Jun 222022

Arrangements are now progressing for the next Joint League competition on 17 July in Grangemouth (venue change from Scotstoun).

As before, the Clubs in the Scottish Men’s League, Scottish Women’s League (Under-17, Under-20 and Senior) and Upper YDL (Under-17 and Under-20) are again coming together to provide competition during the summer of 2022. There will be no element of League/Team competition, but opportunity to compete in a series of graded events. There will be no other Scottish League competition in 2022 for these age groups.

The remaining dates and venues are as follows:-
17 July – Grangemouth
21 August – Grangemouth

The intended timetable for the competition on 17 July is in the PDF below and allows for Track competition for 200m, 1500m, 10,000m, 300m/400m Hurdles, 4 x100m Relays and Field competition for Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot and Hammer. There will be sufficient qualified officials and automatic timing at each venue such that performances will be shown on Power of 10 and can be used for International selection.

Most of last year’s restrictions on numbers attending have been lifted, therefore spectators and coaches will be able to attend as normal. Clubs will require to provide helpers – three per day and these personnel could change between morning and afternoon. If you are attending please offer to assist – this is critical to the smooth running of the event.

Currently, each of the Men’s, Women’s and Upper YDL Clubs are guaranteed two slots for each event and Composite Clubs will also have two slots. The names of athletes along with 2020 (or later) personal bests and Scottish Athletics membership numbers must be submitted by the Friday a week prior to the event. If there is demand it will be possible to submit more names but these may not be accepted, subject to the overall maximum numbers. So far all athlete requests have been accepted.

Scottish Athletics membership numbers must be up to date and will be subject to scrutiny.

The timetable for the final competition has not yet been made available.

There is no fee for competing as Clubs and the three Leagues will cover costs.

Should you be interested in being considered for competition on 17 July, please contact John McDonald by Tuesday 5 July at the latest (), with details of preferred event and with any offers of assistance. Please also advise if you wish to be part of a 4 x 100m relay team.

Jun 202022

The next in our monthly series of Central AC Time Trials is at the University of Stirling Track on the evening of Thursday 30 June.  Registration is on the night and will be open from 6.30pm – full details of the programme of events are in the PDF file below. Athletes wishing to compete in the Sprint Hurdles races require to pre-register with John McDonald at  by Tuesday 28 June along with Athlete’s Name, Date of Birth and current Personal Best (if recorded).

As always we require lots of assistance on the evening so if you can assist please advise John. See you there!

Jun 202022

The Scottish Schools Track and Field Championships made a welcome return after 3 years.

Central’s only Group A (age 17 and over) competitors were Megan Dunlop of McLaren High and Chloe Watt of Balfron who took on the 100 Metres sprint. Both athletes progressed to the final after Chloe ran 13.44s and Megan 13.50s in the heats. In the final Chloe went faster with 13.41s for seventh while Megan placed eighth with 13.65s. In the 200 Metres Megan reached the final again after a 28.22s run in the heat, then ran an excellent new personal best 27.80s for seventh in the final.

Central AC’s Group B (age 15-16) athletes had the added incentive of putting their case forward for selection for the schools track and field international in Belfast in July.

Catriona Kane of Dunblane High has made big improvements this year and was rewarded with a place in the Scotland team for the schools cross country international earlier this year. This time Catriona was taking part in the 3,000 Metres, the longest race of the day. After Caitlyn Heggie of Dingwall took an early lead, Catriona found herself in the chasing pack early on. The group was unable to close the gap but Catriona pulled clear of the chasing group before the finish to claim runner up spot and the silver medal. Her time of 10:46.40 minutes was short of her personal best but was still enough to reach the badge standard and stake her claim for one of the two places in the team for Belfast.

Group B girls’ 3,000 Metres

Also chasing medals was Ruairidh Burns of Stirling High. Ruairidh was taking on both the Long Jump and 400 Metres Hurdles and the timetable did him no favours with both events taking place at the same time. In the 400 Metres Hurdles Ruairidh missed out on a medal by one place taking fourth in a personal best 64.74s. He then returned to the Long Jump and, fired up, he leapt to a new personal best 5.98m which was enough for second place and the silver medal.

Also contesting the Long Jump were Ken Young of Wallace High and Chris Driver of Balfron. Ken took eighth with a jump of 5.31m while Chris was one place behind with a personal best 5.22m for ninth. Ken and Chris also faced each other in the 100 Metres where Chris set a personal best 11.75s to progress to the semi-finals where he ran 11.78s and was pipped for the last final spot by 0.01s. Ken also progressed to the semi-finals running 11.93s.

Central had a good contingent in the 1,500 Metres. In the boys’ race, Connor Bell of Balfron was a respectable fifth in 4:23.13 minutes while Jamie Oldham set a personal best 4:42.20 in the heats. The girls’ 1,500 Metres saw Stirling High pair Leah Brown and Scarlett Roy go head to head. Leah set a season’s best 5:18.60 closely followed by Scarlett in a new personal best 5:18.75. Jamie returned the next day to set another personal best in the 800 Metres running 2:14.48.

Lewis Millar with his Long Jump medal

In the Group C (age 14) age group Central athletes were at the fore in the jumping events. In the boys’ Long Jump Lewis Miller of Dunblane High found himself in a strong competition. He moved into second place early on but by round 5 found himself pushed out of the medals in fourth. He dug in to leap to a new personal best 5.66m for second place and claim a badge standard. He then had a nervous finish until the other competitors finished but he managed to hold onto second and win the silver medal.

In the girls’ Long Jump McLaren High pair Loren Stewart and Connie Bateman were both on form. Loren jumped a personal best 5.02m, her first ever jump over 5 metres, for third to claim the bronze while Connie jumped a personal best 4.60m for a respectable sixth place. In the High Jump Loren won her second medal of the day as she added a bronze after a clearance of 1.45m for third place.

Jamie Connor of Dunblane High was just outside the medals in the 300 Metres as he placed fourth in 43.27s, and then took fifth in the 80 Metres Hurdles with 14.47s. Niamh McKinlay of McLaren High placed eighth in the 1,500 Metres with 5:13.73 then just missed the final in the 800 Metres with 2:28.62. Niamh was joined in the 800 Metres by McLaren High teammate Tabitha McKenzie who ran 2:38.09.

In the Group D (under 14) age group Central were represented by McLaren High’s Fia Watkin and Ana McKie. In the Long Jump Fia placed 11th with 4.11m and Ana 22nd with a season’s best 3.68m. Fia then placed fourth in her 800 Metres heat with 2:34.87 while Ana ran 14.13s for the 100 Metres.

Well done to everyone who took part.

Jun 202022

The latest athlete database has been added to the website. It contains all performances from the start of the indoor season to the superteams on 18 June 2022, apart from the Forth Valley League results (12 June) which are not yet available and will be included in the next database. The database also gives details of what standards athletes have reached on the awards scheme. See notes for an explanation of the scheme.

New top standards since the last update a month ago are:

  • Gold: Kostas Jakubiak, Alfie Laing, Loren Stewart, Kieran Reilly
  • Silver: Connor Bell
  • Bronze: Euan Robertson, Harrison MacMillan, Ruairidh Burns
  • and numerous blue and merit standards as well.

Congratulations to all. There is plenty of time to improve your grades. We are currently planning to bring back the club end of season celebration this autumn and anyone earning a certificate will have it presented then. The 2021 certificates have now been printed and will be distributed next week.

Kenny Pearson
Central AC statistician

Jun 142022

It was a sunny day at Grangemouth as the Scottish Schools Pentathlon Championships returned for the first time in 3 years. The Central AC representation was provided by McLaren High trio Loren Stewart, Connie Bateman and Dara Clark as they tested themselves against the best all-rounders in Scotland’s schools.

The Maclaren High athletes

Loren and Connie took part in the Group C (age 14) Girls’ Pentathlon event. In the opening 75 Metres Hurdles event they finished almost together with Loren running a big personal best 14.08s and Connie just behind in a near personal best of 14.11s for eighth and ninth places respectively. The High Jump event saw Connie setting multiple new heights as she raised her personal best from 1.17m, finally finishing on 1.27m. This was one of Loren’s strong events and she finished event winner clearing 1.48m to go into seventh place overall. The Shot Put event is a good event for Connie and she threw 7.44m with Loren throwing 6.74m. The Long Jump is another strong event for Loren and she jumped 4.76m to lift herself into sixth place while Connie jumped 4.05m. The 800 Metres event was a hard finish on a hot day. Loren dug in to run 2:36.86 minutes to lift herself to fifth place at the finish with a new personal best score of 2,492 points. Connie ran 3:04.54 for a score of 1,848 points and a respectable tenth place finish.

Dara took part in the Group D (under 14) Girls’ Pentathlon and started well with a personal best in the 75 Metres Hurdles running 14.58s for seventh overall. She followed this with a season’s best 5.46m in the Shot Put, followed by 1.30m in the High Jump. She then produced an excellent personal best in the Long Jump leaping 4.33m for the third furthest in the competition which lifted her into sixth place. She then finished with another personal best in the final 800 Metres event of 2:44.66 minutes to finish in sixth place and a personal best score of 1,983 points.

Jun 012022

Arrangements are now progressing for the next Joint League competition on 19 June in Aberdeen.

As before the clubs in the Scottish Mens League, Scottish Womens League (Under-17, Under-20 and Senior) and Upper YDL (Under-17 and Under-20) are again coming together to provide competition during the summer of 2022. There will be no element of League/Team competition, but opportunity to compete in a series of graded events. There will be no other Scottish League competition in 2022 for these age groups.

The remaining dates and venues are as follows:-

  • 19 June – Aberdeen
  • 17 July – Scotstoun
  • 21 August – Grangemouth

The intended timetable for the competition on 19 June is available as a PDF below and allows for track competition for 100 Metres, 300 Metres/400 Metres, 800 Metres, 3,000 Metres, 5,000 Metres, Sprint Hurdles and field competition for Long Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Shot, Discus and Hammer. There will be sufficient qualified officials and automatic timing at each venue such that performances will be shown on Power of 10 and can be used for international selection.

Most of last year’s restrictions on numbers attending have been lifted therefore spectators and coaches will be able to attend as normal. Clubs will require to provide helpers – three per day and these personnel could change between morning and afternoon. If you are attending please offer to assist – this is critical to the smooth running of the event.

Currently, each of the Men’s, Women’s and Upper YDL Clubs are guaranteed two slots for each event and Composite Clubs will also have two slots. The names of athletes along with 2020 (or later) personal bests and Scottish Athletics membership numbers must be submitted by the Friday, a week prior to the event. If there is demand it will be possible to submit more names but these may not be accepted, subject to the overall maximum numbers. So far all athlete requests have been accepted.

Scottish Athletics membership numbers must be up to date and will be subject to scrutiny.

Timetables for the remaining 2 competitions have not yet been made available but all events should be covered throughout the season.

There is no fee for competing – Clubs and the three Leagues will cover costs.

Should you be interested in being considered for competition on 19 June, please contact John McDonald by Tuesday 7 June at the latest (), with details of preferred event and with any offers of assistance.

May 012022

Further details are now available on arrangements are the next Joint League competition on 29 May.

As before, the clubs in the Scottish Men’s League, Scottish Women’s League (Under-17, Under-20 and Senior) and Upper YDL (Under-17 and Under-20) are again coming together to provide competition during the summer of 2022. There will be no element of League/Team competition, but the opportunity to compete in a series of graded events. There will be no other Scottish League competition in 2022 for these age groups.

The remaining dates and venues are as follows:-
29 May – Grangemouth
19 June – Aberdeen
17 July – Scotstoun
21 August – Grangemouth

The intended timetable for the competition on 29 May is below and allows for track competition for 200m, 300m/400m, 1500m, 300m/400m Hurdles and Women’s 1500m/3000m Steeplechase, and field competition for Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Shot, Hammer and Javelin. There will be sufficient qualified officials and automatic timing at each venue such that performances will be shown on Power of 10 and can be used for international selection.

Most of last year’s restrictions on numbers attending have been lifted therefore spectators and coaches will be able to attend as normal.  Clubs will require to provide helpers – three per day and that these personnel could change between morning and afternoon. If any of the club’s officials have offered to assist can you advise John McDonald please.

Current thinking is that each of the Men’s, Women’s and Upper YDL Clubs will be guaranteed two slots for each event and Composite Clubs will also have two slots. The names of athletes along with 2020 (or later) personal bests and Scottish Athletics membership numbers must be submitted by the Friday, a week prior to the event. If there is demand it will be possible to submit more names but these may not be accepted, subject to the overall maximum numbers. So far all athlete requests have been accepted.

Scottish Athletics membership numbers must be up to date and will be subject to scrutiny.

Timetables for the remaining three competitions have not yet been made available but all events should be covered throughout the season.

There is no fee for competing as Clubs and the three Leagues will cover costs.

Should you be interested in being considered for competition on 29 May, please contact John McDonald by Tuesday 17 May at the latest () with details of preferred event and with any offers of assistance.

Apr 092022

Following a successful series of trials in 2021 and to aid competition in 2022 the clubs in the Scottish Men’s League, Scottish Women’s League (Under-17, Under-20 and Senior) and Upper YDL (Under-17 and Under-20) are again coming together to provide competition during the Summer of 2022. There will be no element of League/Team competition, but the opportunity to compete in a series of graded events.  There will be no other Scottish League competition in 2022 for these age groups.

The agreed dates and venues are as follows:-
24 April – Grangemouth
29 May – Grangemouth
19 June – Aberdeen
17 July – Scotstoun
21 August – Grangemouth

The competitions will be subject to the Covid restrictions in place at the time of competition – these are likely to be much less onerous than in 2021.

The intended timetable for the first competition on 24 April is downloadable below and allows for Track competition for 100m, 800m, 3,000m, Sprint Hurdles and Steeplechase and Field competition for Long Jump, High Jump, Shot and Discus. There will be sufficient qualified officials and automatic timing at each venue such that performances will be shown on Power of 10 and can be used for international selection.

Most of last year’s restrictions on numbers attending have been lifted, and therefore it is anticipated that spectators and coaches will be able to attend as normal. Clubs will require to provide helpers – three per day – and that these personnel could change between morning and afternoon.

Current thinking is that each of the Men’s, Women’s and Upper YDL Clubs will be guaranteed two slots for each event and Composite Clubs will also have two slots. The names of athletes along with 2020 (or later) personal bests and Scottish Athletics membership numbers must be submitted by the Monday prior to the event. If there is demand it will be possible to submit more names but these may not be accepted, subject to the overall maximum numbers. In 2021 all athletes were accepted.

Scottish Athletics membership numbers must be up to date and will be subject to scrutiny.

Timetables for the remaining four competitions have not yet been made available but all events should be covered throughout the season.

There is no fee for competing as clubs and the three leagues will cover costs.

Should you be interested in being considered for competition on 24 April, please contact John McDonald by Tuesday 12 April at the latest (), with details of preferred event and with any offers of assistance.  Apologies for the short notice.

Apr 062022

The club hosted a pre-season track and field meeting at Grangemouth Stadium on Sunday 3 April with participants from all over Scotland in addition to a good showing of club athletes. The results are available to download below as a spreadsheet.

Congratulations to all the athletes, and thanks to all those who volunteered as officials and in other roles to make the event possible.

Mar 272022
Tom Graham-Marr (9) at the start (C) Bobby Gavin

There was the usual mix of trepidation and excitement leading up to the Tru Wealth Scottish National Road Relays Championships in Livingston on Saturday 26 March. Any trepidation for the Central Athletic Club’s men’s team was soon blown away as Tom Graham-Marr (15 minutes 4 seconds) handed over a four second advantage from Aberdeen’s Myles Edwards at the end of the first leg. The men’s event comprises six alternate legs of 3.1 miles and 5.9 miles and Central’s men continued to build their lead through Alastair Marshall (29:47), Ben MacMillan (15:32), Hamish Hickey (29:20), Alastair Hay (15:12) and Jamie Crowe (28:46) as the mixture of youth and more experienced athletes topped the podium with a win of over 3 minutes from Corstorphine AAC. Indeed Tom Graham-Marr’s short leg effort was the fastest of the day and Jamie Crowe’s final leg effort proved to be the fastest long leg of the day. Central’s overall winning time of 2 hours, 13 minutes and 41 seconds is the fourth fastest ever for this event with a couple of those times over a shorter course.

Hamish Hickey, Ban MacMillan, Alastair Marshall, Alastair Hay, Jamie Crowe with the trophy (c) Bobby Gavin

Central Athletic Club’s men’s B team were also well to the fore with fine runs from Josh Wood (16:09), Luca Fanottoli (30:46), Dale Colley (16:18), Calum Phillip (30:08), Scott Brember (16:17) and Kieran Reilly (29:44) with the team finishing in a superb fifth place overall. There was also some fine running from the older members of the Club with an Over-40 team of Jens Subke (19:07), Ewan Jack (34:15), Colin Alexander (25:20), Colin Sinclair (47:01), Cameron Campbell (25:32) and Allan Gall (47:24) which gave Central’s supporters plenty to cheer on throughout the day. There was also no doubting the commitment of the runners in an incomplete team of Sam Grivell (17:04), Lewis McComb (33:37), Lewis Millar (17:08) and Andrew Irvine (33:27) again a mixture of youth and experience.

The women’s version of the race consists of a similar pattern but over four alternating legs and started 10 minutes after the men’s race. The last National Road Relays event was held in Season 2018-19 and Central were defending their title. Here there were top performances throughout the Central women’s team from Natalie Stewart (19 minutes exactly), Grace Tindall (36:34), Morag Millar (16:59) and Jennifer Wetton (34:35) but Central’s second place performance was eclipsed by a strong Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds Team who lifted the trophy by some 29 seconds. Central’s women had been hunting down the University team’s lead over the final two legs through Morag and Jennifer, with both running the fastest legs of the day.

There were further fine performances from Central women’s B team through Lyndsay Morrison Noon (19:16), Louise Torr (42:41), Kyra Gibb (20:32) and Fiona Davies (38:30) as yet another mix of youth and experience ensured a ninth place finish for the team.

Mar 212022

The final race of Central Athletic Club’s 2021-22 cross-country series was held on Saturday 19 March over a 1 mile course devised by Derek Easton in Kings Park, Stirling. The race was held in bright sunshine much to the relief of the 26 runners who had endured rain, wind and snow in previous races.

Presentations after the Kings Park race

Scott Hill has been well to the fore throughout the season and here again led home the Under-15 Boys to complete the course in a tasty 5 minutes 30 seconds. Conall Paterson (5:51) continues to improve and here again finished in second place in this category just heading off another determined run from Alex Dunlop (5:52). Under-17 Man Ross Lawrie (5:38) looked as though he had enjoyed his outing as he finished in some style. Joel Gillan (5:43) is another who continues to impress as he won the Under-13 Boys age group and here Matthew Inman (8:09), in his first race in the series, came through well. It was Finlay McAdam (6:41) who led in the Under-11 Boys ahead of further endeavour from Thomas Arnott (7:06), Zachary Walker (7:21) and Austin Evans (7:48). This was a first outing for Under-9 Hugh Thomas (6:56) and on this form could be one to watch for the future.

There were further top class performances from the girls and here Under-15 Girl Niamh McKinley (5:44) continued to grow her reputation with another win. Loren Stewart (5:53) also underlined her endurance credentials in this age group ahead of strong runs from Leah Brown and Tabatha MacKenzie (both 5:57), who crossed the line together, and Robyn McKerracher (6:28). Under-17 Woman Scarlett Roy (5:52) also continues to impress and here produced another well-judged performance. Fia Watkin (5:56) once again proved the strongest of the Under-13 Girls holding off a strong challenge from Emily Stanford (5:58) and more good efforts from Dara Clark (6:45) and Orla Pieroway (6:50). It was Zoe Beaton (6:59) who again proved the strongest of the Under-11 Girls with Jessica Walker (7:17) and Emily Watkin (7:47) taking the minor places in this age group while Iona Clark continues to persevere and again finished with a strong sprint and the biggest smile of the day. Hannah Inman was again the only Under-9 Girl but her 6:37 effort placed her well up the field.

Series presentations were performed by GB Under-20 5,000 Metre internationalist Alastair Marshall with series trophies for the various categories:

  • Under-11 Girls: First – Zoe Beaton, Second – Emily Watkin, Third – Jessica Walker
  • Under-11 Boys: First – Luca Shepherd, Second – Alfie Laing, Third – Zachary Walker
  • Under-13 Girls: First – Fia Watkin, Second – Orla Pieroway
  • Under-13 Boys: First – Joel Gillan, Second – Fraser Kingsley
  • Under-15 Girls: First – Niamh McKinlay, Second – Leah Brown, Third – Loren Stewart
  • Under-15 Boys: First – Scott Hill, Second – Alex Dunlop, Third – Conall Paterson
  • Under-17 Women: First – Scarlett Roy

All of the foregoing won participation medals for competing at least four of the races and these were also awarded to Austin Evans, Tabatha MacKenzie and Iona Clark.

Thanks are again due to the volunteers who helped with setting the course, warm-up, recording and marshalling to make this another successful event with a special mention to Derek Easton.

Full results below:

  1. Scott Hill U15B 5.30
  2. Ross Lawrie U17M 5.38
  3. Joel Gillan U13B 5.43
  4. Niamh McKinlay U15G 5.44
  5. Conall Paterson U15B 5.51
  6. Scarlett Roy U17W 5.52
  7. Alex Dunlop U15B 5.52
  8. Loren Stewart U15G 5.53
  9. Fia Watkin U13G 5.56
  10. Leah Brown U15G 5.57
  11. Tabatha MacKenzie U15G 5.57
  12. Emily Stanford U13G 5.58
  13. Robyn McKerracher U15G 6.28
  14. Hannah Inman U9G 6.37
  15. Finlay McAdam U11B 6.41
  16. Dara Clark U13G 6.45
  17. Orla Pieroway  U13G 6.50
  18. Hugh Thomas U9B 6.56
  19. Zoe Beaton U11G 6.59
  20. Thomas Arnott U11B 7.06
  21. Jessica Walker U11G 7.17
  22. Zachary Walker U11B 7.21
  23. Emily Watkin  U11G 7.47
  24. Austin Evans  U11B 7.48
  25. Matthew Inman U13B 8.09
  26. Iona Clark U11G 10.14
Mar 072022

Two of Central’s masters athletes travelled to the British Masters Indoor Championships at the weekend, held at Lee Valley on the north edge of London. On Saturday Cameron Smith was competing in the M45 category and here showed great form to win the 200 Metres in a time of 25.64 seconds. Not to be outdone, Ian McDonald also put on a fine sprinting exhibition to take bronze in the 200 Metres in the M40 race with 25.17s. Both athletes were back on the track for the 60 Metres heats on Sunday with both progressing to their respective finals, Cameron clocking 7.80s and Ian 7.74s. Unfortunately, due to timetable changes, both had to leave before their finals to catch a flight home.

Feb 282022

The Lindsays Scottish Athletics National Cross Country Championships returned to Callendar Park, Falkirk after a two year absence on a day that was enjoyed by runners and spectators alike. The cross country season in Scotland builds to this event and with a testing and an amazingly clean course given the changeable weather in recent days the scene was set for some quality running.

