Jul 192016

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 on his way to victory in 1500M

Jamie Crowe on his way to victory in 1500M

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 McCorgray clears 1.85M

Cameron McCorgray clears 1.85M

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.


Jul 052016

Central AC struck gold at the National ‘long course’ relay Championships as both under 17 and under 15 ladies took top spot on the podium in the 4 x 300metres relays.

A team of Abi Davison, Shona McLay, Katie Sharkey and Emma Mailer were the favourites going into the race but exceeded recent form as they not only won the race decisively, but destroyed  the  2015 Scottish record.

U15 Relay Winners

U15 Relay Winners

Three of the current quartet took this in 2016 but they bettered  it by a margin of 4 seconds and shot to the top of the UK rankings with a time of 2:49.40.

The Under 17 Ladies team were an unknown quantity with some runners entering new territory of 300/400m running. The race soon settled into a battle with a strong Pitreavie team with Central first leg runner Lauren McCulloch, and then Lucy Mason and Madeleine Woods on legs two and three battling to keep  the Central team firmly in contention a few metres off the lead coming to last changeover.

U17 Silver Medalists

U17 Silver Medalists

Anna Cameron on last leg was able to storm into the lead and bring the team to victory in 2:52.19 the third fastest U17 time in UK this year.

The under 17 ladies 3 x 800m team had earlier taken a fine set of silver medals as Kate Gallagher, Heather Scott and Lauren McCulloch ran a fine race to finish just behind an Inverclyde team with a time of  7:21.58. Central’s under 15 boys team of Euan Smith,  Thomas Woods , Innes Huckerby  and Daniel Ferguson,   finished fourth in 3:00.19 and Central’s senior men’s team in the 3 x 800m series of Bradley Scott, Fraser Logan and  Dale Colley  took a fifth place in 6:15.49.

Pictures:  ‘Under 15’ Abi Davison, Katie Sharkey, Shona McLay and Emma Mailer show off their medals

Under 17 ‘ Lauren McCulloch, Lucy Mason, Madeleine Woods and Anna Cameron


The relays ran alongside the National Combined Events championships  and Lucy Davison won the Under 15 lucy and lucy nat champschampionship with Lucy Smith in bronze medal placing, with Lucy Davison winning the shot put and placing second in long jump and hurdles whilst Lucy Smith took top points from the high jump and was second placed in the 800m.

Amy Kirkpatrick had a good day, winning the 800 event on the way to fifth place overall in the under 13 Pentathlon championships. Katie Burr took top points from the hurdles element but dropped out the of the medals in the last event of the day to finish seventh overall whilst Matt Chandler took  bronze despite no-heighting in the pole vault.

relays under 17 w anna cameron

Jul 052016


Central’s division 1 team came out fighting hard to avoid relegation and they did not disappoint. With the Division 1 Central team sitting in the relegation zone before the meet it was all about improving the overall team standing. At the end of the match, Central took sixth place on the day by just 8 points, lifting the team to sixth overall and safety.

In the under 15 boys Neil Casserly (4.98m) and Daniel Ferguson (4.57m) both jumped well finishing 3rd in the A and B strings respectively. Kyra Gibb ran well in the under 15 girls 1500m finishing in a time of 5:02.07. Robb Ferguson finished in 2nd place in the under 11 boys High Jump and achieved the clubs silver standard with a jump of 1.20m.

Elise & Naomi

Elise & Naomi

connor bell

Connor Bell

Full team list; Hana Littlejohn, Melissa Turnbull, Sameeha Almass, Bryony Smith, Naomi Howlieson, Elise Graham-Marr, Amy Johnston, Amy Funce-Smith, Ceitidh Ainsworth, Katie Sharkey, Shona McLay, Kyra Gibb, Cerys Gilbride, Ciorstaidh Ainsworth, Connor Bell, Gregor Saunders, Robb Ferguson, Logan Gray, David Kirkpatrick, Harris Almass, Angus Henderson, Ben Isgrove, Euan Campbell, Cameron Dowie, Neil Casserly, Thomas Woods, Daniel Bruce, Daniel Ferguson and Erik Escala.

Summer McLean

Summer McLean


Central’s Division 2 team achieved thirteen top three finishes against some tough competition. Carrie Davidson jumped a fantastic 4.28m in the under 15 girls long jump finishing in 3rd place. Jack Campbell, under 13 boys, had a strong 200m finishing 1st with a time of 30.4s. Anna MacKinnon (5:51.8) and Summer MacLean (6:01.6) both ran well in the under 13 girls 1500m finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in the A and B strings. Full team list; Cora Morgan, Anna MacKinnon, Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock, Summer MacLean, Emily Campbell, Lucy More, Sophie Poulter, Maisie Campbell, Carrie Davidson, Alistair Banks, Tom Campbell, Jack Campbell, Arif Stec, Ardan Proctor Rowan Stephen,  Cameron Dinwoodie and Ben Hughes.


Photographs – courtesy Gary Leek



Jul 052016

Central AC Press Report

With five weeks still to go to the Rio Olympics the ‘Olympic effect’ seems to be already having a positive influence on Central Athletic Club athletes.   Following Andrew Butchart’s success in gaining Olympic selection three of his training companions travelled to the British Milers Club mid-week meeting in Manchester to seek high quality competition.  The result was three new personal bests in the latest series of races in Stretford.  Dale Colley saw his 800metres personal best tumble by some 2 seconds as he won his race in fine style with 1min 52.71secs.  Jamie Crowe, as always, pushed hard throughout his 1500metres to record 3min 53.32secs.  Aidan Thompson also tackled the 1500metres and his effort was rewarded with a 3-56.29 timing and a magnificent 6 second trimming from his personal best over the distance.

Jul 012016

Another superb Time Trials last night at Stirling University track.  The rain stayed away and the turn out, although lower than usual was fantastic for the start of the summer holidays.  Well done to all the athletes and a particular thank you to all the parent volunteers.  We could not manage without you!

Results: TIME TRIAL RESULTS 30 June 2016

Any queries in the first instance to John McDonald.

July Time Trials will be held on the 28th – same venue.  See you there.

Jun 282016

Central AC Press Report


Andrew Surges Ahead of his rivals

Andrew Butchart kept his excellent track season moving along as he romped to 5,000metres victory at the Olympic Trials in Birmingham to secure his seat on the plane to Rio with 13min 44.00secs.  Andrew, having run two sub 13.24 qualifying times earlier in the season, has also picked up Scottish 3,000metres and 5,000metres records and came to Birmingham full of confidence.

Central Athletic Club’s Andrew had to finish in the top two in the race to ensure Olympic selection so a relatively slow race built-up the tension.  The Dunblane runner proved himself equal to all challenges as he surged to the front with four laps remaining, immediately pulling away from a top class field.  He continued to extend his lead to almost 60metres as he celebrated victory over the length of the finishing straight.

Andrew Celebrates his final lap

Andrew Celebrates his final lap

“I’m buzzing with that, it went exactly how I wanted it to go, so I cannot ask for a better day. To win the British title and confirm my place in Rio is a great feeling. I have been so nervous coming into this as I knew what I had to do. I’ve not really raced some of these guys this year so you have no idea what shape they are in, so it is good to get the win.”

Tom Watson also travelled to Birmingham to compete in the 800metres where he put in a mighty challenge to finish third in the first heat, with 1min 51.75secs.  With the following heats run in faster times Tom was disappointed to miss out on a place in the final by the narrowest of margins.


Tom Watson in contention

Jun 222016

Great, sunny day out in Ayr. Central AC sent two teams to the Under 12 Superteams competition to compete in 75m sprint, long jump, javelin, and 4x100m relay.  Boys team was Jack Campbell, Tom Campbell, Finlay Marchant and Cameron Dowie. Girls team was Cora Morgan, Heather Hale, Summer Maclean, and Bryony Smith. Some great individual performances on the day and lots of new PBs to be proud of!

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Jun 222016
Track team events update:
The series of various track leagues are now well progressed and a quick summary of the current positions are as follows;
Scottish Athletic League ( Men’s League) (seniors); Central are lying second after two matches with two more matches to go.
Scottish Women’s Athletic League (under 13-senior). Central provided almost 2/3rds of team for the Forth Valley team to 3 meetings of this league which are now complete. Overall 2nd place a repeat of last year’s first ever 2nd.

Coirilidh Cook, Mia Glen, Katie Burr & Amy Kirkpatrick

Lower Youth Development League (u13, u15). After the 3 league matches, another second place on Sunday past, gave Central overall second place in the league on its completion, top ever placing. A place in the Scottish final at the end of July achieved.

Ben Isgrove, Jack Campbell, Sam Metcalfe & Ben Salmon

Under 17 Challenge: results awaited on Sunday’s placings, should have competition opportunities at Scottish Final
Upper Youth Development League (u17 and u20). After two match Team Forth Valley (with Central providing over half of athletes) the team is in equal first place with City of Sheffield in North East Division and are firmly on track for promotion and a realistic target of winning this league. There are two buses going to York this weekend, a first for this team.
Forth Valley League (u11,13,15). Our two development teams in Div 1 and 2 of this 3 division league face their final match this weekend with tough ‘relegation’ fights ahead of them. Central’s focus of ‘development athletes’ for these leagues, against some smaller clubs putting in their top teams makes it a good challenge for our younger athletes.
Last weekend saw Central have two teams in the annual Under 12 Superteams competition.
Upcoming events are the 3×800 and 4×300/400 relays on 3rd July with active recruitment in full flow and the 4 x 100m relays on 14th August.
National Events Championships with self entry are under 17 and senior (w/end 13th August), under 13, u15 & under 20 (w/end 20th August) on-line entry on scottishathletics website.
Jun 222016

Central AC Press Report

There was continuing success for Central Athletic Club’s athletes in the AAA’s of England Under 23 Championships in Bedford at the weekend.

Jamie Crowe bettered his 5000metres personal best to 14min 55.10secs an impressive 40 seconds improvement.  Not to be outdone Aidan Thompson finished fifth in the 3000metres steeplechase to improve his best to 9min 25.72secs while Dale Colley had a solid performance in the 1500metres to record 3min 53.70secs.

Jun 142016

Central AC – Press Report – 12 June 2016


Central Athletic Club Mens Team travelled to Aberdeen on Sunday for their second Scottish Division One Track and Field Match of the Season and journeyed home having finished second to home Club and last year’s champions Aberdeen AAC.  The match was held in benign conditions and saw another superb Team effort from athletes across the Club with a few personal bests to boot.

The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright in fourth ‘A’ place (65.15secs) and David Lindsay’s personal best gaining third ‘B’ points (65.55secs).  In the 800metres it was Dale Colley who finished in second ‘A’ spot with 1min 54.71secs and Robert Russell in fourth ‘B’ with 2-06.21.  The 100metre series saw Johnathon McGuire clock 11.68secs to finish sixth ‘A’ and Sean Clark take sixth ‘B’ with an improved 12.02sec run.  Aidan Thompson and Michael Wright picked up maximum points for the Club in the 3000metres Steeplechase with Aidan winning with 9-38.44 ahead of the fast finishing Michael, 9-40.63.  Michael Currie shouldered responsibility in the ‘A’ 400metres and was rewarded with a personal best time of 51.65secs while under 20 league debutant Fraser MacPherson clocked 54.75secs to pick up more useful points as fifth ‘B’ runner.  Scott Green (6) challenges in the 1500metresScott Green was always to the fore in the 1500metres and finished a close-up second with 3-59.1 ahead of Dale Colley’s first ‘B’ placing in 4-08.0.  The 200mete series saw Michael Currie power to fifth ‘A’ placing in 23.41secs, backed up by Sean Clark in sixth ’B’ spot with 24.84secs.  In the 5000metres it was Conan McCaughey who underlined his endurance credentials to come through in fourth place 15-07.36 while Robert Russell hung in for third ‘B’ spot with 16-10.92.

Throwing events were mainly covered by Gary Sweeney and Donavan Webster with both athletes claiming personal bests.  Gary won the shot put with a new best of 13.88metres then went on to take third in the discus (35.65metres) before finishing first ‘B’ in the hammer with a best of 33.64metres.  Donavan picked up first ‘B’ points in both shot put (10.85metres) and discus (35.40metres) and gained a new best in the hammer, finishing second ‘A’ with 35.24metres.  Under 20 athlete Lewis Livingston again helped out in the javelin with a best throw of 33.88metres before clearing 2.40metres in the pole vault.  Under 20 athlete Cameron McCorgray added a touch of class to the high jump as he cleared 1.91metres to finish second overall.  Peter Muirhead also proved his worth to the Club as he won the long jump with a fine jump of 6.80metres while Michael Wright picked up more useful points in the triple jump.

The 4 x 100metres relay featured Sean Clark, Johnathan McGuire, Michael Wright and Peter Muirhead with the team finishing in a more than useful fourth place with 45.84secs.  The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Dale Colley, Scott Green, Aidan Thompson and Fraser MacPherson finished seventh with 3min 36.7secs only to be disqualified for a slight technical infringement.

There was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through Tom McMenemy and Stuart MacPherson.

On the day Aberdeen were run away winners with Central in second.  Overall match points now see Aberdeen on 16, Central (14), Arbroath (10), Victoria Park Glasgow (8), Lasswade (7) Edinburgh and Shettleston (6) and Kilbarchan (5).

Jun 132016

Central AC as part of Forth Valley team in Scottish Women’s League – Scotstoun 12th June 2106

A magnificent seven middle distance runs by Central AC athletes were the turning point in the last match of the Scottish Athletic Women’s League at Scotstoun Stadium. As a result the Forth Valley regional team came out of the late afternoon series with a good second match place on the day and overall second in the short three match league season series.

Morag Maclarty set the scene with an infrequent outing in the senior 800m, winning in a time of 2:12.82. Under 13 Amy Kirkpatrick won the A 800mrace with another decisive victory in 2:26.85, amy k swaland Grace Tindall took a strong second in 2:40.63 in the B race. The under 15 middle series saw four out of four wins for Forth Valley. skye 3 Central’s Skye Henderson showed the best turn of speed from a tight bunch with 200 metres to go, to take the win in 2:24.57 in the under 15 800m A race. ciorstadh 1 Ciorstadh Ainsworth then took on the B race field and she took her race in similar fashion winning with 2:28.03. For the under 15 1500m, with both A  and B races running together, Forth Valley’s  Daisy Cumming from the Dunfermline club and Central’s Kyra Gibb took first places in A and B fields with 4:58.77 and 5:01.48.  kyra 1500 swalNot to be outdone Kate Gallagher moved up the age group to take on the senior field in the 1500m and gave them a hard run, taking second place in 4:45.25.kate 1500 swal

Central athletes took top points elsewhere in the competition with Catriona Laing winning  the A 300m for Under 17 in 41.09s and Madeleine Woods taking second in the B race with 44.09s . The U17 long jump was won by Anna Cameron (4.95m) with Madeleine taking another second in the B with 4.30 metres. Lucy Smith took another good win in the high jump with 1.50m whilst older sister Georgia Smith had second  places in shot with  7.79m and  in high jump with 1.45m. Corilidh Cook made her debut for the team to win the under 13 hurdles in a new personal best time of 11.95s to move further ahead at the top of the Scottish rankings  and she came second in 100m B race.  Fiona Davies took a good fourth place in the senior pole vault and Katie Burr set a new personal best  in the 200m under 13 as took third place in 28.87 shooting her up rankings and  had a good 7.10m throw in the shot put. Rachael Methven took a second place in under 17 shot put with 8.93m. Shona MacLay captained the all new under 15 relay team to second place with a 53.61 time after earlier taking fourth place in 100 with 13.75m.

Provisional points totals were Edinburgh AC 526.5; Forth Valley 409.5; Team West 388.5; VP Glasgow 357; Tayside 328; Lothian 297; Pitreavie AC 248.5; Aberdeen 240.

Jun 072016


Central athletes headed south to Doncaster last weekend to compete as part of Team Forth Valley in the second match of this season’s Youth Development League for under 17 and under 20 athletes.  Although missing some athletes due to clashes with exams the team continued it successful season finishing in second place on 611 points just nine points behind top English club, City of Sheffied & Dearne AC.

The day began well for TFV with an early win for Nathan Rix in his debut at the hammer leading the U17M B event with a throw of 20.16m.  He later won the U17M discus B event with a new personal best of 20.16m.  Cameron McCorgray was on form topping 1.90m to win the U20M high jump A event.  He later took third place in the U20M discus with a pb throw of 24.16m.  Younger brother, Ross, not to be outdone, jumped a pb of 10.63m in the U17M triple jump to finish in second place, and was third in the U17M javelin (25.19m).  The women field athletes matched this with Caitlin Edgar winning the U20W long jump (5.08m) followed by second place in the U20W javelin B event with a throw of 23.51m.  Enjoying her YDL debut, Laura McKenzie jumped 1.45m for third in the U17W high jump and was fourth in the U17W shot put (8.35m).

First on track was Jack Houghton who won the U17M 400m hurdles race in 62.1s.  He later completed a hurdles double winning the U17M 100m hurdles in 15.1s.  He was followed by Sarah Pearson who had two close seconds in the U20W 400m hurdles (67.2s) and 100m hurdles (15.8s).

Central’s endurance runners were out in force with Iain Davies winning the U20M’s 1500m (4:04.9) and Keir Howlieson, in a well-judged race, finishing strongly to take second place in the U17M 1500m (4:22.05).  The 3000m men’s races saw a quartet of Central athletes racking up points for the team with wins for Iain Davies in the U20M A race (9:12.7), Sandy Holl in the U17M A race (9:43.2) and Tom Graham Marr in the U17M B race (9:51.0).  Jamie Wastling, returning to competition after exams, finished second in the U20M B race (10:27.3), all four athletes running personal best times.  In the 800m Keir Howlieson repeated his second place in the U17M A race (2:07.8) and Sandy Holl took fourth place in the B race (2:25.1).  Completing the middle distance races Jamie Wastling took on the challenging 2000m steeple chase for the first time to finish fourth in 7:55.6.

The sprinters also enjoyed success with John MacLennan winning both the U17M 100m (11.5s) and the 200m (23.6s) A races, Lydia Simpson winning the U20W 200m B race (26.4s) and Fraser MacPherson winning the U20M 400m B race in a pb of 53.9s.  Jamie Paterson clinched two second places in tough races in the U20M 200m (23.1s a new pb) and 400m (51.6s) A races, and Johnathan McGuire, back after injury, ran strongly to take third in the U20M 100 A race (11.8s).  Laura Mckenzie also ran a pb of 43.6s to finish fifth in a very fast U17W 300m.

The day concluded with an exciting set of relays with Central athletes featuring in all the teams.  The women clinched two victories in the U17W 4x300m in a new team record of 2:57.7 and in the U20W 4x400m (4:23.0).  The U17M were also first home in the 4x100m (47.0), but the U20M 4x100m team just missed out in a tight finish which saw the first three teams cross the line within less than half a second.  The relays were completed with two further second places in the U17M 4x400m (3:50.3) and the U20M 4x400m (3:40.8)

Despite the second place finish, Forth Valley remain first overall in the league after their win in match 1, and the team are looking forward to their next match at York on 26 June.

Jun 072016

Balfron Satellite Club Time Trials were held on Wednesday 1 June.   A fantastic evening and a superb turnout of athletes.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers and Officials on the night – your support is very much appreciated.


Results: Balfron TT Results June 2016

Any queries to Joanne Brown in the first instance; 



Jun 062016

Central AC Press Report

Central Athletic Club’s Andrew Butchart broke a Scottish National Record for the second time in a fortnight.  Following up on taking Nat Muir’s mark in the 5000m in Hengelo a fortnight ago Andrew took advantage of the large crowd and the televised Birmingham Diamond League meeting  to take the Scottish best at 3000m – with his 7.45.00 run better than John Robson’s 7.45.81 time from some 32 years ago.  Andrew finished fourth in the race behind Mo Farah’s British record run.

‘Awesome crowds + sunny weather – great racing! 7.45.00 Scottish Record,’ tweeted Andrew.  And Lynsey Sharp was quick off the mark among the congratulations for Butchart on social media as she tweeted: ‘Andrew Butchart – breaking records for fun!’

It was indeed a weekend of celebration for Central’s athletes.  Friday night saw Jamie Crowe winning the 3000metres at the Crownpoint track in Glasgow, against a top-class field, taking the race with a superb sprint finish in 8min 25.59secs.  At the same meeting Kate Gallagher ran a well-judged race to win Under 17 Gold in the Scottish Championships in a time of 9-58.72.  Iain Davies was another to shine in Glasgow as he lowered his personal best to 1-55.96.  Friday night also saw the running of the iconic Black Rock 5 in Kinghorn, Fife where Scott Green finished in a highly creditable fourth place with 23min 48secs.

Jennifer Wetton also double reason for celebration through being first lady home at the Black Rock race (26.19) then winning the Vale of Leven 10K with 35min 30secs and taking the race series with a clean sweep of four out of four wins.  Fanni Gyurko had another classy run in the Gargunnock Hill Race as she sped to a new female course record in very warm conditions.

May 302016

Central AC Press Report

Central Athletic Club’s Alex Hendry went straight to the top of this year’s Scottish 3000metres steeplechase rankings with a 9min 21.82secs clocking at the British Milers Club Meeting in Watford at the weekend.


Elsewhere Jennifer Wetton has been adding to her reputation taking wins in the first three Polaroid 10K Road Race Series, her latest in an impressive 35mins 30secs in Dumbarton.  The series concludes on Sunday 5th June with the Vale of Leven 10K.


A number of Central Athletic Club athletes ran the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday but results have been slow in coming through.  Highlights include Allan Gall continuing his sequence of completing every Edinburgh Marathon despite fracturing his ankle in the National Cross Country in February and consequently missing many weeks training; he finished in a very respectable 3 hours 51mins and 42 secs.  Scott Brember had an excellent run taking approximately 30 minutes off his personal best to finish third in the 40 to 45 age group in a time of 2 hours 48mins and 13seconds.  Well done to 6 of our recreational runners who train with Colin Sinclair – all completing their first marathon!


The Scottish Universities versus Irish Universities Match in Kilmarnock featured Cameron Wilson who achieved a new outdoor personal best of 12.75metres in the triple jump.  Conor McCaughey ran as a guest at the same meeting and achieved a personal best of 15min 5.93secs in winning the 5000metres.


The Club’s next venture is the Gargunnock Hill Race on Saturday 4 June as part of the Gargunnock Show.

May 242016

Congratulations to all the athletes who came and represented their club in the Forth Valley League at Grangemouth stadium. Thank you to Nicola Almass, Catherine Malley and Judith Dinwoodie, the other Central AC team managers who put in a great deal of effort before, during and after the event. A particularly thanks for all the helpers and Forth Valley League team who made the event run smoothly.  Full results can be found here:


Central AC’s junior team competed in the second match of the Forth Valley League at Grangemouth Stadium with twenty one top three finishes and a heap of personal bests and top performances.

In a busy meeting with three divisions and 31 teams on show, Central had two teams, one each in Division 1 and 2. Division 1 was a closely fought competition with only eight points between fourth and seventh place. In the under 15 boys Neil Casserly (26.6s) and James Isgrove (26s) both ran strong in the 200m gaining new PB’s. Neil and James were joined by Euan Smith and Erik Escala for the 4x100m relay and finished the day on a high, finishing third with a time of 52.1s. Elis Graham-Marr ran a fantastic 1500m for the under 13 girls coming in third with a time of 5:43.6. The under 11 boys performed excellent in the 600m with Connor Bell (1:50.9) finishing 2nd in the A string and David Kirkpatrick (1:59.7) finished 3rd in the B string. Full team list; Anna Hewitt, Ellie Watson, Melissa Turnbull, Sameeha Almass, Bryony Smith, Rebecca Cumming, Naomi Howlieson, Elise Graham-Marr, Sophie Poulter, Ciorstaidh Ainsworth, Ava Smith, Rosie Eckersley, Connor Bell, Gregor Saunders, David Kirkpatrick, Alistair Banks, Harris Almass, Finlay Marchant, Angus Henderson, Ben Isgrove, James Isgrove, Neil Casserly, Thomas Woods, Angus Davis, Erik Escala and Euan Smith.

undr 15 fvl relay team

Central’s Division 2 team put up a strong fight against some great opposition. The team excelled in the field events with 4 first place finishes and a swarm of PB’s.  Celie Duncan was a clear winning in the under 11 girls Shot Putt with a distance of 5.08m, achieving the clubs Bronze standard and a new PB. Anna MacKinnon finished first in the Long Jump B string with a jump of 3.44m gaining a new PB. The under 11 Boys Javelin was dominated by Central with both Andrew McLay (21.83m) and Rowan Stephen (13.98m) finishing first in the A and B string respectively. Both boys and girls under 15 relay teams finished in third place and concluded the morning’s competition. Full team list; Celie Duncan, Leah Stenhouse, Cora Morgan, Rachael Dinwoodie, Ellie Ross, Anna MacKinnon, Heather Hale, Lucy More, Rowan Clarke, Maisie Campbell, Briagha Cook, Owen Eckersley, Andrew Twigg, Andrew McLay, Rowan Stephen, David Cunningham, Cameron Dinwoodie, James Smith and Euan Bryce.


If you are available to compete in the final match at Grangemouth Stadium on the 25th June please contact the relevant team manager or speak to your coach at training.

David Cumming

FVL Team Manager


Photographs – all courtesy Gary Leek


May 232016

Andrew Butchart AB blacktook another step towards Olympic qualification with a new personal best time of 13min 13.30secs over 5000metres in an International Athletics Meeting in Hengelo, Netherlands on Sunday evening. This fulfills the requirement for two qualifying times and had the added bonus of a new Scottish record, beating the 13-17.9 set by Nat Muir in 1980. The race was not without incident and Andrew had to run the final lap with only one shoe. Olympic selection is now dependant upon gaining a top two finish in the UK Trials in Birmingham in June.



May 182016

Press Report – Central Athletic Club

Central AC athletes had a record breaking weekend at the East District Championships at Grangemouth, winning a 31 medals including with 16 championship titles and smashing two club records.

michael wright steeplechase east west


Catriona Laing picked up two titles as she won the Under 17 200 metres final on Friday evening  in new personal best time of 25.85s and then bettered this the next day with another win in the 300 metres, this time taking a full second off the club record as she recorded 40.43s. Emma Mailer  made a further improvement to her own under 15 300 metres championship best performance winning in 41.54s and bettering her own club record in the process.

A stand out event for the club was the Girls Under 15 hurdles where the final saw three Central athletes battling it out for the title and seeing them land a 1-2-3. Katie Sharkey (11.65s),  Briagha Cook (11.70s) and Lucy Davison (11.80s) showed the club’s dominance in this discipline. Lucy Davison took the honours for most successful Central athlete by also winning the long jump with a new personal best of 5.20m and in another core discipline of the pentathlon won the shot put with a winning throw of 11.33metres. Further jumping success came to Katie Burr won under 13 girls long jump with a new personal jump of 4.44 metres.

More hurdling successes came to the club through under 13 girl hurdler Coirilidh Cook who won in a new personal best time of time of 11.88s. Upping the distance, there were further successes In the under 17 men’s 400 metres hurdles as Jack Houghton won with 58.90s and Sarah Pearson won the Under 20 Ladies race in 65.45s with both also gaining silver medal success in the sprint hurdles.

