The first of this year’s club track time trials took place on Thursday 28 April at Stirling. Congratulations to everyone who took part, and thanks to the volunteers and officials who made it all possible. The time trials will continue on the last Thursday of each month during the summer. Full results (apart from the 4*400m relay which had six teams racing) are below:
The club hosted a pre-season track and field meeting at Grangemouth Stadium on Sunday 3 April with participants from all over Scotland in addition to a good showing of club athletes. The results are available to download below as a spreadsheet.
Congratulations to all the athletes, and thanks to all those who volunteered as officials and in other roles to make the event possible.
The final race of Central Athletic Club’s 2021-22 cross-country series was held on Saturday 19 March over a 1 mile course devised by Derek Easton in Kings Park, Stirling. The race was held in bright sunshine much to the relief of the 26 runners who had endured rain, wind and snow in previous races.
Scott Hill has been well to the fore throughout the season and here again led home the Under-15 Boys to complete the course in a tasty 5 minutes 30 seconds. Conall Paterson (5:51) continues to improve and here again finished in second place in this category just heading off another determined run from Alex Dunlop (5:52). Under-17 Man Ross Lawrie (5:38) looked as though he had enjoyed his outing as he finished in some style. Joel Gillan (5:43) is another who continues to impress as he won the Under-13 Boys age group and here Matthew Inman (8:09), in his first race in the series, came through well. It was Finlay McAdam (6:41) who led in the Under-11 Boys ahead of further endeavour from Thomas Arnott (7:06), Zachary Walker (7:21) and Austin Evans (7:48). This was a first outing for Under-9 Hugh Thomas (6:56) and on this form could be one to watch for the future.
There were further top class performances from the girls and here Under-15 Girl Niamh McKinley (5:44) continued to grow her reputation with another win. Loren Stewart (5:53) also underlined her endurance credentials in this age group ahead of strong runs from Leah Brown and Tabatha MacKenzie (both 5:57), who crossed the line together, and Robyn McKerracher (6:28). Under-17 Woman Scarlett Roy (5:52) also continues to impress and here produced another well-judged performance. Fia Watkin (5:56) once again proved the strongest of the Under-13 Girls holding off a strong challenge from Emily Stanford (5:58) and more good efforts from Dara Clark (6:45) and Orla Pieroway (6:50). It was Zoe Beaton (6:59) who again proved the strongest of the Under-11 Girls with Jessica Walker (7:17) and Emily Watkin (7:47) taking the minor places in this age group while Iona Clark continues to persevere and again finished with a strong sprint and the biggest smile of the day. Hannah Inman was again the only Under-9 Girl but her 6:37 effort placed her well up the field.
Series presentations were performed by GB Under-20 5,000 Metre internationalist Alastair Marshall with series trophies for the various categories:
- Under-11 Girls: First – Zoe Beaton, Second – Emily Watkin, Third – Jessica Walker
- Under-11 Boys: First – Luca Shepherd, Second – Alfie Laing, Third – Zachary Walker
- Under-13 Girls: First – Fia Watkin, Second – Orla Pieroway
- Under-13 Boys: First – Joel Gillan, Second – Fraser Kingsley
- Under-15 Girls: First – Niamh McKinlay, Second – Leah Brown, Third – Loren Stewart
- Under-15 Boys: First – Scott Hill, Second – Alex Dunlop, Third – Conall Paterson
- Under-17 Women: First – Scarlett Roy
All of the foregoing won participation medals for competing at least four of the races and these were also awarded to Austin Evans, Tabatha MacKenzie and Iona Clark.
Thanks are again due to the volunteers who helped with setting the course, warm-up, recording and marshalling to make this another successful event with a special mention to Derek Easton.
Full results below:
- Scott Hill U15B 5.30
- Ross Lawrie U17M 5.38
- Joel Gillan U13B 5.43
- Niamh McKinlay U15G 5.44
- Conall Paterson U15B 5.51
- Scarlett Roy U17W 5.52
- Alex Dunlop U15B 5.52
- Loren Stewart U15G 5.53
- Fia Watkin U13G 5.56
- Leah Brown U15G 5.57
- Tabatha MacKenzie U15G 5.57
- Emily Stanford U13G 5.58
- Robyn McKerracher U15G 6.28
- Hannah Inman U9G 6.37
- Finlay McAdam U11B 6.41
- Dara Clark U13G 6.45
- Orla Pieroway U13G 6.50
- Hugh Thomas U9B 6.56
- Zoe Beaton U11G 6.59
- Thomas Arnott U11B 7.06
- Jessica Walker U11G 7.17
- Zachary Walker U11B 7.21
- Emily Watkin U11G 7.47
- Austin Evans U11B 7.48
- Matthew Inman U13B 8.09
- Iona Clark U11G 10.14
Central AC’s combined event athletes were out in force at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow as they competed against Scotland’s top all-rounders.
Under-15 Boys Pentathlon
Central Athletic Club saw three young male athletes joining a very strong field to tackle the Under-15 Pentathlon: Lewis Miller, Jamie Connor and Cameron Moore. Cameron was first up in 60 Metres Hurdles and ran strongly to finish second in his heat in a time of 11.86 seconds, nearly 0.3s quicker than his previous best set two weeks earlier. Jamie and Lewis were in the second heat: having hit a hurdle hard in the warm up, Lewis was a little more cautious than usual during the race and both he and Jamie finished a little shy of their personal bests in fourth and eighth respectively in a very quick heat, meaning that after the first event Lewis was fourth, Jamie ninth and Cameron 11th of the 15 entrants.
The second event saw the boys taking on the Long Jump. Cameron struggled a little with his run-up but still managed to get close to his personal best with his second jump of 3.60m. Jamie had a previous personal best of 4.11m but has been working hard on his long jump technique and it paid off with his jumps all in excess of his previous best, the furthest being 4.73m which was good enough for eighth place in the Long Jump. For Lewis this is his strongest event and with his first jump he equalled the club’s Under-15 indoor record of 5.64m, something that had not been achieved since November 2006. Despite his efforts he could not make the record his own with his following two attempts, but the jump was good enough to be the best jump of the day.
The third event for the Under-15 Boys was the High Jump. With first time clearance at the opening height for Cameron, and second time clearances at the next two heights, he was left trying to equal his personal best at 1.30m but it was just not within his grasp this time. Jamie also had a previous best of 1.30m set two weeks earlier and cleared this at his second attempt setting him up for a potential new personal best of 1.33m which he managed at his second attempt and that is where he bowed out of the event. Lewis had a previous best of 1.29m but that was set some time ago and practice had been going well so he entered at 1.39m with a first time clearance. He passed on the next height and cleared 1.45m at his first attempt before needing three attempts to clear 1.48m. Second time clearances at the next two heights placed him fourth for the High Jump before he bowed out – 1.54m being his best height and a fantastic new personal best.
The final field event was the Shot Put. Jamie’s timing was off with his first throw but two strong throws thereafter pushed him close to his personal best with a best throw of 6.25m with the 4kg shot for 11th place. Cameron has shown some really consistent throwing in this event over recent months setting a new personal best two weeks earlier of 7.43m. He again was twice over the 7m distance with his best being 7.42m for seventh place in the event. Lewis entered the event with a previous personal best of 8.14m but some good work on his glide technique saw him surpass this, throwing 8.80m with his first attempt and extending this further to 9.02m with his second for third place in the event.
Going into the final event, Lewis was fourth overall, Jamie 10th and Cameron 12th. Heat 1 saw both Jamie and Cameron tackle the 800 Metres. This is not Cameron’s favourite event but he battled hard to get within 0.5s of his personal best, but the other competitors were strong and this dropped him down to a final place of 14th with a total of 967 points. This is a better event for Jamie and he ran hard to finish third in the heat a little off his personal best but enough to secure 10th place overall with a total of 1,494 points. Lewis finished off in sixth place in his 800 Metres heat, knocking 10s of his previous personal best with 2:28.69 and keeping him in fourth place overall with a total of 2,243 points. Strong performances by all three Under-15 athletes as they all set lifetime best scores.
Under-13 Girls Pentathlon
Central Athletic Club had just one entrant in this age group, Alexandra Montgomery, who was taking on the Pentathlon for the very first time. The first event saw her tackle the 60 Metres Hurdles and she was understandably nervous having fallen two weeks earlier at the same venue when competing in the short hurdle race at the indoor league. But she had no reason to be nervous having worked hard on her technique: she finished fourth in her heat in a time of 12.00 seconds, a full 1.21s quicker than her previous personal best which she had achieved at the start of December. This placed her eighth of the 13 athletes entered. The second event was the High Jump – Alex came in at 1.04m and cleared it at her second attempt. She narrowly averted disaster at 1.07m taking three attempts to get over a height that is usually easy for her, before first time clearances at the next two heights put her on course for a personal best at 1.16m which she cleared at her second attempt before bowing out at the next height finishing ninth in the High Jump. Long Jump, the third event, was Alex’s weakest on paper. Competing against some very good long jumpers she entered with a personal best of 3.00m but she surpassed this in two of her three jumps extending her personal best to 3.12 finishing 12th in this event. The final field event saw her tackle the 2.72kg Shot Put where it was evident the long day was starting to take its toll upon her. A best throw of 5.12m is a little off her personal best but was enough to secure eighth in this event. After four events Alex was sitting in 11th place before tackling her least favoured event, the 800 Metres. She set out on the first lap cutting in after the first bend in fifth place. She then showed excellent maturity to settle into a pace she was comfortable with and over the four laps picked off those in front of her to finish second in her heat, smashing her previous personal best in a time of 2:53.62. The fourth fastest time overall meant she jumped from 11th to finish in eighth place with a total of 1,430 points. An excellent first outing at the Pentathlon for the Under-13 athlete and hopefully an experience which will encourage her to enter further combined event competitions in the future.
Under-15 Girls Pentathlon
Central Athletic Club had two girls contending the Under-15 Girls Pentathlon, Loren Stewart and Connie Bateman. Their first event was the High Jump and Loren had first time clearances at 1.35m up to 1.41m. It took two attempts to get over 1.44m and three to get 1.47m – it was clear she was having problems with her hip and could not push herself to get over 1.50m and she finished the event sitting in second place. Connie, with a previous personal best of 1.08m, was a little more nervous at tackling this event but training had been going well so she entered at a new best of 1.14m with a first time clearance before extending this further at her third attempt at 1.17m. Connie had three good attempts at 1.20m. The final one saw her clear the bar by a considerable height only for a trailing heel to catch it and knock it off leaving her joint 18th of the 19 entrants. Second event for the girls was the 60 Metres Hurdles and both were in the first heat and ran well. Connie came second in the heat, just 0.03s outside her personal best with 10.91s, finishing 10th quickest on the day. Loren was just behind her in third, a first outing at this age group over the hurdles. She ran 11.08s, knocking 1.5s off her previous best set over the lower Under-13 Hurdles, finishing 12th quickest on the day. Unfortunately the hip problem was not easing and she had to bow out of the competition at this point. Next for the Under-15 female athletes was the Long Jump. This is a strong event for Connie with a personal best of 4.45m. She again showed her consistent jumping with three jumps over 4m finishing on a season’s best 4.32m for sixth place. The final field event was the Shot Put and Connie again showed her consistency with three throws well over 7m, the best on the day being 7.79m just a little shy of her personal best and seventh best of the girls on the day. Going into the final event, the 800 Metres, Connie was sitting in 11th place and having never previously gone under 3 minutes this was going to be a gruelling event. It is not clear if it was the promise of a healthy McDonald’s on the way home (other fast foods are available) or the enticement of a sprints session instead of endurance when back at training the following week if she broke 3 minutes or a combination of both but she managed it – running 2:58.76 the 15th fastest time of the day meaning she finished 12th overall with a fantastic total of 1,982 points.
Under-20 Women Pentathlon
Central Athletics had two women tackling the Under-20 Women’s Pentathlon, Katherine Fowler and Ellen Montgomery, both in their first year at this age group. They also had some tough competition from England to contend with.
Both women were in the first heat of the 60 Metres Hurdles with Katherine breaking 10 seconds with a fantastic 9.94s for fourth in the heat at her first attempt at this age group and Ellen coming sixth in the heat knocking nearly 0.5s off her personal best with 11.22s, leaving them eighth and 12th respectively of the 13 entrants after the first event.
Next for the women was the High Jump. Ellen narrowly avoided disaster here clearing her opening height of 1.27m at her third and final attempt, but she was unable to improve any further on this height also finishing 12th in this event. Katherine fared a little better with first time clearances at her opening two heights, and needing a second attempt to clear 1.51m but could go no further and bowed out finishing ninth in the event.
Next event was the 4kg Shot Put. Ellen improved with each throw but was still short of her personal best with her best on the day of 6.89m for 12th in this event as well. Katherine also improved with each throw and has clearly been working hard on her throwing technique with a previous personal best with the lighter 3kg shot of 8.01m she surpassed this with the heavier weight to throw 8.17m with her final throw to place seventh in this discipline.
The Under-20 Women’s final field event was the Long Jump, where both Katherine and Ellen were struggling with their run-ups. Katherine managed 4.38m in her opening jump but fouled the next two finishing 11th in the event. Ellen fouled her first jump but managed to jump close to her personal best with her second with a 4.21m jump and this was the best of her jumps for 13th place.
Going into the last event Katherine was sitting 10th place and Ellen 13th. Both women ran in the first heat of the 800 Metres. Katherine ran strong to finish third in the heat in a time of 2:33.43 just over a second outside her personal best to finish ninth overall with a fantastic total of 2,814 points. Ellen also finished strong with a new personal best in her 800 Metres of 2:49.64 knocking just over 2.5s off her previous best, to finish with 2,032 points. With four English athletes ahead of them they were actually fifth and ninth respectively against Scottish opposition. Good performances by both women in their first year at this age group.
Under-20 Men Heptathlon
Ross Lawrie in his first year as an Under-20 athlete was the only Central Athlete to tackle the two day Under-20 Men’s Heptathlon event for the Club. Quite a challenge for someone who considered themselves an endurance athlete not long ago and had never attempted a combined event competition at any age group previously! The first event was the 60 Metres sprint – Ross was in the first heat and came third with 8.27 seconds knocking more than 0.5s off his previous best at this shortest of distances for eighth place out of the ninth competitors. The next challenge was the Long Jump. Having only jumped 3.65m last year Ross knew he was up against it with the calibre of athletes he was competing against but he performed really well with a starting jump of 4.84m, a second jump of 4.97m and finishing off with 4.83m. This was really good consistent jumping smashing his previous personal best and making sure he did not lose too much ground on the athletes around him. Next was the 6kg Shot Put and with a personal best of 8.75m throwing the lighter 5kg shot anything close to 8m was going to represent a good performance and Ross delivered all three throws over that target, the best being his last throw of 8.50m registering sixth place in this discipline. The final event of Day 1 was the High Jump which had an opening height of 1.47m so with a previous personal best of 1.35m this was always going to be a challenge. Ross struggled to get his run-up right but managed to clear the opening height at his second attempt. But he was not finished there, and at his third attempt he cleared 1.50m for a 15cm improvement on his previous personal best, finishing the day with four personal best performances. Day 2 opened up with the 60 Metres Hurdles and Ross safely negotiated them in eighth place with a time of 12.02s which he was more than happy with for his first attempt over the five 0.991m (39 inch) obstacles. The second event was the one he feared the most, the Pole Vault, and unfortunately, despite his best efforts, he could just not clear the opening height of 2.17m. Despite this setback he did not let this get to him and he ran the five lap 1,000 Metres final event in the fifth fastest time of 3:10.81 for a final total of 2,432 points and eighth place overall. A fine first attempt at the combined events competition.
Having missed a year due to Covid restrictions the Scottish Inter District Cross Country Championships returned for 2022 with the races moving to a course in Irvine. A number of Central Athletic Club athletes had been selected for the Scottish East District teams and others for the Senior Men’s Scottish Students team so there were great opportunities to test their New Year fitness.
The first Central athlete competing on the day was Niamh McKinlay who faced a 4 kilometre test in, for once, dry and benign conditions. The Inter District races are a move up in class as the season progresses and here Niamh, representing the East of Scotland, acquitted herself well to finish in 21st place in a useful 16 minutes 45 seconds holding off a number of her rivals.
Connor Bell had success at this event as an Under-15 Boy in Stirling in 2020 and here moved up to contest the Under-17 Men’s race over 6 kilometres. Connor finished with a superb silver individual medal in a time of 19 minutes 44 seconds and ensured his East of Scotland team won the team honours by a significant margin over the West of Scotland.
The Senior Men’s and Women’s races were contested by the East, North and West teams plus Scottish Students and teams from the North of England so were certain to be high quality tests. In the Women’s race Morag Millar again proved her ability to deal with the conditions and most of her rivals finishing in silver medal position and covering her 7 kilometre challenge in 24 minutes 50 seconds, leading her East of Scotland team to another win. Catriona Buchanan stayed ‘on task’ to come through in 32nd overall with a 27:48 timing.
The Senior Men’s race was also played out over the same 7 kilometre course and here it was former Scottish Cross Country Champion and Welsh International Kristian Jones who won in 21:16 and it was Central’s Under-20 athlete Alastair Marshall, wearing a Scottish Students vest, who caught the eye to finish in silver medal placing with 21:35. Hamish Hickey was also representing the Students and here finished in a highly commendable fifth placing in 21:50. Alastair Hay was also well to the fore with yet another strong run in 15th place and scoring for the East team with 22:25. There were further good performances for the Students from Central’s Tom Graham-Marr in 20th with 22:32 and Calum Phillip in 25th with 22:37. The overall Senior Men’s Inter District title went to the Scottish Students with the West in second and the East in a close third place.
The fourth race of Central Athletic Club’s 2021-22 Junior Cross-Country Series was held on Saturday 8 January on a course devised by David Eckersley around the playing fields at Balfron High School. The snow from the previous day had melted and the morning’s heavy rain showers had relented leaving fairly soggy underfoot conditions for the 27 youngsters taking the approximate 1 mile challenge.
Scott Hill was always at the head of the pack and won comfortably in 5 minutes 50 seconds to again lead home the Under-15 Boys group while Conall Paterson (6:17) had an improved run to take second place in this category. Joel Gillan (6:13) had another impressive run to win the Under-13 Boys age group and here he was followed home by Fraser Kingsley (6:52) who recovered well from a fall on one of the tighter parts of the course. Luca Shepherd (6:58) again proved his potential with another top performance as he led in the Under-11 Boys from a strong run by Alfie Laing (7:30) with Matthew Owen (7:32) only a few strides behind. Zachary Walker (8:11) and Austin Evans (8:17) completed the Under-11 Boys group with further gutsy efforts.
Under-15 Girl Niamh McKinley (6:13) was always well up in the overall race as she again headed in the Girls having run convincingly throughout. There were further top performances in the Under-15 Girls from Leah Brown (6:25) and Loren Stewart (6:29) and more solid efforts from Robyn McKerracher (6:48) and Robyn Youens (7:15). Scarlett Roy (6:19) stood out in the Under-17 Girls age group with another ‘can do’ performance while Rachel Warden (6:30) should be pleased with her improved run. There was a good turnout of Under-13 Girls and here Emily Stanford’s 6:26 effort prevailed from series leader Fia Watkin (6:29). Ciara Middleton (6:51) ran confidently throughout and led in further positive efforts from Orla Pieroway (7:04), Anna Gunn (7:20) and Katherine Mitchell (7:39). This time around it was Zoe Beaton (7:47) who just pipped Emily Watkin, also 7:47, in the Under-11 Girls with another good run from Jessica Walker (8:03). Under-11 Girl Iona Clark found this to be a tough test but finished with a great sprint and a smile. Hannah Inman was again the only Under-9 Girl but her 7:10 effort proves her potential for the future.
Thanks are again due to the volunteers who helped with setting the course, warm-up, recording and marshalling to make this another successful event with special mention of David Eckersley and Gordon Bell for their efforts of setting the course in the rain.
The third race of Central Athletic Club’s 2021-22 Cross Country Series was held on Saturday 18 December in Laighhills, Dunblane in fairly misty and cold conditions and there was a heartening turnout of some 41 young runners who faced up to the approximate one lap challenge set by Derek Easton.
Here it was Under-15 Boy Fergus Young who showed great promise to win in an excellent 5 minutes 54 seconds. Scott Hill (6:06) came home a worthy second, followed home by another solid run from Alex Dunlop (6:14). There were further good runs in this age group from Jamie Connor (6:24) and Conall Paterson (6:40). Joel Gillan (6:02) had another strong run to win the Under-13 Boys age group and here he was followed home by Fraser Kingsley (6:53) and Noah McIntyre-Simm (7:44). Luca Shepherd (6:45) was well to the fore in the overall race and led in the Under-11 Boys with further useful efforts from Alfie Laing (7:29), Matthew Owen (7:38) and Austin Evans (9:12). The two Under-9 Boys finished close together with Zachary Walker (8:17) prevailing by two seconds over Jude McIntyre.
The Girls races saw further top performances with Under-17 Catriona Kane posting the fastest time of 6 minutes 4 seconds ahead of another good run from Scarlett Roy (6:16) while Millie O’Neill (6:36) edged out Rachel Warden (6:39) and Tara Mathewson (7:32) will have learned much from this experience. Niamh McKinley (6:06) caught the eye in heading the Under-15 Girls age group with Leah Brown (6:26) pushing through well. Tabitha MacKenzie (6:52) continues to pick up useful points in the Under-15 Girls age group and headed home Olivia Ashworth (7:20) and Eva Ragona (7:46). There was a good turnout of Under-13 Girls and here it was Fia Watkin (6:41) who prevailed from Ciara Middleton (6:58), Dara Clark (7:13) and Lilia Warden (7:25). Further good performances amongst the Under-13 Girls came from Anna Gunn (7:39), Orla Pieroway (7:49), Eliza Pont (7:53), Anna McKie (8:16), Norah Thompson (9:55) and Evelyn Craig (11:00). It was Eilidh Connor who led in the Under-11 race with a tasty 7:43 with Zoe Beaton (8:02), Emily Watkin (8:08) and Jessica Walker (8:15) finishing closely together. Further good efforts from Sadie Young (9:22) and Iona Clark (10:34) rounded out this age group. Special mention for Hannah Inman, the only Under-9 Girl, who came home in an excellent 7:24. Thanks are due to the volunteers who helped with warm-up, recording and marshalling to make this a successful event on a cold, misty morning.
|Laighhill Results 18 December 2021|
There will be lots of stories from this year’s version of the Scottish East District Cross Country Championships but almost all will revolve around the challenging weather conditions with heavy and prolonged rain showers throughout the day. Undeterred, some 57 Central Athletic Club runners from Under-13s through to veterans tested themselves against the weather and the deteriorating underfoot conditions to complete their races. There were championship medals on offer as well as selection places for the Scottish Inter District Championships in Irvine in January so much at stake throughout the age groups.
The event, staged in the grounds of University of Stirling on Saturday 4 December, saw the first race start at 11.30am with the Under-13 Girls stepping out. Here Emily Stanford (18th; 14 minutes 12 seconds) and Ciara Middleton (33rd; 15:28) did both themselves and the Club proud in their 3.2 kilometre race. The next Central runners to toe the line were the Under-15 Girls, facing a 4.2 kilometre challenge in the swirling rain. As expected the Central girls all passed their test with Niamh McKinlay (14th; 18:29) leading her team-mates home. The girls finished in fifth team place with excellent back-up from Loren Stewart (22nd; 19:14), Leah Brown (23rd; 19:16), Robyn McKerracher (43rd; 20:38) and Olivia Ashworth (57th; 22:43). It was the turn of the Under-15 Boys next as the athletes became more and more mud bespattered and here Aaron Middleton (23rd; 16:47) led his team-mates home ahead of Alex Dunlop (38th; 18:25), Killian Trenholm (53rd; 19:30) and Jamie Connor (60th; 20:42) with the boys finishing as 11th team.
The medal tap was turned on by Connor Bell’s fine silver medal run in the Under-17 Men’s race as he covered the 5.7 kilometre course in a tasty 19:45. Cameron Kerr (seventh; 20:20) had another fine run, unfortunately without a third counter team medals eluded these top performances. The Under-17 Women also endured a 5.7 kilometre course finishing as sixth team through the enduring efforts of Scarlett Roy (20th; 27:20), Millie O’Neill (22nd; 29:30), Rachel Warden (23rd; 29:53) and Zosia Paddon (25th; 35:20). There were further medals in the Under-20 Men’s category through great runs by Ben MacMillan (silver; 23:08), Alastair Marshall (bronze; 23:20) with Sam Grivell (19th; 28:00) ensuring a set of Team Golds in this age group. Sam Burton (21st; 28:29) and Euan Andrews (22nd; 32:58) provided back-up in the Club’s Under-20 Men’s effort over a 6.4 kilometre course. Grace Tindall was Central’s sole competitor in the Under-20 Women’s race, also of 6.4 kilometres, as she strode round for a fine sixth place with 29:27.
The penultimate race saw the Senior and Masters Women taking on a 8.6 kilometre challenge and here it was the resurgent Morag Millar who raced to win gold with another assured performance covering the course in 32 minutes 50 seconds. The remaining Central team counters here were Catriona Buchanan (tenth; 35:21), Heather Scott (35th; 37:59) and Claire Houston (44th; 39:16) as the team missed out by a single point on collecting team bronze medals. There was great back-up here from Cliona Diamond (54th; 40:41), Kirsten McStay (57th; 40:45), Louise Torr (94th; 44:18), Julia McAfee (116th; 46:56), Alison Lunn (125th; 48:43) and Rhona Scott (144th; 54:17).
