Oct 062019

Andy Butchart improved his Scottish 5,000 Metres record at the Anniversary Games in London in July, running 13:06.21. In June, Andy took the 1,500 Metres club record with 3:38.84, just pipping the previous record set by Ali Hay in 2010 by 0.06s.

Over in the US, Aidan Thompson took the club 3,000 Metres Steeplechase record below 9 minutes with 8:59.16 in March in Raleigh, North Carolina. This took 10 seconds off the previous mark of 9:09.53 set by Scott Green in 2015.

Fanni Gyurkó improved her club marathon record at the London marathon with 2 hours 38:47 in April and Morag Millar set the club 5,000 Metres record with 16:09.66 minutes in Nottingham in July improving her own record by 40 seconds.

In the age groups, Jack Houghton improved the club Under-20 400 Metres Hurdles record 3 times finishing with 55.33s as he won the Scottish junior title in Grangemouth in August. This also took him third on the club senior all-time list. The previous record of 56.46s was set by Calum Laing in 2002.

Louise Carroll also improved her Under-15 Girls Triple Jump record 3 times in the season finishing on 10.12m at the club championships in August.

A notable performance was recorded by Scott Hopper in the Under-15 Boys Javelin as he threw 51.87m to go fourth on the Scottish all-time list, although not enough to beat the club and Scottish record held by Ryan Stewart since 2006 at 54.65m. Notable performances are recorded for performances worthy of mention but not official records e.g. wind assisted performances, unofficial events or, as in Scott’s case, where they get in the Scottish all-time list but don’t break the club record.

Other new entries in the club senior all-time list came in the 10,000 Metres with Jamie Crowe and Ali Hay entering the men’s top 5 and Fanni Gyurkó in the women’s top 5.

Here’s a spreadsheet of all the records:

Well done to all.

Kenny Pearson (Central AC Statistician)

Sep 172019
Ian Horsburgh on the podium
Ian Horsburgh on the podium

Ian Horsburgh of Central AC finished his 2019 Season with a silver medal run in the M40 category of the 200 Metres at the European Masters Championships in Jesolo, Italy. Ian’s season had been a bit stop-start with calf niggles and it was a gamble to travel, self-funded, to Italy to compete in these Championships especially as it meant three races over two days.

Ian set down a marker in the heats on 11 September with the third fastest time of the round qualifying with a win in 22.97 seconds. The semi-final and final were both played out on Thursday 12 September with fluctuating wind conditions. Ian knew that his main threat came from Sweden’s Lion Martinez and they were both drawn in the same heat, with a 1.3 metre per second following wind Lion won with 22.43s with Ian less than a stride behind in 22.51s with both comfortably qualifying for the final as the two fastest sprinters.

Conditions weren’t quite as favourable in the final with a 0.5 metre per second head wind as both athletes were locked together down the finishing straight. In the final shakedown both were given the same time of 22.62s and it was only after studying the photofinish image that Lion was given the gold by less than 0.01 second.

Central AC are proud of Ian’s efforts to stand on the second step of the podium as the second fastest M40 European athlete over 200 Metres.

Sep 162019
Silver medallist U17G relay team
Silver medallist U17G relay team

Central AC’s Under-17 Girls sprinters finished the outdoor season in style as they took a superb silver medal at the Scottish National Relay Championships. The team of Coirilidh Cook, Briagha Cook, Lucy More and Shona McLay came into the 4×100 Metres event with high hopes. Coirilidh and Briagha Cook had taken a superb sprint hurdles 1-2 at the Scottish championships in August and Lucy More had won her first ever medal at the district championships in May over 200 Metres and then dipped below 13 seconds for the first time at 100 Metres. Shona McLay was returning after an injury-interrupted season however had also run the 100 Metres below 13 seconds at the Scottish schools in June. The team safely negotiated the heats, winning their heat in 50.53 seconds to qualify second fastest overall behind a top class Giffnock team running 48.67s.

Come the final, Giffnock proved too strong, but Coirilidh, Briagha, Lucy and Shona got the baton round safely and held off a fast Pitreavie team to take second place and silver medals in 50.84 seconds.

Such is the strength in depth in this age group, Central almost had two teams in the final. The B team was composed of a mix of hurdles and combined events specialists. Molly Cornes, Mavia Duncan, Rebecca Cumming and Lois Burch had real ambition of making the final, however illness hit three of the team and they almost never made the start line. However, they pulled together to run of 52.91s and place fourth in their heat meaning they had to wait and see. Unfortunately, their time put them seventh fastest overall, and with only six lanes available this meant they just missed out on the final.

And it was a similar story elsewhere with teams just missing out. The Under-13 Boys team of Dylan McCulloch, Sam Gardiner, Jamie Oldham and Lewis Miller ran a respectable 57.03s for seventh quickest in their heats and the Under-15 Girls team of Ellie Beavan-Whitty, Hannah Tams, Ella Wilson and Katherine Fowler got the baton round in 54.50s to also place seventh just 0.1s off making the final.

In the Under-13 Girls 4×100 Metres, Leah Brown, Niamh McKinlay, Laura Matthews and Jessica Hanson ran 62.80s in their heats.

Central also had one team in the longer relays with Erin Miller, Brogan McMillan, Ellen Montgomery and Amy Cully taking on the 4×300 Metres placing a respectable sixth in 3:11.64 minutes.

It was good to see so many Central teams out. Well done to everyone who took part.

Sep 022019

The final match of the Scottish Division One track and field season saw Central Athletic Club Men’s Team competing in Grangemouth. Heavy rain prior to the meeting and a blustery wind throughout the day made for challenging conditions for all the athletes.

With the normal league format the first track event, the 400 Metres Hurdles, saw Michael Wright and David Lindsay once again shouldering responsibilities with both providing strong performances. Michael finished fifth ‘A’ runner, clocking 67.90 seconds with David finishing in second ‘B’ place (68.67s). The 800 Metres races saw Under-17 Lewis Dow clocking 2 minutes 4.00 seconds for fifth ‘A’, on a day where personal bests were hard to find. Under-20 athlete, Ben MacMillan, was a late replacement in the ‘B’ race so a 2:18 clocking for seventh was a welcome bonus for the team. Ian Horsburgh was proving his fitness ahead of the European Masters Championships and powered to a tasty 11.18s in the 100 Metres in third place. Unfortunately a calf tweak saw Ian take no further part in the meeting but the Club wish him well with his endeavours in Venice in mid-September. Under-17 sprinter, Jamie McNaught, was making his debut in the league and produced a swift 12.38s performance placing him sixth ‘B’ runner in the 100 Metres. Erik Escala (11.87s), Daniel Ferguson (12.08s) and John Wilkie (12.30s) all showed good sprinting form as guest athletes in the 100 Metres. Michael Wright and David Lindsay again provided classy performances in the 3,000 Metres Steeplechase with Michael finishing second ‘A’ runner with 10 minutes 1 second and David second ‘B’ with 10:35. It was good to welcome Dale Colley back to the team providing a useful run for fourth ‘A’ placing in the 1,500 Metres in a useful 4 minutes 15 seconds while Under-20 Hamish Hickey weighed in with 4:19 for third ‘B’ points. Erik Escala is another Under-17 athlete proving his ability in the Men’s League and here ran to 54.98s over 400 Metres to place fourth in the ‘A’ race. The 5,000 Metres race saw Under-20 athletes Ben MacMillan and Hamish Hickey back on the track and always up with the leading group. In the final fast last lap Ben charged home for fifth ‘A’ spot (15:32) while Hamish came home with third ‘B in 15:36, having recovered from a trip earlier in the race while leading. Michael Wright continued his busy day running as a guest in the 5,000 Metres clocking 16:09 and finishing second out of a long list of guest runners.

In the field the throwing duties were again covered by Donavan Webster and Ron Todd. Donavan achieved a superb personal best in the Discus with a best of 38.25m for third ‘A’ place and picked up more useful points in the Shot Put (11.48m) and Hammer (33.64m). Ron’s busy day saw him take more useful points in the Javelin (27.82m), Shot Put (7.88m) and Discus (26.88m) again showing a superb can-do attitude throughout. Ron had started his busy day by taking maximum ‘B’ points in the Pole Vault with a 3.00m clearance and encouraged Erik Escala to ‘A’ victory in the event with a 3.40m clearance while Colin Christie cleared 2.40m as a guest competitor. The Under-17s scooped up more points in the jumps through Daniel Bruce 5.46m and Jamie McNaught 5.09m in the Long Jump and Daniel Ferguson (10.95m) in the Triple Jump. Daniel Bruce was again our sole competitor in the High Jump, clearing 1.55m: a great effort in the windy conditions.

The 4 x 100 Metres and 4 x 400 Metres Relays were left to the four endurance runners prepared to take responsibility. The running order for both races was Michael Wright, Dale Colley, Ben MacMillan and Hamish Hickey with Michael, Ben and Hamish taking to the track just 10 minutes after completing their 5,000 Metres races. Neither team looked out of place as Central finished seventh in the sprint relay (53.09s) and sixth in the 4 x 400 in 4:04.

As always there was great back-up from the Club’s officials through Stuart MacPherson, John Dickson, Tom McMenemy, Bill Gault and Richard O’Grady.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 353; Falkirk 324; Edinburgh 243; Inverness 235; Victoria Park Glasgow 220, tying with Central also on 220; Corstorphine 192 and Shettleston 123. Overall positions and points at the end of the Season saw Aberdeen retain the league trophy with a maximum 32 league points; Edinburgh second with 23; Inverness 20; Central 18.5; Shettleston 18; Falkirk 13; Corstorphine 10; Victoria Park Glasgow 9.5. So Corstorphine and Victoria Park Glasgow were relegated to Division 2 with Lasswade and Giffnock North gaining promotion.

Sep 022019

Scott Hopper was on top form as he took a superb silver medal at the England age group championships in Bedford on Saturday. The 14-year-old from Callander was making the long trip down to Bedford for his first UK championships after an unbeaten season in Scotland which had included victories at East Districts, Scottish schools and Scottish championships. At the Scottish championships, Scott had won by 15 metres with a throw of 49.59 metres to put himself into the top 10 all-time in Scotland for the Under-15 age group. He was now looking for the bigger challenge of UK wide competition. He went into the event ranked 7th in the UK so knew it was going to be tough.

However in the second round he launched the spear beyond the 50m tape for the first time ever, recording a superb personal best 51.87 metres to go into second place. He wasn’t able to challenge the winner who threw beyond 57 metres and there were other challengers to his position with several other athletes coming close. But his throw was enough to hold onto runner-up spot and a silver medal, a fantastic achievement at this level.

His throw lifts him to 4th on the Scottish all-time list and puts him within touching distance of the Scottish and club record of 54.65m set by former Central AC athlete, Ryan Stewart in 2006. With few competitions left this season, the record may well elude Scott but he can look to build on this achievement for the future and aim for further success as he progresses through the age groups.

Aug 302019

The final club time trials of summer 2019 took place at the Stirling University track on Thursday 29 August. Here are the results.

100 Metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
12415.82JohnMcIntyre MU11
6215.28Hannah PercevalFU15
7313.911Hannah TamsFU15
12513.114Molly CornesFU17
8312.216Daniel FergusonMU17
800 Metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
Long Jump
NumberDistance ForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
1092.89AmyFaunce SmithFU17
Shot Put
WeightNumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group

Aug 192019

127th Senior National Championships

Central AC’s senior athletes were on top form at the 127th Scottish National Championships held at Grangemouth over the weekend. In changeable blustery conditions fast times were hard to come by but Central won a brace of silvers in the men’s and women’s 5,000 Metres along with a Hurdles medal.

Fanni Gyurko was contesting the Women’s 5,000 Metres on the Saturday. Fanni has been a Central member for several years since moving from her native Hungary to Dunblane and has clocked up some impressive marathon performances, setting the club record at 2 hours 39 minutes in Frankfurt two years ago. She was stepping down to 5,000 Metres as preparation for upcoming marathons in Budapest in September and Frankfurt in October. In a tactical race Annabelle Simpson of Fife proved too strong as she set a new championship record but Fanni stuck to her race plan and finished in the silver medal position with a time of 17 minutes 22.23 seconds.

The Men’s 5,000 Metres was run on the Sunday in wet blustery conditions where Jamie Crowe and Ali Hay lined up for Central. Jamie has just returned from a scholarship at Lamar University in America where he has run some impressive times while Ali is a former Scottish champion and Commonwealth Games finalist, so both were looking for a podium spot. In another fast race both Central athletes stuck with the pace. Christian Jones of Dundee ultimately proved too strong and set a new championship record, but Jamie Crowe stuck behind him and took silver in 14 minutes 28.93 seconds, a time also inside the previous championship record. Ali was just outside the medals in fourth with 14:40.22 minutes, both impressive times in difficult conditions.

Afterwards Jamie commented, “I’m pleased to get the medal, but it was rough out there! It’s been a long season. I’ve been racing since March so will take some time off now before the cross country starts. But I’m happy with my season.”

Jack Houghton was returning to Grangemouth a week after winning the Scottish Junior 400 Metres Hurdles title, this time looking to take on Scotland’s senior athletes. In a top class 400 Metres Hurdles race the top three were too good for Jack but he held his stride to finish in fourth with 57.08s, a respectable place against a top class field. However, he was not finished there and returned an hour later to take on the 110 Metres Hurdles. And here he did manage to get on the podium as he ran 16.81 seconds, a personal best at the senior height, to win the bronze, Jack’s first ever national senior medal.

There were several other good performances. Stirling marathon champion, Michael Wright, placed fifth in the 3,000 Metres Steeplechase in 9:46.22. Personal bests were rare in the difficult conditions but Iain Davies managed two of them at 800 Metres, with 1:55.33 in his heat then 1:55.19 in the final to place seventh in a fast race won in 1:48. Jack Kerr’s 1:58.88 in his 800 Metres heat was not quite enough to progress. In the 5,000 Metres ‘B’ race Hamish Hickey put in a decent show as he placed third in a time of 15:25.65 minutes.

In the sprints Ian Horsburgh placed fifth in the 200 Metres final with 22.67s (22.60s in heat), an impressive result from an athlete who is now in the Masters category where he is ranked one of the top in Europe in his age group. Kieran Halliday set a new personal best in the 100 Metres with 11.62s to progress to the semi-finals then ran 23.76s in the 200 Metres.

Peter Muirhead had a tough time in the Long Jump with the changing conditions making run ups difficult but managed 7.10m in the Long Jump for a respectable seventh.

Under-17 Championships

In the Scottish Under-17 Championships Central AC’s hurdlers were at the fore with club athletes winning three medals through a sprint hurdles 1-2 from Balfron sisters Coirilidh and Briagha Cook and a silver from Denny teenager, Daniel Bruce over the one lap hurdles.

In the Girls’ 80 Metres Hurdles the preparation for the event for Coirlidh and Briagha could not have been more contrasting. Coirilidh, the younger sister at 15, came into the event as the top ranked in the field and unbeaten in Scotland this season. However the main story for the Balfron based family was the return of her 16-year-old older sister Briagha after a long 15 month injury lay off. The pair of them had previously both been winning national titles in their respective age groups, but Briagha’s career had abruptly been put on hold after she picked up a serious foot injury in early 2018. This meant while Coirilidh had been winning multiple national titles, Briagha had been forced to cheer from the sidelines as she went through a lengthy rehab process including two operations. Briagha finally made her first tentative steps back to competition only 10 days ago and came through strongly with a personal best 12.01s putting her top five in Scotland showing she was ready to take on a national championships. In contrast, Coirilidh’s preparations had been much more to plan with wins at the Scottish indoor & Scottish schools championships. She was looking to complete the set with the Scottish outdoor title.