Further improvements in personal bests were needed to take the top podium spot in the middle distance events as Aidan Thompson swept past the field to take the senior 1500m title in 4:02.99. Iain Davies gained confidence from his Friday evening bronze in the Under 20 1500 metres where he had a 10 second improvement in his best time to next day win a close fought 800m with a time of 1:58.81. The under 13 800 metres also gave Amy Kirkpatrick a chance to better her silver medal placing in the 200m from the previous evening as she turned the tables on rival young athletes who had been beating her in league marches. Amy put in a drive for the line on the back straight to win with a clear margin in 2:26.14. With no steeplechase available at Grangemouth, Michael Wright travelled to the West District Championships in Kilmarnock to win the senior 3000m steeplechase title with his 9:39.8 clocking.

John McLennan took Central’s only gold in the 100 metres series with a 11.38s clocking for under 17 100 metres.  Cameron McCorgray was the best male high jumper over the championships as he took the under 20 high jump with 1.90m.

Other medallists:

Silver: Peter Muirhead, senior long jump, 7.06m; Finlay Muir U13 800 metres 2:30.23; Amy Kirkpatrick 200m, 28.09s, Abby Davison Under 15 200m 26.62s; Briagha Cook U15 Long jump 5.05m; Lucy Smith U15 high Jump, 1.48m; Jack Houghton  U17M sprint hurdles, 14.64; Matt Chandler U17 javelin 29.74m; Rachael Methven U17 discus 23.0m; Sarah Pearson U20 sprint hurdles 15.22s;

Bronze: Harris Almass U13 high jump 1.31m; James Isgrove U15B long jump 5.31m; Rachael Methven, under 17 shot, 8.49m.

May 162016

Central AC Press Report

Saturday night’s British Milers Club (BMC) Meeting in Stretford, Manchester saw three of Central’s men competing.  First up was Tom Watson in the 800metres where he was always in contention finishing third in the fine time of 1min 50.52secs.  Dale Colley also picked up the 800metres challenge and was rewarded with a personal best of 1-54.64.  Alex Hendry opened his track season by posting a quality time of 14min 50.25secs over 5000metres.

May 162016

Record breaking results at East District Championships. Sixteen championship titles amongst  31 medals and two new club records and lots of other great results. pic of district results


Pictured are Lucy Davison, Katie Sharkey and Briagha Cook taking all three medals in under 15 hurdles. Fuller report to follow.

U15 Girls Hurdles - Central 1 2 3

May 162016

Central AC Press Report

Saturday night’s British Milers Club (BMC) Meeting in Stretford, Manchester saw three of Central’s men competing.  First up was Tom Watson in the 800metres where he was always in contention finishing third in the fine time of 1min 50.52secs.  Dale Colley also picked up the 800metres challenge and was rewarded with a personal best of 1-54.64.  Alex Hendry opened his track season by posting a quality time of 14min 50.25secs over 5000metres.


May 092016

A remarkable show of strength in younger age groups supported a 4th place finish by Forth Valley at second match of Scottish Women’s Athletic League in Aberdeen. The Under 15 winning 70% of their events and a strong showing by the Under 13s,  all contrasting with the relative weakness in senior age groups by the four contributing clubs to the Forth Valley team.

The Forth Valley under 15 won both A and B races in 100, 200 and sprint hurdles, shot put and long jump and stormed the relay. Top point scorer for under 15 was Central’s Lucy Davison who won Long jump (4.92m ), lucy davisonshot put (10.37m) and was fifth in high jump. Sister Abby won the B 100m after a storming win by Dunfermline team-mate Jade Hutchison in the A event. Jade was the star performer of the day as she won the 200m in 24.91s beating a 41 year old league record and posting fastest time of the year to date in the UK. Emma Mailer looked impressive in winning the B 200m in a new personal best of 26.16s. The hurdles was another double win with Katie Sharkey winning in 11.97s and Briagha Cook winning the B race in 12.17s in a new personal best. Briagha then took top spot in the B LJ with 4.67m . The middle distance events saw further top running with Central runners well to the fore. Ciorstadh Ainsworth just lost out in a three way tussle at the front of the race for the winning line in B 800m and Rosie Eckersley won the B 1500m with a 5.01.44. The relay squad of Jade, Abby, Katie and Emma improved the top Scottish time of the year with 50.41s.

The under 13 team provided other high spots with Katie Burr katie burrwinning the hurdles in 12.20 and came second in the 800m B race with 2:33.40 and taking 3rd in the shot put with a new PB of 7.34m. Amy Kirkpatrick accumulated great points with 2nd in the 200m in 28.62s, 3rd in the 800m in 2:30.30 and 2nd in the B shot put.

Senior highlight was a resounding win by Fiona Thompson in the 3000m, whose solo run was timed at 10:05.86s. It was also good experience for Emma Mason who took fourth place in the 800m. Anna Cameron took a win in the Under 17  B long jump (4.78m) after tough races in the 100 and 200 (26.93s). Anna Warren made her debut for the team with seventh in the 200m B and 4th in the B high jump. Anais Scott took fifth in the B 300m in 48.28 and debuting in senior hammer and discus.

May 092016

Central AC – Press Report – 8 May 2016

Central Athletic Club Mens Team started their Scottish Division One Track and Field Season with a second placing behind last year’s champions Aberdeen AAC.  The match, held in sunny conditions at Grangemouth on Sunday 8th May, saw another superb 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 400metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright in third ‘A’ place (65.31secs) and David Lindsay third ‘B’ (68.68secs).  The 800metres saw Tom Watson ‘A’ (1-53.74) and Dale Colley ‘B’ (1-57.27) taking maximum points with dominant performances.  Tom in control - 8 May 2016The 100metre series saw Mitch Graham clock 12.27secs for seventh ‘A’ spot and Sean Clark take fifth (12.47secs) in the ‘B’ race.  Michael Wright took control of the 3000metres Steeplechase to win in 9-54.17; while David Lindsay had another strong run for second ‘B’ place (12-08.03).  Tom Watson never looked out of place against a top field in the 400metres and came through in fourth ‘A’ with an excellent 50.26secs effort while Dale Colley also produced a strong run for fourth ‘B’ spot with 54.02secs. Jamie Crowe has been running well of late and here he produced another fine run to win the 1500metres (4-02.21) and Aidan Thompsons’s 4-04.21 effort ensure maximum points in the ‘B’ event.  The 200mete series saw Michael Currie taking on a high class field to take seventh ‘A’ points with 23.55secs, backed up by Mitch Graham coming home fifth in the ‘B’ event (25.02secs).  The 5000metres saw Cameron Milne running a well-judged race to win with 15-10.38 while Conan McCaughey ensured maximum points with a 15-26.93 effort.

In the field the throwing duties were mainly covered by Donavan Webster 9.73metres Shot Put, 32.96metres Discus and 32.26metres Hammer and Ron Todd 8.97metres Shot Put, 27.72metres Discus,  22.68metres Hammer and 30.66metres Javelin.  Under 20 athlete Lewis Livingston had a best Javelin throw of 32.83metres.  Under 17 athlete Matt Chandler proved to be the Club’s top Pole Vaulter on the day to record 3.30metres with further back-up from Ron Todd (3.10metres) and a guest performance from Matthew Meredith with a 3mtres clearance.  Under 20 athlete Lewis Livingston (5.06metres) and    Under 17 Jack Houghton (5.02metres) picked up useful points in the Long Jump while Lewis (10.99metres) and Jack (10.47metres) again combined in the Triple Jump.  Under 17 Matthew Meredith  picked up more points in the High Jump with a best of 1.50metres in sixth place.

The 4 x 100metres relay featured Michael Currie, Jack Houghton, Aidan Thompson and Mitch Graham with the team coming home sixth in 46.63secs. Changeover The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Dale Colley, Mitch Graham, Michael Wright and Jamie Crowe came home fifth with 3min 46.69secs to round off the day’s efforts.  Guest events saw Under 17 Jack Houghton record 61.39secs in the 400metres hurdles and 12.22secs in the 100metres while another Under 17, Sean Clark, ran 25.22secs for 200metres.


As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through Tom McMenemy, Gillian Marchant and Kenny Hislop.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 390; Central 286; Lasswade 248; Arbroath 243; Edinburgh 236; Shettleston and Victoria Park Glasgow tied on 172 and Kilbarchan 80.


May 092016

Central AC Press Report

Since the inception of free to enter 5K Parkruns across the country race organisers believe there is no market for ‘pay to enter’ 5K road races.  The exception to the rule must be the Silverknowes 5K in Edinburgh which doubles as the Scottish Championships.  The race on the evening of Friday 6th May attracted a field of some 400 runners including 18 from Central AC.  Almost ideal conditions saw a plethora of personal bests and a number of first recorded times over the distance.  There were also a number of individual and team Championship medals brought home by Central runners.

In the ladies race Morag MacLarty came home in second place (16min 31secs) just ahead of bronze medallist Jennifer Wetton recording a 16.34 personal best.  Natalie Milne finished in 18minutes exactly ahead of her mum Trish, 20.26 and Alison Curry, 25.12.

Cameron Milne picked up his first individual Scottish Championship medal with third in the Mens race with 14.44 and top performances from Jamie Crowe, sixth with 14.52 and Under 20 runner Aidan Thompson, eleventh (second Under 20) with 14.59 ensured Central were team gold medallists.  Dale Colley and Iain Davies (fourth Under 20) both finished with 15.08 and with another Under 20, Euan Brownlie’s 16.16 the Under 20 Team silver medals also belonged to Central (same points as Edinburgh University who won on countback).  Alan Hume and Neil Cameron both recorded 17.08 ahead of Robin Mussett, 18.29; Charles Graham-Marr, 18.35; Robert Hutchison, 18.41; Iain Dunsmore, 18.51 and Billy Mitchell 20.24.  All in all an excellent night for Central AC.

May 062016

The first round of track league matches are almost complete and the headline news is that this is the best ever start to the season for Central in recent history. 

Central’s team in the Lower Age Youth Development League (u13 & U15) took second place, a record equalling placing at the match in Ayr in  both the new YDL and the previous Young Athletes League. The Under 17 Challenge team at this match also produced its best performance.

Central’s role in composite league teams is also paying off. Central has the largest contingents in both Team Forth Valley as part of the Upper age Youth Development League (U17&U20) and Forth Valley (U13 to seniors) in the Scottish Women’s Athletic League. Team Forth Valley  travelled to Doncaster and won the first match of the YDL, the first ever league win by Team Forth Valley since this league was reconstituted. The Women’s League team had a comfortable second place at its match at Grangemouth, the best start to this league since its inception.

Central’s junior development teams in the Forth Valley League (U11 to U15) appear to have had a more mixed start with the first match in the snow of Edinburgh. With Central having two teams in the three Divisions, and these teams performing a development function with as little overlap as possible with the ‘first pick’ teams, Central youngsters are facing many smaller clubs putting in their strongest athletes. The good news is that all reports show the youngsters having a good time and learning a lot. Central’s Division 1 team is 6th out of 8, and the Div 2 team is propping up the Division.  Plenty to play for and eyes on the bigger prizes of developing athletes and encouraging competition.

Sunday sees the first match of the Men’s League team (seniors only) at Grangemouth and Women’s League team faces its second match at Aberdeen.

Overall a great start to the season by athletes, team managers and coaches and not forgetting the family support teams bringing out our athletes and the essential officials who make the events work.

The Club are keen to hear from parents / supporters who may be able to share photos of the day – we look forward to hearing from you!


May 052016

Scottish National Cross Country winner Andrew Butchart clocked a superb 13min.18.96secs to finish second in a classy 5000m field in the Payton Jordan Invitational in California on Sunday.  This puts the Central AC athlete firmly inside the 13.25 being asked for the Rio Olympics.  This is a superb performance in a Scottish all-time context and now the British Championships in Birmingham in June will be key in a selection context.

To continue the high quality Jennifer Wetton entered her first track race for two years, and claimed a Scottish 10,000m Championship gold along with a fine personal best of 35-07.44 at Crownpoint, Glasgow on Friday evening.  The Central AC athlete, returning to better form now after an injury-hit spell, picked up a £100 time target bonus.

‘It was only late last week I decided to race,’ revealed Wetton.

‘My coach, Derek Easton, mentioned it to me at training on the Thursday night  – but he knows  I am never too keen on track racing. Then on the Friday I saw a Tweet saying there were only three hours left to enter. So I did.

‘The pacemaker did really well for me but I didn’t actually realise he was dropping out with 10 laps to go. It was fair enough because he ran the London Marathon on Sunday and here he was trying to help me get a good time.

‘The 35.30 cash carrot is always an incentive and I had a pace-timing sheet taped to my wrist to know exactly what to go for at each stage. So, when I was on my own, I just kept checking with that to see if I was inside the target – into the last lap I knew I had almost 25 seconds in hand.

‘It’s good because my PB was 36.45 from three years ago and it was my first track race in a couple of years. I had all sorts of injury problems a year ago but I am getting there now.’

Apr 292016

A chilly night for the first Time Trials of the season.  However a very warm thank you for the fantastic support from our parent volunteers and our coaches.  These events cannot run without you!  Ask your young athletes to pat you on the back please!

The results are now available – well done all



DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – May Time Trials – 26/5/16


Apr 252016

Central AC Press Report

Central Athletic Club had three finishers in the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April where Michael Wright made the most of the perfect conditions to finish in 51st place with a personal best of 2hours 28min 29secs.  Colin Logan also recorded a new personal best with 2-39-40 while Simon Barlow suffered a little towards the end but still recorded an very useful 3-18-57.

Fanni Gyurko was involved in a battle for Olympic selection for Hungary as one of four Hungarians with the qualifying time.  Fanni reached halfway in a classy 1hour 19min 53secs but unfortunately dropped out at this stage.

In the London Mini Marathon Kate Gallagher finished eighth in the Under 17 Girls race ensuring Scotland won Team Gold medals in that age group.

Apr 252016

Central AC at Forth Valley League Match 1

Central AC’s junior team got the outdoor season underway in the first match of the Forth Valley League at Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh. In a busy meeting with three divisions and 31 teams on show, Central had two teams, one each in Division 1 and 2.

Euan Smith makes a strong start in the 100m

Euan Smith






Central’s Division 1 team put in a solid performance finishing the day in sixth place. In the under 11 Girls the youngsters showed the way through Sameeha Almass (100m, 17.99, LJ, 2.61m), Hana Littlejohn (100m, 17.09), Melissa Turnball (800m, 2:50.98), Ellie Watson (800m, 3:29.50), and Leah Stenhouse (LJ, 2.43m). In the under 11 boys events Connor Bell took 2nd place in the 800m and got a new personal best of 2.39 moving him up to the club’s gold standard. Robb Ferguson (15.43) and Logan Gray (16.31) took on the 100m with David Kirkpatrick (800m, 2:45.80), and Connor Bell (LJ, 3.5m). For the under 13 Girls Bryony Smith (100m, 15.96) and Amy Johnston (100m, 15.0) , Naomi Howlieson (800m, 3:03.18) with Becky Cumming  (1.15m) and Naomi Howleson (1.15m) both putting in fine performances in the High Jump. For the under 13 Boys, Cameron Dowie (100m, 15.62), Harris Almass (100m, 15.1 and HJ, 1.3m), Euan Campbell (800m, 2:43.30 and HJ, 1.15m), Finlay Marchant (800m, 3:16.59). In the under 15 Girls Ciorstaidh Ainsworth took on the 100m with a time of14.57, with Ava Smith running smoothly in B100m, 14.83.  Rosie Eckersley (2:34.38), Rosie Eckersleyand Jessica McGinn (2:55.69) got excellent points in the 800m as did, Ciorstaidh Ainswoth (6.9m) and Ava Smith (6.12m) in the shot, with Jessica (9.16m) and Rosie Eckersley (13.85m) taking on the javelin. Euan Smith (13.03) and Daniel Ferguson (13.97) performed well in the 100m for the Under 15 boys with James Isgrove (800m, 2:21.99 and Javelin, 27.78m) and  Erik Escala (Javelin, 18.98m and Shot, 6.96m).


Central’s Division 2 team also faced strong opposition. The under 11 boys kicked off the afternoon with Tom Campbell (100m, 18.39 and LJ, 2.32m), Gregor Sanders (100m, 16.94), Owen Eskersley (800m, 3:05.03) and Andrew Twigg (800m, 3:22.23 and LJ, 2.49m). For the under 13 Girls Rachael Dinwoodie (15.96) and Cora Morgan (16.51) took on the 100m with Ellie Ross (3:18.45) and Anna MacKinnon (2:59.53) running well in the 800m. Both Heather Hale (1m) and Ellie Ross (0.9m) jumped well in the high jump. For the under 13 Boys Jack Campbell (100m, 15.0), Andrew McLay (100m, 16.22 and 800m, 3:05.45), Ryan McGuire (800m, 2.51.53), Struan Craig (HJ, 1.1m). In the under 15 girls Rebecca Hogg (15.72) and Carrie Davidson (14.51) performed strong in the 100m with Rebecca Hogg (6:08.23) also competing in the 1500m alongside Maisie Campbell ( 6:02.75). Some fantastic throws by Carrie Davidson (6.63m) and Rebecca Hogg (5.5m) in the shot putt whilst Maisie Campbell (9.74m) and Carrie Davidson (7.7m) competed in the Javelin. The under 15 Boys all performed well with David Cunnigham (100m, 14.15 and Javelin, 18.81m), Euan Bryce (100m, 14.84 and Javelin, 14.32m).  James Smith (1500m, 5:40.21 and Shot, 4.96m), Francis McGinn (1500m, 6:08.23 and Shot 4.13m).


Congratulations to all the athletes who came and represented their club in the Forth Valley League at Meadowbank stadium. A particularly thanks for all the helpers and Forth Valley League team who made the event run smoothly.  Full results can be found here:


If you are available to compete in the second match at Grangemouth Stadium on the 21st May please contact the relevant team manager or speak to your coach at training.


David Cumming

FVL Team Manager


Photographs – all courtesy Gary Leek


Apr 192016

Central AC Press Report Saturday 16 April 2016

Central Athletic Club’s Senior Mens Team headed to the Invitational English 12 Stage Road Relay Championships in Sutton Park, Birmingham, held on Saturday 16 April, with a team filled with a mix of youth and experience.  The traditional course of alternating long and short laps was attended by the top English and Welsh Clubs and three Scottish Clubs through Central AC, Corstorphine AAC and recent Scottish Six Stage winners Ron Hill Cambuslang.

This year Central’s athletes were travelling more in hope than in expectation of a podium finish but saw the opportunity to give some Under 20 athletes experience of this unique event played out over almost four and a half hours of tough competition.  With fortunes fluctuating throughout both the experienced and younger athletes acquitted themselves well to finish in tenth place overall, ahead of both of their Scottish rivals.  Once again Team Manager Derek Easton, his support staff and all the athletes are due congratulations on another superb effort.

Results from the twelve legs were Alex Hendry (28min 31secs), Dale Colley (15.46), Scott Green (28.15), Lewis Millar (17.15), Cameron Milne (27.25), Iain Davies (16.20), Conan McCaughey (27.43), Euan Brownlie (17.13), Ross Houston (27.44), Aidan Thompson (16.21), Michael Wright (28.06) and Jamie Crowe (15.55) giving an overall time of 4hours 26min 34secs.  With some 64 teams finishing the event it was good to see the Scottish contenders Ron Hill Cambuslang finishing in a respectable 19th place with 4-31.53 and Corstorphine’s team also doing well to finish 21st.

Apr 182016

Athletics track report Monday 18 4 16

Scottish Women’s Athletic League Grangemouth

Congratulations to Central part of Forth Valley team who got a great result with second place on Sunday in first match of Scottish Women’s Athletic League;
seniors: Sarah Pearson, Lydia Simpson, Jodie Curry
Under 17: Catriona Laing, Lucy Mason, Lauren McCullough; Heather Scott; Fiona Davies, Anna Cameron, Rachael Methven
Under 15: Katie Sharkey, Emma Mailer, Lucy Smith, Ciorstadh Ainsworth,
Under 13 Amy Kirkpatrick, Katie Burr, Grace Tindall

The first track match of the Scottish Women’s Athletic League kicked off with a strong performance by the Forth Valley team as they took second place at Grangemouth stadium.

There were wins for Central AC members of the team through Katie Sharkey in the under 15 sprint hurdles, Katie Burr in the under 13 hurdles, Amy Kirkpatrick in the under 13 800m, Catriona Laing in the under 17 300m and  by the under 15 relay team,  and further wins in the B events by Lucy Smith (under 15 hurdles), Grace Tindall (Under 13 800m and shot put), Emma Mailer (under 15 200m), Lucy Mason (under 17 200m) and Ciorstadh Ainsworth(under 15 800m). The spirit of the day was captured in the final track event, the senior 4 x 400m, when  three Central runners and Victoria Stephen of Dunfermline track club combined for one of the best race performances of the day, but with Forth Valley just being pipped on the line. Leading off with a 61.7 split Catriona Laing brought her team into changeover in second  place for Sarah Pearson to take the team into the lead with a 59.9s timing, passing on to under 17 Laura McCullough who held onto the lead with a 62sec lap, but with Edinburgh final leg runner coming back to pip the team in the very last couple of metres, with Forth Valley posting a 4:06 timing for second place well ahead of other opposition.

Points total were Edinburgh 487; Forth Valley (462); Team West (427); Aberdeen (375); Tayside 371; VPGlasgow 314; Pitreavie 272; and Lothian 258.


Womans league u15

Forth Valley’s winning Under 15 relay team, comprised of Rebecca Calder (Livingston), Jade Hutchison (Dunfermline), Katie Sharkey (Central) and Emma Mailer (Central), were comfortable winners of the under 15 relay race with a superfast 51.19 timing,

Apr 182016

Central Athletic Club – Press Report 10 April 2016

The Grangemouth ‘Round the Houses’ 10K Road Race enjoys a reputation of being a fast, flat course which always attracts a top quality field.  This year’s race, held on Sunday 10th April, lived up to its reputation so it was once again a hard challenge for Central Athletic Club athletes. On the day it was Conan McCaughy who showed top form to come through in fourth overall in a personal best time of 31min 6sesc.  Other notable performances from Central’s males included Jack Lawson (16th; 33.18) and Under 20 Euan Brownlie’s new personal best of 34.56.

It was Edinburgh AC’s Olympic Marathon runner Freya Ross who won the women’s race in 33.50 while Fanni Gyurko led home Central’s women with an excellent third place in 34.46 followed in by further top performances from Jennifer Wetton in fourth (35.27) and Fiona Thompson in sixth (35.43).

Mar 312016

> Following up on his 100 kilometre British Championship win of 2015,
> Central’s Ross Houston won the 2016 50K British Championship title on home
> ground at Perth in a new Scottish record time of 2:56.37, beating a 31 year
> old record by just 2 seconds.
> He also made it to be new cover photograph of Scottishathletics facebook
> page. https://www.facebook.com/scottishathletics/

Mar 212016

Central AC Press Report – 12/13 March 2016
The climax to the UK’s domestic Cross Country Season was again played out in Cofton Park, Birmingham at the Inter-counties Championships including the final of the UK Challenge Cross Country Series for 2015/16. As always at such a prestigious event the cream of British endurance running was present as athletes from all over the country tackled challenging courses in pursuit of both individual and team medals. Club vests were swapped for County vests with Central athletes wearing the black of Scotland East.

Kate Gallagher, fresh from her mid-week victory at the Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships, led home the East District Under 17 Womens Team to deliver a set of Gold Team medals. Kate’s seventh place overall was further evidence of her potential as she covered the 5 kilometre course in 20min 36secs.

The Mens race, over a 12 kilometre course saw Alex Hendry (24th with 40min 11secs) and Dale Colley (33rd with 40.44) produce their best performances at this level as they made significant individual impact and a massive contribution to the Scottish East District Team lifting Silver medals.

Keir Howlieson made his debut at this level and never looked out of place as he finished 37th and third Scot, covering his 4.5 kilometre challenge in 16min 53secs. Fiona Thompson faced a top class International field in the 8 kilometre Senior Womens race coming through in 63rd place in a time of 33min 16secs.

Fanni Gyurko and Jennifer Wetton made the trip to Inverness to compete in the Half Marathon on Sunday 13 March and came away with top honours in the ladies race with Fanni winning in a personal best of 77min 44secs. Jennifer was testing her fitness after a long injury hit lay-off and will be pleased with her second place run of 80min 1sec.

Mar 202016

Central AC’s Junior Club Cross Country series of 5 races come to a conclusion on Saturday 19 March in Kings Park.  The weather was glorious and the spirits high!

36 runners completed this race and enjoyed great support from spectators.  Thank you very much indeed to the team of volunteer senior athletes, coaches and parents who set the course, marshalled, timed the race and supported the event in various ways!  Your help is very much appreciated.

Congratulations to ALL the athletes taking part – 24 athletes achieved medals by competing across 4 events and the trophy winners are listed below.

Senior Endurance Coach Derek Easton commented ” many of my own Scottish, GB and International athletes started their own cross country journeys on this series, which is a fantastic stepping stone as an athlete”.

Medal Winners – 2015/16 XC SERIES

Under 15 Girls
1st Rosie Eckersley
2nd Hannah Blance

Under 13 Girls
1st Amy Kirkpatrick
2nd Naomi Howlieson

Under 13 Boys
1st Cameron Blance
2nd Daniel Bruce
3rd Jacob Organ

Under 11 Girls
1st Katie Findlay
2nd Elise Graham Marr
3rd Anna MacKinnon

Under 11 Boys
1st Euan Campbell
2nd Connor Bell
3rd David Kirkpatrick

Under 9 Girls
1st Alana Kerr
2nd Sophie Appelbe

Under 9 Boys
1st Owen Eckersley
2nd Killian Trenholm

Mar 012016


Central AC senior men’s made it six championship wins on the trot in the National Cross Country Championships with Andrew Butchart anchoring the team with the individual trophy for the second year in succession. The event with 130 years of history saw the largest ever field of over 2500 entries racing over Callendar Park course at Falkirk.
Andrew Butchart was a firm favourite for the race, following on his success of 2015 and showing good form in recent weeks, but he still had a tough 12km course to take on with contenders who fancied their chances. After a steady first lap he broke away from his rivals to hold a comfortable lead to the finish with a time of 40.02 for the 3 lap overall course of 12km. Alex Hendry was next in for Central, with a fine fifth place (41.13) pushing for bronze medal place for most of the race. The Central team effort was now very much about packing the top six team positions and battling team-mates for bragging rights. With Central top 6 finishers all coming in the top 17 place, the team title was comfortably in the bag through Ross Houston (12th, 41.57), Conan McCaughey (14th, 42.18) Michael Wright (16th, 42.29) and Cameron Milne (17th, 42.32). Central had commendable backup with 25 other senior men runners in a huge field of 650.

For the Central ladies, Fanni Gyurko posted another great performance to finish 5th with 31.57 for the 8 kilometre race. Fiona Thompson was 15h in 32.46, Patricia Milne 108th with 38.11 and Alison Curry 239th with 47.38 in the largest field assembled for the event. Stirling-based Fanni is fighting for a place in the Hungarian Olympic marathon team having already obtained a qualifying time, but is preparing for London to secure a place.

