
3.25   Emily Guest F U13
2.89   Megan Hogg F U13
2.70   Hana Littlejohn F U13
2.40   Sarah Allan F U13
4.07   Rebecca Cumming F U15
3.89   Louise Carroll F U15
3.81   Cora Morgan F U15
3.76   Lois Burch F U15
3.56   Rebecca Watson F U15
3.45   Summer MacLean F U15
3.33   Amy Johnston F U15
3.01   Ellen Montgomery F U15
2.58   Heather Hale F U15
4.11   Sophie Williams F U17
3.63   Lewis Miller M U11
3.01   Jack  Sutton M U11
2.87   Ossian Arkotxa M U11
2.82   Logan Bell M U11
2.76   Tyler Gibson M U11
4.06   Robb Ferguson M U13
4.02   Connor Bell M U13
3.51   Jamie Oldham M U13
3.50   Dylan MCCulloch M U13
3.62   David Cairns M U15
5.28   Neil Casserley M U17
5.17   Daniel Ferguson M U17
4.66   Oliver Holden M U17
3.66   Ryan Deakin M U17
Shot Put
Weight Distance Forename Surname Gender Age Group
SP2.72K 2.62 Rebecca Dowie F U11
SP2.72K 5.46 Amy Cully F U13
SP2.72K 4.58 Maisie Blyth F U13
SP2.72K 4.00 Sarah Allan F U13
SP2.72K 3.61 Olivia Freed F U13
SP2.72K 3.60 Ellie Jones F U13
SP2.72K 3.31 Megan Hogg F U13
SP3K 6.20 Matilda Ross F U15
SP3K 6.14 Ellen Montgomery F U15
SP3K 5.85 Louise Carroll F U15
SP3K 5.80 Mavia Duncan F U15
SP3K 5.73 Rebecca Watson F U15
SP3K 4.99 Lucy Yates F U15
SP3K 4.92 Erin Miller F U15
SP3K 4.41 Heather Hale F U15
SP2.72K 4.32 Jack  Sutton M U11
SP2.72K 3.96 Ray Taylor M U11
SP2.72K 3.46 Logan Bell M U11
SP3K 5.95 Robb Ferguson M U13
SP3K 4.68 Douglas Fleming M U13
SP3K 4.33 Ciaran Calder M U13
SP3K 4.17 Ethan Sorley M U13
SP3K 3.74 Calum Lammie M U13
SP3K 3.70 Andrew Twigg M U13
SP4k 7.34 Andrew McLay M U15
SP4k 6.24 Jack  Campbell M U15
SP4k 5.31 Ross Lawrie M U15
SP4k 5.14 Cameron Dowie M U15
SP4k 4.55 Ruaridh Blyth M U15
SP4k 4.37 Finlay Marchant M U15
SP4k 4.34 Campbell Allan M U15
SP5k 10.92 Erik Escala M U17
SP5k 9.44 Daniel  Ferguson M U17
SP5k 7.64 Neil Casserley M U17


Mar 302018

Reflective slap bands

The club now has a supply of reflective slap bands for wearing on your wrist or ankle when you are training to help you get noticed by drivers. Price is £1 each, and they are available at reception at Stirling training.

Even if you aren’t training in the dark at the moment, there will be another winter at the end of the year!

Mar 262018
Cameron Milne - fastest individual time of the day

Cameron Milne – fastest individual time of the day

The Scottish Road Relay Championships saw both Central Athletic Club’s men’s and women’s teams defending their 2017 titles in this event. For the men, Central having achieved either first or second place over the past 10 years there were both high expectations and reputations on the line. For the 17th year, the event took to the car-free paths and underpasses of Livingston, with short legs of 3.15 miles alternating with long legs of 6.2 miles and 4 legs for women and 6 legs for men.

Michael Wright with Corstorphine on his shoulder

Michael Wright with Corstorphine on his shoulder

Alastair Hay

Alastair Hay

As expected, Central were close to the front from the start of the men’s race with Murray MacLarty giving his all to put Central in early contention with a 16min 14sec effort over the first short leg. Cameron Milne was given responsibility for the next long leg and here came home in 29mins 31secs to put Central into first place with the fastest long leg of the day. Matthew Sutherland’s third leg of 16min 25secs saw Central maintain their lead with Corstorphine AAC, Edinburgh AC and Shettleston Harriers all in close pursuit.

Medallists Wright, Milne, Sutherland, Colley and Hay

Medallists Wright, Milne, Sutherland, Colley and Hay

The fourth leg showed a shift of fortune as Corstorphine AAC moved through into first in spite of Michael Wright’s strong effort of 31.26 on his long leg. Dale Colley’s determined fifth leg chase of 16.23 saw the gap grow to some 45 seconds and it was left to Alastair Hay to try and pull back this deficit over the final long leg. In the event the challenge proved too much for the experienced Central runner as he completed a 29.56 leg some 67 seconds behind Corstorphine, after almost 2 hours and 20 minutes of running, but 2min 32secs ahead of Edinburgh with Shettleston in fourth so continuing Central’s record to eleven years.

Claire Houston

Claire Houston

It was a very new Central women’s team, with only one of the quartet having the experience of being in one of Central’s previous podium teams. Fiona Davies set off in fine style on the short leg, to bring the team home in 16th place amongst 44 starting teams with a time of 20mins 45secs. Claire Houston was pleased with her long leg time of 39mins 44secs taking the team forward by 2 places. Natalie Stewart then put in a fine run of 19mins 26secs for the next short leg to bring team to 10th place. Lauren McCulloch completed the team strongly with a final long leg with a time of 40mins 4 secs and 11th place.

Charles Graham-Marr

Charles Graham-Marr

Raymond Milne

Raymond Milne

Central Men’s B Team of Fraser Logan (17.07), newcomer Ian Elliott (38.41), David Lindsay (18.30), Donald Shaw (37.55), Iain Dunsmore (20.52) and Colin Alexander (40.44) acquitted themselves well. An Over-50’s Men’s Team tackled a four stage challenge through David Eckersley (18.37), Charles Graham-Marr (40.23), Hugh Buchanan (20.57) and Colin Sinclair (48.02) all sticking well to the task throughout. A somewhat decimated Over-50’s team of Cameron Campbell (24.15), Allan Gall (47.34) and Raymond Milne (22.52) all had good runs but had to finish as an incomplete team while Mark Logie was the sole finisher in the second Over-40 team finishing his leg with 23.09.

Mar 262018

The final race of Central Athletic Club’s cross country series was held in Kings Park, Stirling on Saturday 24 March and with fine spring sunshine the recent snows were soon forgotten.

Kings Park Race Start

They’re off – race start!

With some 45 youngsters taking on the one mile challenge there was a fast pace from the start and it was Under-13 Connor Bell who held his form throughout to win in the fine time of 5mins 3secs. Euan Campbell (5.10) chased all the way to the line followed through by further competitive runs from Euan Docherty (5.28), Ruairidh Burns (5.29) and Ryan McGuire (5.46). In this same age group Innes Brown completed the course in exactly six minutes leading in Andrew Twigg (6.18) and Douglas Fleming (8.17). It was Joshua Kennedy (5.20) who prevailed in the Under-11 category with another superb run while Owen Eckersley (5.35), Aaron Middleton (5.38) and Ossian Arkota (5.44) provided promise of a rosy future for the Club. Oliver Ditchfield (6.29) showed his endurance credentials as he headed further solid performances from Conall Paterson (6.41), Cameron Pollock (6.43), Dylan McCulloch (6.51) and Gordon Crichton (8.08). Under-15 Finlay Brown also continues to impress and here finished in 5.49 while debutant Adam McGregor crossed the line in 7.08. The Under-9 Boys has proven to be a competitive age group this season and again it was Ray Taylor (5.26) who caught the eye with an inspiring run with Tyler Gibson (6.03), Jack Sutton (6.13), Douglas Stewart (6.19), Noah Kennedy (6.20) and Logan Bell (6.41) all in hot pursuit.

Grace Tindall had a strong and confident run as she again headed the Under-15 race, as first girl on the day with a 5.18 effort. In the Under-13 category Melissa Turnbull proved the quickest on the day as she finished in an excellent 5.24 ahead of further fine efforts from Anna McKinnon (5.47), Mirren Henry (5.54), Caitlin Bradwell (6.04), Mary Kealey (6.05), Summer MacLean (6.08) and Megan Dunlop (6.32). Leya Gibb continued her fine run of form to head the Under-11 Girls with a 6.04 timing ahead of further enthusiastic performances from Niamh McKinlay (6.19), Leah Brown (6.24), Katy Cullen (6.37), Emma Anderson (6.44) and Iona Griffen (6.54). It was also good to see Tabetha MacKenzie (7.11), Connie Bateman (7.16) and Sophie Appelbe (7.19) all finishing strongly. Sienna Shepherd’s 7.04 effort topped the Under-9 Girls standings on the day with further good runs from Ember Mulhearn (7.11) and Ciara Middleton (8.00).

Once again there was a large turnout of Club volunteers and parents who helped to make this another successful event.

Mar 122018
Under-15 Girls - Scotland East (black) and West (blue)

Under-15 Girls – Scotland East (black) and West (blue)

The Inter-Counties Cross Country at Loughborough were held on Saturday 10 March on what can only be described as the muddiest cross country course imaginable. The whole venue and large parts of the course were a porridge of deep mud.

The highlight race of the day for Scotland was the Under-15 Girls race with Scotland West taking the team golds following by Scotland East with the team silvers. It is the first time in an Inter-Counties Cross Country that Scottish Districts have won two set of team medals in the same race. Playing her part in this little piece of history was Central Athletic Club’s Carrie Banks who followed up her ninth place in the Scottish National Championships by closing in the East team’s counters on a jubilant day for Carrie and Scotland East.

Mar 112018

The penultimate races in the Central Athletic Club’s 2017-18 Cross-Country Series were held on Saturday 10 March on a challenging course in Callander with some 25 runners competing, all coping well with the course and the incessant rain.

Start of U13, U15 race

Start of U13, U15 race

First off was the combined Under-9 and Under-11 race over a hilly 1.25 mile course and here it was Joshua Kennedy who led home the runners with a classy 9min 31secs clocking. Aaron Middleton (10.42) stuck well to the task to finish second with Alex Dunlop (11.17) also finishing well in third, ahead of further gritty runs from Ossian Arkota (11.25), Henry Crossley (12.48) and Conall Paterson (13.46). Under-9 winner Jack Sutton (11.21) also caught the eye as he headed in further top efforts from Tyler Gibson (11.27) and Noah Kennedy (12.21).

Amongst the Under-11 Girls it was again Elizabeth Woods (12.18) who headed the field with another mature run. Here was good back-up from Niamh McKinlay (12.39), Iona Griffen (13.43), and Tabetha MacKenzie (14.15). Ember Mulhearn (14.17) was again the sole Under-9 Girl and continued to show promise with another accomplished run.

The Under-13 runners were also faced with a testing course of approximately 1.5 miles and here Ryan McGuire (11.15) showed his strength to finish ahead of Euan Campbell (11.25), who in turn held off Ruairidh Burns (11.26). Euan Docherty finished well with 11.38 as did Cameron Darnborough (12.42). Dharma Damvelt (13.38) headed the Under-13 Girls from further good performances from Caitlin Bradwell (13.48) and Mary Kealey (14.09). The Under-15s faced the toughest test of the day with a 1.75 mile run with Morgan Francis (15.40) taking the Boys’ race ahead of Finlay Brown (16.37) while Grace Tindall again showed her ‘can do’ attitude with a 16.00 clocking.

Thanks are due to Sean Scott and his group of helpers who provided and excellent event in trying conditions.

Name Age Group Time
Under-9 and Under-11 Race 1.25 miles
Joshua Kennedy U11B 9.31
Aaron Middleton U11B 10.42
Alex Dunlop U11B 11.17
Jack Sutton U9B 11.21
Ossian Arkota U11B 11.25
Tyler Gibson U9B 11.27
Elizabeth Woods U11G 12.18
Noah Kennedy U9B 12.21
Niamh McKinlay U11G 12.39
Henry Crossley U11B 12.48
Iona Griffen U11G 13.43
Conall Paterson U11B 13.46
Tabetha MacKenzie U11G 14.15
Ember Mulhearn U9G 14.17
Under-13 Race 1.5 miles
Ryan McGuire U13B 11.05
Euan Campbell U13B 11.25
Ruairidh Burns U13B 11.26
Euan Docherty U13B 11.38
Cameron Darnborough U13B 12.42
Dharma Damvelt U13G 13.38
Caitlin Bradwell U13G 13.48
Mary Kealey U13G 14.09
Under-15 Race 1.75 miles
Morgan Francis U15B 15.40
Grace Tindall U15G 16.00
Finlay Brown U15B 16.37


Feb 262018

The Scottish Cross Country Championships were once again held in Callendar Park in Falkirk on a bright, cold day and excellent underfoot conditions on this traditionally testing course for all age groups.

Central’s Senior Men receive the historic trophy: Aidan Thompson, Michael Wright, Cameron Milne, Alastair Hay, Conan McCaughey and Scott McDonald

Central’s Senior Men receive the historic trophy: Aidan Thompson, Michael Wright, Cameron Milne, Alastair Hay, Conan McCaughey and Scott McDonald

Highlight from Central Athletic Club’s viewpoint was the record-equalling eight in a row Senior Men’s Team title plus encouraging Team silvers for the Under-17 Men and Team bronze for the Under-20 Women.

There had been some talk prior to the Championships of Corstorphine AAC hoping to end Central’s seven year winning streak in the Senior Men’s Team event. On the day there was certainly a challenge but Central’s yellow and blue vests soon made their way into top placings to ensure the Team title was retained. Top counter on the day was Alastair Hay in fifth with a classy 33min 58secs clocking over the undulating 10,000 metre course. Aidan Thompson showed real determination to finish ninth (34.25) while Cameron Milne (13th; 34.50) worked well throughout. Scott McDonald (18th; 35.24) showed his normal strong running while Conan McCaughey (25th; 35.32) and Michael Wright (32nd; 35.46) ensured the Club closed in with 102 points, with Corstorphine in second on 122 points and Shettleston Harriers on 149. Matthew Sutherland (34th; 35.54) provided the necessary back-up to the scoring runners.

Scott McDonald (20) and Matt Sutherland (31)

Scott McDonald (20) and Matt Sutherland (31)

Aidan Thompson (32) and Alastair Hay (11) in the early stages of the Senior Men's race

Aidan Thompson (32) and Alastair Hay (11) in the early stages of the Senior Men’s race

As the senior runners streamed through there were further improved performances from Murray MacLarty (42nd; 36.25), Fraser Logan (48th; 36.34) and Scott Brember (87th; 37.44). Euan Jack looked committed throughout to finish 189th in 40.31 and there were further strong runs from Neil Cameron (220th; 41.34), Ross McNaught (231st; 41.57), David Eckersley (282nd; 42.51), Donald Shaw (295th; 43.14), Will Hensman (296th; 43.17), Gordon Appelbe (354th; 44.35), Colin Alexander (363rd; 44.50) and Robin Mussett (397th; 45.58). Fraser Purves (410th; 46.27) just held off Hugh Buchanan (411th; 46.28) ahead of Iain Dunsmore (430th; 47.01), Jens Subke (478th; 48.22), Ben Noad (486th; 48.43), Mark Logie (558th; 52.49), Colin Sinclair (562nd; 53.08), Allan Gall (567th; 53.23), Cameron Campbell (574th; 53.51) and Sandy MacLarty (619th; 63.36), an impressive 29 finishers from Central AC.

A selection of the Senior Women’s team

A selection of the Senior Women’s team

Central’s Senior Women were also defending champions, but with a thinner team further weakened by illness, seventh club was a good outcome by the team’s top four counters. The course was the same as for the men and this suited marathon specialist Fanni Gyurko, who fought hard for her excellent 8th place finish in 39.40. Catriona Buchanan in 24th place (42.06) and Kim Timmins (36th, 43.38) also featured well to the front end of the race. Hazel Dean (83rd, 47.16), Amy Hendry (102nd, 48.35), Kirsten McStay (116th, 49.59), Becky Hay (130th, 50.55) and Alison Curry (232nd, 58.26) all featured well in a race with 271 finishers.