The incessant rain had relented somewhat by the start of the of the Senior and Masters Men’s race although underfoot conditions were somewhat yielding. With Andrew Butchart and Jamie Crowe side-lined from Saturday’s efforts as both are due to compete for Great Britain in next weekend’s Euro Cross in Ireland, there was some concern that Central’s Senior Men’s team would be challenged for team gold medals. With top runs from some of Central’s ever dependable runners backed-up by burgeoning young talent any fears were soon dispelled and here it was a fifteenth set of gold medals for Central in this event through Alastair Hay (fifth; 29:23), Calum Phillip (seventh; 29:39), Hamish Hickey (ninth; 29:56), Luca Fanottoli (11th; 30:01), Matthew Sutherland (12th; 30:02) and Tom Graham-Marr (19th; 30:42). Scott Brember’s effort (28th; 31:29) provided back-up as he picked up the individual silver Masters medal. It was good to see some 24 Central finishers in this 8.6 kilometre race with further useful performances from Josh Wood (49th; 32:20), Colin Logan (56th; 32:51), Sandy Holl (61st; 33:04), Andrew Irvine (69th; 33:40), Dale Colley (106th; 35:38), Craig Coull (130th; 37:03), Neil Ferrier (137th; 37:27), Craig Walker (151st; 38:13), Jens Subke (158th; 38:39), Colin McCreadie (164th; 38:48), Charles Graham-Marr (165th; 38:50), Donald Shaw (175th; 39:48), Iain Elliott (180th; 39:54), Iain Dunsmore (194th; 40:49), David Benwell (203rd; 41:46), Allan Gall (248th; 47:48) and Cameron Campbell (250th; 48:28). Central’s Masters team of Scott Brember, Colin Logan and Craig Walker finished fifth Masters team.
Congratulations are due to a great Club effort which saw large numbers of Central volunteers set-up and dismantle the course, provide marshalling and other duties, all ably led by Michael Wright. A determined team of Scottish Athletics Officials also deserve plaudits for their overall efforts but particularly with recording of times and places and producing results in the trying conditions.
The cohort from Central Athletic Club travelling home from Liverpool on Saturday must have had smiles on their faces and a spring in their step. The British Athletics Cross Challenge in Liverpool on Saturday 27 November was the latest race to test a number of Central’s athletes. With Scottish vests and European Cross Country places up for grabs and the potential for Central’s Senior Men to make it to the European Champion Clubs Cup cross country there was much at stake.
The British Cross Challenge events are a huge challenge given the depth of competition but the Central athletes showed they can rub shoulders with the best. Amongst the Senior Men it was Andrew Butchart and Jamie Crowe who caught the eye of the selectors finishing second and third over the 9.8 kilometre course, covering the distance in 28 minutes 16 seconds and 28:27 respectively. Olympian Andrew has competed for GB a number of times before but this will be a first GB selection for Jamie underlining the progress he has made as they both head to Dublin for the European Cross Country Championships on 12 December.
These races are relentless and as the athletes poured through the finishing line there were further superb performances from the Senior Men’s contingent through Tom Graham-Marr (52nd; 30:10), Luca Fanottoli (81st; 30:54), Calum Phillip (101st; 31:29), Hamish Hickey (106th; 31:39), Dale Colley (145th; 32:49) and Andrew Irvine (222nd; 35:31). Their efforts will see Central head to the European Champions Clubs Cup cross country near Lisbon on 6 February 2022 having held off strong challenges from their Welsh and English counterparts, Cardiff and Shaftesbury Barnet.
Not to be outdone by her male clubmates Morag Millar had another outstanding run to finish twenty third in the Senior Women’s 8.1 kilometre race in a time of 28:02.
The Under-20 Men’s race featured another committed effort by Central’s Alastair Marshall who covered his 6.7 kilometre challenge in 20:34 to finish in a highly satisfactory eighth overall.
Earlier in the day Under-17 Man Connor Bell again underlined his potential as he gave notice to his rivals with a superb eighth place finish over a 5.5 kilometre course with an excellent 17:24 clocking.
The Cambridge Dictionary word of the year is perseverance and that covered all of the Central Athletic Club Cross Country contingent who made their way to Camperdown Park in Dundee on Saturday 20th November for the second East District Cross Country League races of the season. The morning rain gave way to bright sunshine before the first race and with good underfoot conditions and some challenging slopes the scene was set for some fast racing.
Disappointingly, no Central AC athletes featured in the Under-11 and Under-13 races so in the programme of events it was Under-17 Man Cameron Kerr who was first to stride out in the yellow and blue club vest. Cameron ran a well-judged race as he moved through the field to finish in a highly commendable fifth, covering the 6.4 kilometre course in exactly 23 minutes.
Next of the events on the day was the Women’s 6.4 kilometre race. On the first hill of the race it looked as though Central’s Morag Millar might be challenged but her opposition faded as Morag powered round to win by over 90 seconds, covering the distance in 23 minute 33 seconds. This should set Morag up for her venture to compete for Scotland next weekend in Liverpool. It was good to see Central take second team place with further excellent running from Rosie Eckersley (16th; 26:49), Heather Scott (18th; 27:00) and Claire Houston (21st; 27:28). There were further determined efforts from Cliona Diamond (53rd; 30:41) and Julie McAfee (67th: 31:54) providing essential back-up.
The Under-15 Boys challenge was played out over a 4 kilometre course which saw Aaron Middleton running well throughout to finish 24th overall in a useful time of 15:54, while Alex Dunlop completed the same race in 38th with 17:12 to add his value to the club’s effort.
The penultimate race of the day featured a combined Under-15 Girls and Under-17 Women’s race, also over a 4 kilometre course and here Catriona Kane looked strong throughout to finish 12th with 16:21 with Millie O’Neill sticking well to the task to come home in 46th with 19:25.
The Men’s race was again the final race of the day and proved a happy hunting ground for Central’s men as they took first league placing on the day and pushed through to the top of the league with one race remaining. Andrew Butchart had another outstanding run to win and here covered the 9.6 kilometre, three lap challenge in a tasty 29:50. Jamie Crowe was no less impressive in second with 30:03 leaving a big gap to the rest of the field. The always dependable Alastair Hay finished fifth (31:49) while Luca Fanottoli (seventh; 32:01) showed further improvement and with Cameron Milne (eighth; 32:05) and Dale Colley (12th; 33:00) the Central team were well deserving of their top billing. Masters champion Scott Brember was again first Masters runner and a fine 17th overall with 33:40. There were further notable performances from Andrew Irvine (41st; 36:33), Craig Coull (58th; 38:03) and Lewis Millar (72nd; 38:42). The Masters were also well represented by David Eckersley (100th; 40:59), Donald Shaw (113th; 41:56), Hugh Buchanan (152nd; 45:24), Iain Dunsmore (162nd; 46:24), Raymond Milne (167th; 47:17), Allan Gall (178th; 51:04), Cameron Campbell (180th; 52:25) and Colin Sinclair (183rd; 57:19) with all finishing the course in style.
The final East District League Races are scheduled for Livingston on 22 January and it would be good to see a larger turn out from all Central age groups.
The second race of Central Athletic Club’s 2021-22 Cross Country Series was held on Saturday 13 November in Callander Crags Woods with bright sunshine being enjoyed by runners and spectators alike.
Craig Walker and his band of helpers had set a testing course for the youngsters with a fairly demanding uphill finish for all 25 athletes that will live long in the memory for some.
The first race of just over a mile proved a good test for the Under-9 and Under-11 athletes with Luca Shepherd (8 minutes 54 seconds) showing great resolve to take the win. Alfie Laing (9:12) also showed superb form in second while Austin Evans (12:00) showed some useful potential. Jessica Walker covered the course in a tasty 10:19 timing that saw her win the Girls’ race with Emily Watkin’s fine 10:23 effort just a few strides behind. Summer Johnston finished in an admirable 10:38 while Kalina Lu-Czartoryjska can be pleased with her 12:48 effort. Under-9, Zackary Walker had pushed his older competitors and finished in an excellent 9:26 while Francesco Ragona (16:12) was the youngest athlete on the day and also picked up valuable points in the Under-9 Girls category.
The second race was a further test of some 1.5 miles which saw Under-13 athlete Joel Gillan (9:13) rounding off a fine effort in first while Noah McIntyre-Simm (12:02) also ran hard into the finish. Under-15, Scott Hill (9:15) was close on Joel’s heels to take the honours in his age group from an improving Alex Dunlop (9:39) while Conall Paterson (11:35) completed the Boys’ challenge with another strong effort throughout.
It was Under-17 Scarlett Roy (9:33) who proved her fitness to win the Girls’ race with a concentrated effort to head home further strong runs from Rachel Warden (10:26) and Millie O’Neill (12:14) in this age group. Leah Brown (9:55) showed commitment and fine style to take the Under-15 Girls category ahead of a solid run from Loren Stewart (10:10) while Tabitha MacKenzie (10:37) can also be pleased with her run. Fia Watkin (10:32) added to her growing reputation as she again proved the strongest of the Under-13 Girls. There were further impressive runs from Under-13 Girls Sienna Shepherd (12:09), Orla Pieroway (12:28), Clara Escala (15:10) and Nadzieja Lu-Czartoryjska (19:22) with all competitors deserving off their applause at the finish.
Concerns over flooding in Hawick were quickly dispersed on arrival in the town, with the hardy cross country runners being ushered to the higher ground of the Hawick Moor Racecourse. Under the expected rainy weather this would have been a challenging venue but the weather gods were on the side of the aforementioned hardy competitors as morning cloud turned to blue skies and light winds. The course was testing enough with the previous days of rain ensuring that all competitors were left bespattered with mud.
The races from Under-11 to Under-17 both males and females were, regrettably, unchallenged by Central Athletic Club athletes excepting Under-15 Boy Aaron Middleton. The only female to make the journey to Hawick was our youngest Veteran Woman, Claire Houston, so opportunities to take good early season league positions and gain good racing experiences were missed apart from the resolve provided by the Se’nior, Junior and Masters Men.
Aaron Middleton faced a 4.8 kilometre test and, as expected, passed with flying colours, finishing in exactly 20 minutes in 17th place making his journey more than worthwhile.
Claire Houston set off with intent in the Senior Women’s race of 6.4 kilometres and was always well to the fore and here finished in eighth overall and can be proud of her 24 minutes 50 seconds clocking.
Calum Phillip had a strong run as Central’s first counter in the Senior Men’s race completing the 8 kilometre course in fourth with 28 minutes 39 seconds. Scott Brember was the first Masters athlete on the day, finishing in sixth overall (28:43). It was good to see Alastair Marshall (Under-20) back competing following recent injury and here finishing as first Under-20, and 12th overall in 29:40. Alastair had to battle both the course and a lost shoe, doing well to finish so far up the field. Dale Colley (24th; 31:22), Andrew Irvine (33rd; 32:31) and David Eckersley (59th; 34:41) proved to be the remainder of Central Men’s counters in the Senior race, all answering the call and producing gutsy performances. A further eight sprightly Masters provided the essential back-up and completing Central’s challenge through Jens Subke (74th; 35:50), Donald Shaw (84th; 37:06), Iain Dunsmore (96th: 38:45), Hugh Buchanan (98th; 39:26), Colin Alexander (115th; 42:35), Alan Gall (120th; 44:21), Cameron Campbell (123rd; 45:42) and Colin Sinclair (126th; 48:18). Central’s Men finished second overall on the day some 22 league points behind Corstorphine AAC.
The normal top quality work by East League Officials was apparent and this, backed up by a high turnout from the local Club, Teviotdale Harriers, ensured that another East League day of racing passed seamlessly into history.
There were some new traditions set at the Scottish Cross Country Relay Championships, the first being a change of venue from the long-established course in Cumbernauld to the extensive grounds of Scone Palace. The weather stayed fair throughout the event and with firm going underfoot, everything was set for some fast performances.
The day started with the Young Females races with the normal format of an Under-13, followed by an Under-15 and finished off by an Under-17 athlete. While never challenging for medals the Central Athletic Club athletes showed gold star performances for endeavour. The Girls ‘A’ Team saw Fia Watkin lead the challenge to bring the team round with an 11 minute 46 seconds effort over the first of three 2,500 metre laps. Niamh McKinlay (10:55) ran strongly throughout to pass a number of her rivals while Catriona Kane’s effort (10:12) again saw her pick up more places to bring her team home in a fine 20th place overall. Central’s ‘B’ team of Niamh Caldwell (12:55), Carys Gibb (11:08) and Scarlett Roy (11:02) showed true resilience with determined efforts throughout. Maisie Beaton (13:36) may have been the youngest athlete in any team of the day as she led round a team of Leah Brown (11:34) and Millie O’Neill (11:54) to finish off a more than satisfactory effort for Central’s scoring teams. Fine runs from Under-15 runners Leya Gibb (11:35) and Robyn McKerracher (11:36) along with Under-17 Zosia Paddon (11:53), proved they would have fitted seamlessly into any of the teams.
The second race showcased the Young Males in a similar format of Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 and saw Finley MacGregor lead off the ‘A’ team to cover his 2,500 metre leg in 11:36 while Aaron Middleton picked up the challenge pulling his team through the field with a strong 9:42 effort. It was left to Connor Bell to finish off Central’s effort as he picked up some 19 places with a charging run of 8:15. Connor ensured his Central team finished in 27th overall with an almost unnoticed fastest leg of the day by any young athlete. Central’s ‘B’ team of Fraser Kingsley (11:59), Henry Crossley (11:04) and Scott Hill (10:23) again deserved an A for effort especially as Under-15 runner Scott had to cover Under-17 duties.
The Women’s races had moved from the format of three legs to four legs of 4,000 metres and here it was Under-20 athlete Grace Tindall (14:34) who led off Central’s challenge in fine style bringing her team to ninth place at the changeover. It was frustrating to see that successive legs by Sarah Seal (18.41) and Cliona Diamond (16.04) went unrewarded as Central had to finish an incomplete team. The Masters Women were somewhat better served with only three required to make up a team. It was down to Mandy Williams (16:58), Julia McAfee (18:10) and our youngest Master, Claire Houston (15:48), to bring the team home as eighth Masters team, a highly creditable performance.
The traditions did however continue when it came to the Mens’ teams. With the normal four legs of 4,000 metres Central Athletic Club had been on the podium for the last 17 years in a record going back to 2004 and were on a winning streak of two gold medal performances so there was much to defend. If there were any doubts these were soon expelled as Hamish Hickey (11:32) provided his normal confident run as he handed over in second place at the end of the first leg to Under-20 runner Ben MacMillan. Any nerves Ben (11:34) must have been feeling soon disappeared as he opened a gap on his rivals to hand over a significant lead to Andrew Butchart on leg three. Andrew’s record on track, road and cross country is exemplary and here his 11:31 leg opened up an ever-widening gap on his rivals. It was left to current Scottish Cross Country Champion Jamie Crowe (11:29) to finish off his team’s efforts in fine style to clinch gold.
Behind Central’s ‘A’ team there was a more intriguing story unfolding. Central’s ‘B’ team of Cameron Milne (11:47), Calum Phillip (11:50), and Luca Fanottoli (11:39) had moved through into third place by the end of leg three. Tom Graham-Marr was left with a tough task but soon pushed past Aberdeen AAC’s runner to move into second. Tom, in turn, was being pursued by a strong Inverclyde AC team but ran a controlled 11:38 leg to ensure Central ended in gold and silver positions on the podium, an unprecedented achievement since the inception of the Championships in 1974.
There was further superb back-up from Central’s ‘C’ team through Matthew Sutherland (12:20), Sandy Holl (12:22), Josh Wood (12:51) and Dale Colley (12:11) to finish in an excellent 12th overall. Andrew Irvine (14:06) was lead-off runner in a further Central team with back up from Scott Gillen (15:51), Under-20 athlete Sam Grivell with a notable 13:40 clocking and Neil Galbraith-Cobb (16:25).
The club’s lead Masters team comprising Scott Brember (12:29), Ewan Jack (14:12), Craig Walker (14:48) and David Eckersley (14:53) was always competitive and finished a highly respectable seventh in the Masters team race. It was great to see efforts from Donald Shaw (15:37), Iain Dunsmore (16:07), Colin Alexander (17:50) and Hugh Buchanan (16:23) being rewarded with a 15th Masters placing. Central’s Over-50 team of Cameron Campbell, Charles Graham-Marr, Colin Sinclair and Allan Gall have much to teach the younger club members on pure attitude and commitment.
It was back to Cross Country for 28 young athletes competing in Central Athletic Club’s first race of this season’s series of races. For many of the youngsters, the event at the University of Stirling was their first taste of Cross Country running. Although rain was threatening, the warm-up and race were held in near perfect conditions with all the runners showing high levels of enthusiasm and determination.
The race to the line was intense and it was a fine effort by Under-15 Boy Scott Hill that brought him to the finish in first, covering the undulating course of a little over a mile in a tasty 6 minutes 2 seconds. A well-judged effort by Alex Dunlop saw him take second in this age category with 6:19 leading in Jamie Connor (6:34), Adam Polwart (6:40), Henry Crossley (6:49) and Harvey Chambers (7:37). Under-17 runner Ross Lawrie put in a storming finish in third overall with a 6 minutes 3 seconds effort. Joel Gillan had an excellent race to head the Under-13 Boys category to record 6:18 and here Fraser Kingsley came through well to finish with 7:18. With no Under-11 Boys taking up the challenge it was left to two Under-9s to complete the Boys’ efforts through Lachlan Carruthers (7:26) and Fraser McDonald (9:01) both superb efforts by the youngest competitors.
The Girls were led home by Under-17 Catriona Kane with a 6 minutes 3 seconds effort for second overall, underlining her promise for the upcoming season. It was Loren Stewart (6:19) who proved the strongest of the Under-15 Girls with a fine run and there were further excellent runs in this age group from Niamh McKinlay (6:33), Tabitha MacKenzie (6:34), Hannah Morgan (6:35) and Robyn McKerracher (7:01). Fia Watkin was another to underline her promise as she headed home the Under-13 Girls with 6:31 while Dara Clark raced well to the finish to record 7:22. Alexandra Montgomery came through well in 7:44 with Maisie Beaton (8:48) and Isla Polwart (8:57) completing the race in fine style in the Under-13 age group. Eilidh Connor proved to be the fastest of the Under-11 Girls with a tasty 7 minutes 30 seconds run, followed in by further good efforts from Emily Watkin (7:47), Rachel Fullbrook (8:00), Evie McKinlay (8:58), Iona Clark (9:37) and Isla Carruthers (10:57).
The Central AC club track and field championships took place at Grangemouth on 14 and 16 September 2021.
Congratulations to all the winners, medallists and everyone that took part. Also a big thank you to everyone that helped out and contributed to the success of the event.
This first spreadsheet contains all the event results from the two days of competition:
This second spreadsheet provides overall points and scores across all the different age groups:
Cups and medals for the top 3 in each age group, along with certificates and other awards, will be presented in due course.
A massive thank you to all who helped provide a superb club track time on Thursday.
The event in figures: 92 athletes: 64 in the 100 Metres with 13 heats, 40 in the 800 Metres with 6 heats, 10 in the 3,000 Metres, 27 long jumpers, 25 shot putters, nine 4 x 100 Metre relay teams and one 2 x 200 Metre relay team.
The results are below and can be downloaded as a spreadsheet:
|100 Metre series|
|800 Metre series|
The monthly club track time trials took place at Lornshill on Thursday 29 July 2021. Many thanks to all those who helped to make the event happen. Results in the table below and can be downloaded in a spreadsheet.
|100 metres series|
|200 metres series|
|800 metres series|
The club’s popular summer track time trials returned on Thursday 24 June with long jump, shot put and races over 100m, 600m, 800m and 3,000m.
The full results can be downloaded as a revised spreadsheet:
There were nine medals and a host of personal bests as Central AC athletes competed for their schools at the Scottish schools indoor championships at the Emirates Arena.
Top performance in the Over-16s was Coirilidh Cook of Balfron HS who won the 60 Metres Hurdles in a personal best 8.97 seconds. She went on to place eighth in the flat 60 Metres final in 8.29s after running a personal best 8.20s in her heat. Daniel Ferguson of Lornshill Academy took silver in the Boys 60 Metres Hurdles in a personal best 8.50s then set another personal best in the 60 Metres semi-finals with 7.56s. Euan Smith (Dollar Academy) was also on the podium in the flat 60 Metres with an excellent bronze with a personal best 7.28s after placing sixth in 60 Metres Hurdles in a personal best 8.85s. Aidan Grevemberg (Balfron HS) also reached the 60 Metres final taking fifth with 7.32s. Kyra Gibb (Dunblane HS) was our other track finalist placing tenth after setting a personal best 4:52.70 in the heats to qualify.
In the field, Erik Escala (Dunblane HS) won silver in the Shot Put with 13.04s, just getting pipped for gold. Molly Cornes (Balfron HS) just missed out on the medals with fourth in the High Jump with 1.50m and also took eighth in the Long Jump with 4.97m.
- Rebecca Cumming (Dunblane HS) Triple Jump – 8.24m 10th
- Jamie McNaught (McLaren HS) Long Jump – 5.29m, 12th; 60 Metres heat – 8.01s
- Aidan Grevemberg (Balfron HS) 200 Metres semi-final – 24.19s personal best in heat
- Shona McLay (Stirling HS) 200 Metres semi-final – 27.35s in heat, 60 Metres heat – 8.38s
- Briagha Cook (Balfron HS) 200 Metres semi-final – 26.64s personal best
- Erik Escala (Dunblane HS) 200 Metres semi-final – 23.42s in heat
- Lois Burch (McLaren HS) 60 Metres semi-final – 8.47s personal best, 60 Metres Hurdles heat – 9.56s, 200 Metres heat – 27.52s
- Jack Haughton (Dunblane HS) 200 Metres heat – 24.35s
- Lucy More (McLaren HS) 60 Metres heat – 8.5s
- Adam McGregor (Dunblane HS) 60 Metres heat – 7.92s
- Lyle Hunter (Dollar Academy) 200 Metres heat – 26.24s, 60 Metres heat – 8.00s
- Mavia Duncan (Balfron HS) 300 Metres heat – 46.69s
- Oliver Holden (McLaren HS) 800 Metres heat – 2:11.95
- Sam Grivell (Lornshill Academy) 800 Metres heat – 2:15.43
- Ethan Thomson (McLaren HS) 800 Metres heat – 2:16.73
- Grace Tindall (Alva Academy) 1500m heat – 5:01.96 personal best
In the Under-16 age group Connor Bell of Balfron HS was the standout performance. In the heats Connor cruised round in 4:22.06 to qualify. This time was in fact enough to set a new club Under-15 indoor record. In the final he ran away from the field and smashed his club record to take gold in a superb 4:12.08. He followed this with a fine silver in the 800 Metres as he came close to his own club record with 2:05.39. Behind Connor, Cameron MacMillan (Dollar Academy) placed tenth after setting a personal best 4:22.61 to reach the final.
Katherine Fowler was Central’s other winner in the 60 Metres. She had the worst possible start to her competition. When cruising at the end of her 200 Metres heat she caught a spike in the track and took a tumble meaning she was unable to finish. She was left with friction burns on her knee but returned the next day for the 60 Metres. She safely negotiated her heat in a personal best 8.08s then semi-final in 8.19s but was up against stiff competition in the final. However she ran away from the field to win in a personal best 8.05s. This was Katherine’s first ever gold medal in a national level event.
Euan Wilbert of McLaren High was on great form in the 60 Metres Hurdles as he took silver in a personal best 9.04s. Central had three athletes in the final with Robb Ferguson (Lornshill Academy) just out of the medals in fourth with 9.30s after a personal best 9.20s in the heats, which would have earned him a medal in the final. Tyler Hunter (Dollar Academy) reached his first ever national final placing eighth, after a personal best 9.49s in the heats.
Amy Cully of Wallace High was on superb form in the 800 Metres as she smashed her personal best with 2:21.87 to take a bronze medal. This was Amy’s first ever medal at a national level event.
In the Boys 800 Metres, Ruaridh Burns ran a personal best 2:10.89 to reach the B final.
In the field Jack Campbell was just outside the medals in the Pole Vault as he cleared a personal best 2.40m for fourth.
- Finlay Marchant (Wallace HS) 200 Metres heat – 26.59s, 60 Metres heat – 8.23s
- Summer Maclean (Wallace HS) 1,500 Metres heat – 5:04.59
- Euan Docherty (Dunblane HS) 800 Metres heat – 2:20.05
- Jack Campbell (McLaren HS) 60 Metres Hurdles heat – 9.70s
- Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock (Stirling HS) 60 Metres heat – 8.68s personal best
- Catriona Kane (Dunblane HS) 1,500 Metres heat – 5:08.77 personal best
- Robb Ferguson (Lornshill Academy) 60 Metres heat – 8.22s
- Carys Gibb (Dunblane HS) 1,500 Metres heat – 5:13.90 personal best
- Hannah Tams (Alva Academy) 60 Metres heat – 9.01s
- Megan Dunlop (McLaren HS) 60 Metres heat – 8.88s
- Olivia Darwin (Alva Academy) 60 Metres heat – 9.02s personal best
- Ellie Beavan Whitty (Dollar Academy) 60 Metres heat – 9.22s
- Erin Miller (Dunblane HS) 60 Metres heat – 9.26s
The third race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2019-20 Cross-Country Series was held in excellent conditions on Saturday 25 January at Fintry Rugby Club. With good conditions underfoot the 1.5 kilometre course saw a field of some 31 youngsters showcasing the local talent.