In the heats Coirilidh and Briagha were drawn in the same heat and came through first and second to take automatic qualifying places for the final as Coirilidh ran 11.95s and Briagha, a new personal best 12.00s.

When the final came the rain was starting to come down and the wind constantly changing making conditions difficult. When the gun went Coirilidh found herself in a battle with an athlete from Morpeth. Briagha had opted to not use starting blocks as she was still protecting her foot, and found herself adrift in third place, but gradually picked up speed. Coirilidh started establishing a lead and pulled clear to take the win. But behind her Briagha was in full stride and gradually reeled in the Morpeth Harrier then pull ahead after the final hurdle to take an unexpected silver medal making it a 1-2 for Central AC and the family.

Coirilidh had stopped the clock in a superb new personal best 11.77s earning her a gold medal and gold award standard while Briagha had dipped below 12 seconds for the first time ever with a personal best 11.92s. Afterwards the sisters were delighted to finish in a 1-2 together. For Coirilidh it was another national title after a fantastic season. For Briagha though it was a return she thought might never happen. She commented “I was just thinking on the start line would I get over the first hurdle?” She certainly did that and a lot more and can hopefully inspire others going through injury problems that with patience and perseverance you can come back and be a medal winner again. They will take on the Central AC club championships next week then travel to Bedford for the UK championships the following week.

Daniel Bruce was contesting what many regard the toughest of events, the 400 Metres Hurdles. Due to an administrative error Daniel had been unable to contest the Scottish Schools but as the second ranked in Scotland with a best time of 58.97s, he was looking to show what he could do. His main rival from Dundee set off strongly and established a big lead and Daniel found himself in a three-way tussle for the other medals. But Daniel dug in and ran a strong second bend to pull clear into second place, then in the home straight set about chasing down the leader. Ultimately, his opponent had too much of a lead to catch, but Daniel finished strongly to take the silver medal in a superb time of 57.93s, smashing his previous best by over a second. Last year Daniel had won a Scottish Schools bronze but this was a proud moment as he won his first ever medal at a national championships. Daniel went on to show his versatility as he placed seventh in high jump with 1.62m and ninth in Long Jump with 5.75m.

There were nearly more medals for Central in the hurdles. Celtic games international, Daniel Ferguson, was contesting the 100 Metres Hurdles. He started strongly and while the top three were too fast for him, he was rewarded with a fourth place and personal best 14.23s.

Amy Gibson was competing for the first time ever in the Girls’ High Jump and had the daunting task of taking on the best in Scotland. She managed 1.42m for seventh but with more training and experience will look to come back and challenge for the podium next year.

Lewis Dow placed 10th in a tactical 1,500 Metres in 4:23.14 minutes. Sam Grivell managed 4:49.80 at 1,500 Metres and 2:23.82 at 800 Metres.

In the sprints, Lucy More was not far off the 100 Metres final after 13.29s in her heat, then ran 28.11s into a headwind in the 200 Metres.

Aug 182019

We are delighted to announce a new range of club kit – hoodies, tracksuits, t-shirts and more. The kit is from Joma, who provide the Scotland kit for Scottish Athletics, and who are one of the largest sports kit manufacturers in Europe.

The kit will be available for purchase through a Central AC specific webshop, hosted by TTL, one of Joma’s value added resellers in Scotland (Total Teamwear Ltd, http://teamwearscotland.com) – the Central AC webshop will be going live shortly. TTL also have premises in Glasgow with a small showroom area with samples of kit.

There’s a full list of the Joma kit range with prices on the Club kit page.

Under our agreement with Joma, club members get a discount on list price, and TTL customise garments with the club logo and your initials.

TTL are bringing a range of sample kit to the club at the August time trials on Thursday 29 August at Stirling University track for club members to try on. That will help you see the style and choose the right size. Since the kit is customised, once it has been delivered, refunds won’t be possible.

The new Joma kit range will not replace our existing arrangement for competition vests and crop tops – we will continue to source these through Ron Hill, and they will continue to be available for sale from Run4It in Bridge of Allan or from Hugh Buchanan.

Aug 142019

Scottish Under-20 Championships, Grangemouth, 10-11 August 2019

Jack Houghton was on superb form as he became Scottish junior 400 Metres Hurdles champion at the Scottish Under-20 championships at Grangemouth at the weekend. The 19-year-old from Dunblane has had an excellent season so far after setting two new club Under-20 records this season and just missing the UK championship final in June. Jack has been a Central AC member for many years and has won Scottish schools titles but a Scottish championship title has so far eluded him. His first attempt at the Under-20 championships two years ago did not go to plan as he lost his stride and hit several hurdles. However this year, with two years more experience he was looking to finally land a Scottish gold medal. When the gun went he set out strongly holding his 15 stride pattern all the way up the back straight to open up a 5 metre gap on the opposition. However on the bend, as he changed his stride down, he was challenged by the athlete on the lane outside him. However he held his form and stride up the home straight and, after negotiating the final hurdles, surged away from the field to win with an excellent 55.33 seconds. This not only improved his personal best and club Under-20 record but moved him up to third on the club senior all-time list. This was significant as it beat his coach, Kenny Pearson’s lifetime best and former club record of 55.47s. Jack will compete at the senior championships next week with realistic podium ambitions and will also be targeting the club senior record of 55.1s.

There was further success for the club in the 1,500 Metres races. The men’s event saw three Central athletes taking part. In the heats Hamish Hickey ran a personal best 4:11.95 seconds to just miss a final spot. However Ben MacMillan (4:06.58) and Sandy Holl (4:06.61) both managed to get through their heat and qualify for the final.

In the final Ben hung onto the leaders as long as he could. When the bell came he found himself in fourth place and dug in for the final lap. He didn’t manage to make any headway on the top three but held off the rest of the field to finish an excellent fourth with 4:02.01 minutes.

In the women’s race Lauren McCulloch found herself in a similar position and held on for fourth place with an excellent new personal best 4:41.21 minutes.

Scottish Under-15 Championships, Grangemouth, Saturday 10 August 2019

Scott Hopper was on top form at the Scottish Under-15 championships at Grangemouth on Saturday as he took a superb gold and silver medal. The 14-year-old from Callander has been unbeaten at Javelin throughout the season and has been steadily improving with a personal best of 46.76m in July. He has also showed his versatility with good performances at High Jump and Pentathlon this season. However, it was in his throwing events he was looking to succeed at the national championships. And he certainly achieved that in the Javelin as he stamped his authority in the first round and launched the spear out to a superb new personal best 49.59m. This put him over 15 metres clear of the field effectively putting the competition beyond doubt. He then had five further throws to try and throw beyond the 50m tape and was well over the 40m line with each throw, but his first throw ended up as his best. This distance puts Scott eighth on the Scottish Under-15 all-time list for the event and is within 5 metres of the club and Scottish record held by former Central AC athlete Ryan Stewart since 2006.

Competing alongside Scott was Robb Ferguson who is also a versatile athlete having won the Scottish Schools Under-14 Javelin title and medalled at hurdles earlier this season. The 13-year-old from Tullibody knew he was up against it as one of the younger athletes in the Under-15 field but threw an excellent 31.45 metres in the first round to take third place and the bronze medal. This distance was a personal best and the first time Robb has thrown over 30 metres with the 600g weight of javelin. Robb has another year in this age group and will look to retain the title for the club next year.

Both athletes had further events to do. Scott went on to the Shot Put event where he set another personal best 12.94 metres for second place and an excellent silver medal.

Robb took part in the 80 Metres Hurdles and found himself in fourth place at the mid-point of the race. He chased the leaders down all the way and was gaining on the third place athlete but couldn’t quite get there and had to settle for fourth. However he smashed his personal best with 13.01s and can be proud of his achievements as a first year in the age group.

There were several athletes just missing out on podium positions. Connor Bell was competing in the 800 Metres and at 13 was young for the age group but ran hard and while he couldn’t keep up with the top three he took an excellent fourth place, just outside his personal best with 2:10.02 minutes.

Louise Carroll took a respectable fourth place in the High Jump with a near personal best 1.49m, not quite getting the 1.54m which would have got her a personal best and a medal. She then set a new personal best and club record in the Triple Jump with 9.90m, just missing the 10m mark. Katherine Fowler was also just outside the medals with fourth in the 200 Metres in 26.84s (26.74s in heat) after placing fifth in the long jump with a near personal best 4.95m.

Ellen Montgomery has made good improvements this season and placed a respectable fifth in the Discus with a personal best 20.21m after setting a personal best 13.32s in the 75 Metres Hurdles. Megan Dunlop placed seventh in the Discus with 19.33m after 14.41s in the 100 Metres. Ella Wilson set a personal best at Triple Jump with 9.43m for eighth after 14.71s in the 100 Metres.

In the 1,500 Metres Mirren Henry and Cameron Kerr reached their respective finals. Mirren ran 5:21.47 minutes for ninth place in the girls’ final and Cameron 4:39 (4:36.16 in heat) for 10th in the boys’ final. Also in the 1,500 Metres, Anna MacKinnon ran a season’s best 5:44.94 minutes.

In the 800 Metres Ruaridh Burns ran 2:25.25 minutes in the boys’ heats and East District champion, Amy Cully ran 2:36.06 minutes in the girls’ heats.

In the sprints Finlay Marchant ran 13.31s in the 100 Metres and 26.81s in the 200 Metres, Hannah Tams ran 14.40s in the 100 Metres then just missed out on the 200 Metres semi-finals with a season’s best 29.82s in her heat. Brogan MacMillan ran 30.11s in the 200 Metres after 1.24m at High Jump.

Well done to all Central AC competitors for taking on the best in Scotland.

Scottish Under-13 Championships, Grangemouth, Sunday 11 August 2019

Central AC’s Under-13s were well represented at the Scottish championships. A wet day at Grangemouth made new personal bests hard to come by but there were several fine performances.

Top performer of the day for the club was Danielle Abel who took on the 70 Metres Hurdles. The 12-year-old from Alloa reached the final at the Scottish schools in the older Under-14 age group earlier this season and was looking to do the same at the Under-13 age group. She had a fast heat and smashed her personal best with 12.36s to qualify for the final as a fastest loser. She then finished in a respectable sixth place, beating athletes who beat her in the heats, with 12.45s.

Lewis Miller narrowly missed the 100 Metres final after running 14.38s then just missed the half way cut in the Long Jump with a best jump of 3.83m after three rounds. Jamie Oldham was placed ninth overall in the 800 Metres after placing third in his heat with 2:30.32 minutes then ran 31.17s in the 200 Metres. Jamie Connor placed 20th overall after finishing fourth in his heat with a new personal best 2:49.17 then ran 31.59s in the 200 Metres. In the girls’ 1,500 Metres Niamh McKinlay took an excellent second place in her heat to finish 11th overall with 5:31.39. Sophie Morgan ran a new personal best 14.94s in the 100 Metres and Alice Cameron placed 10th in the Discus with a season’s best 11.00m then ran 33.73s in the 200 Metres.

Well done to all Central AC competitors for taking on the best in Scotland.

Jul 292019

Central pair Erik Escala and Coirilidh Cook were on international duty at the weekend as they represented Scotland in the annual school track and field international. This event brings together the top schools athletes from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland and this year was hosted by Wales at Swansea.

Relay team with Ciorilidh Cook (second from left)

Coirilidh Cook was competing in the 80 Metres Hurdles and 4×100 Metres Relay after winning the Scottish schools hurdles title in June. The 15-year-old from Balfron has previously represented Scotland in both these event at the Celtic games last year where she won double gold, but this was her first international for Scottish schools. In the 80 Metres Hurdles she placed an excellent fifth place in a top class field with 12.08 seconds. She then won bronze as part of the 4×100 Metres Relay team as her third leg run helped the team to third place. Coirilidh has another year in this age group so will look to make more impact next year.

For Erik it was a particularly proud moment as he made his international debut. The 16-year-old from Dunblane was selected in the Shot Put event after winning silver at the Scottish schools in June. Erik managed 12.38 metres for seventh place overall, a respectable result for a multi-eventer up against a field of top class shot put specialists. Erik will be aiming to make more of a challenge in the combined events international later this year where he will be able to show his prowess, not only in throwing but in jumps and sprints as well.

Jul 292019

The monthly club track and field time trials took place at Lornshill on Thursday 25 July. Here are the results:

100 metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
2814.34TeaganMcIntoch BlacklockFU15
200 metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
2830.23TeaganMcIntoch BlacklockFU15
800 metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
1,500 metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
Long Jump
NumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
133.25 WillowHopperFU11
323.09 CiaraMiddletonFU11
11.99 AlexandraMontgomeryFU11
24.39 EllenMontgomeryFU15
313.32 TylerGibsonMU11
214.100 LewisMillerMU13
333.41 AaronMiddletonMU13
82.63 ScottHillMU13
305.04 RuairidhBurnsMU15
44.32 FinlayMarchantMU15
73.33 RossLawrieMU15
32.84 HamzahAhmedMU17
263.52 GarethMarchantMSEN
WeightNumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
Shot Put
WeightNumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group

Jul 242019

Central Athletic Club men’s team travelled to Aberdeen on Sunday 21 July to compete in the penultimate match of the Scottish Division One Track and Field season finishing in second place on the day with great performances from all the athletes.

With the normal league format the first track event, the 400 Metres Hurdles, saw the welcome return of Jack Houghton as he strode to victory in the ‘A’ race in 58.22 seconds. David Lindsay again provided valuable points in second ‘B’ place with a pleasing 66.56s clocking. The 800 Metres saw Jack Kerr take control in the ‘A’ race to win with 1 minute 59.78 seconds and likewise Jamie Crowe show good racing instinct to win the ‘B’ race in 2:06. It was good to see Pete Muirhead powering down the track in the 100 Metres to record a close up third place in 11.58s backed up by Kai Ligertwood in seventh place in the ‘B’ race with 12.96s. Michael Wright again proved his class in the 3,000 Metres Steeplechase winning in 9 minutes 48.33 seconds while David Lindsay continued to prove his worth to the team taking second ‘B’ place with 11:17.99. Jack Kerr shouldered responsibility in the 400 Metres ’A’ race, clocking 53.47s for third, and more useful points. The 1,500 Metres saw Jamie Crowe ensuring maximum points for the team with a classy run of 4 minutes 3 seconds in first ‘A’ spot and Michael Wright finishing off his busy day with 4:23 in third ‘B’ place. The 200 Metres saw Jack Houghton back on the track picking up fourth ‘A’ points with 23.62s. The 5,000 Metres saw Central field two Under-20 athletes, Hamish Hickey and Ben MacMillan. Both youngsters showed great determination and were up with the lead pack throughout the twelve and a half laps with Hamish finishing in fourth ‘A’ spot (15:14) and Ben in first ‘B’ (15:17).

In the field the throwing duties were covered, once again, by Donavan Webster and Ron Todd. Donavan won the Discus with a best throw of 35.96m and produced personal bests in the Shot Put (12.31m) and Hammer (36.73m). Ron Todd’s day saw him rake in points in the Javelin (27.2m), Shot Put (8.27m), Discus (26.30m) and Hammer (23.35m) showing a great attitude throughout. Ron had started his busy day by winning the Pole Vault with an excellent 3.40m clearance. Peter Muirhead continues to make progress towards his goal of top performances in the Long Jump and here had a best effort of 7.09m into a headwind for second ‘A’ placing. Daniel Bruce provided Long Jump back-up with a 5.70m effort for second ‘B’ points. Daniel was our sole competitor in the High Jump, clearing 1.55m and three close efforts at the next height. Jack Houghton stepped up in the Triple Jump with one effort, as he rightly conserved energy for other events, hitting 10.76m in fourth.