Fanni Gyurko (4) heads the start of Senior Women’s race

Fanni Gyurko (4) heads the start of Senior Women’s race

Central’s Under-17 Men were always in contention for Team medals in their 6.0 kilometre challenge with Ben MacMillan leading Central’s effort in 18th (22.43), backed-up by further sound performances from Tom Graham-Marr (23rd; 22.55), Telfer Gray (25th; 23.10) and Sandy Holl (29th; 23.19), the team just short of topping the podium by two points. It was also good to see Gregor McArthur pit himself against the best in Scotland finishing in a creditable 65th placing in 26 minutes exactly. Central had just a single Under-17 women with Lizzie Stansfield showing up well in 30th, 29.34.

Kate Gallagher showing strongly in the Under-20 race

Kate Gallagher showing strongly in the Under-20 race

The Under-20 Women’s race of 7.5 kilometres was a tough battle with Central’s Kate Gallagher pushing hard amongst the leading group for early laps of the race. In the end Kate lost the tussle for the individual bronze medal, finishing in fourth place with 29.19. However, she did not come away empty handed as some great running by team-mates Fiona Davies (15th, 32.50) and Eleanor Hanson (33rd, 36.50) gave them bronze team places.

The Under-15 Boys were always going to find their 4.1 kilometre course a tough challenge and here it was Finlay Muir who led Central’s team effort in 38th placing (15.30). Kyle Howie also showed committed running to finish 47th (15.42) ahead of Lewis Dow (64th; 16.12) and Thomas Woods (81st; 16.50) as the Central team finished ninth overall.

Carrie Banks on way to 8th place

Carrie Banks on way to 8th place

In the Under-15 Girls’ race, Carrie Banks had a fantastic race with 9th place in time of 15.58. Grace Tindall (78th; 18.51) and Naomi Howlieson (103rd; 19.31) also ran with great commitment.

The Under-13 Girls’ race was the first race of the day and it looked to go off fine, but the technology of chip timing failed, and the back-up of video recording only took the first 60 finishers so full timings and placing were not available. This did not stop Central’s team making a fine showing. Melissa Turnbull (16th; 13.08) was highly impressive but there were also quality runs recorded from Anna MacKinnon (39th; 13.54), Summer Maclean (45th; 14.05) and Catriona Kane (14.30).

Start of Under-13 Boys

Start of Under-13 Boys

The Under-13 Boys’ race was also over the same 3.1 kilometre course as the Girls and here it was Connor Bell who again caught the eye in finishing ninth (11.48). Cameron MacMillan (26th; 12.28), Euan Campbell (84th; 13.21) and Jack Campbell (150th; 14.18) completed Central’s eleventh placed team with another strong effort from Ross Lawrie (135th; 14.29) in this highly competitive age group.

Feb 182018
Alistair Hay in action

Alistair Hay in action

The Men’s 5K road race at the Armagh International event, in Northern Ireland continues to grow in stature with a reputation for fast times. This year’s race, on Thursday 15 February, saw the highest quality race in the history of the event so no surprise that a number of Central Athletic Club athletes used the opportunity to record fast times.

Alastair Hay, competing for Scotland in the event, ran a superb new personal best on the roads of 14 minutes 30 seconds. Aidan Thompson also reduced his personal best to 14.39 while Chris Smithard was just outside his fastest with 15.06. Michael Wright underlined his current form with a 15.14 clocking and Matthew Sutherland also ran into personal best territory recording 15.15.

Feb 182018

Central Athletics Cross Country Championships were again held on the normal, testing course at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane on Saturday 17 February. The excellent weather didn’t completely make up for the taxing hills and the testing burn crossings.

Charge! - the Under-11 start

Charge! – the Under-11 start

The Boys and Girls Under-11 Races were held together over a 1.25 mile course with all 36 children showing great enthusiasm and determination. It was Joshua Kennedy who caught the eye to take the Boys’ trophy with a fine run of 6min 16secs with Tom Campbell also showing good form for silver (6.21) and Jamie Oldham picking up a deserved bronze (6.23). Owen Eckersley (6.51) was another to run well throughout to head home Aaron Middleton (6.53) and Alex Dunlop (7.04). Sam Gardner (7.18) held off Max Duncan (7.19) in a strong finish from both boys. Murray Henderson (7.38) led home Henry Crossley (7.49), Cameron Pollock (7.58) and Conall Paterson (8.00) while Dylan McCulloch and Jamie Connor finished together in 8.09 ahead of Andrew Fairbairn (9.02) and Gordon Chrichton (10.30). A number of Under-9 Boys also competed with Ray Taylor again showing great promise with a 6.30 clocking. Jack Sutton (7.26), Tyler Gibson (7.53) and Logan Bell (7.54) all proved they have what it takes to make an impression.

Under-11 race at the water

Under-11 race at the water

The Under-11 Girls Race was a bit of a family affair with sisters Carys and Leya Gibb in the first two spots. Carys’ (6.49) run a big improvement on 2017 and Leya also improving to 7.20. Naimh McKinlay picked up bronze, just holding off Leah Brown with both finishing in 7.27. Loren Stewart had a good run to record 7.49 and lead in Katy Cullen (7.56), Anna Lee (7.59), Iona Griffen (8.12), Beth Ronald (8.18), Mara Gillan (8.40), Connie Bateman (8.50) and Sophie Appelbe (9.07). The three Under-9 Girls who ran were all well in contention with Sienna Shepherd (8.20) just heading in Sienna Melville (8.21) and Ciara Middleton recording a useful 9.12.

A fast start for the combined Under-13 boys and Under-13 girls start

A fast start for the combined Under-13 boys and Under-13 girls start

The Under-13 race was held over a 1.75 mile course and here it was Connor Bell (9.32) who strode to victory with Cameron Kerr (10.03) repeating his silver medal run from 2017. Euan Campbell also made it a bronze medal double with an improved 10.08 clocking. Jack Campbell (10.19) had another quality run to head in Sam Vannet (10.25), Ryan McGuire (10.45), Ruiridh Burns (10.49), Cameron Darnbrough (10.55), Ross Lawrie (11.15), Innes Brown (11.56) and Finlay Marchant (12.57).

Melissa Turnbull (10.12) showed great class to win the Under-13 Girls Race by a margin from guest runner Leona Melville (11.11). Silver went to Summer MacLean (11.15) ahead of Mirren Henry’s 11.18 run to capture bronze. Anna McKinnon (11.19) was only a fraction from a medal place as she headed in Caitlin Bradwell (12.07), Megan Hogg (12.23), Heidi Eik Maxwell (12.23) and Olivia Freed (12.25). There were further encouraging runs from Anna Reid (12.44), Kirsty Reid (13.08), Megan Dunlop (13.23) and Heather Hale (14.42).

Lewis Dow leads Finlay Muir across the burn cross but it was Finlay who came out on top

Lewis Dow leads Finlay Muir across the burn cross but it was Finlay who came out on top

The third race, over a two lap course of 2.5 miles, saw the Under-15 Boys and Girls run with the Under-20 Women. Finlay Muir (12.28) proved to be the fastest Under-15 Boy holding off Lewis Dow (12.30) to move from Under-13 Champion to Under-15 trophy winner, and it was good to see Oliver Holden (14.24) tackling ‘the country’ as he lifted bronze. Finlay Brown put is a sterling effort to record 17.12. Kirkintilloch Olympian athlete Rachel Paton (15.30) was the only Under-15 Girl to accept the challenge while Rosie Eckersley again came through well in 13.53 to lift the Under-17 Girls trophy with guest runner Hanah Paton recording 15.05. Eleanor Hanson repeated her win in the Under-20 Woman’s age group finishing with a 15.16 clocking.

Matt Sutherland makes light work of the water as he speeds to victory in Senior Men

Matt Sutherland makes light work of the water as he speeds to victory in Senior Men

Talat Aidi, Charles Graham-Marr and Colin Alexander tussle at the water

Talat Aidi, Charles Graham-Marr and Colin Alexander tussle at the water

The Under-17 Men ran with the Senior Men and Veteran Men over 4 miles with another set of quality runs throughout. Sandy Holl put a fall behind him to take the Under-17 Men’s win with 23.11. The long striding Matthew Sutherland proved the strongest Senior Man on the day to win in 19min 50secs with Lewis Miller (21.38) in second and last year’s champion, Gordon Appelbe, taking bronze with an improved run of 24.05. Both Ben Noad (26.11) and Talat Aidi (26.20) showed sound efforts and continue to make good progress. David Eckersley (23.48) was the winner of the Veteran’s trophy ahead of a good run from Donald Shaw (23.57) for silver and Colin Alexander recording 25.35 for bronze. Charles Graham-Marr (25.51) ran strongly to finish ahead of Jens Subke (26.01), Hugh Buchanan (26.36), Jason Saunders (27.38), Colin Sinclair (28.29), Alan Gall (28.50) and Cameron Campbell 28.58.

Full results were:

    Time Club Champs
U11 Boys
Joshua Kennedy 6.16 CAC First
Tom Campbell 6.21 CAC Second
Jamie Oldham 6.23 CAC Third
Ray Taylor (U9) 6.30 Guest  
Owen Eckersley 6.51 CAC  
Aaron Middleton 6.53 CAC  
Alex Dunlop 7.04 CAC  
Sam Gardner 7.18 Guest  
Max Duncan 7.19 CAC  
Jack Sutton (U9) 7.26 CAC  
Murray Henderson 7.38 Guest  
Henry Crossley 7.49 CAC  
Tyler Gibson (U9) 7.53 CAC  
Logan Bell (U9) 7.54 CAC  
Cameron Pollock 7.58 Guest  
Conall Paterson 8.00 Guest  
Dylan McCulloch 8.09 CAC  
Jamie Connor 8.09 CAC  
Andrew Fairbairn 9.02 CAC  
Gordon Crichton 10.30 CAC  
U11 Girls
Carys Gibb 6.49 CAC First
Leya Gibb 7.20 CAC Second
Naimh McKinlay 7.27 CAC Third
Leah Brown 7.27 Guest  
Loren Stewart 7.49 CAC  
Katy Cullen 7.56 CAC  
Anna Lee 7.59 Guest  
Iona Griffen 8.12 CAC  
Beth Ronald 8.18 CAC  
Sienna Shepherd (U9) 8.20 Guest  
Sienna Melville (U9) 8.21 Guest  
Mara Gillan 8.40 CAC  
Makena Melville 8.48 Guest  
Connie Bateman 8.50 CAC  
Sophie Appelbe 9.07 Guest  
Ciara Middleton (U9) 9.12 Guest  
U13 Boys
Connor Bell 9.32 CAC First
Cameron Kerr 10.03 CAC Second
Euan Campbell 10.08 CAC Third
Jack Campbell 10.19 CAC  
Sam Vannet 10.25 CAC  
Ryan McGuire 10.45 CAC  
Ruaridh Burns 10.49 CAC  
Cameron Darnbrough 10.55 CAC  
Ross Lawrie 11.13 CAC  
Innes Brown 11.56 CAC  
Finlay Marchant 12.57 CAC  
U13 Girls
Melissa Turnbull 10.12 CAC First
Leona Melville 11.11 Guest  
Summer MacLean 11.15 CAC Second
Mirren Henry 11.18 CAC Third
Anna McKinnon 11.19 CAC  
Caitlin Bradwell 12.07 Guest  
Megan Hogg 12.23 CAC  
Heidi Eik Maxwell 12.23 Guest  
Olivia Freed 12.25 CAC  
Anna Reid 12.44 CAC  
Kirsty Reid 13.08 CAC  
Megan Dunlop 13.23 CAC  
Heather Hale 14.42 CAC  
U15 Boys
Finlay Muir 12.28 CAC First
Lewis Dow 12.30 CAC Second
Oliver Holden 14.24 CAC Third
Finlay Brown 17.12 CAC  
U15 Girls
Rachel Paton 15.30 Guest  
U17 Women
Rosie Eckersley 13.53 CAC First
Hanah Paton 15.05 Guest  
U20 Women
Eleanor Hanson 15.16 CAC First
U17 Men
Sandy Holl 23.11 CAC First
Senior Men
Matthew Sutherland 19.50 CAC First
Lewis Miller 21.38 CAC Second
Gordon Appelbe 24.05 CAC Third
Ben Noad 26.11 CAC  
Talat Aidi 26.20 CAC  
Veteran Men
David Eckersley 23.48 CAC First
Donald Shaw 23.57 CAC Second
Colin Alexander 25.35 CAC Third
Charles Graham-Marr 25.51 CAC  
Jens Subke 26.01 CAC  
Hugh Buchanan 26.36 CAC  
Jason Saunders 27.38 CAC  
Colin Sinclair 28.29 CAC  
Alan Gall 28.50 CAC  
Cameron Campbell 28.58 CAC  


Feb 122018

Central Athletic Club’s Andrew Butchart has been forced to withdraw from Team Scotland’s track and field team for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Endurance runner Butchart has reluctantly conceded defeat in his efforts to be with Team Scotland in Australia and his withdrawal has now been confirmed.

Andy Butchart with foot in a protective boot

Andy Butchart posted this picture of his foot in boot on Instagram

Butchart raced over 3,000 metres at the Millrose Games in New York on 3 February but during that race he suffered a fractured navicular bone in his right foot and an MRI scan in Boston revealed the extent of the problem.

Butchart posted a message on Instagram: “With 500m to go during my 3,000m race at the Millrose Games last weekend I felt a sharp pain in my right foot.

“I knew what it was straight away and after an MRI in Boston it was confirmed – fractured navicular in the right foot. I am heartbroken to miss Gold Coast 2018! It definitely sucks and I won’t be racing for a while… but I’m going to come back faster, fitter and stronger than ever!

“Good luck to all with Team Scotland in Australia.”

Jan 292018

Scottish Indoor Championships

Amy Gullen - high jump bronze

Amy Gullen – high jump bronze

Central AC’s Amy Gullen was back on form as she leapt to an excellent bronze medal in the high jump at the Scottish national indoor championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. The 19 year old from Muckhart came into the event confident after clearing 1.66m at the national open 2 weeks earlier, her best for 3 years. She put herself in contention with first time clearances at 1.54m and 1.59m. She then cleared an excellent 1.64m at the first attempt to confirm her in the top 3. The bar was then raised to 1.69m which would be a new personal best and club record height. Amy had 3 good attempts and in the final attempt looked like she was well clear of the bar only to knock it off with her heel. This meant she had to settle for bronze but with gold and silver going to athletes from Ireland and England she had the consolation of being the top placed Scot. Commenting afterwards Amy said “I know the big jump is there, it all just needs to click into place.” Amy is looking to broaden her horizons with competitions in Europe to give her further opportunities and will hopefully be competing in Spain next. Through these, she hopes to find that 1.70m plus jump that she has the potential to do.

Central had several Under-20 age group athletes moving up an age group to test themselves out against the top seniors. Kate Gallagher from Stirling is no stranger to top level competition having regularly represented Scotland at school and junior level. In the senior 1,500m she found herself up against GB internationals Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie but held her form for 5th place in 4:37.90 minutes. This was not only a new personal best with also broke the club indoor Under-20 record that had stood since 1996.

Balfron teenager, Anna Cameron was also on personal best form as she took a respectable 6th place in the long jump with a new best jump of 5.29m to go 3rd on the club indoor all-time list. This was after a respectable 8.26s in the 60m. Fellow Balfron teenager, Matt Chandler, was on similar top form in the men’s long jump with a season’s best 6.42m for 7th.

Andrew Sweeney and Kieran Halliday were contesting the sprints with Andrew running 23.94s in the 200m to just miss out on a place in the semi-final while Kieran ran 24.95s after 7.80s in the 60m.

Scottish Under-17 Indoor Championships

Ben McMillan

Ben McMillan

Central AC’s Ben McMillan was on superb form as he took gold in the 1,500m at the Scottish Under-17 Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, one of 3 medals won by Central AC athletes at the event. After taking silver at the equivalent Under-15 event 2 years ago, the 16 year old from Stirling has had a difficult time since then with injuries but having recovered came out at the indoor championships to see what form he was on. The question was answered emphatically as he led the final from start to finish and stormed away from the field in the last lap for a win that surprised even himself, in 4:17.52 minutes. Central teammate and training partner, Lewis Dow, followed him round attempting to complete a club 1-2 but he was just outrun at the finish ending in 4th place with 4:18.38 minutes.