Connor Bell was again to the fore throughout to finish in overall first place in 4 minutes 51 seconds and lead home the Under-15 Boys age group ahead further gutsy runs from Euan Docherty (5:15) and Ross Lawrie (5:37).
This was Catriona Kane’s first race in this season’s Series and here she led home the Girls to finish as top Under-15 on the day with 5:41. Zosia Paddon has been an ever present so far in the Series and was rewarded with her best placing as second Under-15 Girl (6:04) while Scarlett Roy (6:26) also added to her reputation with third place in this age group.
There was another good turnout of Under-13 Boys with Aaron Middleton (5:34) showing great form to lead ahead of an improved run by Alex Dunlop (5:58). Fergus Young (6:01) again showed his promise ahead of a good race between Logan Bell (6:49), Scott Hill (6:52) and Conall Paterson (6:55) while newcomer Logan Paterson showed good determination to finish with 7:53.
The Under-13 Girls age group again proved to be competitive with Niamh McKinlay taking first with 6:15 closely followed by another fine effort by Leah Brown (6:20), and a flying finish from Emma Anderson (6:26). Loren Stewart (6:29) finished close-up while Robyn McKerracher (6:54) showed further improvement.
Jake Drummond reversed previous results to win the Under-11 Boys category with an excellent 6:06 and with Finlay McGregor (6:11) and Joel Gillan (6:14) finishing in close order this is turning into a very competitive age group. Cole Johnston (6:50) and Noah McIntyre-Sim (7:24) proved the strength in depth of the Under-11 Boys.
Fia Watkin (6:26) was the pick of the Under-11 Girls age group ahead of further strong runs from newcomer Lucy Ronald (6:36) and Dara Clark (6:41). Ciara Middleton (6:57) had another good run and Nora Thompson showed advancement with 8:08.
Jessica Walker led home the Under-9 category with a strong 8:04 run ahead of another fine effort from Summer Johnston (8:09) and it was Zachary Walker who pushed into the rankings with his 8:22 effort in the Under-9 Boys race.
Thanks are again due to David Eckersley and Raymond Milne and the small army of helpers who provided another excellent event on behalf of Central Athletic Club. Full results below.
Central AC’s Senior Men took top honours at the final match of the East District Cross Country League which was played out at Deans Country Park in Livingston. Hamish Hickey enjoyed the almost perfect conditions to lead a strong team to victory on the day, as they clinched the League title for the tenth occasion.
As always the day commenced with the Under-11 races with both the Girls and Boys facing 1.6 kilometre runs. There was some good packing from Central’s Under-11 Boys with Finlay MacGregor (23rd; 6 minutes 51 seconds), Jake Drummond (25th; 6:52) and Joel Gillan (26th; 6:53) and with the essential back-up from Logan Bell (57th; 7:54) the boys finished as fifth team on the day. Ciara Middleton was the sole Central girl runner with a fine 29th place and a time of 7:38.
The Under-13 Girls and Boys had a full 3.2 kilometre lap of the course to negotiate. In the Boys race Aaron Middleton caught the eye in ninth (12:01) and with further good runs from Joshua Kennedy (24th; 12:44), Henry Crossley (48th; 13:53) and Alex Dunlop (49th; 14:03) the Central team finished in sixth place on the day and an excellent third placing for the season. For the Girls, Leah Brown ran well to take 44th placing with 15:04.
Connor Bell, fresh from his quality run the previous weekend, always looked in control of the 4 kilometres Under-15 Boys race coming home for an emphatic victory with 13 minutes 39 seconds. Euan Docherty had another strong run to finish 21st (15:35). For the combined Under-15 Girls and Under-17 Women’s race, a fourth team place both on the day and over the season was achieved by some strong running by Summer McLean (12th; 16:28), Catriona Kane (13th; 16:39), Mirren Henry (20th; 17:24), Anna McKinnon (23rd; 17:41), Zosia Padden (33rd; 18:48), Leona Melville (40th; 19:32) and Heidi Eik-Maxwell (45th; 19:52).
Sam Grivell may have been the only Central Under-17 Man to tackle the 6.4 kilometre two lap course but here showed continued improvement to finish in 13th with a useful 24:38 timing.
It was Under-20 runner Hamish Hickey who showed his strength and confidence to become the latest Central AC athlete to win an East District League race, here completing the 9.6 kilometre, 3 lap course in 31 minutes 8 seconds. Alastair Hay again produced a sterling performance in fourth overall (31:30) and with back-up from Dale Colley (eighth; 31:53), Matthew Sutherland (11th; 32:12), Michael Wright (12th; 32:26) and Under-20 runner Ben MacMillan (13th; 32:28), Central again took team honours and lifted the Senior Men’s Team Trophy for the season.
The essential back-up came from the top two Masters runners on the day, Ross Houston (15th; 32:40) and Scott Brember (19th; 32:58), while there were further top performances from Robert Russell (25th; 33:29), Luca Fanottoli (26th; 33:34) and Under-20 Telfer Gray (36th; 34:12). David Eckersley (99th; 38:37) showed great concentration throughout to complete Central’s Masters team who gained second place, and led home more solid performances from Donald Shaw (103rd; 38:48), Alan Hume (120th; 39:49), Ross McNaught (129th; 40:14), Tal Edie (140th; 40:37), Iain Dunsmore (150th; 41:02) and Jens Subke (157th; 41:27). Charles Graham-Marr (169th; 42:08) stuck well to the task as did the remaining Central runners Hugh Buchanan (186th; 43:10), Colin Alexander (191st; 43:23), Roger Greenaway (211th; 45:21), Liam McCabe (218th; 46:17), Ben Noad (229th; 47:22), Allan Gall (243rd; 48:33), Colin Sinclair (251st; 49:46) and Cameron Campbell (257th; 50:17) as some 27 Central runners finished the Senior Men’s race making up a tenth of the total field.
In the Senior Women’s race over 6.4 kilometres, Catriona Buchanan led her team in with a fine 13th place display in 25:24, supported by Claire Houston (26th, 26:47), Mandy Williams (29th, 27:39), Hazel Dean (58th, 29:48) and Jane Waterhouse (104th, 32:49) with the team finishing the season in 4th place.
The second race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2019-20 Cross-Country Series was held in mild weather conditions on Saturday 21 December in the Laigh Hills Park, Dunblane. A testing course of some 1.5 kilometres saw a field of almost 40 youngsters taking time out from Christmas celebrations to complete the challenge.
Connor Bell showed his quality throughout the race to finish in overall first place in 4 minutes 47 seconds to lead home the Under-15 Boys age group ahead of another strong run from Euan Docherty (5:11) in second place overall.
Summer MacLean showed her continuing progress and confidence to win the Under-15 Girls category in 5:38 followed in by another good effort from Leona Melville (6:05). This well subscribed age group saw further gritty performances from Zosia Paddon (6:20), Anna Buchanan and Scarlett Roy, finishing together in 6:47, ahead of Brogan MacMillan (7:21).
There was a strong turnout of Under-13 Boys with Aaron Middleton leading home this age group with a fine 5:49 clocking ahead of more useful runs from Fergus Young (6:12) and Jamie Connor (6:26), just a few strides ahead of Connor Carr (6:27). Logan Bell stuck well to the task to finish in 6:54 leading in more determined efforts from Conall Paterson (7:07), Lewis Rodger (7:22) and Scott Hill (8:11).
The Under-13 Girls age group also proved to be competitive led in by Niamh McKinlay with a fine 6:28 effort ahead of Leah Brown (6:37), Emma Anderson (6:44), Robyn McKerracher (7:19) and Amelie Blair (9:02) with all girls passing the test with flying colours.
Joel Gillan was the fastest of the Under-11 Boys on show with an improved 6:20 effort just heading further fine efforts from Jake Drummond (6:21) and Finlay McGregor (6:27). Cole Johnston should be pleased with his 6:46 effort as should Ben Roberts (6:59) and Noah McIntyre-Sim (7:12).
Fia Watkin (6:39) showed her class to win the Under-11 Girls age group ahead of more excellent efforts from Dara Clark (6:47), Ciara Middleton (6:54) and Sienna Melville (6:55). Katy Buchanan (8:48), Hannah Whelan (8:52) and Nora Thompson (9:24) provided a string of pleasing performances.
In the Under-9 category Makenna Melville (7:13) headed in the girls through Eilidh Connor (8:25) and Summer Johnston (8:44), and Grant Rodger’s effort of 7:30 won the boys race, all running with great enthusiasm and endeavour.
Thanks are again due to Derek Easton, Raymond Milne, David Eckersley, and the small army of helpers who provided another excellent event on behalf of Central Athletic Club.
All the results are here in this spreadsheet:
The first race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2019-20 cross country series was held on Saturday 30 November in frosty conditions with bright sunshine, on a flat course of some 2 kilometres at Airthrey Castle, Stirling University with a field of 27 runners braving the cold conditions.
Euan Docherty’s strong running brought him home in first place with a tasty 7 minutes 22 seconds, leading home fellow Under-15 Ross Lawrie who showed continued improvement with 7:56. Joshua Kennedy also looked in good form as he led home the Under-13 Boys with 7:32 ahead of Aaron Middleton’s fine effort of 7:48. There were further noteworthy performances from the Under-13 Boys through Alex Dunlop (8:12), Fergus Young (8:18), Jamie Connor (8:50), Conall Paterson (9:40) and Scott Hill (10:05). Finlay MacGregor (9:10) proved to be the class of the Under-11 Boys race with Oscar Underwood (10:48), Arthur Carrie (10:57) and Gabriel Stewart (11:40) all laying down targets for the future.
Amongst the girls it was Under-15 runner Amy Cully who led the pack home with a gutsy 7:45 performance ahead of further strong runs from Summer MacLean (7:53), Leona Melville (8:23), Zosia Paddon (8:42), Tara Mathewson (9:05) and Scarlett Roy (9:17). Loren Stewart’s fine effort (8:47) saw her at the head of the Under-13 Girls with Niamh McKinlay (8:52) producing another strong challenge in this age group, as did Emma Anderson (9:18). Dara Clark should be pleased with her 9:24 effort to lead the Under-11 Girls to the finish ahead of another fine effort by Ciara Middleton (10:10). The three Under-9 Girls were not daunted by the cold weather or their older opponents and finished closely together with Eilidh Connor (11:25) taking the honours ahead of Hannah Cowley (11:36) and Jessica Walker (11:56).
Thanks are due to Derek Easton, Raymond Milne and indeed all the helpers who made this another successful event.
Central AC brought home a full set of gold-silver-bronze medals from the National Cross Country Relay Championships, with the Senior Men’s record-breaking seventh title in eight years winning justified plaudits for the performances over the hills of Cumbernauld Park.
The challenge facing Central AC Senior Men was to step to the top of the podium with other top line-up clubs and athletes desperate to cause an upset in the four leg cross country relay over legs of 4km. Cameron Milne was given first leg duties and a well-judged effort of 12 minutes 12 seconds saw Cameron hand over in second place some 4 seconds down on Glasgow University Hares and Hounds. Conan McCaughey ran a nip and tuck battle first taking and then losing the lead with his solid leg of 12:47 to keep Central in second, handing over slightly down on the University Club and chased by Johnny Glen (11:51) who ran the fastest leg of the day to bring strong rivals, Inverclyde AC, into third while Kilbarchan AAC had moved through to fourth.
The third leg saw Central’s Alastair Hay pitted against Kilbarchan’s Olympian Callum Hawkins. While Alastair moved Central through to first with a 12:19 leg Callum brought Kilbarchan into second, but crucially only pulling in some six seconds on Alastair to give Central a 14 second cushion. Jamie Crowe had proven his form in recent weeks and here his storming 11:59 effort extended Central’s winning margin to 44 seconds over Kilbarchan with Inverclyde in third a further 16 seconds further down.
It was great to see some eleven athletes supporting the Central AC Boys relay teams but disappointing not to have any Under-17s in an Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 format over three 2.5km legs. Central’s silver medals from 2018 were going to be hard to match but Under-13 Aaron Middleton set off with true resolve and had Central in a close-up ninth at the end of the first leg with a more than handy 9:49 clocking. Under-15 Connor Bell moved through the field with a superb second leg, to bring Central into second with an excellent 8:41. It was left to another Under-15, Cameron Kerr to finish Central’s challenge and here Cameron ran a well-judged 8:51 leg against his older rivals, to bring the team a set of bronze medals.
The remaining Central Boys teams, as expected, showed excellent determination throughout and the ‘B’ team of Joshua Kennedy (9:51), Alex Dunlop (11:12) and Euan Docherty (9:55) held their own well to finish 53rd in a large field of Clubs. There was more commitment from the ‘C’ team through Jamie Connor (12:02), Ruairidh Burns (9:49) and Ross Lawrie (11:35) to finish 83rd. The final Central team was incomplete but here Henry Crossley (11:01) and Jamie Oldham (10:25) were in 66th position at the end of their stint.
It was a massive compliment to the strength in depth of Central Men’s teams to see the ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams finish in sixth and thirteenth overall. The ‘B’ team of Matthew Sutherland (12:55), first year Under-20 runner Ben MacMillan (12:53), Hamish Hickey (12:31) and Michael Wright (12:54) came through the field well. The ‘C’ team held their early position well through Dale Colley (13:00), Fraser Logan (13:36), Aiden Shea (13:31) and Under-20 runner Tom Graham-Marr (12:42) to prove the club is ready for the cross country season ahead.
There was further determination from Central’s Masters team of Jens Subke (16:03), Donald Shaw (15:46), Will Hensman (14:44) and Euan Jack (14:21) with the team finishing 68th team overall and eleventh Masters Team
There was more true grit from a further Masters team of David Eckersley (15:00), Hugh Kerr (16:46), Charles Graham-Marr (16:41) and Stuart Watson (17:51) finishing 83rd team overall and sixteenth in the Masters competition. Iain Dunsmore (16:14) led off yet another Masters team including Hugh Buchanan (16:57), Colin Alexander (17:52) and Colin Sinclair (19:04) with the team in 102nd place at the finish and twenty-second Masters team. Allan Gall was on first leg duty for Central’s Over-50 team that finished twenty fifth in that competitive category through further strong efforts from John Millar (22:14), Cameron Campbell (19:27) and Liam McCabe (18:38). An incomplete team of David Lindsay (14:44), Ben Noad (17:29) and Neil Cobb (18:03) were in 111th place at the end of their effort. All of these runners showing the can-do attitude fostered by Coach Derek Easton and once again showing a great approach to distance running.
After 15 years with interests at the sharp end of the race, the Senior Women’s squad riven by unavailability and injury and then two last-minute illness withdrawals, but Central’s Women’s re-built A team put on a good show. Natalie Stewart led off the team with a strong and steady 17:19, Claire Houston as the only pre-selected team member put in a storming run of 16:18 to move the team forward to 29th, Kirsten McStay kept the forward progress going with 17:37 and 24th place and Amy Hendry brought the team home in 21st place with her strong run of 17:03.
For the Central B team, Heather Scott led off (18:29), passing on to Julia McAfee (18:36), Becky Hay (18:42) and Elizabeth Thompson (18:06) to bring team to 34th.
Central’s three-leg Over-50 team was led away by Hazel Dean whose 18:17 timing had them into fourth place, Jane Waterhouse held that position with her 19:22 and Trish Milne put in a spirited 17:21 to bring the team forward initially into bronze and then to silver medal position. Alison Curry (23:11) had a solo run as her team mates were moved up into replacement slots
The Girls race had the same course and team mix as the Boys races and a large contingent ran strongly in a packed field. In the first Central team home, Carys Gibb (11:00), Amy Cully (10:35) and Carrie Banks (10:26) all ran with spirit to finish 15th overall with Leah Gibb (11:13) Sumer Maclean (10:38) and Kyra Gibb (10:34) in the next Central team close behind in 21st place. Niamh McKinlay (11:21), Mirren Henry (11:14) and Grace Tindall (10:29) were closely matched as the next Central team in 28th place. Loren Stewart (12:14), Melissa Turnbull (11:01) and Naomi Howlieson (11:55) were 48th place, and Leah Brown (12:17), Mary Kealey (13:01) and Anna MacKinnon (11:12) were 63rd team, with important mentions for Scarlett Roy (12:15), Leona Melville (11:38), Zosia Padden (12:13) and Anna Buchanan (12:07) who ran in incomplete teams.
Central AC hosted the first match of the East of Scotland Cross Country League on a tough Stirling University course that showed off the diversity of campus. The series of races was finished off by the biggest field of the day, when Central came good with a fine team win and four runners in the top five providing the best home result of the day.
This Senior and Junior Men’s race over a three lap 9 kilometre course saw Andrew Butchart make a welcome return to some grass roots competition, following his World Championship run in Doha, storming into an early lead which he extended on each lap to win in an excellent 28 minutes 8 seconds. Jamie Crowe followed as close in Andrew’s heels as he could and finished in second with a tasty 28:28 clocking while Alastair Hay also ran strongly throughout for a fine third place (29:21). It might have been four from four if Central’s Under-20 runner, Hamish Hickey, had not fallen on the final lap, recovering to finish fifth (29:38), and finishing first Under-20. Matthew Sutherland also impressed in twelfth with 30:23 while Club stalwart Michael Wright had another fine effort in 14th (30:46) as the Senior Men finished first team on the day, well ahead of their closest rivals, Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds. Under-20 runners Ben MacMillan (15th; 30:50), Aidan Shea (20th; 31:34) and Telfer Gray (22nd; 31:46) underlined the potential for the future of the Club with more quality efforts. Fraser Logan battled through in 31st (32:14) leading in Will Hensman (73rd; 34:31) and David Lindsay (110th; 36:47). There were further fine runs from Allan Hume (129th; 37:15), Donald Shaw (134th; 37:24), Neil Ferrier (165th; 39:11), Iain Dunsmore (188th; 40:08), Gordon Appelbe (194th; 40:37), Hugh Buchanan (196th; 40:50), Ben Noad (216th; 41:58), Colin Alexander (227th; 43:19) and Allan Gall (248th; 44:55).
Central’s Senior Women’s team took on a tough two lap 6km challenge and were pleased with a fourth placed team finish. Claire Houston led the team home with a strong 20th place in 25:32, with Kirsten McStay (32nd, 27:52), Heather Scott (38th, 28:21), Julia McAfee (42nd, 28:54) and Jane Waterhouse (57th, 30:10) all well placed in a field with 107 finishers.
The Under-11 races featured one lap of 1,650 metres and here it was Joel Gillan who led home Central’s efforts in 23rd place in 7 minutes 1 second followed in by Max Godsman in 27th with 7:15, a great experience for both boys. For Under-11 Girls, Central was well represented by Dara Clark who gave a great account of herself with 17th in 7:26, well backed within a close finishing race by Ciara Middleton 27th in 7:55.
The Under-13 runners were faced with a single tough lap of 2,400 metres and in the Boys race Aaron Middleton showed good early season form to finish fifth in 10:24 and, with back-up from Joshua Kennedy (11th; 10:33), Fergus Young (45th; 12:04) and Henry Crossley (55th; 12:26), the Club finished fourth team. Central’s Under-13 Girls had a strong team that achieved third team place through some strong running by sisters Carys and Leah Gibb in 10th and 13th (11:42, 11:48) and then Niamh McKinlay (27th, 12:20), Leah Brown (42nd, 13:08) and Isla Henry (58th, 14:25).
Central’s Under-15 Boys made an impact in their 3.3 kilometre challenge with Cameron Kerr backing up his fine run from the previous week in fourth (11:18) while Euan Docherty came through in 23rd (12:31), Euan Campbell in 39th (13:33) and Finlay McAndrew in 53rd (15:10) with the Under-15 Boys finishing fifth team overall. The combined Under-15/17 Girls race covered the same 3.3 km with a team of six from Central. A club trio led this team in with a few personal battles, and it finished with Amy Cully (22nd, 13:30), Kyra Gibb (23rd, 13:31) and Summer McLean (24th, 13:36) all pushing each other to the line. This trio were well backed up by Mirren Henry (31st, 13:57), Anna MacKinnon (34th, 14:04), Scarlett Roy (63rd, 15:56), Naomi Howlieson (67th, 16:01) and Brogan McMillan (70th, 16:22).
The 2019 edition of the East of Scotland Cross Country Relays were played out in bright sunshine on a testing course in Deans Country Park, Livingston on Saturday 12 October. There was great endeavour from all of Central Athletic Club’s athletes but it was late in the day before this was rewarded with Championship medals and it was Central’s Men’s Team of Ben MacMillan, Michael Wright, Jamie Crowe and Alastair Hay who picked up the silver medals in their event.
The Men’s race consisted of four legs of 4 kilometres with Under-20 runner Ben MacMillan on the first leg, bringing the team through in third position, covering the course in 12 minutes 58 seconds, the fastest by an Under-20 runner on the day. Michael’s fine 13:02 effort on the second leg brought the team through into second place but some 34 seconds down on what looked like an extremely competent Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds team. Jamie Crowe soon made inroads into the deficit with the fastest individual leg of the day (12:12) to finish his effort just 2 seconds down and setting up the final leg to be a real battle for gold and silver medals. Alastair Hay put in a fine effort on the final leg, indeed recording the 12th fastest time of the day with 12:55, but had to give way to an excellent run from the Edinburgh University team who won by 17 seconds after some 51 minutes of running.
The day had started with the young athletes’ relays following a three leg format of an Under-13, followed by an Under-15 and completed by an Under-17, each running 2.5 kilometres. The two Central Girls teams finished in the centre of the field but this didn’t tell the whole story with Carys Gibb bringing the ‘A’ team round in ninth place with a fine 10 minutes 46 seconds effort. Scarlett Roy put in a solid performance of 12:15 bringing her team round in 19th while Carrie Banks (10:23) had the opportunity to pass some of her rivals to finish in 15th overall. Leya Gibb also made a strong start of 11:04 for Central’s ‘B’ team in 16th place. Brogan MacMillan’s 12:13 contribution brought the team into 20th place while Kyra Gibb’s final lap (10:21) ensured a 16th place finish, just 14 seconds behind Central’s ‘A’ team and Kyra recording the eighth fastest Under-17 time of the day with Carrie as tenth fastest.
There was also an encouraging turnout of Central’s Boys with the ‘A’ team comprising Under-13 Aaron Middleton (9:27), backed up by another Under-13 Jamie Connor (11:39) and completed by Under-15 Cameron Kerr (8:55), with Jamie and Cameron both running up an age group, so a real test of stamina and character. Although the team finished 17th, Aaron was the third fastest Under-13 on the day and Cameron the fourth fastest Under-15. The ‘B’ team of Joshua Kennedy (9:32), Owen Eckersley (11:11) and Euan Docherty (9:39) – another Under-15 competing in the Under-17 leg – finished 22nd overall. The Central ‘C’ team of Henry Crossley (11:02) and Douglas Fleming (11:53) didn’t have a final leg runner to complete the race and were in 33rd place at the end of their effort. It is fair to say that all of the Girls and Boys proved their training was heading in the right direction to enjoy the forthcoming Cross Country Season.
The Senior Women raced over three legs of the same 4 kilometre course as the Men and here we saw Under-20 runner Lauren McCulloch bring Central’s ‘A’ team to the first changeover in ninth with a tasty 15:46 clocking. Claire Waterhouse had only been promoted to the ‘A’ team on the morning and shouldered her responsibility admirably with a 16:47 leg and the team now in 14th. A typically storming run from Fanni Gyurko (15:22) rounded off the team’s effort, finishing in ninth overall. The Women’s ‘B’ team proved to be a fine effort from three of the Club’s Under-20 runners, Heather Scott (18:22), Rosie Eckersley (17:54) and Elizabeth Thompson (18:24) to finish 26th. There were further good efforts from Julie McAfee (18:48) and Kirsten McStay (17:51) with this incomplete team running in 33rd place at the end of the second leg.
Central Men’s ‘B’ team came home in an admirable tenth place overall through Fraser Logan’s first leg of 14 minutes 7 seconds followed up by Dale Colley (13:34) and two Under-20 runners Sandy Holl (13:59) and Tom Graham-Marr (13:22). Central’s ‘C’ team was led off by Under-20 runner Telfer Gray (13:35), and with Gordon Appelbe (17:23), Ben Noad (18:19) and a further talented Under-20, Sam Burton (15:21), the team finished in 45th place overall. There was a more than useful effort by Central’s top veteran’s team through Charles Graham-Marr (16:45), Will Hensman (15:02), Jens Subke (16:20) and David Eckersley (15:34) with the team in 43rd at the end of their efforts. There was also a fine effort from Central’s final veteran’s team of Cameron Campbell (22:42), Colin Sinclair (17:54), Allan Gall (19:27) and John Millar (22:32), who were caught up in a tussle towards the back of the race, finishing in 72nd place. Liam McCabe (19:33) rounded off Central’s efforts on the day in an incomplete team.
The final club time trials of summer 2019 took place at the Stirling University track on Thursday 29 August. Here are the results.
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The Central AC track and field championships took place on Sunday 25 August at Grangemouth Stadium, with added competition provided by Falkirk Victoria Harriers (FVH) holding their club championships at the same time.
