Jul 302021

With competition back in full swing we have some new club records to report. The latest records spreadsheet is available on the Club records page.

Andrew Butchart has been in good form as he prepares for the Olympics. Firstly he set a new Scottish indoor 3,000 Metres record back January with 7 minutes 40.85 seconds beating his previous record set in 2017. He then broke the Scottish outdoor 3,000 Metres record at the Diamond League meeting in Gateshead with 7:35.18, taking over 2 seconds off his previous Scottish and club record from 2017.

Over in the US, Aidan Thompson improved his club 3,000 Metres Steeplechase record with 8:49.91 on 28 May in Jacksonville, Florida. He also improved his 5,000 Metres best with 13:59.71 in Nashville which is third club all-time.

Alastair Marshall has been on form, setting club Under-20 records at every distance from 1,500 Metres to 5,000 Metres. On 8 May he ran a European Junior Championship qualifying standard at 5,000 Metres with 14:16.30 in Stretford to go sixth on the Scottish Under-20 all-time list and beat the previous club Under-20 record set by Andy Butchart in 2009. He then took Andy Butchart’s Under-20 club 3,000 Metres record at Loughborough on 12 May running 8:16.31 which also places him fourth on the club senior all-time list. And to top it all, at the Monument Mile in Stirling on 21 May, Alistair ran 4:07.23 for the Mile including a 3:50.33 1,500 Metres split which are both club Under-20 records and put him top 5 all-time in the club senior rankings.

The previous records were set by Ben MacMillan in 2020 though Ben won’t be too disappointed as he paced Alastair round and set a new personal best himself with 4:05.68 for the Mile to go third on the club all-time list. Ben also improved his 1,500 Metres personal best to 3:44.00 in Manchester on 29 May to go third all-time for the club at that distance.

In the senior women’s there has been a flurry of records at 3,000 Metres and 5,000 Metres. First was Kathryn Gillespie who ran a 9:27.66 3,000 Metres in Austen, Texas on 4 April to beat the previous best held by Emma Raven since 2011. Kathryn has also improved her bests at 800 Metres (2:07.03), 1,500 Metres (4:16.29) and 5,000 Metres (16:34.44), all second all-time in the club lists.

Then Morag Millar broke Kathryn’s 3,000 Metres record with 9:25.24 at Linwood on 4 June. Morag then showed great form over 5,000 Metres with 15:43.57 at Milton Keynes on 17July which also places her 14th Scottish all-time for the distance. This beats her previous record set in 2019 by 26 seconds. During the race her 3,000 Metres was officially recorded at 9:23.99 which further improves her club record at that distance.

Also entering the club all-time lists for the first time is Under-20 athlete Molly Cornes who was on great form at the High Jump at the league at Grangemouth on 18 July clearing 1.63m to go fifth all-time on the club lists.

Connor Bell has also been on form with 4:18.15 for the Mile, though not an official distance at this age group this is the fastest recorded so will be noted as a best performance. He also ran a 3,000 Metres in 8:30.0 at the club time trials which is faster than the club record. As this was not an official event this will also be noted as a best performance in the club records but hopefully he can get an official timing to break the record before the end of the season.

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