Katie Sharkey took a bronze medal in the 60m hurdles with a season’s best 8.97s, finishing top Scot as an English and Irish athlete took the top places.

Central were well represented in the girls’ sprints with Shona McLay, Elizabeth Thompson and Lucy More taking on the 60m and 200m double. In the 60m all 3 set personal bests to progress to the semis, Shona running 8.13s, Elizabeth 8.36s and Lucy 8.51s. In the semis Shona equalled her 8.13s personal best to progress to the final, while Elizabeth sprinted to another personal best 8.27s to narrowly miss a place in the final. Lucy also set another personal best with 8.49s. In the final, Shona produced another 8.13s run to finish in an excellent 4th place just missing a medal.

Shona McLay

Shona McLay

In the 200m, Lucy set an indoor best 28.38s which was not quite enough to progress but both Elizabeth and Shona progressed comfortably through their heats and semis to line up against each other in the final, Elizabeth setting a new personal best 25.99s to qualify. Come the final, a fast athlete from Durham ran away with the gold but the Central pair chased hard for the medals. Shona finished in bronze position in a superb time of 25.61s, a time that was not only a new personal best but was enough to break the club senior record. Elizabeth finished just behind in another personal best 25.89s, a time also inside the previous club record. The club record of 25.9s had stood since 1999 so it was remarkable that 2 athletes had run inside it in one race. For Shona this was an excellent performance in her first year in the age group. For Elizabeth, who is much more comfortable over the 300m and 800m distances, it was quite a remarkable achievement to come so close to her first ever national medal at the shorter 200m sprint. This bodes well for when she returns to her longer distances.

And the good sprinting form from the Central athletes will stand them in good stead for the upcoming national 4x200m relay championships. The club’s team 2 years ago missed the national record by just 0.3s: with good form and baton exchanges this year’s team could go better than that.

Jan 292018

The latest race in the Central Athletic Club 2017-18 Cross-Country Series was held on Sunday 28 January on a flat course at Fintry Rugby Club with a field of 33 runners from across the Club. Conditions, although soggy underfoot, were not as bad as may have been expected after the recent snow thaw and rain.

Start of the race

Start of the race

This time around it was Connor Bell who showed his class with a superb front-running display to win in 4 minutes 32 seconds being chased home again by fellow Under-13 Euan Campbell (4.44), with a determined effort from Kyle Saunders (5.43) completing this age category. The Under-11 Boys proved to be a highly competitive category and Joshua Kennedy (4.48) showed excellent speed and stamina to head this age group. Owen Eckersley (4.54) had an improved performance ahead of a strong run from Aaron Middleton (4.59) while Alex Dunlop and Sam Gardner finished together with 5.10. Murray Henderson (5.20) came through well heading home a close tussle from Dylan McCulloch (5.50) and Conall Paterson (5.51) while Cameron Pollock (5.56) and Robert Tindall (6.14) both finished well. Amongst the Under-9 Boys it was Ray Taylor (4.52) who again caught the eye and with excellent runs from Tyler Gibson (5.30) and Noah Kennedy (5.33), much can be expected from this age group.

Grace Tindall (4.58) again headed home the girls to win the Under-15 category while Shannon Glen (6.49) will have picked-up some good experience from this outing. Anna MacKinnon (5.07) had another characteristically strong run to head the Under-13 Girls ahead of further superb performances from Summer MacLean (5.14), Mary Kealey (5.29), Caitlin Bradwell (5.30), Megan Dunlop (5.46) and Megan Hogg (6.09). Elizabeth Woods (5.26) showed great promise as she headed the Under-11 Girls age group. Again there was good back-up in this category from Leah Brown (5.32), Niamh McKinlay (5.43), Tabetha MacKenzie (5.55), Mara Gillan (6.12), Connie Bateman (6.15), Evie Scott (6.24) and Amy Fulton (6.53). Ember Mulhearn (6.19) was the sole Under-9 Girl and showed good form in a very capable run.

Thanks are due to David Eckersley and the small army of helpers who provided an excellent event.

Jan 222018
Team members with their trophies

Team members with their trophies

The final match of the East District Cross Country League was held on a testing and snowbound course above Broxburn on Saturday 20 January. While many football and rugby matches were called off the ‘whatever the weather’ slogan was rolled out for this cross country event. A good turnout of team members across the ages and abilities provided Central with three of the main team trophies from this fitting finale event.

Senior Women's team

Senior Women’s team

The day commenced with the Under-11 races with both the girls and boys following a 1.4 kilometre test on snow covered paths. There was a good turn-out of Central Athletic Club’s Under-11 Boys with spirited performances from the Club’s youngsters including a fine sixth place for Joshua Kennedy recording 5 minutes 49 seconds. Owen Eckersley and Aaron Middleton finished together in 15th and 16th placings both recording 6.05 while there was further strong back-up from Alex Dunlop (39th, 6.30) and Logan Bell (76th, 7.23). The results ensured the boys finished in an excellent third place on the day also recording third across the whole season. Niamh McKinlay ran the equivalent Under-11 Girls race as sole Central competitor with a fine run in 44th place with 7.21.

Leading U13 boys

Leading U13 boys

The Under-13 girls and boys again had their endurance tested over a one lap 2.7 kilometre course featuring Lungbuster Hill. In the boys’ race Connor Bell again underlined his strong racing credentials to finish sixth with 10.42 ahead of further top class efforts from Euan Campbell (28th, 11.48), Euan Docherty (35th, 12.04) and Dylan McCulloch (92nd, 15.18). There was a great turnout from Central in the Under-13 girls with Anna MacKinnon (18th, 12.54), Catriona Kane (20th, 12.55), Brogan McMillan (26th, 13.17), Summer MacLean (28th, 13.18) and Megan Dunlop (48th, 15.05).

Finish of the U15 and U17 women's race

Finish of the U15 and U17 women’s race

There was more excellent running in the Under-15 Boys race over a 4.1 kilometre course with Finlay Muir showing good form in finishing 16th (16.28) and Thomas Woods running well throughout (32nd, 17.01). The combined Under-15 Girls and Under-17 Women races ran the same course with Rosie Eckersley running with confidence in her best race of the season to date for 6th in 17.17 with good support from Heather Scott (43rd, 20.54) and Carla Subke (58th, 22.45). The Under-17 Men faced a two lap 5.4 kilometre challenge and here Tom Graham- Marr was always to the fore finishing seventh in 20.37 and with great back-up from Sandy Holl (11th, 21.14) and Telfer Gray (18th, 22.05) the club finished fourth in this age group across the season.

Aidan Thomson and Alistair Hay

Aidan Thomson and Alistair Hay

Start of the Senior Men's race

Start of the Senior Men’s race

Scott Brember and Michael Wright

Scott Brember and Michael Wright

A superb team effort from Central’s Senior Men resulted in six League wins in a row and here it was outstanding performances over an 8.1 kilometre course that sealed the team victory on the day. There were top counting performances through Aidan Thompson (second, 27.43), Alastair Hay (third, 27.47), Cameron Milne (fifth, 28.24), Matthew Sutherland (tenth, 28.54), Michael Wright (15th, 29.32) and Scott Brember (18th, 29.56). There was again excellent back-up from Murray MacLarty (25th, 30.07), Conan McCaughey (27th, 30.21), Lewis Miller (33rd, 30.40), Fraser Logan (44th, 31.12), David Eckersley (107th, 35.28), Donald Shaw (128th, 36.28), Robin Mussett (145th, 37.33), Gordon Appelbe (153rd, 37.58), Jens Subke (163rd, 38.28), Iain Dunsmore (173rd, 38.56), Hugh Buchanan (175th, 39.04), Ben Noad (186th, 39.52), Colin Sinclair (233rd, 44.22) and Cameron Campbell (246th, 45.55).

In addition to the team victory in the Senior Men’s category Central also won the overall male league title covering all the age groups and testament to top performances from all Club runners across the season.

Catriona Buchanan

Catriona Buchanan

Early in the Senior Women's race

Early in the Senior Women’s race

For the Senior Women, the club went into this last match with a narrow league lead and tying up the trophy proved no great difficulty through another strong turnout. Catriona Buchanan led the team in with a great 2nd place in 21.59 for the tough 5.4 kilometres, Lauren McCulloch continued to progress with 13th in 23.19 and Claire Houston stuck to the task to achieve 20th in 24.07 with strong showings from Kim Timmins (23rd, 24.25), Fiona Davies (30th, 25.06), Hazel Dean (39th, 25.45), Amy Hendry (48th, 26.24), Kirsten McStay (53rd, 26.33), Eleanor Hanson (64th, 27.31), Becky Hay (66th, 27.54) and Alison Curry (105th, 32.23).

As a footnote to the races Central Athletic Club had arranged the inclusion of a young visiting Hungarian athlete in the Under-13 Girls race. Dorottya Csuta from the Pegazus Budapest Club had wanted to experience some ‘real cross country’. The experience was fulfilled by the testing course and Dorottya showed her class with a front running performance to cover the course in 10min 19secs some 51 seconds ahead of the winner of the league race. Perhaps no real surprise as Dorottya is already a Hungarian champion on both hills and the track and could be a name to look out for in the future.

Jan 152018
Alastair Hay

Alastair Hay

Aidan Thomson

Aidan Thomson

Central AC athletes were in action at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh which was again the venue for the Scottish Inter District Cross Country Races with selected athletes representing their District or Scottish Students’ team following their performances in December’s District Championships. The top quality programme had televised international races from senior down to Under-17s where the international and domestic races were combined to provide competition and great development opportunities for the younger athletes.

Matt Sutherland

Matt Sutherland (11)

In almost perfect conditions for cross country running, Central’s Alastair Hay, competing for Scotland East, was always in close contention for an individual medal in the Senior Men’s Inter District race as the places fluctuated and the pressure built. Alastair finished in fine style in fourth, missing out on bronze by one tantalising second, covering the 8 kilometre course in 26min 36secs but contributing towards an East team win. Aidan Thompson was wearing a Scottish Students’ vest as he followed up on a winning run in Antrim for Scotland Under-23s the previous week. Here, Aidan finished ninth with a time of 27.02 which ensured the Students finished second in the team event. It was also good to see Matthew Sutherland in the black vest of Scotland East as he pushed through in 27th placing with an excellent 27.58 timing.

Fanni Gyurko

Fanni Gyurko

The Senior Ladies Inter District race had three Central ladies making a big contribution to the Scotland East team win. Fanni Gyurko took club honours after working her way forward across the 6 kilometre course with a fine 12th place in 23.30, followed closely by Catriona Buchanan in 15th place in 23.39 and Kate Gallagher 16th in 23.48. Lauren McCulloch represented the Students’ team through her studies at Stirling University with 39th in 25.11.

Central's 3 Senior Women

Central’s 3 Senior Women

The Under-17 Inter District races were supplemented by a number of up and coming international stars as GB took on USA and European teams in combined race, and it was good to see Tom Graham-Marr running strongly in this company and covering his 6 kilometre challenge in 22min 30secs for 18th in the Inter District race. In the Under-17 Girls’ race Rosie Eckersley represented Scotland East in a strong winning team with 14th (16.58) for the 4 kilometre distance.

Tom Graham-Marr

Tom Graham-Marr

Lewis Dow also produced a solid performance in the Under-15 Boys’ race held over 4 kilometres. Here he was 30th in the Inter District challenge in a time of 15min 10secs. In the Under-15 Girls’ race Carrie Banks was the Central AC representative in another winning Scotland East team with a fine 18th place in 16.25.

First year Under-13 runner Connor Bell was making his debut at this level and never looked out of place as he confidently covered the 3 kilometre course in 11min 56secs for 26th placing in his Inter District race. Melissa Turnbull made a strong start and finished in an accomplished 17th position in 12.45.

Jan 082018
Aidan Thomson powers through

Aidan Thomson powers through

Kate Gallagher receives her medal

Kate Gallagher (134) receives her medal

Central Athletic Club athletes impressed over the mud at the British Cross Challenge in Antrim on Saturday 6 January with Aidan Thompson winning the Under-23 Men’s race and Kate Gallagher taking silver in the Under-20 Women’s event. Indeed, both athletes were instrumental in Scotland winning team gold in both these categories in the Celtic Cross Country races.

Aidan’s race was part of the Senior race and, as well as being the first Under-23 home, he finished eleventh overall in a field of established international athletes, holding off Welsh Under-23 athlete James Hunt to bring home individual and team gold medals.

Kate Gallagher was competing in her first Celtic race in the Under-20 age group and was part of a Scotland 1-2-3 finish in this race, a superb start to her 2018 campaign. However, Kate didn’t take much rest as she was back performing over 3,000 metres at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow the next day reducing her personal best to 9 min 52.73 secs with another superb performance.

Dec 232017

Central Athletic Club’s Christmas Handicap was held on the evening of Thursday 21 December in misty but otherwise benign conditions. With 40 participants it was Fiona Davies who posted an emphatic win by some 23 seconds from veteran runner Allan Gall. It was good to see Ainsley Normand in competitive form as she came home in third, just ahead of newcomer Tal Aidi with Eleanor Hanson in close attendance.

Cameron Milne again proved to be the fastest on the night with a tasty 11min 58secs for the 4 kilometre course, taking some 7 seconds from his 2016 time and so closing in on Andrew Butchart’s 11.50 course record. Other notable male performances saw Jamie Crowe finish with 12.27, Rhuaridh Miller (12.51), Lewis Millar (12.53) and Chris Smithard (12.58). Scott Brember proved to be the fastest veteran with 13.11 while Under-15 Lewis Dow again underlined his promise with 14.15 as did Under-17 prospect Telfer Gray (14.18).

Morag MacLarty was again the top female competitor, finishing with 14min 11secs while Under-20 runner Lauren McCulloch made further progress to record 14.57 and Hazel Dean (17.41) finished as the top female veteran on the night.

Table of results below – also available as a downloadable spreadsheet.

Name Race time Handicap Lap time Category
Cameron Milne 22:13 10:15 11:58  
Jamie Crowe 23:27 11:00 12:27  
Ruaridh Miller 21:51 09:00 12:51  
Lewis Millar 21:53 09:00 12:53  
Chris Smithard 22:43 09:45 12:58  
Murray MacLarty 21:52 08:45 13:07  
Aidan Thompson 23:10 10:00 13:10  
Scott Brember 21:56 08:45 13:11 Vet
Michael Wright 22:35 09:15 13:20  
Fraser Logan 22:12 08:45 13:27  
Dale Colley 22:28 09:00 13:28  
Morag MacLarty 22:26 08:15 14:11 Female
Lewis Dow 21:00 06:45 14:15 U15M
Telfer Gray 21:33 07:15 14:18 U17M
David Lindsay 21:37 07:15 14:22  
Lauren McCulloch 21:42 06:45 14:57 U20F
Charles Graham-Marr 21:54 06:00 15:54 Vet
Donald Shaw 22:38 06:15 16:23 Vet
Gordon Appelbe 21:56 05:30 16:26  
Ben Noad 22:23 05:45 16:38  
Kim Timmins 21:44 05:00 16:44 Female
Jens Subke 22:16 05:30 16:46 Vet
Fiona Davies 20:13 03:15 16:58 U17F
Tal Aidi 20:37 03:30 17:07  
Iain Dunsmore 22:57 05:45 17:12 Vet
Ami Hendry 20:52 03:30 17:22 Female
Becky Hay 21:02 03:30 17:32 Female
Kirsten McStay 21:09 03:30 17:39 Female
Hazel Dean 22:41 05:00 17:41 F Vet
Ainsley Normand 20:37 02:45 17:52 F Vet
Eleanor Hanson 20:47 02:30 18:17 U20F
Claire Stansfield 22:09 03:45 18:24 U17F
Jennifer Wetton 24:12 05:45 18:27 Female
Heather Scott 22:04 03:15 18:49 U17F
Ali Aarg 24:21 05:30 18:51  
Jane Waterhouse 21:03 02:00 19:03 F Vet
Allan Gall 20:36 01:30 19:06 Vet
Colin Sinclair 22:16 03:00 19:16 Vet
Alison Currie 21:14 00:00 21:14 F Vet
Eilidh McLeish 21:39 00:00 21:39 Female


Dec 112017

East District Championships, Livingston

Central Athletic Club faced rock hard ground conditions at the East District Cross Country Championships in Livingston as their teams won the Senior Men’s and Under-20 Women’s team titles and Bronze medals for Under-13 and Under-17 Men’s teams. Jamie Crowe enhanced his reputation winning the Senior Men’s title and also coming home with Gold medals were Kate Gallagher in the Under-20 Women’s event and Scott Brember in the Masters Men’s category.