All the results are available in the PDF file below.
The monthly club track and field time trials took place at Lornshill on Thursday 25 July. Here are the results:
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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.
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The results from the time trials are below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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
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).
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.
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.
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|
|800 Metres Series|
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|
|200 metres Series|
|800 metres Series|
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|
|48||12.6||9||Harry||Wilson||M||U17||Wee County Harriers|
|49||12.9||9||Matty||Meechan||M||U17||Wee County Harriers|
|200 metres series|
|48||25.2||6||Harry||Wilson||M||U17||Wee County Harriers|
|600 metres series|
|48||5.15||Harry||Wilson||M||U17||Wee County Harriers|
|49||4.65||Matty||Meechan||M||U17||Wee County Harriers|
|SP5k||48||8.15||Harry||Wilson||M||U17||Wee County Harriers|
|SP5k||49||7.59||Matty||Meechan||M||U17||Wee County Harriers|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Here are the results from last Thursday’s club time trials:
|100 metres series|
|800 metres Series|
|1 Mile Series|
|92||6.38.4||1||Heidi Elise||Eik Maxwell||F||U15|
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.
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.
The first track time trials of 2018 took place on 19 April. The results were as follows:
|100 metres Series|
|600 metres Series|
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.
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.
|Under-9 and Under-11 Race 1.25 miles|
|Under-13 Race 1.5 miles|
|Under-15 Race 1.75 miles|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.’
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The first race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2017-18 Cross-Country Series was held on Sunday 5 November, in bright conditions, on a flat course in Cochrane and Johnstone Parks at Alva with a field of 46 runners.
It was Under-15 Finlay Muir who continued his fine early season form to win with 3min 51secs. Others in this age group were Ben Hughes who impressed to finish with 4.09 ahead of the improving Angus Henderson (4.10) while Finlay Brown had a strong effort to finish with 4.37. Amongst the Under-13 Boys it was Connor Bell who again went to the front to finish in 4.04 being chased home by Euan Campbell (4.11), Euan Docherty (4.16) and Cameron Darnborough (4.21). As the Under-13 Boys poured through there were further classy performances from Ryan McGuire (4.23), Ethan Sorley (4.39), Innes Brown (4.43), Kyle Saunders (4.59) and Andrew Twigg (5.04).
There was a superb turnout of Under-11 Boys headed home by Aaron Middleton (4.22) with Owen Eckersley (4.36) also showing true resolve. Matthew Kealy ran well to record 4.46 leading in Sam Gardner (4.47), Murray Henderson (4.49), Oliver Ditchfield (4.53), Conall Paterson (5.01), Logan Bell (5.03), Cameron Pollock (5.07) and Sam Jones (5.10). Special mention should be made of the sole Under-9 Boy, Ray Taylor, who ran strongly throughout to be rewarded with a 4min 22secs timing.
Under-15 Girl Grace Tindall also brought her impressive early season form to bear finishing in an excellent 4min 13secs. There were more useful performances in this age group through Lois Burch (4.34) and Lucy Yates (4.41). Melissa Turnbull (4.14) continues to impress as she led home a large contingent of Under-13 Girls including a top performance from Amy Cully (4.15). Catriona Kane (4.27) and Anna MacKinnon (4.28) were others to shine in this competitive age group as they led home Mary Kealey (4.38), Summer MacLean (4.40), Brogan MacMillan (4.48), Ellen Montgomery (4.57), Harriet Ditchfield (5.01) and Hana Littlejohn (5.35).
There was competitive running throughout the Under-11 Girls age group with Niamh McKinlay (4.53) holding off Elizabeth Woods (4.55). The future of this age group looks assured through Mara Gillan (5.12), Connie Bateman (5.41), Sophie Appelbe (5.43), Amy Fulton (5.44) and Issy McGuire (5.47). The Under-9 Girls, Ciara Middleton (5.51) and Sarah Marshall (6.04) both passed this test with flying colours.
Thanks are due to the small army of helpers who provided an excellent event.
**Full list of al athletes & times >>>>> Alva CC Results 051117
Central AC made the annual foray to Cumbernauld for the National Cross Country Relay Championships, which continues to grow with this year’s record entry of over 2,500 athletes. With race squads covering all ages and abilities, the club were well satisfied with three medal winning top teams, and great levels of participation throughout the huge fields of runners.
Central’s women athletes brought home two sets of silver medals to runners spanning ages from 17 to 64 while Central’s Senior Men also climbed onto the podium with bronze medals. The Central Senior Women’s team took second place behind Edinburgh University despite the Central team starting with many uncertainties, with Morag MacLarty just back to full training only a few days before the race and Catriona Buchanan doing little racing this summer. Their experience was balanced by the youth of two 17-year-olds, Lauren McCulloch and Kate Gallagher.
Catriona led off on a combative first of four legs of 4,000 metres in 15min 11secs to bring the team to the first changeover in tenth place in a field headed by Edinburgh University. Morag MacLarty quickly dispelled doubts about her fitness as she set about reeling in the nine teams in front of her to post the fastest time of the day of 13:51 turning a 1min 10sec deficit into a full minute lead over next placed Aberdeen at changeover. Meanwhile the Edinburgh University team had dropped to fourth place a further minute in arrears. First team debutant, Lauren McCulloch, set about the third leg in confident manner and her time of 15:24 held Central in first place. Kate Gallagher ran strongly with a fine 15:11 timing but could not hold off Steph Pennycook, seasoned international runner from Edinburgh University, but a silver medal placing was a great achievement for the team.
Central Athletic Club’s Senior Men made a determined effort over their four legs of 4,000 metres. It was good to see Scott McDonald back in form to complete the first leg in fourth spot with a 12min 37secs effort. Lewis Millar proved his fitness with a 13:17 timing and the team in fifth place. Aidan Thompson’s superb 12:40 on the third leg saw the team in second behind a resurgent Inverclyde AC. There was a dramatic final leg as Aberdeen overtook Central’s Cameron Milne (12:49) who then held off a fast finishing Shettleston Harriers to bag the bronze medals.
Central’s second women’s team was led off by Claire Houston with a 19th placing with her 15:34 lap, Kim Timmins fought hard to keep the team in 21st place with her 17:12 effort. Under-20 Eleanor Hanson held 21st position with 18:06 to hand on to final lap runner Natalie Milne. In a unique weekend of contrasts and dedication, Natalie completed her race as part of her wedding weekend celebrations, tying the knot on Friday afternoon and racing at Cumbernauld on Saturday before heading to her honeymoon. Natalie’s time of 16:25 pulled the team up to a creditable 15th place. A third team of Fiona Davies (18:16, 48th), Becky Hay (18:52, 45th) and Kirsten McStay (18:52, 38th) also did the Club proud with impressive runs.
Central had two Women’s Masters’ teams running alongside the Senior Women. The W40 team finishing in 17th place through Alison Currie (21:18, 20th), Mary Kerr (21:47, 18th) and Lee Houghton (22:17, 17th) in a cumulative time of 65:22. The Central W50 team ran superbly throughout to take a second set of silver medals through Hazel Dean (17:29, second), Jane Waterhouse (19:34, second) and mother of the bride, Trish Milne, posting the fastest team time with 17:17 to bring the team home with 54:20 in second place behind Edinburgh AC.
There was further great endeavour from Central’s Senior Men’s ‘B’ team through Fraser Logan (13:44, 31st), Ruaridh Miller (13:26, 20th), Scott Brember (13:36, 17th) and Michael Wright finishing in 13:29 for 16th overall. It was good to welcome back Murray MacLarty to Central’s ‘C’ team here running 13:27 for 21st, back-up from Matthew Sutherland (13:46, 21st), David Lindsay (14:37, 25th) and Ross McNaught with 15:42 saw the team finish in 32nd placing.
There was further true resolve from Central’s Masters’ teams through Colin Alexander (16:34), Hugh Buchanan (16:34), Fraser Purves (16:21) and Donald Shaw (17:04) to finish 17th team in this category. More endeavour was shown by Raymond Milne (18:01), Jason Saunders (17:26), Hugh Kerr (16:55) and Mark Logie (18:08) with the team in 24th of the Masters’ teams.
For the Men’s Over-50 race the teams comprised 3 runners, and Central’s fastest team finished 7th after strong runs by David Eckersley (15:03), Charles Graham-Marr (16:08) and Stuart Watson (17:33), with the club’s representation completed in 20th place by Cameron Campbell (20:00), Allan Gall (19:13) and John Millar (21:44).
The Junior Girls’ team combined Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 legs of 2,500 metres. The Central lead team took a creditable 16th place through Anna MacKinnon (11:06, 28th), Kyra Gibb (10:11, 15th) and Rosie Eckersley (10:17, 16th). The other Central teams who showed great determination were Mary Kealey (11:40, 52nd), Brogan McMillan (12:08, 64th) and Bethany Burch (11:15, 51st) plus Mirren Henry (11:44, 55th), Amy Cully (11:30, 50th) and Heather Scott (11:59) close behind in 53rd. Erin Miller (12:49, 84th) and Summer McLean (11:45, 72nd) also ran well but had an incomplete team.
Central’s Junior Boys teams also ran 2,500 metre legs and here Under-13 Connor Bell set off with real purpose to complete his leg in 9min 34secs backed up by Under-15 Finlay Muir (9:36) and Under-17 Keir Howlieson (9:08) with this ‘A’ team finishing 20th overall. The ‘B’ team of Cameron Kerr (9:51), Cameron Fraser (11:07) and Tom Graham-Marr (8:48) produced another strong showing for the club in 40th overall. There were further solid performances from Owen Eckersley (11:16), Ben Angus Hughes (11:08) and Sandy Holl (9:10) in the ‘C’ team, finishing 66th. Brothers Cameron MacMillan (9:55) and Ben MacMillan (8:50) made up an incomplete team, both running strongly.
Central Athletic Club was the host for the first match of the East of Scotland Cross Country League on the Stirling University campus. A record 903 finishers from over 40 clubs found an already tough course made more so with wet muddy conditions and periods of rain. Central came away with match wins for Senior Men and Under-11 Boys and were standing top of the league across all male teams and third in females.
For the Senior Women, two laps of the 3,000 metre circuit suited the strength of Fanni Gyurko who came through to take the win on the second lap with a fine time of 22mins 35secs. Lauren McCulloch (15th; 24.23) and Claire Houston (16th; 24.25) were pleased with their consecutive top-end placings. Central’s large contingent was completed by strong runs from Eleanor Hanson (51st; 27.35), Amy Hendry (66th; 28.36), Kirstin McStay (78th; 29.43), Alison Currie (117th; 33.54) and Lee Houghton (121st; 34.27).
The Senior and Junior Men tackled a 9 kilometre course facing tough underfoot conditions as the course had cut up from the earlier races.
The Central contingent was always to the fore ensuring the club captured the lead in this first of the three race league series. Aidan Thompson, third in 30min 3secs and Alastair Hay (fourth; 30.19) underlined their form from the previous week and were well backed-up by further strong runs from Chris Smithard (9th; 30.54), Cameron Milne (13th; 31.35), Lewis Millar (14th; 31.46) and Scott McDonald (16th; 31.56). Scott Brember was first Veteran overall (22nd; 32.14) and Central’s seventh counter.
As the runners poured through there were others making light of the tough conditions including Michael Wright (32nd; 32.47), Ruaridh Miller (33rd; 32.50), Under-20 runner Euan Brownlie (68th; 35.05), David Eckersley (109th; 37.22), Andy Turnbull (131st; 38.20), Fraser Purves (154th; 39.20) and Robin Mussett (171st; 40.25). Also testing themselves were Neil Ferrier (172nd; 40.27), Hugh Buchanan (173rd; 40.33), Charles Graham-Marr (174th; 40.43), Jens Subke (201st; 42.01), Ben Noad (224th; 43.35), Raymond Milne (239th; 44.30), Liam McCabe (244th; 45.03), Allan Gall (254th; 46.16), Mark Logie (257th; 46.35), Cameron Campbell (278th; 49.36) and Kenneth Hislop (281st; 49.57).
The Under-11 races featured one lap of 1,640 metres, and among the Girls, sisters Carys and Leah Gibb finishing second (6.43) and 19th (7.14) respectively to lead in Niamh McKinlay (29th; 7.26), Alana Kerr (33rd; 7.37) and Isabella McGuire (67th; 8.49). The winning Under-11 Boys team saw Tom Campbell lead in his team-mates in seventh in 6min 28secs. Magnus Bryce ran well in ninth (6.31) just ahead of tenth place Aaron Middleton (6.35). There was excellent back-up from Joshua Kennedy (16th; 6.42), Oliver Ditchfield (56th; 7.22), Logan Bell (65th; 7.52) and Dylan McCulloch (76th; 8.52).
A great turnout of Under-13 runners took on a single lap of 2,400metres and the Girls team were rewarded with a third league team placing. Anna MacKinnon was top Central finisher in tenth place in 11.51 closely followed by Amy Cully (12th; 11.53), Summer MacLean (18th; 12.13), Mirren Henry (20th; 12.19), Catriona Kane (24th; 12.27), Mary Kealey (29th; 12.37), Brogan McMillan (36th; 12.51), Katherine Fowler (39th; 12.54), Ellie Ross (63rd; 13.53), Harriet Ditchfield (65th; 13.57) and Ellen Montgomery (73rd; 14.27). The Under-13 Boys followed the same course as the Under-13 Girls with the same third team result. Connor Bell showed committed running to finish seventh (10.18) followed closely by a determined Cameron Kerr (10th; 10.28) with Euan Campbell and Jack Campbell crossing the line together in 24th and 25th both recording 11.09. Cameron MacMillan came home in 34th (11.18) heading further good runs from Ryan McGuire (36th; 11.23), Euan Docherty (39th; 11.31), Jackson McKnight (46th; 11.45), Struan Craig (85th; 13.34) and Finlay Marchant (86th; 13.36).
For the combined Under-15 and 17 Women’s race over 3.3 kilometres, Grace Tindall had a great run finishing 17th Under-15 with 14.38; Skye Henderson was 15th Under-17 in 14.54 with Heather Scott next placed with 15.46. Central’s Under-15 Boys made an impact in their 3.3 kilometre challenge with Lewis Dow in eighth with 12.13 leading in further classy performances from Finlay Muir (13th; 12.36), Angus Henderson (29th; 13.32), David Cairns (45th; 14.42), Ben Hughes (48th; 15.12) and Cameron Fraser (51st; 15.25). It was good to see Under-17s Keir Howlieson and Craig McArthur test themselves over 6 kilometres with Keir finishing twelfth recording 22.18 and Gregor in 20th (23.26).
Central AC’s cross country running season opened at Glamis Castle with medal placings for both senior teams in the East District Cross Country Relay Championships.
The senior women’s team faced a testing 4,000 metre course through the grounds and woodlands of the Glamis Castle estate with teams of three runners. First off, Fanni Gyurko pushed hard to come in with the leading runners in 3rd place with a 14 minute 22 second lap, and what proved to be the sixth fastest lap of the day. Natalie Milne was able to move the team up to second place with her 15.28 lap passing on to Under-20 runner Kate Gallagher. For Kate it was her first senior team run, and she ran a spirited lap, chasing those in front but with fast-finishing clubs pushing hard behind. Her 14.43 lap brought the team home in silver medal position behind the winning Edinburgh University trio.
The Central B team showed that there was good strength in depth with Lauren McCulloch (15.20), Eleanor Hanson (17.42) and Claire Houston (15.29) finishing in 11th place. The C team of Amy Hendry (17.51), Shona Aitken (18.48) and Becky Hay (18.14) took 31st place.
The men’s four leg relay, over the same 4,000 metre course as the women’s race, saw Central win bronze medals in an overall 50.58 behind Corstorphine AAC (49.59) and Aberdeen AAC (50.22). Aidan Thompson put in a fine effort on the first leg (12.29) to put the team in second place. Ruaridh Miller’s 13.10 effort saw the club in third after the second leg, with Michael Wright (12.59) maintaining this position on the third leg. It was Alastair Hay who completed the Central effort with 12.20 to record the third fastest relay leg of the day.
Central men’s B team came home in 27th place through Fraser Logan (13.27), David Lindsay (14.21), Will Hensman (15.09) and newcomer Ben Noad (16.55). The Masters’ team of David Eckersley (15.14), Colin Alexander (16.26), Jens Subke (16.13) and Charles Graham-Marr (15.36) acquitted themselves well to finish in 34th overall and eighth in the Masters’ race. Raymond Milne (17.15) led off a further Masters’ team backed-up by Allan Gall (19.19), John Millar (20.43) and Cameron Campbell (19.17) finishing 57th overall. An incomplete team of Hugh Buchanan (16.33) and Colin Sinclair (18.09) rounded off Central’s efforts on the day.
The young athletes combined Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 leg runners, each doing a 2,500 metre lap and Central’s young female team made the most of the setting to post fine race times. Melissa Turnbull on first leg for the A team produced a classy 10.07 to bring the team in 4th place, Carrie Banks on the Under-15 lap produced 10.11, dropping just one place and Rosie Eckersley on the final leg brought the team home placed a creditable 6th. Incomplete team runners Mary Kealey (12.07), Anna MacKinnon (11.17) and Heather Hale (13.00) ran strongly in the Under-13 age group.
Central’s young male athletes made the most of their first cross country outing of the season with Central’s Under-13s Cameron MacMillan (22nd, 10.19), Ross Lawrie (33rd, 11.06) and Ben Harley (42nd, 12.11). The Under-15 runners also acquitted themselves well through Finlay Muir (16th, 9.23), Daniel Bruce (37th, 9.54) and Cameron Fraser (40th, 11.16). It was Under-17 Keir Howlieson who brought the A team home in 13th with the fourth fastest Under-17 leg of 8.37, and Ben MacMillan also showing great form to finish the B team in 30th with the sixth fastest Under-17 leg of 8.40.
Full results are on the Scottish Athletics website.
Here FINAL RESULTS 31 AUGUST 2017 are the results from last Thursday’s club time trials at Stirling University track. The entries were a new record of 126 swelled by a particularly large contingent of Wee County Harriers. Many thanks to John McDonald and all his team of helpers for all the invaluable help in making the night a success.
Next time trial is at Balfron on Sept 20th where we will be launching the brand new 100m track, LJ and Shot facilities.
Big thanks to Kenny Pearson for this comprehensive report:
Scottish Under 13 Championships
Scotstoun, Saturday 20th August 2017
Photos from Kenny Pearson and Bobby Gavin
Central AC’s under 13s stepped up to championship competition with distinction. Most of the athletes were tasting championship action for the first time ever but returned with 4 medals and a host of personal best performances.
The boys javelin event had high hopes for Central AC with Scott Hopper and Jack Campbell both on form. It was a close event as Scott threw 29.23m in the opening round to take the early lead however Ben Connolly of Nenagh Olympians in Ireland overtook him by a slim 4cm margin in round 3. It was a lead Scott was unable to overcome however he held onto 2nd position at the finish. Jack was sitting in 4th place until the 5th round when he threw 26.87m to move into 3rd position then extended this with 27.41m in the final round. This meant Scott and Jack ended up with silver and bronze medals respectively, and with only an Irish athlete ahead it was a 1-2 for Central out of the Scots, an excellent result for the athletes and the club.
Scott wasn’t finished though as he then took part in the high jump where he was joined by Central teammate Euan Campbell. At 1.31m Euan cleared first time to maintain a share of the lead. Scott needed every bit of his resolve though as he finally went clear at the 3rd and final attempt. At 1.36m they were both in new territory attempting personal bests but showed no sign of nerves as they both went clear first time. With 6 athletes still left though the medals were likely to be decided at the next height. Scott put himself in contention clearing at the second attempt. Euan was unfortunate after some close attempts when his heel just clipped the bar off at his final attempt leaving him in 4th place just outside the medals. Scott was unable to improve finishing in 3rd but can be proud of finishing the day with a silver and bronze medal.
Euan Wilbert also impressed in the long jump and hurdles. He started his long jump with a personal best 4.55m to move into 2nd place but was unable to improve on that and was unfortunately pipped for bronze by the slimmest 1cm margin. Euan Campbell finished a respectable 9th with 4.26m just missing out on the halfway cut.
Euan Wilbert wasn’t finished though with the 75m hurdles still to come. He eased through to the final in a personal best 12.87s. In the final he found Zane McQuillan of Ballymena too fast but he sprinted over the barriers ahead of the rest of the opposition to claim the silver medal and be first Scot over the line. His time of 12.69s was another personal best and earned him his first gold standard on the club awards scheme. His times in the heat and final were both faster than the club record of 13.0s which has stood for 13 years but unfortunately the wind reading was over the legal limit of 2.0 metres per second, the final only just over at 2.3. Euan will look to take this record at the club championships in 2 weeks.
Ellie Ross was the top performing girl. She has tried various events at championships for experience but showed perseverance pays off as she found an event she can excel in with the javelin. She went in to the event as one of the lower ranked athletes with a personal best (pb) of 13.89m but pbs of 15.30m, 15.75m, 16.70m then a final round 17.19m earned her an excellent 6th place.
Cora Morgan reached the final 8 of the long jump to get all 6 attempts and managed 4.32m in the final round for 7th place, just short of her pb. She was unfortunate in the 70m hurdles as her time of 12.69s was 7th fastest overall in the heats but as she was in a quick heat she was unable to claim a fastest loser spot for the final missing out by one place.
There were some fine performances in the sprints as athletes took advantage of the higher level competition to set personal bests. Katherine Fowler smashed her 200m pb by a whole second clocking 29.52s to progress to the semi-finals. Erin Miller set a big pb in the 100m with 14.49s to progress to the semis then set a pb 31.42s at 200m. Finlay Marchant took chunk off his pb in the 100m with 14.36s then ran 31.02s in the 200m. Jack Campbell showed he is not just a javelin thrower after progressing to the 200m semis with 29.46s in his heat.
The endurance athletes had to contend with atrocious wind conditions putting personal bests out of reach but there were good performances. Conor Bell ran 2:31.61 minutes for 12th in the boys 800m while Amy Cully ran 2:46.68 for 15th in the girls 800m. Summer McLean was 21st at 1500m in 5:59.67 minutes.
Shannon Glen and Ben Harley also gained experience. Shannon ran 16.01s in the 100m and log jumped 2.93m. Ben managed 15.18s in the 100m, just off his pb then long jumped 3.12m.
What was pleasing for the club was the wide range of events being contested with almost every event featuring one or two Central athletes. Well done to everyone and hopefully the can all learn from the experience of championship competition and progress in the older age groups.
Friday evening’s Black Rock 5 in Kinghorn, Fife saw a field of some 1,100 runners tackle the iconic route that takes participants across the beach and around the Black Rock with nobody returning with dry feet. The steep race finish adds to the toughness of the course with all runners finishing exhausted.
Central AC’s Cameron Milne continued his fine run of form as he proved the strongest runner on the night winning in 22mins 40secs. Alastair Hay was also on form, only a few yards behind in second place (22.43) and with another excellent run from Scott Green in sixth (23.26), Central ensured team gold medals.
Lewis Millar would have been pleased with his 24.37 run in eleventh, as would Ruaridh Miller in 15th (25.29). Neil Cameron (27.12) and Chris McHardy (27.21) both came through well in top forty places. As the runners poured through there were further fine performances from Iain Dunsmore (31.43), Bob Hanson (32.17), Raymond Milne (32.48), Kenny Hislop (36.34), Colin Sinclair (40.50) and John Millar (40.56).
There was also a good turnout from Central’s ladies with Jennifer Wetton’s strong effort seeing her finish as third lady and 56th overall with 28.43. Patricia Milne continues to impress finishing with 31.22 taking first prize in the 40 to 45 category, just ahead of further top performances from Kimberley Timmins (31.25) and second junior lady Eleanor Hanson (33.32). Runs from Becky Hay (34.30), Kirsten McStay (35.54) and Claire McHardy (36.35) also caught the eye.
There were track and field time trials at Balfron on Wednesday 14 June which comprised 100m, 200m, 800m and shot put. Results are in this document file.
Time Trial Results – 25 May 2017
Here are the results from last Thursday’s club time trials at Stirling University track. The entries were a new record of 110. Many thanks to everyone for all the invaluable help in making the night a success. If you spot any errors or have any queries, please contact John McDonald .
You can download the results as a spreadsheet, or view them below.
|100 metres series|
|600 metres series|
Andrew Butchart’s period of altitude training was put to the test in the 3000 metres at the Diamond League in Doha on Friday evening. As is the norm with Diamond League races the field was full of top international athletes and the pace was torrid from the start. Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi kept the fast pace going to the finish recording a world-leading 7 minutes 28.53 seconds with Andrew in eighth on 7-45.36, just a fraction of a second from his personal best and gaining a Diamond League point. ‘The rust definitely got busted’ said Andrew ‘now it’s time to go back to Flagstaff, the season has begun.’
Central AC’s Cameron Milne was on Scottish international duty at the weekend taking a superb third place in the Lillebaelt Half Marathon in Denmark with a personal best of 66 minutes 39 seconds on his senior debut. Cameron kept with the leading group in the early stages which included some challenging climbs and with 2 kilometres to go over-hauled Olympic marathon runner Derek Hawkins to become the first Scot across the line. Both the men’s and women’s races were considerably more competitive than in previous years with Central’s Jennifer Wetton finishing ninth woman with 84:25.