Jamie Crowe takes charge
Jamie Crowe takes charge. (C) Bobby Gavin

As the season builds to these Championships the day also builds to the Senior Men’s race which saw Central’s Jamie Crowe defending his Senior Men’s title and Central’s team defending their team title held since the 2010-11 season so there was much at stake. Jamie Crowe did not disappoint with another master class of endurance running taking gold in emphatic fashion covering the 10 kilometre course in 32 minutes 26 seconds. Hamish Hickey had challenged for the lead in the early stages and showed great resilience to come home fifth with 33:07. Tom Graham-Marr was another to show how much he has matured of late to finish 11th with 33:35. Matthew Sutherland is fast becoming a mainstay of the team and his solid run (17th; 34:52) kept the club on track for the top team prize. Alastair Hay was fighting for his ninth team gold in this event, with a couple of individual golds thrown in for good measure, and again did not disappoint finishing 32nd with 35:12. Calum Phillip continues to make progress and here completed Central’s scoring six on the day in 38th with 35:25. When the team results were calculated Central had indeed retained the Elkington Shield by seven team points from a strong attempt by Shettleston Harriers. Ross Houston (40th; 35:37) and Scott Brember (48th; 36:01) provided the essential back-up with both replicating their Masters positions of second and third from Aberdeen two weeks previously.

Senior Women podium: Adkin (silver), Maclennan (gold), Morag Millar (bronze). (C) Bobby Gavin

The seemingly endless stream of runners (624 finishers) saw further tasty performances from the improving Luca Fanottoli (51st; 36:09), Cameron Harris (52nd; 36:14) and Josh Wood (73rd; 37:10). Most of the runners would have been pleased to have a fast course although the hills and the strong wind had also to be contended with so it was good to see further good runs from Lewis McComb (134th; 39:04), Craig Coull (257th: 42:20), Neil Ferrier (270th; 42:37) and Callum Scott (310th; 43:42). Charles Graham-Marr (374th; 45:13) had another solid run to lead in Jens Subke (397th; 46:03), Donald Shaw (422nd; 46.54), Iain Dunsmore (449th; 47:27), Hugh Buchanan (489th; 48:32), Allan Gall (556th; 54:32), and Cameron Campbell (600th; 55:54).

U20 Men podium: 1 – Hornyik, 2 – MacMillan, 3 – Marshall. (C) Bobby Gavin

Central’s Senior Women faced the same 10 kilometre test as the Senior Men and here Morag Millar was made to work hard to take the bronze medal with a fine 37:39 effort. Jennifer Wetton (ninth; 39:34) also ran strongly throughout and with more spirited runs from Fiona Davies (25th; 41:19), Catriona Buchanan (26th; 41:20), Claire Houston (73rd; 45:16) and Kirsten McStay (92nd; 47:05) Central’s Senior Women were rewarded with bronze team medals behind Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Athletic Club. Louise Torr (137th; 50:01), Mandy Williams (138th; 50:06) and Julia McAfee (184th; 52:43) all worked hard throughout leaving a trail of further finishers in their wake.

Central’s U13 Girls

Central’s Under-20 Men continue to impress and here Ben MacMillan and Alastair Marshall were locked in a tough battle for individual silver and bronze medals. As the 6.8 kilometre course flew by for these talented runners Alastair mas making progress on the hills with Ben looking good on the flat. The final sprint saw Ben prevail to take the silver medal with 22:13 and Alastair just a couple of strides behind to lift bronze with 22:14. Back up here was provided by Sam Grivell (30th; 25:22) and Euan Andrews (55th; 29:02) with the team being rewarded with silver team medals.

As always the Championships had started with the youngest athletes and it was pleasing to see the Club with full teams in the younger age groups. Central Athletic Club’s Under-13 Girls tackled a 3.2 kilometre course and did themselves and the Club proud through Emily Stanford (25th; 13:57), Ciara Middleton (61st; 15:04), Fia Watkin (63rd; 15:06), Katherine Mitchell (84th; 15:35) and Lilia Warden (85th; 15:36) with the Girls finishing as ninth team overall. The Under-13 Boys race followed over the same 3.2 kilometre course which saw Joel Gillan lead in Central’s challenge in 62nd (13:36) ahead of further good efforts by Finley MacGregor (111th; 15:17), Fraser Kingsley (112th; 15:17) and Noah McIntyre-Simm (123rd; 18:14) and the team finishing in fourteenth.

Central’s U15 Boys
Central’s U15 Girls

The Under-15 Girls and Boys races were over a 4.3 kilometre course with the Central Girls represented by Niamh McKinlay (23rd; 18:01), Leah Brown (41st; 18:45), Tabitha MacKenzie (76th; 20:32) and Robyn McKerracher (86th; 21:22) all showing good form and finishing as seventh Girls team on the day. Aaron Middleton (36th; 16:23) led in Central’s Under-15 Boys with further strong performances from Henry Crossley (79th; 17:44), Alex Dunlop (105th; 18:33) and Scott Hill (107th; 18:36) with eleventh team spot the reward for the Boys.

Central’s U17 Women

Catriona Kane came home in ninth place in the Under-17 Women’s race over a 6.2 kilometre course finishing in a tasty 25 minutes 41 seconds with back-up here from Scarlett Roy (35th; 28:33), Zosia Paddon and Rachel Warden finishing together in 45th and 46th respectively with 31:04 the team finishing fifth. Cameron Kerr again acquitted himself well in the Under-17 Men’s race, covering the 6.2 kilometres in 21:53 to finish twelfth on the day while Euan Docherty (46th; 24:33) kept pushing on throughout.

Feb 212022

It felt like ‘business as usual’ as the Central Athletics Cross Country Championships returned to Queen Victoria School, Dunblane on Saturday 19 February. The previous day’s snow ensured a true test for all the runners and with stream crossings for all but the youngest runners everyone was somewhat damp by the end of their races. Thankfully sunshine blessed the day so at least the spectators, marshals and recorders were warm and dry.

The Under-11 Boys and Girls raced together over a 1.3 mile course with the normal high levels of enthusiasm and here it was Luca Shepherd (9 minutes 9 seconds) who prevailed in a thrilling sprint finish with Finlay McAdam (9:10) only a stride behind. Alfie Laing has been running well all season and here picked up a bronze medal with a 9:49 effort. Thomas Arnott (9:54) and Fraser McDonald (10:27) should both be pleased with their runs while guest runner Arlo Bell (11:38) led in more determined running from Brody Scanlon (11:44) and Zachary Walker (11:52).

The Under-11 Girls saw Eilidh Connor’s 9:49 effort take the trophy and gold medal with a confident run ahead of Zoe Beaton (10:19) as she lifted the silver medal and another strong run by Emily Watkin (10:42) for bronze. Jessica Walker (12:20) and Iona Clark (13:24) both made an impact in the snowy conditions.

The Under-13 race was held over a 1.6 mile course and here it was two guest brothers Harrison McMillan (12:35) and Rory McMillan (13:13) who ran home at the front of the field. Fraser Kingsley (14:07) and Ethan Bell (15:27) picked up gold and silver with strong runs on the difficult surface.

It was Emily Stanford (14:17) who moved from Under-11 Champion in 2020 to win the Under-13 Girls race in fine fashion. Ciara Middleton (15:27) came through well for silver ahead of the improving Anna Gunn (16:47) in bronze. Both Dee Sanderson (17:32) and Nora Thompson (19:12) should be complimented on their resilience as was the case for Iona McQuater (23:45) who determinedly finished the course in spite of injury.

Andrew Irvine wins the Senior Men’s race

The third race, over a two lap course of 2.4 miles, saw the Under-15 Boys and Girls run with the Under-17, Senior and Masters Women. Aaron Middleton appeared to glide over the frozen surface to win the Under-15 Boys trophy with a 17:55 run while Fergus Young (19:09) again underlined his promise to take silver ahead of the bronze medal effort of the always reliable Scott Hill (19:25). It was good to see a decent turnout of Under-15 Boys with some strong and competitive running from Henry Crossley (20:29), Alex Dunlop (20:32) and Connal Paterson (24:08). The pull of the Scottish Indoor Championships had left the Under-15 Girls field somewhat depleted but there was no doubting the quality of Leah Brown’s 21:22 effort in lifting the Under-15 gold medal and trophy. Catriona Kane has been impressive all season and here produced a 19:42 effort to win the Under-17 Women’s category from Scarlett Roy (20:34) and Zosia Paddon (22:59). It was good to see Laurie Douglas testing herself here to take the Senior Women’s trophy with a fine 21:17 effort while Nuala Bell’s 21:40 effort lifted the Masters Women’s trophy ahead of the determined Julia McAfee (23:13).

The Under-17 Men ran with the Under-20, Senior and Masters Men over a 3.6 mile, 3 lap challenge with further strong runs throughout. Cameron Kerr’s classy run was rewarded with the Under-17 gold medal ahead of silver and bronze medal efforts from Cameron MacMillan (26:07) and Euan Docherty (29:14) while multi-eventer Ross Lawrie tested his fitness with a 34:55 effort. Alastair Marshall (23:09) headed the whole field and his fine effort picked up the Under-20 Men’s gold medal ahead of further strong runs from Sam Grivell (25:51) and Euan Andrews (28:54) in silver and bronze . It was Andrew Irvine (26:40) who strode round to win the Senior Men’s Trophy ahead of another commendable effort from Neil Ferrier (28:08). The most fiercely contested trophy was the Masters Men category and here Jens Subke (28:42) ran with resolve from the start to win well ahead of further resolute efforts from Colin McCreadie (29:33) and David Eckersley (31:10) to take the minor medals. Donald Shaw (31:16) and Dave Benwell (31:28) were in close contention ahead of Iain Dunsmore (31:57) and Hugh Buchanan (32:22). The conditions must have suited Colin Sinclair (35:44) as he won his personal battle with Allan Gall (36:06) and Cameron Campbell (37:30).

Feb 202022

The 4J Studios national age-group indoor championships for Under-13, Under-15 and Under-20 took place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow over the weekend of 19-20 February. Well done to all the Central competitors who took part.

Scottish Under-15 Indoor Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Saturday 19 February 2022

Niamh McKinlay and Jamie Connor were on superb form for Central as they picked up three medals at the Scottish Under-15 championships at the Emirates Arena on Saturday.

Niamh went into the championships full of confidence having come close to the medals at the recent Scottish schools championships with new personal bests in the older Under-16 800 Metres and 1,500 Metres. This time the 14-year-old from Aberfoyle was competing in the younger Under-15 age group. She cruised through her heat in an easy 2 minutes 30.51 seconds but knew she would have to go faster in the final. When the gun went the athletes started fast and she found herself in sixth place. However she paced herself well and showed patience as she worked her way up the field gradually moving up to third place by the bell with 200m to go. The top two were quite well in front but Niamh gradually closed the gap and timed her run right in the home straight as she caught the second placed athlete in the last 30 metres. The leader was too far in front but Niamh crossed the line second to take the silver medal in a big personal best 2:22.67 minutes.

Jamie Connor came into the event having never won a medal at a Scottish level event. However this was about to change for the 14-year-old from Dunblane as he charged over the 60 Metres Hurdles in a new personal best 10.25s for third place and a bronze medal. Jamie wasn’t finished there as he took third place in the 300 Metres in a time of 43.58s to finish the day with 2 bronze medals.

Elsewhere Lewis Miller ran the 60 Metres in 8.03s just missing the final and Dara Clark placed 15th in the Long Jump with 3.54m and 16th in the Shot Put with 4.67m.

Scottish Under-20 Indoor Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 19-20 February 2022

Central were represented in the Under-20 age group by the experienced trio of Katherine Fowler, Megan Dunlop and Ellen Montgomery.

The 60 Metres sprint saw all three of them race together, Katherine progressing to the semi-finals where she was just edged out of a place in the final after running a season’s best 8.16s for 10th place. Megan Dunlop ran 8.58s for 19th quickest and Ellen Montgomery set a personal best 9.03s for 25th.

Katherine went on to the High Jump, an event she had recently won the Scottish schools title in, but was unable to reproduce the form she showed then and had to settle for fourth, just outside the medals with a jump of 1.54m. Megan Dunlop showed good form in the 200 Metres where she set a new personal best 28.11s which was agonisingly one place short of progressing to the semi-finals. Ellen Montgomery finished her weekend in the Shot Put placing fifth after throwing 7.32m, just short of her personal best with the senior 4kg weight.

Scottish Under-13 Indoor Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Sunday 20 February 2022

Central had four competitors in the Under-13 age group some of them tasting championship action for the first time.

In the boys’ sprints Central were represented by Luca Shepherd and Alfie Laing. The 60 Metres saw Alfie just miss out on the final after placing ninth fastest in the heats with a personal best 9.19s. Luca also set a personal best with 9.47s for 12th fastest. In the 200 Metres it was Luca’s chance to shine as he set another personal best 30.46s to progress to the final where he placed sixth with 31.62s. Alfie was close to the final with another personal best 30.52s for eighth quickest in the heats.

The girls’ Shot Put saw Alexandra Montgomery placing seventh with a throw of 5.24m and Eilidh Connor 12th with 4.11m. Alexandra went on to run a personal best 9.64s in the 60 Metres heats and Eilidh recovered from winning the club cross country championships the day before to set a personal best in the 800 Metres running 2:57.69 minutes for 17th fastest.

Feb 192022

The annual club cross country championships took place at Queen Victoria School in Dunblane on Saturday 19 February 2022. There was a layer of snow underfoot making conditions slippy, and a good layer of mud on parts of the course.

There were four races, measured in traditional miles rather than kilometres, with the Under 11s contesting over 1.25 miles (2km), the Under 13s running 1.75 miles (2.8km), Under 15s and Women from Under 17 upwards racing over 2.5 miles (4km), and Men from Under 17 upwards covering 4 miles (6.4km).

Thanks to Don Shaw of the club and of QV School who planned and laid out the courses, and to all those who helped make the event possible.

  • U11 Boys
  • 9.09 Luca Shepherd CAC First
  • 9.10 Finlay McAdam CAC Second
  • 9.49 Alfie Laing CAC Third
  • 9.54 Thomas Arnott CAC
  • 10.27 Fraser McDonald CAC
  • 11.38 Arlo Bell Guest
  • 11.44 Brody Scanlon CAC
  • 11.52 Zachary Walker CAC
  • U11 Girls
  • 9.49 Eilidh Connor CAC First
  • 10.19 Zoe Beaton CAC Second
  • 10.42 Emily Watkins CAC Third
  • 12.20 Jessica Walker CAC
  • 13.24 Iona Clark CAC
  • U13 Boys
  • 12.35 Harrison McMillan Guest
  • 13.13 Rory McMillan Guest
  • 14.07 Fraser Kingsley CAC First
  • 15.27 Ethan Bell CAC Second
  • U13 Girls
  • 14.17 Emily Stanford CAC First
  • 15.27 Ciara Middleton CAC Second
  • 16.47 Anna Gunn CAC Third
  • 17.32 Dee Sanderson CAC
  • 19.12 Nora Thompson CAC
  • 23.45 Iona McQuater CAC
  • U15 Boys
  • 17.55 Aaron Middleton CAC First
  • 19.09 Fergus Young CAC Second
  • 19.25 Scott Hill CAC Third
  • 20.29 Henry Crossley CAC
  • 20.32 Alex Dunlop CAC
  • 24.08 Connal Paterson CAC
  • U15 Girls
  • 21.12 Leah Brown CAC First
  • U17 Women
  • 19.42 Catriona Kane CAC First
  • 20.34 Scarlett Roy CAC Second
  • 22.59 Zosia Paddon CAC Third
  • Senior Women
  • 21.17 Laurie Douglas CAC First
  • Masters Women
  • 21.40 Nuala Bell CAC First
  • 23.13 Julia McAfee CAC Second
  • U17 Men
  • 25.10 Cameron Kerr CAC First
  • 26.07 Cameron MacMillan CAC Second
  • 29.14 Euan Docherty CAC Third
  • 34.55 Ross Lawrie CAC
  • U20 Men
  • 23.09 Alastair Marshall CAC First
  • 25.51 Sam Grivell CAC Second
  • 28.54 Euan Andrews CAC Third
  • Senior Men
  • 26.40 Andrew Irvine CAC First
  • 28.05 Neil Ferrier CAC Second
  • Masters Men
  • 28.42 Jens Subke CAC First
  • 29.33 Colin McCreadie CAC Second
  • 31.10 David Eckersley CAC Third
  • 31.16 Donald Shaw CAC
  • 31.28 Dave Benwell CAC
  • 31.57 Iain Dunsmore CAC
  • 32.22 Hugh Buchanan CAC
  • 35.44 Colin Sinclair CAC
  • 36.06 Alan Gall CAC
  • 37.30 Cameron Campbell CAC

Feb 162022

There were lots of good results from Central athletes competing for their schools at the Scottish Schools Indoor Track and Field Championships in Glasgow on 9 and 10 February. Schools at the championships with Central athletes included Balfron High, Dollar Academy, Dunblane High, Lornshill Academy, Queen Victoria School, Stirling High and Wallace High.

Have a look at highlights on our Twitter feed (@Central_AC – https://twitter.com/Central_AC ) or at the Scottish Schools Athletic Association website for full results (http://www.ssaa.co.uk/results/2022results/Indoor_T&F_results.pdf ).

Congratulations to all the athletes, their families and coaches.

Feb 082022
Andrew Butchart in 2019 – (C) Bobby Gavin

Andy Butchart brought down his own Scottish indoor record for 3000 Metres with a superb run in New York. The Central Athletic Club athlete was second behind a European record to post 7 minutes 37.42 seconds with fellow Scot Jake Wightman right in the mix, too, at fourth in 7:37.81. Spanish athlete, Adel Mechaal, won the race in 7:30.82 to take a European best mark which had stood for 12 years. Andy’s previous Scottish record had been at 7:40.85 from a year ago in Germany so both Butchart and Wightman were inside the old record and were more than 12 seconds inside the GB qualifying standard for the World Indoors in Belgrade in March.

Ross Houston (74) and Scott Brember (71) with their medals – photo Pete Bracegirdle

The Lindsays Masters Cross Country Championships proved a good test for the over 40s at Aberdeen’s Balgownie playing fields on Saturday. Here it was Edinburgh AC’s Ewan Cameron (26:20) who picked up his first national title with Central Athletic Club’s duo of Ross Houston (26:31) and Scott Brember (27:06) taking the silver and bronze medals and Scott also capturing the M45 title.

Colin Logan covered the 8 kilometre course in 14th with 28:50 and Roger Goddard (59th; 31:21) completed Central’s team scoring to place second in the team competition. There were further good efforts from Ewan Jack (75th; 32:08), Jens Subke (82nd; 33.07), Craig Walker (83rd; 33:11), Charles Graham-Marr (86th; 33:23), Iain Dunsmore (105th; 35:06), Hugh Buchanan (115th; 35:39) and Colin Sinclair (141st; 43:23).

In the Women’s race Claire Houston came home in a commendable 18th placing having covered the 6 kilometre course in 25:40 and Jane Waterhouse (74th; 31:08) completed Central’s efforts in the race.

Athletes Crowe, Graham-Marr, Milne, Fanottoli (reserve) and Hay with coaches Easton and Gall

Central Athletic Club’s Senior Men’s team travelled to Portugal to represent Great Britain in the European Champion Clubs Cup cross country. The Scottish cross country champions were flying the flag for Great Britain after winning the trial against English and Welsh opposition in Liverpool in November.

This was always going to be a tough test for Central’s athletes with many of the European Clubs able to call upon their professional athletes. As always it was a torrid pace from the start and Central’s men again proved their worth over the 10 kilometre course through top running from Jamie Crowe (32nd; 31:45), Alastair Hay (51st; 32:36), Tom Graham-Marr (59th; 33:00) and Cameron Milne (76th; 34:25).

Central’s senior men’s resources were further stretched at the weekend when Hamish Hickey and Calum Phillip were representing Stirling University at the British Universities Cross Country Championships hosted by Brunel University. This is always a high quality race so both can be proud of their runs with Hamish finishing 11th, covering the 10 kilometre course in 34 minutes 38 seconds and Calum coming home 50th with 36:31.

Feb 072022

Central AC’s combined event athletes were out in force at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow as they competed against Scotland’s top all-rounders.

Under-15 Boys Pentathlon

Central Athletic Club saw three young male athletes joining a very strong field to tackle the Under-15 Pentathlon: Lewis Miller, Jamie Connor and Cameron Moore. Cameron was first up in 60 Metres Hurdles and ran strongly to finish second in his heat in a time of 11.86 seconds, nearly 0.3s quicker than his previous best set two weeks earlier. Jamie and Lewis were in the second heat: having hit a hurdle hard in the warm up, Lewis was a little more cautious than usual during the race and both he and Jamie finished a little shy of their personal bests in fourth and eighth respectively in a very quick heat, meaning that after the first event Lewis was fourth, Jamie ninth and Cameron 11th of the 15 entrants.

Our Under-15 Boys competitors

The second event saw the boys taking on the Long Jump. Cameron struggled a little with his run-up but still managed to get close to his personal best with his second jump of 3.60m. Jamie had a previous personal best of 4.11m but has been working hard on his long jump technique and it paid off with his jumps all in excess of his previous best, the furthest being 4.73m which was good enough for eighth place in the Long Jump. For Lewis this is his strongest event and with his first jump he equalled the club’s Under-15 indoor record of 5.64m, something that had not been achieved since November 2006. Despite his efforts he could not make the record his own with his following two attempts, but the jump was good enough to be the best jump of the day.

The third event for the Under-15 Boys was the High Jump. With first time clearance at the opening height for Cameron, and second time clearances at the next two heights, he was left trying to equal his personal best at 1.30m but it was just not within his grasp this time. Jamie also had a previous best of 1.30m set two weeks earlier and cleared this at his second attempt setting him up for a potential new personal best of 1.33m which he managed at his second attempt and that is where he bowed out of the event. Lewis had a previous best of 1.29m but that was set some time ago and practice had been going well so he entered at 1.39m with a first time clearance. He passed on the next height and cleared 1.45m at his first attempt before needing three attempts to clear 1.48m. Second time clearances at the next two heights placed him fourth for the High Jump before he bowed out – 1.54m being his best height and a fantastic new personal best.

The final field event was the Shot Put. Jamie’s timing was off with his first throw but two strong throws thereafter pushed him close to his personal best with a best throw of 6.25m with the 4kg shot for 11th place. Cameron has shown some really consistent throwing in this event over recent months setting a new personal best two weeks earlier of 7.43m. He again was twice over the 7m distance with his best being 7.42m for seventh place in the event. Lewis entered the event with a previous personal best of 8.14m but some good work on his glide technique saw him surpass this, throwing 8.80m with his first attempt and extending this further to 9.02m with his second for third place in the event.

Going into the final event, Lewis was fourth overall, Jamie 10th and Cameron 12th. Heat 1 saw both Jamie and Cameron tackle the 800 Metres. This is not Cameron’s favourite event but he battled hard to get within 0.5s of his personal best, but the other competitors were strong and this dropped him down to a final place of 14th with a total of 967 points. This is a better event for Jamie and he ran hard to finish third in the heat a little off his personal best but enough to secure 10th place overall with a total of 1,494 points. Lewis finished off in sixth place in his 800 Metres heat, knocking 10s of his previous personal best with 2:28.69 and keeping him in fourth place overall with a total of 2,243 points. Strong performances by all three Under-15 athletes as they all set lifetime best scores.