Jamie Crowe waits to sprint

Jamie Crowe waits to sprint

300 Senior Men with Central vests to the fore

300 Senior Men with Central vests to the fore

In the Senior Men’s race, Jamie Crowe was involved in a head-to-head tussle with Welsh International runner Kristian Jones, representing Dundee Hawkhill Harriers. Jamie sat on Kristian’s shoulder for much of the latter half of the 9.6 kilometre race, unleashing an impressive sprint finish to win in 29min 58secs. Superb running by Alastair Hay (sixth, 30.41) and Cameron Milne (seventh, 30.57), backed up by more top performances from Aidan Thompson (13th, 31.53), Matthew Sutherland (16th, 32.24) and Scott Brember (19th, 32.43) as medal counters, ensured Central continued their four year team winning streak in this event. There was more strong running throughout this race from Murray MacLarty (32nd, 32.59), Lewis Millar (29th, 33.11), Will Hensman (130th, 38.17), Donald Shaw (158th, 39.30), David Eckersley (174th, 40.09), Charles Graham-Marr (180th, 40.27), Fraser Purves (201st, 41.23), Ben Noad (210th, 41.58), Gordon Appelbe (215th, 42.06), Raymond Milne (263rd, 46.46), Allan Gall (273rd, 48.14) and Cameron Campbell (277th, 49.36).

Senior Women's team

Senior Women’s team

Central’s Senior Women took fourth place with a strong team taking on a 6,400 metre course. Morag MacLarty led the team home, with a fifth place (23.30), with Fanni Gyurko just behind in 6th (23.40). Next counters for the team awards were Claire Houston (26th, 25.15) and Kim Timmins (45th, 26.54) with Patricia Milne (55th, 27.54), Hazel Dean (60th, 28:28), Becky Hay (81st, 29.35), Amy Hendry (85th, 29.46), Kirsten McStay (87th, 29.55), Lee Houghton (112th, 34.04) and Alison Curry (115th, 35.31).

Kate Gallagher in the leading group

Kate Gallagher in the leading group

Kate Gallagher (8) and other medallists

Kate Gallagher (8) and other medallists

Kate Gallagher took top spot and led her Under-20 team to team gold with Kate putting in an impressive 17.46 for her 5,000 metres course. Lauren McCulloch worked hard to move up through the field to fifth place with 18.43 and the winning trio was completed by a great run by Eleanor Hanson with 22.05 in 19th place.

Under-17 Men

Under-17 Men

The Under-17 Men saw Ben MacMillan lead his Central team home in eighth, covering the 6.4 kilometre course in 22 minutes 32 seconds. Tom Graham-Marr finished just a few strides behind in ninth (22.35) while new recruit Telfer Gray ensured the Bronze team medals in 16th spot with 23.10. This time there was back-up from Sandy Holl (31st, 24.59) and Gregor McArthur (35th, 25.19) with both youngsters producing strong performances. For the Under-17 Women, Rosie Eckersley (8th, 19.40) and Heather Scott (25th, 23.40) put in very good performances.

Under-15 Boys race

Under-15 Boys race

The Under-15 Boys’ team was led home through a strong run from Lewis Dow (eighth, 13.57) with further dogged performances from Finlay Muir (24th, 14.57), Thomas Woods (29th, 15.21) while Kyle Howie and Angus Henderson finishing together in 42nd and 43rd positions with 16.08 and Ben Angus Hughes came through in 53rd in 16.57, with the boys finishing as fifth team. Carrie Banks ran a strong 7th place with 15.21 along with Kyra Gibb (20th, 16.41) in the Under-15 Girls race.

The Under-13 Boys faced a 3.2 kilometre challenge with Connor Bell well to the fore to finish in seventh in 11min 50secs. The Bronze team medals were ensured by further top performances by Cameron Kerr (15th, 12.14) and Cameron MacMillan (29th, 12.52). Euan Campbell (34th, 13.13) again showed his promise as did Euan Docherty (35th, 13.19), Ruairidh Burns (52nd, 14.04) and Finlay Marchant (64th, 15.33). For Central’s Under-13 Girls there was another strong turnout with Anna MacKinnon (24th, 13:54), Summer Maclean (25th, 13:54), Amy Cully (33rd, 14:21), Mirren Henry (38th, 14:35) and Mary Kealey (46th, 15:07).

Acting as a trial race, the top ten finishers in each event won places in the East of Scotland team for the inter-district match at Holyrood in the New Year.

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European Cross Country Championships

Central AC members were critical to Great Britain topping the medal table at the European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia. Andrew Butchart landed a fine bronze medal as he once again proved his class at international level. A year after finishing fourth when Scotland’s Callum Hawkins took third in Italy last December, this time the Central Athletic Club athlete led the GB and NI men to team bronze medals in the Senior Men’s race. Butchart led the race in stages but ultimately had to defer to race winner Kigen Ozbilen of Turkey and silver medallist Adel Mechaal of Spain.

‘It was very different to last year,’ said Andy. ‘With the weather being so cold this year, training had to be different but out on the racecourse it went perfectly. It went exactly how I wanted it to go and I was confident from the start knowing I was in reasonable shape. The last lap was frustrating, once they were gone they were gone and on this sort of course there is no way of catching them. I wish I could have stayed with them but I lost a bit of concentration and that’s all it takes. I’m happy with the bronze medal and hopefully there will be many more to come. It is great to win the team bronze as well with the rest of the team running well so it is a nice result.’

Delighted Cameron Boyek with his relay team

Delighted Cameron Boyek (blue gloves) with his relay team

Central AC’s Cameron Boyek helped the Great Britain and NI team to victory in the first ever 4 x 1,500 metre Mixed Relay event at the Euro Cross. Cameron was on the second leg and took the Brits into a lead that they held on the final two legs to see off the Czech Republic by one second.

‘It’s an unbelievable feeling and a great honour to be here,’ said the Scottish 4K cross country champion, who lifted the team from third to first after the opening leg by Melissa Courtney. ‘We came for the gold and we achieved it. I knew I was in good shape and wanted to get out hard and make sure that I caught them. Once I caught them I wanted to make sure I didn’t waste too much energy going past them too early so I sat on them for a bit and got myself in a good position.’

Sarah McDonald took it on for GB and then Tom Marshall, who had come in for Charlie Grice from the original selection, brought it home.

Dec 042017

Central Athletic Club athletes Andrew Butchart and Cameron Boyek have been selected to compete for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team in the forthcoming European Cross Country Championships in Samorin in Slovakia on Sunday 10 December.

Andrew finished fifth in the trial race at Liverpool on 25 November in very muddy conditions while Cameron proved his fitness by winning the Lindsays Scottish 4 kilometre cross country title at Kirkcaldy, and followed that up with an impressive indoor 2 kilometre Scottish record run to seal his place and return to GB international duty after an absence of a couple of years.

Andrew will again test himself against Europe’s best having finished fourth in this competition in 2016 while Cameron will compete in a new event, a 4 by 1,500 metre mixed relay race, along with Melissa Courtney, Charlie Grice and Sarah McDonald.

There is also a strong turnout of Central AC athletes expected on Saturday 9 December at the East District Cross Country Championships in Livingston where the club will be defending both Men’s and Women’s senior team titles and hoping to make inroads in the various age groups.

Nov 272017
Fanni Gyurko leads

Fanni Gyurko leads

On a day where mud caught many of the headlines, Central AC’s cross country teams fought hard for top honours in both the East District League race in Alloa and the European Cross Country Trials in Liverpool. In the second match of the East District League at Alloa, Central’s senior ladies took an individual win through Fanni Gyurko and the team win, also matched by the Under-17 men’s squad. The senior men’s squad split their forces with teams in both Liverpool and at Alloa, where they were still able to hold onto overall league position. The tough test facing all the athletes competing at Lornshill by Alloa, on a biting cold day with long hilly trails and ankle-deep mud in places, saw over 60 Central athletes of all abilities pitting themselves the conditions.

Matt Sutherland in the Senior Men

Matt Sutherland in the Senior Men

The Senior Women’s race was over a very testing course of 6.2 kilometres and the Central team was led home by Fanni Gyurko. She repeated her win from the first league match in similar fashion, with a steady start before pulling away for a commanding victory in 24.56. Catriona Buchanan also tussled with the front runners for a fine 4th place in 25.17 and Claire Houston continued to improve with 14th place in 26.33. A strong team performance was underlined by strength throughout the large field through Hazel Dean (39th, 29.15), Amy Hendry (50th, 30.37), Kirsten McStay (52nd, 30.48), Becky Hay (53rd, 30.53), Alison Curry (95th, 35.46) and Lee Houghton (101st, 37.16). The Central women’s top team place on the day moved them up to top the league.

Scott Brember

Scott Brember

The Senior Men’s 9km race saw Matthew Sutherland finish in a fine fourth place (32.03) as he led the team to second club on the day, but still ahead in the league. Scott Brember, in 10th was the top veteran on the day clocking 32.57 ahead of Ruaridh Miller (11th, 33.11) and Murray MacLarty (12th, 32.12). Lewis Millar (18th, 33.51) led in Fraser Logan (25th, 34.19) and Michael Wright (26th, 34.26). Chris McHardy completed his effort in 72nd with 37.53 followed in by David Lindsay (76th, 32.57), David Eckersley (102nd, 39.46), Donald Shaw (121st, 40.39), Charles Graham-Marr (126th, 40.51), Robin Mussett (148th, 42.15), Iain Dunsmore (158th, 43.12), Ben Noad (159th, 43.17), Talat Aidi (203rd, 48.10), Allan Gall (210th, 49.15) and Colin Sinclair (212th, 49.59).

The Under-11 Girls race was first race off and featured another strong team performance over the 1,700 metre race from the Lornshill school fields through the woods to the top of the notorious Gubber Hill and a fast return to the school. The team took a fine second team place through determined running led in by Carys Gibb (5th, 7.22), sister Leya Gibb (7th, 7.31), Niamh McKinlay (21st, 7.56), Connie Bateman (53rd, 9.38) and Tabitha MacKenzie (54th, 9.47).

Start of the U13 Boys race

Start of the U13 Boys race

The Under-11 Boys faced the same arduous 1,700 metre test as the Under-11 Girls and competed with their normal enthusiasm through Joshua Kennedy (fourth, 6min 40sec), Aaron Middleton (18th, 7.06), Ossian Arkotxa (36th, 7.24), Logan Bell (74th, 8.30) and Dylan McCulloch (79th, 9.12) with the team finishing fourth overall.

The Under-13 Boys had to tackle a 3 kilometre course with Cameron MacMillan finishing ninth (11.44), backed up by Connor Bell (11th, 11.48), Euan Campbell (33rd, 12.27), Euan Docherty (49th, 13.03), Ross Lawrie (85th, 15.05) and Finlay Marchant (92nd, 15.47) and the team in a great fourth place.

Tom Graham-Marr and Ben MacMillan in the U17 Boys

Tom Graham-Marr and Ben MacMillan in the U17 Boys

The Under-13 Girls race had a great turnout by Central racers as they took seventh team place over their 3 kilometre lap. Amy Cully (24th, 13.34) won a close battle with her team mates in the finishing phase of the race just ahead of Anna MacKinnon (25th, 13.34), Summer MacLean (28th, 13.48), with more great running by Catriona Kane (29th, 14.01), Brogan McMillan (36th, 14.16), Mary Kealey (38th, 14.19), Erin Miller (47th, 14.52), Ellen Montgomery (65th, 17.22) and Hana Littlejohn (67th, 18.26).

The Under-15 Boys had to wait until late in the day and faced a 3.8 kilometre course and here it was Lewis Dow in 18th with 15.42, Finlay Muir (22nd, 15.55) and Cameron Fraser (49th, 19.06) who did the Club proud. In the Under-15 Girls event, Carrie Banks ran an accomplished race to bag 7th place in 16.32.

The Under-17 Men added to the Central honours over their two lap challenge of 6.2 kilometres winning the team event in this age group with Tom Graham-Marr taking a fine third place with 22.45 with back-up by Ben MacMillan (eighth, 23.38), Keir Howlieson (ninth, 23.39) and Gregor McArthur (24th, 25.22).

Six of Central Athletic Club’s senior athletes travelled to Liverpool at the weekend to compete in the British Athletics Cross Country Challenge with places in the European Cross Country Championships and European Club Championships at stake.

This year the Club Championship was a show-down between Central AC representing Scotland, Tonbridge AC for England and Swansea Harriers for Wales and hopes were high for the men especially with Andrew Butchart back in club colours. With mud again a dominant factor here, Andrew had to settle for fifth, covering the 9.8 kilometre course in 30 minutes 37 seconds, just outside of automatic selection for European honours.

In this highly competitive race Alastair Hay came through in 37th (32.15), closely followed by Cameron Milne (42nd, 32.28). Aidan Thompson weighed in with a gritty 52nd place run with 32.45 while fellow student Jamie Crowe made the trip from his USA base to finish 59th with 32.53. Chris Smithard improved from 139th in 2016 to finish 98th with 33.56.

On final countback Tonbridge AC proved stronger on the day by just 2 points from Central with Tonbridge finishing as UK Club Champions to take the British Club spot into a European match later in the winter.

Two of the Club’s Under-20 athletes set off to prove themselves against the best in Britain and here Kate Gallagher finished 14th, covering the 4.4 kilometre course in 16 minutes 7 seconds while Lauren McCulloch was 50th in 17.41. With both girls in the first year of this age group these were excellent results.

Nov 132017

Central AC and Balfron High pair, Matt Chandler and Briagha Cook, were on superb form as they represented Scotland in the Schools pentathlon international in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. For Matt it was a historic day as his Scottish Senior Boys’ team took a famous victory over their English, Irish and Welsh counterparts.

Senior Boys 60m hurdlesHopes were high after Matt and his Scottish teammates, which included Arbroath-based Central AC athlete and Scottish U17 Athlete of the Year, Joel McFarlane, had consistently won medals at UK championships over the last year. This was Matt’s third consecutive year in the event, but at 17 would be his final appearance in a schools international. After narrow defeats to England the last 2 years, last year by just 16 agonising points, they were eager to make amends and finally score a victory for Scotland.

Matt opened solidly with 8.61s in the 60m Hurdles for 5th place individually which helped Scotland take the lead in the team event. A personal best 10.87m in the shot kept up the challenge but some good throwing from the England team saw them move in front. A swift 200m from Matt with 23.80s helped the Scottish team to close the gap to just 58 points. In the long jump Matt leapt to a creditable 6.27m and with some excellent jumping from his teammates Scotland took the lead by a narrow 24 points going into the final 800m event. There was still work to do and each member of the team had an English counterpart to track. Matt did what he needed to do in his heat as he tracked his opponent all the way setting a personal best 2:13.09 minutes to finish with a score of 3,281 points ahead of his English rival. The final heat saw some close battles between the Scottish and English team, however some fine running from the Irish team with the top 3 finishers put them into contention as well leaving a nervous wait for the scores to be tallied.

Senior Boys podium

Central’s Arbroath-based Joel McFarlane took an outstanding personal gold medal to lead the Scottish team home. When the final scores were announced it was Scotland who had taken the victory by 111 points from England and 122 points from Ireland. This was Scotland’s first team win since 1998, before any of the current team were born and meant that Central AC athletes had finally secured a gold medal at this event after a string of individual and team silver and bronze medals from numerous Central athletes over the last few years.

Junior Girls 800mJunior Girls PodiumBriagha Cook was making her international debut at 15 in the Junior Girls’ event and opened with a solid 5.04m long jump. She followed this up with a superb 9.04s 60m hurdles personal best, the 2nd fastest of the day to lift her to 6th place. Another big personal best of 1.59m in the high jump, 3rd highest of the day, put her up to 4th just 7 points from a medal position. Briagha knew she would be under pressure in the final 2 events but produced a further personal best in the shot with 8.07m then another personal best in the 800m of 2:38.85 minutes. These performances gave her an excellent finishing score of 3,186 points for 7th place and helped her Scottish team to 2nd place overall and a silver medal behind a strong English team and well ahead of their Irish and Welsh counterparts.