‘The race started at a good pace and we went through 10km at just over 31 minutes which is close to my personal best,’ said Cameron. ‘I fell off the lead group at about seven miles and I didn’t expect to get back to Derek so it must have been a pretty strong finish. In myself I knew I could run 66 and that’s consistent with the progress I had hoped to make so I have to be pleased.’
The Scottish Athletics 5 kilometre Road Race Championships were once again held at Silverknowes, Edinburgh on the evening of Friday 5th May. Once again there was a high quality field assembled and with 480 finishers there was tough competition for the 16 Central Athletic Club runners who again won a number of individual and team championship medals.
Jamie Crowe was always to the fore in the race and his sprint finish was rewarded with a silver medal as he finished with 14 minutes 41 seconds. In a tightly fought race it was great to see Alastair Hay come through in fifth with a tasty 14-47 and Aidan Thompson, in twelfth (14-59) and second Under-20, ensuring the team gold medals were retained by Central. Cameron Harris finished as sixth Under-20 (15.24) and there were more strong runs from local athletes including Matthew Sutherland (15.48), Ruaridh Millar (15.57), Scott Brember (16.14) and Lewis Millar (16.31). Charles Graham-Marr improved from last year’s run to record 18.26 ahead of Phil Sweeney (18.35), Robin Mussett (19.03), Raymond Milne (20.39) and Mark Logie (22.14).
In the ladies race, Under-17 athlete Kate Gallagher again caught the eye as she finished as first Under-17 and sixth overall with 17 minutes 34 seconds. Patricia Milne showed progress from last year with 20.22 while Kirsten Samara McStay should be pleased with her 23.32 clocking.
Central Athletic Club Men’s Team started their Scottish Division One track and field season with a third placing behind last year’s champions Aberdeen AAC and a resurgent Inverness AC team. The match, held in sunny but windy conditions in Aberdeen on Saturday 6th May, saw a committed team effort from athletes across the Club, some excellent early season performances and two Under-17 athletes making their debut at this level.
The first track event, the 400 metres hurdles, finished with Michael Wright in fourth ‘A’ place (71.34 seconds) and David Lindsay win the ‘B’ event (68.33 seconds). The 800 metres saw Aidan Thompson and Jamie Crowe dusting themselves down from their previous night’s 5000 metre efforts taking second ‘A’ and first ‘B’ places respectively with times of 2-04.87 and 2-03.32. Michael Currie had a superb 11.15 seconds run in the ‘A’ 100 metres for third place and Jack Houghton provided the back-up, recording 11.69 seconds for fifth ‘B’ spot. Michael Wright was in a class of his own as he strode to victory in the 3000 metres steeplechase to record 9-48.77; while David Lindsay improved his personal best to 10-34.75 for second ‘B’ place. Kai Ligertwood, in his first ever 110 metre hurdles race, picked off third place with a tidy 19.56 seconds effort while fellow Under-20 athlete, Jack Houghton, continued his busy day to take fifth ‘A’ in the 400 metres with 57.17 seconds while Fraser MacPherson also produced a strong run for fourth ‘B’ spot with 55.37 seconds. Jamie Crowe continued his busy weekend with a win in the 1500 metres (4-05.81) and David Lindsay produced yet another personal best run to take third ‘B’ placing with 4-45.36. The 200 metres series saw Michael Currie again to the fore, taking fourth ‘A’ points with 22.68 seconds, backed up by an Under-17 debut run in the Men’s League for John Wilkie in sixth ‘B’ placing with 25.51 seconds. The 5000 metres saw Michael Wright push his body through the pain barrier in his third race of the day to take second ‘A’ spot with 16-02.38 while Matthew Sutherland, yet another competitor from the previous night’s 5000 metres coming home in second ‘B’ spot with a 16-14.16 effort.
In the field the throwing duties were covered by the ever reliable Ron Todd recording 8.58 metres shot put, 29.81 metres discus and 30.04 metres javelin. Ron also cleared an impressive 3.45 metres in the pole vault, backed-up by Colin Christie’s 2.70 metre effort. Under-20 athlete Cameron McCorgray (6.32 metres) and Under-17 debut athlete James Isgrove (5.36 metres) picked up more useful points in the long jump while James (11.39 metres), showed great form in the triple jump with Jack Houghton (10.37 metres) again proving his range of abilities. Cameron McCorgray came into his own in the high jump with his superb 1.95 metre clearance winning the event.
The 4 x 400 metre quartet of Michael Currie, Fraser MacPherson, James Isgrove and Jack Houghton came home third in a tight race, recording a tasty 3 minutes 40.57 seconds. The guest 100 metres saw Under-17’s James Isgrove and John Wilkie record good times of 12.22 seconds and 12.34 seconds respectively. Jack Houghton won a specially arranged 400 metres hurdles for Under-18s as he tried to achieve the Junior Commonwealth Games qualifying time. Jack’s brave effort of 57.77 seconds just fell short of the mark, the strong wind having a big effect in putting paid to his ambitions.
As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through John Dickson, Stuart MacFarlane and Kenny Hislop.
Points on the day were Aberdeen 417; Inverness 310; Central 284; Victoria Park Glasgow 208; Pitreavie 161; Arbroath 142; Kilbarchan 97 and Lasswade 76.
A massive thank you to all the athletes who turned out for our club time trials last Thursday, and to all who helped so that the competitions could run smoothly.
These were the most popular time trials yet with 114 athletes registered. The results are available as a spreadsheet or below.
|100 metres series|
|800 metres series|
The first track league match of the season featured a second league place for Central AC athletes as part of the Forth Valley team in the Scottish Women’s League.
Central’s under-17 hurdlers featured strongly with Emma Mailer turning in a new personal best to win the 300m hurdles in 45.57 seconds and Katie Sharkey winning the sprint hurdles in 12.08 seconds. Both girls backed up with strong performances in the 200m with Emma taking third in 26.51 seconds and Katie winning the B race in 26.24 seconds. Elizabeth Thompson showed good form in the 300m with a third place in a new PB of 42.20 seconds. Lucy Smith cleared 1.40 metres for second in the B High Jump while Anna Cameron took a good third place in the Long Jump with 4.94 metres and was fourth in the 100m in 13.31 seconds. Skye Henderson produced a gutsy run with 5th place in the 800m and a season’s best of 2:26.61.
A number of Central’s athletes moved into the senior ranks to face top competition to acquit themselves well. Catriona Laing was a fine fourth place in the 200m in 26.47 seconds and Lucy Mason was 6th in the B race with 27.21 seconds. Kate Gallagher had a tough race with her team-mate Sarah Calvert in the senior 1500m, with them both taking wins in the combined A/B race, with Kate’s time of 4:44.57 a good marker for season ahead. Lauren McCulloch moved up to senior 800m and took fourth in 2:26 with Madeleine Woods posting a 64.02 seconds outdoor personal best for 5th in the 400m B race. Lydia Simpson was 6th in the 100m with 13.59 seconds. An all-Central 4 x 400 metre relay team were pleased with a fine third place as Lauren, Elizabeth, Madeleine and Catriona turned in a 4:12.96 to finish the day, after the senior 4 x 100 metre relay featuring Lydia, Catriona and Lucy put in a 5th place run with 52.61 seconds.
In the under-15 age group, only Shona McLay made the squad from Central AC, and posted two good wins in the B 100 and 200 metres with times of 13.28 and 26.82 seconds and then made a big contribution to a 4 x 100m relay second place in 52.71 seconds. Cora Morgan posted a new personal best with 14.07 seconds for 5th in the under-13 hurdles, and formed part of a 4 x 100 metre relay team posting 57.56 seconds for second place. Elise Graham-Marr took on a hard fought 800m with 6th in 2:42.84.
Overall points were Edinburgh AC 484; Forth Valley 402; VP Glasgow 389; Lothian 340; Tayside/Fife 339; Team West 332; Aberdeen 325; Pitreavie 190.
The outdoor track and field competition season got underway at Grangemouth on Saturday 1 April with the club’s Pre-season meeting. The results are available in a spreadsheet, or below:
|Central Athletic Club Pre Season Meeting|
|Grangemouth Stadium – 1 April 2017|
|Results for publication|
|70m Hurdles U13G||Heat 1|
|125||Lily Arrundale||Edinburgh AC||U13G||2||12.6|
|120||Eve Beswick||Ayr Seaforth||U13G||3||13.1|
|75m Hurdles U13G||Heat 1|
|130||Grace Robertson||Giffnock North||U15G||3||18.3|
|80m Hurdles U15B||Heat 1|
|106||Gino Brock||Dundee Hawkhill||U15B||3||15.4|
|800m U11G & U13G||Heat 1|
|800m U15G-SenW||Heat 1|
|155||Margaret Newell||Law & District||SenW||5||2.55.8|
|140||Elana Kerr||Team East Loth||U15G||6||3.03.4|
|800m U15G-SenW||Heat 2|
|800m U11B||Heat 1|
|800m U13B||Heat 1|
|800m U15B-SenM||Heat 1|
|800m U15B-SenM||Heat 2|
|100m U11G||Heat 1|
|1||Jessica Hanson||Wee County Harr||U11G||1||15.6|
|100m U13G||Heat 1|
|100m U13G||Heat 2|
|100m U15G||Heat 1|
|100m U15G||Heat 2|
|15||Sophie Williams||Wee County Harr||U15G||2||14.5|
|100m U15G||Heat 3|
|100m U17-SenW||Heat 1|
|100m U11B||Heat 1|
|100m U13B||Heat 1|
|100m U15B||Heat 1|
|100m U15B||Heat 2|
|37||Matthew Meechan||Wee County Harr||U15B||5||13.3|
|100m U17-SenM||Heat 1|
|82||Lewis Darnbrough||Stirling Uni||SenM||2||12.1|
|48||Ryan Cuzen||Red Star||SenM||5||13.5|
|100m U17-SenM||Heat 2|
|42||Alistair Loudon||Team East Loth||U17M||3||12.3|
|47||Liam Nolan||FV Flyers||SenM||6||12.8|
|300m Hurdles U15G& U17W||Heat 1|
|134||Leah Keisler||Law & District||U15G||4||49.4|
|300m Hurdles U15B||Heat 1|
|106||Gino Brock||Dundee Hawkhill||U15B||2||51.8|
|400m Hurdles height 84 cm||Heat 1|
|200m U11G||Heat 1|
|1||Jessica Hanson||Wee County Harr||U11G||1||31.8|
|200m U13G||Heat 1|
|200m U13G||Heat 2|
|200m U15G||Heat 1|
|96||Charlie Maree Nolan||Livingston||U15G||6||31.1|
|200m U15G||Heat 2|
|15||Sophie Williams||Wee County Harr||U15G||6||30.4|
|200m U17-SenW||Heat 1|
|200m U17-SenM||Heat 1|
|48||Ryan Cuzen||Red Star||SenM||4||28.2|
|109||Mark Lumsden||FV Flyers||SenM||5||34.3|
|200m U17-SenM||Heat 2|
|47||Liam Nolan||FV Flyers||SenM||4||26.0|
|200m U15B||Heat 1|
|37||Matthew Meechan||Wee County Harr||U15B||4||26.6|
|200m U13B||Heat 1|
|200m U11B||Heat 1|
|96||Charlie Maree Nolan||Livingston||U15G||9||5.19.2|
|133||Katie Foss||Law & District||U15G||3||42.9|
|148||Catriona McPheat||Team East Loth||U17W||4||43.9|
|192||Stewart Wanser||Stirling Uni||SenM||2||54.2|
|108||Christopher Stewart||Team East Loth||U17M||3||54.5|
|186||Callum Johnstone||Stirling Uni||SenM||5||54.7|
|48||Ryan Cuzen||Red Star||SenM||7||64.3|
|Triple Jump (100m start pit)||Time||10:30|
|Long Jump U11 Boys (finish line pit)||Time||10:30|
|Shot U15G – SenW||Time||10:30|
|140||Elana Kerr||Team East Loth||U15G||17.08|
|Long Jump U15B-SenM (Tailwind pit)||Time||11:15|
|Long Jump U13B (Headwind pit)||Time||11:15|
|Shot U11 & U13 Girls||Time||11:15|
|High Jump (all females)||Time||11:15|
|47||Liam Nolan||FV Flyers||SenM||19.61|
|109||Mark Lumsden||FV Flyers||SenM||22.33|
|181||Connor Currie||Team East Loth||U17M||22.51|
|194||Matthew Craig||FV Flyers||U17M||18.65|
|Long Jump U13 Girls (Tailwind pit)||Time||12:00|
|Long Jump U11 Girls (Headwind pit)||Time||12:00|
|193||Jim Anderson||FV Flyers||MstrM||8.76|
|Long Jump U15 Girls (Tailwind pit)||Time||01:30|
|15||Sophie Williams||Wee County Harr||U15G||4.11|
|Shot U11 & U13B||Time||01:30|
|High Jump U15 Boys – Sen Men||Time||01:30|
|Javelin (all females)||Time||01:30|
|Long Jump U17 – Sen Women (Tailwind pit)||Time||02:15|
|Shot U15B – Sen Men||Time||02:15|
|47||Liam Nolan||FV Flyers||SenM||7.77|
|109||Mark Lumsden||FV Flyers||SenM||7.75|
|181||Connor Currie||Team East Loth||U17M||10.12|
|194||Matthew Craig||FV Flyers||U17M||7.24|
|High Jump U11 & U13 Boys||Time||02:15|
|Javelin (all males)||Time||02:15|
|109||Mark Lumsden||FV Flyers||SenM||16.53|
|181||Connor Currie||Team East Loth||U17M||27.58|
|194||Matthew Craig||FV Flyers||U17M||13.89|
Central Athletic Club – Press Report 26 March 2017
Central AC were able to achieve another double as both Men’s and Ladies teams took titles at the National Road Relay Championships at Livingston held in Summer like conditions on Sunday 26th March over the traditional Livingston course. The event was the normal 4 stages for ladies and 6 stages for the men of pavements, cycle tracks and underpasses, with alternating short (3.15 miles) and long (5.85 miles) laps.
The 6 Stage Mens Championships saw Central Athletic Club’s ‘A’ Team locked in a close battle with last year’s winners Ron Hill Cambuslang Harriers and with Central fielding perhaps their youngest ever team at this event it proved a tantalising afternoon’s racing. The 6 Stage Mens Championships saw Central Athletic Club’s ‘A’ Team locked in a close battle with last year’s winners Ron Hill Cambuslang Harriers and with Central fielding perhaps their youngest ever team at this event it proved a tantalising afternoon’s racing.
Under 20 runner Iain Davies, taking a break from his studies at Cambridge University, was handed first leg responsibility and did the Club proud, coming home in eighth place with a 16min 25sec run, some 18 seconds down on Cambuslang. Dale Colley, back from a four week injury lay off, ran determinedly on the second leg to finish with a tasty 30min 29secs timing but a growing gap of 1min 52secs to Cambuslang. Matthew Sutherland set off to start making inroads to Cambuslang’s lead and here ran the sixth fastest short leg of the day (16.09) with the gap now down to 1min 34secs. Cameron Milne looked determined to bring Central back into close contention and his 28min 42secs effort not only proved to be the second fastest long leg of the day but also reduced the gap to just 24seconds. Responsibility for the fifth leg was left to another Under 20 athlete, Aidan Thompson, who not only had the third fastest short leg of the day (15.47) but also pulled Central into the lead for the first time. Jamie Crowe has shown great form and reliability in recent times and here showed great maturity to bring home both medals and race trophy with the third fastest long leg of the day (28.52) and a win by just over 2 minutes.
Unlike the men, the race for the women was a more straightforward affair, with the ladies leading from gun to tape in a new course record time. Morag MacLarty continued her form to lead her team to first changeover with a 51 second lead over Edinburgh AC. Morag’s 17.09 was the fastest short leg time of the day and set the scene for last year’s identical winning team being able to repeat their victory. Some strong running enabled the team to stay roughly a minute ahead throughout the race as Edinburgh AC and Edinburgh University swapped places behind them. Fiona Thompson was second leg runner on the long leg and was pleased with her 34.24 timing, having assisted her English club, Thames Valley Harriers, take a silver medal in the South of England Relay Championships the day before. Lyndsay Morrison then ran another good leg with fourth fastest short leg time of 18.21, a great run given that she has missed much of the winter’s racing and training. Final long leg was safely in the hands of Jennifer Wetton with a 34.00 timing to bring the team home in a final time of 1:43.54, a new course record for the 16 years of competition at Livingston.
Central’s master team of Jane Waterhouse, Hazel Dean and Trish Milne took Silver medals in their three leg competition with times of 23.50, 42.57 (long) and 21.20.
‘We’re always looking to win or be as competitive as we can be and I am absolutely delighted with wins for the Men and for the Women,’ said Central’s Endurance Coach, Derek Easton. ‘It was a slightly altered line-up with one or two of our more experienced names missing out. Iain Davies, for example, is only just back from Cambridge and he has had hard winter there. But he ran well on the first leg last year and did so again today. ‘I’m pleased for the likes of him and Aidan Thompson, who had a good run. Cameron Milne was second at Alloa in the half marathon last weekend and he has followed that up with a really good long leg for us.
‘I don’t expect Central to win all the time – I just expect the teams to do the best they can on the day. But to get a double at the National XC and again at the National Road Relays makes it a very successful winter for our Senior squads. ‘With the Women, we’ve always a good chance if we can get those four athletes out fit. Lyndsay Morrison, for example, has had a few injuries so it is great for her to be a national champion again.’
Central’s Mens ‘B’ Team of Lewis Millar (17.56), Fraser Logan (32.04), Ruaridh Miller (17.08), David Lindsay (36.26), Alan Hume (18.08) and Scott Brember (32.26) acquitted themselves well to finish 21st overall. An Over 50’s Mens Team tackled a four stage challenge through John Millar (26.16), Allan Gall (43.45), Raymond Hutchison (22.10) and Hugh Buchanan (40.34) stuck well to the task throughout. Finally an somewhat decimated Over 40’s team of Ian Dunsmore (19.26), David Eckersley (36.25) and Neil Cameron (18.32) all had good runs but had to finish as an incomplete team while in a handy 45th placing overall.
England Indoor Combined Events championships
Sheffield, 11th/12th March 2017
Matt Chandler was on superb form as he took a fine bronze at the England indoor combined events championships. The 16 year old Central AC athlete from Balfron was taking on the best all round athletes from throughout the UK as he took part in the under 17 mens Heptathlon event.
Matt started well equalling his personal best in the 60m with 7.55s for 9th overall. He followed this with a 6.18m long jump to lift himself to 6th place. A personal best in the shot of 10.58m was not enough to prevent him slipping to 9th but with stronger events to come Matt was in confident mood. He rounded of the first day with an excellent 1.85m high jump, the 3rd highest of the day, to equal his personal best and finish the first day in 7th place. He was just 120 points away from the top 3 though so there was everything to play for in day 2.
He started day 2 in the 60m hurdles running 8.66s for the 5th quickest time to climb to 6th place but it was in the pole vault Matt was looking to move himself up the field as one of the highest ranked athletes. Matt went clear at every height up to 3.71m where he was one of only 2 athletes left in the competition. He was unable to improve on his club record 3.85m set earlier in the season as 3.81m proved beyond him on this occasion but his 3.71m clearance and 2nd place in the pole vault had moved Matt up to 3rd place and a medal position. In fact it was 3 Scots who occupied the top 3 spots with Matt trailing only Joel MacFarlane of Arbroath and Robbie Farquhar of Aberdeen. Joel was over 300 points ahead and uncatchable but Robbie was just 41 points ahead giving Matt a chance of moving up another place in the final 1000m event. In the 1000m Matt ran hard setting a new personal best 2:58.80 minutes but Robbie did just enough to stay ahead finishing 3 seconds behind.
Matt was still in bronze medal position though completing a Scottish 1-2-3 as he finished 80 points ahead of the leading English athlete with a new personal best score 4551 points. This was a huge personal best for Matt. Prior to this event only 2 Scots had ever scored higher, including Matt’s older brother Tom, whose Central AC club record Matt missed by only 60 points. This result also bodes well for the schools international later in the year where Scotland will have a great chance of a team win.
Central AC Cross Country – Saturday 25 March 2017 – Kings Park
Some 56 youngsters competed over a one mile course in Kings Park, Stirling in the final of Central Athletic Club’s cross country series on 25 March. Andrew Butchart assisted with warm-up and stayed around to present prizes prior to flying off to Flagstaff, Arizona for another spell of altitude training. The race itself was held in bright Spring sunshine a far cry from the mud of the Winter.
Finlay Muir ran another assured race to win with a 4min 46secs performance and head the Under 13 Boys. Euan Campbell also showed good form in coming second in this age group (4.59), again closely followed by Callum Scott (5.05 and Angus Henderson (5.19). Jack Campbell (5.26) finished ahead of Ryan McGuire (5.45) and Finlay Brown (5.56). Daniel Bruce’s strength saw him head the Under 15 Boys with a 4min 53sec run ahead of improved running from Ben Hughes (5.15) and Cameron Fraser (5.25). Connor Bell continues to show great potential, again heading home the Under 11 Boys in and excellent time of 4min 54secs. Cameron Darnbrough (5.19) had another good run for second in this age group as did Joshua Kennedy (5.21) leading in Innes Brown (5.31), Aaron Middleton (5.41), Owen Eckersley (5.42), Alex Dunlop (5.45) and Benjamin Harley (5.46). Marcus Sinclair (5.47) also ran well to finish ahead of Ross McGann (5.51), Murray Henderson (6.08), Andrew Twigg (6.34), Sam Jones (6.45), Benjamin Kennedy (6.51), Angus Kennedy (7.20) and Keiran Robertson 8.22. Under 9 Boys Logan Bell (5.59), Noah Kennedy (6.24) and Cameron Pollock (6.33) never looked out of place amongst their older opposition.
It was Grace Tindall (5.18) who led home the Under 13 Girls, just ahead of Elise Graham-Marr (5.20) with Amy Faunce-Smith (5.32) and Amy Cully (5,36) in close attendance. Summer MacLean (5.44) continues to show classy form and here led in other Under 13’s Heather Riach (6.01), Anna MacKinnon and Elle Ross (both 6.03), with Finlaidh Stokoe (6.04) only a stride or two behind. Ellen Montgomery (6.09) was another to finish strongly just ahead of Megan Dunlop (6.12), Eilidh Fleming (6.17) and Heather Hale (6.29).
The Under 11 Girls were led home by Catrina Kane (5.44) as she led in Mary Keally (5.48), Leah Stenhouse (6.02), Zoe Loughrey (6.26) and Marissa Welsh (6.36). Also to the fore in this age group were Cara McLean (6.53), Issy McGuire (6.57), Sophie Appelbe (7.02) and Alice Cameron (7.32). Carla Subke (6.34) was again the sole Under 15 Girl showing her normal consistent running. There were also good and determined runs from the three Under 9 Girls with Niamh McKinlay (6.07) heading in Connie Bateman (6.56) and Ciara Middleton (7.21).
Tt was great to see a large turnout of Club volunteers and parents who helped to make this another successful event.
Series winners were Logan Bell – Under 9 Boys; Melissa Turnbull – Under 11 Girls; Connor Bell – Under 11 Boys; Summer MacLean – Under 13 Girls; Finlay Muir – Under 13 Boys; Daniel Bruce – Under 15 Boys and Carla Subke – Under 15 Girls.
Central AC Press Report 18 and 19 March 2017
Central Athletic Club’s Kate Gallagher claimed the Scottish Under 17
Road Race title on Saturday, again demonstrating her potential. Heavy
showers didn’t dampen spirits at Battery Park, Greenock, as Clubs from
across the country gathered for races at Under 17, Under 15 and Under 13
Kate covered the exposed 4.9 kilometre course in an excellent 17min
21secs and said ‘I’ve won track golds before but never a National title
on the road or in cross country.’
Kate is part of Derek Easton’s training group at Central AC, ‘Kate is
doing well. She is part of a large training group and that includes Andy
Butchart, when he is around in Scotland, and hopefully they all feed off
each other,’ said coach Derek.
‘There are around 30 women in all there and she’s working hard and
learning from the likes of Morag MacLarty, Jenn Wetton and Lindsay
Morrison. ‘I think it is really important for young athletes to see a
successful Senior side to their Club and to have joining that as one of
‘Kate is involved in a strong U17 Women’s group in Scotland at the
moment. There is a fair bit of competition for medals at various events
and that is a good thing. If that group can move through to Under 20
then I think that helps them all as individuals.’
The Under 17 Men also tackled a 4.9 kilometre course with Craig Palmer
coming through in tenth (16.07) and Keir Howlieson in close attendance
(13th; 16.13). Under 15, Kyra Gibb continues to make progress and here
finished 17th with 16min 3secs over a 4.2 kilometre course. Elizabeth
Thompson found the conditions tough and will have better days, here she
finished 44th with 18.22. The Under 13’s were set a 2.5 kilometre
challenge and here it was good to see Amy Cully taking on the task to
finish 51st with 10min 33secs while Naomi Howlieson showed her
versatility with 56th in 10.45.
Sunday’s Alloa Half Marathon saw some excellent results from Central’s
athletes with Cameron Milne finishing second in a personal best time of
67mins 40 secs. Michael Wright, running his second half marathon in
eight days, came home seventh with 72min 24secs. Scott Brember
continues to impress and here ran 76.26 in 23rd place, yet another
personal best time.