A much changed 4 x 100 Metres Relay quartet of Daniel Bruce, Kai Ligertwood, David Lindsay and Jack Houghton came through well for third clocking 46.45s. The 4 x 400 Metres Relay quartet of Jack Kerr, Hamish Hickey, Ben MacMillan and Jamie Crowe were competitive throughout taking fourth in a season’s best of 3 minutes 47.75 seconds.

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

Points on the day were: Aberdeen 383; Central 318; Inverness 259; Shettleston 251; Edinburgh 207; Victoria Park Glasgow 186; Corstorphine 141 and Falkirk 99. Overall positions and points prior to the final match are Aberdeen 24; Shettleston 17 with 797 match points; Edinburgh 17 with 750 match points; Central 15 with 766 match points; Inverness 15 with 763 match points; Corstorphine 8; Victoria Park Glasgow 6 with 520 match points and Falkirk 6 with 450 match points.

Jul 222019

Under-15 and Under-17 report

Scott Hopper was on great form as he won an excellent bronze medal at the Scottish combined events championships. The 14-year-old from Callander was competing in the Under-15 Boys age group in his first ever Pentathlon. Scott was looking for a good start with his strongest event, the Shot Put, up first, and a superb final round personal best throw of 12.89m opened up a 100 point lead on his opponents. However, he knew his lead was vulnerable as the next event was the 80 Metres Hurdles, an event he has never done before, and he had some of Scotland’s top hurdlers lining up against him. However he was undaunted and produced a respectable time of 13.21s which was just enough to maintain his lead. Scott found himself in a high class High Jump event and cleared 1.64m for second, but with a rival clearing 1.73m Scott lost his lead and dropped down to second place overall. He then produced another good performance for second place in the Long Jump with 5.40m, but good performances elsewhere put Scott down to third place overall. Going into the final 800 Metres event, just 21 points separated the top three, which is just 2 seconds in the 800 Metres so everything was still to play for. Scott ran hard but was unable to make inroads against the two athletes ahead of him as one took victory and the other stuck right behind Scott to take overall silver. Scott dug in and finished in a big personal best 2:25.69 minutes and was rewarded with a bronze medal with a final score of 2,574, a superb performance considering he had never done a Pentathlon before and had so little experience in some of the events.

Also competing for Central in the event was Ruairidh Burns who set personal bests in the Shot Put (7.20m), 80 Metres Hurdles (14.34s) and High Jump (1.55m) and finished second in the 800 Metres with 2:17.93 minutes to score an overall personal best 2,065 points for a respectable fifth place. Ruaridh has another year in this age group so will look to challenge for the medals next year.

Central were well represented in Under-15 Girls age group with Scottish schools bronze medallist Katherine Fowler joined by Ellen Montgomery and Brogan MacMillan. In the opening Long Jump event Katherine placed fourth with 4.67m, Ellen set a personal best 4.12m and Brogan jumped 3.36m. In the 75 Metres Hurdles Katherine set a personal best 12.96s for fifth place with Ellen running 14.00s and Brogan 16.27s. Brogan set a personal best in the Shot Put with 6.27m as Katherine threw 7.20m and Ellen 6.73m.

In the High Jump Katherine was on superb form as she cleared an excellent personal best 1.53m, the second highest of the competition. Brogan and Ellen both managed season’s bests with 1.29m and 1.26m respectively.

The 800 Metres saw Ellen and Brogan run in the first heat. Ellen ran a good season’s best 2:52.41 minutes to finish on a personal best score 1,942 points for 12th place. Brogan ran 2:54.56 minutes for a personal best score 1,585 points and 14th place.

The final heat saw the event leaders go head to head. Katherine’s excellent High Jump had lifted her to fifth place but she still needed to pick up 100 points to get into the medals. In the end she finished with 2:39.27 minutes and though she had overtaken some of the athletes ahead of her the final scores saw her in fourth place, just outside the medals, with 2,628 points, a very respectable position but slightly down on her personal best.

In the Under-17s, Molly Cornes was taking on her first ever Heptathlon with the challenge of competing over two days. She started with a personal best in the 80 Metres Hurdles with 13.90s for fifth place then produced a superb High Jump of 1.59m, second highest of the day, Shot Put of 8.22m and 27.16s at 200 Metres to put her in fifth place at the end of the first day. In the second day, 4.74m at Long Jump then 15.95m at Javelin moved her up to fourth going into the 800 Metres. Molly ran a personal best 800 Metres of 2:41.81 minutes to do all she could to get a medal as she beat the third placed athlete by eight seconds but this was not quite enough to get on the podium. However Molly can be proud of fourth place with a score of 3,671 points in her first ever Heptathlon.

Under-13 report

Central had three Under-13 pentathletes competing with Dylan McCulloch in the boys and Loren Stewart and Niamh McKinlay taking on the girls event.

Dylan opened well with 1.19m in the High Jump then had an excellent run in the hurdles finishing second place with 14.09s, to move up to fifth place overall. He followed this up with another personal best in the Shot Put with 6.85m then a near personal best at Long Jump (4.11m) and finished with 2:47.27 minutes in the 800 Metres. This gave him a personal best final score of 1,260 points and a respectable seventh place out of 17 athletes.

The Under-13 Girls Pentathlon saw Loren Stewart and Niamh McKinlay taking part. Both athletes are young for the age group so were looking for experience for the future. They started in the High Jump where Niamh cleared 1.15m. However Loren had a superb competition as she jumped successive personal bests at 1.31, 1.34 and 1.37m, to win her pool and place third overall. In the 70 Metres Hurdles Niamh set a personal best 15.34s and Loren ran 17.42s in her first ever attempt at this event. In the Long Jump Loren managed 3.96m and Niamh 3.05m. Loren set another personal best in the Shot Put throwing 5.38m with Niamh just missing her personal best with a throw of 4.41m. Both girls had good runs in the 800 Metres, Niamh placed second in her heat with 2:47.38 minutes while Loren set a personal best 2:52.85 minutes for third in her heat. Overall Loren set a new personal best score 1,626 points and Niamh finished on 1,327 points. Both girls have another year in this age group and will look to improve for next year.

Jul 092019

The club outdoor records and club all time lists have been updated up to end June 2019 and are available, along with the June athlete database, on the club statistics page: http://www.centralathletics.co.uk/membership-join/club-statistics/ .

There are new club records for:

  • Andrew Butchart – Senior Men 1,500 Metres, 3:38.84 beating the 3:38.90 set by Ali Hay in 2010.
  • Aidan Thompson – Senior Men 3,000 Metres Steeplechase dipping below 9 minutes with 8:59.16 beating the 9:09.53 run by Scott Green in 2015.
  • Jack Houghton – Under-20 Men’s 400 Metres Hurdles, 55.96s beating the previous mark of 56.46 set by Calum Laing in 2002. This also puts Jack fourth on the club senior all-time list.
  • Louise Carroll – 9.63m (9.76m(w)) Under-15 Girls’ Triple Jump improving her own mark of 9.45m set in 2018.

And in addition new club senior all-time list performances at 10,000 Metres for Jamie Crowe 30:06.55 (2nd) and Ali Hay 30:20.74 (3rd).

Well done to all.
Kenny Pearson
Central AC Statistician

Jun 302019

The latest of the club’s monthly track and field time trials took place on Thursday 27 June at Stirling University. Here are the results.

100 metres series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
8714.86Aliya SophiaNajibFU15
17013.67EllieBeavan WhittyFU15
200 metres series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
8731.56Aliya SophiaNajibFU15
800 metres series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
1683.00.33AmyFaunce SmithFU17
Long Jump
NumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
1813.76OssianArkotxa DougallMU13
Triple Jump
NumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
Shot Put
WeightNumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
SP3k1815.51OssianArkotxa DougallMU13

Jun 242019

There was considerable success by Central athletes at the iconic Black Rock 5 race held on the evening of Friday 14 June in Kinghorn, Fife. The 5 mile race features some fast downhill stretches and a tortuous uphill finish as well as a run into the Forth estuary to round the Black Rock.

Jamie Crowe (91) – Copyright Ian Grieve

The 30th running of the race saw some 1,000 runners toe the line but there was no doubting the winner as Central’s Jamie Crowe took the final uphill finish in his stride to win in 22 minutes 5 seconds, missing the record by a frustrating 2 seconds. In the women’s race Morag Millar continued to show excellent form to win in an exceptional 25 minutes 25 seconds and set a new women’s record for the event. There was further success for Central’s runners with Scott Brember (24.18) taking the Veteran’s prize and Neil Cameron (27.34) winning the Over-50s race.

Other notable performances came from Scott Green in 12th (24.54), Will Hensman as third Veteran (26.21) and Natalie Stewart as third female (27.32). Amy Hendry finished in 31.20 to round off Central’s success in winning both the Men’s and Women’s team prizes.

Friday night’s seem to work well for Central’s top runners and the Brian Goodwin Memorial 10K on Friday 21 June filled the bill nicely. The Bellahouston Harriers organised race in Pollock Park, Glasgow has a reputation for fast times and it was good to see Morag winning again in a tasty 33 minutes 51 seconds and Jamie taking second in the Senior Men’s race in a personal best 29 minutes 43 seconds only headed by Commonwealth Games marathon runner Callum Hawkins.

Jun 172019

Central AC had a successful weekend at the Scottish Schools Track and Field Championships.

Group D report

In the youngest Group D (Under-14) age group the club’s competitors were mainly taking part at this level for the first time but came away with an impressive tally of four medals and numerous personal bests.

Robb Ferguson of Lornshill Academy was on top form as he took his first ever gold medal at a national level event in the Javelin after throwing a personal best of 35.71m in a close competition. In the 80 Metres Hurdles he added to his medal collection with a silver in a time of 12.86s.

Also getting on top of the podium was Connor Bell of Balfron High. Connor ran a measured 800 Metres as he paced himself over the first lap then hit the front in the second lap. One athlete remained with him but he managed to stay in front in the sprint finish to win in an excellent personal best 2:09.23. In the same event was Ruaridh Burns of Stirling High who finished a respectable fifth in a personal best 2:14.09.

Alva Academy were well represented in this age group with Danielle Abel, Hannah Tams and Kate Gilvear all turning out for the school for the first time. Danielle was competing in the 75 Metres Hurdles for the first time ever and also stepping up from her usual Under-13 age group. She was undaunted by the challenge and finished in an excellent fifth place in the final with 13.51s. She also managed a fine finish in the Long Jump, jumping to a personal best 4.12m for seventh.

Hannah and Kate were both contesting the 100 Metres. Hannah had a good outing as she reached the final where she placed eighth in a season’s best 13.91s and Kate ran a personal best 14.56s in her heat.

Group C report

Scott Hopper of McLaren High was on great form in the Group C (age 14) age group at the Scottish Schools Championships, winning two medals. He started in the Shot Put where a throw of 12.52m earned him a silver medal in a close competition. He returned the next day for the Javelin and was the clear winner with a big throw of 39.23m, over six metres clear of the opposition, taking the gold medal.

In the 1,500 Metres Cameron MacMillan of Dollar Academy was on the podium after running a personal best 4:28.58 minutes to take the bronze medal, his first ever medal at a national level event.

Central AC pair Louise Carroll of Balfron and Katherine Fowler of McLaren High were each chasing their second Scottish schools medal this season – the previous weekend Louise had won a silver in the relay and Katherine a bronze in the pentathlon. In the High Jump both athletes went clear up to 1.40m, and at 1.45m Louise cleared first time and Katherine cleared at the second time of asking. At 1.50m both athletes came very close but couldn’t quite go over, but with only two athletes going clear Louise won the bronze medal on countback, her first ever individual medal at a national level event, with Katherine in fifth on countback

Katherine had another chance at a medal in the 200 Metres. She won her heat comfortably, just missing her personal best with 26.49s into a strong headwind. In the final the headwind was even stronger and she found herself in fourth place coming off the bend. She dug in and clawed back five metres on the athlete outside her to snatch an excellent bronze medal in 26.74s, an excellent time into a 3.5 metres per second headwind.

Louise was also entered in the 75 Metres Hurdles and achieved her aim of reaching the final where she placed seventh in 13.10s.

In the endurance events Catriona Kane (Dunblane HS) was on good form in the 1,500 Metres where she ran a big personal best 5:20.34 to place eighth. East District champion Amy Cully (Wallace High) reached the 800 Metres final after running 2:32.21.

Group B report

Coirilidh Cook and Erik Escala were on top form at the Scottish Schools Championships in the Group B (age 15-16) age group. This age group has the added incentive of international selection from the event.

Coirilidh has won numerous Scottish titles and had already won a gold medal in the Balfron High relay team a week earlier. However she was looking for her first individual title in the Under-17 age group as she took on the 80 Metres Hurdles. She is unbeaten over hurdles this season but had not yet faced opposition from the whole of Scotland and with some good athletes challenging her, she knew she would have to be at her best. After comfortably qualifying through her heat she lined up in the final and set off fast. She led from the start but faced a strong challenge at the finish. However she managed to hold on at the line to take the gold in 12.01s, an excellent time considering the strong headwind. She later took part in the Long Jump placing a respectable sixth with a personal best 5.17m.

Multi-eventer Erik Escala showed his versatility as he first took on the Pole Vault event. The 16-year-old Dunblane High pupil has been making steady progress at a relatively new event for him and made another big improvement as he took his personal best from 3.30m to an excellent clearance of 3.55m to take the bronze medal. He was not finished there, and looked to add to his medals in the Shot Put where he produced another personal best with a throw of 12.44m which won him an excellent silver medal to make it a medal double.

There was further good news for Coirilidh and Erik as both athletes have been selected to represent Scotland at the schools track and field international in Swansea in July where they will face teams from Wales, Ireland and England.

Shona McLay of Stirling High had a return to form in the 100 Metres where she ran 12.96s to qualify for the final. In the final she was facing a strong headwind but managed 13.26s for a respectable fifth place.

Lois Burch of McLaren High has made great improvements in the hurdles this season and ran an excellent 12.75s in the 80 Metres Hurdles heat in spite of the strong headwind, to line up alongside Coirilidh and make it two Central athletes in the final. This was Lois’s first ever final appearance at a national event and she can be proud of her seventh place finish.

Grace Tindall of Alva Academy ran a big personal best in the 3,000 Metres of 11:08.29 for eighth and also set a personal best in the 800 Metres with 2:28.29.

There was a sixth place for Molly Cornes (Balfrom High) in the High Jump with 1.50m and Daniel Ferguson (Lornshill Academy) placed seventh in the 100 Metres Hurdles with 15.14s after running 12.18s in the 100 Metres.

Jack Haughton (Dunblane High) sprinted to the 100 Metres semi-finals with 11.92s in his heat. Aidan Grevemberg (Balfron High) pulled up with a hamstring injury in the 100 Metres, but still crossing the line in 12.15s. This was enough to progress but he was unfortunately unable to continue after his injury.

Lucy More (McLaren High) just missed out on a semi-final place in the 100 Metres with 13.89s, and then ran 27.99s in the 200 Metres.