Under-13 Girls Pentathlon

Alex Montgomery in action

Central Athletic Club had just one entrant in this age group, Alexandra Montgomery, who was taking on the Pentathlon for the very first time. The first event saw her tackle the 60 Metres Hurdles and she was understandably nervous having fallen two weeks earlier at the same venue when competing in the short hurdle race at the indoor league. But she had no reason to be nervous having worked hard on her technique: she finished fourth in her heat in a time of 12.00 seconds, a full 1.21s quicker than her previous personal best which she had achieved at the start of December. This placed her eighth of the 13 athletes entered. The second event was the High Jump – Alex came in at 1.04m and cleared it at her second attempt. She narrowly averted disaster at 1.07m taking three attempts to get over a height that is usually easy for her, before first time clearances at the next two heights put her on course for a personal best at 1.16m which she cleared at her second attempt before bowing out at the next height finishing ninth in the High Jump. Long Jump, the third event, was Alex’s weakest on paper. Competing against some very good long jumpers she entered with a personal best of 3.00m but she surpassed this in two of her three jumps extending her personal best to 3.12 finishing 12th in this event. The final field event saw her tackle the 2.72kg Shot Put where it was evident the long day was starting to take its toll upon her. A best throw of 5.12m is a little off her personal best but was enough to secure eighth in this event. After four events Alex was sitting in 11th place before tackling her least favoured event, the 800 Metres. She set out on the first lap cutting in after the first bend in fifth place. She then showed excellent maturity to settle into a pace she was comfortable with and over the four laps picked off those in front of her to finish second in her heat, smashing her previous personal best in a time of 2:53.62. The fourth fastest time overall meant she jumped from 11th to finish in eighth place with a total of 1,430 points. An excellent first outing at the Pentathlon for the Under-13 athlete and hopefully an experience which will encourage her to enter further combined event competitions in the future.

Under-15 Girls Pentathlon

Our Under-15 Girls competitors

Central Athletic Club had two girls contending the Under-15 Girls Pentathlon, Loren Stewart and Connie Bateman. Their first event was the High Jump and Loren had first time clearances at 1.35m up to 1.41m. It took two attempts to get over 1.44m and three to get 1.47m – it was clear she was having problems with her hip and could not push herself to get over 1.50m and she finished the event sitting in second place. Connie, with a previous personal best of 1.08m, was a little more nervous at tackling this event but training had been going well so she entered at a new best of 1.14m with a first time clearance before extending this further at her third attempt at 1.17m. Connie had three good attempts at 1.20m. The final one saw her clear the bar by a considerable height only for a trailing heel to catch it and knock it off leaving her joint 18th of the 19 entrants. Second event for the girls was the 60 Metres Hurdles and both were in the first heat and ran well. Connie came second in the heat, just 0.03s outside her personal best with 10.91s, finishing 10th quickest on the day. Loren was just behind her in third, a first outing at this age group over the hurdles. She ran 11.08s, knocking 1.5s off her previous best set over the lower Under-13 Hurdles, finishing 12th quickest on the day. Unfortunately the hip problem was not easing and she had to bow out of the competition at this point. Next for the Under-15 female athletes was the Long Jump. This is a strong event for Connie with a personal best of 4.45m. She again showed her consistent jumping with three jumps over 4m finishing on a season’s best 4.32m for sixth place. The final field event was the Shot Put and Connie again showed her consistency with three throws well over 7m, the best on the day being 7.79m just a little shy of her personal best and seventh best of the girls on the day. Going into the final event, the 800 Metres, Connie was sitting in 11th place and having never previously gone under 3 minutes this was going to be a gruelling event. It is not clear if it was the promise of a healthy McDonald’s on the way home (other fast foods are available) or the enticement of a sprints session instead of endurance when back at training the following week if she broke 3 minutes or a combination of both but she managed it – running 2:58.76 the 15th fastest time of the day meaning she finished 12th overall with a fantastic total of 1,982 points.

Under-20 Women Pentathlon

Central Athletics had two women tackling the Under-20 Women’s Pentathlon, Katherine Fowler and Ellen Montgomery, both in their first year at this age group. They also had some tough competition from England to contend with.

Both women were in the first heat of the 60 Metres Hurdles with Katherine breaking 10 seconds with a fantastic 9.94s for fourth in the heat at her first attempt at this age group and Ellen coming sixth in the heat knocking nearly 0.5s off her personal best with 11.22s, leaving them eighth and 12th respectively of the 13 entrants after the first event.

Our Under-20 Women competitors

Next for the women was the High Jump. Ellen narrowly avoided disaster here clearing her opening height of 1.27m at her third and final attempt, but she was unable to improve any further on this height also finishing 12th in this event. Katherine fared a little better with first time clearances at her opening two heights, and needing a second attempt to clear 1.51m but could go no further and bowed out finishing ninth in the event.

Next event was the 4kg Shot Put. Ellen improved with each throw but was still short of her personal best with her best on the day of 6.89m for 12th in this event as well. Katherine also improved with each throw and has clearly been working hard on her throwing technique with a previous personal best with the lighter 3kg shot of 8.01m she surpassed this with the heavier weight to throw 8.17m with her final throw to place seventh in this discipline.

The Under-20 Women’s final field event was the Long Jump, where both Katherine and Ellen were struggling with their run-ups. Katherine managed 4.38m in her opening jump but fouled the next two finishing 11th in the event. Ellen fouled her first jump but managed to jump close to her personal best with her second with a 4.21m jump and this was the best of her jumps for 13th place.

Going into the last event Katherine was sitting 10th place and Ellen 13th. Both women ran in the first heat of the 800 Metres. Katherine ran strong to finish third in the heat in a time of 2:33.43 just over a second outside her personal best to finish ninth overall with a fantastic total of 2,814 points. Ellen also finished strong with a new personal best in her 800 Metres of 2:49.64 knocking just over 2.5s off her previous best, to finish with 2,032 points. With four English athletes ahead of them they were actually fifth and ninth respectively against Scottish opposition. Good performances by both women in their first year at this age group.

Under-20 Men Heptathlon

Ross Lawrie

Ross Lawrie in his first year as an Under-20 athlete was the only Central Athlete to tackle the two day Under-20 Men’s Heptathlon event for the Club. Quite a challenge for someone who considered themselves an endurance athlete not long ago and had never attempted a combined event competition at any age group previously! The first event was the 60 Metres sprint – Ross was in the first heat and came third with 8.27 seconds knocking more than 0.5s off his previous best at this shortest of distances for eighth place out of the ninth competitors. The next challenge was the Long Jump. Having only jumped 3.65m last year Ross knew he was up against it with the calibre of athletes he was competing against but he performed really well with a starting jump of 4.84m, a second jump of 4.97m and finishing off with 4.83m. This was really good consistent jumping smashing his previous personal best and making sure he did not lose too much ground on the athletes around him. Next was the 6kg Shot Put and with a personal best of 8.75m throwing the lighter 5kg shot anything close to 8m was going to represent a good performance and Ross delivered all three throws over that target, the best being his last throw of 8.50m registering sixth place in this discipline. The final event of Day 1 was the High Jump which had an opening height of 1.47m so with a previous personal best of 1.35m this was always going to be a challenge. Ross struggled to get his run-up right but managed to clear the opening height at his second attempt. But he was not finished there, and at his third attempt he cleared 1.50m for a 15cm improvement on his previous personal best, finishing the day with four personal best performances. Day 2 opened up with the 60 Metres Hurdles and Ross safely negotiated them in eighth place with a time of 12.02s which he was more than happy with for his first attempt over the five 0.991m (39 inch) obstacles. The second event was the one he feared the most, the Pole Vault, and unfortunately, despite his best efforts, he could just not clear the opening height of 2.17m. Despite this setback he did not let this get to him and he ran the five lap 1,000 Metres final event in the fifth fastest time of 3:10.81 for a final total of 2,432 points and eighth place overall. A fine first attempt at the combined events competition.

Feb 032022

The club cross country championships will take place on Saturday 19 February 2022 at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane. Races will be entry on the day with declarations from 10.15am

The order, distance and timing of events will be (may change depending on numbers):

Age GroupDistanceStart Time
Under-11 Girls and Boys1.25 miles11.15 am
Under-13 Girls and Boys1.75 miles11.30 am
Under-15 Girls and Boys, Under-17 / Under-20 / Senior and Masters Women *2.5 miles11.50 am
Under-17 / Under-20 / Senior and Masters Men *4 miles12.20 pm

*These races will also carry prizes via a sealed handicap

There will be medals to first 3 club members in each age group and finishers in the Under-11 and Under-13 races. Presentations will be carried out as soon as possible after each race. All entries will be £3.

Tea, coffee and other refreshments will be available. Donations of home baking welcome.

Club kit including sweatshirts and vests will be available for sale and sizing.

Jan 242022

The third and final set of East District Cross Country League races of the season were played out at Dechmont Law in Deans, Livingston with fairly benign conditions for the runners, and the normal undulating and challenging course provided by the local clubs.

Once again there were few Central Athletic Club youngsters featuring but those who did proved equal to the conditions. Under-11 Boy, Finlay MacAdam was first of the Central contingent to compete and here acquitted himself well to cover the 1.6 kilometre course in 7 minutes 10 seconds to finish 18th in this age group. Joel Gillan always brings a ‘can do’ attitude to races and tackled the Under-13 Boys race over a 3 kilometre one lap course to finish a respectable 17th in 11:43.

Most of Central’s women’s team

The next of the events on the day was the Women’s 6 kilometre race and here Morag Millar set off in determined fashion and was never challenged as she powered round to win in a tasty 21 minutes 20 seconds. Under-20 Grace Tindall was another to catch the eye as she finished in 22:53 in an excellent fifth place overall and second in the Under-20 age group. Heather Scott put in another strong performance to finish 19th (24:09) while Rosie Eckersley (29th; 24:48) led in a string of Central athletes including Claire Houston (36th; 25:33) who had just prevailed from Cliona Diamond (37th; 25:34). Louise Torr (59th; 27:17) should be pleased with her run ahead of Julia McAfee (74th; 28:27), Alison Lunn (94th; 30:16) and Jane Waterhouse (97th; 30:28) who once again rolled back the years. Central’s Women were second team on the day and finished the season in fourth overall.

Aaron Middleton and Killian Trenholm contested the Under-15 Boys course of some 4 kilometres with both showing great resolve, Aaron finishing 19th with 15:27 and Killian 37th with 17:07.

Hamish Hickey took the lead early on

The penultimate race of the day featured a combined Under-15 Girls and Under-17 Women’s race, also over a 4 kilometre course, and here Catriona Kane stood out as she finished fourth overall and second Under-17 in a time of 15:50. Under-15s Robyn MacKerracher and Tabatha MacKenzie kept their concentration throughout to finish 31st (18:31) and 38th (19:24) respectively.

The Men’s race was again the final race of the day and saw the Central Team retain the Sandilands Shield as League Champions. Hamish Hickey was somewhat disappointed to have not been considered for the Scottish Team at the Celtic International but here underlined his talent with a determined runaway win in 28 minutes 21 seconds. Alastair Hay was always close to the front of the race and here finished fourth (28:58) while Calum Phillip (seventh; 29:07), Scott Brember (12th; 30:11), Josh Wood (24th; 31:06) and Dale Colley (38th; 31:36) saw the team close in on the title with Scott, once again, the top Masters runner. The necessary back-up was provided by Colin Logan (44th; 32:02), Andrew Irvine (66th; 33:16), Will Hensman (88th; 34:47), Craig Coull (99th; 35:11) and Neil Ferrier (110th; 36:00). The Masters were well represented by Craig Walker (127th; 37:28), Jens Subke (141st; 38:02), Iain Dunsmore (170th; 39:13), Hugh Buchanan (184th; 39:47), Allan Gall (231st; 45:51) and Cameron Campbell (238th; 47:22) again all finishing the course in style.

Jan 242022

Three of Central Athletic Club athletes were representing Scotland at the Northern Ireland International Cross Country in Dundonald, near Belfast, on Saturday 22 January.

Connor Bell tops the podium

A superb run by Under-17 Connor Bell saw him lead home a Scottish 1-2-3 and take the Celtic team title for Scotland. Connor was representing Scotland for the first time and here reversed last week’s result in the Scottish Inter District Championships to head second place Corey Campbell by some 4 seconds, covering the 6 kilometre course in 19 minutes 16 seconds. This performance also saw Scotland win Home Country team golds.

Central’s Under-23 runners Ben MacMillan and Alastair Marshall were competing for Scotland in the Senior Men’s race over a 10 kilometre course and here came home 21st (31:37) and 24th (31:54) respectively as they took Celtic team silvers for Scotland in the Under-23 category, losing out by a single point to Ireland.

Jan 232022
Ruairidh Burns

Central AC athletes were back in indoor championship action after a two year absence with the return of the Scottish Senior and Under-17 Championships at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. And they had cause to celebrate with two medals and some new best performances.

In the Under-17 event Ruairidh Burns opened the day with an excellent silver in the Long Jump. Ruairidh was sitting in fifth place going into the final round with a best jump of 5.41 metres. But it was a close contest for the medals and he showed grit as he hit his final jump right to improve to a season’s best 5.59m to move up into second place for the silver medal. He continued onto the 400 Metres and having qualified for the final in 56.27s ran 55.82s for sixth place in the final.

Aaliyah McCloud was moving up to the Under-17 age group after winning the Scottish Under-15 300 Metres title last summer in a championship record. She eased through her 300 Metres heat winning comfortably in 42.59s. In the final she found herself in fourth place as the athletes broke on the back straight. She fought hard to get up to third but couldn’t quite catch the front runners in a tight finish where only 0.3s separated the medallists. However, she can still be proud of a bronze medal in an indoor best time of 41.48s.

Aaliyah and Mica McCloud

Twin sister Mica McCloud was back in action in the 60 Metres after an injury lay off last summer. She won her heat in 8.23s then ran a personal best 8.12s in the semi-final to qualify for the final. In the final she went even faster with another best of 8.10s for fifth. With the top two places going to an English and an Irish athlete this made Mica the third placed Scot.

Jamie Oldham was in action in the 800 Metres and took 3 seconds off his personal best with a time of 2:15.04 minutes for a respectable 13th quickest on the day.

With Covid restrictions wiping out the senior endurance programme, Ian Horsburgh was our only senior athlete taking part. Ian is an experienced athlete in the masters category and has competed for Great Britain at the European masters championships. He showed he can still hold his own with the younger athletes as he went round the indoor track in a superb 22.50s to qualify for the final. Unfortunately, he sustained an injury in the final and was unable to finish but his 22.50s heat time is the fastest in the world this year by an athlete in the M40 masters category.

Jan 172022

Having missed a year due to Covid restrictions the Scottish Inter District Cross Country Championships returned for 2022 with the races moving to a course in Irvine. A number of Central Athletic Club athletes had been selected for the Scottish East District teams and others for the Senior Men’s Scottish Students team so there were great opportunities to test their New Year fitness.

The first Central athlete competing on the day was Niamh McKinlay who faced a 4 kilometre test in, for once, dry and benign conditions. The Inter District races are a move up in class as the season progresses and here Niamh, representing the East of Scotland, acquitted herself well to finish in 21st place in a useful 16 minutes 45 seconds holding off a number of her rivals.

Connor Bell had success at this event as an Under-15 Boy in Stirling in 2020 and here moved up to contest the Under-17 Men’s race over 6 kilometres. Connor finished with a superb silver individual medal in a time of 19 minutes 44 seconds and ensured his East of Scotland team won the team honours by a significant margin over the West of Scotland.

Alastair Marshall finishing strongly (photo (c) Bobby Gavin)

The Senior Men’s and Women’s races were contested by the East, North and West teams plus Scottish Students and teams from the North of England so were certain to be high quality tests. In the Women’s race Morag Millar again proved her ability to deal with the conditions and most of her rivals finishing in silver medal position and covering her 7 kilometre challenge in 24 minutes 50 seconds, leading her East of Scotland team to another win. Catriona Buchanan stayed ‘on task’ to come through in 32nd overall with a 27:48 timing.

The Senior Men’s race was also played out over the same 7 kilometre course and here it was former Scottish Cross Country Champion and Welsh International Kristian Jones who won in 21:16 and it was Central’s Under-20 athlete Alastair Marshall, wearing a Scottish Students vest, who caught the eye to finish in silver medal placing with 21:35. Hamish Hickey was also representing the Students and here finished in a highly commendable fifth placing in 21:50. Alastair Hay was also well to the fore with yet another strong run in 15th place and scoring for the East team with 22:25. There were further good performances for the Students from Central’s Tom Graham-Marr in 20th with 22:32 and Calum Phillip in 25th with 22:37. The overall Senior Men’s Inter District title went to the Scottish Students with the West in second and the East in a close third place.

Jan 092022

The fourth race of Central Athletic Club’s 2021-22 Junior Cross-Country Series was held on Saturday 8 January on a course devised by David Eckersley around the playing fields at Balfron High School. The snow from the previous day had melted and the morning’s heavy rain showers had relented leaving fairly soggy underfoot conditions for the 27 youngsters taking the approximate 1 mile challenge.

Determined start at Balfron

Scott Hill was always at the head of the pack and won comfortably in 5 minutes 50 seconds to again lead home the Under-15 Boys group while Conall Paterson (6:17) had an improved run to take second place in this category. Joel Gillan (6:13) had another impressive run to win the Under-13 Boys age group and here he was followed home by Fraser Kingsley (6:52) who recovered well from a fall on one of the tighter parts of the course. Luca Shepherd (6:58) again proved his potential with another top performance as he led in the Under-11 Boys from a strong run by Alfie Laing (7:30) with Matthew Owen (7:32) only a few strides behind.  Zachary Walker (8:11) and Austin Evans (8:17) completed the Under-11 Boys group with further gutsy efforts.

Under-15 Girl Niamh McKinley (6:13) was always well up in the overall race as she again headed in the Girls having run convincingly throughout. There were further top performances in the Under-15 Girls from Leah Brown (6:25) and Loren Stewart (6:29) and more solid efforts from Robyn McKerracher (6:48) and Robyn Youens (7:15). Scarlett Roy (6:19) stood out in the Under-17 Girls age group with another ‘can do’ performance while Rachel Warden (6:30) should be pleased with her improved run. There was a good turnout of Under-13 Girls and here Emily Stanford’s 6:26 effort prevailed from series leader Fia Watkin (6:29). Ciara Middleton (6:51) ran confidently throughout and led in further positive efforts from Orla Pieroway (7:04), Anna Gunn (7:20) and Katherine Mitchell (7:39). This time around it was Zoe Beaton (7:47) who just pipped Emily Watkin, also 7:47, in the Under-11 Girls with another good run from Jessica Walker (8:03). Under-11 Girl Iona Clark found this to be a tough test but finished with a great sprint and a smile. Hannah Inman was again the only Under-9 Girl but her 7:10 effort proves her potential for the future.

Thanks are again due to the volunteers who helped with setting the course, warm-up, recording and marshalling to make this another successful event with special mention of David Eckersley and Gordon Bell for their efforts of setting the course in the rain.

NameAge GroupTime
Scott HillU15B5.50
Joel GillanU13B6.13
Niamh McKinlayU15G6.13
Conall PatersonU15B6.17
Scarlett RoyU17W6.19
Leah BrownU15G6.25
Emily StanfordU13G6.26
Loren StewartU15G6.29
Fia WatkinU13G6.29
Rachel WardenU17W6.30
Robyn McKerracherU15G6.48
Ciara MiddletonU13G6.51
Fraser KingsleyU13B6.52
Luca Shepherd U11B6.58
Orla Pieroway U13G7.04
Hannah InmanU9G7.10
Robyn YouensU15G7.15
Anna GunnU13G7.20
Alfie Laing U11B7.30
Matthew OwenU11B7.32
Katherine MitchellU13G7.39
Zoe BeatonU11G7.47
Emily Watkin U11G7.47
Jessica WalkerU11G8.03
Zachary WalkerU11B8.11
Austin Evans U11B8.17
Iona ClarkU11G10.59

Dec 272021

Scottish Athletics have recently ratified a number of Scottish records including Andrew Butchart’s 3,000 Metres run of 7 minutes 35.18 seconds from the Muller British Grand Prix in Gateshead on 13 July 2021, which eclipsed Andrew’s existing Scottish record of 7:37.56 from 2017.

Dec 272021

It was very much Ladies’ Night at Central Athletic Club’s Christmas Handicap for 2021 with Cliona Diamond, Fiona Davies and Laurie Douglas taking the top three spots. The evening of Thursday 23 December brought its own challenges with heavy rain making it an uncomfortable event for the 21 competitors and the essential marshals and recorders. Cliona must have kept her concentration throughout to win by a comfortable margin with Fiona coming past Laurie in the later stages of the race. Amongst the men it was the Masters runners who led the charge with Danny O’Neill taking the plaudits ahead of Hugh Buchanan with Iain Dunsmore and Alastair Cunningham in close attendance.

It was the youngsters in the Club who once again produced the fastest scratch times with Alastair Marshall, 12 minutes 11 seconds, again proving his credentials ahead of Under-17 Connor Bell (12:29) and the ever dependable Alastair Hay (12:30). Andrew Irvine ran well to finish with 13:45 while young Sam Grivell (13:54) also produced a fine effort ahead of the fastest Masters Man, Craig Walker (15:24). Morag Millar’s 13:52 effort again brought her round as fastest Lady ahead of Fiona Davies (15:07), Jennifer Wetton (15:26) and Cliona Diamond (15:45). Lewis Millar, last year’s winner, deserves a special mention for completing the course in 15:55, handicapped by pushing daughter Molly in her running buggy throughout. A big thank you is due to Derek Easton for his organisation and to his team of race marshals and recorders.

Dec 202021

The latest sets of Scotland vests have been awarded for International action at the British Cross Challenge in Belfast on Saturday 22 January. The races that day feature two international events as medals are contested for Celtic Nations Cross Country and Home Countries Cross Country. The four Central athletes selected to represent Scotland are: Senior Men – Jamie Crowe; Under-23 Men – Ben MacMillan and Alastair Marshall; Under-17 Men – Connor Bell. The Senior team competes in the Home Countries Cross Country and the Under-23 and Under-17 teams in the Celtic Nations event.

Congratulations to all these athletes and their coaches.

Dec 202021

The third race of Central Athletic Club’s 2021-22 Cross Country Series was held on Saturday 18 December in Laighhills, Dunblane in fairly misty and cold conditions and there was a heartening turnout of some 41 young runners who faced up to the approximate one lap challenge set by Derek Easton.

A misty start at Laighhills

Here it was Under-15 Boy Fergus Young who showed great promise to win in an excellent 5 minutes 54 seconds. Scott Hill (6:06) came home a worthy second, followed home by another solid run from Alex Dunlop (6:14). There were further good runs in this age group from Jamie Connor (6:24) and Conall Paterson (6:40). Joel Gillan (6:02) had another strong run to win the Under-13 Boys age group and here he was followed home by Fraser Kingsley (6:53) and Noah McIntyre-Simm (7:44). Luca Shepherd (6:45) was well to the fore in the overall race and led in the Under-11 Boys with further useful efforts from Alfie Laing (7:29), Matthew Owen (7:38) and Austin Evans (9:12). The two Under-9 Boys finished close together with Zachary Walker (8:17) prevailing by two seconds over Jude McIntyre.