The Central under13 girls put in a great show just failing as a team to get on the podium in 4th place with Kyra Gibb leading in the team with 7th place with 13.45 supported by Carrie Banks (19th, 14.20), Amy Kirkpatrick (44th,15.05), Jessica Turnbull (54th, 15.22), Grace Tindall (93rd, 16.06) and Naomi Howlieson (127th, 17.03). Central’s under 13 boys team of Daniel Bruce, (57th, 14.04), Thomas Woods (84th, 14.35), James Brown (103rd, 15.06) and Cameron Fraser (114th, 15.14) made a strong account of themselves.
The Under 15 boys team were another highspot for Central taking silver team medals through some hard fought racing. From the outset, Central’s Keir Howlieson was close to ending up on the deck, with all aspects of gentlemanly conduct lost by the competitive young men in a scramble to get away to a good start. Keir quickly recovered and was up near the lead pack after the first kilometre. Keir’s 9th place (14.42) was followed up with Ben MacMillan (13th, 14.53), Tom Graham-Marr (14th 14.54) and Sandy Holl (25th 15.21). Cerys Gilbride (44th, 18.40), Heather Scott (69th, 19.36) were well-placed as Central’s competitors in the Under 15 race.
In the under 17 Women’s race, a good showing by Central team were always in with a shout. Kate Gallagher fought hard at the front of the field but had to settle for fifth place (18.53) with Lauryn Turnbull (22nd, 21.23), Fiona Davies ( 26th, 21.33), Madeline Woods (36th, 22.21), Eleanor Hanson (39th,22.36) and Jodie Currie (48th, 23.18). Jamie Wastling (67th , 27.32) was the sole Central runner in the Men’s Under 17 race.
The under 20 race had a strong Central contingent, with Aidan Thompson had a fine race to take 3rd in 27.43 with good support from his Central team-mates as he took the silver team medals together with Bradley Scott (18th,29.44), Cameron Harris (24th, 30.46), Euan Brownlie (28th, 31.05), Jack Kerr (36th, 31.56).
Other men’s results
Jamie Crowe, 26th, 43.13; Dale Colley, 31st, 43.39; Lewis Millar, 42nd, 44.11; Colin Logan, 77th, 46.08; Scott Brember, 118th, 47.50; Will Hensman,156th, 48.55; David Eckersley, 220th, 50.36; Ross McNaught, 242th, 51.15; Phil Williams, 243rd,51.19; Simon Barlow 352nd, 54.09; Iain Dunsmore 362nd, 54.23; Fraser Purves, 378th, 54.54; Robin Mussett, 390th, 55.21; Robert Hutchison 408th, 55.54; Jens Subke, 418th, 56.12; Hugh Kerr, 490th, 58.44; Kenny Hislop, 539th, 61.03; Alan Gall, 584th, 64.10; Cameron Campbell 605th, 66.31.

Mar 012016
Here are the updated results in Central’s Cross Country League after the races at Club Championships at Queen Victoria School. With one more match to go, and the lowest score from 4 races to count, its all still to play for. The final race will be in Kings Park on Saturday 19 March 2016.

Start Line – at QV School







Under 17 Boys
Jake Shaw 1 1 1

Under 15 Girls
Rosie Eckersley 1 1 1 1 4 4
Hannah Blance 2 3 3 3 11 4
Darcy Baxter 1 2 2 5 3
Cerys Gilbride 2 2 1
Millie Stokoe 4 4 1

Under 15 Boys
Ross Coombs 2 1 3 2
Sam Burton 1 1 1
David Cunningham 1 1 1
Angus Davis 1 1 1
Keir Howlieson 1 1 1
Ben McMillan 2 2 1
Tom Graham-Marr 3 3 1

Under 13 Girls
Amy Kirkpatrick 1 2 1 4 3
Naomi Howlieson 4 5 7 16 3
Kyra Gibb 1 1 2 2
Ciorstaidh Ainsworth 2 3 5 2
Jessica McGinn 1 1 1
Frances McGinn 2 2 1
Carrie Banks 2 2 1
Grace Tindall 3 3 1
Mary Kiwi 3 3 1
Jessica Turnbull 3 3 1
Katie Burr 4 4 1
Ceitidh Ainsworth 5 5 1
Amy Faunce-Smith 5 5 1

Under 13 Boys
Cameron Blance 1 2 1 3 7 4
Daniel Bruce 2 1 2 4 9 4
Jacob Organ 3 6 1 5 15 4
Angus Henderson 6 5 5 7 23 4
James Brown 7 9 4 8 28 4
Finlay Muir 3 2 1 6 3
Cameron Fraser 4 4 4 12 3
Toby Mooney 10 7 11 28 3
Sam Metcalfe 3 6 9 2
Cameron Dinwoodie 5 7 12 2
Finlay Brown 3 10 13 2
Thomas Wood 2 2 1
Calum Bowie 6 6 1
Thomas Woods 7 7 1
Aaron MacDonald 8 8 1
Andrew McLay 8 8 1
Joe Lazell 9 9 1
Archie Flett 9 9 1
Aaron Buchanan 11 11 1

Under 11 Boys
Euan Campbell 1 1 1 1 4 4
David Kirkpatrick 2 4 2 7 15 4
Finlay Marchant 3 7 5 17 32 4
Cameron Kerr 2 2 1 5 3
Connor Bell 3 3 6 12 3
Caomh Curtin 6 4 18 28 3
Kieran Mooney 11 8 20 39 3
Cameron Dowie 9 11 22 42 3
Innes Brown 3 10 13 2
Cameron Brown 4 10 14 2
Struan Craig 5 9 14 2
Archie Baxter 12 9 21 2
Ross McKenzie 6 19 25 2
Cameron MacMillan 2 2 1
Cameron Darnbrough 3 3 1
Jack Campbell 4 4 1
Lewis Gowan 5 5 1
Alasdair Banks 5 5 1
Benjamin Kennedy 6 6 1
Angus Cheyne 7 7 1
Ryan Mallon 7 7 1
Andrew Twigg 8 8 1
Ryan McGuire 8 8 1
Oisin Rice 10 10 1
Curtis Denison 11 11 1
Logan Gray 14 14 1
Gregor Sanders 21 21 1

Under 11 Girls
Ellie Ross 5 2 4 9 20 4
Elise Graham Marr 1 1 3 5 3
Katie Findlay 1 2 2 5 3
Anna MacKinnon 2 1 4 7 3
Rachael Dinwoodie 3 2 5 2
Summer MacLean 3 6 9 2
Ellie Watson 7 6 13 2
Cora Morgan 5 11 16 2
Rebecca Organ 6 11 17 2
Hana Littlejohn 6 15 21 2
Melissa Turnbull 1 1 1
Becky Organ 4 4 1
Ellen Montgomery 4 4 1
Isla Cunningham 5 5 1
Eva Quinteros 5 5 1
Heather Hale 7 7 1
Edie McBain 13 13 1
Leah Stenhouse 14 14 1

Under 9 Boys
Owen Eckersley 1 1 2 1 5 4
Killian Trenholm 2 1 2 4 9 4
Aaron Middleton 3 3 2 8 3
Joshua Kennedy 1 1 1
Fraser Banks 4 4 1

Under 9 Girls
Alana Kerr 1 1 1 3 3
Sophie Appelbe 1 1 2 4 3
Elizabeth Woods 2 2 1


Mar 012016

England Indoor Age Group Championships
Sheffield, 13th/ 14th February 2015

A trio of Central AC teenagers made the long trip to Sheffield to take part in the England age group championships at the weekend. The event is the UK championships in all but name as the best athletes from throughout Britain and Ireland gather for the strongest competition there is at this level.  Eng champs
KatieKatie Sharkey from Stirling was competing at this event for the first time ever in the under 15 girls 60m hurdles but was confident after being unbeaten in Scotland all season and going to 5th in the UK rankings after she won the Scottish schools in 9.21s. She eased through her heat in 9.36s then semi -final in 9.28s to qualify comfortably for the final in the 2nd automatic qualifying spot. She knew the final was going to be tough though but hung on for a highly respectable 6th place with 9.37s. There was an element of frustration for her though as her 9.21s run at the Scottish schools would have earned her the bronze medal but her 6th place is a highly respectable finish in her first ever run against the fastest athletes from throughout the UK.
Jessica Cleland was returning to this event for the first time since 2014 after a difficult period of injuries. 2 years ago the Dunblane teenager made an astonishing breakthrough as she became Central AC’s first UK sprint finalist in over 25 years finishing an unexpected 5th place in the under 15 60m.  JessicaWhile she had been out injured though the opposition had improved and she knew the under 17 age group would be far tougher. She ran a respectable 8.01s to progress through to the semi-finals, an achievement in itself against such a strong field, but was unable to progress on to the final which was ultimately won in an impressive 7.52s by Irelands Ciara Neville. Jessica did get a measure of satisfaction though as the only Scot to progress beyond the first round.
However Jessica found a second wind on the second day as she took part in the 60m hurdles. She smashed her personal best in the heats with a superb 9.02s to qualify 8th fastest for the semi-finals giving her a chance to make another unexpected run to the final at this level. However she was unable to reproduce the form in the semi-final and was just run out if the fastest loser spots for the final. Like Katie there was elements of pride and frustration, pride in her excellent 9.02s pb in the heat, frustration knowing this time would have placed 5th in the final had she qualified, which would have been an excellent result.
Anna Cameron from Balfron, was making the trip for the first time ever as one of the youngest athletes in the under 17 age group. She has set several personal bests this season at 200m and 300m and took on these events with an aim of learning for the future. In the 300m she set out strongly on the tight inside lane but when they broke from lanes found herself boxed in and with just one automatic spot and 2 fastest losers to progress was unable to get into a position to challenge for the final. Her 42.59s time is her 2nd fastest ever though and was the 12th quickest time of the day. A highly respectable run which would have seen her progress to semi-finals had they been required. She also ran her 2nd fastest ever 200m with 26.56s the following day and will learn much from the experience.
All 3 athletes can be proud of the way they stood up to the best athletes from throughout the UK and Ireland and will hopefully encourage more Central youngsters to make the trip South to compete at the highest level at the equivalent outdoor event in Bedford at the end of August.

Mar 012016

Scottish Indoor Combined Events Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 13th & 14th February 2016

Central AC athletes were on form at the Scottish indoor combined events championships at the Emirates Arena at the weekend as Lucy Davison picked up a superb gold while Lucy Smith and Matthew Chandler took bronze medals.
The under 15 girls event was a Scotland versus England battle with the Scottish challenge led by Central AC pair Lucy Davison and Lucy Smith against two visitors from the North of England. They started well in the opening High Jump event as Lucy Smith took 4th with 1.49m and Lucy Davison set a personal best 1.46m for 5th. Lucy Davison then had an excellent run in the 60m Hurdles setting another personal best 9.59s to move up to 3rd place overall while Lucy Smith ran 9.89s to maintain 4th place. Lucy Davison, Lucy Smith Lucy Davison then literally leapt into the lead in the long jump after setting a club record 4.98m to win overall and overtake the opposition in the overall standings. Lucy Smith maintained 4th with an equal pb 4.48m. The shot was always going to be Lucy Davison’s strong event after she smashed the club record earlier in the season with a 3rd Scottish all time 11.33m. She wasn’t quite able to match this distance on this occasion but she produced a superb 10.56m effort well ahead of the opposition putting her 130 points ahead. Central AC teammate Lucy Smith threw the 2nd furthest of the day with a personal best 8.74m to move up to joint 3rd place and into the medals.
Going into the final 800m event the overall positions were still wide open though as the two English athletes challenging were both accomplished 800m runners and could easily snatch the title away. The 800m provided a dramatic finish as Steph Driscoll of Kendall AC, who was joint 3rd with Lucy Smith, was first home in an excellent 2:20 minutes to guarantee a medal. Lucy Smith followed in with a personal best 2:32.48 minutes but looked to have missed out on the medals. However the drama took place behind her as the top 2 athletes battled it out. Lucy Davison knew she had to run the rae of her life and hung onto her opponent close enough to retain the lead smashing her personal best by over 6 seconds in the process to finish in 2:36.56 and take the gold medal. The drama was not finished there though as the officials judged the 2nd placed athlete had run out of her lane resulting in a disqualification. Whilst this was an unfortunate end for the athlete concerned it meant Lucy Smith was promoted into 3rd place and a bronze medal. Lucy Davison’s final score for gold was 3104 points which is not only a new club record but also places her 8th on the Scottish all time list for under 15 girls. Lucy Smith set a new personal best as well with 2875 points which earns her a gold standard on the club awards scheme.
Matthew Chandler was also on form in the under 17 mens Heptathlon. This was the first time he had taken on the 2 day indoor equivalent of the decathlon and he opened well with a personal best 7.84s in the 60m. He followed this up with 5.78m in the long jump for 6th place overall. Another pb 9.33m in shot then 1.75m high jump moved him up to 4th at the end of the first day.  Matt HJHe opened day 2 well with 8.97s at 60m hurdles then equalled his club record in the pole vault with 3.40m to pull up to 3rd and into the medals. Matt then finished with another personal best 3:00.49 minutes in the 1000m to safely finish in 3rd place and claim the bronze medal with an excellent score of 4045 points.
Central were well represented overall. Molly Cornes was on form in the under 13 girls pentathlon producing 1.24m at high jump, personal bests at 60m hurdles (12.05s), and shot (6.17m), a seasons best 3.69m in the long jump then another personal best 2:53.82 minutes in the 800m to finish just outside the medals in 4th place scoring a personal best 1673 points.
The under 13 boys pentathlon saw Harris Almass in action. He set a personal best score 979 points to finish a respectable 5th place. Daniel Bruce contested the under 15 boys pentathlon setting a personal best in the long jump (4.74m) as he scored a personal best 1234 points for 10th.
Well done to all of Central’s representatives.

Feb 222016
2016 Central AC Cross Country Championship, 20th February 2016
Under 11 Girls CAC Member Time Central Championship Medallists
Melissa Turnbull y 7.19 1
Katie Findlay y 7.28 2
Elise Graham-Marr y 7.48 3
Anna Mackinnon y 8.08
Eva Quinteros y 8.10
Ellie Watson y 8.15
Summer McLean y 8.15
Molli Robb n 8.16
Ellie Ross y 8.28
Alana Kerr n 8.37
Cora Morgan y 8.53
Rebecca Organ y 8.53
Edie McBain y 8.54
Leah Stenhouse y 9.04
Hannah Littlejohn y 9.32
Sophie Applebe n 11.25
Under 11 Boys time
Cameron Kerr n 6.42
Cameron MacMillan y 6.59 1
Cameron Darnbrough y 7.19 2
Luke Kennedy n 7.25
Logan Morrison n 7.33
Connor Bell y 7.38 3
David Kirkpatrick y 7.39
Ryan McGuire y 7.41
Struan Craig y 7.53
Innes Brown y 7.54
Owen Eckersley y 8.05
Curtis Denison y 8.05
Alex Read n 8.08
Logan Gray y 8.12
Matthew Cameron n 8.22
Aaron Middleton n 8.26
Finlay Marchant y 8.29
Caomh Curtin y 8.36
Ross McKenzie y 8.38
Kieran Mooney n 8.41
Gregor Sanders y 8.44
Cameron Davie y 9.03
Under 13 Girls time
Kyra Gibb y 10.52 1
Carrie Banks y 11.29 2
Jessica Turnbull y 11.38 3
Kerry Robertson n 12.28
Amy Faunce-Smith y 12.48
Abbie Robb n 13.07
Naomi Howlieson y 13.17
Under 13 Boys time
Finlay Muir y 10.44 1
Thomas Wood y 10.49 2
Cameron Blance y 11.00 3
Daniel Bruce y 11.04
Jacob Organ y 11.09
Sam Metcalfe y 11.20
Angus Henderson y 11.39
James Brown y 11.44
Archie Flett y 11.59
Finlay Brown y 12.03
Toby Mooney y 12.06
Aaron Buchanan y 12.06
Under 15 boys
Keir Howlieson y 12.19 1
Ben McMillan y 12.21 2
Tom Graham-Marr y 12.30 3
Under 15 Girls
Rosie Eckersley y 14.11 1
Cerys Gilbride y 15.24 2
Hannah Blance y 17.04 3
Mayumi Shinozuka n 19.06
Under 17 Ladies
Madeleine Woods y 14.40 1
Fiona Davies y 14.52 2
Eleanor Hanson y 15.07 3
Masters Ladies
Hazel Dean y 14.52 1
Alison Curry y 19.38 2
SeniorMasters Men
Alex Hendry y 20.50 1 senior
Scott Brember y 23.06 2 s
David Eckersley y 23.53 1 masters
Phil Williams y 24.32 2 m
Jens Subke y 25.27 3 m
Charles Graham-Marr y 25.29 m
David Downey n 25.35 m
Robin Musset y 26.04 m
Iain Dunsmore y 26.08 m
Hugh Kerr y 27.06 m
Gareth Marchant y 27.41 m
Alan Gall y 30.11 m
Mark Pullan n 30.25 m
Cameron Campbell y 30.32 m
Peter Cartwright y 31.34 m
Bob Hanson n 33.02 m



U13 Start Line!


Feb 102016

Results  that are  hand timed will be adjusted upwards by 0.2s before adding to the athlete database.  This is in line with IAAF policy and allows fair comparison between hand and electronic timing.

Forename Surname Gender Age Group 60m Long Jump Shot Put
Alasdair Banks M U11 9.8 2.87 5.69
Archie Baxter M U11 10.1 2.05 4.38
Connor Bell M U11 9.6 3.41 3.77
Cameron Brown M U11 11.8 2.44 3.7
Innes Brown M U11 dns DNS dns
Tom Campbell M U11 10.1 2.8 4.58
Caomh Curtin M U11 9.7 2.44 3.25
Cameron Darnbrough M U11 9.7 3.64 5.69
Logan Gray M U11 9.5 2.91 4.78
DAVID KIRKPATRICK M U11 10.3 2.85 3.62
Oisin Rice M U11 11.4 2.89 4.88
Gregor Saunders M U11 9.9 1.77 2.51
Andrew Twigg M U11 11.8 2.05 3.25
Harris Almass M U13 9.1 4.08 7.24
James Brown M U13 10.3 3.32 4.23
Sandy Buchanan M U13 9.2 4.08 6.39
Ross Cameron M U13 9.2 3.96 5.06
Euan Campbell M U13 9.3 3.94 5.06
Jack Campbell M U13 9 4.07 4.93
Euan Cullen M U13 9.7 2.46 4.14
Andrew Dallas M U13 9.7 3.43 4.91
Ethan Davidson M U13 10 3.24 4.15
Euan Donegan M U13 9.6 3.56 5.81
Cameron Dowie M U13 9.5 2.68 4.67
Rory Duffy M U13 dns dns dns
Thomas Duncan M U13 9.3 3.37 4.94
Adam Harvey M U13 9.9 2.75 6.75
Ben Isgrove M U13 9.3 4.09 6.94
Finlay Marchant M U13 10 2.94 2.81
Andrew McLay M U13 9.8 3.07 5.83
Sam Metcalfe M U13 9 3.84 4.29
Stanley Mottram M U13 9.4 3.1 4.76
Ronan O’Lenskie M U13 10.3 2.48 3.24
Luke Piper M U13 10 2.87 4.69
Nathan Robertson M U13 8.9 3.94 5.94
Adam Smith M U13 9.7 2.88 5.35
Cameron Blance M U15 8.4 4.39 4.87
Daniel Bruce M U15 8.9 3.84 4.65
David Cunningham M U15 8.7 dns dns
Cameron Dinwoodie M U15 8.9 3.85 5.43
Erik Escala M U15 dns dns dns
Daniel Ferguson M U15 8.6 4.33 7.25
Oliver Holden M U15 10.1 2.83 5.11
James Isgrove M U15 8.3 4.79 9.39
Conall Stephen M U15 9.4 3.28 5.69
Thomas woods M U15 9.7 3.66 5.69
Sameeha Almass W U11 10.7 2.21 3.74
Celie Duncan W U11 10.2 2.75 3.89
Anna Hewitt W U11 10.1 2.75 5.19
Hana Littlejohn W U11 10.1 2.03 2.9
Lois Burch W U13 9.3 3.06 3.87
Katie Burr W U13 9 3.91 6.45
Coirilidh Cook W U13 9.1 3.97 5.15
MOLLY CORNES W U13 9.3 3.68 5.74
Rebecca Cumming W U13 9.7 3.5 4.87
Dharma Damvelt W U13 10.8 2.54 4.09
Rachael Dinwoodie W U13 9.7 2.85 4.75
Mavia Duncan W U13 9.3 3.26 4.81
Amy Faunce Smith W U13 9.4 3.61 5.36
shannon glen W U13 10.8 2.48 3.77
Naomi Howlieson W U13 9.4 3.25 4.28
Amy Johnston W U13 9.4 2.97 4.37
AMY KIRKPATRICK W U13 8.5 4.16 5.98
Anna MacKinnon W U13 10.2 2.98 4.4
Ellen Montgomery W U13 10.4 2.86 4.44
Cora Morgan W U13 9.6 3.43 4.95
Eva Quinteros W U13 9.7 2.65 3.92
Ellie Ross W U13 10.6 2.57 3.54
Matilda Ross W U13 10.2 2.13 4.27
Charlotte Schmautz W U13 9.3 3.03 4.66
Anna Shields W U13 9.5 3.6 5.34
Bryony Smith W U13 9.1 2.66 3.46
Darcy Baxter W U15 9.4 3.63 5.51
Rowan Clarke W U15 9.6 2.96 4.76
Briagha Cook W U15 8.4 5.03 6.29
Carrie Davidson W U15 8.7 3.39 7.14
Maisie Duncan W U15 9.6 3.05 6.65
Beth Elliott W U15 9.5 2.85 5.66
Cerys Gilbride W U15 9.7 3.03 5.87
Shona Harrower W U15 8.7 3.59 7.55
Rebecca Hogg W U15 9.3 3.03 5.35
Ellee Mills W U15 8.8 3.44 5.99
Lucy More W U15 9.1 3.23 6.39
Isla O’Sullivan W U15 9 2.84 4.98
Katie Sharkey W U15 8.3 4.52 7.43
Lucy Smith W U15 9 4.47 8.7
Jenni Totten W U15 9.9 2.93 6.13

Feb 012016

Central AC Cross Country – Sunday 30 January 2016 – Fintry

It was good to see 27 of Central Athletic Club’s youngsters tackle a snowbound cross country course at Fintry Rugby Club on Saturday 30 January, with great application and endeavour throughout.

Rosie Eckersley Rosie fintrylooked determined to make her mark as she went to the head of the race from the start and came home in confident style to record 4min 49secs. Angus Davis was making his debut in the cross country series and looked as though he will be one to watch for the future as he recorded 4.52 just ahead of the first Under 13 Boy Jacob Organ (4.53) who led in the other Under13’s, Daniel Bruce (5.02), Finlay Brown (5.26) and James Brown (5.45). Euan Campbell continues to stand out and here he again led home the Under 11 Boys with 4.56 ahead of a strong run from David Kirkpatrick (5.24) with Innes Brown (5.41), Caomh Curtin (6.01), Finlay Marchant (6.13), Benjamin Kennedy (6.35) and Ryan Mallon (7.48) all showing great resolve and enthusiasm. Among the Under 9 Boys it was Joshua Kennedy (5.36) who caught the eye with a strong run and with Owen Eckersley recording 5.47. Aaron Middleton 6.02 and Killian Trenholm 6.37 it was apparent the youngsters could hold their own in any company.

Fintry Race Start

The Under 11 Girls were led in by highly competent runs from Anna MacKinnon (5.46) and Katie Finlay (5.50) while Mary Kiwi (6.07), Ellie Ross (6.13), Cora Morgan (6.27), Rebecca Organ (6.30) and Heather Hale (7.33) all showed great attitude to conquer the difficult conditions. Under 13’s Jessica and Frances McGinn had their own personal battle with Jessica just prevailing to finish with 5.53. Under 9, Sophie Appelbe has been a great supporter of this race series and again kept going right through to the finish

As always thanks were due to Derek Easton, David Eckersley and Raymond Milne plus a small army of helpers and parents who added to the atmosphere and made the event such a success.

Jan 192016

This week saw Andrew Butchart travel to the Antrim International Cross Country to represent Scotland in the senior men’s race. Butchart continued his strong start to 2016 finishing sixth (22min 34secs) in a stacked field of international cross country stars. The British international athlete worked hard around the undulating course to collect the full allocation of Cross Challenge points. Butchart commented afterwards: “I am really happy with that run and I worked hard against some of the best runners in the world. I consider my performances over the past eight days to be very good (He finished 7th in Edinburgh). “It is nice to come to Ireland and repeat my Edinburgh performance. I was very impressed with the support here.” Conor McCaughey also should his character here to finish 20th overall (24.28) in this same quality field.




The Final Match of the East District Cross Country League was held in testing and frozen conditions at Broxburn on 16th January, the course featuring the infamous Lungbuster Hill and a somewhat icy water splash. There was much to play for with Central Athletic Club’s Teams in contention for a number of League trophies.

The day commenced with the Under 11 races with both the girls and boys being spared the hill and water splash in their 1.4 kilometre test of frozen paths. Testament to Central’s youngsters that all conquered the difficult conditions to pass with flying colours. Melissa Turnbull led home the girls with another mature run in sixth place with 6min 31secs, followed by Anna McKinnon (18th; 7.01), Ellie Ross (31st; 7.20), Rebecca Organ (37th; 7.42), Dharma Davlett, (40th; 7.49), Heather Hale (45th; 8.11), and Hana Littlejohn (48th; 8.25). The boys also featured a strong turnout led home by Euan Campbell in a superb fourth place (5.49) and with back-up from Connor Bell (13th; 5.59), Cameron Darnbrough (29th; 6.31) and Finlay Marchant 55th; 7.30), bringing the boys home in a useful third 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 and the water splash. Kyra Gibb proved strongest on the day finishing fourth (11.06) and with back-up from Carrie Banks (eighth; 11.43), Jessica Turnbull (19th; 12.23) and Naomi Howlieson (46th; 13.43)the Team finished in a fine second overall and second over the Season. Cameron Blance (twelfth; 11.04), Finlay Muir (19th; 11.10), Thomas Woods (28th; 11.39), Sam Metcalfe (29th; 11.39), Jacob Organ (34th; 11.51), Angus Henderson (46th; 12.42), Caneron Fraser (48th; 12.58) and Toby Mooney (53rd; 14.12) ensuring the yellow and blue vests were again well to the fore.

The Under 15 Girls again ran with the Under 17 Ladies, tackling a 4.1 kilometre course and here it was no surprise to see Kate Gallagher repeat a three year winning streak in the event with a fine front running display covering the course in 15min 24secs. Rosie Eckersley (U15) finished eighth overall (16.42) to again underline her progress. Jodie Currie (20th; 17.30) finished just ahead of Fiona Davies (21st; 17.31) and were followed in by Under 15’s, Elizabeth Thompson (30th; 18.17) and Heather Scott (32nd; 18.28). Eleanor Hanson (34th; 18.37) and Under 15’s Cerys Gilbride (35th; 18.37) and Hannah Blance (53rd; 20.51) rounded off Central’s efforts as the Girls retained the Under 15/Under17 Quaich for winning team. There was more determined running in the Under 15 Boys race over the same 4.1 kilometre course with Keir Howlieson (fourth; 14.42) again showing his considerable promise and an improved run from Kyle Middleton (28th; 16.47). Under 17 Jamie Wastling did the Club proud in the Under 17 Mens race over 5.4 kilometres finishing 19th with 22.35.