Morag MacLarty made her debut at this distance and emerged with third
place in the Womens race with a tasty 79mins 48secs, ahead of another
high quality run by Jennifer Wetton in fourth with 80mins 3secs.
The climax to the UK’s domestic cross country season was played out at a new venue, Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, at the Inter-counties Championships including the final of the UK Challenge Cross Country Series for 2016-17. As always this prestigious event attracted much of the cream of British endurance running as athletes from all over the United Kingdom tackled an undulating course, with the now-familiar mud, in pursuit of both individual and team medals. In this event Club vests were swapped for County vests with Central athletes wearing the black of the Scotland East team.
Morag MacLarty was the first of Central Athletic Club’s athletes to toe the line, covering the 8 kilometre course in 31min 36secs to finish 25th and making a massive contribution to Team Silver medals for the Scotland East Senior Women.
Under 15 Ben MacMillan was making his debut at this level and completed the 4.5 kilometre course with a fine run in 16min 58secs. Ben will have picked up great experience at this event especially on the strength of the opposition.
Kate Gallagher was another Central athlete to contribute to Team Silver medals in the Under 17 Women’s race, finishing the 5 kilometre course in 20min 38secs in 8th place with another strong run.
The Senior Men’s race was the final race of the day, over a 12 kilometre course, and here Jamie Crowe (18th with 39min 44secs) produced another high quality run finishing as third Under 23 athlete.
Scottish Indoor Relay Championships
Emirates Arena, 5th March 2017
Central AC’s under 15 girls were on top form as they smashed the club record to take a superb silver medal at the Scottish indoor 4x200m relay championships at the Emirates Arena on Saturday. The team of Coirlidh Cook, Shona McLay, Lucy More and Briagha Cook came into the event trying to continue a winning run for the club stretching back the previous 2 years and looked good in their heat qualifying with the fastest time and breaking the club record with 1:47.90 minutes.
In the final they found themselves up against a strong Giffnock team. Coirilidh Cook set off first with an excellent 200m time of 27.1s in the long opening leg from blocks to hand the baton over the Shona McLay. Shona then battled hard with the Giffnock team to take the crucial lead on the break from lanes before handing on with a split time of 26.2s. Lucy More then took on the 3rd leg under severe pressure from Giffnock but held of a challenge on the back straight to maintain the lead then pulled away to hand over in 1st place after a leg of 27.6s. Briagha Cook then took the baton for the final leg. She gave her all running a superb split time of 26.1s but this was not enough to hold off a swift final leg from Giffnock. The Giffnock team finished in a Scottish record 1:46.62 minutes but the Central smashed the club record again with 1:47.23 minutes for silver to go 3rd on the Scottish all-time list. Every athlete in the team can be proud of their performance as they all ran significantly faster than their 200m personal bests and faster than every previous Central AC team so could not have asked for more.
Central teams did well overall coming close to further medals. The under 15 boys team of Daniel Ferguson, Aiden Grevemberg, Ben Isgrove and Eric Escala were close to the podium placing 4th with 1:47.56 minutes. The under 13 boys team of Jack Campbell, Curtis Denison, Finlay Marchant and Euan Wilbert were also one place away from a medal in 4th with 2:01.67 minutes having run 1:59.25 in the heats. The under 17 means team of Euan Smith, James Isgrove, Robert Sybile and Neil Casserly ran a respectable 1:40.15 minutes which was not quite enough for the final.
Central AC Press Report – National Cross Country 25 February 2017
The Scottish Cross Country Championships were once again held in Callendar Park, Falkirk with the recent rain producing a testing course with deep mud the order of the day.
Highlights from Central Athletic Club saw Morag MacLarty winning the Senior Womens Championship title, the Club winning both Mens and Womens Senior Team Trophies and also, for the first time, winning the Trophy for overall Female team performance over all age groups.
Morag MacLarty went into the race on the back of useful form, but with the uncertainty of a new longer course as the Senior Ladies moved to cover the same distance as the Senior Men and the added challenge of the terrible underfoot conditions, this was always going to be a real test. However Morag skipped over the mud in a demonstration of front running as she finished well clear of 2016 Olympian Beth Potter, covering the course in 38min 32secs. Catriona Buchanan worked her way up through the field to take twelfth place (41:16) and with Jennifer Wetton (17th; 41:48) and Fanni Gyurko (18th; 41:56)
the team Gold medals were secured by a significant margin. Fiona Thompson (21st, 42:18), provided strong back-up and there were more top runs from Kim Timmins (70th, 46:31), Claire Houston (77th, 47:20), Pat Milne (105th, 49:42) and Alison Curry (227th, 59:41), on a day where every runner was a hero. ‘I wouldn’t say it was easy, but I’m pleasantly surprised at how far ahead I was’ said Morag. ‘I’m so happy. It’s been a long, long time. The past few years have been so tough, but I train at Central and the group I’m with there is absolutely amazing.’
Central Athletic Club’s Senior Mens Team had won the last six races at these Championships so the pressure was on to make it seven in a row. Nerves were quickly quelled as the yellow and blue vests moved through in top positions on the first of the three laps. As the race unfolded the Central runners further exerted their dominance finishing the necessary six counters in the top twenty and impressively, eight runners in the top twenty five. Under 23 runner, Jamie Crowe, coped well with the extreme conditions to finish fifth covering the 10,000metre course in 35min 29secs. The ever reliable Alastair Hay followed through in sixth (35.35) while Dale Colley worked through the field for eleventh (36.31). Ross Houston used all his experience with a conservative start but a significant end game to finish twelfth (36.38) while Cameron Milne (14th; 36.43) and Conan McCaughey (20th; 37.06) showed great resilience to complete Central’s Team scoring with 68 points, an emphatic victory from West Clubs Shettleston Harriers 155 and Cambuslang Harriers on 203. Michael Wright (24th; 37.24) and Scott Green (25th; 37.33) ensured there was plenty of back-up for the scoring runners. With the mud spattered runners coming through in droves Central newcomer Luca Fanottoli finished in 71st (39.46) ahead of Scott Brember (112nd; 40.57), Fraser Logan (133rd; 41.36) and Chris McHardy (187th; 43.00). There were further committed efforts from David Eckersley (286th; 45.38), Neil Cameron (295th; 45.54), Ross McNaught (310th; 46.21), Robin Mussett (318th; 46.38), Fraer Purves (363rd; 47.50), Charles Graham-Marr (375th; 48.00), Iain Dunsmore (427th; 49.29), Simon Barlow (502nd; 52.03), Allan Gall (596th; 57.33) and Kenny Hislop (617th; 59.32) in a field of some 647 finishers. Matthew Sutherland ran as an individual here but will soon prove another strong addition to Central’s team with his top 30 finish.
The Under 20 Mens Race was another high quality affair with Central’s Aidan Thompson, returning after injury, finishing ninth (26.30) over a 7.6 kilometre challenge. Cameron Harris also ran strongly to finish 16th (27.53) and Aidan Cameron stuck well to the task to finish 57th with 33.58.
Central’s Under 17 Ladies picked up the Silver team medals over a challenging 5.9kilometres through Kate Gallagher with a fine fifth place in 25:02, Lauren McCulloch 20th in 28:31, Fiona Davies 30th in 30:10, Bethany Burch 35th in 31:35 and Heather Scott 41st in 32:43. Eleanor Hanson was the sole Central competitor in the Under 20 Ladies race over 6.8kilometres, having a strong run in 21st place with 32:28.
Central’s Under 17 Men were well to the fore in their 5900 metre challenge with Keir Howlieson leading the Central challenge in 14th (23.23) and further quality efforts from Tom Graham-Marr (24th; 23.41) and Sandy Holl (28th; 23.52), all three should be proud of their efforts.
The Under 15 Girl’s had to contend with 4.2 kilometres and here Rosie Eckersley led her team home with eleventh place (15:03) with strong support from Kyra Gibb (25th; 15:53), Elizabeth Thompson (50th; 16:45) and Millie Stokoe (88th; 18:30) and a Team placing of sixth. The Under 15 Boys were always going to find this event a hard 4.2 kilometre challenge and here Ben MacMillan led the Central Team to record 13min 41secs and a fine seventh place in spite of losing a shoe early in the race. The remaining Central runners should also be proud of their achievements with Gregor MacArthur (42nd; 14.39), Thomas Wood (93rd; 15.40), Kyle Howie (105th; 15.59), Daniel Bruce (110th; 16.07) and Cameron Fraser (134th; 17.10) as the Central Team finished ninth overall with much more to come from this age group in the future.
In the Under 13 Girls race over 3.2 kilometres there was another good showing from Elise Graham-Marr (17th; 12:53), Jessica Turnbull (31st; 13:15), Grace Tindall (38th; 13:31), Anna MacKinnon (65th; 13:58), Summer MacLean (68th; 14.00), Finnlaidh Stokoe (83rd; 14:29) and Amy Cully (87th; 14:38), and another sixth place Team finish. The Under 13 Boys race was also over the 3.2 kilometre course and here Cameron Kerr led home Central’s effort in 20th (11.59) with other fine efforts from Euan Campbell (52nd; 12.42), Cameron MacMillan (78th; 13.03); Angus Henderson (98th; 13.24), Ross Lawrie (128th; 14.05) and Ryan McGuire (132nd; 14.19) and a seventh Team placing.
Scottish Under 20 Indoor Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 11th/12th February 2017
Cameron McCorgray was on medal form again as he took silver at the Scottish indoor under 20 championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow at the weekend. After taking a fine bronze at the senior championships 2 weeks ago Cameron came into the event full of confidence. He was well within himself as he cleared 1.92m at the second attempt but with Chris MacKay of Giffnock clearing first time Cameron had to clear at the next height of 1.97m to win. It proved beyond him this time but he can still be proud of his silver medal.
Jamie Price just missed out on the podium in the 400m after running a pb in his heat (51.86s) then another pb 51.72s in the final for 4th place just 0.3s from bronze. His time moves him to 5th on the Central AC men’s all-time list for the event.
Catriona Laing was also on form in the women’s 400m with an indoor best in her semi with 59.19s then finishing 5th in the final with 59.69s. Her semi-final time moves her to 3rd on the Central AC women’s indoor all-time list.
Jessica Cleland was making her first appearance of the indoor season having decided to focus on her training over the winter but had a good run out in the 60m to test her form improving in each round with 8.22s in the heat, 8.13s in the semi then 8.06s in the final to finish a respectable 6th place, 0.11s from the podium in a tight finish.
Fiona Davies placed 5th in the 1500m with an indoor pb 5:25.25 minutes and Matthew Meredith stepped up an age group to equal his season best 3.11m for 5th in the pole vault.
Scottish Under 15 Indoor Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 12th February 2017
Balfron sisters Briagha and Coirilidh Cook were celebrating after taking a 1-2 at the Scottish under 15 indoor championships in the 60m hurdles at the Emirates Arena on Sunday. The sisters both won national titles at under 13 level in 2015 and 2016 but this is the first time they had competed head to head in the same age group. They both set personal bests as fastest qualifiers for the final with Briagha running 9.43s and Coirilidh 9.55s. When the final came it was a close run affair with Briagha taking the lead but Coirilidh closing. Briagha held on for gold in a personal best 9.36s with Coirilidh just behind in 9.40s for silver, also a personal best.
Briagha had already been on the podium after she set a personal best 5.11m in the long jump to break the club indoor record for silver.
Shona McLay was also on good form in the 60m. After getting through heats and semis she set a personal best 8.27s for 7th place in the final. She then just missed out on the podium in the 200m taking 4th place in a personal best 26.97s.
Daniel Bruce finished a respectable 5th place in the 60m hurdles final in 10.27s and was also 8th in the high jump (1.42m) and 12th in the long jump (4.36m). Coirstaidh Ainsworth placed 9th overall in the 800m running a seasons best 2:28.11 minutes. Naomi Howlieson tested herself out gaining experience in her new under 15 age group placing 16th in the high jump with 1.27m.
Scottish Under 13 Indoor Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 12th February 2017
For Central’s under 13 athletes it was all about experience with all of them competing at a national championships for the first time. Euan Campbell took a respectable 7th place in the long jump with 4.28m. He also placed 12th overall in the 800m with a seasons best 2:33.58 minutes.
Cameron MacMillan placed 8th in his first ever 1500m race in 5:24.90 minutes.
Ellie Ross set personal bests at 200m (33.92s) and long jump (4.59m) along with a seasons best at 800m (3:01.80 minutes).
Central Athletics Cross Country Championships were held on the normal testing course at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane on Saturday 18 February. The course featured burn crossings, heavy ground and some taxing hills, in all a real cross country.
The Boys and Girls Under 11 Races were held together over a 1.25 mile, one lap course with all the children once again showing great enthusiasm and resolve. Connor Bell underlined his excellent recent form to take the Boys trophy with a fine run of 6min 24secs with Cameron Darnbrough also showing good speed for Silver (6.51) and Aaron Middleton picking up Bronze (6.58). There was an excellent race between Magnus Bryce (7.04), Sam Vannet (7.05), Innes Brown (7.07) and Tom Campbell (7.08), as the four boys crossed the line close together. There were further strong runs from Benjamin Harley (7.20), Finlay Fleming (7.23), Alex Dunlop (7.24), Marcus Sinclair (7.25) and Ross McGann while Henry Crossley (7.43), Ethan Moore (7.46), Kieran Mooney (7.48), Oliver Ditchfield (7.59), Andrew Twigg (8.15), Caomh Curtin (8.20), Cameron Pollock (8.55) and Harris Anderson (9.05) all posted impressive times. The Under 11 Girls Race saw Melissa Turnbull’s impressive 6min 45sec run lift the title and here she was followed by guest runner Caitlin Christie (7.08). Carys Gibb’s 7.27 run was awarded with Silver ahead of Leah Stenhouse’s Bronze (7.47). Leah Gibb (7.49) and Alana Kerr (7.50) were in contention throughout heading in Eleanor Jones (8.13), Loren Stewart (8.52) and Zoe Loughray (8.58). Erin Partridge ran well to record 9.08 ahead of Mara Gillan (9.14), Hana Littlejohn (9.20), and another close race between Marissa Welsh (9.37), Mia Proctor (9.39), Sophie Appelbe (9.40), Connie Bateman (9.42), Olivia Ashworth (9.45), Ciara Middleton (9.50) and Alice Cameron (10.12).
The Under 13 race was held over a 1.75 mile course and here it was Finlay Muir
who continued his strong recent form to win the Boys race with 9min 37secs. Cameron Kerr (9.59) proved a worthy winner of the Silver medal as was Euan Campbell of the Bronze (10.20). Cameron MacMillan (10.27), Callum Scott (10.43) and Jack Campbell (11.06) all showed good form to come through well just ahead of Ardan Proctor (11.16), Finlay Brown (11.21), Ruairidh Burns (11.23), Matthew Cameron (11.30) and Rory Duffy (11.41). Elisse Graham-Marr had another top-class run to win the Under 13 Girls Race (10.48) ahead of Jessica Turnbull’s Silver run of 11.07 and Grace Tindall’s Bronze effort of 11.13. Summer MacLean had another consistent run of 11.37 to finish just ahead of Finnlaidh Stokoe (11.38) and Amy Cully (11.56), Caitidh Ainsworth (12.07), Anna MacKinnon (12.08) and Anna Buchanan (12.16) all showing promise. There were more good runs from Naomi Howlieson (12.34), Rebecca Watson (12.43), Lucy Yates (12.44), Heather Riach (12.55), Ellen Mntgomery (13.08), Megan Dunlop (13.13) and the race topped off with a dramatic finish from Ellie Ross and Harriet Ditchfiekd with both girls recording 13.25.
The third race, over a two lap course of 2.5miles, saw the Under 15 Boys and Girls run with the Under 20 Women. Ben MacMillan led from the start completing the course in a speedy 11min 46secs to win the Under 15 Boys Trophy ahead of Gregor McArthur (12.52) in Silver and Thomas Woods (13.04) for Bronze.. Daniel Bruce (13.44) and Cameron Fraser (15.00) both came through the race in fine form. The Girls race saw Kyra Gibb (14.22) striding through for a fine victory ahead of medalists Millie Stokoe (15.54) and Rhona Samphier (16.10), while Rebecca Hogg showed great determination to finish the course in 17min 30secs. Eleanor Hanson was the sole Under 20 Woman and here she showed her normal can-do attitude to finish in an excellent 14min 20secs.
The Under 17 Men ran with the Under 20 Men, Senior Men and Veterans Men over 4 miles with quality runs throughout. Craig Palmer swept to victory in the Under17 Mens race to record 20.51 ahead of further good urns from Keir Howlieson (21.23),
Sandy Holl (21.45) and Tom Graham-Marr (23.26). Aiden Cameron’s gutsy effort of 25.30 saw him lift the Under 20 Mens Gold medal and trophy while it was Gordon Appelbe (27.27) who won the Senior Race. Andy Turnbull (23.25) proved to be the fastest Veteran Man on show ahead of fine efforts from Charles Graham-Marr (24.08) Kenny Pearson (26.44) and Alan Gall (29.11).
Donald Shaw once again put on a fine event for the Club ably backed up by Jane McNab on refreshments and a large group of Club helpers.
Scottish Under 17 Indoor Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Saturday 28th January 2017
Matt Chandler was on superb form as he took a gold and silver medal at the Scottish under 17 indoor championships. The 16 year old from Balfron started in the 60m hurdles confidently having recently set a club record of 8.47s whilst representing Scotland in Ireland. The final was a tense affair with multiple restarts as an athlete’s blocks slipped then 2 athletes were disqualified for false starts. When they finally got away at the 4th time of asking Matt got away well and took 2nd place in 8.76s for silver. However he knows it could have been better as his personal best would have won the gold.
Matt did not have to wait long to climb on top of the podium though as he was on top form in the pole vault.
He cleared his opening height 3.61m first time however he had a scare at the next height of 3.71m as he twice cleared it only for the pole to knock the bar off. He finally did manage to clear it and throw the pole away on the 3rd and final attempt but this left him trailing his rival, Finlay Walker from Kilbarchan who had cleared first time to lead on countback. At 3.81m Matt made no mistakes though as he was clean over at the first attempt to set a new club indoor record and retake the lead. With his only challenger failing, Matt had secured victory. He made some good attempts at 3.91m but was unable to go clear but was happy with a gold medal and new club record.
Balfron teammate Matthew Meredith was just outside the medals after setting a season’s best 3.11m.
Katie Sharkey was also on the podium in the 60m hurdles. She set a superb personal best 8.92s in her heats before taking bronze in the final with 8.99s.
The girls shot competition saw 2 Central athletes just outside the medals as Rachael Methven threw a seasons best 9.70m for 4th, just 6cm short of the bronze medal position. Scottish pentathlon international Lucy Smith was just behind with an indoor pb 9.36m before clearing 1.48m in high jump for 7th.
Anna Cameron was on good form in the 60m setting a personal best 8.16s in the semi final to progress to the final then went even faster in the final with 8.13s for 7th place overall. She then ran a seasons best 27.04s in the 200m semi-final which was not quite enough to reach the final.
Elizabeth Thompson also took part in the sprints equalling her 60m pb with 8.51s to progress to the semi-finals then sett a new pb in the 200m with 27.82s.
The 1500m saw two Central athletes competing. Keir Howlieson ran an indoor personal best 4:19.16 to reach the final where he finished 9th. Ben MacMillan was returning a year after he made his breakthrough performance at last year’s indoor championships where he won silver at the under 15 age group. Competing in his new under 17 age group he ran an indoor pb 4:22.76 however this was not enough to progress to the final at this age group.
Scottish Senior Indoor Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Saturday 28th January 2017
Cameron McCorgray was Central ACs top performer as Scotland’s top senior athletes contested the Scottish national indoor championships at the Emirates arena in Glasgow.
The 18 year old from Tillicoultry claimed his first ever Scottish medal at senior level as he took bronze in the high jump. First time clearances at every height up to 1.98m was enough for Cameron to take 3rd place. He then attempted a new personal best 2.03m which was beyond him this time but he can be proud of stepping on the podium at a senior event which was won by Glasgow athlete David Smith who set a commonwealth games qualifying standard 2.21m. At 18 Cameron has plenty of time to improve and can hopefully reach this level for the next games in 4 years.
Peter Muirhead was returning to defend his long jump title he won a year ago to become the first Central athlete to win a senior Scottish indoor title since 1987. A first round 7.21m initially put him in 2nd place but he found himself up against a strong field and was unable to improve on this as he finished 5th overall.
Central AC Cross Country – Sunday 29 January 2017 – Fintry
It was good to see 45 youngsters complete the cross country course at Fintry Rugby Club on Sunday 29 January, in the most recent race in Central AC’s cross country series. The soft underfoot conditions didn’t deter any of the athletes who all showed great application and endeavour throughout.
Finlay Muir again showed his strength and fine form as he came home in 4min 46secs to win the overall race and head the Under 13 Boys. Euan Campbell was also to the fore coming second in this age group (5.09), closely followed by Callum Scott (5.11), Angus Henderson and Euan Docherty (both 5.19). Ryan McGuire came through well with 5.21 and there was more good running in this age group from Finlay Brown (5.49), Ross Lawrie (5.57) and Daniel Crawford (6.28). Connor Bell has struck a rich vein of form and here he led home the Under 11 Boys in and excellent 5min 1sec. Joshua Kennedy (5.20) also impressed in this age group leading in Cameron Darnbrough (5.37), Aaron Middleton (5.40), Innes Brown (5.46), Owen Eckersley (5.54), Alex Dunlop (5.55) and Benjamin Harley (5.59). Oliver Ditchfield with 6.05 also showed good form as he led in Marcus Sinclair (6.07), Murray Henderson (6.28), Benjamin Kennedy (6.30) and Angus Kennedy (7.19) in this most popular age group. It was good to see Daniel Bruce (5.04) at the front of the Under 15 Boys and here Cameron Fraser (5.23) and Ben Hughes (5.39) also had good runs. Under 9 Boys Logan Bell (6.19) and Cameron Pollock (6.50) put down strong markers for the future.
The Under 13 Girls saw Elise Graham-Marr to the fore with a mature run in 5min 29secs. Summer MacLean (5.48) has also been showing progress and here headed in more committed runs from Heather Riach (5.58), Ellen Montgomery (6.08), Megan Dunlop (6.21), Harriet Ditchfield (6.29) and Heather Hale (6.37). Melissa Turnbull also enhanced her reputation as she led in the Under 11 Girls (5.31) with Mary Kealey (6.02) also well up the field. Brogan McMillan (6.09) also caught the eye as she led in Alana Kerr (6.25), Mara Gillan (6.45), Marissa Welsh (6.58), Issy McGuire (7.03) and Alice Cameron (7.35). Carla Subke was again the sole Under 15 Girl, adding to her experience with a 6.36 timing. There were also determined runs from the two Under 9 Girls with Niamh McKinlay clocking 6.26 and Connie Bateman 7.02.
As always thanks were due to Derek Easton, David Eckersley, Raymond Milne and Allan Gall plus a small army of helpers and parents who added to the atmosphere and made the event such a success.
This weekend saw Jamie Crowe travel to the Antrim International Cross Country to represent Scotland in the senior men’s race. Crowe continued his quality racing to finish seventh (25mins 58secs) in a field containing Olympic Steeplechase Champion Consesus Kipruto and Olympian Andy Vernon. Conan McCaughey, winning his first Northern Irish vest, also showed strong character to finish 14th overall (27.07) in the same 9 kilometre challenge. Morag MacLarty, fresh from last week’s dominant performance in Holyrood Park, faced a similar high quality field and here led the Scottish Team home in tenth, completing the 5.6 kilometre run in 20min 25secs.
The Final Match of the East District Cross Country League was held in testing and frozen conditions at Broxburn on 14h January, the course featuring the infamous Lungbuster Hill. Central’s teams had slight leads in both the Senior Mens and Veteran Mens competitions but top performances would be required from both teams on the day. Central were also well positioned to take the overall Female title.
The day commenced with the Under 11 races with both the girls and boys being spared the hill in their 1.4 kilometre test of frozen paths. Central’s Under 11 girls had another great set of performances to clinch second overall in the league. Melissa Turnbull led the team home with fifth (5.54) with Mary Kealey (16th; 6.25), Brogan McMillan (20th; 6.25), Leah Stenhouse (34th; 6.46) and, Izzy McGuire (73rd; 8.29). Central’s Under 11 boys were headed home by a spirited second place run from Connor Bell (5.19), with Joshua Kennedy also showing top form in fifth (5.29), Owen Eckersley (48th; 6.26) and Kieran Mooney (82nd; 7.12) ensured the boys finished in a useful fourth place on the day and also an excellent third across the whole Season.
The Under 13 girls and boys again had their endurance tested over a one lap 2.7 kilometre course featuring the aforementioned Lungbuster Hill. The Central Under 13 girls came out in strength with Elise Graham-Marr having a great run in eighth place in 11.32, Jessica Turnbull finished in twelfth (11.49) and with Summer McLean (23rd;12.23), Anna McKinnon (34th;12.52), Amy Cully (37th;12.56), Fionnlaith Stokoe (58th;14.000, Ellen Montgomery (59th ;14.00) and Ellie Ross (69th;14.49) it was a great overall effort from the girls. In the boys race Finlay Muir was Central’s top scorer in fifth (10.15) with, Ryan McGuire (37th; 11.29), Angus Henderson (60th; 11.39), Ross Lawrie (62nd; 12.55) and Benjamin Kennedy (73rd; 14.32) ensuring the yellow and blue vests were again well to the fore.