Group A report

In the oldest Group A (age 17 and over) age group Central AC’s athletes brought a wealth of experience to the event. For many of them it was also their final appearance for their school before leaving.

This included Tom Graham-Marr who was competing in the 1,500 Metres. The 18-year-old Stirling High pupil was still chasing his first medal after six years of appearances at Scottish schools events. However his wait finally came to an end as he ran an excellent personal best 4:15.76 to place third and step onto the podium for a bronze medal.

Dollar Academy pair Emma Mailer and Ben MacMillan are no strangers to the podium after numerous gold medals between them. Emma was pleased to get on top of the podium again in the 400 Metres Hurdles after running a controlled race to take the gold medal.

Ben was in the 3,000 Metres and found himself in the leading group in a tactical race. He was well placed when the pace quickened in the final lap and while he was just outrun in the final sprint finish he still managed to take a fine silver medal with a time of 8:57.54.

Elizabeth Thompson signed off her Balfron High career on a high note as she took bronze in the 400 Metres, and Euan Smith (Dollar Academy) was on form in the 200 Metres as he set an impressive personal best 23.03s for sixth.

Overall it was an excellent turnout from club athletes with a total of 17 medals including five golds and 20 personal bests. Well done to all that took part.

Jun 162019

Central AC athletes put on some great performances as they represented their schools in the Scottish Schools Pentathlon Championships at Grangemouth on Saturday.

Star performer of the day was Katherine Fowler of McLaren High who won a superb bronze medal in the Girls Group C (age 14) Pentathlon, her first ever national medal. Katherine was kept company throughout the day by her Central teammate and training partner Louise Carroll of Balfron. In the opening 75 Metres Hurdles event the pair were drawn next to each other, and matched each other stride for stride to the line to finish joint second in their heat in 13.2 seconds which for Katherine was a personal best and put them in joint fourth overall.

In the High Jump, Katherine and Louise again finished equal with clearances of 1.44 metres for joint third in the event and fifth place overall. There were personal bests for both girls in the Shot Put as Louise threw 7.40m and Katherine threw a big personal best 7.91m, a two metre improvement. This put Katherine in sixth and Louise seventh, within 60 points and 100 points respectively of the second placed athlete. In the Long Jump, Louise set another personal best 4.66m and Katherine produced a big personal best jump of 4.96m, the second furthest in the competition. This jump also meant she leapt up the leader board into third place and a potential medal, with Louise now sitting in seventh.

Katherine was only 16 points ahead of the fourth placed athlete which equated to just over a second in the 800 Metres. Her resolve was put to the test when her rival set off hard but Katherine responded and tracked her all the way before sprinting past in the home straight to finish in another excellent personal best 2:32.14 minutes. Louise also set a new personal best 2:41.76 minutes, chopping 10 seconds of her previous fastest. When the scores were added up Katherine had finished with 2,712 points to take third place and go top 10 in the UK rankings, while Louise scored 2,487 points for an excellent sixth, with both earning a place in the Scottish schools squad. It was a great day for both girls as they had set big personal bests and also achieved gold standards in the club awards scheme. For Katherine the day finished with the proud moment when she stood on the podium for the first time ever at a national event to be presented with her bronze medal.

Erik Escala of Dunblane High was taking part in the Boys Group B (age 15-16) Pentathlon and opened well in the Shot Put with 11.99m for second place. He followed this with an excellent personal best 14.92s in the 100 Metres Hurdles and 5.60m in the Long Jump to put him in fourth place. He set further personal bests in the 200 Metres (23.98s) and 1,500 Metres (5:15.33) to finish with a personal best score 2,978 points for fourth place, just outside the medals but enough to earn a national squad place.

Jack Campbell of McLaren High took part in the Boys Group C Pentathlon and opened with a Long Jump of 4.53m followed by personal bests in every event after that: 80 Metres Hurdles (13.30s), Shot Put (7.96m), 200 Metres (27.24s) and 800 Metres (2:34.17). He scored a personal best 1,935 points for sixth place and a national squad call up.

Ruaridh Burns of Stirling High was taking part in the Group D (Under-14) Pentathlon opening with 14.32s in the 80 Metres Hurdles. He then produced a personal best 4.94m in the Long Jump to win the event and put himself in third place. He unfortunately missed his Shot Put after a timetable change meaning he registered no points for the event but bounced back by winning the 200 Metres in 26.36s. He finished with second place in the 800 Metres with 2:19.93 minutes to finish in fifth place in a personal best score of 1,795 points. He was only 300 points behind the winner and with a Shot Put anywhere near his personal best he would have taken the gold medal. He will look to make up for this later in the season.

Molly Cornes of Balfron High had set an excellent personal best of 2,978 points earlier in the year but after being hit with illness recently was never able to get near her best. After a decent start with 1.50m at High Jump for third she worked hard to finish in seventh place in 2,490 points. She will look to improve once she is fully fit later in the season.

In the Girls Group D competition Jessica Hanson and Molly Sullivan, two Central athletes from Dollar Academy were taking part. Jessica set personal bests at 75 Metres Hurdles (13.91s), Long Jump (4.16m), High Jump (1.29m) and 800 Metres (2:59.24) for a personal best score 1,834 points for 13th. Molly set personal bests at 75 Metres Hurdles (15.43s), High Jump (1.11m), Long Jump (3.85m) and 800 Metres (2:50.14) for a personal best score of 1,499 points for 14th place.

Jun 022019

The monthly club time trials took place at the Stirling University track on Thursday 30 May. Here are the results:

100 metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
4114.28EllieBeavan WhittyFU15
800metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
Long Jump
Number DistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
182.96 CaraMcKinlayFU11
392.75 WillowHopperFU11
552.61 CiaraMiddletonFU11
32.07 AlexandraMontgomeryFU11
193.28 NiamhMcKinlayFU13
263.13 EmilySorleyFU13
503.06 LeahBrownFU13
593.76 OliviaFreedFU15
233.51 ZosiaPaddonFU15
583.29 CatrionaKaneFU15
623.15 ErinForgieFU15
223.05 ShannonGlenFU15
512.98 LeonaMelvilleFU15
482.82 ScarlettRoyFU15
724.67 LouiseAndersonFSen
Shot Put
WeightNumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group

May 192019

Under-13s Championship

Central AC’s athletes were out in force at the East District championships at Grangemouth. This is the first championships of the outdoor season and is a good steppingstone for athletes between club and national level events. It is also a good opportunity for athletes to try and win a first ever championship medal and two of Central’s Under-13 athletes took that opportunity to get on the podium.

Dylan McCulloch had a busy day taking on three events. He started the day in the best way possible with an excellent silver medal in the 75 Metres Hurdles, running a personal best 14.02 seconds. He added a further personal best 13.94s in his 100 Metres heat before finishing seventh in the final in 14.37s. And he finished the day strongly with another good performance in the Shot Put, throwing 5.67m to just miss a medal in fourth.

Emily Guest with her medal

Emily Guest was also on the podium for the first time ever in the 100 Metres. In her heat, she dipped under 14 seconds for the first time ever with a personal best 13.82s, then followed this up with 13.94s in the final to take the bronze medal. She returned the next day for the 200 Metres, running a big personal best 28.48s, nearly a second faster than her previous best, to qualify for the final. The final was a fast race and she finished a creditable fifth in 28.93s. Her 200 Metres personal best earned her a silver running grade on the club standards scheme which, together with her jumps and throws grades over the season lifted to the overall gold award standard for the season.

Jamie Oldham and Lewis Miller were both unlucky not to get on the podium after several near misses between them. In the 800 Metres, Jamie ran a personal best 2:27.77 to take fourth place. In the Long Jump it was Lewis’s turn to place fourth with a jump of 4.07m just ahead of Jamie who was fifth in a personal best 4.06m. In the 100 Metres, Lewis ran a season’s best 13.91s for fifth and then, the following day, in the 200 Metres Jamie was yet again just run out of a medal with a personal best of 29.16s. Jamie and Lewis can be proud of setting several personal bests for top five positions in all their events.

Aaron Middleton just missed his personal best by a whisker in placing a creditable fifth in the 1,500 Metres with 5:13.69. Erin Partridge made a welcome return to competition after a year’s injury lay off with personal bests at both Long Jump with 3.82m for seventh, and 100 Metres with 14.81s.

Under-15s Championship

There was a large contingent of Central’s Under-15 athletes out at the East District championships and they were rewarded with seven medals and many new best performances.

Amy Cully was in seventh heaven after winning her first ever individual medal with a superb victory in the 800 Metres. The 14-year-old from Stirling timed her run perfectly after sitting on the shoulder of the race leader to storm past in the home straight and hold off the opposition all the way to the line to take the gold medal. Her time of 2:25.64 was a season’s best, just outside her personal best, but in a championship it is the gold medal that matters far more than the time.

Katherine Fowler was also winning her first ever medal in the 100 Metres. The 14-year-old from Callander started well, smashing her personal best in the heats to dip below 13 seconds with 12.97s. She then ran an even swifter 12.93s in the final to take third place and the bronze medal and earn herself a bronze standard on the club awards scheme.

Scott Hopper was Central’s most prolific medal winner of the weekend. Scott, from Callander, is no stranger to the podium after numerous medals in jumps and throws. He started as comfortable winner in the Shot Put after opening with 12.07m to take him 4 metres clear of the opposition before improving this in the final round with 12.54m to take his first gold of the weekend. He returned the next day for the Javelin where he was similarly dominant, opening with 37.81m, and finishing with a superb personal best of 45.48m to win the gold medal and go top of the Scottish rankings and earn another gold standard on the club awards scheme. Scott finished with the High Jump where he came close to his personal best with a jump of 1.66m to add a silver medal and end with a tally of 3 medals.

Connor Bell was also on great form in the 800 Metres as he ran a personal best 2:10.38 to place third in a fast race and take the bronze medal, his first medal at the Under-15 age group.

Louise Carroll rounded off the medal tally for the club in the Triple Jump where she hop, step and jumped her way to the bronze medal with a leap of 9.76m for third. While this jump was over the wind limit so not eligible for records, her next best jump of 9.63m was legal and broke the club outdoor record she set last season. She will look to take the outdoor record beyond her indoor best 9.88m set earlier this year. Earlier, Louise just missed out on the medals in the High Jump. A first-time clearance of 1.44m was enough for sixth place however there was frustration for her as she was unable to clear 1.49m, despite of some close attempts at a height she has cleared previously. This frustration was exacerbated when 1.49m ended up being the winning height, meaning she was just one jump from gold.

There were many other fine performances. Ruaridh Burns took fourth place in the Long Jump with 4.84m then set a personal best in the 1,500 Metres with 5:13.76. Brogan MacMillan had a busy weekend as she placed fifth at 800 Metres with 2:45.36, ran 16.21s at 75 Metres Hurdles then finished with a season’s best 31.05s at the 200 Metres.

The girls’ Shot Put saw two Central athletes in action as Ellen Montgomery placed fifth with 6.96m just ahead of Megan Dunlop who threw 6.38m for sixth. Ellen showed her versatility as she jumped 3.81m at Long Jump and ran a season’s best 14.20s for 75 Metres Hurdles. Megan ran a good personal best in the 100 Metres with 13.98s.

Euan Docherty ran a respectable 2:20.89 at 800 Metres to qualify for the final where he placed seventh. Finlay Marchant also reached the final in the 100 Metres after running a near personal best 12.97s in the heats then placing eighth in a fast final. And rounding off the Central success were Mirren Henry and Summer McLean who both set personal bests in the 1,500 Metres, where Mirren ran 5:09.05 for seventh just ahead of Summer who ran 5:13.76 for 12th.

Under-17s report

There were further medals for Central in the Under-17 age group. This age group was affected by the championships falling in the middle of the SQA exam season but a few athletes managed to pull themselves away from their studies to come out and compete.

The highlight came from Lucy More who finally won her first ever individual medal in the 200 Metres. The 16-year-old from Aberfoyle has competed for Central for many years and won several medals in relay events. However an individual podium spot had so far eluded her. She started the weekend well with a personal best in the 100 Metres of 13.22s for fifth. However in the 200 Metres she found herself in a battle for third place. She held her nerve and crossed the line in 27.42s for a bronze medal, a well-deserved reward after years of hard work and dedication to the club.

Coirilidh Cook is a seasoned competitor with numerous medals to her name including the Celtic Games title and UK silver medal last summer. She has just moved up an age group and opened her outdoor season in the 80 Metres Hurdles with a strong run of 12.05s to take the gold medal and earn a silver standard on the club awards scheme.

Lewis Dow opened his outdoor season in the 1,500 Metres, keeping with the leaders in a tactical race until the final lap when the pace quickened. He finished with 4:18.18 for fourth but will look to improve before his next outing. And Naomi Howlieson placed a respectable fifth in the Discus with 17.94m.

Senior and Under-20s Scottish National Open

While the younger age groups were competing for district honours, the Senior and Under-20 athletes were taking part in the Scottish National Open, a new format of event bringing together all the top athletes from Scotland. There were no medals at stake, but the athletes had the opportunity to put in good performances and, for the top athletes, to put their case for selection for Scotland in the upcoming Loughborough international.

Ron Todd in Pole Vault

The sprinters and jumpers were at Grangemouth where Peter Muirhead showed a return to form in the Long Jump. The 25-year-old Stirling University student and long-time Central AC member jumped an excellent season’s best 7.29m, his best jump for three years for second place overall. And in his six jump series the former Scottish senior indoor champion produced a wind-legal 7.16m which places him fifth in the Scottish rankings for the year to give notice that he is back to his best. Masters athlete Ron Todd took an excellent third in the Pole Vault with 3.20m. Balfron schoolgirl Elizabeth Thompson found it tough in her first senior championship but opened her outdoor season with a respectable 60.23s in the women’s 400 Metres. And Keiran Halliday continued his consistent form in the 200 Metres with 23.66s.

In Kilmarnock, where the endurance events were being held, Lauren McCulloch was Central’s sole competitor in the 1,500 Metres where she came away with an excellent third place and personal best of 4:50.32 minutes.

Overall it was an excellent weekend for the club with 22 new personal best performances. Well done to all.

May 072019

A busy weekend of athletics started on Friday 3 May with the Scottish Championships 5 Kilometre Road Race at Silverknowes, Edinburgh. The highlight of the evening for Central Athletic Club was a fine gold medal performance from Morag Millar taking the title with a 15 minutes 49 seconds timing, a new course record by 18 seconds.

Morag Millar by Bobby Gavin
Morag Millar by Bobby Gavin

“I am delighted with that run and to get a National Championship title once again to my name,’ said Morag.

“The Course Record was actually mine a few years ago and then I remember Maddie Murray coming along in 2016 and running 16.07 to take it away from me. So to get that back and get well under 16 minutes is really pleasing.

“I’m in good shape at the moment and it has all just rolled on from Falkirk and the National Cross Country when I won bronze. Lewis and I live near Alloa so we did the half marathon there but other than that and Run Balmoral last week then this was the race I was wanting to target in a big way and that has paid off.

“I’m 33 but I feel with the lay-offs I have had, my legs are a lot younger. Maybe not quite 21 but you get what I mean!

“It’s always a great race at Silverknowes, even when it is windy, although I did have to jump out the way of a bin in the mad dash at the start. But that mad dash always gives people a great start and helps times.”

Morag’s run helped Central lift team silver medals with further strong runs from Natalie Stewart (17th; 17.56) and Lauren McCulloch (23rd; 18.13), with Lauren also picking up second place in the Under-20 category.