The Senior Ladies race over a two lap 5.4 kilometre course showed solid performances from Hazel Dean (41st; 24.58) and Alison Curry (104th; 30.55) but with no real back-up the Womens League Trophy slipped from Central’s grip.

There was no concern over the Senior Men’s Team’s ability to make it four League wins in a row as the yellow and blue vests featured once again at the front of the field. This week it was Dale Colley’s opportunity to shine as he powered through to win with 27mim 4secs for the 8.1 kilometre course just ahead of Alex Hendry in second (27.06) and with back-up from Aiden Thompson (sixth and first U20; 27.46), Cameron Milne (seventh; 27.52), Michael Wright (13th; 28.17) and Jamie Crowe (14th; 28.19) the points were secured. Further support came from Colin Logan (34th; 30.01), then a group of Under 20 athletes Euan Brownlee (36th; 30.11), Jack Kerr (41st; 3032), and Iain Davies (48th; 30.57). Robert Russell was a welcome addition to Central’s team finishing 43rd (30.45) ahead of Will Hensman (68th; 31.47), Scott Bremner (99th; 33.28), Ross McNaughton (124th; 35.03), Simon Barlow (139th; 35.22), Ian Dunsmore (142nd; 35.27) and Robin Mussett (152nd) who crossed the line with Fraser Purves (153rd) with both timed at 35.46. The Central runners continued to filter in through Hugh Buchanan (158th; 35.57), Jan Subke (174th; 26.43); Charles Graham-Marr (187th; 37.21), Jan Thompson (235th; 40.20) and Cameron Campbell (265th; 44.05) in another record field for the race.

Thanks are again due to Team Managers Derek Easton, Mary Kerr and John Millar for their superb work throughout the Season.


Jan 192016

Central AC Press Report 9 January 2016

 Conditions for the Inter-District Cross Country event held at the International Cross Country in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh on Saturday 9 January were pretty ideal given the recent rains and Central Athletic Club athletes were to the fore throughout.

It was an early start for the Under 15 Boys and Girls 4km races with the mist just clearing from the course and Keir Howlieson acquitted himself well to finish fifth (14min 11sec) in a highly competitive race. The East of Scotland Team had to give way to the West in this race in spite of good runs from Ben MacMillan (13th; 14.40) and Tom Graham Marr (16th; 14.49). It was a similar story for the Under 15 Girls with the West taking the Inter District honours however Rosie Eckersley was pleased with her strong run for 13th overall in a 16.24 timing.
Next up was the Senior Women’s 6Km race where Fanni Gyurko, running for the winning Scottish Students Team came home in a very useful tenth place (23.44).

The Senior Mens race, over 8 kilometres, saw Alex Hendry vying at the front of the race in the early stages but finishing seventh overall with 26.42 and ruing some of his decision making which could have seen him on the podium. Scott Green started more cautiously but worked through to eighth (26.47) and again underlined his potential. Dale Colley also came through well in ninth (26.54) with another fine run while Aiden Thompson was first Under 20 runner and overall eleventh (27.00). Cameron Milne (16th; 27.19), Jamie Crowe (20th; 27.47) and Conan McCaughey (21st; 27.49) performed admirably, making progress from last year’s venture. Alex, Scott, Cameron and Conan were all counters for a second place East Team while Dale, Aiden and Jamie came home as counters for a third place Scottish Students Team with the West of Scotland taking the Inter District honours.
The 3 kilometre Under 13 Girls race saw four Central Girls representing the East of Scotland and having to contend with a muddy course following the earlier races. Kyra Gibb came through in fine style in 16th (12.37) ahead of determined efforts from Carrie Banks (21st; 12.51), Amy Kirkpatrick (29th; 13.13) and Ciorstaidh Ainsworth (34th; 13.29), with the East again taking second place to the West.

Kate Gallagher Kate Gallagher (86) shows typically combative spiritwas involved in another hard fought contest in the Under 17 Womens race over 4 kilometres. Here Kate was representing both Scotland in the Celtic Challenge and the East of Scotland in the Inter District Match and with GB, European and American athletes also in the mix this was a real high quality race. Similar to last year Kate ran most of the course shoulder to shoulder with Erin Wallace of Giffnock. In the final shake-up it looked as though Kate could win the Inter District honours but a final surge from Erin saw her take the title with both finishing in 15min 9secs. Further down the field Fiona Davies was also battling the mud and should be pleased with her 34th place in 18min 15secs   Kate’s effort ensured Scotland won the Celtic Challenge and she also led her East Team to victory.

Andrew ButchartAndrew Butchart making light of the top competition was competing for Great Britain in the last race of the day, the 8 kilometre International Race, with challenges from Mo Farah, other top British rivals and a list of the best athletes from Europe and the USA. Andrew was determined to eradicate the memory of an uncharacteristically poor run in the European Cross Country Trials in Liverpool and here was always up with the top athletes to finish seventh overall (25min 23secs) and fifth GB counter as GB took the Team victory. The Scottish Athletics webpage reported – Butchart was rightfully satisfied with his run, his seventh place remarkably the fifth counter for GB. The Central AC athlete missed out on GB selection for the Euro Cross after his trials run in Liverpool was affected by a virus the previous week and he felt he had a point to prove. “I wanted to show I was better than what happened in Liverpool – when I should not have run – and I’ve done that,” he said. “Mo is great to have in your team and he is so infectious with that smile around the hotel and everything. Callum (Hawkins) took the pace on a lot to today and that helped a few of us who were chasing. ” Next weekend will see Andrew competing in a Scottish Team in Antrim as he continues to prepare to defend his Scottish Cross Country Championship title.

The Great Winter Road Races also saw some quality performances from Central athletes the highlight being a 16.22 clocking by Michael Wright as he finished in a superb second place over the hilly 5 kilometre course.


PHOTOS – courtesy of Bobby Gavin


Dec 212015

The third race in the Central Athletic Club’s Cross-Country Series was held in the Laighills, Dunblane on the morning of 19 December on an unseasonably mild day giving great conditions for the young athletes.

Cameron Blance showing good form at the front

Cameron Blance was always to the fore with a fast paced run to win in 6min 1sec to take the Under 13 honours while Finlay Muir (6.15) continues to impress in this age group as he finished ahead of newcomer Sam Metcalfe (6.21) and further fine runs from Cameron Fraser (6.33), Angus Henderson (7.02), Calum Bowie (7.16), Toby Mooney (7.37), Andrew McLay (8.17) and Joe Lazell (9.19). Euan Campbell made another strong effort at the front of the Under 11 Boys to finish in 6.19 just ahead of a strong run from Cameron Kerr (6.20) who was followed in by Connor Bell (6.36), David Kirkpatrick (6.49), Alasdair Banks (7.17), Caomh Curtin (7.54), Angus Cheyne (7.59), Kieran Mooney (8.24), Archie Baxter (8.51), Oisin Rice (9.17) and Cameron Dowie (9.26). Ross Coombs (7.26) was top Under 15 Boy on the day and there were some outstanding runs from the Under 9 Boys through Owen Eckersley (7.32), Killian Trenholm (7.52), Aaron Middleton (8.19) and Fraser Banks (9.20).

Under 15 Rosie Eckersley (6.06) underlined her current superb form ahead of gritty runs from Darcy Baxter (7.27) and Hannah Blance (7.33). Amy Kirkpatrick (6.27) also produced a tasty performance to gain top points in the Under 13 Girls while Elise Graham-Marr (7.24) showed maturity well beyond her years to come in as top Under 11 Girl ahead of Ellie Ross (8.29) and Under 9 Alana Kerr (9.01) again showed great form against her older rivals.Laighills Race Start

Once again there was great organisation from Elinor Coombs, David Eckersley, Sean Scott, Derek Easton and Allan Gall plus a group of willing parent timekeepers and recorders.

The Annual Club Christmas Handicap was held on Thursday 18 December and saw Under 20 Lewis Sinclair winning the race followed in close order by Charles Graham-Marr and Robin Hutchison. Jodie Currie was the leading female on the night while Andrew Butchart had a magnificent run to break the course record.

Dec 182015

Schools Pentathlon International

Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 12th December 2015

Matt Chandler of Balfron High School came within a whisker of victory for Scotland at the schools pentathlon international at the Emirates Arena at the weekend. Scotland have not won this event since 1998 and Matt’s Junior Boys team came into the event as underdogs against strong opposition from favourites England and Ireland but Matt and his Scottish team looked like they were about to pull off a shock win as they led for much of the day only to be pipped by England at the finish.

Matt was one of 3 Central AC athletes, along with fellow Balfron athlete, Anna Cameron and Lucy Davison of Morrison’s Academy, all making their international debut for Scotland at the annual event that pits the top all round athletes from throughout the home nations schools against each other.

While Matt Chandler was competing at this event for the first time he was continuing a long family tradition following in the footsteps of his brother Tom who made a record 4 consecutive appearances for Scotland at this event from 2011 – 2014. Matt stepped up to the challenge and had the best possible start in the 60m hurdles smashing his pb by half a second to run 8.67s for 2nd place in his heat placing him 4th overall out of a field of 16 international athletes. He followed this with another personal best 5.93m in the long jump which not only lifted him into the medal positions in 3rd but helped move Scotland into an unexpected lead ahead of England and Ireland. He then had another huge 1.3s personal best in the 200m running 24.08s to maintain 3rd place. At this point the team event couldn’t be tighter with just 20 points separating the top 3 as Ireland won 3 of the 4 heats to edge in front and England edged 7 points ahead of Scotland. There was everything to play for as they went into the 4th shot putt event and a pb from Matt at 10.72m along with pbs from all of the Scottish team saw them pull 200 points clear of Ireland but England matched the Scots to remain a narrow 50 points in front. Matt was also after an individual medal and had slipped to 5th but was just 50 points behind 3rd place and the podium going into the 800 metres. With 50 points equalling under 4 seconds on the scoring tables a tense battle loomed in the 800m as the Scots knew they just needed to beat their English counterparts by 1 second each to secure a historic win.

Matt and his teammates gave their all in the 800m but with English athletes running the fastest 2 times and the Irish athlete in 4th place ahead of Matt running strongly he knew he had lost out in both the individual medal and the team gold. Matt crossed the line in 2:20.95 scoring a 400 point personal best 3044 points for 5th place overall. And while they had missed out on a famous win Matt’s team can still be proud of a superb 5th place against top class opposition and his team holding off Ireland and finishing well ahead of Wales to take team silvers overall. But Matt knew how close he came to individual bronze and how close the Scots came to history and will be back to try and again next year.

Anna Cameron and Lucy Davison were contesting the junior girls event in a team who were all representing Scotland for the first time. They started well in the long jump as Anna jumped 4.98m and Lucy 4.62m. They then both had personal bests in the 60m hurdles Anna running 9.65s to place her 10th and Lucy ran 9.91s. Anna set another personal best 1.45m in the high jump to maintain 10th and Lucy cleared 1.39m. In the shot it was Lucy’s turn to shine in her main event as she threw 10.74m as Anna set yet another personal best with 8.36m. These performances lifted Scotland ahead of Wales into 3rd place going into the final 800m event. While England and Ireland were battling it out for the victory Anna and Lucy had to ensure they stayed ahead of their Welsh counterparts to hold onto 3rd place. Both athletes did what was asked as Anna finished strongly to hold off the leading Welsh athlete for 2nd place in her heat with 2:27.91 behind her Scottish teammate Olivia Vareille and Lucy set a personal best 2:43.09 to beat 2 of the Welsh athletes and secure the team bronze for Scotland. Both athletes were rewarded with personal best scores. Anna scored 3041 points for a respectable 9th place overall against a top class field of 16 athletes. Lucy also scored a personal best 2806 points for 14th place overall. Both athletes will learn from the experience of competing at this high level and look to improve next year.

Overall the Central AC athletes did Scotland proud and will hope to add to their international appearances in the future.

Dec 182015
Christmas handicap 2016
No Name Category Handicap Position Time Actual Time Comments
36 Lewis Sinclair U20 5.45 First 21.42 15.57
39 Charles Graham-Marr V 6.00 Second 21.48 15.48
49 Robert Hutchison V 6.30 Third 21.50 15.20
40 Jens Subke V 6.00 4 22.01 16.01
59 Scott Brembner V 7.30 5 22.07 14.37 Fastest equal Vet
34 Jodie Currie U17F 5.30 6 22.25 16.55
45 Robin Mussett V 6.15 7 22.33 16.18
65 Phil Williams V 8.00 8 22.37 14.37 Fastest equal Vet
77 Euan Brownlee U20 9.00 9 22.39 13.39
66 Ben MacMillan U15 8.15 10 22.42 14.27
64 Jennifer Wetton F 8.00 11 22.43 14.43 Fastest lady
55 David MacKinley M 7.15 12 22.50 15.35
86 Michael Wright M 10.00 13 22.52 12.52
67 Kate Gallagher U17F 8.15 14 22.53 14.38 Fastest junior woman
60 David Lindsay M 7.45 15 22.56 15.11
83 Iain Davies U20 9.45 16 22.59 13.14 Fastest U20M
75 Keir Howlieson U15 8.45 17 23.01 14.16 Fastest U15B
27 Allan Gall V 4.00 18 23.02 19.02
42 Kenny Hislop M 6.15 19 23.11 16.56
26 Andy Davies V 4.00 20 23.14 19.14
89 Dale Colley M 11.00 21 23.16 12.16
74 Alan Hume M 8.45 22 23.17 14.32
90 Scott Green M 11.00 23 23.17 12.17
78 Lewis Millar M 9.15 24 23.22 14.07
24 Tony Cummings V 6.30 25 23.27 16.57
68 Tom Graham-Marr U15 8.30 26 23.31 15.01
88 Jamie Crowe M 10.45 27 23.35 12.50
93 Alex Hendry M 11.15 28 23.46 12.31
94 Andrew Butchart M 12.00 29 23.50 11.50 Fastest and new course record
51 Ben Parkinson U15 6.45 30 23.56 17.11
29 Amy Hendry F 4.45 31 24.08 19.23
72 Neil Ferrier M 8.30 32 24.26 15.56
31 Steven Hamilton V 5.15 33 26.00 21.45

Dec 152015

andrew%20butchart1With some five individual medals and five sets of team medals the trails of Deans Country Park in Livingston proved to be a great day out for Central Athletic Club athletes at the East District Cross Country Championships on Saturday 12th December.

The Under 13 Girls race started proceedings with Central’s girls showing close order throughout. When it came to count back it proved to be the closest team competition of the day with Central winning team bronze. Kyra Gibb led Central’s effort with a fine fifth place (12min 50secs) over the 3200metre course. Carrie Banks (twelfth; 13.17), Amy Kirkpatrick (14th; 13.22), Ciorstaidh Ainsworth (16th; 13.35), Jessica Turnbull (36th; 14.25) and Naomi Howlieson (60th; 16.07) proved the Club’s strength in depth in this age group. A team of four Central Under 13 Boys faced up to the same 3200metre challenge with Daniel Bruce leading the way to finish 18th overall (12min 47secs) followed in by further fine efforts from Thomas Woods (25th; 13.19), Cameron Dinwoodie (38th; 14.07) and James Brown (43rd; 14.25) as the team finished sixth overall.

The Under 15 Girls competed over a 3900metre course and here it was Rosie Eckersley who caught the eye with a fine effort in sixth place (15.43) followed by Heather Scott who stuck well to her task to finish 32nd (17.41). The Under 15 Boys also had some 3900metres to cover and here it was Keir Howlieson keir%20howlieson1who challenged throughout for first place but had to settle for a silver medal by the narrowest of margins, finishing in 13min 21secs. Tom Graham-Marr underlined his recent progress in fourth (13.36) and with further strong runs from Ben MacMillan (tenth; 13.57) and Sandy Holl (24th; 14.42) Central comfortably lifted the gold team medals.

The Under 17 Ladies race featured another fine performance from Kate Gallagher to win gold taking just 18min 23secs to cover the 5100metre course. With back up from Fiona Davies (tenth; 20.34), Jodie Currie (15th; 21.19), Madelaine Woods (18th; 22.02) and Eleanor Hanson 21st; 22.47) the Central team were awarded silver team medals.

The Under 20 Mens 8 kilometre race saw Central’s Aidan Thompson running strongly throughout to lift a well-deserved silver medal (27.00). With further excellent runs from Iain Davies (seventh; 28.19), Euan Brownlie (twelfth; 28.57) and Cameron Harris (15th; 29.18) the team were rewarded with team bronze medals.


Men’s start

womens%20race1Central ladies team produced a fourth team place in a high quality senior ladies race over 6400metres. Fanni Gyorko had a fine race, battling for an individual medal till the end when a disputed finishing line rush saw her given fourth place in a time of 24.00. Jennifer Wetton stuck in well to take 13th place in 24.44 with Catriona Buchanan (18th; 25.11), Natalie Milne (28th; 26.00), Patricia Milne (55th; 27.58) and Alison Curry (102nd; 36.02) rounding off Central’s effort.

The Senior Mens race over a three lap course of 9600metres saw Central’s largest turnout of the day with some 18 finishers and excellent running throughout. Andrew Butchart set out with intent from the start proving his undoubted class to win in 30min 37secs.   Alex Hendry was locked in a battle for silver with Lothian Running Club’s Max McNeill and it was only on the final lap that Alex established a slight lead to win his third silver medal at this event with a 31.19 effort. Ross Houston used all his experience to move through the field for fifth (31.36) ahead of Cameron Milne (ninth; 32.17), Scott Green (eleventh; 32.24) and Conan McCaughey (17th; 32.46) as Central lifted their eleventh set of team gold medals from the last twelve years. Colin Logan came through well in 36th (36.38) and with Will Hensman (70th; 36.32), Scott Bremner (88th; 37.12), David Eckersley (97th; 37.41), Ross McNaught (109th; 38.32), Hugh Buchanan (158th; 40.44), Simon Barlow (175th; 41.39), Robin Mussett (188th; 42.26), Kenny Hislop (211th; 44.07) and Jan Thompson (228th; 46.49) it was obvious the harrier tradition is still strong among Central’s runners. Perhaps the most intriguing contest of the day was being played out at the back of the field with Allan Gall and Cameron Campbell vying for position throughout. Allan made his move on the final lap to finish 243rd (48.10) one place and 10seconds ahead of Cameron.


Nov 302015

Central Athletic Club’s men have dominated the Cross Country scene in Scotland this year so a contingent of the Club’s 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’s Championships at stake.

The Club’s Championship race was a straight show down between Central AC, Morpeth Harriers and Swansea Harriers so hopes were high as Andrew Butchart contented the early laps with the front runners in the 9.8 kilometre Senior Mens race. Once again the Sefton Park mud made this a tough test and in the final shake out Andrew had to settle for thirteenth (30min 53secs). ‘I’ve been under the weather a wee bit over the past couple of weeks but I had to run and see if I could shake it off – it is disappointing to miss out,’ said Andrew.

As always in a highly competitive race any lapse of concentration means losing places so testament to Alastair Hay to come to home in 36th (31.25), Alex Hendry (41st; 31.46), Jamie Crowe (64th; 32.26), Dale Colley (66th; 32.29) and Scott Green (80th; 32.49) all fine runs in a field of around 550 finishers. Jamie and Dale finishing 20th and 22nd respectively in the Under 23 category. On final countback it was apparent that Central had finished in front of Swansea but Morpeth Harriers would take the British Club spot into Europe.

Michael Wright took the opportunity to support his team mates with a worthy run in finishing 111th (33.36) and Kenny Hislop also pushed himself through the mud in 414th (44.53).

Three of Central’s Under 29 runners picked up on that challenge and despite recent injury issues Aidan Thompson finished a respectable 30th in 21mins 58secs. Iain Davies finished 76th in 22.58 and Euan Brownlie was 105th with 24. 09.

Nov 242015

There was a superb turnout of Central Athletic Club runners at Alloa for the second match of the East of Scotland Cross Country League on Saturday 21st November. With soft underfoot conditions all age groups faced testing muddy courses with the tough climb to Gubber Hill featuring in all the races.

The day started with the Under 11 Girls race over 1600metres with Melissa Turnbull in fifth place (7min 34secs) leading home a winning Central Team. Anna MacKinnon also had a fine run in sixth (7.36) followed closely by Elise Graham-Marr (seventh; 7.39). There were further useful performances from Rachel Dinwoodie (17th; 8.04), Summer MacLean (20th; 8.07), Ellie Ross (24th; 8.10), Ellie Watson (50th; 8.47), Hana Littlejohn (56th; 8.59) and Rebecca Organ (60th; 9.22). The Under 11 Boys raced over the same course and here Euan Campbell led home the Central team in fourth (6.41) with David Kirkpatrick in 17th (7.10) and Cameron MacMillan (19th; 7.19) bringing Central’s team home in second overall. Cameron Darnbrough (25th; 7.30) led home a large contingent of determined Central runners through Arden Proctor (36th; 7.45), Logan Gray (48th; 8.03), Finlay Marchant (52nd; 8.14), Gregor Saunders (62nd; 8.32), Cameron Brown (69th; 8.52), Lewis Gowen (76th; 9.20) and Oisin Rice (78th; 9.32).

The Under 13’s had to contend with a 2700metre course and in the Girls race it was Ciorstaidh Ainsworth who led her team home in an excellent eighth place (12.43) ahead of strong runs from Carrie Banks (ninth; 12.51) and Grace Tindall (15th; 13.12) as the Girls Team finished fourth overall. There was great back-up from Amy Kirkpatrick (18th; 13.22), Jessica Turnbull (22nd; 13.37), Katie Burr (28th; 14.01) and Naomi Howlieson (48th; 15.16) as again all Central’s runners showed good form and commitment.

The Boys race saw similar commitment through Daniel Bruce in twelfth (12.09) followed home in quick succession by Jacob Organ (16th; 12.17), Cameron Blance (21st; 12.36) and Finlay Muir (23rd; 12.39). There were further strong runs from Thomas Woods (31st; 13.05), James Brown (39th; 13.23), Cameron Fraser (40th; 13.33), Cameron Dinwoodie (41st; 13.34) and Toby Mooney (56th; 15.09) as once again the Boys did the Club proud finishing as fourth team.

The Under 15 Girls and Under 17 Ladies ran together over a 3700 metre course and it was Central’s Kate Gallagher who showed fine form to finish second overall with 15.21. Kate Gallagher challenges at the frontRosie Eckersley was first of Central’s Under 15 Girls in twelfth overall (17.01) ahead of a committed run from Fiona Davies (19th; 17.48) while Jodie Currie showing improved form in 22nd (17.57). Madelaine Woods (29th; 18.20), Skye Henderson ((31st; 18.24), Cerys Gilbride (36th; 18.38), Heather Scott (38th; 18.50) and Eleanor Hanson (49th; 19.45) completed Central’s effort in this race as the Girls finished fourth team in this very competitive group. The Under 15 Boys contested the same 3700metre course and here Keir Howlieson featured in the front group throughout finishing in fourth (14.41) and with Tom Graham Marr (sixth; 14.50), Ben MacMillan (seventh; 14.55), Sandy Holl (14th; 15.29) and Kyle Middleton (35th; 16.55) Central’s runners placed first in this age group.Great endeavour from Ben MacMillan and Tom Graham-Marr

The Senior Women tackled two long laps of the course over some 8200metres and here it was Jennifer Wetton, making progress back to full fitness, who carried the Club’s hopes, coming home in a fine fourth place (25.21).

Alex Hendry repeated last year’s victory in the Senior Mens race of three laps and some 8200metres with a confident run of 30min 24secs. It was good to see Ross Houston testing himself again and finishing fifth overall (31.27) ahead of Iain Davies who finished first Under 20 on the day and twelfth overall in spite of a heavy fall. Conan McCaughy (21st; 33.32) shrugged of a bout of food poisoning to support the Central team and with Under 20 Euan Brownlie (27th; 34.15) and Colin Logan (28th; 34.22) Colin Logan a picture of concentrationpacking well the first Team place was assured. Lewis Millar (32nd; 34.50) provided the all-important back-up leading in top 100 finishers Ross McNaught (67th; 37.10), David Eckersley (76th; 37.47), Phil Williams (81st; 37.59), Will Hensman (85th; 38.10) and Scott Bremner (93rd; 38.28). The blue and yellow vests just kept filtering through with Donald Shaw (107th; 39.18), Hugh Buchanan (138th; 40.25), Ian Dunsmore (148th; 40.35), Jens Subke (154th’ 40.47), Fraser Purves (163rd; 41.05), Richard Coombs (173rd; 41.29), Simon Barlow (174th; 41.31), Robin Mussett (196th; 42.21), Charles Graham-Marr (208th; 43.01), Liam McCabe (242nd; 45.05), Jan Thompson (273rd; 48.01) and Allan Gall (274th; 48.03) in a record field of over 300 finishers.

Elsewhere Central’s Alastair Hay finished ninth in 30.06 in a high quality Leeds Abbey Dash 10K road race on 15 November. 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.

Nov 172015

The second race in the Central Athletic Club’s Cross-Country Series was held around the Stirling University Playing Fields on the morning of 14 November taking advantage of a gap between the almost incessant rain of recent days.xc Airthrey nov 15

Daniel Bruce (7min 34secs) produced a strong and determined run to reverse the leading positions from the first races with his Under 13 rival Cameron Blance also showing resolve to finish in 7.42. Once again there was a large turnout in this age group with Finlay Muir (8.02), Cameron Fraser (8.03), Angus Henderson (8.04) and Jacob Organ (8.07) vying for positions throughout. Thomas Woods and Cameron Dinwoodie battled to the line together in 8.13 ahead of James Brown (8.30) and Toby Mooney (9.34). Euan Campbell continued his strong early season form to again led home the Under 11 Boys with 7.44 ahead of Cameron Kerr (7.56), Connor Bell (8.47), Jack Campbell (9.10), Struan Craig (9.16), Ross McKenzie (9.22), Finlay Marchmant (9.32), Andrew Twigg (9.40), Cameron Dowie (10.05), Cameron Brown (10.07), Kieran Mooney (10.27) and debutante Archie Baxter (10.42). Sam Burton was top Under 15 (8.12) ahead of Ross Coombs (9.35) while Under 9 runner Killian Trenholm came through well in 9.21.Race to the line

The Under 13 Girls provided a close race with Kyra Gibb (7.43), Rosie Eckersley (7.45) and Amy Kirkpatrick (7.53) filling the top three places. Ciorsaidh Ainsworth completed the course in 8.11 ahead of Katie Burr (8.54) and Naomi Howlieson (9.11). The Under 15 age group was headed by Darcy Baxter (8.57) with Hannah Blance (9.15) and Millie Stokoe (9.21) also running well. Elise Graham Marr (9.03) was the top Under 11 Girl on the day ahead of promising runs from Rachel Dinwoodie (9.26), Summer MacLean (9.48), Ellen Montgomery (9.50), Ellie Ross (9.52), Hana Littlejohn (10.08), and Ellie Watson 10.15). It was great to see Under 9’s Alana Kerr (10.01) and Elizabeth Woods (10.26) competing well with the older girls.The leaders showing resolve
Once again there was great organisation from David Eckersley, Raymond Milne, Kenny Hislop, Mark Ainsworth and Joanne Brown plus a group of athlete and parent timekeepers and recorders.