The Girls races saw further top performances with Under-17 Catriona Kane posting the fastest time of 6 minutes 4 seconds ahead of another good run from Scarlett Roy (6:16) while Millie O’Neill (6:36) edged out Rachel Warden (6:39) and Tara Mathewson (7:32) will have learned much from this experience. Niamh McKinley (6:06) caught the eye in heading the Under-15 Girls age group with Leah Brown (6:26) pushing through well. Tabitha MacKenzie (6:52) continues to pick up useful points in the Under-15 Girls age group and headed home Olivia Ashworth (7:20) and Eva Ragona (7:46). There was a good turnout of Under-13 Girls and here it was Fia Watkin (6:41) who prevailed from Ciara Middleton (6:58), Dara Clark (7:13) and Lilia Warden (7:25). Further good performances amongst the Under-13 Girls came from Anna Gunn (7:39), Orla Pieroway (7:49), Eliza Pont (7:53), Anna McKie (8:16), Norah Thompson (9:55) and Evelyn Craig (11:00). It was Eilidh Connor who led in the Under-11 race with a tasty 7:43 with Zoe Beaton (8:02), Emily Watkin (8:08) and Jessica Walker (8:15) finishing closely together. Further good efforts from Sadie Young (9:22) and Iona Clark (10:34) rounded out this age group. Special mention for Hannah Inman, the only Under-9 Girl, who came home in an excellent 7:24. Thanks are due to the volunteers who helped with warm-up, recording and marshalling to make this a successful event on a cold, misty morning.

Laighhill Results 18 December 2021
Fergus YoungU15B05:54
Joel Gillan U13B06:02
Catriona KaneU17W06:04
Niamh McKinlayU15G06:06
Scott Hill U15B06:06
Alex Dunlop U15B06:14
Scarlett Roy U17W06:16
Jamie ConnorU15B06:24
Leah Brown U15G06:26
Millie O’Neill U17W06:36
Rachel Warden U17W06:39
Conall Paterson U15B06:40
Fia Watkin U13G06:41
Luca Shepherd U11B06:45
Tabitha MacKenzie U15G06:52
Fraser KingsleyU13B06:53
Ciara MiddletonU13G06:58
Dara ClarkU13G07:13
Olivia AshworthU15G07:20
Hannah InmanU9G07:24
Lilia WardenU13G07:25
Alfie Laing U11B07:29
Tara MathewsonU17W07:32
Matthew OwenU11B07:38
Anna GunnU13G07:39
Eilidh ConnorU11G07:43
Noah McIntyre-Simm U13B07:44
Eva RagonaU15G07:46
Orla Pieroway U13G07:49
Eliza PontU13G07:53
Zoe BeatonU11G08:02
Emily Watkin U11G08:08
Jessica Walker U11G08:15
Anna McKIeU13G08:16
Zackary Walker U9B08:17
Jude McIntyreU9B08:19
Austin Evans U11B09:12
Sadie YoungU11G09:22
Norah ThompsonU13G09:55
Iona ClarkU11G10:34
Evelyn CraigU13G11:00
Dec 142021

Central Athletic Club athletes Andrew Butchart and Jamie Crowe pitted themselves against Europe’s best at the European Cross Country Championships near Dublin on Sunday 12 December. Olympian Andrew has had success in these Championships in the past and by contrast this was Jamie’s first Great Britain and NI vest. Andrew and Jamie have been carrying all before them in Scottish cross country races this season and had achieved selection for these European Championships through second and third places in the British Trials.

GB & NI Senior Men’s team

The 10 kilometre race was held on an undulating course with some tight corners and patches of mud. As always the race was a fast and furious affair with a high quality field including Olympic 1,500 Metres champion Jacob Ingebrigtsen of Norway and two time European Cross Country champion Aras Kaya from Turkey. The two Central runners adopted differing tactics with Andrew pushing to the front in the early stages while Jamie started more conservatively. The race pretty much went with the form book with Ingebrigtsen winning in 30:15 and Kaya in second (30:29). Needless to say both Central runners gave it their all with the GB & NI runners also keeping to the form book finishing in a repeat of the Liverpool Trials with Jack Rowe of Aldershot, Farnham and District in 18th (31:18) and the Central runners finishing in close order in 23rd and 24th with Andrew recording 31:26 and Jamie 31:28. When the team scores came through Andrew’s and Jamie’s runs had contributed to the team’s scores with GB & NI finishing sixth in the race.

 ‘No part of the course was easy, but I loved every bit of it and the crowd was amazing.’ said Crowe. ‘You went through the woods and it was quiet then you’d come out and hear this roar. It was pretty special, it’s the best atmosphere I’ve ever heard in a race. I was focusing on the team aspect. I think I was just outside top 20 so I’m really happy with that. I’m a little disappointed as a team we didn’t finish higher but that was a tough field.’

Butchart said: ‘That was hard work today. My legs felt good but they perhaps weren’t good enough today. So I’m a bit disappointed. In this sort of race, you have to put yourself at the front. You can’t start at the back and come through against these top guys. You’ve got to put yourself at the front and in contention. That’s all you can do. It didn’t end up as I would have liked today but we move on to the next one.’

Dec 062021

There will be lots of stories from this year’s version of the Scottish East District Cross Country Championships but almost all will revolve around the challenging weather conditions with heavy and prolonged rain showers throughout the day. Undeterred, some 57 Central Athletic Club runners from Under-13s through to veterans tested themselves against the weather and the deteriorating underfoot conditions to complete their races. There were championship medals on offer as well as selection places for the Scottish Inter District Championships in Irvine in January so much at stake throughout the age groups.

The event, staged in the grounds of University of Stirling on Saturday 4 December, saw the first race start at 11.30am with the Under-13 Girls stepping out. Here Emily Stanford (18th; 14 minutes 12 seconds) and Ciara Middleton (33rd; 15:28) did both themselves and the Club proud in their 3.2 kilometre race. The next Central runners to toe the line were the Under-15 Girls, facing a 4.2 kilometre challenge in the swirling rain. As expected the Central girls all passed their test with Niamh McKinlay (14th; 18:29) leading her team-mates home. The girls finished in fifth team place with excellent back-up from Loren Stewart (22nd; 19:14), Leah Brown (23rd; 19:16), Robyn McKerracher (43rd; 20:38) and Olivia Ashworth (57th; 22:43). It was the turn of the Under-15 Boys next as the athletes became more and more mud bespattered and here Aaron Middleton (23rd; 16:47) led his team-mates home ahead of Alex Dunlop (38th; 18:25), Killian Trenholm (53rd; 19:30) and Jamie Connor (60th; 20:42) with the boys finishing as 11th team.

Connor Bell (756) early in the Under-17 Men’s race

The medal tap was turned on by Connor Bell’s fine silver medal run in the Under-17 Men’s race as he covered the 5.7 kilometre course in a tasty 19:45. Cameron Kerr (seventh; 20:20) had another fine run, unfortunately without a third counter team medals eluded these top performances. The Under-17 Women also endured a 5.7 kilometre course finishing as sixth team through the enduring efforts of Scarlett Roy (20th; 27:20), Millie O’Neill (22nd; 29:30), Rachel Warden (23rd; 29:53) and Zosia Paddon (25th; 35:20). There were further medals in the Under-20 Men’s category through great runs by Ben MacMillan (silver; 23:08), Alastair Marshall (bronze; 23:20) with Sam Grivell (19th; 28:00) ensuring a set of Team Golds in this age group. Sam Burton (21st; 28:29) and Euan Andrews (22nd; 32:58) provided back-up in the Club’s Under-20 Men’s effort over a 6.4 kilometre course. Grace Tindall was Central’s sole competitor in the Under-20 Women’s race, also of 6.4 kilometres, as she strode round for a fine sixth place with 29:27.

Morag Millar (394) moving up in the Senior Women’s race

The penultimate race saw the Senior and Masters Women taking on a 8.6 kilometre challenge and here it was the resurgent Morag Millar who raced to win gold with another assured performance covering the course in 32 minutes 50 seconds. The remaining Central team counters here were Catriona Buchanan (tenth; 35:21), Heather Scott (35th; 37:59) and Claire Houston (44th; 39:16) as the team missed out by a single point on collecting team bronze medals. There was great back-up here from Cliona Diamond (54th; 40:41), Kirsten McStay (57th; 40:45), Louise Torr (94th; 44:18), Julia McAfee (116th; 46:56), Alison Lunn (125th; 48:43) and Rhona Scott (144th; 54:17).

The incessant rain had relented somewhat by the start of the of the Senior and Masters Men’s race although underfoot conditions were somewhat yielding. With Andrew Butchart and Jamie Crowe side-lined from Saturday’s efforts as both are due to compete for Great Britain in next weekend’s Euro Cross in Ireland, there was some concern that Central’s Senior Men’s team would be challenged for team gold medals. With top runs from some of Central’s ever dependable runners backed-up by burgeoning young talent any fears were soon dispelled and here it was a fifteenth set of gold medals for Central in this event through Alastair Hay (fifth; 29:23), Calum Phillip (seventh; 29:39), Hamish Hickey (ninth; 29:56), Luca Fanottoli (11th; 30:01), Matthew Sutherland (12th; 30:02) and Tom Graham-Marr (19th; 30:42). Scott Brember’s effort (28th; 31:29) provided back-up as he picked up the individual silver Masters medal. It was good to see some 24 Central finishers in this 8.6 kilometre race with further useful performances from Josh Wood (49th; 32:20), Colin Logan (56th; 32:51), Sandy Holl (61st; 33:04), Andrew Irvine (69th; 33:40), Dale Colley (106th; 35:38), Craig Coull (130th; 37:03), Neil Ferrier (137th; 37:27), Craig Walker (151st; 38:13), Jens Subke (158th; 38:39), Colin McCreadie (164th; 38:48), Charles Graham-Marr (165th; 38:50), Donald Shaw (175th; 39:48), Iain Elliott (180th; 39:54), Iain Dunsmore (194th; 40:49), David Benwell (203rd; 41:46), Allan Gall (248th; 47:48) and Cameron Campbell (250th; 48:28). Central’s Masters team of Scott Brember, Colin Logan and Craig Walker finished fifth Masters team.

Congratulations are due to a great Club effort which saw large numbers of Central volunteers set-up and dismantle the course, provide marshalling and other duties, all ably led by Michael Wright. A determined team of Scottish Athletics Officials also deserve plaudits for their overall efforts but particularly with recording of times and places and producing results in the trying conditions.

Nov 292021
Jamie Crowe

The cohort from Central Athletic Club travelling home from Liverpool on Saturday must have had smiles on their faces and a spring in their step. The British Athletics Cross Challenge in Liverpool on Saturday 27 November was the latest race to test a number of Central’s athletes. With Scottish vests and European Cross Country places up for grabs and the potential for Central’s Senior Men to make it to the European Champion Clubs Cup cross country there was much at stake.

Jamie Crowe, coach Derek Easton, Andrew Butchart

The British Cross Challenge events are a huge challenge given the depth of competition but the Central athletes showed they can rub shoulders with the best. Amongst the Senior Men it was Andrew Butchart and Jamie Crowe who caught the eye of the selectors finishing second and third over the 9.8 kilometre course, covering the distance in 28 minutes 16 seconds and 28:27 respectively. Olympian Andrew has competed for GB a number of times before but this will be a first GB selection for Jamie underlining the progress he has made as they both head to Dublin for the European Cross Country Championships on 12 December.

Tom Graham-Marr

These races are relentless and as the athletes poured through the finishing line there were further superb performances from the Senior Men’s contingent through Tom Graham-Marr (52nd; 30:10), Luca Fanottoli (81st; 30:54), Calum Phillip (101st; 31:29), Hamish Hickey (106th; 31:39), Dale Colley (145th; 32:49) and Andrew Irvine (222nd; 35:31). Their efforts will see Central head to the European Champions Clubs Cup cross country near Lisbon on 6 February 2022 having held off strong challenges from their Welsh and English counterparts, Cardiff and Shaftesbury Barnet.

Not to be outdone by her male clubmates Morag Millar had another outstanding run to finish twenty third in the Senior Women’s 8.1 kilometre race in a time of 28:02.

Team spirit on show

The Under-20 Men’s race featured another committed effort by Central’s Alastair Marshall who covered his 6.7 kilometre challenge in 20:34 to finish in a highly satisfactory eighth overall.

Earlier in the day Under-17 Man Connor Bell again underlined his potential as he gave notice to his rivals with a superb eighth place finish over a 5.5 kilometre course with an excellent 17:24 clocking.

Nov 222021

The Cambridge Dictionary word of the year is perseverance and that covered all of the Central Athletic Club Cross Country contingent who made their way to Camperdown Park in Dundee on Saturday 20th November for the second East District Cross Country League races of the season. The morning rain gave way to bright sunshine before the first race and with good underfoot conditions and some challenging slopes the scene was set for some fast racing.

Morag Millar takes the lead

Disappointingly, no Central AC athletes featured in the Under-11 and Under-13 races so in the programme of events it was Under-17 Man Cameron Kerr who was first to stride out in the yellow and blue club vest. Cameron ran a well-judged race as he moved through the field to finish in a highly commendable fifth, covering the 6.4 kilometre course in exactly 23 minutes.

Next of the events on the day was the Women’s 6.4 kilometre race. On the first hill of the race it looked as though Central’s Morag Millar might be challenged but her opposition faded as Morag powered round to win by over 90 seconds, covering the distance in 23 minute 33 seconds. This should set Morag up for her venture to compete for Scotland next weekend in Liverpool. It was good to see Central take second team place with further excellent running from Rosie Eckersley (16th; 26:49), Heather Scott (18th; 27:00) and Claire Houston (21st; 27:28). There were further determined efforts from Cliona Diamond (53rd; 30:41) and Julie McAfee (67th: 31:54) providing essential back-up.

Andrew Butchart flying downhill

The Under-15 Boys challenge was played out over a 4 kilometre course which saw Aaron Middleton running well throughout to finish 24th overall in a useful time of 15:54, while Alex Dunlop completed the same race in 38th with 17:12 to add his value to the club’s effort.

The penultimate race of the day featured a combined Under-15 Girls and Under-17 Women’s race, also over a 4 kilometre course and here Catriona Kane looked strong throughout to finish 12th with 16:21 with Millie O’Neill sticking well to the task to come home in 46th with 19:25.

Men’s team – Colley, Crowe, Hay, Fanottoli, Milne, Butchart

The Men’s race was again the final race of the day and proved a happy hunting ground for Central’s men as they took first league placing on the day and pushed through to the top of the league with one race remaining. Andrew Butchart had another outstanding run to win and here covered the 9.6 kilometre, three lap challenge in a tasty 29:50. Jamie Crowe was no less impressive in second with 30:03 leaving a big gap to the rest of the field. The always dependable Alastair Hay finished fifth (31:49) while Luca Fanottoli (seventh; 32:01) showed further improvement and with Cameron Milne (eighth; 32:05) and Dale Colley (12th; 33:00) the Central team were well deserving of their top billing. Masters champion Scott Brember was again first Masters runner and a fine 17th overall with 33:40. There were further notable performances from Andrew Irvine (41st; 36:33), Craig Coull (58th; 38:03) and Lewis Millar (72nd; 38:42). The Masters were also well represented by David Eckersley (100th; 40:59), Donald Shaw (113th; 41:56), Hugh Buchanan (152nd; 45:24), Iain Dunsmore (162nd; 46:24), Raymond Milne (167th; 47:17), Allan Gall (178th; 51:04), Cameron Campbell (180th; 52:25) and Colin Sinclair (183rd; 57:19) with all finishing the course in style.

The final East District League Races are scheduled for Livingston on 22 January and it would be good to see a larger turn out from all Central age groups.

Nov 152021

Scotland vests have been awarded for the British Cross Challenge and Euro Cross Trials event at Liverpool later this month and Central Athletic Club are well-represented across the selections with no fewer than seven athletes picked – six men in the three age groups alongside Morag Millar following her silver medal run at the Lindsays Short Course Cross Country.

Jamie Crowe, Andrew Butchart, Ben MacMillan and Hamish Hickey are all rewarded with selection after winning the National Relays at Scone

Early season form has seen Andrew Butchart and Jamie Crowe in the Senior Men’s category, Ben MacMillan, Tom Graham-Marr and Hamish Hickey in the Under-23s and Alastair Marshall in the Under-20 race all awarded Scotland vests. Morag Millar will feature in the blue vest of Scotland in the Senior Women’s race with all the races at Sefton Park on Saturday 27 November.

scottishathletics have picked some 22 athletes across the three age groups so it is great testament to the coaches at Central that almost a third of the Scottish team is made up of their athletes. A quote on the scottishathletics website encapsulates the achievement ‘Selections always recognise and reflect upon years of hard work and commitment to our sport and, of course, the last 18 months of Covid-19 issues have raised a number of hurdles for those seeking to maintain their personal progress.’

Nov 152021

The second race of Central Athletic Club’s 2021-22 Cross Country Series was held on Saturday 13 November in Callander Crags Woods with bright sunshine being enjoyed by runners and spectators alike.

Craig Walker and his band of helpers had set a testing course for the youngsters with a fairly demanding uphill finish for all 25 athletes that will live long in the memory for some.

The first race of just over a mile proved a good test for the Under-9 and Under-11 athletes with Luca Shepherd (8 minutes 54 seconds) showing great resolve to take the win. Alfie Laing (9:12) also showed superb form in second while Austin Evans (12:00) showed some useful potential. Jessica Walker covered the course in a tasty 10:19 timing that saw her win the Girls’ race with Emily Watkin’s fine 10:23 effort just a few strides behind. Summer Johnston finished in an admirable 10:38 while Kalina Lu-Czartoryjska can be pleased with her 12:48 effort. Under-9, Zackary Walker had pushed his older competitors and finished in an excellent 9:26 while Francesco Ragona (16:12) was the youngest athlete on the day and also picked up valuable points in the Under-9 Girls category.

Superb form into the finish at Callendar

The second race was a further test of some 1.5 miles which saw Under-13 athlete Joel Gillan (9:13) rounding off a fine effort in first while Noah McIntyre-Simm (12:02) also ran hard into the finish. Under-15, Scott Hill (9:15) was close on Joel’s heels to take the honours in his age group from an improving Alex Dunlop (9:39) while Conall Paterson (11:35) completed the Boys’ challenge with another strong effort throughout.

It was Under-17 Scarlett Roy (9:33) who proved her fitness to win the Girls’ race with a concentrated effort to head home further strong runs from Rachel Warden (10:26) and Millie O’Neill (12:14) in this age group. Leah Brown (9:55) showed commitment and fine style to take the Under-15 Girls category ahead of a solid run from Loren Stewart (10:10) while Tabitha MacKenzie (10:37) can also be pleased with her run. Fia Watkin (10:32) added to her growing reputation as she again proved the strongest of the Under-13 Girls. There were further impressive runs from Under-13 Girls Sienna Shepherd (12:09), Orla Pieroway (12:28), Clara Escala (15:10) and Nadzieja Lu-Czartoryjska (19:22) with all competitors deserving off their applause at the finish.

Full results:

Race 1
Luca Shepherd U11B8.54
Alfie Laing U11B9.12
Zackary Walker U9B9.26
Jessica Walker U11G10.19
Emily Watkin U11G10.23
Summer Johnston U11G10.38
Austin Evans U11B12.00
Kalina Lu-Czartoryjska U11G12.48
Francesco Ragona U9G16.12
Race 2
Joel Gillan U13B9.13
Scott Hill U15B9.15
Scarlett Roy U17W9.33
Alex Dunlop U15B9.39
Leah Brown U15G9.55
Loren Stewart U15G10.10
Fia Watkin U13G10.32
Rachel Warden U17W10.36
Tabitha MacKenzie U15G10.37
Conall Paterson U15B11.35
Noah McIntyre-Simm U13B12.02
Sienna Shepherd U13G12.09
Millie O’Neill U17W12.14
Orla Pieroway U13G12.28
Clara Escala U13G15.10
Nadzieja Lu-Czartoryjska U13G19.22
Nov 102021

Some excellent further photos of Central athletes at the Lindsays National Short Course Cross Country Championships at Lanark on 6 November from Bobby Gavin and Scottish Athletics.

Jamie Crowe leads a pack (C)Bobby Gavin

Jamie Crowe (silver), Andrew Butchart (gold), Lachlan Oates (bronze) (C)Bobby Gavin

Ben MacMillan, Under-20 gold medal, with Kane Elliott (bronze) (C)Bobby Gavin
Andrew Butchart with the winner’s trophy (C)Bobby Gavin
Nov 082021

Three leading club members were granted Honorary Life Membership of the club for their distinguished service at the Annual General Meeting on 5 November 2021. Liam McCabe was recognised as he stood down from his long stint as Club President which was preceded by another long period as Club Secretary. Kenneth Pearson has worked tirelessly in coaching, team management, and as Club Statistician over many years. David Eckersley has been instrumental in setting up, leading, coaching, mentoring and developing the Club’s Balfron group.

Many congratulations to all three of them.

Nov 082021
Men’s individual podium – Jamie Crowe, Andrew Butchart, Lachlan Oates. Photo by Bobby Gavin

The 23rd running of the Lindsays Scottish National Short Course Cross Country was played out on a flat course at Lanark Racecourse on Saturday 6 November. The course may have been flat but the high winds and intermittent rain ensured the event was a true test for all the competitors. With three Tokyo Olympians running, namely Laura Muir, Andrew Butchart and Jake Wightman, the senior races were guaranteed to be of the highest quality. The Senior Men’s race of 4 kilometres saw Central Athletic Club’s Andrew Butchart take charge to win by some six seconds from clubmate Jamie Crowe. This was Andrew’s fourth individual win in this event and he expressed himself delighted to be back to the grassroots of the sport. Andrew’s time for his effort was 11 minutes 47 seconds and with Jamie’s hard fought silver medal effort of 11:53 backed-up by superb runs by Under-20 Champion Ben MacMillan (fifth; 11:58) and Tom Graham-Marr (15th; 12:23) Central’s Men’s Team topped the podium for the ninth time in the history of the race.

Men’s team – Jamie Crowe, Ben MacMillan , Tom Graham-Marr, Andrew Butchart. Photo by Michael Wright

If B teams had been allowed then team silver medals would have come home with Central through further classy runs from Alastair Hay (16th; 12:24), Under-20 athlete Alastair Marshall (17th; 12:25), Luca Fanottoli (19th; 12:29) and Dale Colley (27th; 12:44). To add a little perspective, Olympian Jake Wightman running for Edinburgh AC, finished fourteenth overall with 12:22 with a contingent of Central’s yellow and blue vests around him. As the runners came through in an incessant stream it was good to see Calum Phillip (36th; 12:48) giving another fine performance as well as Scott Brember (60th; 13:17) finishing as third Master (Over-40) on the day. Josh Wood (69th; 13:25) and Sandy Holl (71st; 13:27) stuck well to the task as did Sam Burton (106th; 13:50), Under-20 Sam Grivell (130th; 14:06) and Andrew Irvine (153rd; 14:18). David Eckersley led in a string of the Club’s Masters runners in 257th with 15:41 ahead of further resilient runs from Charles Graham-Marr (298th; 16:08), Iain Dunsmore (321st; 16:46) and Colin Alexander (383rd; 18:22).

Women’s individual podium – Morag MIllar, Laura Muir, Eloise Walker. Photo by Bobby Gavin

The 4 kilometre Senior Women’s race saw the expected fine display from Laura Muir as she lifted her fifth title in this event with 13:09. Behind Laura there was a real tussle playing out between Central’s Morag Millar and Glasgow University’s Eloise Walker with both highly rated runners finishing on the same time of 13:18 as Morag prevailed to take a fine silver medal whilst her daughter Molly looked on from the side-lines at her first cross country outing. Central finished as fifth team in the Women’s event and here Katie Phillips (39th; 15:13), Under-20 Grace Tindall (43rd; 15:19) and Heather Scott (46th; 15:23) backed-up by Claire Houston (69th; 16:13) proved how competitive they can be in search of medals.