There were also fine performances from Central’s men with Alastair Hay (9th; 14.50), Jack Kerr (30th; 15.29) and Lewis Millar (34th; 15.35) missing out on team bronze by just one point. There was however a further top position for Central with Ben MacMillan finishing second in the Under-17 race with a high quality 15.09 clocking in 16th place overall.

Saturday 4 May saw Central Athletic Club men’s team competing at the first match of the Scottish Division One Track and Field League with both athletes and officials sheltering from cold northerly winds.

Michael Wright in the Steeplechase
Michael Wright in the Steeplechase

With the normal league format the first track event, the 400 Metres Hurdles, saw David Lindsay again showing good form over the hurdles to land sixth ‘A’ place with 67.10 seconds. The 800 Metres saw Matthew Sutherland shake off tiredness after his victory in the previous weekend’s Stirling Half Marathon and his 5 kilometre race from the previous evening to clock 2 minutes 6.94 seconds for seventh place in the ‘A’ race. It was good to see Ian Horsburgh showing great form to record fifth in a high quality 100 Metres with 11.48s, backed up by Cameron Smith with a further excellent clocking of 11.81s for third in the ‘B’ race. Michael Wright proved how well he had recovered from his Scottish Marathon victory to lead in the field in the 3,000 Metres Steeplechase clocking 9:39.84 while David Lindsay again proved his worth to the team in winning the ‘B’ event with 10:50.62. Under-17 athlete Erik Escala showed his maturity in finishing second in the 400 Metres ’A’ race, clocking 53.51s in difficult conditions. The 1,500 Metres saw well-judged performances from Jack Kerr and Ben MacMillan, fresh from their previous night’s exploits. Jack took the ‘A’ race in 4:07.65 with Ben winning the ‘B’ race in 4:12.86 for his first men’s league points. The 200 Metre series saw Ian Horsburgh and Cameron Smith back on the track with Ian picking up third ‘A’ points in a tasty 22.89s and Cameron in fifth ‘B’ spot with 24.11s. The 5,000 Metres saw Michael Wright again prove his value to the team with a second place ‘A’ run of 15:58.34 while Under-20 runner Hamish Hickey picked up second place ‘B’ points in 16:53.32.

In the field the throwing duties were covered once again by Ron Todd recording a Discus best of 26.37 metres; an 8.38m Shot Put; a 32.60m Javelin throw and completed a busy day with a Hammer throw of 24.66m picking up excellent points in all events. The pole vaulters had to compete against the cold wind but came through with flying colours with Erik Escala hitting a new personal best of 3.30m to win the ‘A’ event while Ron Todd provided a win in the ‘B’ event with a clearance of 3.20m. It was good to see Peter Muirhead heading back to top performances in the Long Jump with a best effort of 7.06m and a win in the event.

The 4 x 100 Metres Relay quartet of Ian Horsburgh, Peter Muirhead, Erik Escala and Under-17 debutant Adam McGregor brought the baton home in a tasty 46.6s for fifth spot. The 4 x 400 Metres Relay quartet of Ben MacMillan, David Lindsay, Hamish Hickey and Jack Kerr had to battle all the way to the line to take sixth spot recording 4:02 with a fine effort from Jack on the final leg.

As always there was great back-up from the club’s officials through Richard O’Grady, John Dickson, Tom McMenemy and Bill Gault.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 366; Shettleston 287; Edinburgh 239; Central 221; Falkirk 220; Inverness 219; Corstorphine 191 and Victoria Park Glasgow 124, proving once again the value of every point.

Apr 292019

The results from the time trials are below.

100metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
14214.48EllieBeavan WhittyFU15
5815.78Aliya SophiaNajibFU15
600metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
Long Jump
NumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
Shot Put
WeightNumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
Mar 252019

Central Athletic Club’s women took the Scottish Road Relay Championship title with some fine running as they took back the title last won by the Club in 2017.

Under-20 runner, Rebecca Craig was new to the event and faced the first 3.1 mile leg and held the Central team well in contention in fourth place in a time of 18 minutes 18 seconds. Jennifer Wetton was next on the 5.8 mile long leg, with her time of 35.06 holding the team in sixth place, crucially just 1 minute 15 seconds down on the lead. This was the launch pad for Morag Millar to sweep through the leaders on the third leg with the fastest short lap of the day, with her 17.04 bringing the team into a 20 second lead. Fanni Gyurko had the last of 4 laps for the women, and held her form with a fine 34.07 leg (sixth fastest long leg). Behind her, other medal contenders shifted positions, but did little to threaten the lead with Central finishing with a 54 second lead and a winning time of 1:44:45. Despite a blustery day this was the fourth fastest finishing time in 22 years of the event, with two of these already held by Central.

Central’s Women’s B team was also stacked with experience with three of the team being previous medallists. Claire Houston led the team off with 19.59 to bring the team round in 15th place. Lauren McCulloch continued with a strong leg in 37.17 and holding 15th place. Fiona Thompson made her competitive return after a period out, running a fine 19.42 and bringing the team up to tenth place. Lyndsay Morrison returned to competition after having a baby, and provided a strong 36.52 long lap and brought the team home in ninth place out of the 32 complete teams finishing.

Central’s men faced the traditional format of 6 stages, on the same course used by the women, with alternating short and long legs. It was Iain Davies who led the team off with another strong effort to bring the A team round in second place with his 15.38 effort and the fifth fastest short leg of the day. The always reliable Michael Wright picked up the second leg challenge to keep the Club in second place with a fine 30.08 long leg. Murray MacLarty (16.25) produced another solid performance on the second of the short legs with the team slipping to fourth overall. Scott Brember (31.16) brought his experience to bear on the second of the long legs with the team now in fifth. Lewis Millar (16.14) produced a sound effort with the team now in sixth overall and it was left to Dale Colley to round off the A team’s effort as he finished strongly with 30.17 and the team finishing fifth with an overall time of 2:19:38, some 3 minutes behind winners Cambuslang Harriers.

Central’s B team featured a mixture of youth and experience with three Under-20 runners, Tom Graham-Marr, Sandy Holl and Telfer Gray stepping up to the challenge. Chris McHardy (18.12) led the team off, followed in turn by Jack Kerr (33.22), Tom Graham-Marr (16.30), Sandy Holl (31.59), Fraser Logan (17.59) and Telfer Gray (33.51) with placings fluctuating throughout, but a worthy 22nd place overall and a finishing time of 2:34:52.

Central’s C team was also the Club’s Masters team with David Eckersley (18.41), Ewan Jack (34.16), Charles Graham-Marr (20.37), Colin Alexander (39.38), Jens Subke (20.07) and Ian Dunsmore (37.30). One of the highlights from the team’s effort was a superb uphill sprint finish by Iain to ensure the team finished in 2:40:49, 44th overall and fifth Master’s team, another all-round sound effort. It was good to see Central field four complete men’s teams with some of the D team rolling back the years. Here it was Cameron Campbell (23.21) who led off the effort followed by Colin Sinclair (45.53), John Millar (27.04), Allan Gall (45.10), Raymond Milne (24.18) and Ben Noad (41.18) giving the team a time of 3:27:04 and a competent 58th place.

Mar 242019

The final race of Central Athletic Club’s cross country series was held in King’s Park, Stirling on Saturday 23 March with good underfoot conditions for the 42 young endurance runners.

As expected there was a fast pace throughout the one mile challenge as once again the talented Under-13 Connor Bell underlined his superb recent form to win in an excellent 4 minutes 53 seconds. Joshua Kennedy again proved to be the fastest of the remaining Under-13 Boys, recording a tasty 5 minutes 19 seconds to head in further strong runs from Alex Dunlop (5.40), Andrew Twigg (6.02) and Scott Hill (6.59). Under-13 Boys series trophy winners were Connor Bell, Joshua Kennedy and Scott Hill.

Ryan McGuire showed significant improvement from 2018 to win the Under-15 Boys race with 4.58, just ahead of another top performance from Euan Docherty (4.59) with Finlay Brown (5.29) and the ever-present Ross Lawrie (5.45) rounding off this age group with Ryan and Ross winning the Under-15 Boys series trophies. Oliver Holden finished in 5.02 to win the Under-17 Boys category and lift this age group’s series trophy with his consistent performances.

Ray Taylor (5.18) again proved to be the top Under-11 Boy runner heading home strong efforts from Jack Sutton (5.37) and Fergus Young (5.57). This popular age group also produced highly competitive running from Scott Cramb (6.00), Lewis Hendry (6.03), Lewis Cook (6.10), Jamie Connor (6.14), Logan Bell (6.16), Finlay MacGregor (6.19), Gavin Young (6.20), Noah Kennedy (6.23), Conall Paterson (6.43), Callum Harvey (6.45), Magnus Carrie (6.47) and Cameron Moore (7.12). The three Under-11 Boy series trophy winners were Ray Taylor, Jack Sutton and Fergus Young. The Under-9 Boys saw further enthusiastic performances with Rocco Cramb (6.18) heading home Joel Gillan (6.23) while Joel prevailed in the overall series.

Mirren Henry showed top form to lead in the Under-13 Girls in 5.28 with Leona Melville (5.41) in close attendance. Scarlett Roy (6.15) also finished strongly to head in Leah Brown (6.17), Katy Cullen (6.21) and Erin Partridge (6.34) while Leona, Mirren and Leah won the series trophies for the Under-13 Girls. Summer MacLean proved her speed and endurance credentials to win the Under-15 Girls race in 5.46 to head Ellen Montgomery (6.42) with both girls taking the series trophies in this age group.

Niamh McKinlay (5.53) produced another competitive and assured performance to head the Under-11 Girls age group with more useful performances from Dara Clark (6.31), Emma Anderson (6.33), Fia Watkin (6.43) and Willow Hopper (7.14). Holly Sutton (9.44) suffered somewhat in the latter part of the race so testament to her perseverance to complete the course. It was Niamh, Dara and Emma who won the Under-11 Girls series trophies. Under-9 Girl, Alexandra Montgomery can be proud of her 8.08 effort and her series award in this age group.

There was another large turnout of Club volunteers and parents to ensure this was another successful event.

Mar 112019

Under-20s and Under-17s report

Central AC had a huge representation at the Scottish Combined Events Championships at the Glasgow Emirates arena. In the last big domestic event before the venue hosted the European Indoor Championships, 24 of Central’s athletes tested themselves across the disciplines of running, jumping and throwing.

Central’s challenge was led by the older athletes in the Under-20 and Under-17 age groups. Matthew Chandler was Central’s most experienced competitor with numerous internationals and medals at Scottish and UK level over the years. The 18-year-old from Balfron was contesting the Under-20 Men’s Heptathlon, the indoor equivalent of the decathlon, which is contested over 2 days. He opened well with 7.58s for the 60 Metres and then set an excellent personal best 6.77m at Long Jump to go fifth on the club indoor all-time list. Another personal best 10.69m came at Shot Put then a decent 1.83m High Jump saw Matt in third place at the end of the first day. He opened well in the second day with a near personal best 8.68s at 60 Metres Hurdles which moved him up to second place overall. He followed this with an excellent season’s best 4.17m at Pole Vault to consolidate his second place position then finished with a personal best 2:49.35 minutes at 1,000 Metres. He was unable to catch Scott Connal of Whitemoss, who won in a new Scottish junior record, but Matt was rewarded with a silver medal and a superb personal best 4,882 points to go seventh on the Scottish all-time list for the age group.

Erik Escala was contesting his first ever Heptathlon in the Under-17 age group. The 16-year-old from Dunblane started strongly with a big personal best 7.68s in the 60 Metres then followed this with a 5.45m Long Jump. He threw 11.11m in the Shot Put which, while an excellent distance, was down on the 12.43m personal best he set the week before to win a medal at the Scottish schools. However he made up for this with a big High Jump personal best of 1.80m to place him fourth overnight. Further personal bests followed in the 60 Metres Hurdles (9.13s) and Pole Vault (2.87m), a relatively new event for him. He rounded off his weekend with another personal best 3:15.94 at 1,000 Metres to finish an excellent fourth place, just outside the medals, with 3,889 points.

Molly Cornes was taking on the Under-17 women’s pentathlon. The 14-year-old from Balfron had a cold to contend with but stuck to the task as she opened with personal bests in both the Shot Put (8.72m) and 60 Metres Hurdles (10.01s). She produced another strong Long Jump (4.98m) then followed this with an excellent personal best clearance of 1.60m in the High Jump which places her fifth on the club women’s indoor all-time list. By the 800 Metres her illness started to tell leaving her unable to challenge for the medals but she finished in 2:47.12 for a final score of 2,940 points. This was a 400 point personal best but such was the high standard this was only enough for seventh overall. Matt will look to build on this and Molly and Erik will look to learn from their experience and hopefully they will all challenge for medals in the summer.

Under-15s report

Central had a large contingent of 11 Under-15 boys and girls taking part in the pentathlon, many of them for the first time.

In the boys’ event, Ruaridh Burns and Tyler Hunter were both novices at the pentathlon. Ruaridh had a strong start in the Long Jump with a personal best 4.90m for fifth place while Tyler jumped 3.96m. In the 60 Metres Hurdles it was Tyler’s turn to impress in his first ever hurdles race as he won his heat in 10.63s with Ruaridh running 11.20s. In the High Jump Tyler cleared a personal best 1.34m then Ruaridh jumped 1.37m in his first ever attempt at the event. The Shot Put was a new event to both of them, Tyler threw 6.16m and Ruaridh 7.12m. In the final 800 Metres event Ruaridh showed his form in his specialist event as he ran clear in his heat to win in an excellent personal best 2:18.70, the second fastest time of the day with Tyler following in 2:55.98. At the end Ruaraidh scored 1,781 points for a respectable sixth and Tyler 1,244 points for 10th.

Central had an incredible nine athletes competing, all setting a host of new personal best performances. Top finisher was Katherine Fowler. The day didn’t all go to plan for her as her opening High Jump of 1.28m was 20cm short of the 1.48 that earned fifth at the recent individual Scottish champs. However she recovered well to win her 60 Metres Hurdles heat in a personal best 10.79s then set further personal bests at Long Jump (4.64m) and 800 Metres 2:36.95 and a season’s best Shot Put (6.03m) to score 2,305 points for 16th. One place behind was Louise Carroll who opened well with 1.40m at High Jump then set personal bests at Long Jump (4.49m), Shot Put (7.26m) and a season’s best 800 Metres (2:52.04) for a personal best score 2,299 points for 14th.

Amy Cully set personal bests at 60 Metres Hurdles (11.12s) and High Jump (1.31m) and season’s bests at Long Jump (3.86m) and 800 Metres where she was a clear heat winner in 2:29.73 to score a personal best 2,237 for 18th place.

For Ellen Montgomery there were personal bests at 60 Metres Hurdles (10.85s), Long Jump (3.86m) and Shot Put (7.20m) for a personal best score of 1,863 points. Ella Wilson had a fantastic start in her first ever pentathlon winning her pool in her High Jump debut with an excellent jump of 1.43m. She followed this with personal bests in 60 Metres Hurdles (12.51s) and Shot Put (7.44m) along with a 4.08m Long Jump for a score of 1,840 points.

Brogan MacMillan set personal bests at 60 Metres Hurdles (12.52s), Long Jump (3.48m) and Shot Put (6.01m) for a score of 1,490 points. Megan Dunlop produced personal bests at 60 Metres Hurdles (12.52s), High Jump (1.34m) and Long Jump (3.23m) for a personal best score of 1,489 points.