Nov 162015

Airthrey Castle, 14 November 2016

Thank you very much to all the volunteer senior athletes, coaches and parents who helped at this event.  Fantastic dry and bright conditions for the race –  Well done all who took part.

Daniel Bruce            7.34    U13B

Cameron Blance          7.42    U13B

Kyra Gibb               7.43    U13G

Euan Campbell           7.44    U11B

Rosie Eckersley         7.45    U13G

Amy Kirkpatrick         7.53    U13G

Cameron Kerr            7.56    U11B

Finlay Muir             8.02    U13B

Cameron Fraser          8.03    U13B

Angus Henderson         8.04    U13B

Jacob Organ             8.07    U13B

Ciorstaidh Ainsworth    8.11    U13G

Sam Burton              8.12    U15B

Thomas Woods            8.13    U13B

Cameron Dinwoodie       8.13    U13B

James Brown             8.30    U13B

Connor Bell             8.47    U11B

Katie Burr              8.54    U13G

Darcy Baxter            8.57    U15G

Elise Graham Marr       9.03    U11G

Jack Campbell           9.10    U11B

Naomi Howlieson         9.11    U13G

Hannah Blance           9.15    U15G

Struan Craig            9.16    U11B

Millie Stokoe           9.21    U15G

Killian Trenholm        9.21    U9B

Ross McKenzie           9.22    U11B

Rachel Dinwoodie        9.26    U11G

Finlay Marchmant        9.32    U11B

Toby Mooney             9.34    U13B

Ross Coombs             9.35    U15B

Andrew Twigg           9.40    U11B

Summer MacLean          9.48    U11G

Ellen Montgomery        9.50    U11G

Ellie Ross              9.52    U11G

Alana Kerr             10.01    U9G

Cameron Dowie          10.05    U11B

Cameron Brown          10.07    U11B

Hana Littlejohn        10.08    U11G

Ellie Watson           10.15    U11G

Elizabeth Woods        10.26    U9G

Kieran Mooney          10.27    U11B

Archie Baxter          10.42    U11B

Nov 102015

Andrew Butchart and Alastsair Hay showing off their medalsThere were medals throughout the age groups for Central Athletic Club’s athletes at the Scottish National Short Course Cross Country Championships held at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow on Saturday capped off by a Central 1 – 2 for Andrew Butchart and Alistair Hay in the Senior Mens race.

Everyone who competed had to endure tough underfoot conditions with mud, large puddles and rain the order of the day. As normal the day started with the Under 15 races with Rosie Eckersley and Heather Scott leading the way for Central with improved performances over their two kilometre test. Rosie Finishing in a fine 14th placing in 6min 30secs and Heather in 30th (6.57).

The Under 15 Boys race saw fine efforts from Central’s youngsters through Keir Howlieson, Ben MacMillan and Sandy Holl. Keir continued his superb start to the season placing fourth with a 6min 21sec effort over the 2 kilometre course and with strong running from Ben (19th; 6.43) and Sandy (39th. 7.02) the Boys were able to celebrate Team Bronze medals.

The Under 17 Women had to contend with a 3 kilometres course and a fast pace from the gun. Kate Gallagher again caught the eye as she picked up Silver with a superb 11min 1sec effort and with strong running from Fiona Davies (twelfth; 12.15), Jodie Currie (24th; 12.45) and Eleanor Hanson (30th; 13.34) Central picked up another set of Bronze medals.

Central’s strong performances continued throughout a high quality 4 kilometre Senior Womens race. Again the race was attritional from the start so great testament to Central’s runners for staying on the pace. With fortunes fluctuating throughout it was Jennifer Wetton who led home Central’s effort in eleventh (14.41) ahead of Lyndsay Morrison (14th; 14.43),Lyndsay Morrison Fiona Thompson (17th; 14.52), Natalie Milne (51st; 16.10) and Tricia Milne (66th; 16.56). When places were calculated Central’s team finished fourth overall with Tricia winning a hard fought Over 50 Bronze.

There was no doubting the quality of Central’s Senior and Under 20 Men with their yellow and blue vests well to the fore throughout the 4 kilometre race. Andrew Butchart started with intent and led throughout to win with an excellent 12min 2secs clocking while Alastair Hay finished only a few strides behind following a strong final push to the line to take Silver with 12.04. The Gold Team medals were ensured through well-judged efforts from Dale Colley (seventh; 12.20) and Alex Hendry (eleventh, 12.31) while this time around it was Aidan Thompson (twelfth; 12.32) and Scott Green (17th; 12.42) who provided back-up with Aidan being rewarded with a Bronze Under 20 medal. Under 20, Iain Davies should be pleased with his 31st place 13.00 effort ahead of Ruaridh Millar 38th; 13.07). There were further top Under 20 performances from Cameron Harris (53rd; 13.27), Jack Kerr (58th; 13.32) and Euan Brownlie (93rd; 14.08). David Eckersley rolled back the years to finish 182nd in 15.21 and Kenny Hislop stuck well to the task in 291st and 17.28. Special mention should be made of John Miller’s efforts to ensure Central’s gazebo was available for the athletes throughout the event.


The next of this winter’s Club Cross Country Series is due on 14 November at Airthrey Castle, Stirling University with warm-up from 11am,all youngsterswelcome. The next East District League Cross Country Races are being held at Lornshill Academy, Alloa on Saturday 21 November with the first race starting at 11.45am. Central’s athletes just need to find the Central Athletic Club tent and they will receive a number from Team Manager Mary Kerr. Next Race is on 14 December 11am at the Laigh Hills in Dunblane – car parking at Dunblane Cathedral or on road side at Kilbryde Crescent etc – registration at play area at the entrance to the Laigh Hills from 10.30am

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The Gold, silver and bronze winners will be awarded at the club awards night on the 14th November.  The merit and blue standards will be distributed by the coaches

Note 6 under 11s have been upgraded to the top levels based on new grades being used from next season.  Very well done all!!

We look forward to seeing you all at the Awards Night on the 14th November – tickets available at registration!


Forename Surname Age Grp Grade Event Perf Grade No
Cameron Milne SenM Bronze 1500m 3:57.33 3
Scott Green SenM Silver 3000m Steeplechase 9:09.53 2
Alexander Hendry SenM Silver 5000m 14:28.56 2
Scott McDonald SenM Silver 5000m 14:41.19 2
Andrew Butchart SenM Gold 5000m 13:29.49 1
Dale Colley SenM Gold 1500m 3:48.84 1
Alastair Hay SenM Gold 5000m 14:12.74 1
Peter Muirhead SenM Gold Long Jump 7.15 1
Tom Watson SenM Gold 800m 1:51.88 1
Fanni Gyurko SenW Bronze 5000m 16:57.23 3
Morag MacLarty SenW Bronze 5000m 16:50.33 3
Lyndsay Morrison SenW Silver 3000m 9:55.19 2
Cameron Brown U11B Merit 200m 34.47 5
Cameron Darnbrough U11B Merit Shot 4.71 5
Logan Gray U11B Merit Shot 4.81 5
Theo Kidd U11B Merit Shot 4.67 5
Dugald MacKechnie U11B Merit Standing Long Jump 1.67 5
Cameron MacMillan U11B Merit 600m 2:08.80 5
Finlay Marchant U11B Merit 100m 16.30 5
Ross McKenzie U11B Merit 200m 34.00 5
Marcus Rowley U11B Merit 100m 16.70 5
Ethan Sorley U11B Merit Javelin 10.90 5
Rowan Stephen U11B Merit Shot 4.94 5
James Trainor U11B Merit 200m 34.30 5
Euan Wilbert U11B Merit 100m 16.80 5
Ollie Wilson U11B Merit 60m 9.86 5
Connor Bell U11B Blue 800m 2:47.60 4
Euan Cottle U11B Blue 200m 31.90 4
Archie Flett U11B Blue Javelin 14.12 4
Jackson McKnight U11B Blue 800m 2:48.00 4
Cameron Dowie U11B Bronze 100m 15.10 3
Euan Hylands U11B Bronze Javelin 16.71 3
Ardan Proctor U11B Bronze Standing Long Jump 1.91 3
Euan Campbell U11B Gold 800m 2:38.50 1
Nathan Robertson U11B Gold 100m 14.30 1
Nathan Robertson U11B Gold 200m 29.68 1
Nathan Robertson U11B Gold Long Jump 3.93 1
Sameeha Almass U11G Merit High Jump 1.00 5
Katherine Fowler U11G Merit 200m 34.40 5
Elise Graham-Marr U11G Merit Long Jump 2.95 5
Heather Hale U11G Merit Long Jump 3.17 5
Anna Hewitt U11G Merit 100m 16.60 5
Poppy Lamb U11G Merit 100m 16.80 5
Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock U11G Merit 200m 35.80 5
Ellen Montgomery U11G Merit Long Jump 3.10 5
Cora Morgan U11G Merit Long Jump 3.20 5
Matilda Ross U11G Merit Shot 4.24 5
Lily Simpson U11G Merit 600m 2:13.90 5
Rebecca Watson U11G Merit 800m 3:02.27 5
Lara Cameron U11G Blue 600m 2:09.39 4
Katie Findlay U11G Blue 800m 2:54.60 4
Phoebe-Rose Gornall U11G Blue Shot 4.55 4
Anna MacKinnon U11G Blue Shot 4.53 4
Ellie Ross U11G Blue Shot 4.53 4
Bryony Smith U11G Silver 100m 15.10 2
Scott Abel U13B Merit Long Jump 3.97 5
Cameron Dinwoodie U13B Merit 75m Hurdles 16.00 5
Scott Forbes U13B Merit Javelin 20.86 5
George Gornall U13B Merit 75m Hurdles 16.37 5
Alistair Hardie U13B Merit 800m 2:39.70 5
Ben Isgrove U13B Merit Javelin 18.67 5
Christiaan Lamb U13B Merit Shot 6.24 5
Jacob Organ U13B Merit 1500m 5:23.28 5
Charlie Robins U13B Merit Shot 6.19 5
Morgan Sansom U13B Merit 75m Hurdles 16.52 5
Harris Almass U13B Blue High Jump 1.30 4
Cameron Blance U13B Blue Long Jump 4.32 4
Daniel Bruce U13B Blue 75m Hurdles 14.85 4
Sandy Buchanan U13B Blue 1500m 5:11.70 4
Erik Escala U13B Blue Shot 7.58 4
Daniel Ferguson U13B Blue Javelin 21.66 4
Ben Salmon U13B Blue Javelin 23.02 4
Aidan Grevemberg U13B Bronze Shot 8.74 3
Jack Haughton U13B Bronze 200m 27.96 3
Dugald MacDonald U13B Bronze Long Jump 4.42 3
Carrie Banks U13G Merit 800m 2:44.60 5
Rebecca Cumming U13G Merit Long Jump 3.60 5
Maisie Duncan U13G Merit Shot 6.29 5
Mavia Duncan U13G Merit Hammer 10.63 5
Amy Faunce Smith U13G Merit 200m 31.70 5
Rebecca Hogg U13G Merit Javelin 11.69 5
Amy Johnston U13G Merit 200m 32.00 5
Lucy More U13G Merit 200m 30.90 5
Kate Nicolson U13G Merit Shot 5.96 5
Cosima Schwahn U13G Merit 200m 31.00 5
Lucy Steel U13G Merit Shot 5.83 5
Grace Tindall U13G Merit Long Jump 3.69 5
Katie Burr U13G Blue Long Jump 4.12 4
Molly Cornes U13G Blue High Jump 1.25 4
Emily Corrigan U13G Blue 70m Hurdles 13.05 4
Evie Hylands U13G Blue Shot 6.69 4
Rowan Latimer U13G Blue Shot 6.90 4
Orla Proctor U13G Blue High Jump 1.25 4
Ava Smith U13G Bronze High Jump 1.30 3
Amy Kirkpatrick U13G Silver 800m 2:31.06 2
Ciorstaidh Ainsworth U13G Gold 600m 1:44.57 1
Ciorstaidh Ainsworth U13G Gold 800m 2:26.20 1
Briagha Cook U13G Gold 70m Hurdles 11.51 1
Briagha Cook U13G Gold Long Jump 4.67 1
Kyra Gibb U13G Gold 1500m 5:05.39 1
Shona McLay U13G Gold 100m 13.40 1
Shona McLay U13G Gold 150m 20.40 1
Shona McLay U13G Gold 200m 27.60 1
Tom Graham-Marr U15B Merit 1500m 4:51.80 5
James Isgrove U15B Merit Javelin 28.78 5
Sandy Holl U15B Blue 1500m 4:46.21 4
Ben MacMillan U15B Blue 1500m 4:41.25 4
Ross McCorgray U15B Blue Long Jump 5.03 4
Matthew Meredith U15B Blue Pole Vault 2.70 4
Keir Howlieson U15B Bronze 800m 2:11.45 3
Matthew Chandler U15B Gold 80m Hurdles 11.98 1
Matthew Chandler U15B Gold High Jump 1.72 1
Matthew Chandler U15B Gold Long Jump 5.90 1
Matthew Chandler U15B Gold Pentathlon 2658 1
Rosie Eckersley U15G Merit 1500m 5:24.67 5
Shona Harrower U15G Merit Shot 7.62 5
Mirren Latimer U15G Merit Long Jump 4.18 5
Hannah Rose U15G Merit High Jump 1.35 5
Abby Rowley U15G Merit Pentathlon 1902 5
Elizabeth Thompson U15G Merit 800m 2:32.90 5
Skye Henderson U15G Blue 800m 2:28.11 4
Rachel Martin U15G Blue Shot 8.66 4
Laura McKenzie U15G Blue 200m 27.97 4
Heather Scott U15G Blue 1500m 5:07.34 4
Jenny Walls U15G Bronze 1500m 4:54.73 3
Abigail Davison U15G Silver 100m 12.87 2
Lucy Davison U15G Silver Shot 10.51 2
Rachael Methven U15G Silver Shot 10.01 2
Georgia Smith U15G Silver Pentathlon 2710 2
Lucy Smith U15G Silver Pentathlon 2663 2
Anna Cameron U15G Gold 100m 12.69 1
Anna Cameron U15G Gold Long Jump 5.06 1
Anna Cameron U15G Gold Pentathlon 2865 1
Emma Mailer U15G Gold 300m 41.99 1
Emma Mailer U15G Gold 75m Hurdles 11.88 1
Katie Sharkey U15G Gold 300m 42.48 1
Katie Sharkey U15G Gold 75m Hurdles 11.65 1
Sean Clark U17M Merit 60m 7.76 5
Fraser MacPherson U17M Merit 400m 54.90 5
Kieran Halliday U17M Blue Triple Jump 11.69 4
Jack Houghton U17M Blue 400m Hurdles 61.01 4 Kenny
Gordon McGregor U17M Blue Javelin 39.53 4
Jamie Price U17M Blue 400m 53.67 4
Andrew Sweeney U17M Blue 200m 23.51 4
Charles Dineen U17M Bronze Pentathlon 2864 3
John MacLennan U17M Gold 100m 11.10 1
Cameron McCorgray U17M Gold High Jump 1.92 1
Lucy Mason U17W Merit 100m 13.22 5
Fiona Davies U17W Blue 1500m Steeplechase 5:53.59 4
Esther Ross U17W Blue Triple Jump 9.77 4
Madeleine Woods U17W Blue 300m 43.47 4
Emily Watson U17W Bronze 200m 25.82 3
Jessica Cleland U17W Silver 60m 8.04 2
Catriona Laing U17W Silver 300m 41.72 2
Caitlin Edgar U17W Gold 60m Hurdles 8.87 1
Caitlin Edgar U17W Gold Long Jump 5.63 1
Caitlin Edgar U17W Gold Pentathlon 3611 1
Kate Gallagher U17W Gold 3000m 9:53.85 1
Bevhan Trevis U17W Gold Shot 12.29 1
Jamie Paterson U20M Bronze 400m 50.46 3
Aidan Thompson U20M Silver 2000m Steeplechase 6:14.11 2
Tom Chandler U20M Gold Long Jump 6.87 1
Lydia Simpson U20W Bronze 100m 12.50 3
Sarah Pearson U20W Silver 400m Hurdles 62.05 2
Kathryn Gillespie U20W Gold 1500m 4:16.62 1




Oct 272015

Central AC press Report 24 10 15

Alistair, Alex, Scott & Andrew

The Cross Country Relay Championships at Cumbernauld are one of the highlights of the athletics calendar in Scotland with Central as reigning double champions widely heralded as favourites for both men and ladies titles. The Central Men’s squad confirmed their top flight status winning their fourth title in succession but the ladies had to be happy with bronze medals.

Central’s Men have again dominated the early season races in the East of Scotland but at Cumbernauld they anticipated strong competition from rivals Shettleston Harriers and Inverclyde Athletic Club. Indeed as the race of over 100 teams unfolded it was Shettleston’s Tsegai Tewelde who led with the fastest leg of the day covering the 4000 metre course in 12min 7secs. Inverclyde’s Andrew Douglas was in close pursuit (12.24) with Central’s Scott Green coping well with the favourite’s tag with a 12.33 effort in fifth.


Jamie Crowe and Scott Green

Alex Hendry (12.36) picked up Central’s second leg challenge making inroads to Shettleston’s lead catching some 10seconds on Kamil Sierecai (12.46) as Central moved into second with Inverclyde now some 27seconds behind. The third leg saw an excellent effort from Alastair Hay (12.30) as he moved Central through to first passing Shettleston’s Michael Deason to hand over a 16second lead to Andrew Butchart on the final leg. Inverclyde were still intent on pushing for Silver and reduced the gap to Shettleston to just 20seconds by the end of the third leg. The final leg saw Andrew extend Central’s lead to 38seconds with the second fastest leg of the day (12.18) while Shettleston’s Tewoldeberhan Mengisteab (12.35) held off Inverclyde’s Craig Ruddy (12.23) just 10seconds behind by the finish.

Central ladies knew they would have a fight on their hands over the same 4000metre course as the men, and fought a determined battle to come away with bronze medals. Jennifer Wetton (14.39) took on first leg with mass start and brought the team to changeover in contention and 6th place. Fiona Thompson (14.37) took off to peg back the lead. fiona takes leadBy halfway, she was heading the race and trying to build a lead for the final leg. Lyndsay Morrison faced the unenviable task of holding off other top teams, with Edinburgh, Fife and VPGlasgow just 22, 27 and 42 seconds behind respectively. Edinburgh’s Scottish cross country champion Madeleine Murray made up the deficit by mid-leg as they went on to victory, but the battle with Glasgow’s Josephine Moultrie was a much closer run thing with the gap closed about 800 metres from the finish with the VPCity of Glasgow colours looking set for runners up place. Any prospect of a reversal of fortunes disappeared as Lyndsay ended up on the deck on the slippery descent to the finish, bringing the team home 12 seconds adrift and a lap time of 15.03. Patricia Milne(17.00) produced a good run as she had a solo run on the first leg with 28th place at the time.

Central’s mens ‘B’ team of Jamie Crowe (12.34), Conan Caughey (13.07), Dale Colley (13.01) and Cameron Milne (12.54) finished in a fine fifth place overall less than a minute from the medals while Central’s ‘C’ team showed the Club’s strength in depth with tenth place through Iain Davies (13.29), Aidan Thompson (13.04), Lewis Millar (13.50) and Michael Wright (13.18). There was great effort from incomplete teams through Will Hensman (14.37). Jack Kerr (14.12) and Cameron Harris (14.00) also Kenny Hislop (17.18), Scott Brember (15.48) and Ian Dunsmore (16.23). Central’s Over 50’s finished sixth in that competition through Robin Mussett (16.22), David Eckersley (15.23) and Robert Hutchison (16.39) and there was further strong efforts in this category through Billy Mitchell (18.58), Raymond Milne (19.05), Hugh Kerr (18.05), Allan Gall (19.08), John Millar (21.37) and Cameron Campbell (20.02). There was no less endeavour in the remaining incomplete Masters’ teams of Phil Williams (15.02), Bob Steel (15.37) and Donald Shaw (16.24) with the team in tenth after three legs.

Central’s Junior Boys teams each ran 2500metre legs with the ‘A’ team of Daniel Bruce (10.22), Keir Howlieson (9.12) and Jamie Wastling (10.12) finishing 27th overall with Keir running the fifth fastest Under 15 leg of the day. The ‘B’ team of Jacob Organ (10.52), Ben MacMillan (9.30) and Craig Palmer (10.03) all ran to form finishing in a useful 36th overall. Under 13’s Cameron Fraser (11.22) and Harris Almass (14.09) were the only runners in their incomplete teams but will have gained good experience here.


For the junior girls, Central’s ‘A’team came through to eighth place. Amy Kirkpatrick took on the under 13 leg one for the team (11.12), passing on to Rosie Eckersley (10.52) with Kate Gallagher taking on last under 17 leg, posting the second fastest time of the day (9.37). Central B team were 19th through Jessica Turnbull (11.13), Heather Scott (11.14) and Madeleine Woods (10.53). Katie Burr lead off the C team with 11.28, passing onto Skye Henderson (11.06) and a final lap by Jodie Currie (11.22) for 28th place. Darcy Baxter ( 12.44) , Elizabeth Thompson (11.18) and Lauryn Turnbull (10.41) 35th team. Fiona Davies (10:59) and Eleanor Hanson (11.46) ran as an incomplete team.

Oct 222015

Central AC continued its strong start to the cross country season as it dominated its home match of the East of Scotland League at Stirling University. Central provided four individual winners in the nine race categories but also top the leader board in four categories as well as standing firmly on top of the overall male and female championship standings.

The senior ladies race over the testing 6000 metres provided Morag MacLarty with the opportunity to confirm her fine form as she won the race in 21.31 leading in a Central team which firmly took the team win. Fiona Thompson started steadily but picked her way up to a fine third place in 21.55 with Lindsay Morrison sixth in 22.21. Jennifer Wetton has been working her way back into form after an injury-troubled summer and was happy with ninth in 23.02 as she came in as fourth team counter. Strong support was provided by Catriona Buchanan (30th; 25.13), Mandy Williams (47th; 26.51), Eve Kidd (84th; 30.37) and Alison Curry (104th; 33.06).

He Senior Mens race saw a dominant display from Andrew Butchart at the front of the race from the gun to win in 27min 30secs over the 9000 metre course leading the Club to another team victory by a wide margin. The remainder of the blue and yellow train came through in close order with Alastair Hay having a fine run for second with 27.50 followed by Alex Hendry (fifth; 28.20), Scott McDonald (sixth; 28.31), Dale Colley (seventh; 28.41), Scott Green (eighth; 28.44), Jamie Crowe (ninth; 28.47) and Michael Wright (eleventh; 28.53). Central’s Under 20’s also showed great dermination through Ruaridh Millar (20th; 30.04) and Aidan Thomson (23rd; 30.31). Lewis Millar proved he is finding form with 30th place in 31.08 while Under 20’s Cameron Harris (33rd; 31.30), Jack Kerr (37th; 31.54) and Euan Brownlie (44th; 32.15) should be pleased with their top 50 finishes. The Club’s Masters runners also shone as they lifted third team place in their category through Andy Turnbull (84th; 34.21), David Eckersley (100th; 35.01), Scott Bremner (101st; 55.02), Robin Mussett (141st, 36.52), Fraser Purves (150th; 37.07), Iain Dunsmore (162nd; 37.50), Robert Hutchison (176; 38.13) and Gareth Marchmont (200th; 39.11). Keny Hislop (213th; 39.57) and Allan Gall (249th; 43.57) rounded off Central’s effort in this event.

The Under 11s race had a single short but testing lap of 1550metres with Anna McKinnon being the first Central finisher in fifth place in 6.17 with the other Central team-mates packing closely as they gained a fourth team place overall through Summer McLean (eleventh; 6.27), Ellen Montgomery (33rd; 7.03), Ellie Ross (37th; 7.05), Heather Hale (42nd; 7.11), Rebecca Organ (44th; 7.14) and Ellie Watson (46th; 7.17).

In the boys race Euan Cambell transferred his fine track form to the country as he finished a close second with 5min 28secs and with David Kirkpatrick (16th; 6.02), Cameron MacMillan (31st: 6.20), Ross McKenzie (34th; 6.23), Logan Gray (39th; 6.30), Theo Kidd (40th; 6.30), Finlay Marchant (63rd; 7.02), Cameron Dowie (65th; 7.02) and Lewis Gowen (89th; 7.34) all competing well Central’s Boys Team finished third with all the runners picking up good experience.

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 2400metre test. Another strong team put in sterling performances in a large field of runners through Kyra Gibb (seventh; 11.09), Carrie Banks (eleventh; 11.25), Amy Kirkpatrick (15th; 11.34), Jessica Turnbull (19th; 11.42), Katie Burr (25th; 12.06), Penelope Kidd (44th; 12.50), Molly Cornes (47th; 13.05) and Naomi Howlieson (48th; 13.07). The Boys also showed strong character and here Daniel Bruce powered through in fifth (10.23) followed by Morgan Sansom (14th; 10.52), Jacob Organ (19th; 11.05), Finlay Muir (23rd; 11.14), Sam Metcalfe (26th; 11.23), Cameron Fraser (29th; 11.35), Niall Baxter (33rd: 11.55), Calum Bowie (41st; 12.12), Finlay Watt (42nd; 12.12) and Angus Henderson (48th; 12.44), the team finishing third overall.

The combined Under 15/Under 17 ladies race over 3100metres was a stand-out victory for Kate Gallagher (first in 10.32) but the overall team performance was the main talking point as they now easily head the team leaderboard for the league series. Fine racing from the large Central team through Madeleine Woods (sixth; 11.29), Fiona Davies (seventh; 11.30), Jodie Currie (tenth; 11.40), Rosie Eckersley (14th; 11.47 and sixth under 15), Heather Scott (18th; 11.58 and ninth under 15), Millie Stokoe (46th; 13.58) and Jennifer Totten (52nd; 14.26). The Under 15 Boys also proved their ability with a fine break through victory for Keir Howlieson (9.47) running a well-judged race. Ben MacMillan also proved his quality in third place (10.00) while Sandy Holl ensured the third counter spot for his team (18th; 10,41) as the team picked up top league points.

Oct 222015

Central Athletic Club’s Press Report – East District Cross Country Relays – Peebles – Sunday 11th October.
The 2015/16 Cross Country Season opened with the traditional East District Cross Country Relays in almost perfect conditions on a hilly course near Peebles. Central Athletic Club once again dominated the Men and Women’s senior events taking both sets of gold medals and proving the Club’s strength in depth with the senior Men’s B team winning silver medals.

The Junior Girls race was a challenging three legs of 2500metres led off by Under 13’s Katie Burr and Amy Kirkpatrick with both Girls showing great character on this testing course. Under 15’s Rosie Eckersley and Heather Scott picked up the challenge on the second leg with both showing marked improvement with their early season form. It was left to Under 17 Madelaine Woods to complete the Club’s effort showing her normal style and commitment in the tough early season challenge.

