Andrew Butchart’s recent run of performances have been rewarded with his first GB track vest at the European 10,000mete Cup in Chia, Italy with the race on Saturday 6th June. As if in celebration Andrew ran to a new personal best of 13mins 33.04secs over 5000metres to finish sixth at the International Flanders Athletics Meeting in Oordegem, Belgium on Saturday 23rd May. This elevates Andrew to the seventh best run of all-time by a Scot over the distance and a big improvement on his previously excellent 13.58 PB. Central AC teammate Dale Colley travelled to the same meeting and won his 1500metre heat as he reduced his best for the second weekend running to 3min 48.84secs. Andrew then travelled back to London to face another top class field in the Bupa London 10K Road Race on Monday 25 May, the race doubling as the UK Championships. Andrew’s time of 29mins 18secs was just outside his best as he finished fourth overall and top Under 23 athlete.
Decathlete Tom Chandler also had a significant journey and hard competition in the English Athletics Under 20 Decathlon Championships in Bedford at the weekend. Competing against a top class field from throughout the UK a solid first day (11.92s at 100m, 6.45m long jump, 11.15m shot, 1.73m high jump, 51.92s 400m) put Tom in sixth overnight. The second day saw Tom produce personal bests in 110 Hurdles (15.67s), discus (34.32m) and javelin (44.52m) which, along with a 3.80m pole vault, pulled him up to third with just the 1500m left. This was a tight race between the top three but another personal best of 4:38.96 secured third place and the Bronze medal. Tom’s overall score of 6285 was a new personal best and beat the club record which had been held by Ron Todd since 1981. Ron showed he still knows a thing or two having helped Tom with his discus last week and winning the East District senior discus (32.20m) and pole vault (3.20m) titles himself on Saturday.
Indeed the main focus for Central’s athletes at the weekend was on the Scottish East District Championships at Grangemouth held over Friday evening and all day Saturday. There were fine performances from Central’s athletes throughout the two days of competition and as well as the more seasoned athletes on the podium there were a number of youngsters getting their first taste of competition at this level.
Under 20 Sarah Pearson caught the eye in taking Gold in the 100m hurdles (14.55secs), taking the scalp of long time Senior Scottish Champion Catriona Pennet on the way, while Sophie Parsons was pleased with her 16.45s clocking for fourth in the same event. Sarah also showed great form in the 400m hurdles to lift Silver with 63.09s. The Under 17 Women weighed in with a collection of medals including Bevhan Trevis on the top step of the podium twice with Gold in shot put (11.36m) and discus (34.53m). Catriona Laing was edged into Silver by the smallest of margins in perhaps the best race of the day the 300m final (41.74s) completing her weekend with Bronze in the 200m (26.21s). Emily Watson was a close contender in the 200m finishing fifth and a best of 26.73s on the night. Caitlin Edgar came away with two Silver medals from high jump (1.60m) and javelin (29.71m) while Fiona Davies leapt to a new best in taking Silver in the pole vault (2.40m). Kate Gallagher was just run out of the medals in the 1500m finishing fifth (4:44.66) a new outdoor best.
Central’s Under 15 Girls have been hitting the headlines of late and this weekend was no exception. Abby Davison sprinted to double Gold medals in the 100m (12.98s) and 200m (26.64s) while twin sister Lucy showed her versatility with shot put Gold (9.85m), javelin Silver (23.64m) and long jump Bronze (4.70m) and Rachael Methven picked up discus Gold (22.40m) and shot put Silver (8.68m) plus sending the javelin out to 16.16m. Katie Sharkey caught the eye with a 11.65s victory in the 75m hurdles and Bronze in the 200metres (26.83s) following a 26.53s heat timing. Anna Cameron also showed good form in sixth in the 200m final (27.23s) having run 26.74s in the heat. Emma Mailer should be pleased with her work winning 300m Gold (42.29s) and taking Bronze in the hurdles (12.07s). Lucy Smith struck Silver in the High Jump (1.40m) and finished fifth in the shot put (7.56m) and eighth in the hurdles (12.88s) having set a personal best earlier in the day. Skye Henderson and Ellee Mills worked hard to contest heats and final of the 800m with Skye finishing fifth (2:32.19) and Ellee seventh, her best time coming in the heats (2:39.17). Ellee also competed on the Friday evening recording 31.40s for 200m while Cerys Gilbride ran strongly in the 1500m (5:38.40) and Isla O’Sullivan was never out of place in the 100m (15.52s).
The Clubs Under 13 Girls also shone with Katie Burr taking Gold in the javelin (10.97m) then running well in the heat and final of the 800m for sixth overall (2:42.22) and coming through strongly in the 70m hurdles (13.91s). Kyra Gibb won Silver in the 1500m (5:15.52) in a hard fought race and Ciorstaidh Ainsworth had solid runs in the heats and final of the 800m to win Bronze (2:33.30) following a 2:30.88 run in her heat. Amy Kirkpatrick was also to the fore in the 800m finishing in a more than useful fourth in the final (2:38.43) following a 2:33.70 in the heat and recording 14.42s in the 100m. Grace Tindall was also involved in the 800m with a fine run of 2:49.33 and jumped out to 3.53m in the long jump. Molly Cornes will have gained much from her experience here with a 15.94s clocking in the 100m plus 200m (32.66s) and a high jump clearance of 1.15m.
Central’s males were never to be outdone in the medal stakes with Ron Todd taking two Golds in the pole vault (3.20m) and discus (32.20m) while Mitch Graham 100m (11.93s) and 200m (23.75s) and Cameron Smith 200m (23.83s) finished just outside the medals. Kenny Hislop recorded personal bests in the 800m (2:43.07) and 1500m (5:22.61) with some determined running. There were two Bronze medals in the Under 20 category for Jonathan McGuire in the 100m (11.53s) and Iain Davies in the 1500m (4:13.75) while Bradley Scott closed in on a personal best in the 1500m (4:18.66).
The Club’s Under 17’s also left with a haul of medals with John MacLennan’s new best of 11.41s for 100m one of the stand out performances as he swept to Gold. Cameron McCorgray also improved his best with Gold in the high jump (1.85m) while Charles Dineen made two visits to the podium for Silver in the 100m hurdles (14.73s) and Bronze in the long jump (5.68m). Jack Houghton pocketed Silver in the 400m hurdles (61.01s) and achieved a new best of 5.52m in the long jump. Jamie Price had good runs over 200m (24.41s) for seventh in the final and 400m (54.85s) for fourth overall. It was good to see Liam McGregor competing and here he recorded 12.72s for 100m.
Under 15 Golds were presented to Matthew Chandler for the 80m hurdles (12.92s) and pole vault (2.80m) with Matthew Meredith taking pole vault Silver (2.40m) and discus Silver (21.75m) also finding time for a 26.11s 200m clocking and Ross McCorgray leapt to long jump Silver with a best of 4.87m. Under 13 athlete Aidan Grevemberg left Grangemouth with three Gold medals and two personal bests his bests coming in shot put (8.22m) and discus (17.08m) while his javelin was projected out to 26.56m. Ben Salmon had a busy weekend with fourth places in the 200m (29.63s) following a 29.23s timing in his heat; fourth in the 75m hurdles (14.89s) and sixth in the 100m (14.24s) after a 13.99s time in his heat. Daniel Bruce ran to a best of 2:38.65 in the 800m and finished a highly creditable eighth in the final also following up with 30.28s for 200m and 15.15s for 100m. Ben Hughes ran to a 2:44.70 personal best in the 800m and jumped out 3.35m in the long jump. With many of these youngsters in the first year of their age group there is undoubtedly a rosy future for the Club.