The event had started earlier in the day with a series of junior races. The Under-15 Girls were faced with a 2 kilometre test in the relentless winds and driving rain so it was great to see Niamh McKinlay finish in a fine 21st position followed in by tenacious efforts from Leah Brown (49th; 7:55) and Robyn McKerracher (56th; 8:04). Zosia Paddon was Central’s sole Under-17 Woman and here continued her early season with another robust effort in 47th with 15:05 for her 3 kilometre challenge. Connor Bell continued his good early season form in sixth place with a charging 10 minute 1 second effort in the 3 kilometre Under-17 Men’s race. Facing a high class field Connor was always in contention and will have another year to prove his credentials in his age group.

The day will live long in the memory for podium places with much of the centre stage belonging to the incessant winds.

Nov 012021

Concerns over flooding in Hawick were quickly dispersed on arrival in the town, with the hardy cross country runners being ushered to the higher ground of the Hawick Moor Racecourse. Under the expected rainy weather this would have been a challenging venue but the weather gods were on the side of the aforementioned hardy competitors as morning cloud turned to blue skies and light winds. The course was testing enough with the previous days of rain ensuring that all competitors were left bespattered with mud.

Men’s race start – Central AC wearing number 18
Calum Phillip and Scott Brember

The races from Under-11 to Under-17 both males and females were, regrettably, unchallenged by Central Athletic Club athletes excepting Under-15 Boy Aaron Middleton. The only female to make the journey to Hawick was our youngest Veteran Woman, Claire Houston, so opportunities to take good early season league positions and gain good racing experiences were missed apart from the resolve provided by the Se’nior, Junior and Masters Men.

Aaron Middleton faced a 4.8 kilometre test and, as expected, passed with flying colours, finishing in exactly 20 minutes in 17th place making his journey more than worthwhile.

Claire Houston set off with intent in the Senior Women’s race of 6.4 kilometres and was always well to the fore and here finished in eighth overall and can be proud of her 24 minutes 50 seconds clocking.

Alastair Marshall – two gloves, one shoe

Calum Phillip had a strong run as Central’s first counter in the Senior Men’s race completing the 8 kilometre course in fourth with 28 minutes 39 seconds. Scott Brember was the first Masters athlete on the day, finishing in sixth overall (28:43). It was good to see Alastair Marshall (Under-20) back competing following recent injury and here finishing as first Under-20, and 12th overall in 29:40. Alastair had to battle both the course and a lost shoe, doing well to finish so far up the field. Dale Colley (24th; 31:22), Andrew Irvine (33rd; 32:31) and David Eckersley (59th; 34:41) proved to be the remainder of Central Men’s counters in the Senior race, all answering the call and producing gutsy performances. A further eight sprightly Masters provided the essential back-up and completing Central’s challenge through Jens Subke (74th; 35:50), Donald Shaw (84th; 37:06), Iain Dunsmore (96th: 38:45), Hugh Buchanan (98th; 39:26), Colin Alexander (115th; 42:35), Alan Gall (120th; 44:21), Cameron Campbell (123rd; 45:42) and Colin Sinclair (126th; 48:18). Central’s Men finished second overall on the day some 22 league points behind Corstorphine AAC.

The normal top quality work by East League Officials was apparent and this, backed up by a high turnout from the local Club, Teviotdale Harriers, ensured that another East League day of racing passed seamlessly into history.

Oct 252021

There were some new traditions set at the Scottish Cross Country Relay Championships, the first being a change of venue from the long-established course in Cumbernauld to the extensive grounds of Scone Palace. The weather stayed fair throughout the event and with firm going underfoot, everything was set for some fast performances.

The day started with the Young Females races with the normal format of an Under-13, followed by an Under-15 and finished off by an Under-17 athlete. While never challenging for medals the Central Athletic Club athletes showed gold star performances for endeavour. The Girls ‘A’ Team saw Fia Watkin lead the challenge to bring the team round with an 11 minute 46 seconds effort over the first of three 2,500 metre laps. Niamh McKinlay (10:55) ran strongly throughout to pass a number of her rivals while Catriona Kane’s effort (10:12) again saw her pick up more places to bring her team home in a fine 20th place overall. Central’s ‘B’ team of Niamh Caldwell (12:55), Carys Gibb (11:08) and Scarlett Roy (11:02) showed true resilience with determined efforts throughout. Maisie Beaton (13:36) may have been the youngest athlete in any team of the day as she led round a team of Leah Brown (11:34) and Millie O’Neill (11:54) to finish off a more than satisfactory effort for Central’s scoring teams. Fine runs from Under-15 runners Leya Gibb (11:35) and Robyn McKerracher (11:36) along with Under-17 Zosia Paddon (11:53), proved they would have fitted seamlessly into any of the teams.

Podium party – Calum Phillip, Tom Graham-Marr, Luca Fanottoli, Cameron Milne, Jamie Crowe, Andrew Butchart, Ben Macmillan, Hamish Hickey

The second race showcased the Young Males in a similar format of Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 and saw Finley MacGregor lead off the ‘A’ team to cover his 2,500 metre leg in 11:36 while Aaron Middleton picked up the challenge pulling his team through the field with a strong 9:42 effort. It was left to Connor Bell to finish off Central’s effort as he picked up some 19 places with a charging run of 8:15. Connor ensured his Central team finished in 27th overall with an almost unnoticed fastest leg of the day by any young athlete. Central’s ‘B’ team of Fraser Kingsley (11:59), Henry Crossley (11:04) and Scott Hill (10:23) again deserved an A for effort especially as Under-15 runner Scott had to cover Under-17 duties.

The Women’s races had moved from the format of three legs to four legs of 4,000 metres and here it was Under-20 athlete Grace Tindall (14:34) who led off Central’s challenge in fine style bringing her team to ninth place at the changeover. It was frustrating to see that successive legs by Sarah Seal (18.41) and Cliona Diamond (16.04) went unrewarded as Central had to finish an incomplete team. The Masters Women were somewhat better served with only three required to make up a team. It was down to Mandy Williams (16:58), Julia McAfee (18:10) and our youngest Master, Claire Houston (15:48), to bring the team home as eighth Masters team, a highly creditable performance.

Hamish Hickey on the first leg
Hamish Hickey (1A) on the first leg

The traditions did however continue when it came to the Mens’ teams. With the normal four legs of 4,000 metres Central Athletic Club had been on the podium for the last 17 years in a record going back to 2004 and were on a winning streak of two gold medal performances so there was much to defend. If there were any doubts these were soon expelled as Hamish Hickey (11:32) provided his normal confident run as he handed over in second place at the end of the first leg to Under-20 runner Ben MacMillan. Any nerves Ben (11:34) must have been feeling soon disappeared as he opened a gap on his rivals to hand over a significant lead to Andrew Butchart on leg three. Andrew’s record on track, road and cross country is exemplary and here his 11:31 leg opened up an ever-widening gap on his rivals. It was left to current Scottish Cross Country Champion Jamie Crowe (11:29) to finish off his team’s efforts in fine style to clinch gold.

Calum Phillip (2B) heading for second

Behind Central’s ‘A’ team there was a more intriguing story unfolding. Central’s ‘B’ team of Cameron Milne (11:47), Calum Phillip (11:50), and Luca Fanottoli (11:39) had moved through into third place by the end of leg three. Tom Graham-Marr was left with a tough task but soon pushed past Aberdeen AAC’s runner to move into second. Tom, in turn, was being pursued by a strong Inverclyde AC team but ran a controlled 11:38 leg to ensure Central ended in gold and silver positions on the podium, an unprecedented achievement since the inception of the Championships in 1974.

There was further superb back-up from Central’s ‘C’ team through Matthew Sutherland (12:20), Sandy Holl (12:22), Josh Wood (12:51) and Dale Colley (12:11) to finish in an excellent 12th overall. Andrew Irvine (14:06) was lead-off runner in a further Central team with back up from Scott Gillen (15:51), Under-20 athlete Sam Grivell with a notable 13:40 clocking and Neil Galbraith-Cobb (16:25).

The club’s lead Masters team comprising Scott Brember (12:29), Ewan Jack (14:12), Craig Walker (14:48) and David Eckersley (14:53) was always competitive and finished a highly respectable seventh in the Masters team race. It was great to see efforts from Donald Shaw (15:37), Iain Dunsmore (16:07), Colin Alexander (17:50) and Hugh Buchanan (16:23) being rewarded with a 15th Masters placing. Central’s Over-50 team of Cameron Campbell, Charles Graham-Marr, Colin Sinclair and Allan Gall have much to teach the younger club members on pure attitude and commitment.

Oct 032021

It was back to Cross Country for 28 young athletes competing in Central Athletic Club’s first race of this season’s series of races. For many of the youngsters, the event at the University of Stirling was their first taste of Cross Country running. Although rain was threatening, the warm-up and race were held in near perfect conditions with all the runners showing high levels of enthusiasm and determination.

The race to the line was intense and it was a fine effort by Under-15 Boy Scott Hill that brought him to the finish in first, covering the undulating course of a little over a mile in a tasty 6 minutes 2 seconds. A well-judged effort by Alex Dunlop saw him take second in this age category with 6:19 leading in Jamie Connor (6:34), Adam Polwart (6:40), Henry Crossley (6:49) and Harvey Chambers (7:37). Under-17 runner Ross Lawrie put in a storming finish in third overall with a 6 minutes 3 seconds effort. Joel Gillan had an excellent race to head the Under-13 Boys category to record 6:18 and here Fraser Kingsley came through well to finish with 7:18. With no Under-11 Boys taking up the challenge it was left to two Under-9s to complete the Boys’ efforts through Lachlan Carruthers (7:26) and Fraser McDonald (9:01) both superb efforts by the youngest competitors.

The Girls were led home by Under-17 Catriona Kane with a 6 minutes 3 seconds effort for second overall, underlining her promise for the upcoming season. It was Loren Stewart (6:19) who proved the strongest of the Under-15 Girls with a fine run and there were further excellent runs in this age group from Niamh McKinlay (6:33), Tabitha MacKenzie (6:34), Hannah Morgan (6:35) and Robyn McKerracher (7:01). Fia Watkin was another to underline her promise as she headed home the Under-13 Girls with 6:31 while Dara Clark raced well to the finish to record 7:22. Alexandra Montgomery came through well in 7:44 with Maisie Beaton (8:48) and Isla Polwart (8:57) completing the race in fine style in the Under-13 age group. Eilidh Connor proved to be the fastest of the Under-11 Girls with a tasty 7 minutes 30 seconds run, followed in by further good efforts from Emily Watkin (7:47), Rachel Fullbrook (8:00), Evie McKinlay (8:58), Iona Clark (9:37) and Isla Carruthers (10:57).

Sep 252021

The Central AC club track and field championships took place at Grangemouth on 14 and 16 September 2021.

Congratulations to all the winners, medallists and everyone that took part. Also a big thank you to everyone that helped out and contributed to the success of the event.

This first spreadsheet contains all the event results from the two days of competition:

This second spreadsheet provides overall points and scores across all the different age groups:

Cups and medals for the top 3 in each age group, along with certificates and other awards, will be presented in due course.

Aug 272021

A massive thank you to all who helped provide a superb club track time on Thursday.

The event in figures: 92 athletes: 64 in the 100 Metres with 13 heats, 40 in the 800 Metres with 6 heats, 10 in the 3,000 Metres, 27 long jumpers, 25 shot putters, nine 4 x 100 Metre relay teams and one 2 x 200 Metre relay team.

The results are below and can be downloaded as a spreadsheet:

100 Metre series   
TimeHeatNameAge Group
16.81Eilidh ConnorU11G
17.71Allysa CluettU11G
18.51Emily WatkinU11G
18.91Jessica WalkerU11G
14.92Alfie LaingU11B
14.92Luca ShepherdU11B
15.92Tom McFauldsU11B
19.52Zackary WalkerU11B
14.23Ana McKieU13G
14.73Sienna ShepherdU13G
15.43Niamh CaldwellU13G
15.83Abigail BowieU13G
15.83Cara McKinlayU13G
16.53Lilia WardenU13G
14.34Emily StanfordU13G
15.24Joel GillanU13B
15.24Ciara MiddletonU13G
16.14Adrian WisniewskiU13B
17.14Norah ThompsonU13G
18.14Rachel DuncanU11G
14.65Lucy WalneU15G
14.65Rowan CalveleyU15G
14.65Finley MacgregorU13B
15.55Sandy BatemanU13B
15.53Brooke TaitU15G
15.55Holly BrownU15G
14.36Hannah MorganU15G
14.66Laura MatthewsU15G
15.16Tabitha MackenzieU15G
15.66Kirsty AndrewsU15G
16.06Leah BrownU15G
13.77Loren StewartU15G
14.47Connie BatemanU15G
14.77Sophia WaringU15G
15.07Niamh McKinlayU15G
15.87Alice CameronU15G
14.28Isabella PetersU17W
14.78Emily SorleyU15G
15.28Rebecca BustilloU17W
16.28Alexandra MontgomeryU13G
16.48Lucie BowieU15G
17.08Tori MackieU17W
13.89Chloe WattU17W
14.79Amelie MacGregorU17W
15.09Ella WilsonU17W
15.49Molly MacfarlaneU17W
15.99Shannon GlenU17W
13.810Megan DunlopU17W
14.210Teagan McIntoshU17W
14.410Mavia DuncanU20W
14.610Ellen MontgomeryU17W
12.311Ken YoungU15B
13.211Fergus YoungU15B
15.711Scott HillU15B
16.211Josh MacdonaldU15B
12.312Dev DarleyU17M
12.812Dylan McCullochU15B
13.012Euan DochertyU17M
13.012Lewis MillerU15B
13.812Ross LawrieU17M
12.013Chris DriverU17M
12.013Jamie McNaughtU20M
12.313Finlay MarchantU17M
13.613Douglas FlemingU17M
800 Metre series   
TimeHeatNameAge Group
2.57.71Luca ShepherdU11B
3.03.61Alfie LaingU11B
3.10.61Tom McFauldsU11B
3.14.81Eilidh ConnorU11G
3.26.71Jessica WalkerU11G
3.41.61Zackary WalkerU11B
2.36.82Fia WatkinU13G
2.40.42Harrison MacMillanU13B
2.42.72Joel GillanU13B
2.43.82Rory MacMillanU13B
2.48.32Emily StanfordU13G
2.59.42Finley MacgregorU13B
3.04.12Kayla CrawfordU13G
3.05.22Lilia WardenU13G
3.05.52Katie HoneymanU13G
3.25.52Norah ThompsonU13G
3.32.62Abigail BowieU13G
2.38.53Niamh McKinlayU15G
2.38.93Hannah MorganU15G
2.43.83Leah BrownU15G
2.48.63Robyn MckerracherU15G
2.49.73Olivia AshworthU15G
3.24.43Rowan CalveleyU15G
4.32.03Lucy BowieU15G
2.27.24Jamie OldhamU15B
2.27.44Dylan McCullochU15B
2.29.94Fergus YoungU15B
2.37.24Scott HillU15B
2.38.54Lewis MillerU15B
2.47.64Henry CrossleyU15B
2.44.55Leya GibbU15G
2.45.45Rachel WardenU17W
2.02.66Connor BellU17M
2.06.46Cameron MacMillanU17M
2.08.56Oliver HoldenU20M
2.12.26Euan DochertyU17M
2.13.36Sam GrivellU20M
2.17.36Ruairidh BurnsU17M
2.26.96Finlay MarchantU17M
2.35.06Ross LawrieU17M
3,000 Metres   
TimeHeatNameAge Group
9.16.7 Cameron KerrU17M
9.48.4 Andrew IrvineSenM
10.43.6 David EckersleySenM
11.02.9 Kyra GibbU20W
11.38.1 Cliona DiamondSenW
11.55.4 Iain DunsmoreSenM
12.24.3 Scott GillenSenM
12.32.8 Sarah SealSenW
12.53.4 Anna MacKinnonU17W
14.03.8 Allan GallSenM
Long Jump   
Distance NameAge Group
3.75 Ana McKieU13G
3.66 Cara McKinlayU13G
3.44 Fia WatkinU13G
3.38 Ciara MiddletonU13G
3.36 Kayla CrawfordU13G
3.35 Niamh CaldwellU13G
2.66 Alexandra MontgomeryU13G
4.87 Loren StewartU15G
4.45 Connie BatemanU15G
3.88 Lucy WalneU15G
3.79 Laura MatthewsU15G
4.22 Ellen MontgomeryU17W
3.96 Isabella PetersU17W
3.86 Ella WilsonU17W
3.22 Rebecca BustilloU17W
3.21 Molly MacfarlaneU17W
3.56 Finley MacgregorU13B
3.50 Joel GillanU13B
3.26 Sandy BatemanU13B
2.73 Adrian WisniewskiU13B
3.83 Jamie OldhamU15B
3.79 Cameron MooreU15B
3.45 Scott HillU15B
5.28 Ruairidh BurnsU17M
5.28 Dev DarleyU17M
4.55 Douglas FlemingU17M
4.80 Oliver HoldenU20M
Shot Put   
WeightDistanceNameAge Group
2K4.58Eilidh ConnorU11G
2K4.23Allysa CluettU11G
2K4.17Emily WatkinU11G
2K3.29Jessica WalkerU11G
2.72K5.55Fia WatkinU13G
2.72K5.45Cara McKinlayU13G
2.72K4.93Alexandra MontgomeryU13G
2.72K2.63Norah ThompsonU13G
3K7.97Connie BatemanU15G
3K6.50Loren StewartU15G
3K5.66Emily SorleyU15G
3K5.59Alice CameronU15G
3K5.41Hannah MorganU15G
3K5.29Leah BrownU15G
3K7.40Ellen MontgomeryU17W
3K6.92Shannon GlenU17W
3K6.01Ella WilsonU17W
3K5.67Sophia NajibU17W
2K3.61Zackary WalkerU11B
3K5.19Joel GillanU13B
3K5.05Sandy BatemanU13B
3K4.55Finley MacgregorU13B
4K8.14Lewis MillerU15B
4K6.83Cameron MooreU15B
5K9.67Douglas FlemingU17M
Aug 082021

Entries are now being accepted for the 20th annual City of Stirling 10k on Sunday 12 September. More details are on the Stirling 10k page on the website.

This is the largest single event which the club organises – this year the entry limit is 500 runners. The event is only possible with the input of club volunteers, so please try to make space in your diary to lend a hand. Even if you are running there are lots of useful jobs to be done before and after the race.

Jul 302021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 302021

The monthly club track time trials took place at Lornshill on Thursday 29 July 2021. Many thanks to all those who helped to make the event happen. Results in the table below and can be downloaded in a spreadsheet.

100 metres series    
TimeHeatNameGenderAge Group
15.01Sienna ShepherdFU13
15.01Luca ShepherdMU11
15.21Alfie LaingMU11
16.11Alexandra MontgomeryFU13
19.51Jessica WalkerFU11
20.11Zackary WalkerMU11
13.62Loren StewartFU15
14.12Sophie MorganFU15
14.42Emily SorleyFU15
15.42Sandy BatemanMU13
15.62Niamh CaldwellFU13
16.52Eden CattiganFU15
13.83Megan DunlopFU17
13.93Teagan McIntoshFU17
14.03Olivia DarwinFU17
15.53Cameron MooreMU15
15.83Scott HillMU15
16.73Josh MacdonaldMU15
12.44Dev DarleyMU17
13.04Ross LawrieMU17
13.24Douglas FlemingMU17
13.54Fergus YoungMU15
13.84Jamie ConnorMU15
15.44Hamzah AhmedMU20
12.15Ken YoungMU15
12.65Mica McCloudFU15
12.75Lewis MillerMU15
13.15Molly CornesFU20
13.45Gregor SaundersMU17
11.26Euan SmithMU20
11.76Daniel BruceMU20
12.26Ruairidh BurnsMU17
12.76Chris DriverMU17
13.16Katherine FowlerFU17
200 metres series    
TimeHeatNameGenderAge Group
32.91Alfie LaingMU11
33.21Sienna ShepherdFU13
33.91Niamh CaldwellFU13
35.01Luca ShepherdMU11
35.81Eden CattiganFU15
35.91Finlay MacadamMU11
28.42Jamie ConnorMU15
30.02Ellen MontgomeryFU17
30.32Niamh McKinlayFU15
31.22Sophie MorganFU15
32.12Joel GillanMU13
35.62Josh MacdonaldMU15
26.53Lewis MillerMU15
27.43Molly CornesFU20
28.93Megan DunlopFU17
29.23Olivia DarwinFU17
33.03Henry CrossleyMU15
24.24Euan SmithMU20
25.14Ruairidh BurnsMU17
25.54Ken YoungMU15
25.64Dev DarleyMU17
26.54Aaliyah McCloudFU15
26.94Katherine FowlerFU17
800 metres series    
TimeHeatNameGenderAge Group
2.55.21Luca ShepherdMU11
3.05.81Niamh CaldwellFU13
3.07.81Katie HoneymanFU13
3.20.91Eilidh ConnorFU11
3.30.41Jessica WalkerFU11
3.36.11Zackary WalkerMU11
2.26.22Jamie OldhamMU15
2.28.52Fergus YoungMU15
2.35.72Loren StewartFU15
2.41.02Scott HillMU15
2.48.32Alex DunlopMU15
2.54.32Emily SorleyFU15
2.54.32Henry CrossleyMU15
2.11.73Oliver HoldenMU20
2.31.23Ross LawrieMU17
2.39.63Millie O’NeillFU17
2.47.93Louise CarrollFU17
2.52.53Tara MathewsonFU17
1,500 metres    
TimeHeatNameGenderAge Group
4.28.61Sam GrivellMU20
4.30.01Andrew IrvineMSen
4.43.31David LindsayMSen
4.59.11David EckersleyMSenior
5.14.61Catriona KaneFU17
5.34.41Niamh McKinlayFU15
5.34.61Joel GillanMU13
5.51.01Robyn McKerracherFU15
Long Jump    
Distance NameGenderAge Group
2.85 Eilidh ConnorFU11
2.41 Jessica WalkerFU11
2.99 Alfie LaingMU11
2.50 Finlay MacadamMU11
1.99 Zackary WalkerMU11
3.54 Joel GillanMU13
3.16 Sandy BatemanMU13
4.56 Lewis MillerMU15
4.41 Ken YoungMU15
3.90 Jamie OldhamMU15
3.75 Jamie ConnorMU15
3.36 Scott HillMU15
3.07 Cameron MooreMU15
5.15 Ruairidh BurnsMU17
6.10 Euan SmithMU20
5.50 Daniel BruceMU20
5.22 Oliver HoldenMU20
Shot Put    
WeightDistanceNameGenderAge Group
SP2K4.42Eilidh ConnorFU11
SP2K2.55Jessica WalkerFU11
SP2.72K5.64Dara ClarkFU13
SP2.72K5.46Cara McKinlayFU13
SP2.72K4.89Alexandra Montgomery FU13
SP3K5.42Emily SorleyFU15
SP3K5.27Loren StewartFU15
SP3K7.83Ellen MontgomeryFU17
SP2K3.41Zackary WalkerMU11
SP3K5.33Sandy BatemanMU13
SP4K4.68Joel GillanMU15
SP4K6.81Jamie OldhamMU15
SP4K6.23Cameron MooreMU15
SP4K6.13Jamie ConnorMU15
SP5K9.11Douglas Fleming MU17
SP5K8.56Ross LawrieMU17
WeightDistanceNameGenderAge Group
400g7.66Eilidh ConnorFU11
400g14.90Cara McKinlayFU13
400g12.90Dara ClarkFU13
400g11.72Alexandra Montgomery FU13
500g18.83Sophie MorganFU15
500g15.81Loren StewartFU15
500g11.11Niamh McKinlayFU15
500g16.68Olivia DarwinFU17
500g14.72Katherine FowlerFU17
500g14.00Louise CarrollFU17
500g12.40Ellen MontgomeryFU17
600g14.87Molly CornesFU20
600g17.08Alex DunlopMU15
600g9.75Jamie ConnorMU15
700g23.92Douglas Fleming MU17
700g21.98Ross LawrieMU17
700g23.52Oliver HoldenMU20
700g11.95Hamzah AhmedMU20
Jul 292021

Kenny Pearson, our club statistician, has produced the first athlete database for 2021 and the final athlete database for 2020, both of which are now available on the Club Statistics page of the website. Kenny writes:

Well done on everyone who has competed so far in 2021.  Hopefully we will get a few more performances before the end of the season. Congratulations to all our 2020 award winners. 