For Molly Sullivan and Zosia Paddon every event was a new experience for them. They completed all the events and finished with scores of 1,133 for Zosia and 1,014 for Molly. All in all the Under-15s set 47 new personal bests including 22 new events attempted, an excellent result for them all.

Under-13s report

Central had 10 Under-13 athletes taking part every one of them attempting a pentathlon for the first time ever. The boys’ event featured Dylan McCulloch, Henry Crossley and Alex Dunlop. Dylan opened well in the Shot Put with a personal best 6.39m to go into fourth place. Alex threw 4.64m and Henry 3.90m. In the hurdles Dylan was a clear winner of his heat in his first ever attempt at the event with an excellent 11.16s, the third fastest of the day, to move him into third place. Alex finished in 13.72s and Henry 15.13s. In the High Jump there were personal bests all round as Alex and Dylan cleared 1.08m and Henry 1.02m. Further personal bests came from all three on the Long Jump, Dylan jumped 4.14m for third place in the event, Henry 3.15m and Alex 3.01m. In the final 800 Metres event Alex set a personal best 2:48.17 to place second in his heat and finish on a score of 559 points while Henry finished in 2:57.85 for a final score of 377 points. As Dylan was in fifth place he ran in the final race for the event leaders to decide the medals. He was unable to catch the top three, but still ran a decent 2:43.67 minutes which gave him a final score of 1,143 points and maintained his fifth place position, an excellent result against the best in Scotland.

The girls’ event saw a big field of 37 athletes taking part. Danielle Abel led the Central athletes, clearing 1.20m at High Jump and winning her heat comfortably in the 60 Metres Hurdles with a personal best 10.54s. She then set a personal best at Long Jump (4.06m) and 800 Metres (3:03.12) to finish with a score of 1,840 points for 15th overall. Just behind her was Jessica Hanson who started with an excellent 1.29m High Jump then ran 11.32s at 60 Metres Hurdles, threw 5.68m at Shot Put, jumped 3.78m at Long Jump and ran 3:00.34 at 800 Metres to score 1,756 points for 17th. Niamh MacKinlay set personal bests at High Jump (1.11m), 60 Metres Hurdles (12.54s), Long Jump (3.43m) and was a clear heat winner in the 800 Metres with a personal best 2:44.79 to score 1,394 points for 27th. Loren Stewart opened with a big personal best at High Jump with 1.23m then set a season’s best 4.73m at Shot Put and a good 3.85m Long Jump to score 1,302 points. Emily Guest cleared a personal best 1.17m at High Jump but her hopes of a good score were dashed when she was unable to finish the hurdles. She stuck to the task and set personal bests at Long Jump (3.96m) and Shot Put (6.39m) to score 1,256 points in spite of her no score in the hurdles.

Connie Bateman set personal bests in High Jump (1.08m), 60 Metres Hurdles (12.62s) and Shot Put (4.39m) for a score of 998 points and Alice Cameron long jumped (2.89m) and ran 3:15.6 at 800 Metres on the way to a score of 800 points.

The Under-13s set 40 new personal bests including 25 events attempted for the first time, an experience they will all learn from.

Mar 102019

The penultimate race in Central Athletic Club’s cross country series was played out over a muddy and testing course close to the Callander Crags car park. The 33 participants all made light of the conditions with the general opinion that the runners had enjoyed the tough course of somewhat over a mile.

Craig Walker shows the way
Craig Walker shows the way

Under-15 Euan Docherty (7 minutes 4 seconds) has been running well all season and here broke away to record a comfortable win with a powerful effort on the final climb. Ross Lawrie (8.31) has supported all the races in the series and here finished as second Under-15 with another gutsy run.

The Under-13 Boys were led home by Joshua Kennedy with another impressive run (7.14) while Aaron Middleton (7.38) and Alex Dunlop (7.58) also showed their normal strong commitment. There were further eye catching runs in this age group from Andrew Twigg (8.26), Henry Crossley (8.29), Angus Kennedy (10.13) and Scott Hill (10.36).

It was Oliver Holden who again finished as first Under-17 in 7 minutes 32 seconds from Lloyd Raymond (8.47) while there were more top performances from the Under-11s with Jack Sutton (8.00) well to the fore to lead this age group from Fergus Young (8.34), Jamie Connor (8.43), Lewis Cook (8.48), Finlay MacGregor (8.49) and Jake Drummond (8.51). There were further gutsy runs from Noah Kennedy (9.08), Gavin Young (9.17), Cameron Moore (9.22), Oliver Brunner (9.39) and Joe Marshall (12.25). Joel Gillan was the sole Under-9 Boy and looks a future prospect, finishing in a fine 9 minutes 16 seconds.

Leona Melville led the Under-13 Girls home with an excellent 8.01 run with Leah Brown (8.46), Erin Partridge (9.41), Robyn Youens (9.57) and Grace Johnstone (12.07) all showing top commitment over this demanding course. Niamh McKinlay was again first Under-11 Girl with a tasty 8.37 clocking leading in Dara Clark (9.18), Fia Watkin (9.23), Tabatha MacKenzie (9.50) and Willow Hopper (11.09) with all the girls finishing well.

Thanks are due to the Callander coaches for organising an excellent event and the series concludes in Kings Park, Stirling on the morning of Saturday 23 March.

Feb 242019

Central AC made it a record breaking nine successive team victories in the senior men’s race at the Lindsays National Cross Country Championships at Callendar Park, Falkirk. Other notable achievements were an individual bronze for Morag Millar in the senior women and among the Under-20 Men an individual bronze for Hamish Hickey and a team bronze. Images by Bobby Gavin.

Michael Wright (yellow vest)
Michael Wright (yellow vest)

With the record on the line, there was much pressure to win again and take the record outright in the last and biggest race of the day, with over 700 runners. There was strong opposition expected in particular from Cambuslang Harriers and Inverclyde AC, with a number of top international runners on show. The competition proved as tough as expected but it was Central’s strength in depth that shone through to ensure the team title was retained and the record claimed. Central’s top counter on the day was the consistent Alastair Hay in eighth with a fine 35 minutes 12 seconds clocking over the undulating 10 kilometre course. Cameron Milne ran strongly throughout to finish tenth (35.28) while Conan McCaughey (14th; 35.47) again proved essential to the team effort. Dale Colley (15th; 35.50) showed superb form while more top performances from Michael Wright (21st; 36.09) and Iain Davies (32nd; 36.45) saw the Club close in with 100 points, ahead of Cambuslang on 142 and Inverclyde on 146. Mention must be made of coach Derek Easton who has overseen this superb run of wins pulling together large teams of all abilities, but with cutting edge quality, determination and team spirit at the front of the race.

As the senior runners came through in a seemingly never-ending stream the essential back-up was provided from Scottish Veteran Champion Scott Brember (49th; 37.36) and ultra-running specialist Ross Houston (54th; 37.46). Matthew Sutherland (61st; 38.07), Jack Kerr (63rd; 38.08), and Murray MacLarty (72nd; 38.24) should all be pleased with their runs and commitment. Lewis Millar (137th; 40.26) bridged the gap to Alex Milne (259th; 43.49), David Eckersley (274nd; 44.15), Iain Dunsmore (368th; 46.22), Jens Subke (375th; 46.32) and Hugh Buchanan (394th; 47.09). Ben Noad (422nd; 47.50) had an improved run leading in Talat Aidi (457th; 48.26); Colin Alexander (529th; 50.04), Charles Graham-Marr (558th; 50.50), Allan Gall (638th; 53.47), Cameron Campbell (655th; 54.39) and Colin Sinclair (692nd; 58.06).

Morag Millar
Morag Millar

Central’s women’s team took on the challenge of the same 10km course as the men, with over 300 finishers and a new requirement for five team counters. In the individual battle for the title 2017 champion Morag Millar ran strongly throughout for her 39.00 timing and was always in the running for medals in a group of four, but had to give way to Steph Twell, an experienced Olympian, and Czech international and Prague-based Moira Stewart. Fanni Gyurko, Central’s Dunblane-based Hungarian athlete, put in a strong performance for 9th place with 41.14 with Kim Timmins (40th; 45.18), Amy Hendry (82nd; 48.06), Claire Houston (91st; 48.48) and Becky Hay (147th; 52.19) bringing in the team to a creditable 6th place.

Hamish Hickey
Hamish Hickey

Central’s Under-20 Men all looked pleased with their efforts as Hamish Hickey’s fine 25 minutes 13 seconds run over the 7.5 kilometre course was rewarded with an individual bronze. Bronze team medals were a further reward through more excellent runs from Tom Graham-Marr (15th; 26.15), Sandy Holl (19th; 26.28) and Keir Howlieson (48th; 29.30). Just missing out on a team medal Telfer Gray’s 30.39 effort in 58th place proved another valuable contribution.

Sandy Holl U20B
Sandy Holl – U20B

Central’s Under-20 Women were close to medals over the same course. Lauren McCulloch was justifiably pleased with her 4th place with 30.02 with Rebecca Craig (14th; 31.03) and Abby Rowley (26th; 34.42) coming close to a team medal as they finished fourth.

The Under-17 Men’s race was held over a 6 kilometre test with Kyle Howie finishing 61st in 25 minutes 21 seconds and will have learned much in stepping up to this high level as will Sam Burton (91st; 27.54).

The Under-15 Boys faced a 4.1 kilometre course and here it was Finlay Muir who again led Central’s Team effort in 27th (15.30) while Euan Docherty (78th; 16.44) and Ross Lawrie (137th; 19.05) both ran well in their first year in this age group.

In the Under-15 Girls, it was a fine race by Grace Tindall for 25th in 17.20, Summer McLean (48th; 18.08) and Heidi Maxwell (90th; 19.51) as they tackled the same tough 4.1 kilometre course.

Central’s Under-13 Girls were the first race at the start of the day, over a 3.1 kilometre hilly course. The girls came close to the podium with 4th team place through Carys Gibb (21st; 13.50), Leona Melville (29th; 14.06), Mirren Henry (32nd; 14.11), Catriona Kane (34th; 14.16), Mary Kealey (110th; 16.26), Zosia Paddon (111th; 16.30) and Brogan McMillan (112th; 16.32).

Under 13 Boys race
Under 13 Boys race

The Under-13 Boys raced over the same course as the Girls and Connor Bell was always to the fore in a four athlete breakaway group. Connor made a strong effort on the final uphill stretch but had to settle for an agonisingly close fourth place in an excellent 11 minutes 43 seconds. In this highly competitive age group there were more strong runs from Aaron Middleton (46th; 13.22), Joshua Kennedy (49th; 13.25), Ruairidh Burns (55th; 13.28), Sam Gardner (81st; 13.48), Alex Dunlop (121st; 14.20) and Henry Crossley (155th; 15.23) and we can expect more from all the boys in the future. Central finished as fifth placed team.

Feb 192019

The Central AC Cross Country Championships were held on an extended and more testing course at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane on Saturday 16 February. As in 2018, the excellent weather didn’t completely compensate for the challenging hills and burn crossings.

The Under-11 boys and girls raced together over a 1.33 mile course with all 28 children showing tremendous enthusiasm and resolve. Ray Taylor has been to the fore all season and here showed great form to win in 9 minutes 5 seconds with Lewis Henry (9.41) and Tyler Gibson (9.42) battling well to take silver and bronze medals. Scott Cram (9.54) looked comfortable as he led home Finlay MacGregor (9.56), Fergus Young (10.02), Lewis Cook (10.08) and Rory MacKay (10.14). Gavin Young (10.25) was also to the fore ahead of Max Duncan (10.39), Logan Bell (11.09), Connall Paterson (11.30), Sandy Bateman (11.35), Oliver Brunner (11.44) and Lewis Cunkenbeard (11.51). Callum Whyte (12.00) was another to show true resolve as did Cameron Moore (13.15) and Nathan McKay (15.10). There were two Under-9 Boys competing with both Rocco Cram (10.21) and Gabriel Mullen (14.01) proving they have what it takes to make an impression.

The Under-11 Girls saw Leya Gibb take the trophy with an assured run, clocking 9.53. Dara Clark (10.30) came home well to lift the silver medal while Fia Watkin (11.12) came through for bronze ahead of determined running from Ciara Middleton (11.16), Isla Henry (11.19) and Iona Griffen (11.34). It was good to see Arianne McKay and Hannah Whelan supporting each other to the end with both girls recording 15.03.

The Under-13 race was held over a 1.75 mile course and once again Connor Bell (10.52) showed great form throughout to take the win with Aaron Middleton (11.46) picking up a deserved silver ahead of a strong 12.02 clocking from Joshua Kennedy for bronze. Sam Gardener (12.32), Owen Eckersley (13.18), Cian McDonnell (14.29), Edward Boyd (14.35), Michael Arestis (15.57) and Scott Hill (16.37) all came home well overcoming this tough test.

Melissa Turnbull (12.18) showed her quality to repeat her gold medal victory from 2018 in the Under-13 Girls with strong opposition from medallists Carys Gibb (12.36) and Catriona Kane (12.40). Mirren Henry (12.48) was a close-up fourth ahead of further good runs from Leona Melville (12.55), Tara Mathewson (13.55), Scarlett Roy (14.40) and Leah Brown (14.41).

The third race, over a two lap course of 2.67miles, saw the Under-15 Boys and Girls run with the Under-20 Women. Finlay Muir produced another good performance (16.47) to defend his Under-15 Boys title holding off another fine run from Ryan McGuire (17.11). Central trialist Sam Grivell (19.02) also ran well while Ethan Thomson (19.10) picked up the bronze medal ahead of Ross Lawrie (21.19) and Enrique Mendez (21.32). Grace Tindall’s convincing 19.20 performance saw her carry off the Under-15 Girls trophy while another good performance from Summer MacLean (20.00) took silver ahead of the improving Heidi Eik-Maxwell’s 23.06 effort for bronze. Under-20s Rebecca Craig and Lauren McCulloch have been to the fore all season and here produced further assured runs to finish first and second respectively in 17.28 and 17.51.

The Under-17 Men ran with the Senior Men and Veteran Men over 4 miles with a further set of quality runs throughout. Veteran runners David Eckersley and Alex Milne rolled back the years as they vied for the lead throughout with David (26.34) just taking victory from Alex (26.35) in the final frantic sprint. Iain Dunsmore was a worthy bronze medallist with his 28.15 effort. Hugh Buchanan (28.47) should have been pleased with his performance heading further strong runs from Jens Subke (29.09), Donald Shaw (29.47), Colin Sinclair (32.55), Alan Gall (33.09) and Cameron Campbell (33.23). It was good to see Ben Noad take home the Senior Trophy with a more than worthy 29.29 effort.

U11 Boys
9.41Lewis HenryCACSecond
9.56Finlay MacGregorCAC
10.08Lewis CookGuest
11.51Lewis CunkenbeardCAC
U11 Girls
U13 Boys
U13 Girls
U15 Boys
17.11Ryan McGuireCACSecond
19.10Ethan ThomsonCACThird
21.19Ross LawrieCAC
U15 Girls
23.06Heidi Eik-MaxwellCACThird
U20 Women
Senior Men
Veteran Men
28.15Iain DunsmoreCACThird
38.06Kerry MathewsonGuest
Feb 122019

Scottish Indoor Under-13 Championships

Emirates Arena, Saturday 2 February 2019

For Central AC’s Under-13 athletes the Scottish indoor championships were all about experience as for most of them it was their first taste of national championship action. While no medals were won there were a few near misses and 2 club records broken.

