Sunday’s Loughborough International Track and Field Meeting proved a happy hunting ground for two of Central’s young athletes as they pursued qualifying times for the European Under 20 Championships and Commonwealth Youth Games. Kathryn Gillespie’s time of 4mins 19.95secs over 1500metres was inside the European Under 20 qualifying time and Sarah Pearson’s personal best of 14.30secs for 100metres hurdles plus a personal best equalling 62.23secs for 400metres hurdles underlined her Commonwealth Youth Games selection claims.
Saturday night’s British Milers Club (BMC) Meeting in Stretford, Manchester saw three of Central’s men achieving personal bests. The BMC website reflected ‘Back in Manchester a week after racing to a personal best of 29:09 in the Great Manchester 10k Andrew Butchart showed a nice turn of speed to win the men’s 1500metres A race in a PB of 3:44.57. That’s a combination not many runners could achieve – not to mention representing GB at the World Cross Country Championships in China – and considering he was baulked with 200 metres remaining it was a remarkable victory for the Scottish runner. “I went for a gap that wasn’t there so had to stop and go again,” said Butchart. “It has not been a bad week in Manchester!” ‘ Clubmates Dale Colley and Alastair Hay also underlined their early season form with Dale running to a 3min 49.59secs personal best over 1500metres and Alastair finishing his 5000metre race in 14min 23.10secs.
Stepping back to Friday night saw more yellow and blue vests to the fore at the iconic Black Rock 5 in Kinghorn, Fife. Alex Hendry was just headed to the line by Hunter Bog Trotter’s Murray Strain (22min 43secs) to finish second in his debut in this tough race (22-48). Cameron Milne repeated last year’s third place (23.38) ahead of Lewis Millar in eighth (24.30) with some eighteen Central Runners in total finishing the race.