In the combined Under 15 girls and Under 17 women’s race over 4.1 kilometres Rosie Eckersley finished ninth overall and fourth under 15 with a 16.28 timing. Carrie Banks was 14th overall in 16.46, with Fiona Davies (25th; 17.50) and Millie Stokoe (40th, 20.15) completing Central’s challenge. There was more excellent running in the Under 15 Boys race over the same 4.1 kilometre course with Thomas Woods finishing 23rd (16.12) followed closely by Kyle Howie (24th; 16.20) while Cameron Fraser (38th; 18.37) and Ben Hughes (40th; 18.46) saw the team finish sixth on the day. Under 17 Tom Graham-Marr did the Club proud in the Under 17 Mens race over 5.4 kilometres finishing in a fine eleventh place in 20min 21sec.
Central Senior Ladies were second team on the day, led in by Jennifer Wetton with an excellent second place run (20.53) over the 5.4 kilometre course. Lyndsay Morrison made a welcome return to racing with eighth in 21.42, with Kim Timmins (22nd; 23.28), Claire Houston (28th; 24.00), Hazel Dean (35th; 24.54), Eleanor Hanson (37th; 25.08) and Alison Currie (88th; 33.00).
With determined running throughout the Senior Mens Team made it five League wins in a row and here it was another mature performance from Cameron Milne (sixth; 27.37) which led home Central’s charge ahead of
impressive runs from the remaining Team counters Michael Wright (seventh; 27.44), Dale Colley (ninth; 27.58), Scott Green (22nd; 29.05), Scott Bremner (56th; 31.07) and Will Hensman (66th; 31.44). David Lindsay (97th; 33.11) provided the essential back-up while David Eckersley and Andy Turnbull, along with Scott Bremner, ensured the Veterans Trophy was picked by Central for the first time. Back-up here came from Robin Musset and Charles Graham-Marr while there more gutsy performances from Ross McNaught, Fraser Purves, Iain Dunsmore, Jens Subke, Kenny Hislop, Alan Gall and Cameron Campbell, all completing the 8.1 kilometre challenge in fine style.
At the final count up of the overall points it transpired that Central had won the overall female trophy by some 41 points across the Season from local rivals Falkirk Victoria Harriers.
Central AC Press Report 7 January 2017
Morag MacLarty repeated her 2015 win in the Senior Womens Inter-District Cross Country race in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh on Saturday 7 January with a dominant performance.
There was also a Bronze medal run from Jamie Crowe in the Mens race and further team medals for Rosie Eckersley and Jennifer Wetton.
It was an early start for the Under 15 Girls 4km race but near perfect conditions ensured fast times throughout. The East of Scotland Team was somewhat overwhelmed by a strong West of Scotland Team despite useful runs from Rosie Eckersley (17th with 15min 54secs) followed in closely by Kyra Gibb (19th; 15.59) and Carrie Banks (24th; 16.16).
Next up was the Senior Women’s 6km race where Morag MacLarty ran away from her opponents to record a 15second win with 22min 18secs, leading the East of Scotland Team to victory. Jennifer Wetton was part of the essential back-up with a 23.28 run in eleventh place.
The Senior Mens race, over 8 kilometres, saw Jamie Crowe competing for the Scottish Students Team. Here Jamie adopted a cautious approach at the start but worked through the strong field as the race unfolded and moved into third place on the final lap to finish with 26min 12secs. Three Central AC runners represented the East of Scotland Senior Mens Team with Cameron Milne (20th; 27.17) proving to be the strongest on the day and back-up from Conan McCaughey (22nd; 27.20) and Michael Wright (27th; 27.43) with the East of Scotland taking the Inter District honours.
Kate Gallagher was involved in yet another high quality Under 17 Womens race over 4 kilometres. With the East Team packing six runners into the first seven places Kate’s gutsy ninth place run of 15min 51secs saw her just miss out on a Team medal. Lauren McCulloch continues to make progress and here she finished well in 18th place with a time of 17min 1sec. Sandy Holl was the sole Central athlete in the East of Scotland Under 17 Team, facing a 6 kilometre challenge made tougher by including an International Challenge. Sandy showed great endeavour throughout to finish 33rd with 23min 35secs.
The Great Winter Road Races also saw some quality performances from Central athletes with Alan Hume leading the way in 21st with 18.14 over the hilly 5 kilometre course. Highlights from the Children’s 2.5 kilometre races included a second place run from Melissa Turnbull (9.53); seventh from Carys Gibb (10.43) and a 15th place finish from Euan Campbell with 9.42 in the Boys race.
The third race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2016/17 Cross-Country Series was held on Saturday 17 December in mild and dry conditions, on a testing course in the Laighills Park in Dunblane with a field of 62 runners.
Laighills CC Result 2016 Follow the link for all the details!
Once again it was Under 13 runner Finlay Muir who led home the field to finish with an impressive 5min 51sec run over the one mile course. Sandy Buchanan ran strongly to finish second in this category (5.58) with Cameron Kerr continuing to show promise with his 6.04 run. Euan Campbell proved to be the fastest of the remaining Under 13 Boys with a 6.07 timing, leading in other Under 13’s Callum Scott (6.19), Euan Docherty (6.35), Angus Henderson (6.42), Toby Rooney (7.14), Scott Hopper (7.28), Ross Lawrie (7.36), Finlay Marchant (7.58) and Joe Phillips (8.50). Thomas Woods (5.57) showed his normal ‘can-do’ attitude to lead home the Under 15 Boys with Kyle Howie (6.03) also impressing to finish second in this age group while Daniel Bruce came through in 6.38 ahead of Cameron Fraser (6.41) and Ben Hughes (6.52).
Joshua Kennedy (6.08) proved to be the best of the Under 11 Boys on the day finishing just a step or two ahead of Connor Bell (6.09) with Oliver Richardson (6.27) also showing good form ahead of Cameron Darnbrough (6.53). Another big turnout in this age group also saw Oliver Ditchfield (7.15) running well just ahead of Ross McGann (7.16), Owen Eckersley (7.17), Alex Dunlop (7.21) and Benjamin Harley (7.23). This competitive age group also saw true spirit from Kieran Rooney (8.08), Kyle Saunders (8.10), Elliot Chohan (8.21), Dylan McCulloch (8.24), Douglas Hesketh (8.33), Benjamin Kennedy (8.38), Kyle Thomson (8.40) and Arthur Jacques (8.41). Fergus Young (7.31) proved to be the strongest Under 9 Boy on the day, finishing ahead of Logan Bell (8.13) and Cameron Pollock (8.50).
A high class performance from Under 11 Melissa Turnbull (6.27) led in the Girls ahead of other Under 11’s Carys Gibb (7.11), Leah Stenhouse (7.39), Lizzie Woods (7.47), Catriona Kane (7.48), Eleanor Jones (7.49), Mara Gillan (8.37), Zoe Loughrey (8.43) and Marissa Welsh (9.32) with all showing great commitment. Elise Graham-Marr (6.43) was the best of the Under 13 Girls finishing ahead of more excellent running from Anna MacKinnon (7.03) and Summer MacLean (7.08). This popular age group also saw good battles and strong efforts throughout from Anna Reid (7.27), Heather Riach (7.29), Anna Buchanan (7.33), Rebecca Watson (7.34), Ellen Montgomery (7.55), Eilidh Fleming (8.14), Kirsty Reid (8.15), Harriet Ditchfield (8.18), Ellie Ross (8.29) and Amy Johnston (8.38). Under 15 Carla Subke held on well to record 8min 31secs while Leya Gibb caught the eye as the fastest Under 9 Girl (7.51) ahead of a spirited run from Connie Bateman (8.52).
Thanks are again due to Derek Easton and Eleanor Coombes and a large group of able helpers who organised this successful event. Thanks also to Tony Waterhouse for photography.
Central Athletic Club took top accolades at the East District Cross Country Championships at Aberdeen as their teams won the Senior Mens’, Senior Womens’ and Under 17 Ladies titles.
Morag MacLarty’s form continues to strengthen as she led the Womens’ Team and regain the trophy she has won three times previously, whilst the Men took their twelfth title in thirteen years.
Jamie Crowe is starting to write his own headlines and here he led home Central’s Senior Mens’ team with an individual Bronze medal
performance, covering the 9.7 kilometre course in a tasty 29min 52secs. Excellent packing from Dale Colley (sixth; 30.22), Cameron Milne (seventh; 30.29) and Michael Wright (eighth; 30.43) laid the foundation for the team title but it required top performances from Scott Green (28th; 33.04) and fourth placed Master’s runner Scott Brember (43rd; 33.57) to take the Team title by a narrow margin from Hunters Bog Trotters. There was strong running throughout this race from Will Hensman (57th; 34.53), Charles Graham-Marr (105th; 37.52), David Eckersley (106th; 37.56), Colin Alexander (114th; 38.19), Iain Dunsmore (138th; 39.35) and Allan Gall (183rd; 48.07) with Scott Brember, Charles Graham-Marr and David Eckersley taking Team Masters Bronze medals.
Central’s Ladies title chase looked strong with Morag MacLarty taking the individual Gold with a strong performance pulling away during the first of two laps to complete the 6.6 kilometre course with a time of 22min 50secs, whilst Fanni Gyurko had to fight to gain the bronze medal position with her 23.20 effort. Jenny Wetton followed In quickly afterwards with a fine fifth place in 23.40. With four counters required for the team championship, it was new club member Kim Timmins who had the conclusive impact with a fine run, moving steadily through the field to take 29th in 26.23 and clinch the title.
The Under 17 Ladies race, over a 4.9 kilometre course, saw Kate Gallagher mixing it with the lead group to finish sixth in 17:43, whilst Lauren McCulloch worked her way up the places after a steady start to take ninth in 18:29.
As with the Senior Ladies, the overall team title was down to the strong work by Heather Scott as she completed the team counters in 25th with 21:20. The Under 17 Men saw Sandy Holl running competitively throughout to finish tenth, covering the 6.6 kilometre course in 22.42. Keir Howlieson used this race to test his fitness following an injury lay-off, finishing 17th with 23.16while Tom Graham-Marr finished in an excellent 23.42 in 21st with the Team in fifth overall. Under 20 Men Iain Davies ((15th; 29.01) and Fraser MacPherson (26th; 32.59) completed their 8.4 kilometre challenge with further dogged performances.
The Under 15 Girls title race, over 4kilometres, was very tight with the Central Girls taking Bronze team medals in a close contest with Edinburgh and Pitreavie with only three points separating the three teams. Kyra Gibb (sixth, 15:26), Rosie Eckersley (ninth, 15:41) and Carrie Banks (16th, 16:09) put in fine displays to ensure the medals were taken by Central. The Under 15 Boys were led home through a strong run from Ben MacMillan (sixth; 13.47) with more determined running from Thomas Woods (28th; 15.05) and Daniel Bruce (35th; 15.38) with the Boys finishing as fifth team.
The Under 13’s faced a 3.1kilometre challenge and Jessica Turnbull (eleventh; 12:04) and Amy Cully (27th; 12:59) ran with commitment throughout. The Under 13 Boys saw Cameron Kerr finish eleventh with 11.11 and Euan Campbell also sticking well to the task for 26th in 11.54.
Another fantastic turn out for the our Club level cross country series. Thank you as always to all the volunteers and parents who made this happen. A special thank you to our newest Callander Satellite Group taking this event on for the first time this year.
There was another excellent turnout of Central Athletic Club runners at Alloa for the second match of the East of Scotland Cross Country League on Saturday 19th November. All runners faced a tough and testing course with near freezing conditions and mud proving a major factor in all the races.
The day started with the Under 11 Girls race over 1700metres with Melissa Turnbull finishing in a fine second place in an excellent 6min 57secs. Leah Stenhouse (19th; 7.43), Mary Kealey (20th; 7.49) and Brogan McMillan (25th; 8.01) completed Central’s challenge in this age group with the girls finishing third on the day and in overall second place in the League. The Under 11 Boys raced over the same course and here it was Connor Bell (24th; 7.08) who led home Central’s challenge ahead of determined running from Innes Brown (48th; 7.40), Owen Eckersley (71st; 8.01), Kieran Mooney (76th; 8.08) and Sam Jones (91st; 8.52).
The Under 13’s had to contend with a 3000metre course and in the Girls race it was Anna MacKinnon who proved the strongest of Central’s runners, finishing in 25th place with 13.44, while great back-up was provided by Amy Culley (35th; 14.02), Summer MacLean (41st; 14.37), Rebecca Watson (42nd; 14.37), Ellen Montgomery (55th; 15.47), Megan Dunlop (58th, 15.54) and Ellie Ross (67th; 17.35) as again all Central’s runners showing good form and commitment. The Boys race saw strong runs from Finlay Muir (seventh; 11.27), Cameron Kerr (ninth; 11.49) and Euan Campbell (12.14) with the Boys finishing as second team on the day. There were further good performances from Cameron MacMillan (30th; 12.47), Ryan McGuire (45th; 13.19), Finlay Brown (55th; 13.49), Ross Lawrie (60th; 14.04)and Finlay Marchant (73rd; 14.40).
The Under 15 Girls and Under 17 Ladies ran together over a 3800 metre course and it was Central’s Kate Gallagher who again led the Team in with an overall sixth placing in 15.42. Back-up was provided by Lauren McCulloch (twelfth; 16.17) and Under 15 Kyra Gibb (27th; 17.00) with the Team finishing third overall. There was more committed performances from Carrie Banks (30th; 17.19), Fiona Davies (39th; 17.54), Elizabeth Thompson (43rd; 18.14) and Bethany Burch (66th; 19.45). The Under 15 Boys contested the same 3800metre course and here Gregor McArthur (16th; 15.24) led home the Central Team ahead of resolute performances from Thomas Woods (24th; 15.52), Daniel Bruce (26th; 15.56), Kyle Howie (37th; 16.40), Cameron Fraser (51st; 17.37) and Ben Hughes (56th; 18.18) with Central’s runners placing sixth in this age group. Tom Graham-Marr was the sole Under 17 Man from Central and here he had a more than useful run to finish 24th, recording 25min 34secs for his 6200 metre run.
The Senior Women also tackled the 6200metres course and here it was Jennifer Wetton who showed her class to finish in an excellent second place in 24.37 and with back-up from Catriona Buchanan (eighth, 25.42), Kim Timmins (23rd; 27.39), Under 20 runner Eleanor Hanson (25th; 27.44) and Lee Houghton (81st; 36.00), the team finishing second on the day and are second overall in the League.
The Senior Mens race of three laps and some 9000metres proved to be a true test of strength and stamina which saw Dale Colley head Central’s challenge in third overall with a confident run of 30min 52secs. Campbell Milne in seventh (31.29) and with Chris Smithard (eleventh; 31.59), Alex Hendry (16th; 32.49), Robert Russell (21st; 33.24) and Colin Logan (31st; 33.59), the team finishing second on the day and lead the League overall. Under 20 runner Rory Strachan (37th; 34.18) was first of the back-up runners ahead of Central’s first veteran runner Scott Bremner (44th; 34.52), who finished as second veteran on the day; indeed Scott led in a winning veteran’s team including Ewan Jack (70th; 36.12) and David Eckersley (85th; 37.13). There were also good runs and true endeavour from Will Hensman (58th; 35.40), Andy Turnbull (98th; 37.53), Charles Grahm-Marr (119th; 39,24), Phil Williams (121st; 39.33), Colin Alexander (140th; 40.20), Hugh Buchanan (150th; 40.39), Iain Dunsmore (157th; 40.59), Fraser Purves (162nd; 41.12), Jens Subke (165th; 41.14), Simon Barlow (202nd; 43.49), Liam McCabe (205th; 44.25), Allan Gall (226th; 47.21) and Cameron Campbell (235th; 48.02).
Focus for Central’s runners now turns to the European Cross Country Selection races in Liverpool next weekend with Club and individual selection places up for grabs.
Central AC’s Ross Houston made his Great Britain debut in the 50Km World Championships in Doha with his seventh place contributing towards a hard won silver team award for the British quartet in one of the toughest contests on the world athletic’s scene. Running at six in the evening, to reduce the impact of the heat, Ross completed the 20 circuits of a 2.5 kilometre city centre circuit, in 3hours 01.33.
Ross’s strategy of a steady start and even paced laps enabled him to move up from an early position in around 20th, making his way steadily through the field as others wilted.
This new peak in the 36 year olds running career has been widely celebrated in the running community. Twenty years of persistence, many thousands of training miles and being part of the backbone of Central’s decade long domination at club level endurance has now taken him to a world championship medal just two years on from his previous late-career high of representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games marathon.
Central Athletic Club’s two Senior teams had to work hard to take notable double team wins at the National Short Course Championships at the fast and flat new course in Renfrew. Central also secured the further double of winning the Scottish Cross Country Challenge by being the two top teams in the early season series covering cross country relays and culminating in the short course event. Amongst a good turnout of junior teams, the Club’s Under 17 Ladies took team Silver.
Central’s Senior Men were defending Team Champions and here they showed true grit and some splendid packing to defend their title over the two lap, 4000metre course. Jamie Crowe was well to the fore throughout and finished off his effort in tenth place (12min 31secs). Cameron Milne (18th; 12.39), Alex Hendry (20th; 12.40) and Dale Colley (21st; 12.43) ensured the Team Gold medals in a close fought race.
Conan McCaughey (23rd; 12.44) provided quality back-up ahead of significant performances from Tom Watson (44th; 13.05), and Scott Green (13.32). Scott Brember added to his reputation with a 13min 58sec run in 98th place, missing out on an Over 40 Masters Bronze medal by just 3 seconds. Lewis Millar (104th; 14.01) led in David Lindsay (162nd; 14.43), David Eckersley (193rd; 15.02), Fraser MacPherson (210th; 15.16), Charles Graham-Marr (219th; 15.26), Colin Alexander (257th; 15.55), Jens Subke (271st; 16.14), Stuart Watson (305th; 17.06), Simon Barlow (318th; 17.33) and Mark Logie (347th; 19.00).
With four to count for team awards and a strong field it was always going to be tight battle for team medals in the Senior Womens Race. Fresh from being awarded ScottishAthletics Athlete of the Year, Laura Muir showed her world-class as she soon created clear water to the rest of the field, to win in emphatic style.
Central’s Morag MacLarty set about taking on a fierce battle for minor medals and team awards amongst a group of half a dozen top girls. Morag came away with a good return in third place for an individual Bronze medal with a time of 14.02, over the same 4000metre course as the men. Jennifer Wetton, though now focussing on longer road races and marathons, was pleased to be able to take eighth place (14.20). Fanni Gyorko, making her first outing for the club after returning from representing Scotland on international orienteering duties, was able to achieve 17th in 14.42. Fiona Thompson was struggling with an injury but battled to a 38th place in 15.20 and made a vital contribution in securing the Championship title by just 3 points from Edinburgh AC in second place. Other Central finishers were Natalie Milne (57th; 16.12), Kim Timmins (68th; 16.34), Claire Houston (83rd; 16.55), Eleanor Hanson (86th; 17.01), Patricia Milne (99th; 17.37) and Jodie Currie (123rd; 18.19).
The Under 17 Womens race, over 3000metres, also featured a strong team performance from Central as they took Silver medals behind Giffnock North.
Kate Gallagher (6th; 11.21) had a battle within the leading group, whilst Lauren McCulloch (10th; 11.49) worked her way up the field and with Lauryn Turnbull (15th; 12.19) giving another strong performance the Team medals were secured. There was strong back-up from Heather Scott (26th; 12:59) and Bethany Burch (44th; 14.28). Sandy Holl acquitted himself well as Central’s sole runner in the Under 17 Mens race, completing the 3000metre course in a fine 28th placing with 10min 35secs.
For the Under 15 Girls race over 2000 metres Rosie Eckersley worked up through the field from a steady start and finished twelfth in 7.56, with Kyra Gibb close at hand with 19th in 8.01. Elizabeth Thompson (51st ; 8.37), Carrie Banks (64th; 8.47), Millie Stokoe (89th ; 9.24) and Emma Mailer (94th;9.34) contributed towards another good team performance with a fifth placing in the Team results. The Under 15 Boys race saw some excellent endeavour from Central’s youngsters with Cameron Blance and Daniel Bruce finishing together with 7min 55secs in 63rd and 64th places.
Cameron Fraser picked up more good experience in 94th (8.40) heading in another good effort from Ben Hughes (99th; 8.53).
Thank you to all the fantastic volunteers who made this event a success! Your support is very much appreciated. The rain held off and this club series was off to a flying start! Derek Easton and his team led the warm up and marshaled the event – thank you very much!
PRESS REPORT and RESULTS
The first race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2016/17 Cross-Country Series attracted a field of 62 runners to take on a flat, fast course at Stirling University.
Balfron based athlete Gregor McArthur headed the field with an impressive 6min 8sec run, followed in by another aspiring Under 15 athlete, Daniel Bruce (6.17). Further Under 15 Boys included Cameron Fraser (6.57), Ben Hughes (7.03) and first timer Francis McGinn (9.58). Sandy Buchanan (6.30) proved to be the strongest Under 13 Boy on the day, closely followed by solid efforts from Euan Campbell (6.37), Sam Metcalfe (6.39), Callum Scott (6.42) and Ryan McGuire (6.44). There was an excellent turnout in this age group with further endeavour from Jack Campbell (6.54), Angus Henderson (6.59), Finlay Marchant and Finlay Brown (both 7.47) as well as Ross Lawrie (8.04), Angus Duckworth (8.27), Oisin Rice (9.01) and Lewis Gowan (9.36).
Connor Bell (6.47) proved to be the best of the Under 11 Boys finishing just ahead of Joshua Kennedy (6.49), with further fine runs from Alex Pettigrew (7.15), Aaron Middleton (7.22), Cameron Darnbrough (7.26), Innes Brown (7.27), Tom Campbell (7.31), Owen Eckersley (7.34), Marcus Sinclair (7.50), Murray Henderson and Andrew Twigg (both 7.56). There was also great effort from Logan Gray (8.02), Alec Dunlop (8.04), Caomh Curtin (8.08), Ruaraidh Docherty (8.34), Benjamin Kennedy (8.49), Cameron Brown (8.54), Cameron Pollock (8.56) and Angus Kennedy (9.57) to round off this well supported age group. The sole Under 9 Boy, Logan Bell, posted an excellent time of 8min 14secs.
Ciorstaidh Ainsworth (6.46) proved to be the fastest of the Under 15 Girls on the day ahead of Jessica McGinn (8.35) and Carla Subke (8.42). The Under 13 Girls also provided some fine running with Grace Tindall (6.50), taking the honours from Amy Cully (7.17), Anna MacKinnon (7.30), Anna Buchanan (7.32), Summer MacLean (7.36), Eilidh Fleming (7.48) and Megan Dunlop (7.52). This popular age groups also saw more true resolve from Harriet Ditchfield (8.14), Ceitdh Ainsworth (8.21) and Ellen Montgomery (8.22).
Melissa Turnbull produced a classy display in the Under 11 Girls to come home in 6min 48secs ahead of more top performances from Mary Kealey (7.47), Leah Stenhouse (7.53) and Zoe Loughrey (8.50). Also catching the eye were Mary Gillan (9.08), Izzy McGuire (9.26), Emily Guest (9.41), Alice Cameron (9.55), Sophie Appelbe and Sarah Aitken (both 9.59) just ahead of a stoical effort from Orly Murray (10.32), with once again all the girls showing promise in this very competitive age group.
Thanks are again due to Derek Easton, David Eckersley and a small army of parent helpers who ably helped with the event.
Drum roll….. the results!
Central AC Press Report 22 10 2016
The Scottish National Cross Country Relays were again held on the traditional course in Cumbernauld in excellent conditions and it was Central’s Senior Men who made it five wins in a row while Central’s Senior Ladies matched their second place of last year in a dramatic race.
The Senior Mens race of over 100 teams unfolded with Central’s Jamie Crowe running with some of Scotland’s top endurance athletes, finishing in a close up fourth place on the first leg, covering the 4000metres course in 11min 50secs. Michael Wright’s excellent (12.16) contribution continued Central’s challenge to hand over a healthy lead to former Scottish Cross Country Champion Alastair Hay. Alastair (11.51) showed his class as he continued to pull away from the rest of the field to give Olympian, Andrew Butchart a comfortable lead for the final leg. Andrew was never under pressure as he extended the Club’s lead to 84secs by the finish with the second fastest leg of the day (11.22). Edinburgh University finished second and with Aberdeen AAC in third and a clean sweep for the East of Scotland teams.
For Central Senior Ladies, winning the Silver medal took determined running by the quartet, finished off by an exciting and impressive last leg by Morag Maclarty who took many plaudits with the fastest time of the day.
With the Ladies now matching the men with four legs compared to three last year, Central required Lyndsay Morrison to return to competition earlier than she would have wanted after a prolonged layoff. Lyndsay led off for Central with the task of keeping the team in contention and she fought hard to come to the changeover in 16th place covering the 4000metre course in 15mins 16secs but with a significant gap to the medal placings. Fiona Thompson put in the fastest second leg time with her 14:14 taking the team forward to seventh. Jennifer Wetton then pulled the team into a medal position with her 13:56 but with Edinburgh University and Victoria Park seemingly far distant with over a full minute’s gap to the next medal. Morag set about closing the gaps taking the time back from both last leg leading pair and turning Bronze to Silver in the finishing straight, bringing the biggest cheer of the day. Morag’s lap was 13:18, overall fastest lap of the day to return a time of 56.44 for the four with Edinburgh University taking Gold with 56.28 and Victoria Park Glasgow in third also recording 56.44.