Nov 132017

Central Athletic Club returned to winning ways at the Scottish Athletics Short Course Cross Country Championships. Record fields provided ferocious competition in all six of the races at Kirkcaldy with Central’s highlight being the Senior Men gaining the club three team trophies in three successive years and featuring a winning return to top class running for Cameron Boyek.

Central’s Cameron Boyek and Alistair Hay showing strongly in the lead group of the men’s race

Central’s Cameron Boyek and Alistair Hay showing strongly in the lead group of the men’s race

Cameron Boyek pleased with his winning form in a return to top level running

Cameron Boyek pleased with his winning form in a return to top level running

The Senior Men’s 4 kilometre race of two laps was certainly a case in point with some six athletes heading the field in a close bunch on the first lap. It was Central’s Cameron Boyek who seized the initiative on the second lap to open a 30 metre lead from his rivals. With dogged determination, Boyek held this gap to the finish to take the win in a keenly-contested race. Boyek’s victory, in 12 minutes 1 second, saw his next three rivals cross the line together just 4 seconds behind while Central’s Alastair Hay came home as a close fifth in 12.12. Team gold medals were also grasped by Central with excellent contributions from Cameron Milne (12th, 12.31) and Chris Smithard (28th, 12.52).

Alistair Hay, Cameron Milne, Cameron Boyek and Chris Smithard

Alistair Hay, Cameron Milne, Cameron Boyek and Chris Smithard

Boyek had helped Scotland to a Stewart Cup 4 x 1km Relay win at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country early in 2016 but the 1,500m runner has had injury problems in the interim. ‘It was good to win that and I knew reading the preview that there were some good names there and strong competition,’ said Cameron. ‘I just managed to get a bit of lead and then pushed it on when I could. I wasn’t sure what was going on behind me.

‘After the injuries that I’ve had, I am determined just to put in a solid winter and that means some cross country – certainly over this kind of distance. The 4K was probably ideal and I will be doing indoors as well. ‘I believe there is a 4 x 1,500m race at the Euro Cross and I think GB are planning to send a team to that so hopefully winning here helps me stake a selection claim for that.’

Also featuring for Central’s Senior Men were Murray MacLarty (13.07), Ruaridh Miller (13.09), Fraser Logan (13.21), Lewis Millar (13.49), David Eckersley (14.55), Charles Graham-Marr (15.32), Donald Shaw (16.15), Colin Alexander (16.17), Ben Noad (16.52), Gordon Appelbe (16.53), Kenny Hislop (18.50) and Allan Gall (19.11).

Morag MacLarty (442) and Laura Muir (531) feature at the front of a record field of 195 runners in the women’s race

Morag MacLarty (442) and Laura Muir (531) feature at the front of a record field of 195 runners in the women’s race

Morag MacLarty moving through the field as she makes the break in medal position

Morag MacLarty moving through the field as she makes the break in medal position

The Senior Women’s race was heavily featured in pre-race publicity, involving global top-flight runner Laura Muir running in her Glasgow University vest in a weekend’s break from her veterinary studies. Laura led from gun to tape, establishing an early and seemingly comfortable lead. For Central’s Morag MacLarty, there was an compelling battle for the minor medals, moving through a scattered main chasing group, to finally establish a bronze medal place (13.50). Kate Gallagher made a breakthrough run to take 11th place in the race (14.22), a huge step forward for the first year senior runner. Lauren McCulloch ran strongly for 31st (15.03) with Kim Timmins (66th, 16.22), Fiona Davies (17.88) and Becky Hay (18.03) completing a strong squad. Team medals were just outside their grasp with fourth place.

A strong run from Tom Graham-Marr led his team home with a fine eighth place

A strong run from Tom Graham-Marr led his team home with a fine eighth place

The Under-15 Boys race over 2,000 metres was also a hard fought race and here Lewis Dow was Central’s top counter in 24th placing with 6.48. Kyle Howie (7.15), Ben Angus Hughes (7.45) and Cameron Fraser (7.45) all ran with confident style and will have learned much from this top class racing.

The Under-17 Men’s race covered 3,000 metres and here Tom Graham-Marr was always well to the fore scoring a fine eighth place with 9min 30secs leading in further fine efforts from Ben MacMillan, Keir Howlieson (both finishing together in 9.54) and Sandy Holl (10.24) with the team in fifth place.

The Under-17 Women’s race covered the same 3,000 metre course and a strong quartet of Central runners took a very creditable 5th team place. Rosie Eckersley featured with 14th in 11.15 supported by Elizabeth Thompson (12.19), Heather Scott (12.56) and Skye Henderson (13.13). Central had an incomplete team in the Under-15 Girls’ race with great runs from Carrie Banks (14th, 7.16) and Eilidh MacKenzie (8.42).

Nov 122017

 Kenny Pearson has kindly produced this year’s final Athlete Database and announced the various Award Winners.

Please follow this link to view all award winners and the full database:-


Nov 092017

We’ve introduced a new design for club hoodies incorporating the club’s new logo on the left chest and the club name on the back. Optionally you can get name or initials on the right chest.

Prices are unchanged – £24 for children’s sizes, and £29 for adult sizes, and an extra £6 to get name or initials embroidered on.

The easiest way to order is through Run4It in Bridge of Allan who have sample hoodies in all sizes. Orders usually take a week or two to get made up.

If you prefer, there’s an order form on the club website .

Nov 062017

The first race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2017-18 Cross-Country Series was held on Sunday 5 November, in bright conditions, on a flat course in Cochrane and Johnstone Parks at Alva with a field of 46 runners.

It was Under-15 Finlay Muir who continued his fine early season form to win with 3min 51secs. Others in this age group were Ben Hughes who impressed to finish with 4.09 ahead of the improving Angus Henderson (4.10) while Finlay Brown had a strong effort to finish with 4.37. Amongst the Under-13 Boys it was Connor Bell who again went to the front to finish in 4.04 being chased home by Euan Campbell (4.11), Euan Docherty (4.16) and Cameron Darnborough (4.21). As the Under-13 Boys poured through there were further classy performances from Ryan McGuire (4.23), Ethan Sorley (4.39), Innes Brown (4.43), Kyle Saunders (4.59) and Andrew Twigg (5.04).

There was a superb turnout of Under-11 Boys headed home by Aaron Middleton (4.22) with Owen Eckersley (4.36) also showing true resolve. Matthew Kealy ran well to record 4.46 leading in Sam Gardner (4.47), Murray Henderson (4.49), Oliver Ditchfield (4.53), Conall Paterson (5.01), Logan Bell (5.03), Cameron Pollock (5.07) and Sam Jones (5.10). Special mention should be made of the sole Under-9 Boy, Ray Taylor, who ran strongly throughout to be rewarded with a 4min 22secs timing.

Under-15 Girl Grace Tindall also brought her impressive early season form to bear finishing in an excellent 4min 13secs. There were more useful performances in this age group through Lois Burch (4.34) and Lucy Yates (4.41). Melissa Turnbull (4.14) continues to impress as she led home a large contingent of Under-13 Girls including a top performance from Amy Cully (4.15). Catriona Kane (4.27) and Anna MacKinnon (4.28) were others to shine in this competitive age group as they led home Mary Kealey (4.38), Summer MacLean (4.40), Brogan MacMillan (4.48), Ellen Montgomery (4.57), Harriet Ditchfield (5.01) and Hana Littlejohn (5.35).

There was competitive running throughout the Under-11 Girls age group with Niamh McKinlay (4.53) holding off Elizabeth Woods (4.55). The future of this age group looks assured through Mara Gillan (5.12), Connie Bateman (5.41), Sophie Appelbe (5.43), Amy Fulton (5.44) and Issy McGuire (5.47). The Under-9 Girls, Ciara Middleton (5.51) and Sarah Marshall (6.04) both passed this test with flying colours.

Thanks are due to the small army of helpers who provided an excellent event.

**Full list of al athletes & times >>>>>   Alva CC Results 051117

Nov 062017

Central Athletic Club’s Lewis Millar put his fitness to the test at the Lochaber Half Marathon at Fort William by winning and posting his fastest time for five years with an impressive 72 minutes and 33 seconds.

Fraser Logan and Murray MacLarty took full advantage of the quality and depth of the Leeds Abbey Dash 10 kilometre race to post new personal bests. Fraser completed the course in a tasty 32 minutes 38 seconds with Murray following in with a fine 32.58 clocking.

Oct 312017

Missing the National Cross Country Relay races, Fanni Gyurko took up an invitation to the high quality Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday where she finished in 15th place in a time of 2:39:48 taking almost 2 minutes off her personal best set at the London Marathon in April this year.

Oct 302017

Central AC made the annual foray to Cumbernauld for the National Cross Country Relay Championships, which continues to grow with this year’s record entry of over 2,500 athletes. With race squads covering all ages and abilities, the club were well satisfied with three medal winning top teams, and great levels of participation throughout the huge fields of runners.

Central’s women athletes brought home two sets of silver medals to runners spanning ages from 17 to 64 while Central’s Senior Men also climbed onto the podium with bronze medals. The Central Senior Women’s team took second place behind Edinburgh University despite the Central team starting with many uncertainties, with Morag MacLarty just back to full training only a few days before the race and Catriona Buchanan doing little racing this summer. Their experience was balanced by the youth of two 17-year-olds, Lauren McCulloch and Kate Gallagher.

Catriona led off on a combative first of four legs of 4,000 metres in 15min 11secs to bring the team to the first changeover in tenth place in a field headed by Edinburgh University. Morag MacLarty quickly dispelled doubts about her fitness as she set about reeling in the nine teams in front of her to post the fastest time of the day of 13:51 turning a 1min 10sec deficit into a full minute lead over next placed Aberdeen at changeover. Meanwhile the Edinburgh University team had dropped to fourth place a further minute in arrears. First team debutant, Lauren McCulloch, set about the third leg in confident manner and her time of 15:24 held Central in first place. Kate Gallagher ran strongly with a fine 15:11 timing but could not hold off Steph Pennycook, seasoned international runner from Edinburgh University, but a silver medal placing was a great achievement for the team.

Central Athletic Club’s Senior Men made a determined effort over their four legs of 4,000 metres. It was good to see Scott McDonald back in form to complete the first leg in fourth spot with a 12min 37secs effort. Lewis Millar proved his fitness with a 13:17 timing and the team in fifth place. Aidan Thompson’s superb 12:40 on the third leg saw the team in second behind a resurgent Inverclyde AC. There was a dramatic final leg as Aberdeen overtook Central’s Cameron Milne (12:49) who then held off a fast finishing Shettleston Harriers to bag the bronze medals.

Central’s second women’s team was led off by Claire Houston with a 19th placing with her 15:34 lap, Kim Timmins fought hard to keep the team in 21st place with her 17:12 effort. Under-20 Eleanor Hanson held 21st position with 18:06 to hand on to final lap runner Natalie Milne. In a unique weekend of contrasts and dedication, Natalie completed her race as part of her wedding weekend celebrations, tying the knot on Friday afternoon and racing at Cumbernauld on Saturday before heading to her honeymoon. Natalie’s time of 16:25 pulled the team up to a creditable 15th place. A third team of Fiona Davies (18:16, 48th), Becky Hay (18:52, 45th) and Kirsten McStay (18:52, 38th) also did the Club proud with impressive runs.

Women’s V50 silver medallists

Central had two Women’s Masters’ teams running alongside the Senior Women. The W40 team finishing in 17th place through Alison Currie (21:18, 20th), Mary Kerr (21:47, 18th) and Lee Houghton (22:17, 17th) in a cumulative time of 65:22. The Central W50 team ran superbly throughout to take a second set of silver medals through Hazel Dean (17:29, second), Jane Waterhouse (19:34, second) and mother of the bride, Trish Milne, posting the fastest team time with 17:17 to bring the team home with 54:20 in second place behind Edinburgh AC.

There was further great endeavour from Central’s Senior Men’s ‘B’ team through Fraser Logan (13:44, 31st), Ruaridh Miller (13:26, 20th), Scott Brember (13:36, 17th) and Michael Wright finishing in 13:29 for 16th overall. It was good to welcome back Murray MacLarty to Central’s ‘C’ team here running 13:27 for 21st, back-up from Matthew Sutherland (13:46, 21st), David Lindsay (14:37, 25th) and Ross McNaught with 15:42 saw the team finish in 32nd placing.

There was further true resolve from Central’s Masters’ teams through Colin Alexander (16:34), Hugh Buchanan (16:34), Fraser Purves (16:21) and Donald Shaw (17:04) to finish 17th team in this category. More endeavour was shown by Raymond Milne (18:01), Jason Saunders (17:26), Hugh Kerr (16:55) and Mark Logie (18:08) with the team in 24th of the Masters’ teams.

For the Men’s Over-50 race the teams comprised 3 runners, and Central’s fastest team finished 7th after strong runs by David Eckersley (15:03), Charles Graham-Marr (16:08) and Stuart Watson (17:33), with the club’s representation completed in 20th place by Cameron Campbell (20:00), Allan Gall (19:13) and John Millar (21:44).

The Junior Girls’ team combined Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 legs of 2,500 metres. The Central lead team took a creditable 16th place through Anna MacKinnon (11:06, 28th), Kyra Gibb (10:11, 15th) and Rosie Eckersley (10:17, 16th). The other Central teams who showed great determination were Mary Kealey (11:40, 52nd), Brogan McMillan (12:08, 64th) and Bethany Burch (11:15, 51st) plus Mirren Henry (11:44, 55th), Amy Cully (11:30, 50th) and Heather Scott (11:59) close behind in 53rd. Erin Miller (12:49, 84th) and Summer McLean (11:45, 72nd) also ran well but had an incomplete team.

Central’s Junior Boys teams also ran 2,500 metre legs and here Under-13 Connor Bell set off with real purpose to complete his leg in 9min 34secs backed up by Under-15 Finlay Muir (9:36) and Under-17 Keir Howlieson (9:08) with this ‘A’ team finishing 20th overall. The ‘B’ team of Cameron Kerr (9:51), Cameron Fraser (11:07) and Tom Graham-Marr (8:48) produced another strong showing for the club in 40th overall. There were further solid performances from Owen Eckersley (11:16), Ben Angus Hughes (11:08) and Sandy Holl (9:10) in the ‘C’ team, finishing 66th. Brothers Cameron MacMillan (9:55) and Ben MacMillan (8:50) made up an incomplete team, both running strongly.

Oct 232017

Central Athletic Club was the host for the first match of the East of Scotland Cross Country League on the Stirling University campus. A record 903 finishers from over 40 clubs found an already tough course made more so with wet muddy conditions and periods of rain. Central came away with match wins for Senior Men and Under-11 Boys and were standing top of the league across all male teams and third in females.

Fanni Gyurko and Lauren McCulloch

Fanni Gyurko and Lauren McCulloch

For the Senior Women, two laps of the 3,000 metre circuit suited the strength of Fanni Gyurko who came through to take the win on the second lap with a fine time of 22mins 35secs. Lauren McCulloch (15th; 24.23) and Claire Houston (16th; 24.25) were pleased with their consecutive top-end placings. Central’s large contingent was completed by strong runs from Eleanor Hanson (51st; 27.35), Amy Hendry (66th; 28.36), Kirstin McStay (78th; 29.43), Alison Currie (117th; 33.54) and Lee Houghton (121st; 34.27).

The Senior and Junior Men tackled a 9 kilometre course facing tough underfoot conditions as the course had cut up from the earlier races.

Some 300 at the men's start

Some 300 at the men’s start

The Central contingent was always to the fore ensuring the club captured the lead in this first of the three race league series. Aidan Thompson, third in 30min 3secs and Alastair Hay (fourth; 30.19) underlined their form from the previous week and were well backed-up by further strong runs from Chris Smithard (9th; 30.54), Cameron Milne (13th; 31.35), Lewis Millar (14th; 31.46) and Scott McDonald (16th; 31.56). Scott Brember was first Veteran overall (22nd; 32.14) and Central’s seventh counter.