The Young Male race was held over the same 2,500 metres loop as the Young Females and here it was Under 13’s Daniel Bruce and Cameron Fraser who started Central’s challenge with both Boys sticking well to their task. Keir Howlieson and Comhnall Ferguson ran the Under 15 leg with Keir’s strong run bringing Central’s A team through to fourth at the end of his leg. Meanwhile Comhnall was making steady progress with a gutsy effort further down the course. It was left to Jamie Wastling to shoulder responsibility on the Under 17 leg as he brought the team home with a gritty run for sixth place overall.

The Women’s race, over three legs of 4000 metres, saw Central fielding just one team this year as they looked to defend a three year winning streak in the event. Fiona Thompson soon showed her quality as she pushed to the head of the field on the first leg and handed on to second leg runner Natalie Milne. By the end of the second leg it was Fife AC who had moved to the front but a determined run by Natalie ensured Central were still well in touch at the front. It was Morag MacLarty who picked up the final leg challenge for Central and it soon became apparent the winning team was to be a straight contest between Edinburgh AC’s Scottish Cross Country Champion Madeleine Murray and Morag.


Morag MacLarty and Madeleine Murray

The race fluctuated as Madelaine built a slight lead but then Morag started to make inroads as the race hit the less hilly part of the course. Inexorably Morag brought her track speed to bear as she moved to the front to ensure a Central and another notch on the trophy.


The Central’s Mens Team was looking for a tenth successive win in this event and here their Coach, Derek Easton, had picked two teams to try and ensure some interesting head to head challenges between Central’s A and B teams. At the end of the first leg it was B team runner Alex Hendry who ensured Central held the lead while the A team’s Scott Green ensured that his team were in close contention in this four leg challenge of 4,000 metres.


Alex Hendry takes lead

The second leg saw Aiden Thompson (B) and Dale Colley (A) pushing each other throughout as Dale moved through to give the A team a lead over Central’s B team with a quality outfit from Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds giving chase in third. Strong runs from Cameron Milne (A) and Jamie Crowe (B) ensured Central were in pole positions as the final leg runners set off. The A team’s lead by this stage was such that the anticipated contest between Andrew Butchart (A) and Alastair Hay (B) didn’t materialise but both runners ensured that the yellow and blue vests were one again to the fore lifting gold and silver medals with the Edinburgh students a minute back in third.

Central’s C team acquitted themselves well through Conan McCaughay, Jack Kerr, and Lewis Millar providing a launch pad for a storming final leg run by Michael Wright to see Central’s C team overhaul Corstorphine AAC for fifth place. The D team were always in contention finishing in a fine 17th placing through Iain Davies, Euan Brownlie, Kenny Hislop and David Lindsay. Central’s Masters team of David Eckersley, Ian Dunsmore, Scott Brember and Hugh Buchanan also acquitted themselves well finishing as sixth Masters team and 27th overall. Alan Gall was left to run a single leg on his own which featured one of the best finishes of the day. As the results came through a feature of Central’s dominance was posting ten of the fourteen fastest legs on the day.

Oct 052015

In one of the most exciting and closely fought races for years Central Athletic Club made a further step in their development as they finished with bronze medals in the Invitational English 6 Stage Road Relay Championships held in Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 3 October.

With over 70 teams toeing the line for a course of six 6 kilometre laps there was interest and drama throughout for both the athletes and spectators. Aidan Thompson started Central’s effort with an 18min 23secs clocking to see the team in a close up 32nd place at the first changeover. Alex Hendry would have enjoyed his second leg run as he pulled the team up by 17 places with a storming 17min 31sec leg. Jamie Crowe picked up the third leg challenge to keep the pressure on with an 18.25 clocking and Central in 16th overall. Scottish Steeplechase Champion, Scott Green was on fourth leg duty as he pulled the team up to twelfth with a fine 18.12 run.

Andrew Butchart has had another fine year and here he proved his class as he moved the Club up to fourth overall as recorded the fourth fastest leg of the day with 17.19. It was left to the experienced Alastair Hay to finish off Central’s efforts as the final leg’s drama unfolded. With all to play for and leading positions changing throughout Alastair came through in 17.48 to ensure bronze medals for Central in an overall time of 1hour 47min 38secs. Winners, Tonbridge AC were only 14secs ahead and second placed Derby AC just 9secs in front.

Congratulations are due to all six runners and to their coach and master tactician Derek Easton.


The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Half Marathon also saw Central’s Michael Wright in the Elite Mens race, showing fine form throughout to finish 15th in top class company in a tasty 69min 45secs.

Sep 162015

Forth Valley League- Presidents Select @ Meadowbank Stadium Saturday 3rd September 2015

There were plenty of medal performances plus numerous pbs and a special mention to Lucy Davison who broke a long standing league record at this match. However it is a whole team effort and all the Central athletes were chosen independently by the Forth Valley League to compete. This is a great accomplishment in its own right. Finally thank you to all the parents who came on the day as without you your kids couldn’t compete.

Under 11 Girls Shot Putt -Anna MacKinnon threw a new PB of 4 metres 51 and gained an excellent 3rd Place and a bronze medal.

Under 11 Girls 800 metres – A really good run by one of our youngest team members in Rebecca Watson saw her get a time of 3.02.27. This was very creditable considering the winner broke the Forth Valley League record for the second year in a row. Well done Rebecca.

Under 13 1500 metres – Kyra Gibb achieved a pb with a very solid run taking a third place and bronze medal in a time of 5.05.39

Under 13 Girls 70 metre hurdles – Katie Burr ran to a new pb of 13.07 coming in a creditable fifth place.

Under 13 Girls 200 metres – Shona McLay once again demonstrated her powerful running with a gold medal and a new pb of 28.28 seconds. Shona also collected a bronze medal in the 100 metres with a time of 14.06.

Under 13 Girls 200 metres – In the same race as Shona it was third place and a bronze medal for Amy Kirkpatrick in a time of 28.82. Amy has had a great season and this was another fine achievement.

Under 13 Girls High Jump – Katie Burr and Molly Cornes competed in this and both jumped 1 metre 20.

Under 13 Girls Shot Putt – Ava Smith with a throw of 6 metres 54 came in fifth place with another excellent performance and a great new pb.

Under 13 Girls 4×100 metres relay – Amy Kirkpatrick and Katie Burr were chosen for another run out in a combined team with other athletes and their efforts achieved a time of 58.77 seconds.

Under 13 Girls 800 metres had a Central trio of Ciorstaidh Ainsworth, Amy Kirkpatrick and Molly Cornes in this field of 7. Ciorstaidh has had injury concerns but she showed that she was back to her best with an excellent run winning the race and gold medal with a time of 2.27.37. Amy was only seconds behind with another great performance on 2.32.44 and third place. Molly Cornes completed the trio with a time of 3.02.94 and showed great commitment in her competition running.

Under 15s Lucy Davison had a record breaking day where she broke the league shot putt record with a throw of 10 metres 01 and collected a gold medal. The previous record was achieved way back in 2002 which was 9 metres 86. Lucy had a busy day as she also ran to first place in the 75 metre hurdles at 12.88 seconds. Her very successful day continued at the long jump with another first place and gold with a distance of 4.54. Well done Lucy a great achievement!

Under 15 Girls 100 metres – Anna Cameron with another gold medal performance in a time of 13.25 showed that even though the outdoor season is coming to a close there is plenty left in her tank.

Under 15 Girls 800 metres – Sian Scott-Angell was very positive in her running and as with all athletes competing was willing to give everything for the Central vest in a time of 2.54.26.

Under 15 Girls Javelin – There was another trio of Central athletes in this completion. Rachael Methven threw a distance of 17.78 to collect an excellent silver medal and second place. Sian Scott-Angell threw 12.57 and Mirren Latimer threw 9.92.

Under 15 Girls Shot Putt – Rachael Methven threw 8 metres 37 to collect a silver medal and second place in a well contested competition.

Under 15 Boys 1500 – Tom Graham-Marr was in excellent form and broke his pb by 4.66 seconds taking his run to 4.51.80 and a fourth place finish. In the same race Charles Kelly ran in a very creditable performance in a time of 5.50.80

Under 15 Boys 800 metres – Keir Howlieson saw gold when he won this race in another very good performance from a Central athlete in a time of 2.12.51

Under 15 Boys Javelin – Comhnall Ferguson threw 18 metres 39 in a well contested javelin competition.

Under 13 Boys Shot Putt and Javelin – Aidan Grevemberg continued his excellent form by collecting a pb and a gold medal place in both the shot putt at a distance of 8 metres 74 and in the javelin at a distance of 27 metres 33.

Under 13 Boys High Jump- Harris Almass collected a second place and silver medal plus a new pb with an excellent jump of 1 metre 30.

Under 13 Boys 1500 – Sandy Buchanan had his knee strapped for protection and ran to a time of 5.42.50. Sandy kept going and was a credit to himself in maintaining a solid running style.

Under 13 boys 75 metre hurdles – Daniel Bruce gained a bronze medal and a new pb in a time of 14.85. He also ran in the 800 metres with a time of 2.39.56. Daniel was also chosen in a combined 4 x 100 metres relay team with athletes from other clubs and after an excellent run by all 4 he collected a gold medal and first place.

Thank you again, I hope that I haven’t missed out anything but if you notice any errors please let me know and I will rectify it.

Colin Bruce

Sep 142015


Central Athletic Club’s City of Stirling 10K Road Race doubled up as the Scottish Championships and saw a fast competitive race throughout with Central’s runners well to the fore. The Children’s 2K Fun Run also proved to be rich pickings for the local Club with the yellow and blue vest in contention throughout.


Over 800 runners in the 10K enjoyed a flat course in near perfect running conditions, the course starting and finishing at The Peak, heading through Riverside, across the Forth into Cambuskenneth and towards the Wallace Monument before returning on a similar route. There was some strong running at the front of the race where Inverclyde’s Craig Ruddy prevailed in a speedy 30min 15secs followed in by Shettleston’s Tewolde Megnisteab (30.27) while Central’s Alastair Hay (30.48) had to settle for bronze on this occasion. Alex Hendry in eighth with 31.20 and Conan McCaughey in tenth (32.01) ensured Central once again took home the Team gold medals. Top team prize for Central’s Men was aided by Under 20 winner Cameron Harris in twelfth overall (32.08) while other local runners who caught the eye included a personal best by Michael Wright in 14th (32.150, and another top performance by Under 20 Jack Kerr with 35.12.


The Womens race also proved to be a high-class affair with Ireland’s Finnoula Ross coming home first with 34.56 while Hunter’s Bog Trotter Shona McIntosh lifted the Scottish Championship gold with 35.19 and Central’s Fanni Gyurko picked up silver with a fine 35.37 effort. Central’s top finishers of Fiona Thompson (fifth, 36.15) and Patricia Milne (41.52) ensured Central lifted silver team medals behind Edinburgh AC. UK School Games 3000metres champion Katie Gallagher won the Under 17/20 title with a fine debut run in 37.27 and fourteenth overall but was too young to count for the senior team medals.


The 2 kilometre race saw Central’s Keir Howlieson take victory in a classy 6min 45secs. Other local runners included Ben MacMillan in third (7.02), Sandy Holl, fifth (7.13) and Tom Graham-Marr sixth (7.17), all in the Under 15 age group. Daniel Bruce (7.41), Cameron Blance (7.57), James Isgrove (8.00) and Jacob Organ (8.02) were the top local performances in the Under 13 age group. Under 11’s Euan Campbell (8.07), Archie Flett (8.09) and David Kirkpatrick (8.35) will ensure the Club’s middle distance future stays in safe hands.   The Girls race saw Kyra Gibb speed through as second Under 13 (7.29) and second overall followed home by another classy run by Amy Kirkpatrick (7.52). In the Under 15 Girls it was Cerys Gilbride (8.09) who led the way with Ruby Simpson (8.32) and Elizabeth Thompson (8.55) also catching the eye. In the Under 11’s it was Elise Graham-Marr (8.33) and Anna MacKinnon (8.52) who led home the Club’s effort. It was great to see the youngsters speeding through to the finish with smiles the order of the day.


A big thank you is once again due to Cental’s team of volunteers who produced a high quality event supported by sponsors, Run-4-It the running shop in Bridge of Allan, Life Fit Physiotherapy from Grangemouth, University of Stirling, EEC Cooling, Highland Spring, Stirling Council, Active Stirling, Graham’s Family Dairy, the Peak, Tunnocks and Network Rail.




Sep 142015

A big thank you to everyone who came to the club championships in Perth on Saturday in such dreadful conditions.  Particularly for all the helpers who made the event run smoothly.  Results can be found here.

club champs results 2015

Congratulations to all our winners.  The top 3 in each age group will receive a medal and the winners a cup at the club awards ceremony & ceilidh in the Autumn.  Details for the club awards night will be posted when available.

Note that for the first time we have now added championship records this year for the best scores achieved since the current scoring system was introduced in 2010.  Some new records have been set this year.
Sep 012015

Central AC – Press Report – 30 August 2015

Central Athletic Club completed this year’s Mens Team Track and Field season at Meadowbank, Edinburgh on Sunday 30th August. The match saw Central finish fourth on the day but move to third overall in the League. There were however a number of Central’s youngsters on show which may augur well for the future.

The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw the welcome return of Michael Wright finishing in style to finish in sixth ‘A’ place (64.23secs) while David Lindsay again provided solid back-up as third ‘B’ (67.88secs). The league normally doesn’t allow Under 17’s to compete in hurdle evets but gave special dispensation to Jack Houghton to compete as a guest in his first venture over senior heights with Jack acquitting himself well to finish in 63.20secs. The 800metres saw Alastair Hay coming through for second (1min 54.00secs) in a close race against some quality opposition. Iain Davies ran a conservative early race but showed his significant and well-judged sprint finish to win the ‘B’ 800metres with 1min 59.53secs. In the 100metre series it was Under 17 John MacLennan who underlined his late season form with victory in a close finish with 11.10secs while Michael Currie produced a strong run in the ‘B’ race to finish second with 11.53secs, holding off some quality opposition.

The 3000metres Steeplechase saw Michael Wright and David Lindsay return to the track and here Michael came through well in third ‘A’ spot (9-42.44) while David captured second place ‘B’ points with 11-38.14. Dale Colley stepped up in the ‘A’ 400metres showing some useful form to clock 52.90secs in third while Under 17 Jamie Price looked strong throughout his ‘B’ 400 venture to finish fourth in 53.67secs. Alex Hendry and Aidan Thompson also had to contend with some quality opposition in the 1500metres, including Scottish Champion Myles Edwards. In the final shake out Alex produced a fine finish for third ‘A’ spot (4min 2.10secs) while Aidan came through for third ‘B’ place with 4-14.23. The 200mete series saw Mitch Graham storming through for third in the ‘A’ race (23.19secs) while Under 17 prospect Andrew Sweeney showed improved form for second ‘B’ placing (23.51secs) in the closest finish of the day. This is the one league meeting of the season to feature the track 10,000metres, an attritional race at any time. On this occasion it was Alex Hendry and Dale Colley who stepped up to run the 25 laps for Central taking respective second ‘A’ and ‘B’ points with Alex timed at 31-49.77 and Dale at 34-52.60.

Central were again somewhat depleted in the field events with Ron Todd taking much of the throws responsibilities with performances covering javelin (33.09metres); discus (28.72metres) and hammer (26.45metres) to capture a bundle of points while newcomer Owen Honeyman helped out with a 31.13 javelin best. Ron then showed his versatility in clearing 3.20metres in the pole vault for third place.

It was great to see Under 17 Scottish High Jump Champion Cameron McCorgray stepping out for competition against senior opposition. Cameron powered through his early heights to record a best of 1.90metres on his way to a second ‘A’ placing. Owen Honeyman again provided back-up with a best of 1.55metres for fourth ‘B’ points. It was yet another Under 17, Keiran Halliday, who picked up more useful points with 5.43metres for sixth ‘A’ in the long jump and 11.69metres for fourth ‘A’ in the triple jump. Older brother Liam came through well for sixth ‘B’ long jump points with a best of 5.15metres and fourth ‘B’ triple jump points with 11.03metres.

The 4 x 100metres relay featured Michael Currie, Mitch Graham, Sean Clark and John MacLennan with the team coming home in an excellent 44.49secs in fourth spot. The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Andrew Sweeney, Aidan Thompson, Alastair Hay and Dale Colley finished fifth with 3min 36.95secs.

There were further guest appearances during the day with the feature being a 100metre race including eight Central athletes. Winner here was Mitch Graham (11.70secs) followed in by Andrew Sweeney (11.77), Liam Halliday (11.81), Kieran Halliday (12.07), Sean Clark (12.20), Jack Houghton (11.20), Euan Lambert (12.32) and Jamie Price (12.33). Euan Lambert also ran a more than useful 200metres 24.98secs in a guest 200metre spot.

As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through John Dickson, Tom McMenemy and Xavier Cid.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 357; Victoria Park Glasgow 291; Edinburgh 285; Central 272; Shettleston 223; Falkirk 213; Kilbarchan 179 and Inverness 144. At the end of the season Aberdeen were champions with 31 league points followed by Victoria Park Glasgow 24, Central 20, Shettleston 19 (1025 match points), Kilbarchan 19 (962), Edinburgh 16, Falkirk 8 and Inverness 7 with Falkirk and Inverness relegated to Division 2 for next season.

Aug 312015

The Forth Valley team (made up of Central, Falkirk, Livingston and Dunfermline) made it a historic first match win at the last match of the Scottish Women’s Athletic League at Grangemouth on Sunday. Stats books show a single second place over the last 17 years or so since the league was re-formated to allow composite regional teams in a single Premier League with teams feeding in athletes from over 30 clubs.  Match points were     1) Forth Valley   434.50     2) Edinburgh AC    431  3) Aberdeen AC  415    4) Tayside & N,E Fife        403.5  5) Pitreavie AC      334        6) VP Glasgow    302    7) Team West        279        8) Lothian       278               .

Central athletes competing were Shona McLay, Amy Kirkpatrick, Coirstadh Ainsworth (u13); Abby and Lucy Davison, Anna Cameron, Emma Mailer, Skye Henderson, Heather Scott (u15), Jessica Cleland, Fiona Davies Sally McPherson, Catriona Laing (u17s) and in senior team Lucy Mason, Emily Watson, Emily Batchelor, Emma Boyle, Sarah Pearson, Lydia Simpson and Lyndsay Morrison (a couple of under 17s were sneaked in there to boost this team).  Across the board, high level of performance from Central and other Forth Valley           team-mates, but winning 3 out the 4 sprint relays, with a very close second in the senior relay  and a credible 4th in the 4 x 400m were the source of the final points difference over Edinburgh..

Aug 182015

Senior National Championships – and Junior National Relay Championships

Scottish Senior Althletics and relay champs at Aberdeen Under 13 & Under 15 girls Scottish Champs

Scottish Senior Althletics and relay champs at Aberdeen
Under 13 & Under 15 girls Scottish Champs

Central AC’s top athletes had a medal-winning weekend at the Scottish National Championships at Aberdeen’s Sports Village track. Three endurance athletes took gold medals and there was a crop of medals for the junior relay squads.

After exploits around the globe in a GB vest over the past few months, Andrew Butchart wore his Central AC vest to aim for an almost impossible double to win both 5000 and 1500 metre titles within an hour of each other. In a race packed with local talent, Andrew was brimming with confidence for the 5000m, and with six laps left to go broke the race apart with a series of laps that no-one in the rest of the field could live with to win comfortably in 14:28.37. Team-mate Alistair Hay showed a clean pair of heals to the rest of field as he made ground to win silver in 14:34.45. Central team-mates Cameron Milne (7th, with a new personal best time of 14:59.84) and Conan McCaughey (9th, 15:12.08) completed the strong central showing in this event.

Scottish Senior Althletics and relay champs at Aberdeen

Scottish Senior Althletics and relay champs at Aberdeen

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The 1500m final followed, and despite looking sprightly at the start, on the last lap Andrew did not have it in the tank to hold onto the break at the bell and despite a finishing straight push he had to give up the title to local favourite , Myles Edwards, and Andrew took silver with 3:55.02. Dale Colley had featured strongly in the closing lap and took 6th in 3:59.20.

Morag MacLarty took the ladies 5000m title comfortably easing away from the field and was pleased with a Scottish title after a season beset with injuries with a time of 16:50.30. team-mate Lyndsay Morrison had a tussle on her hands for lower medals as she made it another Central 1-2 to take the silver in 17:09.13.

Scott Green added to the Central haul, as he won the 3000 metre steeplechase, with a fine win in 9:09.53, a new Central AC club record. He took 13 seconds off his personal best to deliver a reward after a number of years struggling with injuries. Team mate Aidan Thompson was just out of medals in fourth place with 9:50.71.

Tom Watson took a fine bronze medal in 800m after a comfortable win in the heats, but had to face stiffer racing to get on the podium with a 1:51.96 timing. Peter Muirhead claimed a new personal best with his 7.25m jump as he took silver in the long jump and mitchell Graham recorded 24.36s in his heats of the 200m.

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Record medal haul for Central relay teams

With five teams through the heats into the junior relay finals it was a fast and furious medal winning 20 minutes of action at the end of the senior championships.

Central’s under 13 showed their class as they moved up another gear from their heat when they had finished behind main rivals Edinburgh. When the pressure of th final was on the team of Amy Kirkpatrick, Coirstadh Ainsworth, Briagha Cook and Shona McLay they improved their heat time as they fought all the way to this time edge out Edinburgh AC’s team, posting a new seasons best time of 53.89s, just outside the new Scottish record set by a different Central quartet in 2014.

Scottish Senior Althletics and relay champs at Aberdeen Under 13 girls on their way to victory in the Relay champs

Scottish Senior Althletics and relay champs at Aberdeen
Under 13 girls on their way to victory in the Relay champs

Central’s under 15 team headed into the event as overwhelming favourites, the core team having not been beaten in any relay for two season’s. The quartet of Anna Cameron, Abby Davison, Katie Sharkey and Emma Mailer continue to push their performances and posted a time of 50.46 to make it a second title for Central and further improvements on their performances in the heats and earlier league matches.

The under 17 ladies were a completely new team, but Jessica Clelland, Catriona Laing, Lucy Mason and Emily Watson, almost got on the top step of the podium as they finished in second just behind local team Aberdeen. The Central girls posting of 49.53s was just outside a club record set in 1982 and according to the club statistician it was the fastest under 17 time set since then.

The under 17 men’s team were confident in being able to be competitive, and pulled out all the stops as they too finished second with a time of 44.96s, this time behind Giffnock North. The team of Jack Houghton, Andrew Sweeney, Keiran Halliday and John McLennan got to within a stride of gold and well clear of the other teams.

The under 13 boys team were also close ot the podium as they finished fifth in their final, with a team of Harris Almass, Cameron Blance, Daniel Bruce and Jack Haughton turning in a time of 57.45s.

Aug 172015

England Combined Events Championships

Bedford 8/9 August 2015

Matt%20England%20MedalMatt Chandler from Balfron was celebrating his first ever medal at a UK level event after winning a superb bronze at the England Combined Events championships at Bedford. Competing in the under 15 boys Octathlon, Matt took on the best athletes from throughout the UK in 8 different events over 2 days.

He opened well with 12.61s in the 100m into a headwind to go into 3rd place. He then had an excellent High Jump clearing 1.71m to win the event and move up to 2nd. Personal bests at Javelin (31.06m) and 400m (61.01s) meant he held onto 2nd place at the end of the first day making it a Scottish 1-2 with Joel McFarlane of Arbroath holding the lead.

Another good performance in the 80m Hurdles (12.09s) maintained 2nd place. Matt then set another pb in the discus (24.04m) but slipped to 3rd place. He then set a personal best 2.90m at Pole Vault to keep him in clear 3rd place going into the final 1000m event. Matt built a clear lead over the 2nd placed athlete but didn’t win by the required margin. However he safely held onto 3rd place meaning he had won the bronze medal overall. This made it a family double as Matt’s brother Tom Chandler won the bronze medal in the England under 20 Decathlon championships at the same venue in May.

Matt was not the only Central athlete competing as his Balfron schoolmate Matthew Meredith had made the long trip to Bedford as well. Matthew set personal bests at 100m (12.92s), 80m Hurdles (13.88s) and javelin (20.37m) on his way to a respectable 7th place finish.

Aug 152015

Press report – Youth Development League, Scottish final

Central AC’s young athletes took many plaudits at the season finale of the Scottish Youth Development League at Grangemouth Stadium. Overall the team finished fifth, and there were fine individual performances finished off by a set of relay win.

With medals awarded for first three places in the A events and first place in the B event, it was a day for individual achievement as well as team performance. Overall fifth place in the competition was a disappointment to the current aspirations of the club for the top step of Scottish athletics, with the team result blighted by unavailability and late call-offs which severely limiting the team’s overall points tallies.

Nothing though could take away the commitment of the performing athletes, though the boys teams in particular found it hard to get amongst the podium spots. Jack Haughton took second in u13 200m in 27.96 to follow on his earlier fourth place in the 100m and Aiden Grevenburg also got second spot in the under 13 shot put with 8.10m.

The strength across the events for Central’s girls still showed. Anna Cameron won both the 100m in 12.88s and the long jump with 5.02m both fractionally outside personal best territory. There were hurdles win for Katie Sharkey in 12.20s in the A race , with Emma Mailer winning the B race in 12.09s, a new best time that pushed her up the Scottish rankings to number four. Emma truly came into her own with the 300m where she already top the Scottish lists, winning in 43.11s. Skye Henderson took a step forward in showing racing skill as she took third place in the 800m in 2:30.27 with a great last lap.

In the throws, Lucy Davison won the shot with 10.05m with Rachael Methven winning the B event with 8.59m. Rachael then took second in discus with a fine throw of 23.56m.

The Central under 13 girls are starting to show similar levels of confidence to their older counterparts. Shona McLay second in both the 150m with 20.86m and 75m in 10.56. Ciorstadh Ainsworth was just pipped for top spot in the 800m with her 2:32.82 and Kyra Gibb second in 1200m with 4.03.85. Briagha Cook came second in hurdles with 12.21s and won the long jump with a new personal best of 4.67m

There were top level performances in the relays. The under 13 girls team set a new season’s best as they beat a strong Edinburgh squad with 54.58s. The under 15 girls quartet again dominated with the same team winning a remarkable double with winning the 4 x 100m relay and twenty minutes later taking the 4x300m. The sprint relay was won in a new season’s best of 51.56s remaining firmly on top of Scottish rankings with the 4 x 300m giving a time of 2:53.75, just two hundredths outside their early top time which stands at the UK’s second best time of the season.

Overall points were Edinburgh AC 784; Giffnock North 598.5; Inverness Harriers AAC 528.5 ; Pitreavie AAC 486.5   ; Central AC 466.5; Ayr Seaforth AAC 459 ; Team North Lanarkshire 455; Aberdeen AAC 428.

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Passing on the winning tradition; Central’s under 15 girls who won two relays in succession with Abby Davison,Katie Sharkey, Emma Mailer, and Anna Cameron with under 13girls; Ciorstadh Ainworth, Shona McLay, Amy Kirkpatrick and Briagha Cook following suit.