The 2020 database covers the period October 2019 to September 2020.  After such a difficult season we are aware that competition opportunities were much fewer than normal.  As a result we have made some changes to the criteria for the awards:

  • Some of the conditions for the performance awards have been relaxed. See the notes in the database for details.
  • We allowed coaches to nominate athletes for awards who have shown commitment and dedication to the sport in the season.

As a result the following athletes will receive certificates for the 2020 season. I will arrange for 2020 certificates to be distributed in the next few weeks.

Gold certificates:

Lewis Miller, Connor Bell, Scott Hopper, Dorottya Csuta, Paige Stevens, Ben MacMillan, Jamie Crowe, Aidan Thompson

Silver certificates:

Loren Stewart, Ruairidh Burns, Robb Ferguson, Tyler Hunter, Danielle Abel, Coirilidh Cook, Katherine Fowler, Erik Escala, Hamish Hickey

Bronze Certificates:

Niamh McKinlay, Lois Burch, Molly Cornes, Aidan Shea, Briagha Cook

Blue Certificates:

Jamie Connor, Cameron Moore, Amelia Campbell, Leya Gibb, Kate Gilvear, Catriona Kane, Cameron Kerr, Cameron MacMillan, Louise Carroll, Amy Cully, Summer MacLean, Grace Tindall, Aidan Grevemberg, Euan Smith, Kyra Gibb, Lucy More, Elizabeth Thompson

Merit Certificates:

Ossian Arkotxa Dougall, Alexander MacMillan, Emma Anderson, Connie Bateman, Dara Clark, Laura Matthews, Cara McKinlay, Sophia Waring, Fia Watkin, Alex Dunlop, Douglas Fleming, Dylan McCulloch, Carys Gibb, Jessica Hanson, Mirren Henry, Brogan McMillan, Aliya Sophia Najib, Zosia Paddon, Hannah Tams, Jack Campbell, Sam Grivell, Lyle Hunter, Jamie McNaught, Euan Wilbert, Mavia Duncan, Amy Gibson, Ellen Montgomery, Ella Wilson, Daniel Bruce, Daniel Ferguson, Sandy Holl, Keir Howlieson, Shona McLay

Certificates for commitment and dedication in 2020:

Hamzah Ahmed, Emma Anderson, Ossian Arkotxa Dougall, Daniel Armstrong, Olivia Ashworth, Connie Bateman, Sandy Bateman, Logan Bell, Holly Brown, Leah Brown, Daniel Bruce, Oliver Brunner, Eilidh Burnett, Kate Bustillo, Rebecca Bustillo, Niamh Caldwell, Tom Campbell, Dara Clark, Connie Curtis, Olivia Darwin, Megan Davies, Darcey-Rose Deakin, Alistair Denny, Jake Drummond, Thomas Duncan, Alex Dunlop, Megan Dunlop, Owen Eckersley, Rosie Eckersley, Douglas Fleming, Hannah Gallon, Joel Gillan, Mia Glen, Shannon Glen, Jack Haughton, Scott Hill, Oliver Holden, Katie Honeyman, Grace Johnstone, Mary Kealey, Benjamin Kennedy, Joshua Kennedy, Noah Kennedy, Molly MacFarlane, Tabitha Mackenzie, Cara MacLean, Alexander MacMillan, Carys MacMillan, Finlay Marchant, Laura Matthews, Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock, John McIntyre, Robyn McKerracher, Cara McKinlay, Niamh McKinlay, Erin Miller, Lewis Miller, Ellen Montgomery, Sophie Morgan, Emily O’Brien, Millie O’Neill, Zosia Paddon, Beth Ronald, Lucy Ronald, Emily Stanford, Amie Stewart, Douglas Stewart, Loren Stewart, Holly Sutton, Jack Sutton, Grace Tindall, Andrew Twigg, Oscar Underwood, Jessica Walker, Rachael Warden, Fia Watkin, Chloe Watt, Jonah Whitby, Robyn Youens, Fergus Young

Jun 302021

The club’s popular summer track time trials returned on Thursday 24 June with long jump, shot put and races over 100m, 600m, 800m and 3,000m.

 100 metres    
TimeHeatNameGenderAge Group
16.61Makena MelvilleFU11
16.61Alexander MillarMU11
17.41Eilidh ConnorFU11
18.31Allysa CluettFU11
191Emily WatkinFU11
19.61Jessica WalkerFU11
14.82Emily Stanford FU13
15.62Joel GillanMU13
16.12Ciara MiddletonFU13
16.62Alexandra Montgomery FU13
17.32Norah Thompson FU13
17.82Ava McNichollFU13
15.33Finley MacGregor MU13
15.63Niamh CaldwellFU13
16.23Hazel PrinceFU13
16.43Sandy BatemanMU13
16.73Jake Grantham MU13
18.53Hannah CowleyFU11
13.74Loren StewartFU15
14.44Tabitha MackenzieFU15
14.74Emily SorleyFU15
15.24Hannah MorganFU15
15.84Fia WatkinFU13
15.94Laura MatthewsFU15
14.45Connie BatemanFU15
15.45Alice Cameron FU15
15.95Leah BrownFU15
16.35Holly BrownFU15
14.16Kirsty McKendrick FU17
14.66Zosia Paddon FU17
14.86Ella Wilson FU17
15.36Sophia NajibFU17
15.66Amy Clark FU17
15.96Molly Macfarlane  U17
13.17Katherine FowlerFU17
13.77Chloe Watt FU17
147Teagan McIntosh FU17
14.27Megan DunlopFU17
14.57Amelie MacGregorFU17
15.87Shannon GlenFU17
12.98Ken YoungMU15
13.28Jonah Whitby MU15
13.38Joshua Kennedy MU15
14.18Fergus YoungMU15
12.99Lewis MillerMU15
139Dylan McCullochMU15
14.39Jamie ConnorMU15
15.29Robyn YouensMU15
12.210Chris Driver MU17
12.810Oliver HoldenMU20
13.210Gregor Saunders MU17
13.610Gareth MarchantMSenior
13.610Douglas Fleming MU17
12.411Tyler HunterMU17
12.411Ruairidh Burns MU17
12.611Finlay MarchantMU17
11.812Daniel Bruce MU20
12.012Robb FergusonMU17
12.212Lyle HunterMU20
12.212Jamie McNaughtMU20
600 metres     
TimeHeatNameGenderAge Group
2.14.11Jake Grantham MU13
2.41.81Jessica WalkerFU11
800 metres    
TimeHeatNameGenderAge Group
2.46.51Emily Stanford FU13
2.58.91Ciara MiddletonFU13
3.00.91Niamh CaldwellFU13
3.17.51Hazel PrinceFU13
3.27.91Norah Thompson FU13
2.22.72Joshua Kennedy MU15
2.33.42Fergus YoungMU15
2.42.32Aaron MiddletonMU15
2.47.22Jamie ConnorMU15
2.47.52Finley Macgregor MU13
2.48.52Joel GillanMU13
2.39.73Loren StewartFU15
2.46.83Olivia AshworthFU15
2.47.13Fia WatkinFU13
2.55.83Robyn YouensFU15
2.34.74Carys GibbFU15
2.35.34Leya GibbFU15
2.39.74Millie O’NeillFU17
2.40.04Kirsty McKendrick FU17
2.42.04Zosia Paddon FU17
2.42.34Leah BrownFU15
2.42.54Tabitha MackenzieFU15
2.44.04Hannah MorganFU15
2.47.74Amy Clark FU17
3.00.94Emily SorleyFU15
3.23.34Alice Cameron FU15
2.11.15Oliver HoldenMU20
2.11.15Sam GrivellMU20
2.15.15Euan DochertyMU17
2.21.25Dylan McCullochMU15
2.23.15Ethan ThomsonMU20
2.44.45Andrew TwiggMU17
3000 metres    
TimeHeatNameGenderAge Group
8.27.71Alastair Hay MSenior
8.30.01Connor BellMU17
9.03.01Luca FanottoliMSen
9.07.51Morag MillarFSen
9.28.71Cameron MacMillanMU17
9.38.51Telfer GrayMU20
9.45.61Andrew IrvineMSenior
9.47.81Stuart HillisMSenior
10.41.31David EckersleyMSenior
10.42.71Heather ScottFU20
11.29.81Scarlett RoyFU17
11.53.21Cliona Diamond FSenior
11.54.01Anna MacKinnonFU17
12.00.01Laurie DouglasFSenior
12.37.51Hugh BuchananMSenior
13.45.71Allan GallMSenior
Long Jump    
Distance NameGenderAge Group
2.58 Makena MelvilleFU11
2.50 Eilidh ConnorFU11
2.38Hannah CowleyFU11
2.30Eoghan WheartyMU11
2.14 Allysa CluettFU11
2.10 Jessica WalkerFU11
1.99 Emily WatkinFU11
3.34 Fia WatkinFU13
3.33 Ciara MiddletonFU13
2.79 Hazel PrinceFU13
2.76 Alexandra Montgomery FU13
1.46 Norah Thompson FU13
4.54Loren StewartFU15
4.19Connie BatemanFU15
3.51 Tabitha MackenzieFU15
3.38Emily SorleyFU15
3.28 Laura MatthewsFU15
3.24 Robyn YouensFU15
3.19 Hannah MorganFU15
3.11Leah BrownFU15
4.56 Katherine FowlerFU17
4.19 Chloe Watt FU17
4.17 Ella Wilson FU17
3.43 Zosia Paddon FU17
3.14 Molly Macfarlane FU17
Shot Put     
WeightDistanceNameGenderAge Group
SP2k4.39Eilidh ConnorFU11
SP2k3.73Allysa CluettFU11
SP2k3.27Jessica WalkerFU11
SP2k3.21Emily WatkinFU11
SP2.72k4.68Alexandra Montgomery FU13
SP2.72k2.63Norah Thompson FU13
SP3K6.14Connie BatemanFU15
SP3K5.88Loren StewartFU15
SP3K5.16Emily SorleyFU15
SP3K5.04Alice Cameron FU15
SP3K4.63Leah BrownFU15
SP3K3.68Niamh MckinlayFU15
SP3K6.78Shannon GlenFU17
SP3K6.34Ella Wilson FU17
SP3K6.32Zosia Paddon FU17
SP3K6.01Molly Macfarlane FU17
SP3K5.48Sophia NajibFU17
?3.87Hannah CowleyFU11
SP3K5.97Sandy BatemanMU13
SP3K5.35Joel GillanMU13
SP4k7.50Jonah Whitby MU15
SP4k6.29Cameron MooreMU15
SP4k7.78Lewis MillerMU15
SP5K8.82Douglas Fleming MU17
SP5K6.19Andrew TwiggMU17

The full results can be downloaded as a revised spreadsheet:

Apr 062020

Central Athletic Club athletes are having to find new and innovative ways of keeping fit during the current coronavirus lockdown but two of the Club’s Under-15 athletes have been given a great incentive to keep training throughout the summer. With much of the planned summer season already cancelled or postponed, the London Marathon and London Mini-Marathon have currently been rescheduled to 4 October and Connor Bell and Cameron Kerr have been selected to compete for Scotland in the prestigious London Mini-Marathon. As with much in these uncertain times the final details require to be confirmed but it looks as though Connor and Cameron could be following in the footsteps of other local runners who have competed in previous years and progressed to greater achievements including Andrew Butchart, Jamie Crowe, Alastair Hay and Morag Millar.

The London Mini-Marathon 3 mile race doubles as the British Championships and includes teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, nine English Regions and 33 London Boroughs so a great opportunity for both Connor and Cameron for some top class competition.

Scottish Athletics have been looking at Virtual Challenges and the first is planned for Easter weekend from 10 to 13 April with a Clubs’ Tru Wealth Virtual Relay of 5 and 10 kilometre runs. The idea is to count solo road runs uploaded from Strava or Garmin with three 5 kilometre runs and three 10 kilometre runs contributing to the final result. Scottish Athletics have emphasised solo runs and the importance of keeping to social distancing of at least 2 metres. The event is open to Under-20, Senior and Masters runners and it will be interesting to see how this works out, with the possibility of holding further virtual challenges in future. Michael Wright is co-ordinating the Club’s entry so interested athletes need to contact Michael.

Mar 162020

With the cross country season virtually finished thoughts for many of Central’s endurance athletes have turned to road racing with some considerable success.

Jamie Crowe was again hitting the headlines with a debut run over the half marathon distance in Bath on Sunday 15 March. Jamie has been delivering over ‘the country’ and here proved that road running is well within his compass with a new Central AC club record of 64 minutes 38 seconds, finishing in second place. Luca Fanottoli also made the long journey to Bath and was rewarded with a personal best of 71:04 finishing in 34th place.

The Scottish Young Athletes Road Races were again played out in Battery Park, Greenock also on Sunday 15 March with the normal cold conditions brought about by the strong winds off the Clyde. Here it was Connor Bell who caught the eye with a fine win in the Under-15 Boys race over 4.2 kilometres. With superb back-up from Cameron Kerr (sixth; 13:24) and Cameron MacMillan (12th; 14:06) the Boys won Scottish Championship team gold medals. Euan Docherty brought his normal strong running to the race finishing in 30th place with 14:43. In the Under-15 Girls race Summer MacLean was the sole Central athlete and should be pleased with her 16:10 clocking for 4.2 kilometres finishing in 13th place. Grace Tindall continues to make progress and here came home in 14th place in the Under-17 Girls race with a fine 18:52 clocking over a 4.9 kilometre course. Sam Grivell was challenged by the same 4.9 kilometre course in the Under-17 Boys race coming home in a more than worthy 16:54 in 17th.

Saturday 7 March saw Alastair Hay lead home the Cupar 5 mile road race field in a tasty 24 minutes 33 seconds while Matthew Sutherland came home fourth with 26:18 and it was good to see Kirsten McStay rubbing shoulders with this company finishing in a highly respectable 34:24.

Jennifer Wetton was back challenging at the head of the Inverness Half Marathon on Sunday 8 March finishing in third place in the Women’s race with an excellent 81 minutes 5 seconds while Lewis Millar tested himself in the Men’s race to record 74:17 in 19th overall.

There is also news from the Netherlands where Cameron Milne recently recorded 69 minutes over the half marathon distance.

Mar 092020

It was back to rain and mud for the penultimate race in Central Athletic Club’s 2019-20 cross country series held on Saturday 7 March in Callander Crags.

Sean Scott had again set a testing course for the youngsters so it was testament to all 36 runners that they conquered the 1.3 mile course in style.

Euan Docherty led the pack around and eventually broke away to finish first Under-15 Boy clocking 8 minutes 52 seconds for the undulating course. Ross Lawrie (9:41) ran strongly throughout to take second in this category. Aaron Middleton (9:33) followed up his excellent run in the recent Scottish Schools Championships to lead in the Under-13 Boys and there was further progress from Fergus Young (9:59) in this category ahead of determined runs from Jamie Connor (10:38) and Alex Dunlop (10:44). Conall Paterson (13:02) and Scott Hill (13:14) again showed the true resolve that will serve them well for the future.

Joel Gillan (10:04) had an improved run to head the Under-11 Boys while Douglas Stewart (10:10) impressed in his first run in this season’s series with Jake Drummond (10:14) only a few strides behind. Oscar Underwood (11:47) showed good stamina ahead of further impressive efforts from Cole Johnston (12:00), Max Godsman (12:07), Noah McIntyre-Sim (12:32) and Arthur Carrie (12:47).

Summer MacLean (9:46) was always well to the fore to win a very competitive Under-15 Girls category from Catriona Kane (10:07) and Leona Melville (10:25). There was a close contest in this age group between Zosia Paddon (10:58) and Scarlett Roy (10:59) with Tara Mathewson (11:25) finishing in close attendance. There was a further close contest in the Under-15 Girls category with Leah Brown (10:28) leading to the finish just ahead of another tasty run by Niamh McKinlay (10:32) with Loren Stewart (10:45) again impressing. Emma Anderson (11:38) had another strong run in the testing conditions ahead of further more than worthy performances from first timers Tabatha MacKenzie (13:00) and Olivia Ashworth (14:27).

Fia Watkin (10:47) and Emily Stanford (10:48) challenged each other at the front of the Under-11 Girls race category with both impressing while Dara Clark (12:09), Ciara Middleton (13:04) and Nora Thompson (15:31) again deserved awards for their endeavours here. There was further good performances from the Under-9 Girls with all three in close attendance and here it was Jessica Walker (15:21) who prevailed from Eilidh Connor (15:24) and Summer Johnston (15:48) and all three girls should be pleased with their runs.

Thanks are again due to Sean Scott, Craig Walker and Jane Dunlop plus all the helpers who provided another excellent event on behalf of Central Athletic Club in spite of the conditions.

NameAge GroupTime
1Euan DochertyU15B8.52
2Aaron MiddletonU13B9.33
3Ross LawrieU15B9.41
4Summer MacLeanU15G9.46
5Fergus YoungU13B9.59
6Joel GillanU11B10.04
7Catriona KaneU15G10.07
8Douglas StewartU11B10.10
9Jake DrummondU11B10.14
10Leona MelvilleU15G10.25
11Leah BrownU13G10.28
12Niamh McKinlayU13G10.32
13Jamie ConnorU13B10.38
14Alex DunlopU13 B10.44
15Loren StewartU13G10.45
16Fia WatkinU11G10.47
17Emily StanfordU11G10.48
18Zosia PaddonU15G10.58
19Scarlett RoyU15G10.59
20Tara MathewsonU15G11.25
21Emma AndersonU13G11.38
22Oscar UnderwoodU11B11.47
23Cole JohnstonU11B12.00
24Max GodsmanU11B12.07
25Dara ClarkU11G12.09
26Noah McIntyre-SimU11B12.32
27Arthur CarrieU11B12.47
28Tabatha MacKenzieU13G13.00
29Conall PatersonU13B13.02
30Ciara MiddletonU11G13.04
31Scott HillU13B13.14
32Olivia AshworthU13G14.27
33Jessica WalkerU9G15.21
34Eilidh ConnorU9G15.24
35Nora ThompsonU11G15.31
36Summer JohnstonU9G15.48
Mar 092020

Scottish Under-20 Championships

Central AC’s Molly Cornes was in seventh heaven as she picked up her first ever Scottish medal at the Scottish Under-20 championships. The 15-year-old from Balfron has been a Central AC member for many years and had numerous high placed finishes at Scottish and Scottish schools championships over the years at Long Jump, High Jump and Combined events. However a podium finish has always eluded her. After missing out again at the Scottish Under-17 championships in January then another fourth place at the Scottish schools in February, Molly decided to test herself against the older Under-20 age group in the High Jump. She was feeling on good form after a season’s best 1.57m in the recent pentathlon championships and went clear at her opening height of 1.49m and then cleared 1.54m at the second attempt. With four athletes still in the competition Molly still had work to do to guarantee a medal. This came with an excellent 1.59m clearance at the second attempt for a season’s best jump, just below her personal best of 1.60m set a year ago. Just one other athlete went clear leaving Molly a guaranteed top two finish and in a straight battle for the title. The bar was then raised to a lofty 1.64m and Molly came very close to taking the lead on her second attempt but just took the bar off. Ultimately Molly had to settle for second but was proud as punch to finally step up on the podium for the first time in her long career and collect her silver medal.

In contrast Ben MacMillan has been a regular visitor to the podium at the Emirates arena with medals stretching back to Under-15 in 2016. Having already taken silver in the 3,000 Metres in January, Ben was taking on the 1,500 Metres. He kept pace with the leaders and was part of a group of three that broke clear from the pack. Sitting in third place going into the final lap Ben attacked with 100m to go and moved into second place but was unable to catch the leader and took second place and a silver medal. His time was an excellent 3:59:23 which broke the club Under-20 record.

Briagha Cook was taking on the 60 Metres Hurdles and managed a respectable fourth place overall and second placed Scot across the line in 9.40s after 9.32s in the heats.

In the sprints, hurdler Lois Burch stepped up from the Under-17 age group to set personal bests in the 200 Metres with 27.18s in the heats and 27.13s for ninth in the semi-finals. She ran a personal best 8.43s in the 60 Metres. Lucy More also took on the 60 Metres where she managed a season’s best 8.31s for 12th.

Scottish Under-15 Championships

Tyler Hunter was on superb form at the Scottish Under-15 championships as he picked up two medals at the Emirates Arena on Sunday 1 March. The 14-year-old Central AC athlete from Dollar had never previously won a medal at a national level event but came close at the Scottish schools in February when he reached his first ever Scottish final in the Under-16 60 Metres hurdles. Tyler started in the High Jump where he was joined by Central teammate Ruairidh Burns. Ruairidh came into the competition also looking for a first national medal and had good reason for optimism as he was fourth in the Scottish rankings with a best of 1.60m. Tyler however was coming into the event with a best of only 1.44m so had no expectations here. Tyler and Ruairidh both started at 1.39m. Both athletes had first time clearances all the way to 1.54m, already a personal best for Tyler. Tyler then went clear at the first attempt at 1.59m, and Ruairidh joined him after the second attempt. At 1.64m there were only four athletes left. Tyler went clear again at the first attempt to guarantee a medal. Ruaridh was unable to go any higher than his season’s best 1.59m but with just Tyler and one other going clear, Ruaridh had done enough to secure third place and bronze. Tyler was now in a straight head to head and continued his run with a clearance at 1.67m. He then thought he had cleared 1.70m but even though the bar stayed on, the uprights had dropped on one side. After a consultation with the rule book the jump was judged faulty due to equipment failure meaning it didn’t count as either a clearance or a failure. Tyler was unable to go clear in three further attempts but he had done enough to secure an excellent second place and superb personal best 1.67m. This gave Central AC a medal double with Tyler taking silver and Ruaridh bronze. This was a proud moment for both boys as they received their first ever national medals together.

Tyler did not have long to wait for his second medal as he was quickly in action in the 60 Metres Hurdles where he took third place with 9.61s. He also set a personal best in the flat 60 Metres with 7.97s for 12th fastest in the semi-finals.

Central’s other medal was more expected as Connor Bell went into the 800 Metres as clear favourite after a club record run of 2:04.97 in January. Connor cruised through his heat in 2:11.53 then was challenged in the final but ran away in the end to finish in 2:05.06, missing his club record by 0.09s, to take gold. Ruaridh Burns just missed out on the 800 Metres final, running 2:16.75 in the heats for ninth fastest.