Aidan Thompson and Alastair Hay

Aidan Thompson and Alastair Hay

As the runners poured through there were others making light of the tough conditions including Michael Wright (32nd; 32.47), Ruaridh Miller (33rd; 32.50), Under-20 runner Euan Brownlie (68th; 35.05), David Eckersley (109th; 37.22), Andy Turnbull (131st; 38.20), Fraser Purves (154th; 39.20) and Robin Mussett (171st; 40.25). Also testing themselves were Neil Ferrier (172nd; 40.27), Hugh Buchanan (173rd; 40.33), Charles Graham-Marr (174th; 40.43), Jens Subke (201st; 42.01), Ben Noad (224th; 43.35), Raymond Milne (239th; 44.30), Liam McCabe (244th; 45.03), Allan Gall (254th; 46.16), Mark Logie (257th; 46.35), Cameron Campbell (278th; 49.36) and Kenneth Hislop (281st; 49.57).

The Under-11 races featured one lap of 1,640 metres, and among the Girls, sisters Carys and Leah Gibb finishing second (6.43) and 19th (7.14) respectively to lead in Niamh McKinlay (29th; 7.26), Alana Kerr (33rd; 7.37) and Isabella McGuire (67th; 8.49). The winning Under-11 Boys team saw Tom Campbell lead in his team-mates in seventh in 6min 28secs. Magnus Bryce ran well in ninth (6.31) just ahead of tenth place Aaron Middleton (6.35). There was excellent back-up from Joshua Kennedy (16th; 6.42), Oliver Ditchfield (56th; 7.22), Logan Bell (65th; 7.52) and Dylan McCulloch (76th; 8.52).

A great turnout of Under-13 runners took on a single lap of 2,400metres and the Girls team were rewarded with a third league team placing. Anna MacKinnon was top Central finisher in tenth place in 11.51 closely followed by Amy Cully (12th; 11.53), Summer MacLean (18th; 12.13), Mirren Henry (20th; 12.19), Catriona Kane (24th; 12.27), Mary Kealey (29th; 12.37), Brogan McMillan (36th; 12.51), Katherine Fowler (39th; 12.54), Ellie Ross (63rd; 13.53), Harriet Ditchfield (65th; 13.57) and Ellen Montgomery (73rd; 14.27). The Under-13 Boys followed the same course as the Under-13 Girls with the same third team result. Connor Bell showed committed running to finish seventh (10.18) followed closely by a determined Cameron Kerr (10th; 10.28) with Euan Campbell and Jack Campbell crossing the line together in 24th and 25th both recording 11.09. Cameron MacMillan came home in 34th (11.18) heading further good runs from Ryan McGuire (36th; 11.23), Euan Docherty (39th; 11.31), Jackson McKnight (46th; 11.45), Struan Craig (85th; 13.34) and Finlay Marchant (86th; 13.36).

For the combined Under-15 and 17 Women’s race over 3.3 kilometres, Grace Tindall had a great run finishing 17th Under-15 with 14.38; Skye Henderson was 15th Under-17 in 14.54 with Heather Scott next placed with 15.46. Central’s Under-15 Boys made an impact in their 3.3 kilometre challenge with Lewis Dow in eighth with 12.13 leading in further classy performances from Finlay Muir (13th; 12.36), Angus Henderson (29th; 13.32), David Cairns (45th; 14.42), Ben Hughes (48th; 15.12) and Cameron Fraser (51st; 15.25). It was good to see Under-17s Keir Howlieson and Craig McArthur test themselves over 6 kilometres with Keir finishing twelfth recording 22.18 and Gregor in 20th (23.26).

Oct 162017
Fanni Gyurko gave her team a great start in the senior women’s race

Fanni Gyurko gave her team a great start in the senior women’s race

Central AC’s cross country running season opened at Glamis Castle with medal placings for both senior teams in the East District Cross Country Relay Championships.

The senior women’s team faced a testing 4,000 metre 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 minute 22 second lap, and what proved to be the 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.

Senior debut for Kate Gallagher brings a silver team medal

Senior debut for Kate Gallagher brings a silver team medal

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. The C team of Amy Hendry (17.51), Shona Aitken (18.48) and Becky Hay (18.14) took 31st place.

The men’s four leg relay, over the same 4,000 metre course as the women’s race, saw Central win bronze medals in an overall 50.58 behind Corstorphine AAC (49.59) and Aberdeen AAC (50.22). Aidan Thompson put in a fine effort on the first leg (12.29) 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 12.20 to record the third fastest relay leg of the day.

Aidan Thompson (11) at the head of 71 runners

Aidan Thompson (11) at the head of 71 runners

Central men’s 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). The 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 a further 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.

Alastair Hay - third fastest lap

Alastair Hay – third fastest lap

The young athletes combined Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 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 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 Under-13 age group.

Central’s young male athletes made the most of their first cross country outing of the season with Central’s Under-13s Cameron MacMillan (22nd, 10.19), Ross Lawrie (33rd, 11.06) and Ben Harley (42nd, 12.11). The Under-15 runners also 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 brought the A team home in 13th with the fourth fastest Under-17 leg of 8.37, and Ben MacMillan also showing great form to finish the B team in 30th with the sixth fastest Under-17 leg of 8.40.

Full results are on the Scottish Athletics website

Oct 132017
Ross Houston hits the tape

Ross Houston hits the tape

Central AC’s Ross Houston continued his recent winning ways with a marathon win in York. The GB and NI international ultra-runner and Central AC stalwart won the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon in a time of 2.24.13. It was the first marathon run for Ross for a number of years after representing Scotland at that distance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Ross led home a field of over 4,000 runners after a race-long scrap with Tom Charles of Trafford AC, making his break in the last few miles for a decisive victory.

Oct 132017
Eilish McColgan (right) with the Central training group

Eilish McColgan (right) with the Central training group

Eilish McColgan, World and Olympic finalist and Scottish 5000 metres champion, attended Central AC’s Stirling training and spent the evening inspiring our athletes and coaches as part of Women and Girls in Sport Week. The aim of the week was to raise awareness of increasing participation in sport and physical activity among women and girls, and to challenge the barriers to participation. Eilish put 22 of our athletes through their paces as part of the special training session. This was followed by a Q&A where she took a variety of questions from our athletes and shared top tips from her own sporting success.

Oct 092017

The invitational English 6 Stage Road Relay Championships was again held on the traditional Sutton Park course in Birmingham on Saturday 7 October. Central Athletic Club’s team was all change from 2016 with all the local runners gaining great experience and again making an impact at this high level of competition. Aidan Thompson was charged with first leg responsibility and covered the 6 kilometre course in 18min 27sec bringing the Central team through in 33rd place.

Iain Davies took time off from his studies to record 18min 52sec on the second leg with the team now in 39th place of the 84 contenders. Ruaridh Miller picked up the third leg challenge to finish with 19min 44sec and the team now in 45th placing. Lewis Millar started to pull back places for Central with his 18min 45sec leg bringing Central through to 40th overall. The penultimate leg saw international orienteer, Chris Smithard, gain a further ten places with his 18min 28sec effort.

Cameron Milne showed his class on the final leg to bring the Central team home in 26th place, covering his leg in 17min 48sec, the fastest time by a Central runner on the day, giving a club time of 1hour 52min 13sec.

Overall, there was a relatively easy win for last year’s second placers Swansea Harriers (1-45-16), the team coming through from tenth on the first leg and their top athlete, Dewi Griffiths, proving to be the fastest runner on the day with a superb 16min 40sec effort.

Oct 022017

There were fine performances by Central Athletic Club runners in Sunday’s Great Scottish Half Marathon in Glasgow which would have helped to push back the wet conditions. With the race doubling up as the Scottish Athletics Championships it was great to see Fanni Gyurko mastering the difficult conditions to take a well-deserved bronze medal in the ladies’ race with a personal best of 77min 28sec.

Controversy had raged over the 2016 race as the course was reported to be short but steps had been taken to ensure the full half marathon distance was on offer this time around. Alastair Hay can therefore take pride in his new personal best of 68min 15sec in finishing tenth overall. Andrew Butchart made a big step-up in distance to contest his first ever half marathon, using the event to kick-start his winter in front of a home crowd but proving the challenge to be a steep learning curve, finishing 14th in 70min 3sec. Scott Brember again caught the eye with a 71min 40sec personal best which should bring another Scottish Master’s medal when all results are published. Gavin Hogarth also continues to impress and here he ran a tasty 74min 44sec in his first ever outing over the distance.

Sep 242017

Well done to all athletes, officials and parent helpers that helped us launch the new track facilities in style. Despite the floodgates opening in the sky, there were a lot of good performances and close competition. Wet weather and failing light played havoc with the shot competition with the result that some athletes weren’t able to complete their allotted 3 throws and the results sheet becoming nearly unusable.

Nonetheless, a very enjoyable and fitting way to celebrate the brilliant new facilities for our Balfron group!

Results are here: TIME TRIAL RESULTS BALFRON – 20 September 2017 

We were also able to celebrate the award of £2000 grant to the club for us to buy equipment for Balfron and the club as a whole. Dougie Porteous of ClubSport Stirling and Active Stirling was on hand to present the cheque to David Eckersley and the rest of the Balfron contingent.

Sep 192017


The Cross Country Season starts on October 14th. Are you getting yourself mud-ready? Here are some bits of info to help you get to grips with the fixture list:

For relays, athletes/parents confirm availability to team managers, direct or through coach, team manager organises teams. Multiple teams are entered, with top team based on capability.

For League matches, club members just turn up and run, collecting a number from the club tent (all Central members run in ‘18’ and each club provides the names of runners in finishing order, so it is only necessary to ‘register’ with team managers at the tent). The club pays a subscription based on numbers of runners. Age groups rise from under 11 through to Masters, in all other  events the youngest age group is under 13.

For individual championships, names must be provided to team managers who enter the  teams, usually at least 2 weeks before the event. Race numbers are collected at the club tent.

*The club covers the entry costs of relay events from membership subscriptions. For East District and National Championships, the club covers the individual entry costs of all young athletes and any older athletes in full time education.

The Scottish athletics website provides further details in the ‘Events’ section.

Age groups are a continuation of ‘summer’ track 2017 age groups, but for indoor track they are the start of next season’s track. So a second year under 13 stays in under 13 for cross country, but moves to U15 for  indoor athletics.

Only current club members are eligible to run in club colours and to count for teams. Otherwise it is simple club policy for all athletes that want to run, can. Just let team managers know or  for the League races just turn up

Sep 182017
Scott Brember at medal presentation for Stirling 10K - photo by Bobby Gavin

Scott Brember at medal presentation for Stirling 10K – photo by Bobby Gavin

Central Athletic Club’s Scott Brember strode to victory in the Scottish Veteran Harriers Cross Country Trials held on Saturday in Tollcross Park, Glasgow. Following on from his Masters’ bronze medal run in the recent Stirling 10k, Scott left a trail of quality athletes in his wake. Scott’s 25min 33sec run over the 8 kilometre course ensured his selection for Scotland in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships to be held in Derry, Northern Ireland on Saturday 18 November.

David Eckersley also tackled the Tollcross course, producing another highly competent performance to finish seventh in the Over 50 category with 28min 47sec.

Sep 102017

Thanks to everyone in the club for their help in making the Stirling 10k a great success for yet another year, both in organisation, and in club performances. The results are now on the 10k page.

The weather wasn’t the best, but you all got your heads down and got on with the job in hand. 

Particular thanks to Colin Sinclair, the Race Director, for his organisation and co-ordination, but also for a good deal of good old-fashioned hard work.

Sep 052017

Here FINAL RESULTS 31 AUGUST 2017 are the results from last Thursday’s club time trials at Stirling University track. The entries were a new record of 126 swelled by a particularly large contingent of Wee County Harriers.  Many thanks to John  McDonald and all his team of helpers for all the invaluable help in making the night a success. 

Next time trial is at Balfron on Sept 20th where we will be launching the brand new 100m track, LJ and Shot facilities.

Sep 052017

Scottish Senior Championships – Grangemouth – 26 and 27 August 2017


                  All Photos: Bobby Gavin

The ten Central Athletic Club Senior athletes who competed at the weekend’s 125th Senior Scottish Track and Field Championships left Grangemouth with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals plus a smattering of personal best and season’s best performances.

The Central contingent had to wait until the final track event of the weekend to strike gold and here it was Dale Colley who, in a tactical race, always put himself in the right place to sprint past the 2016 Champion, Matthew White (Derby AC) for a fine victory in a season’s best time of 3 min 56.85 secs.

Saturday’s 3000 metre Steeplechase saw strong challenges from Aidan Thompson (9 min 34.17 secs) and Michael Wright (9-39.45) as they pushed through for silver and bronze medals while David Lindsay should also be pleased with his sixth place in 10-42.14.

Alastair Hay was always to the fore in the 5000 metres where he ran strongly to take the bronze medal with a season’s best of 14 min 27.64 secs and here Fraser Logan used the quality race to reduce his personal best by some 10 seconds to 16-4.14.

Amy Gullen picked up Central’s sole Field event bronze with an equal season’s best clearance of 1.61 metres in the high jump to further underline her consistency in the event.

Graham Porterfield was just outside the medals with a fourth place best of 11.53 metres and yet another season’s best in the shot put. Peter Muirhead continues to experiment with a left foot take-off in the long jump and here had a best effort of 6.74 metres; doubling up with heat and semi-final runs in the 100 metres of 11.17 and 11.24 secs, while Michael Currie was close to his personal best with a fine 22.94 secs effort in the 200 metre.








Sep 052017

Scottish Under 17 Championships
Grangemouth, 27th/28th August 2017










There were another 5 medals for Central AC athletes as our under 17s took on the best in Scotland at the Scottish Championships in Grangemouth over the weekend.

Emma Mailer was on top form yet again. Having won silver over 400m hurdles the weekend before at the under 20 championships she was taking on her own age group at 300m hurdles. And she was a clear winner running away from the field to win in 45.23 seconds, nearly 2 seconds clear of her nearest rival. She then returned the next day in the flat 300m and produced a strong run to add her second medal of the weekend with a personal best 40.72 seconds, narrowly missing the club record, for silver.

Matt Chandler was also looking for a medal double at Pole Vault and High Jump. In the Pole Vault he found himself up against a strong challenge from Scott Brindlay of North Ayrshire. By the time the bar reached 3.80m just Matt & Scott remained. Matt kept the upper hand though clearing 3.80m first time then 3.90m at the second attempt to stay in the lead. However it was his second attempt clearance at 4 metres that sealed the gold after Scott was unable to match this.

Matt then took on the high jump the following day and found himself in a high class competition against Joel MacFarlane of Arbroath and Stephen MacKenzie of Inverness. With Joel having won the long jump the day before in a championship record and Stephen likewise winning the triple jump in a new record it meant the long jump, triple jump and pole vault champions were all going for a gold medal double with some high jump specialists looking to challenge them as well. Matt knew in a tight contest first time clearances were key and he managed that up to 1.79m but with all 9 competitors still in the competition there was still work to be done. Another first time clearance from Matt at 1.84m put the pressure on the opposition and as the bar went to 1.89m Matt was in the joint lead with Joel and Stephen with only one other athlete left in. Matt was unable to go higher but with only Joel MacFarlane clearing 1.89m Matt finished in joint 2nd place for silver, his second medal of the day.

Central’s other medallist was Rosie Eckersley taking on the 1500m Steeplechase. She went out strong, leading the field round the first lap before Scottish record holder, Sarah Tait of Lasswade, took control. Rosie however ran strongly finishing in 3rd place with a time of 5:37.45 minutes for bronze. This was Rosie’s first Scottish medal on the track having had previous success at cross country and winning the Scottish trail running title last year.

There were many other great performances from Central athletes. James Isgrove triple jumped to a new personal best 12.71m. This would usually be good enough for a medal but with the top 3 jumping well over 13 metres, including a championship record 14.24m from Stephen MacKenzie of Inverness, James had to settle for 4th.
Also in the jumps Anna Cameron placed 5th in the long jump after jumping 5.11m. She went on to reach the 200m final after running 27.09s in her semi-final, before placing 7th in the final with 27.50s. She also just missed out on the 100m final, an impressive 13.02s in the semi just missed out on the fastest loser spots.

Rachel Methven took 7th place at shot put, with a season’s best 9.89m and was also 7th at discus with a throw of 26.04m. Keir Howlieson set an excellent personal best in the 1500m of 4:12.97minutes but this was only enough for 11th in a fast race. In the 100m Neil Casserley and John Wilkie were both just outside their personal bests with Neil sprinting to 12.17s and John 12.48s.