Top performers were Carys Gibb from Dunblane and Magnus Bryce from Balfron. In the 1,500 Metres, the race started fast and gradually the lead group whittled down with Carys in a group of just six. Three athletes broke clear towards the final lap and Carys wasn’t able to follow but she picked up an excellent fourth place in a time of 5:18.10 minutes, breaking a 20-year-old club record.

Also just outside the medals in fourth was Magnus Bryce in the 200 Metres, running an excellent 27.93 seconds. He had run even faster in his heat with 27.78 seconds which broke a 15-year-old club record.

Magnus also took on the High Jump where he was joined by Central teammate Tom Campbell. Both athletes cleared 1.28m but couldn’t quite manage the 1.33m height required to get in the medals. Tom placed sixth and Magnus seventh, respectable positions in a national championship. Tom also placed 10th in the Shot Put with a throw of 5.94m.

There were further sprint personal bests from Emily Guest and Danielle Abel. Emily ran a big personal best 8.73 seconds in the 60 Metres to qualify for the semi-final where she was joined by Danielle who also ran a personal best of 9.20 seconds. In the semi-final Emily was just run out of a place in the final after placing 10th fastest to miss out on qualification by two places.

Emily then set another personal best in the 200 Metres sprinting 29.46s in the semi-final for 10th quickest again. Danielle went on to Long Jump where she set a season’s best 3.96m for 10th.

Elsewhere, Loren Stewart placed 11th in the High Jump with a personal best 1.18m and Alice Cameron ran an indoor best 34.03s in the 200 Metres.

Well done to all the youngsters that took part.

Scottish Indoor Under-15 Championships

Emirates Arena, Sunday 3 February 2019

There were 2 gold medals for Central AC athletes in the Scottish indoor Under-15 championships as Scott Hopper and Dorottya Csuta stepped on top of the podium.

Scott, from Callander, started at the High Jump and after needing 3 attempts at 1.63m he then soared clear at a new personal best 1.68m at the first time of asking, to join 4 other athletes attempting 1.73m. Scott was unable to go higher, but with only two athletes clear, countback was required to determine the bronze medal between the three athletes tied on 1.68m. When the number of failures was tallied Scott unfortunately missed out on the bronze by just one jump at lower heights, but still finished in a respectable fifth place.

However Scott was not finished yet and continued onto the Shot Put event where he opened with a personal best 12.35m to open up a big lead. He went on to improve this with a superb throw of 12.51m in round three to increase his lead which was never challenged, earning Scott the Scottish gold medal. Scott has won previous medals outdoors at Javelin and High Jump but this was his first ever Shot Put medal and first indoor medal. His distance also earned him a gold standard on the club awards scheme.

Central’s other gold medal came from Dorottya Csuta who has recently joined Central AC from Hungary. Competing in the 1,500 Metres, Dorottya led from start to finish to win clearly in 4:54.49 minutes.

Just missing out on the podium was Louise Carroll in the Triple Jump. The 14-year-old from Balfron smashed her personal best with an excellent first round jump of 9.88m. Ultimately she had to settle for fourth place in a high standard event which was won in a new Scottish record, however she can be proud of her new personal best and new club record which earned her a silver standard on the club awards scheme.

Katherine Fowler was also on good form in the High Jump where she jumped a new personal best 1.48m, but missed the bronze medal on countback, having taken one more attempt than her opponents to clear 1.48m meaning she had to settle for fifth place.

Jack Campbell set 2 new personal bests, firstly in the 60 Metre Hurdles with 10.39s to qualify for the final where he finished seventh, then in the Long Jump where 4.64m earned him another seventh place finish.

Also progressing through the rounds were Finlay Marchant and Amy Cully. Finlay set a new personal best in the 60 Metres with 8.33s to reach the semi-finals and Amy ran 29.22s in the semi-finals of the 200 Metres.

There were numerous other personal bests. Ella Wilson set new best marks at both 60 Metres with 9.05s and 200 Metres with 30.46s, Erin Millar ran an indoor best 48.54s in the 300 Metres and Shannon Glen also set best marks at Shot Put (5.99m) and 300 Metres (55.03s). Brogan MacMillan ran 9.42s in her first 60 Metres, Ellen Montgomery tested herself at 60 Metre Hurdles (11.07s) and 300m (50.10s) and Hannah Tams took on the Long Jump (3.67m) and 200 Metres (29.91s).

Well done to everyone for testing themselves against the best in Scotland.

Scottish Indoor Under-20 Championships

Central AC had three Under-20 athletes competing at Scottish indoor championships, all of whom are experienced championship performers with Scottish titles and internationals vests on their CVs.

Ben MacMillan was stepping up to the Under-20 age group and 3,000 Metres distance after winning the Scottish indoor Under-17 1,500 Metres title last year. The 3,000 Metres championships took place in January at a British Milers Club event, when Ben found himself up against European Youth 1,500 Metres champion Kane Elliot of Falkirk. Ben stuck to the task and went round the 15 laps in 8:38.16 minutes to win an excellent bronze medal. Ben was over the moon with his performance which knocked half a minute off his personal best and broke the club Under-20 record. Afterwards Ben said “I went into the race not expecting anything. I just wanted a personal best racing as an Under-20, was extremely pleased with my time and the medal was the icing on the cake.” A happy young man!

Elizabeth Thompson was returning to defend the Scottish junior 400 Metres title she won last year and was also celebrating her 17th birthday. She looked comfortable in her heat as she cruised through in 60.04s to book her place in the final. After a fast paced first lap in the final, she found herself in fourth place at the break from lanes. She fought hard in lap two but was unable to force her way past the third placed athlete and had to settle for fourth in 58.93s.

Decathlete Matt Chandler was also just out of the medals in the High Jump. Matt was clear at every height up to 1.88m, but with three other athletes left in would have required a new personal best 1.93m to get on the podium. He had some good attempts but had to settle for fourth place. Matt will return for the Scottish combined events championships next weekend.

The fourth positions will be frustrating for Elizabeth and Matt relative to their own high standards but are excellent performances at Under-20 level where the standard to get on the podium is much higher. They will both look to bounce back at their next competitions.

Feb 082019
New CTO – Steve Ingram


I am delighted to be joining Central Athletics Club as your new Club Together Officer.

I have been involved in Sport and Sports Clubs from a very early age, competing, playing, coaching and serving on various committees. I hope to use the experience that I have gained and my passion for Sport in general, to assist with the Club’s ongoing development.

My career background is in Sales and Marketing in the business to business and retail sales environments. However, for the past 6 and a half years, I have been managing Bridge of Allan Sports Club. This has renewed and fuelled my passion for Sport, working closely with Active Stirling, Tennis Scotland, Scottish Squash, Club Coaches and the Committee, to help develop those Sports and increase Membership at the Club.

I fully appreciate the importance of the volunteer network within Clubs, from Committee Members through to coaching assistants and parent helpers. I have served as Secretary, President and I am currently Chairperson of Bridge of Allan Bowling Club and have coached Junior Rugby Teams at Stirling County at age groups ranging from 7 up to 16 year olds.

In terms of my Sporting background, in my early teenage years, I was a sprinter, hurdler and discus thrower, however, ball sports and golf were my preferred sports. I worked at a golf course for 4 years during school holidays and weekends, but my later teens drew me into Rugby. I played at various levels for over 25 years in Birmingham and Shropshire, finally finishing with a most enjoyable time in the Wolfhounds over 35’s team at Stirling County. I am now a keen golfer again and have played bowls at Bridge of Allan since moving to Scotland 29 years ago.

I suppose the reason for telling you this is to give you some confidence in that I have always been a sportsman and have been around teams, coaches, assistant coaches and volunteers for many years and understand that these people are the lifeblood of any Sports Club. It is in the recruitment of volunteers that I intend to work hard in order to assist in Central Athletic Club’s development.

I look forward to meeting more of you throughout the coming weeks.

Feb 052019

Central Athletic Club’s Scott Brember climbed to the top of the podium at the Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships in Hawick on Saturday 2 February. This event attracts the best Over-40 runners in Scotland with championship medals awarded in each of the 5 year age groups. Scott has been making progress all season and here ran a perfect tactical race, sitting in with a breakaway group of 4 and then unleashing an emphatic sprint finish to win quite comfortably against the top Masters in the country. Scott not only won his Over-45 age group but also won the overall race to join a select contingent of runners to complete this feat.

Scott Brember mixing it
Scott Brember mixing it

A testing and undulating course was on offer in Hawick and the freezing temperatures also had to be endured so testament to Scott’s 3 seconds win ahead of a string of younger athletes and former champions.

Hazel Dean proved her consistency in also climbing on to the podium to lift silver in the Women’s Over-55 age group, another great achievement from this classy and dedicated competitor.

Iain Dunsmore should be pleased with his gutsy and determined run in the Over-45 age group while the Men’s race also featured a trio of Central runners in Over-50 and Over-60 age groups with a close personal battle between the threesome. Colin Sinclair led his team home ahead of Allan Gall and Cameron Campbell, a worthy effort from all as they finished fourteenth team in the Male 50 to 60 category.

Jan 282019

There were a host of new personal best performances for Central AC’s athletes at the Scottish Under-17 indoor championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday. Daniel Ferguson and Molly Cornes were the top performers as Central’s youngsters took on the best in Scotland.

Sprint hurdler, Daniel Ferguson is no stranger to top flight competition. The 16-year-old from Tullibody won a silver medal for Scotland at last year’s Celtic Games international. Daniel was contesting the 60 Metre Hurdles and looked strong in his heat as he qualified in 3rd place equalling his personal best of 8.87 seconds. It was a close contest with 5 athletes qualifying within 0.1s of each other. The final was a fast race and Daniel ran hard but couldn’t quite get into the medals, finishing in fourth place, but was rewarded with an excellent new personal best of 8.74s. Daniel also managed a season’s best 7.68s in the 60 Metres flat, just missing his personal best.

Molly Cornes was contesting the High Jump and Long Jump and had the challenge of a timetable clash between the 2 events. The 14-year-old from Balfron opted to focus on the High Jump and cleared every height up to 1.53 metres after which the bar was then raised to 1.58m, higher than her personal best of 1.55m. After a close first attempt she managed to go clear at the second attempt to set a new personal best. She had some good attempts at 1.63m but was unable to improve further and pleased to finish in seventh place.

Molly then went straight over to the Long Jump and having missed the first 2 rounds had just one jump available to qualify for the top eight. She also had the difficulty of having missed the warm up meaning she had not been able to check her run up so had to trust the mark she had laid out. Thankfully the mark was spot on and she nailed a massive personal best jump of 5.30m to put her in 7th place and qualify for another 3 jumps. She was unable to improve on this position but her 46cm personal best puts her 3rd on the club indoor all-time list and earns her a silver standard on the club awards scheme.

Lois Burch is relatively inexperienced at this level but made big improvements in both the 60 Metre Hurdles and 200 Metres. The 15-year-old from Callander started with 9.71 seconds in the 60 Metre Hurdles which was a massive 0.66s personal best. This put her in 18th place but with eight English athletes ahead of her she was 10th fastest Scot. Also in the 60 Metre Hurdles, Coirilidh Cook was looking to get into the medals having won numerous titles at Under-15 last year including victory at the Celtic Games international. She looked comfortably won her heat in 9.17s, but in her semi-final caught the first hurdle leaving her unable to reach the final. Hurdlers always operate to fine margins and she will learn from this and look to get back to her best when she defends her Scottish Schools title in 2 weeks.

There was more to come from Lois as she took on the 200 Metres where she set another big personal best of 27.50s, knocking 1.2s from her previous fastest. Also setting a new mark in the 200 Metres was Mavia Duncan who ran a personal best 28.83s, a two second improvement on her previous best.

Lucy More sprinted well in the 60 Metres and having qualified for the semi-finals with 8.36s went even faster in her semi-final with 8.29s, just missing her personal best.

There were several other good performances by Central athletes. Kyra Gibb set an indoor best in the 1,500 Metres of 5 minutes 0.6 seconds to qualify for her final. Shona McLay qualified for the 300 Metres semi-finals with a time of 43.99s and Rebecca Cumming took on the Triple Jump, placing a respectable 12th with 8.93m.

It was good to see the Central athletes taking on the best in Scotland and the number being rewarded with new personal bests.

Jan 272019

The third race in Central Athletic Club’s 2018-19 cross-country series was held on Saturday 26 January on a flat course at Fintry Rugby Club with an excellent field of 50 runners from across the club. All the athletes performed admirably in spite of the wet and windy conditions.

Mass start

It was Under-15 runner Ryan McGuire who came home at the front showing strong running throughout and covering a course of somewhat over a mile in 5 minutes 59 seconds. Ross Lawrie, making light of the conditions, came home second in this age group clocking 7.02. Connor Bell led home the Under-13 Boys with another fine run of 6.03 and there were further classy runs in this age group from Joshua Kennedy (6.44), Alex Dunlop (7.12), Henry Crossley (7.28) and Scott Hill (8.10). Oliver Holden (6.27) was the only Under-17 competing, again coming home in overall contention.

The Under-11 Boys proved to be the most popular age group and here Ray Taylor continued to underline his ability with a 6.38 effort. Jack Sutton (6.45) was only a few strides behind with another strong run and there was fast finishes from Scott Cramb and Douglas Stewart as both boys finished with 7.15. Fergus Young (7.23), Lewis Henry (7.29), Logan Bell (7.30), Lewis Cook (7.32), Euan Haythorne (7.33) and Jamie Connor (7.34) can all be proud of their performances as can Finlay MacGregor (7.40), Noah Kennedy (7.43), Callum Harvey (8.01), Conall Paterson (8.09), Sandy Bateman (8.14), Cameron Moore (8.22), Evan Baird (9.00) and Nathan McKay (9.44). Rocco Cramb proved to be the fastest of the Under-9 Boys with a fine run of 7.38, followed closely by another good run from Joel Gillan (7.53).

The Under-13 Girls proved to be a very competitive age group with Catriona Kane racing powerfully to the line in 6 minutes 48 seconds leading further excellent runs from Leona Melville (6.49), Mirren Henry (6.50) and Olivia Freed (6.53). Leah Brown came through well in 7.46, leading in Scarlett Roy (7.53), Scarlett Haddow (8.11), Isabel McGuire (8.39), Alice Cameron (8.59) and Grace Johnstone (9.16). Summer MacLean was the top Under-15 Girl with another good run of 6:52 while Ellen Montgomery stuck well to the task to record 8.04.

Niamh McKinlay ran well throughout as the top Under-11 Girl, coming round in 7:19, with Isla Henry (8.03), Dara Clark (8.18) and Emma Anderson (8.19) all showing good form. Connie Bateman (8.29) should be pleased with her run leading home further lively efforts from Iona Griffen (8.38), Willow Hopper (8.41), Jasmine Haddow (8.53) and Arianne McKay (9.18). Alexandra Montgomery was the only Under-9 Girl competing and should be pleased with her 9.37 run.

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

Jan 262019

The final match of the East District Cross Country League was played out at Deans Country Park in Livingston on Saturday 19 January. Central Athletic Club’s runners were faced with frozen paths causing all to think whether spikes, trail shoes or trainers were the correct footwear. Highlights were Morag Millar winning the Senior Women’s race and Scott Brember coming home as first veteran in the Senior Men’s race.