Catriona Kane was on great form in the 1,500 Metres as she took an excellent sixth place in a time of 5:10.55. Zosia Paddon was 15th in the heats with a personal best 5:43.56.

In the 60 Metres Hurdles, Danielle Abel set a personal best 10.06s for 12th place in the semi-finals. Brogan MacMillan also set a personal best 11.79s in the heats and ran 49.42s in the 300 Metres then threw 6.58m in the Shot Put.

In the 60 Metres Kate Gilvear ran a personal best 8.75s in the heats to qualify for the semi-finals then went even faster with 8.68s in the semis for 19th overall. Hannah Tams managed 8.98s, Sophie Morgan a personal best 9.15s and Scarlet Roy a personal best 9.58s. Hannah then ran 31.05s in the 200 Metres and Sophie another personal best 31.12s.

In the 800 Metres Scarlett Roy ran a personal best 2:47.93 and Jamie Oldham managed 2:29.05 after jumping 3.71m at Long Jump.

In the field Dylan McCulloch was 12th in the Long Jump after jumping 4.50m and 13th in Shot Put with 5.00m.

Scottish Under-13 Championships

Central AC’s Under-13 athletes produced a host of personal bests as they took part in the Scottish Under-13 indoor championships at the Emirates arena on Saturday 29 February.

Niamh McKinlay celebrated her first ever Scottish medal in the 800 Metres as she followed the leaders all the way round to smash her personal best and take third place for bronze. The 12-year-old from Aberfoyle took a huge 7 seconds off her personal best with a time of 2:32.27.

Niamh had earlier set a new personal best in the 60 Metres Hurdles as she placed tenth in the semi-finals with 10.78s.

Lewis Miller just missed out on the podium twice in the day. The 12-year-old from Dunblane was edged into fourth place in the 60 Metres but was rewarded with a new club record in a superb time of 8.43s. He then experienced another fourth place in the Long Jump as he jumped a personal best 4.44m. Lewis also set a new best in the 200 Metres semi-finals with 28.71s as he just missed the final where he was joined by Jamie Connor who ran a personal best 30.07s in his heat to progress to the semi-finals. Earlier Jamie had just missed the final in the 60 Metres Hurdles with 11.80s.

Leya Gibb also narrowly missed a medal in the 1,500 Metres as she set a new personal best 5:28.01 minutes for fourth place. In the 800 Metres Ossian Arkotxa ran a season’s best 2:34.24 minutes for ninth place.

In the field Loren Stewart cleared a season’s best 1.34m in the High Jump for sixth place after jumping 4.01m at Long Jump for 12th. Connie Bateman threw a personal best 6.36m in the Shot Put for a respectable seventh. There were further personal bests for Dara Clarke in the High Jump with 1.24m for 11th and Finlay MacGregor in the boys High Jump with 1.14m for 10th.

The 60 Metres heats saw personal bests for Emma Anderson 9.48s, Sophia Waring 9.54s, Fia Watkin 9.70s and Finlay MacGregor 9.62s. Emma and Fia also took on the 60 Metres Hurdles where Emma ran 12.73s and Fia 12.79s.

Mar 092020

The East of Scotland Team included four Central Athletic Club athletes in the Inter Counties Cross Country at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough on Saturday 7 March, this quality event virtually doubling up as the British Championships. With conditions dryer than for most of the season there were plenty of sections of sticky mud to test the stamina of the runners. It was good to see Under-15 runner Connor Bell make his contribution to the East team’s bronze medal placing in finishing 26th, covering the 4 kilometre course in 15 minutes 23 seconds. Cameron Kerr’s determined run saw him just miss out on a team medal as fifth counter for the East team finishing 37th with 15:34.

Under-20 runner Ben MacMillan rounded off his successful cross country season in style in the first race of the day held over 8 kilometres. Ben tested himself against the top British runners in this prestigious event coming home 33rd, in a time of 33:35. Hamish Hickey has run most of the season as an Under-20 but here contested the 10 kilometre senior race finishing in 98th place with 42.35, a fine outcome in this illustrious company and will have provided good experience for the future. Conan McCaughey pulled on a Northern Ireland vest on this occasion and should be pleased with his 27th placing with 40:28.

The 50th running of the Allan Scally Relays were again hosted by Shettleston Harriers over a 4 lap, 5 kilometre course in Glasgow on 29 February. The event attracted a large field of Scotland’s top clubs and some quality athletes including Jake Wightman, Scotland’s Commonwealth Games 1,500 Metres bronze medallist. Indeed it was Jake (14 minutes 51 seconds) who led off Edinburgh AC’s challenge as he swept his club into a first leg lead which was never surrendered. Central Athletic Club’s quartet of Hamish Hickey (15:15), Matthew Sutherland (15:48), Jamie Crowe (14:33) and Alastair Hay (14:51) chased hard to finish just 8 seconds adrift from their Edinburgh rivals to claim silver team medals with host club Shettleston Harriers in third some 2:22 behind Central’s charge. Jamie Crowe’s 14:33 effort was a superb new course record taking over from Alastair Hay’s 2019 effort.

Central’s mixed gender team of Morag Millar (17:54), Lewis Millar (16:01), Michael Wright (16:18) and Dale Colley (16:14) were competitive throughout to finish in seventeenth overall with 151 teams completing the course.

Fanni Gyurko chose the somewhat warmer climate of Seville in Spain to make her latest assault on the marathon and here was awarded with a personal best of 2 hours 35 minutes 54 seconds which is crucially a Hungarian qualifying time for the Tokyo Olympics.

Feb 252020
Jamie Crowe powering through the mud. Photo Bobby Gavin.

The weather may have been causing travel chaos throughout Central Scotland but there was no derailing Central Athletic Club’s blue and yellow train as the Senior Men’s Team won Gold for an unprecedented tenth year in a row. Much of the success came through a brilliant run from Jamie Crowe as he lifted individual Gold with a superb display, conquering the Callendar Park mud, to win in 35 minutes 29 seconds for the 10 kilometre course. Jamie has been showing superb form all season so it was good to see him taking the accolades as Scottish Champion heading a top class field.

Michael Wright storms to the finish. Photo Bobby Gavin.

The Team trophy was not easily retained with strong opposition from Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds and Corstorphine AC but in the final analysis there was again daylight ahead of the best efforts of the other top Scottish clubs. Alastair Hay has played his part in eight of the team victories and here looked in imperious form to come home sixth in 36:14 and with more fine performances from Cameron Milne (13th, 36:53), a seemingly rejuvenated Matthew Sutherland (17th, 37:04), Dale Colley (22nd, 37:33) and Conan McCaughey (33rd, 38:00) the Team prize was assured. Michael Wright (38th, 38:40) may have missed out on a team medal but his normal gutsy performance would have ensured a medal if any of his team mates had faltered. Mention again must be made of coach, Derek Easton, who has continued to oversee this excellent run of success.

Senior Men medallists: Jonny Glen (silver), Jamie Crowe (gold), Kevin Wood (bronze). Photo Bobby Gavin.

As some 670 mud-spattered senior runners came through to the finish, Scott Brember did well to finish 71st with 40:06 heading in further good performances from Luca Fanottoli (94th, 40:50), Ruaridh Miller (118th, 41:32) and Colin Logan (126th, 41:45). The runners coped with the difficult underfoot conditions with a varying degree of success so it was good to see Donald Shaw (284th, 46:22) back in form, renewing his rivalry with David Eckersley (317th, 47:22) who finished with Iain Elliott (318th, 47:22) while Charles Graham-Marr was another to push back the years (339th, 47:58) ahead of Alan Hume (376th, 48:48) and Ross McNaught (386th, 49:22). Iain Dunsmore came through in 400th, 49:43, leading in Ben Noad (425th, 50:36), Colin Alexander (455th, 51:11), Roger Greenaway (548th, 54:52), Allan Gall (606th, 58:09), Cameron Campbell (609th, 58:17) and Neil Galbraith Cobb 650th alongside Colin Sinclair 651st with both recording 63:10.

Hamish Hickey takes U20 silver. Photo Bobby Gavin.

Central’s Under-20 Men gave some assurance that there is a promise of future success through further fine efforts as Hamish Hickey’s 23 minutes 45 seconds run over a 6.7 kilometre test was rewarded with an individual silver medal, an enticing 3 seconds from gold. Tom Graham-Marr came through well with a fine last lap effort to take bronze with 23:54. Ben MacMillan’s strong running saw him in seventh (24:20) and with another fine effort from Calum Phillip (18th, 25:51) there was a further set of team gold medals ahead of challenges from Dundee and Edinburgh University teams.

Earlier in the day Hungarian-based Central athlete Dorottya Csuta made her mark with another fine display to lift silver in the Under-15 Girls race with 16 minutes 1 second over a 4.1 kilometre course, a magnificent performance as Central European races do not tend to encounter muddy courses or the squally sleet showers experienced here. Summer MacLean led home the remainder of Central’s Under-15 Girls team in 22nd (18:06) with another assured run while Mirren Henry (31st, 18:33) also showed improved form. It was good to see Zosia Paddon (75th, 20:59) and Heidi Eik Maxwell (89th, 21:28) testing themselves at this level and helping the girls achieve fifth team spot.

Central’s Senior Women faced the same 10 kilometre test as the Senior Men and again ankle deep mud on much of the course so good to see Kim Timmins in form to come home 43rd with 46:01 ahead of further spirited performances from Claire Houston (77nd, 48:39), Amy Hendry (86th, 49:24), Kirsten McStay (102nd, 50:15) and Becky Hay (144th, 53:02), all with times that show good comparisons against many of the Club’s senior men.

Heather Scott was the sole Central finisher in the Under-20 Women’s field covering her 6.7 kilometre test in 33 minutes 53 seconds in 22nd with another determined effort, while Under-17 Grace Tindall pitted herself against the Under-17 Women’s field to finish 19th covering the 6.1 kilometre challenge in 26:48 with a further resolute display.

Sam Grivell completed the Under-17 Men’s race, over a 6.1 kilometre test and can count himself as one of the unluckiest runners of the day, losing a running shoe and timing chip on the course and not having his performance recorded – there is some hope that his result may be updated when video footage is reviewed.

The Under-15 Boys were faced with a 4.1 kilometre challenge and here Euan Docherty (30th, 16:26) showed improvement with his normal ‘can do’ attitude and it was a similar story for Ross Lawrie (117th, 18:50) as both boys conquered the extreme conditions.

The Under-13 Boys race was the second race of the day over a 3.1 kilometre course and while the course had not yet broken up to the extent of later in the day there was still enough water and mud to ensure a real test for the youngsters. So it was good to see Aaron Middleton (24th, 12:20) and Joshua Kennedy (42nd, 12:44) continue to show improvement while Henry Crossley (128th, 14:50) faced his first test at this level and should also be pleased with his performance.

Feb 232020


There were nine medals and a host of personal bests as Central AC athletes competed for their schools at the Scottish schools indoor championships at the Emirates Arena.

Top performance in the Over-16s was Coirilidh Cook of Balfron HS who won the 60 Metres Hurdles in a personal best 8.97 seconds. She went on to place eighth in the flat 60 Metres final in 8.29s after running a personal best 8.20s in her heat. Daniel Ferguson of Lornshill Academy took silver in the Boys 60 Metres Hurdles in a personal best 8.50s then set another personal best in the 60 Metres semi-finals with 7.56s. Euan Smith (Dollar Academy) was also on the podium in the flat 60 Metres with an excellent bronze with a personal best 7.28s after placing sixth in 60 Metres Hurdles in a personal best 8.85s. Aidan Grevemberg (Balfron HS) also reached the 60 Metres final taking fifth with 7.32s. Kyra Gibb (Dunblane HS) was our other track finalist placing tenth after setting a personal best 4:52.70 in the heats to qualify.

In the field, Erik Escala (Dunblane HS) won silver in the Shot Put with 13.04s, just getting pipped for gold. Molly Cornes (Balfron HS) just missed out on the medals with fourth in the High Jump with 1.50m and also took eighth in the Long Jump with 4.97m.

Other results:

  • Rebecca Cumming (Dunblane HS) Triple Jump – 8.24m 10th
  • Jamie McNaught (McLaren HS) Long Jump – 5.29m, 12th; 60 Metres heat – 8.01s
  • Aidan Grevemberg (Balfron HS) 200 Metres semi-final – 24.19s personal best in heat
  • Shona McLay (Stirling HS) 200 Metres semi-final – 27.35s in heat, 60 Metres heat – 8.38s
  • Briagha Cook (Balfron HS) 200 Metres semi-final – 26.64s personal best
  • Erik Escala (Dunblane HS) 200 Metres semi-final – 23.42s in heat
  • Lois Burch (McLaren HS) 60 Metres semi-final – 8.47s personal best, 60 Metres Hurdles heat – 9.56s, 200 Metres heat – 27.52s
  • Jack Haughton (Dunblane HS) 200 Metres heat – 24.35s
  • Lucy More (McLaren HS) 60 Metres heat – 8.5s
  • Adam McGregor (Dunblane HS) 60 Metres heat – 7.92s
  • Lyle Hunter (Dollar Academy) 200 Metres heat – 26.24s, 60 Metres heat – 8.00s
  • Mavia Duncan (Balfron HS) 300 Metres heat – 46.69s
  • Oliver Holden (McLaren HS) 800 Metres heat – 2:11.95
  • Sam Grivell (Lornshill Academy) 800 Metres heat – 2:15.43
  • Ethan Thomson (McLaren HS) 800 Metres heat – 2:16.73
  • Grace Tindall (Alva Academy) 1500m heat – 5:01.96 personal best


In the Under-16 age group Connor Bell of Balfron HS was the standout performance. In the heats Connor cruised round in 4:22.06 to qualify. This time was in fact enough to set a new club Under-15 indoor record. In the final he ran away from the field and smashed his club record to take gold in a superb 4:12.08. He followed this with a fine silver in the 800 Metres as he came close to his own club record with 2:05.39. Behind Connor, Cameron MacMillan (Dollar Academy) placed tenth after setting a personal best 4:22.61 to reach the final.

Katherine Fowler was Central’s other winner in the 60 Metres. She had the worst possible start to her competition. When cruising at the end of her 200 Metres heat she caught a spike in the track and took a tumble meaning she was unable to finish. She was left with friction burns on her knee but returned the next day for the 60 Metres. She safely negotiated her heat in a personal best 8.08s then semi-final in 8.19s but was up against stiff competition in the final. However she ran away from the field to win in a personal best 8.05s. This was Katherine’s first ever gold medal in a national level event.

Euan Wilbert of McLaren High was on great form in the 60 Metres Hurdles as he took silver in a personal best 9.04s. Central had three athletes in the final with Robb Ferguson (Lornshill Academy) just out of the medals in fourth with 9.30s after a personal best 9.20s in the heats, which would have earned him a medal in the final. Tyler Hunter (Dollar Academy) reached his first ever national final placing eighth, after a personal best 9.49s in the heats.

Amy Cully of Wallace High was on superb form in the 800 Metres as she smashed her personal best with 2:21.87 to take a bronze medal. This was Amy’s first ever medal at a national level event.

In the Boys 800 Metres, Ruaridh Burns ran a personal best 2:10.89 to reach the B final.

In the field Jack Campbell was just outside the medals in the Pole Vault as he cleared a personal best 2.40m for fourth.

Other results:

  • Finlay Marchant (Wallace HS) 200 Metres heat – 26.59s, 60 Metres heat – 8.23s
  • Summer Maclean (Wallace HS) 1,500 Metres heat – 5:04.59
  • Euan Docherty (Dunblane HS) 800 Metres heat – 2:20.05
  • Jack Campbell (McLaren HS) 60 Metres Hurdles heat – 9.70s
  • Teagan McIntosh-Blacklock (Stirling HS) 60 Metres heat – 8.68s personal best
  • Catriona Kane (Dunblane HS) 1,500 Metres heat – 5:08.77 personal best
  • Robb Ferguson (Lornshill Academy) 60 Metres heat – 8.22s
  • Carys Gibb (Dunblane HS) 1,500 Metres heat – 5:13.90 personal best
  • Hannah Tams (Alva Academy) 60 Metres heat – 9.01s
  • Megan Dunlop (McLaren HS) 60 Metres heat – 8.88s
  • Olivia Darwin (Alva Academy) 60 Metres heat – 9.02s personal best
  • Ellie Beavan Whitty (Dollar Academy) 60 Metres heat – 9.22s
  • Erin Miller (Dunblane HS) 60 Metres heat – 9.26s
Feb 172020

The details of the final two races in the club’s junior cross country series for this winter have been announced.

The penultimate race of the Series will be on Saturday 7 March with an 11am start for warm-up and race start at around 11.20am – registration from 10.30am at Bracklin Falls Car Park, Callander.

The final race of the series will be in Kings Park, Stirling on Saturday 21 March with the normal format, and registration from 10.30am.

Most of the gender and age group series results to date suggest the final results will be close so much still to play for.

Feb 162020

Men’s Heptathlon

Central had a full age range of athletes in the Scottish indoor Heptathlon championships with Jack Campbell in the Under-17 event, Erik Escala in the Under-20s and Ron Todd in the Masters’ championships. This event is the seven event indoor version of the ten event decathlon event and tests the athletes’ all round ability over two days of competition.

Erik has made big improvements in the last year and competed for Scotland in November at the schools’ pentathlon international. The 17-year-old from Dunblane knew the competition was going to be tough as he was up against Scott Brindlay of North Ayrshire and Calum Newby of Edinburgh who had taken the top two places at the UK championships in January. Erik had been forced to withdraw injured from the UK championships with one event remaining so was looking to finish on a good score. He opened well with a personal best 7.48 seconds in the 60 Metres then performed consistently for the rest of the day as he came close to his personal best in the Long Jump with 5.90m and Shot Put with 11.77m then High Jump with 1.77m. This put him in fourth place overnight on 2,480 points. A strong 60 Metres Hurdles of 9.07m maintained his position then he soared to a new personal best in the Pole Vault with 3.57m. He finished his weekend with a 1,000 Metres run of 3:15.18 to score a personal best 4,234 points and place fourth against a top quality field.

Jack Campbell was competing in his first ever Heptathlon and finished the first day with a complete set of personal bests as he sprinted to 8.30s in the 60 Metres, a Long Jump of 5.16m, threw the Shot Put 7.86m and a High Jump of 1.47m for a first day score of 1,614 points. He then continued this with a personal best 10.38s in the 60 Metres Hurdles, cleared 2.37m in his first ever Pole Vault and finished with 3:08.32 minutes in his first ever 1,000 Metres. This gave him a final score of 2,884 points and a respectable seventh place meaning he had set eight personal bests in seven events.

Ron Todd was taking on the Masters’ event and with age gradings used where performances are adjusted according to the athlete’s age, it makes it difficult to predict who will win. Ron opened with 8.64m in the 60 Metres, 4.41m at Long Jump, 10.16m at Shot Put and 3.07m at Pole Vault. This gave Ron an overnight lead on an age adjusted score of 2,539 points. On the second day he continued strongly with 10.54m at 60 Metres Hurdles then rolled back the years with an excellent High Jump of 1.51m, his best jump for many seasons. This gave Ron a lead going into the final 1,000 Metres event but he knew he was up against it as endurance isn’t his strongest area. He dug in to finish in 4:28.45 but this wasn’t enough to hold on to the lead. But Ron was happy with his second place and score of 4,245 points and particularly pleased with his High Jump. Afterwards he commented on what a great event it is with the camaraderie amongst the competitors during the event.

Under-17 Girls Pentathlon

Central had three competitors in the Under-17 Girls Pentathlon with Katherine Fowler, Molly Cornes and Ellen Montgomery taking on the five discipline event.

Katherine was in her first Pentathlon since making her international debut for Scotland in the schools pentathlon international in November. It was also her first pentathlon in the Under-17 age group. The 15-year-old from Callander started well with a personal best 8.01m in the Shot Put. In the 60 Metres Hurdles she looked to be heading for another personal best before she clipped a hurdle, but held her stride to finish in a decent 9.60s. There was joy for her in the Long Jump she leapt over the 5 metre mark for the first time ever jumping a personal best 5.03 metres. And there was further success for her in the High Jump where she jumped to another personal best 1.54m. This put her within sight of the medals. However, she was tired by the time of the 800 Metres and finished with 2:41.58 minutes which gave her fifth place overall, managing to set an excellent new personal best score of 2,977 points.

Molly Cornes opened well with 8.56m in the Shot Put, a new personal best 9.91s in the 60 Metres Hurdles and a respectable 4.90m at Long Jump. In her strongest High Jump event she was back on form and went clear at a season’s best 1.57m then came very close to her personal best 1.60m. Molly finished with 2:47.82 in the 800 Metres for a score of 2,884 points, just 56 points short of her personal best and tenth place overall.

Ellen Montgomery came close to her personal bests with 7.52m at Shot Put, 10.68s in the 60 Metres Hurdles, 4.24m at Long Jump and 2:56.85 at 800 Metres for a score of 1,717 points and 22nd place.

Under-15 Girls Pentathlon

Danielle Abel, Brogan MacMillan and Zosia Paddon took part in the Under-15 Girls Pentathlon. Danielle opened with a personal best 1.25m at High Jump then a respectable 10.35s in the 60 Metres Hurdles. She then set an excellent Long Jump personal best of 4.45m then followed this with 6.44m at Shot Put. She finished with 3:05.91 in the 800 Metres to score a personal best 2,039 points for 18th place.

Brogan MacMillan achieved a High Jump of 1.13m and ran 12.71s in the 60 Metres Hurdles. A respectable 6.55m in the Shot Put was followed by 3:02.57 in the 800 Metres for a final score of 1,286 points and 31st place.

Zosia Paddon did not have the luckiest of starts. A delay on arrival meant she was too late to take part in the High Jump but was allowed to continue in the event. Her bad luck continued in the 60 Metres Hurdles where she was well placed and heading for a big personal best when she caught the last hurdle badly and took a tumble. She had the presence of mind to get back up and finish in 13.75s but this cost her a fast time. She carried on and came close to a personal best in Long Jump with 3.46m, set a personal best in Shot Put with 6.46m and ran well in the final 800 Metres event, her strongest event to finish with 2:42.44. In spite of missing an event and her mishap in the hurdles she still set a personal best score of 1,212 points for 32nd place.

Under-15 Boys Pentathlon

The Under-15 Boys event saw Ruaridh Burns, Dylan McCulloch returning after taking part last year and Douglas Fleming in his first ever pentathlon.

Ruaridh started with an excellent personal best 5.47 metres, adding 40cm to his previous best, to put him in third place overall. Dylan McCulloch set a personal best 4.50m and Douglas jumped 4.11m. In the 60 Metres Hurdles Douglas ran 12.00s in his first ever race then in the final, top-seeded race Ruaridh ran a personal best 10.57s to narrowly hold off Dylan who also ran a personal best 10.68s.

In the High Jump Dylan cleared a personal best 1.27m, Douglas cleared 1.45m and Ruaridh went on to a season’s best 1.57m for fourth highest jump of the day. In the Shot Put it was Douglas’s chance to shine as he threw 8.25m, the fifth top throw of the day. Ruaridh managed 8.19m and Dylan set a personal best 6.66m.

The final 800 Metres event came upon them and the first heat saw Dylan and Douglas set personal bests with Dylan running 2:30.84 and Douglas 2:49.85. Ruaridh was in the final heat for the event leaders and in a strong event for him finished third in a season’s best 2:16.47 minutes. This gave Ruaridh a final score of 2,234 points for an excellent fifth place. Dylan also set a personal best score 1,540 points for 11th overall and Douglas scored 1,310 points in his first pentathlon for 13th place.