Relay action: Katie Sharkey takes the baton and the lead from team mate Emma Mailer after the first leg of the 4 x 300m relay.

Aug 082015

A new athlete database is available. This contains all the club rankings by age group and details of the club awards scheme and who has won what award.

Gold standard winners so far: Ciorstaidh Ainsworth, Shona McLay, Anna Cameron, Emma Mailer, Katie Sharkey, Matt Chandler, Caitlin Edgar, Kate Gallagher, Bevhan Trevis, John MacLennan, Cameron MacCorgray.

Silver standards: Briagha Cook, Kyra Gibb, Abby Davison, Lucy Davison, Rachel Methven, Georgia Smith, Lucy Smith, Jessica Cleland, Catriona Laing.

Bronze standards: Amy Kirkpatrick, Aidan Grevemberg, Dugald MacDonald, Jenny Walls, Keir Howlieson, Charlie Dineen.

And many blue & merit standards. Athletes have until the end of the summer season to improve their grade. Award winners in the under 11 to under 17 age groups will receive a certificate at the club awards night in the Autumn.

Please note we are currently introducing an additional database system which members may have received emails from recently. Please be aware this system is still being tested and is currently not using the same standards as our own. We are working to bring the two database systems in line but in the meantime please check our own database on the website to see what the grades are and what standard you have actually achieved.


Aug 032015

Central AC Press Report

The main focus of the weekend’s athletics action was on the Celtic Games International at Grangemouth where Scotland’s Under 16 and Under 18 athletes were competing against teams from Wales and Athletics Ireland with a Scotland Futures team adding to the interest. It was a day of close competition so it was great to see five of Central’s youngsters vying with their talented counterparts. High Jumper Cameron McCorgray was the first of Central’s athletes to climb to the top of the podium with a best clearance of 1.90metres. Sarah Pearson was next to take a win with a 62.73secs timing in the 400metres hurdles with her Welsh rival pushing her all the way to the line. Sarah rounded off a busy day with a third leg run in the Under 18 4x400metres just missing out on gold to the Irish team. Bevhan Trevis shouldered her shot put and discus responsibilities well with throws of 12.18metres and 34.10metres respectively both efforts close to her personal bests and close to her rivals but having to settle for bronze medals in both events. John MacLennan competed in the Under 16 competition and was another athlete close to his personal best with 11.30secs for silver in the 100metres. John went on to anchor a mixed Scottish Under 16 boys and girls team to victory in the 4x100metres. Katie Sharkey was the youngest Scottish athlete on show, pulling on a Scotland’s Future vest in the Under 16’s 80metres hurdles, her first outing in this event. Katie did herself proud with a fine run in a time of 12.52secs. At the end of the day Scotland won the overall match with 170points ahead of Ireland (156) and Wales (147).


Saturday also saw excellent performances in the Rasschaert Memorial event in Ninove, Belgium including a further move forward by Andrew Butchart as he progressed to fifth on the Scottish all-time list for 5000metres with a superb run of 13min 29.49secs. Alastair Hay had another strong run to clock 14-21.34 while Dale Colley again proved his talent with 3-49.76 in his 1500metre race.

Jul 312015

Results of the Time Trials held at Stirling University Track.  Thank you to all our volunteers.  This event is only a success because of your support.  A special thank you this month to Louise Anderson for her triple jump expertise.

Time Trial Results 30 July 2015 for publication

Please feedback any queries directly to John McDonald.

Please remember the August Time Trial will be held at Lornshill Academy track on Thursday 27 August.

Jul 282015

Central AC Press Report

There were a number of personal bests for Central Athletic Club’s athletes at the British Milers Club’s Regional event at Hutcheson’s Grammar School track on Friday 24th July. Fanni Gyurko was first in line as she won Gold in the East District 5000metres clocking an impressive 16min 57.23secs on the way. The 1500metre series saw Alastair Hay win the ‘A’ race in a season’s best of 3min 49.71secs. Jamie Crowe reduced his personal best to 3-54.44 in the same race with Tom Watson also achieving a new best of 3-56.31. Iain Davies was close to his best as he clocked 4min 10.28secs and Conain McCaughy was another to lead home his race with yet another new best (4-08.13) while Kenny Hislop completed his race in 5-33.59..

European Under 20 finalist Kathryn Gillespie came up with a PB at 4-16.62 only five days after her fifth place in the 1500m in Sweden. For Gillespie, the mixed race format and paced opportunity were perfect for a PB after a lot of focus on championship racing for the Europeans. It may be a while before she races again in Scotland with an impending education move to Harvard. ‘I am headed to the States quite soon to study at Harvard and while it is mainly an academic move I am sure it is going to work well for my athletics,’ said the 18-year-old, who is with the scottishathletics National Academy. ‘The facilities, level of competition and the coaching and training groups in Boston mean it is a great opportunity. I will see how the schedule works out – I am not contracted to a team – and coming back for something like the Euro Cross trials in Liverpool would be ideal. I was very close to making the Under 20 team last December but making it on the track was a good feeling. ‘I like the Miler Meet format and I am delighted with a PB by around two seconds. I like racing against the boys and it is always a well-run event by the GAA. ‘It has been quite a week with the European final last Sunday but I always wanted to run this meeting, as well. Fifth in Eskilstuna pleased me and I felt I handled everything well about representing GB. It was something I’d aimed at for quite a while and you have to have a plan.’

Jul 212015

Central AC Press Report – our press report this week has been overshadowed by the tragic death of Anthony Quinn, a promising young endurance runner, who lost his life at the weekend in a tragic accident.


Central Athletic Club’s Kathryn Gillespie pulled on a British vest to run to a superb fifth place in the 1500metres at the Under 20 European Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden at the weekend. In a race won by fellow Brit, Bobby Clay, Kathryn was never out of place at this level to finish in 4min 25.64secs.

Some seven Central athletes pulled on Scottish Schools vests to compete in Saturday’s Under 17 Schools International at Grangemouth against teams from England, Ireland and Wales. Kate Gallagher once again underlined her potential with a bronze medal in the 3000metres, running 10min 11.85secs. Bevhan Trevis also caught the eye with a new shot put personal best of 12.29metres for fourth overall. Bevhan also competed well in the discus with a best throw of 33.70metres. Cameron McCorgray was another to be lifted by the occasion as he leapt to a new personal best of 1.92metres for fifth. Charlie Dineen was called into the team at short notice and ran 14.77secs for 100metre hurdles, a time just outside his personal best. Jack Houghton showed good form in the 400metre hurdles to finish in 63.03secs while John MacLennan’s swift 11.20seconds reduced his personal best in a guest race before going on the compete in the 4 x 100metres relay.


Jul 102015

Central Athletic Club continued this year’s Mens Team Track and Field campaign with the third match in Kilmarnock on Sunday 5th July. The match saw Central finish in third on the day but slip to fifth overall in the League. Once again there were a string of superb performances from the athletes including a number of personal bests.

The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw Alex Hendry finish in sixth ‘A’ place (71.15secs) and David Lindsay fourth ‘B’ (69.41secs). The 800metres saw Dale Colley running determinately for third place in the ‘A’ race (1-57.04) with Aidan Thompson also showing good pace to finish fourth in the ‘B’ event (2.01.08). In the 100metre series it was Johnathan McGuire who shouldered responsibility to finish fourth with 11.36secs while Under 17 Andrew Sweeney, making his debut at this level, finished fourth in the ‘B’ race with 11.86secs.

The 3000metres Steeplechase was run in the midst of a severe rainstorm and here Scott Green looked somewhat back to his best finishing in third ‘A’ spot (9-32.49) while Alex Hendry ensured maximum ‘B’ points with 9-54.80. Jamie Paterson underlined his continuing progress with a personal best of 50.46secs for third ‘A’ spot in the 400metres while Dale Colley also reduced his personal best to 52.45secs taking the second ‘B’ slot. Jamie Crowe was another who ran to a new personal best in the 1500metres (3-57.02), just missing out on the overall win and Aidan Thompson ensured top ‘B’ points with a fine 4-06.13 effort. The 200mete series saw Johnathan McGuire running strongly again to finish fifth in the ‘A’ race (23.94secs) while Andrew Sweeney showed good speed endurance for fourth ‘B’ (24.64secs). The 5000metres proved an intriguing race with Scott McDonald running a well-controlled race for victory in 14-41.19 while Conan McCaughey picked up third ‘B’ points in 15-23.28.

Central were again somewhat depleted in the field events but here Ron Todd stepped-up for throwing duties covering javelin (32.06metres); shot put (8.86metres); discus (28.65metres) and hammer (26.57metres) while newcomer Lewis Livingston helped out with a 32.04 javelin best and Jamie Paterson with an 8.17metre shot put.

Ron Todd then cleared 3.30metres in a rain affected pole vault for third ‘A’ with Cameron Wilson taking maximum ‘B’ points with 2.70metres. Cameron then went on to claim a new personal best of 1.75metes in the high jump while Lewis Livingston had a best of 10.83metres in the triple jump. Peter Muirhead proved his worth with a 6.96metre long jump for third ‘A’ points and Lewis Livingston had a best of 4.76metres in the ‘B’ competition.

The 4 x 100metres relay featured Peter Muirhead, Johnathan McGuire, Jamie Paterson and Andrew Sweeney with the team coming home in an excellent third (44.61secs). The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Jamie Paterson, Aidan Thompson, Jamie Crowe and Dale Colley finished fifth with 3min 34.73secs.

As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through John Dickson and Tom McMenemy.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 344; Shettleston 336; Central 259; Kilbarchan 256; Edinburgh 247; Victoria Park Glasgow 246; Falkirk Victoria 176 and Inverness 128. League points are now Aberdeen 23; Victoria Park Glasgow 17 (785 match points); Kilbarchan 17 (782); Shettleston 15 (803); Central 15 (750); Edinburgh 10; Inverness 6; Falkirk Victoria 5.


Jul 042015

Here are the results from the time trials held on Thursday 25 June: Time Trial Results 25 June 2015. If you have any queries about the results please contact John McDonald at .

Jun 172015

Central AC – Press Report – 14 June 2015

With holidays, illness and other competitions over the weekend taking its toll it was a somewhat depleted Central Athletic Club Mens Team that travelled to Inverness for the second Division One Track and Field Match of the Season. Once results were totalled Central’s team finishing in a lowly sixth place on the day and are now fourth overall in the League. There were however a string of superb performances from the athletes who made the journey as they took advantage of the excellent weather conditions.

The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw Liam Halliday finish in sixth ‘A’ place (66.47secs) and newcomer Sam McGuigan fourth ‘B’ (70.35secs) in his first ever track outing. The 800metres saw Tom Watson dominate a quality field to win the ‘A’ race (1-54.17) with Dale Colley likewise controlling the ‘B’ event (1.55.12) to take maximum points. In the 100metre series it was Under 17 John MacLennan who matched himself against some of Scotland’s best as he finished fifth with 11.76secs while another Under 17 Sean Clark, made his debut at this level, to come home fifth in the ‘B’ race with 12.26secs.

Aidan Thompson made his 3000metres Steeplechase debut running a well-controlled race to win an exciting race with a superb sprint finish in 9-34.02secs; while Lewis Millar proved his credentials with a gritty performance for second ‘B’ (10-13.07). It was Tom Watson who shouldered responsibility in the 400metres against a top field finishing a close-up second ‘A’ with an excellent 50.21secs effort.

Jamie Paterson looked close to his best form coming home second ‘B’ with 51.81secs. jamie Paterson (2) in relay action

Jamie Crowe and Scott McDonald were always in contention in the 1500metres in yet another high class race as Jamie finished fourth ‘A’ (3-58.65) and Scott first ‘B’ (4.02.03). The 200mete series saw John MacLennan running strongly once again to finish seventh ‘A’ (24.12secs) while Jamie Paterson showed all his speed endurance in second ‘B’ (23.50secs) and given the same time as the winner. The 5000metres proved an intriguing race with Cameron Milne making his league and finishing a close third (15-01.61) while Conan McCaughey also ran a strong race to take top ‘B’ points with 15-18.73.

It was the field events where the Central team were most depleted but here Gary Sweeney stepped-up for the throwing duties to finish third in the shot put with a best of 12.91metres but was less pleased with a discus throw of 28.19metres for eighth while his hammer best of 32.33metres for sixth somewhat redeemed his day. Colin Christie proved his worth once again with a pole vault clearance of 2.60metres for third and a 1.40metre high jump clearance while Sam McGuigan, also making his field debut, cleared 1.45metres in the high jump and had a best of 5.24metes in the long jump. Under 17 athlete Keiran Halliday long jumped to 5.43metres before retiring from the day with an injury sustained in warming up for the triple jump an event which saw his brother Liam record a best jump of 10.10metres.

The 4 x 100metres relay featured Jamie Paterson, Sean Clark, Liam Halliday and John MacLennan with the team coming home sixth (46.09secs). The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Jamie Paterson, Aidan Thompson, Dale Colley and Tom Watson finished fourth with 3min 29.62secs only to be disqualified for a slight technical infringement.


As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through John Dickson, Tom McMenemy, Meg Sweeney and Kenny Hislop.


Points on the day were Aberdeen 384; Kilbarchan 278; Victoria Park Glasgow 249; Shettleston 241; Inverness 238; Central 224; Edinburgh 216 and Falkirk Victoria 170. League points are now Aberdeen 15; Victoria Park Glasgow 14; Kilbarchan 12; Central 9; Shettleston 8; Edinburgh 6; Inverness 5; Falkirk Victoria 3 with all to play for in the last matches at Kilmarnock (5th July) and Meadowbank (30th August).

Jun 112015

Central AC Press Report

Central Athletic Club’s Andrew Butchart won his first GB senior vest in track and field at the European 10,000m Cup in Italy. It was his first track 10,000metres so a step into the unknown in the toughest of all track challenges saw Andrew record an impressive 29mins 32.43secs finishing in twelfth against the best in Europe. Andrew will be off on his travels again soon as he has been selected to compete for GB over 3000metres at the European Team Championships in Cheboksary, Russia, this event over the weekend of 20 and 21 June.

Ross Houston will be another to have to reach for his passport as he has been selected to compete for GB at the World 100 kilometres Championships in Holland on 12 September. Ross steps-up for his first World Champs appearance in a GB vest after he made a superb ultra-running international debut in the Anglo-Celtic plate. Ross won the event with the third fastest time ever by a Scot for the distance and has been tempted by the chance to compete at global level in Winschoten.

Friday evening saw a number of Central’s athletes compete in the Glasgow Athletic Association’s Miler Meet at Hutcheson’s Grammar School, an event which included the Scottish Under 17 3000metre Championships. Kate Gallagher took full advantage of the opportunity to lift the Gold medal with the biggest personal best of the night – 9min 53.85secs, indeed Kate finished third overall in a classy Senior field. Alastair Hay also found the event to his liking as he made light of the windy conditions to win the Senior Mens 3000metres (8-22.79) leading home Scott McDonald (fourth, 8-35.37) and Jamie Crowe who reduced his best to 8-46.51. Under 20 athlete Bradley Scott also improved his best to 9min 7.65secs while Aidan Cameron came through in 10-22.27 and Kenny Hislop also reduced his best to 11-29.96. Alastair Hay went on to pace some of the 800metres races which saw Under 20 athlete Iain Davies break through the 2minute barrier for the first time outdoors to record an excellent 1-59.03.

Scott McDonald moved on to Saturday’s Gargunnock Hill Race where he made light of the high winds and rain to win the race and lift the David Hay Memorial Trophy and Jamie Crowe also showed great form to finish eighth overall and first Junior in the Glas Tulaichan Uphill Race at Spittal of Glenshee.

Lindsay Morrison made her own headlines with a clean sweep in the Polaroid Eyewear Road 10K Road Race Series winning the final event at Vale of Leven in a tasty 36min 7secs.

Jun 022015

Central AC Press Report

Central Athletic Club’s Under 18 athletes Kathryn Gillespie and Sarah Pearson made further progress over the weekend in their quest for Commonwealth Youth Games selection. Kathryn reduced her 1500metres best to 4min 18.05secs at the British Milers Club (BMC) meeting on Saturday night in Sportscity, Manchester. Sarah also had to travel to seek quality competition and also achieved her goal as she lowered her 400metre hurdles best to 62.05secs at the Bedford International Games on Sunday.

Alex Hendry was another to shine at the BMC meeting with a fine 5000metres effort of 14min 28.56secs while Cameron Wilson triple jumped to a new personal best of 12.66metres while representing Scottish Universities and Colleges in a Match against their Irish counterparts in Belfast. Elsewhere Central’s talented youngsters finished third in the Scottish Youth Development League match at Kilmarnock and should qualify comfortably for the Scottish final. Lindsay Morrison has somewhat heightened her profile with three consecutive wins in recent weeks in the Polaroid Eyewear 10K race series Helensburgh (35min 52secs), Dumbarton (35.38) and Clydebank 10K and can now look forward to the final race, the Vale of Leven 10K on Sunday 7th June at Loch Lomond Shores.

Any budding hill runners should consider the local Gargunnock Hill Race on Saturday 6th June with entry on the day and a start time of 2.30pm. The course covers some 7.5kilometres and a climb of 300metres.

May 262015

Andrew Butchart’s recent run of performances have been rewarded with his first GB track vest at the European 10,000mete Cup in Chia, Italy with the race on Saturday 6th June. As if in celebration Andrew ran to a new personal best of 13mins 33.04secs over 5000metres to finish sixth at the International Flanders Athletics Meeting in Oordegem, Belgium on Saturday 23rd May. This elevates Andrew to the seventh best run of all-time by a Scot over the distance and a big improvement on his previously excellent 13.58 PB. Central AC teammate Dale Colley travelled to the same meeting and won his 1500metre heat as he reduced his best for the second weekend running to 3min 48.84secs. Andrew then travelled back to London to face another top class field in the Bupa London 10K Road Race on Monday 25 May, the race doubling as the UK Championships. Andrew’s time of 29mins 18secs was just outside his best as he finished fourth overall and top Under 23 athlete.

Decathlete Tom Chandler also had a significant journey and hard competition in the English Athletics Under 20 Decathlon Championships in Bedford at the weekend. Competing against a top class field from throughout the UK a solid first day (11.92s at 100m, 6.45m long jump, 11.15m shot, 1.73m high jump, 51.92s 400m) put Tom in sixth overnight. The second day saw Tom produce personal bests in 110 Hurdles (15.67s), discus (34.32m) and javelin (44.52m) which, along with a 3.80m pole vault, pulled him up to third with just the 1500m left. This was a tight race between the top three but another personal best of 4:38.96 secured third place and the Bronze medal.  Tom’s overall score of 6285 was a new personal best and beat the club record which had been held by Ron Todd since 1981. Ron showed he still knows a thing or two having helped Tom with his discus last week and winning the East District senior discus (32.20m) and pole vault (3.20m) titles himself on Saturday.

Indeed the main focus for Central’s athletes at the weekend was on the Scottish East District Championships at Grangemouth held over Friday evening and all day Saturday. There were fine performances from Central’s athletes throughout the two days of competition and as well as the more seasoned athletes on the podium there were a number of youngsters getting their first taste of competition at this level.

Under 20 Sarah Pearson caught the eye in taking Gold in the 100m hurdles (14.55secs), taking the scalp of long time Senior Scottish Champion Catriona Pennet on the way, while Sophie Parsons was pleased with her 16.45s clocking for fourth in the same event. Sarah also showed great form in the 400m hurdles to lift Silver with 63.09s.   The Under 17 Women weighed in with a collection of medals including Bevhan Trevis on the top step of the podium twice with Gold in shot put (11.36m) and discus (34.53m). Catriona Laing was edged into Silver by the smallest of margins in perhaps the best race of the day the 300m final (41.74s) completing her weekend with Bronze in the 200m (26.21s). Emily Watson was a close contender in the 200m finishing fifth and a best of 26.73s on the night. Caitlin Edgar came away with two Silver medals from high jump (1.60m) and javelin (29.71m) while Fiona Davies leapt to a new best in taking Silver in the pole vault (2.40m). Kate Gallagher was just run out of the medals in the 1500m finishing fifth (4:44.66) a new outdoor best.

Central’s Under 15 Girls have been hitting the headlines of late and this weekend was no exception. Abby Davison sprinted to double Gold medals in the 100m (12.98s) and 200m (26.64s) while twin sister Lucy showed her versatility with shot put Gold (9.85m), javelin Silver (23.64m) and long jump Bronze (4.70m) and Rachael Methven picked up discus Gold (22.40m) and shot put Silver (8.68m) plus sending the javelin out to 16.16m. Katie Sharkey caught the eye with a 11.65s victory in the 75m hurdles and Bronze in the 200metres (26.83s) following a 26.53s heat timing. Anna Cameron also showed good form in sixth in the 200m final (27.23s) having run 26.74s in the heat. Emma Mailer should be pleased with her work winning 300m Gold (42.29s) and taking Bronze in the hurdles (12.07s). Lucy Smith struck Silver in the High Jump (1.40m) and finished fifth in the shot put (7.56m) and eighth in the hurdles (12.88s) having set a personal best earlier in the day. Skye Henderson and Ellee Mills worked hard to contest heats and final of the 800m with Skye finishing fifth (2:32.19) and Ellee seventh, her best time coming in the heats (2:39.17). Ellee also competed on the Friday evening recording 31.40s for 200m while Cerys Gilbride ran strongly in the 1500m (5:38.40) and Isla O’Sullivan was never out of place in the 100m (15.52s).

The Clubs Under 13 Girls also shone with Katie Burr taking Gold in the javelin (10.97m) then running well in the heat and final of the 800m for sixth overall (2:42.22) and coming through strongly in the 70m hurdles (13.91s). Kyra Gibb won Silver in the 1500m (5:15.52) in a hard fought race and Ciorstaidh Ainsworth had solid runs in the heats and final of the 800m to win Bronze (2:33.30) following a 2:30.88 run in her heat. Amy Kirkpatrick was also to the fore in the 800m finishing in a more than useful fourth in the final (2:38.43) following a 2:33.70 in the heat and recording 14.42s in the 100m. Grace Tindall was also involved in the 800m with a fine run of 2:49.33 and jumped out to 3.53m in the long jump. Molly Cornes will have gained much from her experience here with a 15.94s clocking in the 100m plus 200m (32.66s) and a high jump clearance of 1.15m.

Central’s males were never to be outdone in the medal stakes with Ron Todd taking two Golds in the pole vault (3.20m) and discus (32.20m) while Mitch Graham 100m (11.93s) and 200m (23.75s) and Cameron Smith 200m (23.83s) finished just outside the medals. Kenny Hislop recorded personal bests in the 800m (2:43.07) and 1500m (5:22.61) with some determined running. There were two Bronze medals in the Under 20 category for Jonathan McGuire in the 100m (11.53s) and Iain Davies in the 1500m (4:13.75) while Bradley Scott closed in on a personal best in the 1500m (4:18.66).

The Club’s Under 17’s also left with a haul of medals with John MacLennan’s new best of 11.41s for 100m one of the stand out performances as he swept to Gold. Cameron McCorgray also improved his best with Gold in the high jump (1.85m) while Charles Dineen made two visits to the podium for Silver in the 100m hurdles (14.73s) and Bronze in the long jump (5.68m). Jack Houghton pocketed Silver in the 400m hurdles (61.01s) and achieved a new best of 5.52m in the long jump. Jamie Price had good runs over 200m (24.41s) for seventh in the final and 400m (54.85s) for fourth overall. It was good to see Liam McGregor competing and here he recorded 12.72s for 100m.

Under 15 Golds were presented to Matthew Chandler for the 80m hurdles (12.92s) and pole vault (2.80m) with Matthew Meredith taking pole vault Silver (2.40m) and discus Silver (21.75m) also finding time for a 26.11s 200m clocking and Ross McCorgray leapt to long jump Silver with a best of 4.87m. Under 13 athlete Aidan Grevemberg left Grangemouth with three Gold medals and two personal bests his bests coming in shot put (8.22m) and discus (17.08m) while his javelin was projected out to 26.56m. Ben Salmon had a busy weekend with fourth places in the 200m (29.63s) following a 29.23s timing in his heat; fourth in the 75m hurdles (14.89s) and sixth in the 100m (14.24s) after a 13.99s time in his heat. Daniel Bruce ran to a best of 2:38.65 in the 800m and finished a highly creditable eighth in the final also following up with 30.28s for 200m and 15.15s for 100m. Ben Hughes ran to a 2:44.70 personal best in the 800m and jumped out 3.35m in the long jump. With many of these youngsters in the first year of their age group there is undoubtedly a rosy future for the Club.

May 192015

Sunday’s Loughborough International Track and Field Meeting proved a happy hunting ground for two of Central’s young athletes as they pursued qualifying times for the European Under 20 Championships and Commonwealth Youth Games. Kathryn Gillespie’s time of 4mins 19.95secs over 1500metres was inside the European Under 20 qualifying time and Sarah Pearson’s personal best of 14.30secs for 100metres hurdles plus a personal best equalling 62.23secs for 400metres hurdles underlined her Commonwealth Youth Games selection claims.

Saturday night’s British Milers Club (BMC) Meeting in Stretford, Manchester saw three of Central’s men achieving personal bests. The BMC website reflected ‘Back in Manchester a week after racing to a personal best of 29:09 in the Great Manchester 10k Andrew Butchart showed a nice turn of speed to win the men’s 1500metres A race in a PB of 3:44.57. That’s a combination not many runners could achieve – not to mention representing GB at the World Cross Country Championships in China – and considering he was baulked with 200 metres remaining it was a remarkable victory for the Scottish runner. “I went for a gap that wasn’t there so had to stop and go again,” said Butchart. “It has not been a bad week in Manchester!” ‘ Clubmates Dale Colley and Alastair Hay also underlined their early season form with Dale running to a 3min 49.59secs personal best over 1500metres and Alastair finishing his 5000metre race in 14min 23.10secs.

Stepping back to Friday night saw more yellow and blue vests to the fore at the iconic Black Rock 5 in Kinghorn, Fife. Alex Hendry was just headed to the line by Hunter Bog Trotter’s Murray Strain (22min 43secs) to finish second in his debut in this tough race (22-48). Cameron Milne repeated last year’s third place (23.38) ahead of Lewis Millar in eighth (24.30) with some eighteen Central Runners in total finishing the race.

May 062015

Central AC Press Report

The Scottish Championship 5 kilometre Road Race was held on Wednesday 29 April on the traditional out and back course at Silverknowes, Edinburgh with Central Athletic Club winning the Men’s Team title. Excellent performances by Alex Hendry (fourth; 14min 58secs), Alistair Hay (fifth; 14.49) and Cameron Milne (eighth; 14.53) ensured the Gold medals while Scott McDonald (ninth; 14.58) didn’t even make the scoring team, demonstrating the depth at the Club.

Runaway winner, in a new course record of 14min 17secs was Commonwealth Games representative Callum Hawkins. A large group of Central athletes contested the event with Jamie Crowe (15.48), Cameron Harris (15.57), Alan Hume (17.09), Neil Cameron (17.37), Aidan Cameron (18.10), Donald Shaw (18.13), Robin Mussett (18.40), Gordon Appelbe (18.55), Robert Hutchison (19.20), Kenny Hislop (19.56), Patricia Milne (20.40), Raymond Milne (22.12), Alison Curry (25.57).