As always the day commenced with the Under-11 races with both the girls and boys facing 1.6 kilometre runs. There was a good turnout of Under-11 girls with Leah Gibb leading home Central’s challenge finishing in an excellent fourth place with a 6 minutes 44 seconds timing. Niamh McKinlay did well to finish in 16th (7.01) and was followed home by further useful runs from Lauren Stewart (33rd; 7.27), Isla Henry (48th; 7.51) and Ciara Middleton (51st; 7.53) with the girls finishing as third team on the day and third across the season. Ray Taylor was the only Central Under-11 boy to face the challenge and here finished in a superb third place with another assured performance of 6 minutes 9 seconds.

The Under-13 girls and boys had a full 3.2 kilometre lap of the course to negotiate and here Carys Gibb was the first Central girl, finishing in a fine eleventh place (13.11). Just a few strides behind, Catriona Kane finished in twelfth (13.13), and with Mirren Henry in 15th (13.34), the girls finished as third team, again third across the season. Back-up here was provided by Brogan McMillan (53rd; 16.44) and Izzy McGuire (17.31). There was also a good turnout of Central’s Under-13 boys with Connor Bell always challenging at the front of the race and here finishing third in 11 minutes 11 seconds. Aaron Middleton also proved highly competitive in twelfth (12.05) with Joshua Kennedy (24th; 12.28) also well in the mix as the team finished third on the day. There was no doubting the commitment of Sam Gardner (57th; 13.34), Alex Dunlop (62nd; 13.45), Henry Crossley (75th; 14.16) and Dylan McCulloch (83rd; 14.47), with the boys all finishing well and more will be heard from this group in future.

Heidi Eik-Maxwell was the sole Central athlete stepping up for the Under-15 and Under-17 Girls 4 kilometre test finishing her run as 31st Under-15 Girl in exactly 19 minutes. Euan Docherty had a sound run to finish 28th (15.58) in the Under-15 Boys race backed up by Enrique Mendez (46th; 18.09) and Ross Lawrie (46th; 19.04). Sam Burton was the only Central Under-17 Man to tackle the 6.4 kilometre two lap course and although finding this a real test will have learned much from the experience in finishing 32nd (27.38).

Morag Millar attacked the Senior Women’s 6.4 kilometre course from the gun and produced an excellent front running performance to win by over a minute in 22 minutes 35 seconds. Fanni Gyurko fought hard on the last lap with former Scottish Cross Country Champion Freya Ross and only lost out on the final run-in by 2 seconds, coming home in 23.44 in third. Amy Hendry provided a much improved performance in finishing 39th (26.31) and with veteran runner Hazel Dean finishing 54th (28.58), Central’s team finished fourth.

Michael Wright (31.18) proved to be the pick of the Central runners in the Senior Men’s team coming home eighth over a 9.6 kilometre 3 lap course. Scott Brember was once again the top veteran on the day, finishing 16th overall in 31.58 while Under-20 runner Telfer Gray came through in 53rd (34.13). Dale Colley and Lewis Millar crossed the line together in 70th and 71st places with both recording 35.30. Will Hensman (110th; 37.40) and veteran runner David Eckersley (112th; 37.42) battled to the line and there were further solid runs from Donald Shaw (155th; 39.52), Iain Dunsmore (161st; 40.29), Hugh Buchanan (166th; 40.45) and Colin Alexander (186th; 41.37). It was good to welcome back Roger Greenaway who finished 188th with 41.48 while Allan Gall (238th; 45.52) again prevailed in his own personal contest with Cameron Campbell (240th; 46.01).

Scotland teams were in cross country action in Belfast over the weekend coming home with a clutch of medals. The British Cross Challenge races at Dundonald doubled up as both the Celtic Cross Country Championships plus the Home Countries Cross Country. It was a format which seemed to work well, even if it added somewhat to the workload for those tasked with distributing medals!

The Senior races featured a number of international athletes from outside Britain as well as strong English opposition. So testament to Central’s Alastair Hay as he proved to be Scotland’s top performer in the Senior Men’s race, finishing twelfth overall and covering the 10 kilometre course in a tasty 31 minutes 42 seconds.

In the Under-20 race Central’s Hamish Hickey had another good run to finish tenth, covering the 5 kilometre course in 19 minutes 45 seconds, and awarded a team gold for Scotland with his team packing well.

Jan 202019

Central AC were well represented at the Senior and Under-20 England Indoor combined events championships in Sheffield earlier this month as brothers Tom and Matt Chandler were chasing selection for Great Britain against the best all round athletes from throughout the UK.

Tom Chandler was competing in the Senior Men’s Heptathlon 3 years after earning his Great Britain debut at junior level. The 21 year old from Balfron, now living in Uxbridge, graduated from University last year and started his first full time job meaning he has to face the challenges of balancing full time work with the training demands of decathlon. He is also currently in transition between training groups so knew it would be a challenge to try and get into the reckoning for selection for the senior GB team. But he stuck to the task and sprinted to 7.55 seconds in the 60 metres, followed with a 6.48 metre Long Jump, 11.34 metre Shot Put and 1.83 metre High Jump to finish the first day with 2,609 points for 21st place. In the second day he ran 8.95 seconds over the 60 metre Hurdles, had a strong 4.20 metre Pole Vault before finishing with 2:48.09 in the 1,000 metres. In spite of the extra demands placed on him he had managed to score 4,825 points, within 200 of his personal best, and place 15th overall and a very respectable 6th in the Under-23 category against the best all round athletes from throughout the UK.

Afterwards Tom commented “I’m just getting to grips with working full time and training and how difficult that is becoming. I was just not competition-sharp, fitness wise and was just not reacting off the floor and it showed. But I’m looking forward to summer now with a new coaching set up which should put me in good stead for outdoors!” Hopefully we can see him back to his best for the summer.

Matt Chandler was contesting the Junior Heptathlon and had the perfect start as he sprinted to a personal best 7.54 seconds in the 60 metres. He followed this with 6.53 metres in the Long Jump then another personal best of 10.57 metres in the Shot Put. He was then looking to make his move in his strongest Pole Vault event however things didn’t go to plan as he managed only 3.80 metres, well down on his 4.32 metre club record. This gave him an uphill struggle to get into contention for the medals and GB selection. But he started well when he returned for the second day started with 8.88 seconds in the 60 metre hurdles then he equalled his personal best in the High Jump with an excellent 1.92 metres, the 3rd highest jump of the day to pull him up to 7th place. He then finished with another personal best 2:50.38 to retain 7th place for an excellent personal best final score of 4,751 points. Matt was able to take the positives and negatives from the competition commenting “My immediate reaction was I was a bit disappointed with the pole vault which ended my chances at the GB vest but a couple of days later I realised I still managed 4 PBs so very mixed emotions from the competition.” Matt will next be in action at the Scottish championships at the Emirates in February.

Also competing in the Junior Heptathlon was second claim Central athlete Joel MacFarlane, representing Arbroath on the day, who set a personal best 5,113 points for the bronze medal. This earned Joel his second selection for Great Britain in the upcoming international after making his debut at the event last year.

Jan 132019

At Stirling’s King’s Park on 12 January, the Scottish Inter District Cross Country Races preceded the international races on the same fast courses, with athletes chosen to represent their District following their performances in December’s District Championships. As always this ensured a number of high quality races with Central Athletic Club athletes featured throughout.

Alastair Hay - Scotland East
Alastair Hay – Scotland East

With almost perfect conditions for cross country running, Central’s Alastair Hay, competing for Scotland East, ran a tactically astute race as he worked through the field to finish third overall. With one of the athletes ahead of Alastair being a North of England guest, Alastair was awarded a well-deserved individual silver medal as he completed the 8 kilometre course in 25 minutes 25 seconds. Stirling University student Hamish Hickey had competed in the North of Scotland Relay Championships earlier in the season so here wore the red vest of the North of Scotland. Under-20 Hamish led his North team home in 22nd overall in a time of 26.39. Conan McCaughey also ran strongly to finish 26th (26.52) to pick up a Scotland East team medal. Dale Colley tested his fitness against this quality opposition and here finishing in 46th (27.57).

Morag Millar – Scotland East

Morag Millar was always to the fore in the 6 kilometre Women’s Inter District race. Morag came home for a fine third place in 21 minutes 8 seconds, taking home an individual silver medal and leading her East team to gold medals. The winning East team also included as a late addition Fanni Gyurko, putting her marathon running to one side for the day, and moving through the field for eleventh overall (22.33). Under-20 runners Lauren McCulloch and Rebecca Craig were both representing the Scottish Students team with both looking competitive throughout. Lauren finished 37th overall (23.33) and Rebecca in 43rd (23.49), a great experience for both athletes.

Ben MacMillan (052) – Scotland East

The Under-17 Inter District races also proved to be classy affairs with both Men and Women tackling 5 kilometre tests. Ben MacMillan tested himself at the front of the Men’s race staying competitive throughout to come home in an excellent fifth place with 16 minutes 39 seconds. Carrie Banks also worked well throughout to finish tenth (20.01), helping her East team to win Gold district medals. This time around Kyra Gibb was outside the team medal places but had yet another strong run to finish 18th with a fine 20.48 clocking.

Cameron Kerr was another to be competitive throughout his Under-15 Boys race, held over 4 kilometres. Here he finished 20th in the Inter District challenge in a time of 14.27 while Cameron MacMillan, recovering from a cold, had to settle for 35th this time with 15.57. This was perhaps the most daunting challenge of Summer MacLean’s athletic career to date and she should be proud of her performance in finishing 33rd with 17.32.

The Under-13s were faced with a 3 kilometre test and here Connor Bell was well to the fore throughout the Boys race to finish sixth with 10 minutes 35 seconds. Ruairidh Burns was making his debut at this level and will have learned much from the experience finishing 36th (12.28). Carys Gibb also stepped up to the challenge and had a strong run to finish 19th (12.27), just missing out on a team medal.

Jan 062019

The New Year kicked off with a series of 3,000 metre Scottish Indoor Championship races at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on the evening of Friday 4 January. Central Athletic Club athletes Alastair Hay, Michael Wright and Ben MacMillan used the opportunity to stretch their legs against high quality opposition.

Alastair Hay returned to the tight bends of indoor running for the first time in 5 years and ran an excellent 8 minutes 14.20 seconds in finishing sixth in the Senior Scottish Championships. Current Scottish marathon champion Michael Wright made his first ever competitive outing on the indoor track and came home in 8 minutes 33.11 seconds, a 10 seconds personal best for the distance. Under-20 athlete Ben MacMillan made his debut in this age group and lifted the Scottish Championship bronze medal with a superb performance of 8 minutes 38.16 seconds, an amazing 33 seconds personal best for the distance.

Alastair and Ben will be swapping the blue and yellow vest of Central for the black vest of the East of Scotland at the Inter District cross country races in Stirling on Saturday 12 January. Other Central athletes selected for the East of Scotland teams include Under-13s Melissa Turnbull, Carys Gibb, Connor Bell and Ruairidh Burns; Under-15s Summer MacLean, Cameron MacMillan and Cameron Kerr; Under-17s Carrie Banks, Rosie Eckersley and Kyra Gibb; Senior Woman Morag Millar; Senior Men Dale Colley, Conan McCaughey and Scott McDonald. Under-20 runners will compete in the Senior Inter District races and Hamish Hickey has been selected for the North of Scotland team while Under-20 Stirling students Rebecca Craig and Lauren McCulloch will be competing for the Scottish Students team

Dec 232018

The second race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2018-19 Cross-Country Series was held in unseasonably bright sunshine, on Saturday 22 December in the Laigh Hills Park, Dunblane. A testing course of some 1.8 kilometres saw a field of 53 runners completing the challenge.

Connor Bell continues to impress and here controlled the race to finish as overall winner in 6 minutes 40 seconds and lead home more fine runs in his Under-13 age group from Joshua Kennedy (7:19), Owen Eckersley (7:44), Cameron Darnborough (8:19) and Ethan Duncan (8:23). It was also good to see Cian McDonnell (8:37), Josh Whitby (9:14), Freddie Mills (9:59) and Scott Hill (10:19) all equal to the test.

Under-15 runner Ryan McGuire looked in good form as he led home his age group with a 6:45 clocking with further fine efforts from Euan Docherty (7:02), Ross Lawrie (7:58), Jamie Goddard (8:11) and Lloyd Raymond (8:17). Oliver Holden was the only Under-17 Boy on show and here he finished with a creditable 7:17 effort.

The Under-11 Boys again proved to be the largest group and here it was Ray Taylor who led his peers home in an impressive 7:34 ahead of other classy performances from Euan Haythorne (8:03), Rory Gunn (8:04), Lewis Cook (8:29), Fergus Young (8:33), Jamie Connor (8:42), Callum Harvey (8:44), Logan Bell (8:45), Joel Gillan (8:48) and Noah Kennedy (8:51). JJ McIntyre (9:03) led home a string of further fine efforts from Scott MacMillan (9:07), Magnus Carrie (9:13), Sandy Bateman (9:14), Conall Paterson (9:25), Cameron Pollock (9:34) and Matthew Inman (10:53). AJ MacMillan was the sole Under-9 Boy to pick-up the challenge finishing in a highly respectable 9 minutes 12 seconds.

Summer MacLean was the top female competitor producing a tasty 7 minutes 46 seconds in the Under-15 Girls category with Amy Cully (7:59) in hot pursuit. Heather Riach (8:35) and Ellen Montgomery (9:14) also finished with commendable performances. Leona Melville proved the strongest of the Under-13 Gils with a fine effort of exactly eight minutes leading in Leah Brown (8:38), Brogan MacMillan (8:47), Caitlin Bradwell (8:53), Scarlett Roy (9:10) and Isabel McGuire (10:00).

The Under-11 Girls proved to be a competitive age group with Niamh McKinlay prevailing in 8:02 from Leya Gibb’s 8:09 effort. Emma Anderson (9:10) was again to the fore leading in more fine runs from Fia Watkin (9:38), Sienna Shepherd (9:42), Connie Bateman (9:45) and Dara Clark (9:50). The Under-9 Girls were led home by Hannah Inman’s strong 10:01 effort while Eilidh Connor (11:10) and Alexandra Montgomery (11:36) should both be more than satisfied with their runs.

Thanks are again due to Derek Easton, Raymond Milne, David Eckersley, Sean Scott and the small army of helpers who provided another excellent event on behalf of Central Athletic Club.

Full results are available to download as a spreadsheet.


Dec 232018

Central Athletic Club’s recent Christmas Handicap attracted some seventeen runners and it was Jennifer Wetton who won emphatically by some 47 seconds from Under-20 runner Telfer Gray. It was another Under-20, Lauren McCulloch, who came through in third closely followed by another strong run from Michael Wright.

Dale Colley had the fastest lap with 12 minutes 31 seconds ahead of Michael Wright’s 12:46 effort. Other notable male performances saw the talented Under-17 runner Ben MacMillan finish with 12:49 ahead of Murray MacLarty (13:15) and speedy Veteran Scott Brember (13:16) proved to be the fastest Veteran with 13:11 while Under-20 runners Sandy Holl and Telfer Gray finished with 13:33 and 13:49 respectively.

Morag Millar was again the top female competitor with a 13:49 effort while Jennifer Wetton clocked 14:32 and Under-20 Lauren McCulloch 15:08 with Hazel Dean (18:29) again finishing as the top female Veteran on the night.

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

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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 http://dunblaneroadrace.com/

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.

More photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/centralac/albums/72157667313796539

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.

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