Central’s second Ladies team were led off by Claire Houston whose 16:43 brought the team to changeover in 32nd place. Kim Timmins demonstrated prospects with a 16:13 to move the team to 23rd. Eleanor Hanson as a first year under 20 put in a great performance to 21st place with 16:43 with Jodie Currie keeping the team moving forward with 20th place and 17:42 and overall time of 67:21. Central’s Over 50 team also took a superb Silver medal through Patricia Milne (17:20), Jane Waterhouse (18:32) and Mary Kerr (19:34).
Central’s Mens ‘B’ team of Aidan Thompson (12.27), Conan McCaughey (12.19), Cameron Milne (12.35) and Alex Hendry (12.22) were competitive throughout finishing in a fine sixth place overall less than a minute from the medals. On the day all of Central’s runners showed true competitive resolve perfectly reflected by the Over 50 team of Charles Graham-Marr (15.28), David Eckersley (14.26) and Hugh Kerr (16.30) finishing sixth in that category. Central’s top Veterans team of Jans Subke (15.42), Ewan Jack (14.27), Colin Alexander (15.42) and Scott Brember (13.51) finished in a highly respectable ninth in that category. The team of Tom Watson, Fraser Logan, Jamie Wastling and Euan Brownlee produced another fine showing but a mix-up with results doesn’t allow us to publish times for these runners. Simon Barlow ran 16.48 backed up by Kenny Hislop (18.04), Sandy MacLarty (21.45) and Mark Logie. Cameron Campbell (18.36) led off yet another Over 50 team along with Allan Gall (18.42) and John Millar (20.47). Liam McCabe (16.52), David Lindsay (14.31), Will Hensman (14.06) and Ian Dunsmore (16.02) stuck well to their task to finish 67th in the Senior Mens category.
It was impressive to see Central’s junior Girls field a strong contingent and some six teams following the normal format of Under 13 followed by Under 15 and Under 17, all running a 2500 course. Central’s ‘A’ team should be happy with a seventh place through Jessica Turnbull (10:38, 11th), Rosie Eckersley (9:59, 13th) and Kate Gallagher (9:28, seventh) with a final time of 30.05. Other teams were Anna McKinnon (11:19, 34th), Kyra Gibb ( 10:11, 23rd) and Lauren McCulloch (10:05, 19th) an overall time of 31.35; followed by Mia Glen ( 11:10, 28th), Elizabeth Thompson (10:38, 29th) and Lauryn Turnbull (10:06, 23rd and a final time of 31:54. The team of Naomi Howlieson ( 11:25, 38th), Ciorstaidh Ainsworth (10:42, 37th) and Heather Scott (10:56, 35th) completed in 33:03, while Finnlaidh Stokoe (12:14, 73rd), Skye Henderson (11:18, 56th), Madeleine Woods (10:43, 46th) finished in 34:15 followed by Ellie Ross (13:38, 95th) Millie Stokoe (10:33, 70th) and Fiona Davies (11:13, 56th) in 35:25. It was good to see Under 13’s Amy Cully (11.29) and Eilidh Fleming (11.52) competing well in incomplete teams.
Central’s Junior Boys teams also each ran 2500metre legs with the ‘A’ team of Finlay Muir (9.34), Ben MacMillan (8.39) and Keir Howlieson (8.30) all showing great form as they worked through the field to finish fourth overall, indeed Central were in close contention for a medal only losing out in a highly competitive final stretch. The ‘B’ team of Cameron Kerr (9.28), Thomas Woods (8.25) and Tom Graham-Marr (8.59) produced another fine showing for the Club in 20th overall. There was more resolve with Euan Campbell (10.06), Daniel Bruce (9.46) and Sandy Holl (8.59) in the ‘C’ team, finishing 28th and also Finlay Marchant (12.04), Cameron Fraser (10.58) and Ben Hughes (11.46), an Under 15 running as an Under 17, as all the Central athletes produced runs of which they can feel proud. Under 13 Ryan McGuire had a solo run in an incomplete team but handled the tough course well to complete his run in 10.23.
Central AC played host to the first match of the season’s East of Scotland District Cross Country League over the Stirling University estate. There was a fitting tribute to Central’s current star Andrew Butchart when the large Senior Men’s field gave him a spontaneous round of applause as he joined the starting line-up. Just a few short weeks after his breakthrough run in the Rio 5000 metres final in the shadow of Sugar Loaf he made a return to a dreich day in Stirling when Dumyat was obscured by heavy rain.
Andrew skipped over the slippery course to win for the third consecutive year, covering the 3 lap, 9000 metre course in 27min 34secs. He led his Central Senior Men’s team to League victory on the day and the all-age Male team lead to a narrow lead at the top of table.
Central were ensured the league win in the Senior Men’s category through supporting strength in depth from Jamie Crowe (6th, 29.25),
Michael Wright (7th, 29.35), Alex Hendry (13th, 30.05), Conan McCaughey (14th, 30.07) and Under 20, Aidan Thompson (16th, 30.33). Euan Brownlie came through in 41st with 32.43 while Central’s first Veteran, Scott Brember continued his excellent form in 43rd (32.47). There was further superb back-up through Colin Logan (52nd, 33.38), Will Hensman (64th, 34.16), Ewan Jack (82nd, 35.06), David Eckersley (94th, 35.42) and Fraser Logan (100th, 35.53). Jamie Wastling showed progress to finish in 108th (36.18) leading in a string of Veteran runners through Andy Turnbull (109th, also 36.18), Charles Graham-Marr (139th, 38.13), Colin Alexander (164th, 39.33), Hugh Kerr (174th, 40.24), Fraser Purves (199th, 41.49), Simon Barlow (203rd, 41.56), Liam McCabe (211th, 42.47), Jamie Stokoe (220th, 43.47), Allan Gall (233rd, 44.56) and the ever inspirational Cameron Campbell (249th, 46.23).
Central’s leading Senior Women runners were away on a range of other commitments, and stepping up to the plate to keep the female team on track were Eleanor Hanson (28th, 26.34), Lee Houghton (72nd, 32.32), Samantha Hunter (74th, 32.46) and Emily Holl (80th, 34.05). Central’s Female team over all age groups are still in League contention in third place.
The Under 11 Girls provided an early highlight of the day as they headed their age group league table with the first race over a 1400 metre course. Melissa Turnbull (2nd, 5.49) led a team of Carys Gibb (9th, 6.22), Leah Stenhouse (17th, 6.28), Ellie Watson (44th, 7.32) and Mara Gillan (51st, 7.49).
In the Under 11 Boys race Cameron Darnbrough finished in 18th following a strong 6min 5sec run. Owen Eckersley showed good form to finish 61st in 6.48 while Sam Jones also came through well in 78th with 7.29.
The Under 13 races had a much more testing profile of racing as their lap took them towards the Wallace Monument across more difficult ground and a 2400 metre test. The Under 13 Boys showed great form to finish as second team with Finlay Muir
showing great character to finish 7th (10.23) followed by Sandy Buchanan (15th, 10.47), Euan Campbell (21st, 11.00), Cameron MacMillan (35th, 11.31), Euan Donegan (52nd, 12.20), Ross Lawrie (63rd, 12.56), Struan Craig (68th, 13.21) and Fi nlay Marchant (69th, 13.21), and all doing the Club proud.
Central’s Under 13 Girls team was fifth in the league standings through great running and teamwork through Jessica Turnbull (15th, 12.09), Anna MacKinnon (19th, 12.21), Naomi Howlieson (24th, 12.34), Amy Faunce Smith (28th, 12.48), Amy Kirkpatrick (32nd, 13.02), Fionnlaith Stokoe (37th, 13.09), Ellen Montgomery (54th, 14.18), Erin Miller (59th, 14.44), Megan Dunlop (60th, 14.46), Heather Riach (62nd, 14.59), Ellie Ross (63rd, 15.03) and Heather Hale (66th, 15.49).
The Under 15 Boys also proved their ability as fifth team with strong running from Ben MacMillan (9th, 10.41), Cameron Blance and Thomas Woods finishing together in 22nd and 23rd, both running 11.15, while Cameron Fraser should also be pleased with his run in 39th (12.42).
There was a combined race for the Under 15 and Under 17 Ladies over a pair of short laps to make up 2800 metres and in the Under 15s, Rosie Eckersley was 5th in 11.32, Skye Henderson (18th, 12.57), Millie Stokoe (28th, 14.13), Hannah Blance (29th, 14.25) and Rebecca Hogg (30th, 14.35). The Under 17 team was led in by Lauren McCulloch (7th, 11.49) followed by Madeleine Woods (10th, 12.18), Heather Scott (15th, 13.04), Fiona Davies (16th, 13.07) and Bethany Burch (18th, 13.30).
The Under 17 Men’s race saw more fine displays with Tom Graham-Marr finishing seventh with 21.32 and Sandy Holl in 14th with 21.55.
Full results are available on the Scottish Athletics website.
The Invitational English 6 Stage Road Relay Championships was again held in Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 8 October. Central Athletic Club’s Andrew Butchart recorded the fastest leg of the day, covering the 6 kilometre course in 16min 29secs. Overall there was a highly competitive race for gold medals with Cardiff AAC (1hour 45mins 52secs) prevailing over Welsh rivals Swansea Harriers (1-45-55) by just 3 seconds with the lead see-sawing throughout.
With some 79 teams completing the course Central’s effort saw them finish seventh overall in 1hour 47mins 23secs. Once again there was interest and drama throughout for both athletes and spectators. Dale Colley started Central’s effort with an 18min 16secs clocking to see the team in a close up 27th place at the first changeover. Alex Hendry moved through the field on his second leg run as he pulled the team up to 21st with a strong 18min 11sec leg. Alastair Hay used all his fitness and experience to bring the team through to 14th place with an excellent 17min 59secs effort. Conan McCaughey showed great form to keep the team in contention with an 18min 12secs clocking and the team in 16th.
Andrew Butchart showed his rivals and the spectators just why he was a high placed Olympian in Rio with his storming run pulling the Central team through to sixth overall with a time of 16.29, 20secs faster than any other runner on the day. It was left to Jamie Crowe to complete Central’s efforts on the final leg, recording 18min 16secs to bring the Central team home in seventh.
Full race results are available from the SportSoft website.
Central Athletic Club Ladies were able to make it five years in a row as they continued their winning ways in the East District Cross Country Relay Championships. Their race featured a close battle for the lead with the Central trio steadily moving forward in each of the three 4000 metre legs to take the lead on the final leg. First off was Jennifer Wetton, just a week after her win in the Loch Ness Marathon, and she hung onto the early pace, posting a third place with just a 21 second deficit to the leading Lothian team and Edinburgh University in second. Jennifer’s time of 14min 12secs was fourth fastest of the day. Fiona Thompson took on the pace taking Central up into second place with the university students moving into the lead and their lead now just nine seconds ahead of Central. Fiona’s time of 14.45 was good enough for ninth fastest on the day. Morag MacLarty had a tough fight to wrestle the lead from the university runner, but by half way was ahead and creating a 19 second winning margin through her 13.57 time.
The Men’s four leg relay saw a reversal of the above result with Edinburgh University taking the honours as they pulled away from Central on each of the legs. Aidan Thompson set off Central’s effort to record the fourth fastest time of the day (12.13), there were further strong runs from Michael Wright (12.29), Cameron Milne (12.35) and Ross Houston (12.31) as Central picked up the Silver medals.
Central Men’s ‘B’ team came home in fifth through Tom Watson (12.39), Ruaridh Miller (12.57), Chris Smithard (12.37) and Scott Green (13.25) with the runners proving their fitness at the start of the Cross Country Season. The team of Fraser Logan (14.03), David Lindsay (14.57), Euan Brownlie (13.36) and Will Hensman (14.26) were competitive throughout and came home 19th overall. Central’s Veteran team of Hugh Buchanan (16.07), Charles Graham-Marr (15.27), Stuart Watson (17.22) and Scott Brember (13.59) finished seventh in the Veterans race. Two incomplete teams comprising Fraser MacPherson (15.14), Jamie Wastling (14.57) and Kenny Hislop (18.03) then Allan Gall (18.30), Mark Logie (19.07) and Cameron Campbell (18.59) completed Central’s efforts on the day.
Central’s young female ‘A’ team took a creditable eighth place with a steady improvement in placing through the three 2500 metre legs as the relay went from Under 13, to Under 15 to Under 17 runners. With this relay race very much a trial for the National relays in two weeks’ time, runners in each of Central’s four teams were also vying with each other. The first Under 13 leg saw the Central teams coming in with Jessica Turnbull (12th, 10.39), Carys Gibb (15th, 10.42), Mia Glenn (18th, 10.50) and newcomer Eilidh Fleming (32nd, 12.54). The Under 15 leg also had close contests between the Central girls with Kyra Gibb (10th, 9.39), Rosie Eckersley (11th, 9.37), Elizabeth Thompson (15th, 10.28) and Naomi Howlieson (28th, 11.34). The closing leg of Under 17 runners saw Lauren McCullough (8th, 9.56), Lauryn Turnbull (12th, 9.55), Heather Scott (17th, 11.01) and Madeleine Woods (24th, 10.15).
It was a similar scenario with Central’s young male athletes with Under 13s Cameron Kerr (7th, 9.27), Euan Campbell (19th, 10.01) and Cameron MacMillan (31st, 10.39). The Under 15 runners acquitted themselves well through Ben MacMillan (8th, 8.33) and fourth fastest Under 15 leg of the day, Daniel Bruce (10th, 9.26) and Ben Hughes (36th, 10.58). It was Under 17 Keir Howlieson who finished off the ‘A’ team effort with the third fastest Under 17 leg (6th, 8.21) and Cameron Fraser, running up an age group (19th, 10.26).
Full results are available from the Scottish Athletics website.
Central AC Press Report 1 and 2 October 2016
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Half Marathon was held in near perfect conditions on Sunday 2 October with course records in both the Mens and Womens races. Central Athletic Club’s Michael Wright was once again well to the fore finishing 13th in the elite Mens field with an emphatic personal best of 68mins 39secs. Other notable performances from Central athletes saw Scott Brember decimating his personal best recording a fine 75min 30secs performance while Fanni Gyurko finished a distinguished twelfth in the elite Womens race, recording a two minute personal best of 75min 43secs.
In the supporting 10 kilometre road race Dale Colley came home in fifth overall with yet another personal best of 31min 29secs to round off an impressive season.
The previous day had seen Glasgow lit up with the Bank of Scotland Junior Great Scottish Run over a 2.5 kilometre course . Central’s Under 17 runner Keir Howlieson was always well to the fore finishing second overall with a superb 8min 43sec clocking. In the Under 15 Girls category both Kyra Gibb (10.03) and Rosie Eckersley (10.12) caught the eye, finishing in fifth and sixth respectively in their age group. Central’s Under 13 runners finished well up the field with Cameron MacMillan clocking 10.47, Finlay Marchant 12.06 and Naomi Howlieson 12.12, while Under 11 Carys Gibb came through superbly to record 11min 32secs.
Please note the scrutinised final results from the recent Club Championships held at Grangemouth Stadium.
Fantastic to see so many superb performances and hard work by so many. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time on the day and without whom the event would not be possible. Thank you also to Kenny Pearson for his continued work on the Club results and Database.
Central AC – Press Report – 27 August 2016
The final meeting in this year’s Scottish Athletics (Mens) League saw Central Athletic Club’s athletes finish in fourth place, again facing strong competition throughout. The almost perfect conditions for athletics assisted in encouraging personal bests and again all athletes contributed to another strong Team performance.
The opening track event of the day, the 400metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright again running through strongly for fourth ‘A’ place (63.77secs) and David Lindsay’s 66.26secs run gaining fourth ‘B’ points. In the 800metres it was Tom Watson who caught the eye with an emphatic winning run of 1min 51.57secs with back-up from Jamie Crowe in second ‘B’ spot with 2-00.20. The 100metre series saw Under 17, John MacLennan come through in fourth place with an excellent 11.37secs run and Michael Currie with a personal best of 11.49secs. Michael Wright and David Lindsay picked up more points for the Club in the 3000metres steeplechase with Michael finishing third in 9-42.98 and David picking up a new personal best as second ‘B’ runner with 10-40.51. Fraser MacPherson shouldered 400metres responsibility coming through in fifth with 54.39secs. Alastair Hay proved to be the top runner in the 1500metres to win impressively with a season’s best of 3min 48.22secs with Ruaridh Miller ensuring maximum points for the Club by winning the ‘B’ event in 4min 11.29secs. The 200mete series saw Michael Currie power to sixth ‘A’ placing in 23.32secs, backed up by Mitchell Graham in eighth ’B’ spot with 25.04secs. The 10,000metres was run in very warm conditions so congratulations are due to Dale Colley who took some 3 minutes from his personal best to record 31min 52.60secs in second ‘A’ placing and Alex Hendry finishing in second ‘B’ place with a classy run of 32-22.31.
This time around the throwing events were picked up by Ron Todd with fifth place in the discus (29.02metres), seventh in the javelin (30.52metres) and eighth in the shot put (7.82metres). Under 17 athlete Matthew Chandler proved his worth with a personal best clearance in the pole vault, an impressive 3.90metres. Ron Todd again provided back-up with third ‘B’ points (2.60metres). Under 20 athlete Cameron McCorgray also brought top jumping skills as he cleared 1.90metres for second ‘A’ place in the high jump while Matthew Chandler weighed in with a best of 1.75metres for second ‘B’ spot. Pete Muirhead soared out to an impressive 6.94metres to finish third in the long jump while Cameron McCorgray finished second in the ‘B’ event with a 6.43metre personal best. Younger brother, Ross McCorgray had a best effort of 10.50metres for eighth ‘A’ place in the triple jump. .
The 4 x 100metres relay featured, Pete Muirhead, John MacLennan, Dale Colley and Matt Chandler, the team finishing fifth with a tasty 44.95secs clocking. The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Dale Colley, Alastair Hay, Ruaridh Miller and Fraser MacPherson were annoyingly disqualified for a slight technical infringement, mirroring the GB Mens Team in the Olympics.
As throughout the season, there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through Tom McMenemy, John Dickson, and Stuart MacPherson.
On the day Aberdeen continued their winning ways with Victoria Park Glasgow in second followed by Arbroath and Central. Overall match points saw Aberdeen as champions on 32, Central (23), Victoria Park Glasgow (22) and Arbroath (17), while Lasswade (13), Kilbarchan (13), Shettleston (12) and Edinburgh (12) fought out a relegation battle with Shettleston and Edinburgh being relegated. Inverness and Pitreavie were promoted from Division 2.
Ben McMillan was second in U15 boys and Rosie Eckersley and Kyra Gibb were 1 and 2 in the U15 girls respectively.
Fantastic result! Well done all.
Lornshill was again the fantastic backdrop for our August Time Trials – a excellent turn out – and a fantastic pool of parent volunteers!
This event could not run without your support.
Apologies for the delay in publishing these Time Trials Results – tjhank you to all the volunteers on the night – you help is much appreciated.
Top Relay Club Again!
Central AC once again came out as top club in the National Sprint Relay Championships at Grangemouth. Central quartets won Gold in both under 13 and Under 15 Girls, Silver in Under 17 Ladies and Bronze in the under 17 Men.
The under 13 girls’ team of Mia Glen, Corilidh Cook, Katie Burr and Amy Kirkpatrick continued a run of three successive wins for the club but this year’s team took the extra plaudit of breaking the Scottish record with a great time of 53.33s. Qualifying second fastest in the heats, the team upped their game to take a second off their heat time as they came out top.
The under 15 girls’
team had a number of changes from the established quartet that had been running all season in league matches, but all worked together seamlessly as the team went through the heats as fastest qualifier. In the final, the team of Lucy Davison, Katie Sharkey, Elizabeth Thompson and Abby Davison put in another class performance as the took the title with 51.21s.
For the Under 17 ladies, the team of Anna Cameron, Catriona Laing, Lucy Mason and Jessica Cleland took a conservative approach to qualify for the final as all had been performing in the under 17 individual championships running in tandem with the relay championships. They qualified as fifth fastest team, and then in the final pulled it all out as they took silver with 50.46s.
Matthew Chandler, Kieran Halliday, Matthew Meredith and Jack Houghton put
on a fine performance in the Under 17 Men’s final race. In a tussle for the medals, the Central quartet had to settle for bronze medals in a time of 47.21s.
The Central under 15 Boys’ team qualified for the final in a great race and then put in even faster time of 51.21 for a fifth place in the final through Jack Haughton, Daniel Ferguson, Daniel Bruce and Neil Casserley.
Planning for next year, a second Central under 13 girls team of Bryony Smith, Rebecca Chambers, Naomi Howlieson and Paige Stevens put in a fine showing in their heat but were disqualified for an illegal baton change.
Medals in senior Championships
The Men’s 3000m steeplechase had three Central runners fighting it out for the medals with Scott Green taking silver (9:30.42), Alex Hendry bronze (9:31.82) and Michael Wright in fourth place (9:32.69). In a highly competitive 1500m, another to gain a hard won silver medal was Dale Colley with 3:50.82, with Alistair Hay just missing with fourth (3:51.81). Tom Watson repeated his result from last year as he took a fine bronze medal in the 800 metres race with 1:51.08. Peter Muirhead also took silver with a 7.19 metres long jump. The men’s 5000m was a packed race with Central’s Conan McCaughey 8th in 15:04.11 just ahead of Alex Hendry in 9th place with 15:08.58.
Central AC – Press Report – 17 July 2016
The penultimate meeting in this year’s Scottish Athletics (Mens) League saw Central Athletic Club’s athletes finish in fifth place facing strong competition throughout. With blustery conditions the order of the day at Grangemouth Stadium there was little chance to gain personal bests but the athletes all contributed to another strong Team effort from all corners of the Club.
The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright coming through strongly for fourth ‘A’ place (64.60secs) and Aidan Thompson’s 69.87secs run ensuring third ‘B’ points. In the 800metres it was Dale Colley who came through in third ‘A’ place in 1min 56.87secs and Fraser Logan, in his first Mens League race, finishing in sixth ‘B’ place with 2-17.11. The 100metre series saw Mitch Graham clock 12.14secs to finish eighth and Ian McDonald taking sixth in the ‘B’ event with 12.41secs. Aidan Thompson and Michael Wright picked up significant points for the Club in the 3000metres Steeplechase with Aidan finishing third with 9-46.51 and Michael Wright storming through as first ‘B’ runner with 9-49.14. It was good to welcome back Jamie Paterson who shouldered responsibility in the ‘A’ 400metres finishing fourth with 52.60secs while Dale Colley clocked 53.51 as fourth ‘B’ runner.
Jamie Crowe always looked to be the classiest runner in the 1500metres and his final 200metres blew away his rivals to ensure a comfortable victory with 4-06.97 ahead of Under 20 League debutant Bradley Scott, gaining useful points in third ‘B’ spot in 4-15.92. The 200mete series saw Jamie Paterson power to fifth ‘A’ placing in 23.17secs, backed up by Mitchell Graham in seventh ’B’ spot with 24.49secs. In the 5000metres it was Alex Hendry’s turn to shine as he came through in third ‘A’ place (15-15.78) while another Under 20 first timer, Euan Brownlie, hung in for third ‘B’ spot with 16-54.43.
Throwing events were mainly covered by Gary Sweeney and Donavan Webster with both athletes colleting excellent points throughout the day. Gary was fourth in the shot put with a best of 13.30metres then went on to take third in the discus (36.21metres) before finishing second ‘B’ in the hammer with a best of 28.09metres. Donavan picked up third ‘B’ points in the shot put (10.71metres) and second ‘B’ in the discus (33.42metres) and threw out to 28.09metres in the hammer, finishing fourth ‘A’. The ever reliable, Ron Todd weighed in with a javelin throw of 28.68metres for seventh ‘A’ placing and provided more useful fifth place points in the pole vault, clearing 3.00metres. Under 20 athlete Cameron McCorgray added a touch of class to the high jump as he cleared 1.85metres to finish third overall.
Cameron also proved his worth to the Club in placing fifth ‘A’ in the long jump with a 6.39metres effort. Younger brother, Ross McCorgray was Central’s youngest athlete on the day, as he made his Mens League debut with a best of 4.79metres for seventh ‘B’ long jump and an impressive 10.68metres for seventh ‘A’ place in the triple jump. .
The 4 x 100metres relay featured brothers Ross and Cameron McCorgray, Mitch Graham and Jamie Paterson with the team finishing in sixth place with 46.48secs. The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Jamie Paterson, Aidan Thompson, Jamie Crowe and Bradley Scott had bad luck in this event. The close first changeover saw Aidan almost lose his shoe, the adjustment required left the rest of the team somewhat isolated but the team brought the baton home in eighth place.
There was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through Tom McMenemy, John Dickson, Xabier Cid, Steve Graham and Shona Malcolm.
On the day Aberdeen continued their winning ways with Kilbarchan in second followed by Victoria Park Glasgow, Shettleston and Central. Overall match points now see Aberdeen on 24, Central (18), Victoria Park Glasgow (15), Kilbarchan (12), Arbroath (11), Shettleston (10), Edinburgh and Lasswade (9), setting up an intriguing final match at Grangemouth on Saturday 27th August.