These results brought Central ACs tally to 22 medals over all the age groups at the Scottish championships over 2 weekends of action. Along with further medals earlier in the season at relays, combined events and long distance events this makes an impressive tally for the club’s athletes.

Sep 012017







Invitation to all Central AC Athletes to take part in a competition night at Balfron HS. 

Event details and registration form: Balfron track launch 20 9 17

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 100 metre Series: Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 6.45
  • Sprint Hurdles Series: Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 7.10
  • 1KM Series (on grass): Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 7.35
  • Long Jump – Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening from 6.30
  • Shot Put – Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening from 6.30

Registration from 6.15pm in the High School by the Swimming Pool.

No entry fee.



Aug 272017

England Combined Events Championships

Manchester 19/20th August 2017










Central AC’s Matt Chandler was on great form as he took a superb silver medal at the England Combined events championships.  The 16 year old was competing in the under 17 Decathlon in the event held at Manchester’s Sportcity.  The England championships brings together the best all‑rounders from throughout the UK but it was the Scots who were the ones to watch after Matt was one of three Scots who swept the podium at the equivalent indoor championships back in March.  Matt won bronze that day behind winner Joel McFarlane of Arbroath and Robbie Farquhar of Aberdeen and was looking to improve on that position but with both the other Scots there and a strong field of English and Welsh athletes it was going to be tough.

He opened well with 11.95s in the 100m, a respectable time into a strong headwind for 10th place but with stronger events to come Matt was confident of improving.  He then long jumped 6.35m in wet conditions, the 3rd furthest of the day, to move up onto 3rd.  After a couple of below expectation performances in the shot (9.94m) and his strong high jump event (1.77m) saw him slip to 5th meaning he had to dig in at the 400m.  An excellent run of 52.73s, a near pb, in wet windy conditions, was 4th quickest of the day and enough to pull him up to 4th overall, well within sight of the medals at the end of the first day.

Joel was well ahead but Matt knew it was going to be tight for the other medals between himself, Robbie Farquahar in 2nd and Rob Worman of Cheltenham in 3rd.

Matt opened the 2nd day strongly with an excellent 100m hurdles as he was just pipped for the win by Robbie Farquhar with 14.03s.  But he did beat Rob Worman to close the gap on 3rd to 39 points.  He then produced his first personal best of the weekend in the discus with 36.95m to close the gap further.  Matt then went into his strongest event, the pole vault, knowing he needed a good performance to get ahead of his opponents.  With Rob Farquhar leaving with a best jump of 3.68m Matt knew he could gain points.  Matt went clear at 3.98m but when both Joel and Rob went clear Matt knew he had to do even more.  He duly delivered as he cleared 4.08m, and with no other athletes clearing that height he had won the pole vault and moved up into 3rd place.  Another near personal best followed in the javelin with 38.20m to close the gap on 2nd but Matt still had work to do in the 1500m.  He needed to beat Rob by 11 seconds to get into 2nd place but Matt ran hard and smashed his personal best by over 4 seconds to run 4:51.65.  He finished 22 seconds clear of Rob to finish in 2nd place overall and take the silver medal.  His score of 6167 points was a new club record and puts him 5th on the Scottish all-time list for the age group.

Joel MacFarlane, who competes second claim for Central AC at Youth Development league matches, took the gold in a superb championship record 6594 points.  Aberdeen’s Robbie Farquhar was unable to repeat the Scottish medal sweep at the indoor event, finishing 70 points behind Rob Worman of Cheltenham, for 4th.  However with 3 Scots in the top 4, Matt, Joel and Robbie will be teaming up later this year at the home nations combined events international, looking to end Scotland’s long wait for a win.

Aug 272017

Scottish Under 20 Championships
Scotstoun, 20th/21st August 2017



Photo credit: Bobby Gavin


There was further success for Central athletes as the clubs under 20s took on the best in Scotland at the Scottish championships at Scotstoun over the weekend.

Emma Mailer was on great form as she stepped up an age group to take on the 400m hurdles. This is an event she is familiar with having recently won the Celtic Games for Scotland in Dublin. She was up against older athletes this time but put in a strong run challenging for the lead all the way. It was only in the home straight that Emily Craig of Whitemoss pulled clear but Emma managed to hold on to 2nd place, taking silver in a new personal best 64.00s.
High jumper, Cameron McCorgray was also on the podium. Competing in the windier conditions on Saturday made jumping difficult but Cameron cleared 1.81m for a silver medal.

Elizabeth Thompson was also stepping up an age group in the 400m and made light of the windy conditions as she qualified through to the final in a personal best 61.12s. She then went even faster in the final taking an excellent 5th place in another personal best 60.48s, an excellent time in the strong wind.

Jack Houghton took on the hurdles double opening with a personal best 15.95s in the 110m sprint hurdles for 6th place in a fast race where the top 2 ran under 14 seconds. He then had a brave run in the 400m hurdles as he went out hard in the opening stages to challenge for the lead. Unfortunately he lost his stride in the final stages and was overtaken for third after hitting the final barrier but still managed a respectable 4th place in 62.12s.

Central AC’s senior women’s high jump club record holder, Amy Gullen, was making a welcome return to club colours. She was unable to improve on her record but still cleared a respectable 1.56m for 6th place.

Central were represented in the endurance events by Bradley Scott who placed 6th in the men’s 1500m in a seasons best 4:18.19 minutes and Lauren McCulloch was 7th in the women’s 1500m with 5:0

Aug 272017

Scottish Under 15 Championships

Scotstoun, Sunday 21st August 2017










Central AC’s under 15 athletes were on form as they picked up 5 medals including 2 golds at the Scottsh championships at Scotstoun on Sunday.  The weather was much more benign than for the under 13s the day before with dry windless conditions and they took full advantage with some fine performances.

Lewis Dow dominated his 1500m race hitting the front then holding off the opposition to hang on for gold by a 1 second margin in a fast race.  His time was a superb 4:17.25 which was not only close to a championship record, it smashed the club record that had stood since 1979.

Briagha Cook was chasing a medal double starting with the long jump where she was in a close battle with Nicole Proudfoot of Annan.  Briagha took a joint share of the lead in the second round with 5.07m but Nicole went ahead in round 3 with 5.13m.  Briagha then matched this in the 4th round only for Nicole to improve to 5.20m.  Briagha produced another big jump in round 5 but the distance came up at 5.17m, an improvement but not quite enough for the lead.  A no jump in round 5 confirmed 2nd place in a tight contest but she still had an excellent silver medal for her efforts.  Briagha then contested the 75m hurdles where, as top ranked in Scotland, she aimed to go one place better.  She breezed through her heat in 11.70s but with the other heat won in 11.72s she knew she would face a challenge in the final.  When the final came though she held her rhythm and her nerve as she won by a clear margin in 11.71s for gold and her second medal of the day.

Also on form over the barriers was Daniel Ferguson in the 80m hurdles qualifying 2nd fastest with 12.26s.  In the final he ran superbly as he fought for the lead all the way to the line.  He was pipped for gold by just 0.08s but smashed his personal best with 11.90s to claim silver, his first ever national medal and first ever gold standard on the club awards scheme.

Sprinter Shona McLay was Central’s other medallist from the age group.  Since taking bronze at the Scottish schools last year, Shona has had a string of 4th places in championships and had a busy day in the 100m and 200m with both events requiring 3 rounds.  After qualifying comfortably for the 100m final she ended up in 4th place once more in spite of an excellent 12.84s time.  But she finally managed to get on the podium in the 200m, her 6th race of the day, as she sped round in 26.49s to claim bronze.

There were some other great performances in the sprints.  Eric Escala had to run hard in his 300m heat setting a personal best 40.83s to claim the last fastest loser spot.  But in the final he managed to go even faster with 40.81s to improve to 5th place.  Eric showed his versatility as he also set a personal best in the shot with a throw of 10.51m for 7th.  Jack Haughton also had a busy day progressing to the semis of the 100m with 12.08s, just off his pb, then getting through heats and semis in the 200m to take a respectable 5th place in the final with 24.54s, another near pb.

In the girls 1500m Central were well represented in the final with both Kyra Gibb and Carrie Banks qualifying from the heats.  In a fast race they stuck together all the way round with Kyra finishing 7th in 5:01.86 minutes and Carrie 8th in a personal best 5:02.15.

Daniel Bruce opened his day with a pb in his long jump with 5.00m for 10th then reached the final in the 80m hurdles after 12.68s in the heat, missing his pb by 0.01s.  He was unable to improve on this but can still be proud of 8th place in a Scottish final.

Andrew McLay set a personal best 23.32m in the javelin as he took a respectable 11th place.  There were further personal bests for Sandy Buchanan in the 800m (2:19.41) and Kyle Howie in the 1500m (4:55.90).  Lucy More progressed to the 100m semis with 13.82s.

Also gaining experience in the endurance events were Finlay Muir, a Scottish schools medallist earlier this season, who ran  2:23.47, Thomas Woods managed 4:57.38 in the 1500m and Naomi Howlieson 2:43.83 in the girls 800m.

This was a great turnout for the club and hopefully the athletes can continue their progress in years to come.

Aug 212017


This month’s club track time trials take place on Thursday 31st August at the Stirling University Track

Full details on the Time Trials info and Entry Form 31 August 2017

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 100 metre series – Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 7.15pm
  • 800 metre series – Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 7.40pm
  • 3000 metre races – Graded event for Under 15 upwards from 8.00pm
  • 4x100m relay – Participants to assemble near finish line at 8.15pm
  • Long Jump – Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening from 7.00pm
  • Shot Put – Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening from 7.00pm

Registration from 6.30pm.

No entry fee.

Aug 212017

Big thanks to Kenny Pearson for this comprehensive report:


Scottish Under 13 Championships

Scotstoun, Saturday 20th August 2017










Photos from Kenny Pearson and Bobby Gavin


Central AC’s under 13s stepped up to championship competition with distinction.  Most of the athletes were tasting championship action for the first time ever but returned with 4 medals and a host of personal best performances.

The boys javelin event had high hopes for Central AC with Scott Hopper and Jack Campbell both on form.  It was a close event as Scott threw 29.23m in the opening round to take the early lead however Ben Connolly of Nenagh Olympians in Ireland overtook him by a slim 4cm margin in round 3.  It was a lead Scott was unable to overcome however he held onto 2nd position at the finish.  Jack was sitting in 4th place until the 5th round when he threw 26.87m to move into 3rd position then extended this with 27.41m in the final round.  This meant Scott and Jack ended up with silver and bronze medals respectively, and with only an Irish athlete ahead it was a 1-2 for Central out of the Scots, an excellent result for the athletes and the club.

Scott wasn’t finished though as he then took part in the high jump where he was joined by Central teammate Euan Campbell.  At 1.31m Euan cleared first time to maintain a share of the lead.  Scott needed every bit of his resolve though as he finally went clear at the 3rd and final attempt.  At 1.36m they were both in new territory attempting personal bests but showed no sign of nerves as they both went clear first time.  With 6 athletes still left though the medals were likely to be decided at the next height.  Scott put himself in contention clearing at the second attempt.  Euan was unfortunate after some close attempts when his heel just clipped the bar off at his final attempt leaving him in 4th place just outside the medals.  Scott was unable to improve finishing in 3rd but can be proud of finishing the day with a silver and bronze medal.

Euan Wilbert also impressed in the long jump and hurdles.  He started his long jump with a personal best 4.55m to move into 2nd place but was unable to improve on that and was unfortunately pipped for bronze by the slimmest 1cm margin.  Euan Campbell finished a respectable 9th with 4.26m just missing out on the halfway cut.

Euan Wilbert wasn’t finished though with the 75m hurdles still to come.  He eased through to the final in a personal best 12.87s.  In the final he found Zane McQuillan of Ballymena too fast but he sprinted over the barriers ahead of the rest of the opposition to claim the silver medal and be first Scot over the line.  His time of 12.69s was another personal best and earned him his first gold standard on the club awards scheme.  His times in the heat and final were both faster than the club record of 13.0s which has stood for 13 years but unfortunately the wind reading was over the legal limit of 2.0 metres per second, the final only just over at 2.3.  Euan will look to take this record at the club championships in 2 weeks.

Ellie Ross was the top performing girl.  She has tried various events at championships for experience but showed perseverance  pays off as she found an event she can excel in with the javelin.  She went in to the event as one of the lower ranked athletes with a personal best (pb) of 13.89m but pbs of 15.30m, 15.75m, 16.70m then a final round 17.19m earned her an excellent 6th place.

Cora Morgan reached the final 8 of the long jump to get all 6 attempts and managed 4.32m in the final round for 7th place, just short of her pb.  She was unfortunate in the 70m hurdles as her time of 12.69s was 7th fastest overall in the heats but as she was in a quick heat she was unable to claim a fastest loser spot for the final missing out by one place.

There were some fine performances in the sprints as athletes took advantage of the higher level competition to set personal bests.  Katherine Fowler smashed her 200m pb by a whole second clocking 29.52s to progress to the semi-finals.  Erin Miller set a big pb in the 100m with 14.49s to progress to the semis then set a pb 31.42s at 200m.  Finlay Marchant took chunk off his pb in the 100m with 14.36s then ran 31.02s in the 200m.  Jack Campbell showed he is not just a javelin thrower after progressing to the 200m semis with 29.46s in his heat.

The endurance athletes had to contend with atrocious wind conditions putting personal bests out of reach but there were good performances.  Conor Bell ran 2:31.61 minutes for 12th in the boys 800m while Amy Cully ran 2:46.68 for 15th in the girls 800m.  Summer McLean was 21st at 1500m in 5:59.67 minutes. 

Shannon Glen and Ben Harley also gained experience.  Shannon ran 16.01s in the 100m and log jumped 2.93m.  Ben managed 15.18s in the 100m, just off his pb then long jumped 3.12m.

What was pleasing for the club was the wide range of events being contested with almost every event featuring one or two Central athletes.  Well done to everyone and hopefully the can all learn from the experience of championship competition and progress in the older age groups.

Aug 142017

Central Athletic Club’s Andy Butchart insisted he belongs at global final level despite feeling a little frustrated by his performance at the men’s 5,000m final on Saturday at London 2017.

It was Mo Farah’s track swansong at the World Championships but he had to settle for silver as Ethiopian Muktar Edris won it in 13-32.79.

Butchart clocked 13-38.73 after making a surge to join Mo at the front with around 500m remaining but was caught by half a dozen rivals by the bell.

It was a second global final in a row for the Central AC athlete, who finished a fine sixth last year in Rio at his first Olympics.

“It is eighth in the world so it isn’t too bad a place to be,” said Butchart. “I’d rather have been placed higher but these guys are fast.

“I was sitting at the back just relaxing and then before you know it it’s down to four laps, three laps, and you think: ‘it’s not long to go now, and I’m at the back’. So I made it hard for myself but I’m on par with these guys – I’m meant to be in these races, so it’s not like I’m expected to come last. I’m expected to do well and I put a lot of pressure on myself.

“I moved up because it’s nice to be up there with Mo because the crowd really gets going. When you get to the front you get such a boost of energy from the crowd, and I needed that at the time.”

At Grangemouth Stadium on Sunday, Central Athletic Club Men’s Team competed at the final match of the Scottish Division One track and field season in excellent conditions. Once again a few gaps on the teamsheet made this a real contest for the team but, as always, the superb commitment from the athletes saw Central finish third on the day and retain second spot in the league, behind another championship winning performance from Aberdeen AAC.

