Central AC Press Report
Central Athletic Club’s Andrew Butchart won his first GB senior vest in track and field at the European 10,000m Cup in Italy. It was his first track 10,000metres so a step into the unknown in the toughest of all track challenges saw Andrew record an impressive 29mins 32.43secs finishing in twelfth against the best in Europe. Andrew will be off on his travels again soon as he has been selected to compete for GB over 3000metres at the European Team Championships in Cheboksary, Russia, this event over the weekend of 20 and 21 June.
Ross Houston will be another to have to reach for his passport as he has been selected to compete for GB at the World 100 kilometres Championships in Holland on 12 September. Ross steps-up for his first World Champs appearance in a GB vest after he made a superb ultra-running international debut in the Anglo-Celtic plate. Ross won the event with the third fastest time ever by a Scot for the distance and has been tempted by the chance to compete at global level in Winschoten.
Friday evening saw a number of Central’s athletes compete in the Glasgow Athletic Association’s Miler Meet at Hutcheson’s Grammar School, an event which included the Scottish Under 17 3000metre Championships. Kate Gallagher took full advantage of the opportunity to lift the Gold medal with the biggest personal best of the night – 9min 53.85secs, indeed Kate finished third overall in a classy Senior field. Alastair Hay also found the event to his liking as he made light of the windy conditions to win the Senior Mens 3000metres (8-22.79) leading home Scott McDonald (fourth, 8-35.37) and Jamie Crowe who reduced his best to 8-46.51. Under 20 athlete Bradley Scott also improved his best to 9min 7.65secs while Aidan Cameron came through in 10-22.27 and Kenny Hislop also reduced his best to 11-29.96. Alastair Hay went on to pace some of the 800metres races which saw Under 20 athlete Iain Davies break through the 2minute barrier for the first time outdoors to record an excellent 1-59.03.
Scott McDonald moved on to Saturday’s Gargunnock Hill Race where he made light of the high winds and rain to win the race and lift the David Hay Memorial Trophy and Jamie Crowe also showed great form to finish eighth overall and first Junior in the Glas Tulaichan Uphill Race at Spittal of Glenshee.
Lindsay Morrison made her own headlines with a clean sweep in the Polaroid Eyewear Road 10K Road Race Series winning the final event at Vale of Leven in a tasty 36min 7secs.