Ross 100K

Commonwealth Games Marathon runner Ross Houston seems to have found a new niche through Ultra Running. In only his second Ultra Race Ross represented Scotland in the Anglo Celtic Plate in Redwick, Monmouthshire competing over 100 kilometres, an eye watering prospect for all but the hardiest of athletes. Ross produced consistent running throughout to cap his day with victory in a time of 6hours 43mins 35secs to become the UK and Scottish Champion. This superb run was the sixth fastest ever by a UK athlete and third fastest of all time by a Scot.

Apr 302015

The London Marathon was well supported by Central’s athletes and here Fanni Gyurko again came to the fore with a superb 2hours 43minutes and 17secs timing to come home as eleventh female. Michael Wright produced a flawless performance to record exactly equal half marathon splits on the way to a fine 2-28.34 clocking for 39th place. Simon Barlow stuck well to the task to record 3-11.54 and congratulations are also due to John Baxter (3-55.14) and Bill Gault (5-04.45).

Apr 302015

Scottish Championship medals were up for grabs at the Scottish Athletics hosted ‘Night of the 10K’s’ at Hutchesons Grammar School, Glasgow on Friday 17th April. Two of Central’s athletes made full use of the opportunity to lift Championship medals with pride of place going to Lindsay Morrison as she took her first Scottish title in a personal best of 35mins 23.32secs. Fanni Gyurko, making her first track appearance, also showed excellent form and resilience as she lifted a well-earned Silver Championship medal.

Apr 272015


Athletics Report – Central AC athletes in action..

Forth Valley ladies got off to a great start to the season with a fine third place in the opening match of the Scottish Women’s Athletic League at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Amongst local athletes taking wins on the day were Bevhan Trevis who won the under 17 discus, Rachael Methven who won under 15 shot, Catriona Laing who won the 300metres for under 17s. The under 15 girls were in dominant style with double wins of both A and B events in the 100, 200 and sprint hurdles, with a combination of the sprint relay team of Abby Davison, Emma Mailer, Katy Sharkey and Anna Cameron winning all their individual running events. The relay squad set an early season marker of 51.84s to win comfortably. Star results for the weekend came from 17 year old Sarah Pearson who won the senior 400m hurdles in a new personal best, and then pushed seasoned international Catriona Pennet all the way as she came second in the senior sprint hurdles in another major improvement in her personal best. This capped off a weekend starting off by travelling to Loughborough on Saturday where she gained a Commonwealth Youth Games qualifying time over the under 18 hurdles.

Team points were Edinburgh 537; Team West 405; Forth Valley 382.5; Aberdeen 378; Tayside 332; Pitreavie 320; Lothian 207 and VPGlasgow 171.

Picture : New kid on the block, Sarah Pearson (right), pushes all the way to the line in the sprint hurdles as she breaks into senior ranks


Apr 272015

Central Athletics athletes of Under 15, under 13 and under 11 age groups competed in the first match of the Forth Valley League today at Grangemouth.  There were some wins, some pb’s and plenty of smiles! Well done everyone!



Mar 312015

Press Report – World Cross Country Championships – Andrew Butchart

The World Championships Cross Country in Guiyang, China proved to be a massive step up in quality for the team of British athletes. Recent years have seen African domination at this level and once again this was the case with Andrew Butchart finishing the 12 kilometre course in 86th place in 40mins 11secs. There were no excuses from Andrew but the twin challenges of altitude and high humidity must have taken their toll.

Charlie Hulson was best-placed for GB at 55th with Dewi Griffiths at 70th and Andrew just behind 84th-placed Hay in a list of 108 finishers.

After the event Andrew said ‘I was up there on the second lap and then on the final lap I could feel my breathing and I was so close to stepping off. However, I’d never quit a race but the last section definitely took its toll on me. I must have been 30 seconds slower than the rest of my laps and that definitely cost me a good run.

Jonny (Hay) came past me right at the end and I must have had 30 seconds on him going into the last lap, which showed how slow I was on that last 2km. It’s just one of those things – I’m happy to be here and I definitely have the capability to finish top 30 like the British team have said and I’m definitely going to prove that.

I’ve learned that you’ve got to get stuck in. Everybody here is so good and you have to respect every athlete. We’ve all done amazing just to get here but the Africans pulled away from the rest so easily so you know you’ve got to step up the training and up your game every day, month and year.

It’s the first time I’ve been at a world championships and I’m going in the right direction, there’s no doubting on. The way I’ve come on in the past two years shows such good progression, so who knows where I could be two years from now. The guys I’m racing here have been on this level for quite a few years, and I’m just stepping up, so I’ve got to be positive.’


Mar 312015

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Central AC teams valiantly set out to defend three titles at National Road Relay Championships and had to be happy with a single silver as they raced over the alternating short (3.1miles) and long laps ( 5.8miles) of Livingston’s pedestrian walkways and footpaths.

In the senior men’s six leg race, Kilbarchan took their first ever honours from Central in what quickly became a two horse race, with other clubs looking for bronze medal place as their best hope. Dale Colley took Central into the lead at end of leg one with 15.44, but then Kilbarchan’s challenge became evident as Scott McDonald had to give way despite a strong second leg time of 29.24. Aidan Thompson making his senior debut held the team in contention with a 15.56 timing. Alex Hendry took on next long leg and turned in a 29.32 to close the gap helping Cameron Milne move the squad back into the lead with his 15.45. Ross Houston put in third fastest long leg of the day with 29.14 but could not hold off Commonwealth Games team-mate Callum Hawkins, who with his brother Derek made the telling difference as they set the two fastest long leg times. Central set a time of 2 hours, 15.34, just 36 seconds adrift. Whilst the club were still celebrating Andrew Butchart’s performance for the GB squad in the World Cross Country Championships in China the day before, his contribution was much missed.

In the senior women, the Central team of Natalie Milne (9th, 19.11), Fanni Gyurko (3rd, 35.05), Claire Houston (7th, 20.38) and Lyndsay Morrison (4th, 34.06) had to be pleased with 4th place in an overall time of 1:49.00 behind medallists, Lothian, Fife, and Inverness. In the women’s masters, the trio of Jane Waterhouse (3rd, 23.18), Hazel Dean (2nd, 40.51) and Tricia Milne (2nd, 21.24) had to give way to winners and local rivals, Falkirk, as they took second place.

Central’s strength in depth showed with 8th place in the men’s races for a B team Tom Watson (3rd, 15.57) Jamie, Crowe (8th,31.02), David MacKinlay (10th, 17.44), Scott Green (7th, 31.29), Ewan Gault (7th, 17.47) and Lewis Millar (8th, 32.19). Kenny Hislop acting as reserve ran a solo leg in 20.56.

Central’s plus 40 masters team was 8th with Simon Barlow, 20:16, Robert Steel 35:09 Neil Cameron 18:47 Donald Shaw 36:15 Stuart Watson 19:38 and Ewan Jack 34:55 and the plus 50 A team with only 4 legs took third place through Robert Hutchison ( 20:13) Gordon Crawford (35:15) Robin Mussett (19:47) and David Eckersley (35:42). A further 50 plus team took 10th place in this competition through John Millar (25:02); Allan Gall ( 43:11); Cameron Campbell (24:13); and Raymond Milne ( 45:56).



Mar 242015

The final race in the 2014/15 Central Athletic Club’s Cross-Country Series was held in Kings Park, Stirling on the morning of Saturday 21st March over an approximate 2 kilometre course with some fast running in the warm spring sunshine.

It was Under 15 Boy Keir Howlieson who again showed excellent form to take a fine win in 5min 16secs. Under 13 Ben MacMillan was competitive throughout to clock 5.23 ahead of a fast finishing Tom Graham Marr (5.29) while last year’s Under 11 Champion Callum Byrne (now Under 13) came home well in 5.47. Kyra Gibb (5.59) won the battle of the Under 13 Girls ahead of Ciorstaidh Ainsworth (6.01) while Daniel Bruce (6.04) and Cameron Fraser (6.08) led in determined efforts from Millie Stokoe (6.09), Ruby Simpson (6.10), Rosie Eckersley (6.11) and Amy Kirkpatrick (6.14).

Findlay Penderis (6.15) was another to underline his progress this year as he was followed into the line by a group containing first Under 11 Girl Katie Burr (6.16) plus Ben Hughes (6.16), Jessica Turnbull (6.23), first U11 Boy James Brown (6.24) and Katie Findlay (6.26). Robbie Subke (6.29) showed good form ahead of Euan Campbell (6.31), Cameron MacMillan (6.33), the first Under 9 Boy Ethan Sorley (6.39), Scott MacMurdie (6.42), first Under 9 Girl Melissa Turnbull (6.44), Amber McRoberts (6.47), Molly Cornes (6.33), Brogan Law (6.55) and Finlay Marchmant (6.57).

As always there was great endeavour throughout the field so it was good to see Calum Bowie (7.01) sprinting to the line ahead of Anna MacKinnon (7.02), Dugald MacKechnie (7.03), Ross Cameron (7.03), Rebecca Hogg (7.04) and Naomi Howlieson (7.04). The next group was headed home by Rebecca Organ (7.17) with Heather Hale (7.19), Fin Carr (7.21), Lily Simpson (7.21), Logan Gray (7.23), Carys Gibb (7.24) and Ceitidh Ainsworth (7.26) in close order. With many of the youngsters trying out cross country for the first time there was strong running from Cora Morgan (7.36), Finnlaidh Stokoe (7.40), Rosie Stewart (7.41), Lori Muirhead (7.41), Cameron Brown (7.43), Leya Gibb (7.45), Matilda Ross (8.13), Carla Subke (8.16), Logan Mailer (8.25), Hannah Ross (8.43) and Sophie Appelbe (8.45) while Millie Baxter closed in the field having suffered a fall during the race.

Congratulations to Series Winners Keir Howlieson, Callum Byrne, James Brown, Ruby Simpson, Jessica Turnbull and Mellisa Turnbull. Andrew Butchart took time out of his World Cross Country Championship preparations to present medals and trophies and thanks are also due for help from Andrew’s training companions and the small army of Club helpers and parents who ensured the success of the event.

Mar 222015

Saturday morning was bright and sunny – and not typical cross country weather – perfect for the final Club race of the season.  52 athletes enjoyed a super morning with Coach Derek Easton and some of his senior athletes.  Thank you for your time!  Thank you also to the parent helpers on the day – and of course John McDonald for his time , his chocolate and his number crunching!

Name AGE GROUP Position Time
Keir Howlieson U15B 1 5.16 1U15B
Ben MacMillan U13B 2 5.23 1U13B
Tom Graham Marr U15B 3 5.29 2U15B
Callum Byrne U13B 4 5.47 2U13B
Kyra Gibb U13G 5 5.59 1U13G
Ciorstaidh Ainsworth U13G 6 6.01 2U13G
Daniel Bruce U13B 7 6.04 3U13B
Cameron Fraser U13B 8 6.08 4U13B
Millie Stokoe U13G 9 6.09 3U13G
Ruby Simpson U13G 10 6.10 4U13G
Rosie Eckersley U13G 11 6.11 5U13G
Amy Kirkpatrick U11G 12 6.14 1U11G
Finlay Penderis U13B 13 6.15 5U13B
Katie Burr U11G 14 6.16 2U11G
Ben Hughes U13B 15 6.16 6U13B
Jessica Turnbull U11G 16 6.23 3U11G
James Brown U11B 17 6.24 1U11B
Katie Findlay U11G 18 6.25 4U11G
Robbie Subke U15B 19 6.29 3U15B
Euan Campbell U11B 20 6.31 2U11B
Cameron MacMillan U11B 21 6.33 3U11B
Ethan Sorley U9B 22 6.39 1U9B
Scott MacMurdie U11B 23 6.42 4U11B
Melissa Turnbull U9G 24 6.44 1U9G
Amber McRoberts U11G 25 6.47 5U11G
Molly Cornes U11G 26 6.53 6U11G
Brogan Law U11B 27 6.55 5U11B
Finlay Marchmant U11B 28 6.57 6U11B
Calum Bowie U13B 29 7.01 7U13B
Anna MacKinnon U11G 30 7.02 7U11G
Dugald McKechnie U11B 31 7.03 7U11B
Ross Cameron U11B 32 7.03 8U11B
Rebecca Hogg U13G 33 7.04 6U13G
Naomi Howlieson U11G 34 7.04 8U11G
Rebecca Organ U11G 35 7.17 9U11G
Heather Hale U11G 36 7.19 10U11G
Fin Carr U11B 37 7.21 9U11B
Lily Simpson U11G 38 7.21 11U11G
Logan Gray U11B 39 7.23 10U11B
Carys Gibb U9G 40 7.24 2U9G
Ceitidh Ainsworth U11G 41 7.26 12U11G
Cora Morgan U11G 42 7.36 13U11G
Finnlaidh Stokoe U11G 43 7.40 14U11G
Rosie Stewart U13G 44 7.41 7U13G
Lori Muirhead U11G 45 7.41 15U11G
Cameron Brown U9B 46 7.43 2U9B
Leya Gibb U9G 47 7.45 3U9G
Matilda Ross U11G 48 8.23 16U11G
Carla Subke U13G 49 8.16 8U13G
Logan Mailer U13B 50 8.25 8U13B
Hannah Ross U15G 51 8.43 1U15G
Sophie Appelbe U9G 52 8.54 4U9G
Millie Baxter U13G 53 10.10 9U13G


Mar 162015

A phenomenal weekend of athletics showing Central athletes to the fore; Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships incorporating the World Cross Country Trials in Birmingham, Home Countries Cross Country International in Antrim, the National Junior Road Race in Greenock, Sprint Ultra on Deeside, and the Alloa Half Marathon locally.  Exciting reading!

Central AC Press Report – 14/15 March 2015

The climax to the UK’s domestic Cross Country Season was played out in Cofton Park, Birmingham at the Inter-counties Championships incorporating the World Cross Country trials and the final of the UK Challenge Cross Country Series for 2014/15. The cream of British endurance running was present as athletes from all over the country tackled challenging courses in races held in un-seasonal sunshine in pursuit of both individual and team medals. Club vests were swapped for County vests with Central athletes wearing the black of Scotland East.

Buchart World XC TrialScottish Cross Country Champion Andrew Butchart had demonstrated great form throughout the winter and here had to wait for the final race of the afternoon, the Senior Men’s 12kilometre challenge, and those who came to enjoy a great days sport were not disappointed. Central had four runners in the race and Scotland East were looking to repeat last year’s achievement of winning team medals. Andrew went to the start-line in contention for the UK Challenge Series and, as reigning Scottish Champion, looking to impress the selectors prior to World Cross Country Championships in China later this month. As in all the previous races the first lap included some brutal hills and a group of about a dozen runners soon established themselves at the front of a field of approximately 300 runners. On the third of four laps the current English Champion Charlie Hulson attempted to break away and his efforts reduced the lead group to three as only Andrew and Welsh Champion Dewi Griffiths could maintain the pace. The race was on to see who was the top man in Britain with the English, Scottish and Welsh Champions running shoulder to shoulder. As the leaders entered the last lap Hulson was beginning to drop back and on the final hill, some 1500metres from the finish, Butchart applied the pressure to open a gap on Griffiths. Andrew maintained his tempo to the line to record a magnificent win in 34mins 26secs, the first Scotsman to win the Senior Men’s title at this Championship. There then followed an excruciating five day wait before World selection was confirmed including Andrew’s English and Welsh rivals and fourth placed runner Jonny Hay.

Alex Hendry had a rare off day but still finished 75th in 37mins 42secs while just three seconds and four places behind was Michael Wright running for Hertfordshire. Dale Colley was the final Central athlete to finish in 113th place with 38mins 33 secs. Scotland East could not repeat last year’s team medals but still finished in a fine fifth place.

Some hours before in the first race of the day for the Under 20 Men, Aidan Thompson was the sole representative for Scotland East and although disappointed by his run Aidan battled bravely to finish 23rd in 24mins 28secs for his 8km race.

Like Aidan, Kathryn Gillespie was the sole representative for Scotland East in the Under 20 Women’s race. Fresh from winning the Scottish title two weeks earlier Kathryn was in the leading group for much of the race finishing in an excellent sixth place in 22mins 16secs for her 6km. In the Senior Womens race over 8km Fiona Thompson finished in a fine 54th place in 28mins exactly to ensure Scotland East won the Bronze team medals.


High class fields were also the order of the day for Central athletes representing Scotland in the Home Countries Cross Country International in Antrim on Saturday 14th March, the standard of races heightened by the presence of Ethiopian, Kenyan and Ugandan runners.

Aidan Thompson was again to the fore in the Under 20 Mens race finishing in fifth and with back-up from Club mate Dale Colley in twelfth it was Scotland who captured Bronze team medals. Fiona Thompson’s overall 16th place in the Senior Womens race helped ensure Scotland won another set of Bronze medals. Scott McDonald had another quality run in the 10Kilometre Senior Mens race coming home 25th overall with 35min 4secs.


Sunday 15th March saw Central AC’s focus move to Battery Park in Greenock for the National Junior Road Race Championships, with the athletes facing a chill wind from the Clyde estuary. Central’s athletes contested four of the six races on offer with the Club’s best results coming in the Under 17 Mens 4.9 kilometre race. On the first lap a leading group was established containing all four of Central’s runners Jack Kerr, Iain Davies, Cameron Harris and Bradley Scott. On the last of the four laps the leading group still contained Jack and Iain and the battle for medals was on. Jack continued to apply the pressure and had opened a 5 seconds gap by the finish to win in 15min 5secs while Iain was only 3 seconds from a medal with a strong effort in fourth (15.15). Cameron stuck well to the task in 14th (16.03) while Bradley’s 16.43 effort resulted in 22nd place. When Team points were counted it was Central who travelled home with the Team Gold medals.

The races doubled as selection races for the London Mini Marathon so Kate Gallagher should have booked a place with her fine 14min 38secs third place effort in the Under 15 Girls 4.2 kilometre race while Heather Scott did well to finish 21st in this race (16.49). Jodie Currie stuck well to the task to come home 25th in the Under 17 Womens race (20.07) and youngsters Jacob Organ and Alistair Hardie ran strongly, shoulder to shoulder, throughout the Under 13 Boys 2.5 kilometre race to finish 32nd and 33rd with both recording 9min 6secs.


Commonwealth Games Marathon runner Ross Houston dipped his toe into the ironically named Sprint Ultra Race of some 33 miles on Deeside, an out and back course on the first section of the Deeside Way between Aberdeen and Banchory. Ross underlined his talent by winning the event in 3hours 10mins 40secs and taking the race record. Central contributed more class to the event through tenth placed Bob Steel 3-57-01, Roger Greenaway 4-26-26 and Elinor Coombs 5-22-01.


Central’s weekend was rounded off through some 9 men and 4 women competing in the Alloa Half Marathon. Jennifer Wetton improved her personal best to 76min 51secs to lift the Womens title while Catriona Welsh (84.36), Alison Curry (1hour 51min 31secs) and Lee Houghton (2- 7-10) can all be proud of their runs. Cameron Milne with a personal best of 70.46 should be rightfully proud of his sixth place overall and it was good to see Colin Logan finish in 25th with a gritty 76.38. More personal bests followed through Neil Cameron (80.52) and Gordon Appelbe (86.49) while Robin Mussett (87.10), John Baxter (94.23), Allan Gall (1- 43- 28), Bob Hanson (1-43-40) and Bill Gault (1-48-00) all did the yellow and blue vest proud.


Mar 032015


Indoor League Final



Emirates Arena

It was a historic day at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow as Central AC were crowned indoor league champions for the first time in the clubs history. The achievement was all the greater as it broke a 20 year monopoly on the title that had only ever been won by Edinburgh AC and Giffnock North.

The club has come a long way over the last 6 years. After failing to get a single team into the final in 2008 the club prioritised the indoor scene and gradually the success built year after year until by 2014 Central ended in a 3 way tie with the 2 other big clubs. But this year Central were clear winners taking Gold medals in 4 of the 10 age groups with another 2 age groups getting on the podium and a further 4 medals added in the relay events. Central’s progress was also underlined by the fact the club fielded teams in league and relays in every single age group for the first time ever.

This was most apparent in the under 20 age group where the athletes all started as youngsters who first started in the league years ago.

The under 20 men were dominant taking Central’s first gold of the day as their 4x200m relay was run as a straight final in the morning. Long Jumper Ben McGuire opened with a 23.6s 200m split before handing on to decathlete Tom Chandler who fought his way to the front with a split of 23.1s. High Jumper Lewis McGuire then held the front with 23.5s before 400m runner Ewan Corbett stretched away in the final leg with 23.1s to finish with a new club record 1:33.63. They then lined up as our first team to reach the league final in this age group for 14 years. The league title was never in doubt with Ben McGuire taking a double win in the 60m (7.34s) and long jump (6.40m). Lewis McGuire added a win in the High Jump (1.90m) and runner up places from Tom Chandler in the shot (10.91m, pb), Liam Halliday in the Triple Jump (10.59m) and Ewan Corbett in the 200m (23.76s). The team spirit was demonstrated as Ewan bravely filled in for an injured Tom Chandler in the 60m hurdles to take a respectable 3rd in an event he never trains for and Liam Halliday filled in at 800m for 4th to add the league gold to the relay gold won earlier.

The 3 athlete under 20 womens team were equally dominant with Sarah Pearson taking a triple win in the 60m Hurdles (9.41s), 200m (26.6s) and 400m (59.01s). Emily Batchelor added a win in the long jump (4.86m), took runner up in the Triple Jump (10.32m) and gained vital points filling in at 60m and High Jump. Sarah Sweeney completed the line up in her first competition for the club with a respectable 4th in the shot to complete the team gold.

The under 15 girls were also in supreme form, They were so far ahead during the season that not only did their A team qualify as division winners the B team qualified as runners up ahead of every other clubs A team. The A team were run away winners of the league title with big wins for Rachael Methven in the shot (9.41m) with Lucy Davison 2nd for the B team (9.39m), Jenny Walls clear winner in the 800m (2:25.16), Anna Cameron well ahead in the 200m (26.81s) after finishing 2nd in the 60m (8.36s) and Long Jump (4.70m =pb), and the 300m underlined Central’s dominance with Katie Sharkey coming home in 43.39s for victory followed by Emma Mailer taking 2nd for the B team in her first ever 300m with 44.34s. Katie had earlier taken 2nd in the 60m hurdles in a pb 9.36s with Lucy Smith 4th for the B team with 10.34s. Georgia Smith took 2nd in the high jump (1.45m) just ahead of sister Lucy (4th, 1.40m). Elizabeth Thompson (200m) and Skye Henderson (800m, 2:32.97, pb) completed the B team line up as they placed 6th overall. Anna, Abby Davison, Emma & Katie then linked up in the relay to make it a double gold for the team winning by over 2 seconds in 1:48.64, faster than the time they won the national relays in 2 weeks earlier.

The under 11 boys completed the wins with Nathan Robertson winning the 60m A in 9.38s and taking 2nd in 600m A in 1:59.3. Central took maximum points in the Standing Long Jump with Ardan Procter and Euan Hylands both jumping 1.82m to win the A & B string events. Euan Campbell completed the win with 2nd at 600m B (2:03.3) and 4th at 60m B (9.89s).

They then had further success as Euan Hylands and Nathan Robertson teamed up with Cameron Dowie and Archie Flett to grab a silver in the tightest of finishes in 2:17.19 with Nathan coming from 4th to 2nd in the home straight of the final leg.

There were further medals for the under 17 men who finished 2nd in the league for the 3rd year in a row. John MacLennan set a superb new club record 7.37s to win the 60m then added 2nd in the 200m equalling his outdoor best from last summer with 23.8s. Charlie Dineen was busy taking 2nd places in the 60m Hurdles (9.10s) and long jump (5.79m). Cameron MacCorgray was also on form equalling his high jump best with 1.75m for 2nd. Jamie Price set a pb at 400m (53.97s) for 3rd and Keiran Halliday was also 3rd at the Triple Jump (11.65m). Fraser MacPherson completed the points just missing his pb in the 800m (2:13.37). Keiran, Jamie and John then teamed up with Andrew Sweeney to add a bronze in the relay with 1:36.99.

The under 15 boys completed the league medals with a bronze. Matt Chandler was clear winner in the 60m Hurdles (9.29s =pb) and the long jump (5.09m) then added 2nd at high jump (1.60m). Keir Howlieson set a pb in the 800m (2:16.16) for 2nd. Matthew Meredith (200m 26.93s) and Oscar Clarke (60m, 8.98s) secured the remaining points for 3rd overall. Oscar Clarke, David Cunningham, Matthew Meredith and Euan Smith reached the relay final but with Euan and Qscar needing to be replaced due to injury, Matt Chandler and Keir Howlieson stepped in for 6th place in the final.

The final medal came from the under 17 womens relay team who probably produced the gutsiest performance of the day. After numerous injury setbacks for the team over the season they were unable to reach the league final but with key athletes returning to form felt confident they could make up for this in the relay. Catriona Laing, Lucy Mason, Jessica Cleland and Minnie Roe were lining up hoping for a better outcome than at the national relays 2 weeks earlier where a collision in the heats ended their hopes of qualification. This time they were not to be held back and after comfortably reaching the final Catriona led off with a 26.3s 200m split to hand over to Lucy in first place who in only her 2nd ever competition found herself up against Edinburgh ACs national champion and a top class Giffnock competitor. Lucy ran like an experienced competitor and holding her own until the home straight where she was narrowly edged down to 3rd after a 26.9s leg. She then produced a perfect changeover that put Jessica back into 2nd place ahead of Edinburgh. Jessica then chased down and passed the Giffnock team to briefly regain the lead before Giffnock passed her in the home straight where she handed on in 2nd after a 26.6s leg. Minnie then set about closing the gap with the Giffnock athlete but found herself under pressure from Edinburgh closing up behind her. Giffnock were too strong on this occasion but a final surge from Minnie in the home straight was enough to hold off the Edinburgh team that had won the national title 2 weeks earlier and secure the silver medal. Minnie’s split of 26.7s was enough to bring the team round in 1:46.85 which was not only a club senior record but places them 10th in the Scottish all time list.

The club had a record 10 teams in the league finals and 9 in relay finals. Also reaching finals on the day were the under 11 girls of Lara Cameron, Anna MacKinnon, Poppy Lamb and Katie Findlay who placed 5th overall in both the league and relay finals.

In the under 13 boys Aiden Grevemberg set a pb in the shot (7.22m) for 2nd and Jack Haughton set a pb in the 60m (9.02s) for 3rd with Ben Salmon, Erik Escala and Sandy Buchanan securing 5th place overall. Jack, Ben, Daniel Bruce and Sandy also reached the relay final placing 5th in 2:03.38.

The under 13 girls team of Ciorstaidh Ainsworth, Amy Kirkpatrick, Evie Hylands, Katie Burr, Shona McLay and Molly Cornes also reached finals in both league and relay.

The final league medal table saw Central on top for the first time in the leagues history with 4 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze ahead of Giffnock North with Edinburgh AC and Victoria Park Glasgow tying for 3rd. This is a tremendous achievement for the club, all the athletes, team managers, coaches and parents involved.


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