The first track event, the 400m hurdles, saw an improved run from Aidan Thompson to finish in fourth ‘A’ spot with 66.10 seconds backed up by a first ‘B’ placing for David Lindsay (67.45 seconds). The 800m saw Dale Colley take the win in a tasty 1 minute 55.53 seconds while Fraser Logan reduced his personal best to 2-08.63 for fourth ‘B’ points. Michael Currie was close to his personal best, clocking 11.36 seconds for sixth ‘A’ place in the 100m while Cameron Smith was close to his season’s best with 11.77 seconds for seventh in the ‘B’ race. It was Aidan Thompson who stamped his quality on the 3,000m steeplechase winning with a fine 9 minute 27.65 seconds effort; while David Lindsay again put in a fine performance for second ‘B’ points with 10-43.48. Michael Currie produced a personal best run of 51.49 seconds in finishing sixth in a top class field in the ‘A’ 400m. Dale Colley (4-02.87) and Alastair Hay (4-02.97) raced to the line in the 1,500m well ahead of their rivals to rake in maximum points for the Club. The 200m series saw Cameron Smith take sixth ‘A’ place (23.84 seconds) while Kieran Halliday showed he is moving back into form with 24.84 seconds for seventh in the ‘B’ event. This match featured a 10,000m race with Michael Wright as Central’s sole representative. As anticipated, Michael showed his normal ‘can-do’ attitude as he raced to second ‘A’ placing in a big personal best of 32 minutes 17.07 seconds. Kai Ligertwood had a little difficulty finding his rhythm as raced to third in the ‘A’ 110m hurdles to record 22.05 seconds.

In the field it was good to see Tom Chandler (42.59m) and Kenny Pearson (31.56m) pick up fifth ‘A’ and ‘B’ places in the javelin. Tom went on to record 1.75m for sixth ‘A’ place in a top quality high jump competition. Ron Todd had another busy day recording 3.20m in the pole vault; 30.03m for the discus and 8.84m in the shot put as he raked in more useful points. Graham Porterfield won the shot put with a best of 11.42m then provided much needed points with a 28.20m discus and a 36.06m hammer throw. Peter Muirhead finished sixth in the long jump (6.34m) as he continues to get used to jumping off his left foot while Ross McCorgray again provide back-up with a personal best of 5.51m. Ross then went on to record 11.24m in the triple jump backed-up by Kai Ligertwood (10.25m) in his first competition in the event.

The 4 x 100m quartet of Michael Currie, Kieran Halliday, John Wilkie and Neil Casserly brought the baton home in a close-up seventh place to record 46.97 seconds. The 4 x 400m quartet of Michael Currie, Aidan Thompson, Tom Chandler and Dale Colley finished sixth with a season’s best of 3 minutes 30.09 seconds. The guest 100m saw Kieran Halliday record 12.13 seconds; Neil Casserly 12.40 seconds and John Wilkie 12.73 seconds while Neil (25.26 seconds) and John (26.79 seconds) also contested the guest 200m races.

As always there was great back-up from the club’s officials, this time through Stuart MacPherson, John Dickson and Tom McMenemy.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 375; Victoria Park Glasgow 293; Central 246; Kilbarchan 240; Pitreavie 202; Lasswade 200; Inverness 186 and Arbroath 117. Overall league points for the season were Aberdeen 32; Central 26; Victoria Park Glasgow 21; Inverness 19; Kilbarchan 18; Pitreavie 13; Lasswade 8 and Arbroath 6. So Lasswade and Arbroath are relegated while Shettleston Harriers and Falkirk Victoria Harriers are promoted from Division 2.

Aug 062017

Calling all club members from Under 11s up to Seniors!

Entries are now open for our club championships at Grangemouth. Full details and timetables are here 2017 FVH & CAC draft TT v5 (1).

Entries are online-only via Closing date is 24th August.

To make this event happen we also need volunteers to help with Registration, Track and Field Officiating and First Aid – if you can help with any of these please get in touch with John McDonald, Gillian Marchant or Phil Mestecky.

Your club needs you! 

Aug 062017


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.

Kenny Pearson

Photography by Jim Mailer
Whyler Photos of Stirling – – 01786 474340
Aug 022017

Well done to all our U13 and U15 boys and girls that did so well throughout the season to help us reach the Scottish finals of the Lower Age Group Youth Development League. At Saturday’s final, against all the form teams in the League, we managed a very creditable 4th place through teamwork and commitment from all our athletes.

As you will see from the results YDL_2017_LV7_01_SCO_Final_Results, there were even some notable maximum points scoring for winning ‘A’-events from Jack (U15 200m), Aiden (U15 Shot), Briagha (U15 LJ and 75mH), Euan (U13 75mH), Scott (U13 Shot and Javelin). That said, every athlete and every point counts in these matches so congratulations to all the athletes who put themselves out there for the club – sometimes in events that are not always their favourites!

However, an especially great big THANK YOU to all of the team managers that made this all happen so well throughout the YDL season. Everyone at the club really appreciates the time and effort you put in to help Central AC be the best it can be!


Jul 312017
Jamie Crowe (4) set to pounce in the 1500 metres

Jamie Crowe (4) set to pounce in the 1500 metres

Central Athletic Club’s athletes made a significant impact at Friday night’s British Milers Club races at Scotstoun in Glasgow, taking advantage of the high quality races. The meeting doubled as the East and West District 5000 metres championships and Jamie Crowe’s excellent run of 14min 27.25secs won East District Gold and reduced his personal best for the distance. Alastair Hay also proved to be in top form with a season’s best clocking of 14-31.98 to lift the silver medal. Dale Colley, although out of the medals this time around, substantially reduced his personal best with a 15-10.37 clocking.

The 1500 metre series of races saw Aidan Thompson close to his personal best with 3min 56.63secs while Matthew Sutherland came through in a season’s best of 4-12.78. Fraser Logan was pleased with his 4-15.18 personal best as was under-20 athlete Lauren McCulloch as she made a significant step forward with a new personal best of 4-51.65.

Jul 312017

Attention all Stirling-based athletes and coaches. Training is back at the Stirling University track this week after a couple of weeks of disruption. Unfortunately, because of the poor weather last week, the contractors were not able to complete the re-lining of the track so we will have to put up with more disruption sometime in the second half of August. We’ll keep you posted on this as soon as we get given a date for this work and have worked out alternative arrangements.

Jul 302017

There was considerable shock at Central Athletic Club this week in hearing of the death of prominent coach, Sandy Robertson.

Sandy was a well-known figure around the athletic community, a current coach to some of the Club’s athletes and a mentor to the Club’s coaches.  Sandy was hugely-respected by athletes, officials, coaches and club volunteers with whom he was involved in a long career serving the Sport.

We join the rest of the athletic community in offering our condolences to Sandy’s family and friends at this sad time.

Funeral details have now been confirmed and Sandy’s family have asked us to share those for his many friends in athletics:

1pm – Monday 7 August at Mortonhall Crematorium, Howden Hall Road, Edinburgh, EH16 6TX (Big chapel)

As a former Scottish Schools Athletic Association President and coach and team manager Sandy will have been to known to most athletes representing Scottish Schools down the years and would have been a big influence in their development.

Part of a tribute from Scottish Athletics Chief Executive Mark Munro ‘There are very few people who will have touched and inspired as many young people (and older) in a lifetime, but Sandy was certainly one of those rare characters.’

‘A former Scottish Champion and internationalist in hurdles, BAAB/UKA Master Coach and coach to numerous international athletes, innovative teacher, coach educator, mentor and all round gentleman.

‘Both Sandy and his wife Evelyn were a unique and inspirational force within athletics in Scotland and Sandy in particular was also a very passionate supporter and led the cause for greater investment and support into multi-events for many years.

‘A gentleman, an educator, he was one of the rare breed of coaches who could turn their hand to most events, Sandy Robertson will certainly be sorely missed.’



Jul 172017

Don’t forget, we have temporary training arrangements in place for this week and next while the university clean and repaint their track. 

Derek and Rhona’s groups meet at the Uni as usual. Cameron’s, Ian’s, Will’s and David’s groups will be training at Lornshill Academy, Alloa where there is a full 6-lane track etc.


Lead Coach Group Tue 18/7 Thu 20/7 Tu 25/7 Th 27/7
Derek Easton Senior Endurance

Stirling Uni

– usual time/place

Stirling Uni

– usual time/place

Stirling Uni

– usual time/place

Central AC Time Trial

Lornshill Academy, Alloa

Rhona Scott Junior Endurance
Cameron Smith Sprints Lornshill Academy, Alloa – usual time Lornshill Academy, Alloa – usual time Lornshill Academy, Alloa – usual time
Ian Tervitt Sprints
Will Hogg Development
David Cumming Reception









Jul 132017

This month’s club track time trials take place on Thursday 29th June at the Lornshill Academy FK10 2ES.

Full details on the Time Trials Entry Form 27 Jul 2017

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 100 metre series – Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 7.15pm
  • 600 metre series – Graded event for Under 11’s and Under 13’s from 7.40pm
  • 1500 metre races – Graded event for Under 15 upwards from 8.00pm
  • 200 metre series – Graded event starting with youngest athletes from 8.15pm
  • Long Jump – Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening from 7.00pm
  • Shot Put – Athletes will be accommodated throughout the evening from 7.00pm

Registration from 6.30pm.

No entry fee.

Jul 112017

Congratulations to Claire Houston who continued to make major strides to post maternity racing with a fine second place in the 5 races in 5 days at the Tour of Fife race series. Having won three of the four races in preceding days, Claire was still 22 seconds in deficit to Maya Stone of Fife AC. But in the 7 kilometre trail race finale, she had to settle for second on the day and second female in the series and finishing an impressive 19th overall.

Jul 112017

It was tough going for a depleted contribution from Central contingent in the Forth Valley team at the Scottish Women’s Athletic League match at Aberdeen. Ahead of this match, Forth Valley were second in the League, but could only manage fourth place on the day. Nonetheless, there were some great performances on a difficult day for weather.

Emma Mailer set the day off in fine style, winning her under 17 300m hurdles in 45.50s. Anna Cameron made the move up to the senior division and took a strong fifth place in the 100m in 13.18 and second in the B 200m in 27.83. In her favoured event, a 4.99m long jump gave her 3rd place.

Madeleine Woods put in a good run with a 13.58 for second place in the B 100m for seniors before covering both relays.
Lucy More stepped up to this level of competition for the first time and produced a great result with a 3rd place in Under 15 A 100m with a new personal best of 13.51s and backed this up with fourth place in the 200m with 28.13s and fifth in the long jump with 3.97m.

The distance events were a strong suit for Forth Valley, with Kyra Gibb featuring in a double win for the team as she won the B event 1500m for under 15s with a 5:03.57 timing. Lauren McCulloch took a 3rd place in the senior 800m with 2:24.36. Skye Henderson took 5th place in the combined under 15 800m.

A senior 4 x 400m relay featuring Madeleine and Lauren, supported by Olivia Varielle of Falkirk and Sarah Calvert of Livingston took second place with a new best ever Forth Valley time of 4:01.20s.

Jul 102017

Central’s Andrew Butchart continues to rewrite the record books and at the London Anniversary Games clocked 7min 37.56secs for 3000 metres, yet another Scottish record. Finishing third behind Sir Mo Farah, this proved to be a big step up from his 7.45.00 outdoor run last year and 7.41 indoors this year.

“I’m over the moon with that performance, and the stadium was incredible,” said Andy. “Mo was coaching me mid-race and giving me advice on what to do, and I felt really good. The British Champs was an easy race for me, so my legs were quite fresh. I had so much fun out there; it was a good rehearsal for the world championships.”

“Next I’m off to Font Romeu for prep camp, and then in August I’m rooting for a place in the final. Today gave me a lot of confidence and I have a lot of self-belief I can do really well in London.”

Elsewhere, Central Athletic Club Men’s Team competed on Sunday at the third match of the Scottish Division One track and field season, in relatively benign conditions at Grangemouth Stadium. With a few gaps on the teamsheet there was always the potential for a stumble here but the normal superb commitment from the athletes saw Central finish in second spot, behind league leaders and last year’s champions Aberdeen AAC.

Peter Muirhead (4) on the way to 200 metre B victory

Peter Muirhead (4) on for 200m B victory

The first track event, the 400 metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright take third ‘A’ spot with 65.74secs backed up by David Lindsay just missing out on first (65.95secs) in a very close ‘B’ race. The 800 metres saw Dale Colley take third ‘A’ placing (1-56.29) in a quality race while Matthew Sutherland picked up fourth ‘B’ points clocking 2-06.29. Under-20 athlete John MacLennan proved competitive in the 100 metres ‘A’ race to come home fourth in 11.25secs. This time was matched by Peter Muirhead in the ‘B’ event, gaining more excellent points in second. Michael Wright proved to be the quality athlete in the 3000 metres steeplechase as he swept to victory in a season’s best of 9min 34.50secs; while David Lindsay again put in a strong effort for second ‘B’ points with 10-50.01.

Jamie Crowe (4) set to pounce in the 5000 metres

Jamie Crowe (4) set to pounce in the 5000m

Matthew Sutherland was taken somewhat out of his comfort zone to tackle the ‘A’ 400 metres clocking 56.47secs for seventh in his first ever race over the distance. Fraser MacPherson had an improved run for fourth in the ‘B’ event with 55.56secs. Jamie Crowe (4-02.75) and Dale Colley (4-05.12) always looked to have the 1500 metres sewn up as they lifted the Club’s spirits with maximum points. The 200 metre series saw Neng Wildman come through in sixth ‘A’ place (23.35secs) while Peter Muirhead set a personal best in winning the ‘B’ event in 22.96secs. The 5000 metres saw the welcome return of Alastair Hay who stamped his authority on the race to win with 14min 34.35secs while Jamie Crowe again proved his worth to the team with the ‘B’ string victory (14-45.21).

In the field the throwing duties were competently covered by Ron Todd recording 30.73 metres for the javelin; 20.95 metres for the hammer; 28.17 metres for the discus and a best of 8.51 metres for the shot put. Peter Muirhead demonstrated his versatility with an 8.55 metre shot put to pick up more useful points. Ron Todd was pleased with his 3.20 metre clearance in the pole vault, taking sixth ‘A’ placing. The Division One high jump was another quality event so it was congratulations to Under-20 athlete Cameron McCorgray achieving 1.95 metres for second ‘A’ points. Peter Muirhead recorded a best of 6.70 metres in the long jump for a third ‘A’ place while Under-17 athlete Ross McCorgray finished third ‘B’ (5.47 metres). Ross brought home more ‘A’ string points with fourth in the triple jump while Ron Todd took fifth ‘B’ points with 10.00 metres.

The 4 x 100 metres quartet of Peter Muirhead, Neng Wildman, Kieran Halliday and John MacLellan had another storming run to record 44.87secs in third spot. The 4 x 400 metre quartet of Dale Colley, Fraser MacPherson, Michael Wright and David Lindsay finished seventh at the end of a tiring day. The guest 100 metres saw Neng Wildman record 11.36secs; Ian McDonald 12.11secs and Kieran Halliday 12.29secs while Kieran also ran 24.92secs in the guest 200 metres race.

As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials, this time through Stuart MacPherson and Tom McMenemy.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 404; Central 264; Inverness 236; Kilbarchan 226; Victoria Park Glasgow 225; Pitreavie 199; Lasswade 188 and Arbroath 180. Overall league points are now Aberdeen 24; Central 20; Inverness 17; Victoria Park Glasgow 14; Kilbarchan 13; Pitreavie 9; Lasswade 6 and Arbroath 4.

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Andrew Butchart leading the pack

Andrew Butchart comfortably leading the pack

Central AC’s Andrew Butchart claimed his place at the London 2017 World Championships and then insisted he can’t wait to savour the atmosphere.

Andrew, who finished sixth in the 5000metres final at his first Olympics in Rio, with a Scottish National Record, successfully defended his British Athletics Championship title with an emphatic victory at the same distance in Birmingham on Saturday 1 July. Andrew had already met the selection standard and therefore cemented his place for London with this win.

Now the 5000m runner can’t wait to race Sir Mo Farah again at the Olympic Stadium in London in August. “To run in the Olympic final in Rio last year was a great experience but this will be something special too” said Butchart, who won in 13.50.56 from the experienced Andy Vernon.

“It’s London and racing for GB in front of a home crowd so I think the whole atmosphere will be really amazing. I have to get in the final first, and then see what I can do. It’s always an honour to be on the same track as Mo Farah and for me even to be mentioned in the same sentence as him at times is a thrill.”

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Well done to all the athletes that took part in the June Time Trials on Thursday 29th June. It was nice to see some guests from Strathearn and Wee County Harriers also joining in too.

Big thanks to John McDonald and all his team of helpers for putting on another great event.

Results TIME TRIAL RESULTS 29 June 2017 for publication

Please note that due to a bit of confusion about shot weights, a number of athletes may have thrown shots that were too light for their age category. We apologise for any resulting disappointment!
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