Under-13 Girls Pentathlon

Central were well represented in the Under-13 Girls Pentathlon with Loren Stewart, Niamh McKinlay, Amelia Campbell and Fia Watkin taking part. Loren and Niamh were returning after taking part in this event last year. Amelia and Fia were attempting their first ever Pentathlon. For Amelia it was her first ever competition for the club.

The opening High Jump event saw a personal best 1.17m for Niamh and Amelia clear a respectable 1.23m. Loren went on to an excellent season best 1.32m for third place. In the 60 Metres Hurdles Fia was fastest in her first ever race with 12.13s followed by Loren who ran a personal best 12.52s. Amelia managed 13.83s in her first ever race. Niamh looked to be heading for a personal best in her race but unfortunately hit the final hurdle and took a tumble. She managed to get herself straight back up and finish in 13.75s but her time would have been much quicker had she stayed on her feet.

In the Long Jump Fia jumped a personal best 3.26m, Niamh a personal best 3.55m, Amelia an excellent 3.61m in her first competition and Loren set a seasons best mark of 4.05m. In the shot there was personal bests all round with Loren throwing 6.05m, Amelia 5.05m, Fia 4.17m and Niamh 5.02m.

In the final 800 Metres Fia managed fourth in the first heat with 3:02.90, Niamh was a clear winner of the second heat in 2:38.48, just missing her personal best. Amelia followed behind in 3:04.62. Loren took part in the third heat where she ran 2:48.60 for fourth in a close race.

When the scores were added up Loren had set a new personal best 1,814 points for 10th place overall. Niamh also had a new personal best 1,457 points for 17th. Amelia scored 1,263 points for 20th and Fia 1,015 points for 28th overall.

Under-13 Boys Pentathlon

The Under-13 Boys Pentathlon saw Lewis Miller, Jamie Connor and Cameron Moore all attempting their first ever pentathlon. In the opening Shot Put event Lewis placed fifth with 6.45m, Cameron was 10th with 5.52m and Jamie 13th with 5.52m.

In the 60 Metres Hurdles there were personal bests all round with Lewis third quickest overall with 10.85s, Jamie ran 11.79s and Cameron managed 12.60s. The High Jump also saw new personal bests all round with Jamie clearing 1.20m, Cameron 1.23m and Lewis 6th highest at 1.29m. In the Long Jump event Lewis jumped 4.07m, Jamie set a new personal best 3.73m and Cameron also set a new personal best 3.54m.

This left just the 800 Metres where Cameron ran a personal best 3:10.28 to finish on 736 points and 16th place. Jamie also ran a personal best 2:43.12 to score 996 points for 12th place. Lewis was in the final heat and in the hunt for the medals. He pushed hard and managed a personal best 2:51.64 however this was not quite enough for a podium place. He can be proud though of fourth place and a score of 1,240 points.

Overall the combined events championships saw 19 Central AC athletes competing which is a great turnout. Eight athletes were competing for the first time ever and eight more set personal best scores. The athletes all had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Well done to all our competitors.

Feb 162020
Central vests at Armagh

There was a significant Central Athletic Club presence at the Armagh International Road Races held on Thursday 13 February. This series of races has a reputation for fast times and consequently attracts a top class field including hosting a home international event. Central’s Jamie Crowe was representing Scotland in the 5 kilometre race and led his Scotland team to victory in a personal best time of 13 minutes 53 seconds in ninth overall. Jamie was supported by a group of fellow Central runners with Alastair Hay coming through well for a personal best of 14:11. Under-20 runners Hamish Hickey (14:28) and Ben MacMillan (14:53) were also rewarded with personal bests while Michael Wright (15:11) and Luca Fanottoli (15:38) should be very pleased with their efforts. In the 3 kilometre race, Under-20 Lauren McCulloch underlined her current form with a fine 10:03 personal best.

Feb 162020

Central Athletic Club’s Cross Country Championships were held at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane on Saturday 15 February with the recent storms requiring changes to the normal course, but the impending presence of Storm Dennis ensured all the races were a true test of determination in incessant rain and high winds.

Under-11 race start

The Under-11 Boys and Girls raced together over a 1.2 mile course with all showing superb enthusiasm and resolve. Here it was guest runner Rory Garner who led home the field, but it was Jake Drummond who lifted the Boys’ trophy with an 8 minutes 15 seconds run ahead of silver medallist Finlay MacGregor (8:21) and Lewis Henry (8:30) taking bronze, while Noah McIntyre-Sim (10:16) should be proud of his fourth placed run.

The Under-11 Girls saw Emily Stanford’s 9:05 effort take the trophy and gold medal with a confident run just ahead of Dara Clark (9:09) as she lifted the silver medal for the second year in succession. Ciara Middleton (9:26) was in close contention and won bronze ahead of Nora Thompson (11:52) in fourth. Eilidh Connor (11:22) was first of the Under-9 Girls on show ahead of more good efforts by Jessica Walker (11:25) and Summer Johnston (11:36).

The Under-13 race was held over a 1.6 mile course and here it was Joshua Kennedy who led home the field with a fine 10:42 effort with Aaron Middleton (11:03) picking up his second consecutive silver ahead of Alex Dunlop’s 11:17 effort for bronze. Fergus Young (11:47), Henry Crossley (12:11), Jamie Connor (13:08), Conall Paterson (13:52) and Scott Hill (14:33) should all be pleased with their efforts in overcoming this test in the tough conditions.

Carys Gibb (11:46) produced an excellent performance to win the Under-13 Girls race ahead of another fine run by her sister Leya (11:57). Loren Stewart’s 12:18 effort was rewarded with a bronze medal just ahead of another strong run from Niamh McKinlay (12:20) with Leah Brown (12:23) in close attendance. Emma Anderson (13:10) has been an ever-present in the cross country series to date and again did herself proud.

The third race, over a two lap course of 2.4 miles, saw the Under-15 Boys and Girls run with the Senior Women. Euan Docherty showed his normal strong running to win the Under-15 Boys’ trophy with a 15:54 run. Amongst the Under-15 Girls it was Summer MacLean who again caught the eye with an excellent 16:20 run to lead in further fine efforts from her fellow medallists Catriona Kane (16:28) and Mirren Henry (16:34) while Leonna Melville (18:02), Zosia Paddon (19:26) and Scarlett Roy (20:08) all added to the event with improved performances. It was good to see Kirsten McStay testing herself here to take the Senior Women’s trophy with a fine 18:22 effort.

The Under-17 Men ran with the Senior Men and Veteran Men over 3.5 miles with further classy runs throughout. Sam Grivell deserved his victory in the Under-17 race to clock 23:16 while it was Matthew Sutherland who came to the fore to take home the Senior Men’s Trophy in 21:21 ahead of worthy efforts by Neil Ferrier (23:46), Ben Noad (26:02) and Ian Elliot (26:19). As always there was great rivalry amongst Central’s Veteran runners with David Eckersley (24:35) lifting the trophy ahead of Alan Hume (24:46) with Iain Dunsmore (25:59) taking bronze. It was good to see Hugh Buchanan (27:12), Liam McCabe (28:53), Colin Sinclair (30:23) and Allan Gall (31:49) all supporting the race and running well throughout.

U11 Boys
8.21Finlay MacGregorCACSecond
U11 Girls
9.05Emily StanfordCACFirst
U9 Girls
U13 Boys
U13 Girls
U15 Boys
U15 Girls
Senior Women
Vet Women
U17 Men
Senior Men
23.46Neil FerrierCACSecond
Veteran Men
25.59Iain DunsmoreCACThird

Feb 102020

Central AC’s club stalwarts took centre stage in the Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships at Johnstone. The Men’s race featured a close 1-2 finish for Ross Houston and Scott Brember, though both won Championship titles in their age categories.

Eckersley, Houston, Brember with their medals
Eckersley, Houston, Brember

The Men’s race covered 8 kilometres of a mainly flat but windswept course, and there was a fine tussle between the Central clubmates and other leading contenders in a field of over 200 runners. Ross Houston is returning this season to competitive running having passed his 40th birthday and gained eligibility for Masters’ events was pleased to win the overall race title and the M40 title with his run in 28 minutes 5 seconds. But it was a close run thing , with Central teammate Scott Brember just a few strides behind as he took second in the race with his 28:06 and great credit to be also M45 category champion.

Brember (115) and Houston (113) in the leading group
Brember (115) and Houston (113) in the leading group. Photo Bobby Gavin

There was a strong contingent of Central runners in the race with David Eckersley also winning the plaudits with his fine second place in the M55 category with his 31:59 race. Other Central results Donald Shaw M45, 21st, 33:59; Alan Hume M40, 34th, 34:32 ; Charles Graham-Marr M60, 11th, 35:42; Colin Alexander Hensman M40, 42nd, 37:41; Liam McCabe M55, 25th, 39:03; Allan Gall M60, 27th, 41:58; Colin Sinclair M50, 51st, 42:11; and Cameron Campbell M60, 29th, 42:43. Roger Greenaway ran over the 6 kilometre course for more senior runners and was rewarded with a fine 6th place in M65 category in 29:06.

In the Women’s race, Mandy Williams led the club home with a fine 8th place in the W40 category with 27:59. Hazel Dean was just outside the medals with 4th place in the W55 category with 30:31 and Shona Aiken was 14th in the W50 with 32:44.

Feb 082020
Under-17 1,500 Metres
Under-17 1,500 Metres

Central AC athlete, Dorottya Csuta was on medal winning form as she took a fine silver at the Scottish Under-17 indoor championships. The 15-year-old Hungarian based athlete was back in Scotland three weeks after winning the Scottish 3,000 Metres title in a European Youth Championship qualifying time. This time she was taking on the 1,500 Metres distance where she found herself up against top class Edinburgh athlete Katie Johnson who had finished just behind Dorottya in the 3,000 Metres event. Dorottya took the lead at the start and ran from the front but with 400 metres to go Katie attacked and took a lead she never relinquished. Dorottya dug in all the way and finished second in an excellent new club record time of 4:38.24 for silver. Such was the quality of the race, both Katie and Dorottya had run inside the previous championship record.

Also in the 1,500 Metres final was Summer MacLean who took a respectable seventh in 4:55.56 after knocking a huge 18 seconds off her previous best.

Elsewhere the standard was high as the Emirates Arena is getting a reputation as the fastest indoor track in the Britain, resulting in a large influx of competitors from the rest of the UK in the sprints, hurdles and jumps. This made some events effectively a UK championship.

Coirilidh Cook ran an excellent personal best in the 60 Metres Hurdles as she dipped below nine seconds for the first time with a time of 8.99s in both the semi-final and final. This placed her the top Scottish competitor but was only enough for fourth in a high class race. Also in the 60 Metres Hurdles, Lois Burch has made big strides recently and continued this with a big personal best 9.27s in her heat. She followed this up with 9.30s in the semi-final which left her in ninth place, just missing a place in the final. However she was sixth placed Scottish athlete so will look to build on this and get into the medals in future.

Katherine Fowler sprinted to a new personal best 8.11s in the 60 Metres placing 12th overall and sixth fastest Scot as she reached the semi-finals. Katherine and Lois also both progressed to the 200 Metres semi-finals, with Katherine running 26.90s and Lois 27.61s. However, their earlier efforts left them tired for the semi-finals and unable to progress further.

Molly Cornes was on form in the Long Jump as she leapt to a season’s best 5.13m for seventh overall and fifth Scot. She had to settle for 10th place at High Jump with 1.54m after she just missed 1.59m. Louise Carroll placed 18th at High Jump with 1.44m and then 12th at Triple Jump with a season’s best 9.74m. Jumping alongside her was Ellen Montgomery who placed 15th with 8.89m and Rebecca Cumming who was 16th with 8.64m. For Rebecca this was her first step back into competition after a year out with injury.

In the 800 Metres Amy Cully fought hard to reach the final but faded to finish in 2:28.74. There was a personal best run for Naomi Howlieson who ran 2:31.99 minutes. Finlay Marchant was the only Central AC boy taking part and ran 8.23s in the 60 Metres and 26.97s in the 200 Metres.

Feb 082020

Central AC’s Briagha Cook was on great form at the Scottish National Indoor championships at the Emirates Arena on Sunday. The 17-year-old from Balfron set a new club record in the 60 Metres Hurdles as she finished seventh in the Senior Women’s event. Briagha had previously won national titles in her younger years before a foot injury put her out of action for two years. She finally got back into competition last summer and marked her return with a silver at the Scottish Under-17 championships. Now competing in the Under-20 age group, she has had to master the full senior hurdles height and made a tentative start at the national open a week earlier when she ran a respectable 9.34 seconds to go second on the club all-time list.

Briagha Cook in 60 Metres Hurdles
Briagha Cook in 60 Metres Hurdles

This week she was taking on the top senior women in Scotland and had no idea how it would go. She opened well with a personal best 9.22s and was delighted to realise she had reached the final. When the final came she ran even faster to take seventh place in a time of 9.15s. It came as a pleasant surprise when she realised she had broken the club senior record. She was really pleased to set a personal best in each race and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of her first senior championships. Her next target will be the Scottish Under-20 championships and with her currently ranked third she will be looking to get on the podium at this event.

Ian Horsburgh was returning to indoor action after a superb win in the prestigious New Year Sprint event. The European Masters silver medallist was showing the younger athletes he was still a capable sprinter. He eased through his 200 Metres heat in 22.54s then ran 22.61s for third place in his semi-final. This put him joint sixth place but with only six lanes available, after further scrutiny, he was dropped to seventh place meaning he unfortunately missed the final by less than a hundredth of a second. Also competing in the 200 Metres was Kieran Halliday who was happy with a season’s best of 24.05s.

Jan 262020
.. and they’re off!

The third race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2019-20 Cross-Country Series was held in excellent conditions on Saturday 25 January at Fintry Rugby Club. With good conditions underfoot the 1.5 kilometre course saw a field of some 31 youngsters showcasing the local talent.

Connor Bell was again to the fore throughout to finish in overall first place in 4 minutes 51 seconds and lead home the Under-15 Boys age group ahead further gutsy runs from Euan Docherty (5:15) and Ross Lawrie (5:37).

This was Catriona Kane’s first race in this season’s Series and here she led home the Girls to finish as top Under-15 on the day with 5:41. Zosia Paddon has been an ever present so far in the Series and was rewarded with her best placing as second Under-15 Girl (6:04) while Scarlett Roy (6:26) also added to her reputation with third place in this age group.

There was another good turnout of Under-13 Boys with Aaron Middleton (5:34) showing great form to lead ahead of an improved run by Alex Dunlop (5:58). Fergus Young (6:01) again showed his promise ahead of a good race between Logan Bell (6:49), Scott Hill (6:52) and Conall Paterson (6:55) while newcomer Logan Paterson showed good determination to finish with 7:53.

The Under-13 Girls age group again proved to be competitive with Niamh McKinlay taking first with 6:15 closely followed by another fine effort by Leah Brown (6:20), and a flying finish from Emma Anderson (6:26). Loren Stewart (6:29) finished close-up while Robyn McKerracher (6:54) showed further improvement.

Jake Drummond reversed previous results to win the Under-11 Boys category with an excellent 6:06 and with Finlay McGregor (6:11) and Joel Gillan (6:14) finishing in close order this is turning into a very competitive age group. Cole Johnston (6:50) and Noah McIntyre-Sim (7:24) proved the strength in depth of the Under-11 Boys.

Fia Watkin (6:26) was the pick of the Under-11 Girls age group ahead of further strong runs from newcomer Lucy Ronald (6:36) and Dara Clark (6:41). Ciara Middleton (6:57) had another good run and Nora Thompson showed advancement with 8:08.

Jessica Walker led home the Under-9 category with a strong 8:04 run ahead of another fine effort from Summer Johnston (8:09) and it was Zachary Walker who pushed into the rankings with his 8:22 effort in the Under-9 Boys race.

Thanks are again due to David Eckersley and Raymond Milne and the small army of helpers who provided another excellent event on behalf of Central Athletic Club. Full results below.

1Connor BellU15B4.51
2Euan DochertyU15B5.15
3Aaron MiddletonU13B5.34
4Ross LawrieU15B5.37
5Catriona KaneU15G5.41
6Alex DunlopU13B5.58
7Fergus YoungU13B6.01
8Zosia PaddonU15G6.04
9Jake DrummondU11B6.06
10Finlay MacGregorU11B6.11
11Joel GillanU11B6.14
12Niamh McKinlayU13G6.15
13Leah BrownU13G6.20
14Emma AndersonU13G6.26
15Fia WatkinU11G6.26
16Scarlett RoyU15G6.26
17Loren StewartU13G6.29
18Lucy RonaldU11G6.36
19Dara ClarkU11G6.41
20Logan BellU13B6.49
21Cole JohnstonU11B6.50
22Scott HillU13B6.52
23Robyn McKerracherU13G6.54
24Conall PatersonU13B6.55
25Ciara MiddletonU11G6.57
26Noah McIntyre-SimU11B7.24
27Logan PatersonU13B7.53
28Jessica WalkerU9G8.04
29Nora ThompsonU11G8.08
30Summer JohnstonU9G8.09
31Zachary WalkerU9B8.22
Jan 202020
Sutherland, Colley, Hay, Hickey, MacMillan and Wright lift the trophy
Sutherland, Colley, Hay, Hickey, MacMillan and Wright lift the trophy

Central AC’s Senior Men took top honours at the final match of the East District Cross Country League which was played out at Deans Country Park in Livingston. Hamish Hickey enjoyed the almost perfect conditions to lead a strong team to victory on the day, as they clinched the League title for the tenth occasion.

As always the day commenced with the Under-11 races with both the Girls and Boys facing 1.6 kilometre runs. There was some good packing from Central’s Under-11 Boys with Finlay MacGregor (23rd; 6 minutes 51 seconds), Jake Drummond (25th; 6:52) and Joel Gillan (26th; 6:53) and with the essential back-up from Logan Bell (57th; 7:54) the boys finished as fifth team on the day. Ciara Middleton was the sole Central girl runner with a fine 29th place and a time of 7:38.

The Under-13 Girls and Boys had a full 3.2 kilometre lap of the course to negotiate. In the Boys race Aaron Middleton caught the eye in ninth (12:01) and with further good runs from Joshua Kennedy (24th; 12:44), Henry Crossley (48th; 13:53) and Alex Dunlop (49th; 14:03) the Central team finished in sixth place on the day and an excellent third placing for the season. For the Girls, Leah Brown ran well to take 44th placing with 15:04.

Connor Bell, fresh from his quality run the previous weekend, always looked in control of the 4 kilometres Under-15 Boys race coming home for an emphatic victory with 13 minutes 39 seconds. Euan Docherty had another strong run to finish 21st (15:35). For the combined Under-15 Girls and Under-17 Women’s race, a fourth team place both on the day and over the season was achieved by some strong running by Summer McLean (12th; 16:28), Catriona Kane (13th; 16:39), Mirren Henry (20th; 17:24), Anna McKinnon (23rd; 17:41), Zosia Padden (33rd; 18:48), Leona Melville (40th; 19:32) and Heidi Eik-Maxwell (45th; 19:52).

 Sam Grivell may have been the only Central Under-17 Man to tackle the 6.4 kilometre two lap course but here showed continued improvement to finish in 13th with a useful 24:38 timing.

Hamish Hickey took an early lead
Hamish Hickey took an early lead

It was Under-20 runner Hamish Hickey who showed his strength and confidence to become the latest Central AC athlete to win an East District League race, here completing the 9.6 kilometre, 3 lap course in 31 minutes 8 seconds. Alastair Hay again produced a sterling performance in fourth overall (31:30) and with back-up from Dale Colley (eighth; 31:53), Matthew Sutherland (11th; 32:12), Michael Wright (12th; 32:26) and Under-20 runner Ben MacMillan (13th; 32:28), Central again took team honours and lifted the Senior Men’s Team Trophy for the season.

Scott Brember (L) and Ross Houston topped the Masters results
Scott Brember (L) and Ross Houston topped the Masters results

The essential back-up came from the top two Masters runners on the day, Ross Houston (15th; 32:40) and Scott Brember (19th; 32:58), while there were further top performances from Robert Russell (25th; 33:29), Luca Fanottoli (26th; 33:34) and Under-20 Telfer Gray (36th; 34:12). David Eckersley (99th; 38:37) showed great concentration throughout to complete Central’s Masters team who gained second place, and led home more solid performances from Donald Shaw (103rd; 38:48), Alan Hume (120th; 39:49), Ross McNaught (129th; 40:14), Tal Edie (140th; 40:37), Iain Dunsmore (150th; 41:02) and Jens Subke (157th; 41:27). Charles Graham-Marr (169th; 42:08) stuck well to the task as did the remaining Central runners Hugh Buchanan (186th; 43:10), Colin Alexander (191st; 43:23), Roger Greenaway (211th; 45:21), Liam McCabe (218th; 46:17), Ben Noad (229th; 47:22), Allan Gall (243rd; 48:33), Colin Sinclair (251st; 49:46) and Cameron Campbell (257th; 50:17) as some 27 Central runners finished the Senior Men’s race making up a tenth of the total field.

In the Senior Women’s race over 6.4 kilometres, Catriona Buchanan led her team in with a fine 13th place display in 25:24, supported by Claire Houston (26th, 26:47), Mandy Williams (29th, 27:39), Hazel Dean (58th, 29:48) and Jane Waterhouse (104th, 32:49) with the team finishing the season in 4th place.

Jan 142020

Central Athletic Club were very much at the heart of events on King’s Park, when Stirling hosted a series of Home Countries internationals, mixed with the annual Scottish Inter-District Championship. As host club, Central set and laid out the course and marshalled the event. Unfortunately, it did not organise the weather with large amounts of standing water and mud on the sports pitch section providing very heavy going. The golf course section had fast but treacherous downhill sections with runners at any point in danger of a mudslide.

Lead Men's group on first lap including Butchart (1) and Crowe (2)
Butchart (1) and Crowe (2) mix it in the lead pack

Central athletes featured strongly at the front of the Senior Men’s and Under-20 Men’s 8 kilometres race, with this the last race of the day the underfoot conditions were challenging in the extreme. Andrew Butchart and Jamie Crowe were both representing Scotland, as was Hamish Hickey in the Under-23 category. There was further representation both in the Scotland East team through Alastair Hay and Matthew Sutherland and in a number of local runners wearing yellow and blue Central vests willing to face up to this tough challenge.

This race provided a great spectacle for the spectators who braved the incessant rain, with Butchart and Crowe at the front running in a four man group with Welsh runners Kristian Jones and James Hunt. The underfoot mud and the tight turns on the course saw Jones and Butchart taking tumbles with both recovering to race to the finish. The race unfolded on the final 2km lap with Jones establishing a lead to take him to victory in 25 minutes 33 seconds, a determined run from Crowe (25:43) rewarded with second place, Butchart (25:50) just run out for third by the fast finish of England’s Adam Hickey (25:49), while Hunt faded to fifth (26:10). There was further reward for Jamie and Andrew as they led Scotland to overall victory from Wales and England – the first set of gold medals for Scotland in this race for some years.

Hamish Hickey (25) leads his U23 group.
Hamish Hickey (25) leads his U23 group. Photo Bobby Gavin.

Hamish Hickey was representing the Scottish Under-23 team moving up from his normal Under-20 level. Here Hamish’s talent shone through with fourth place in the Under-23 race and 19th overall to record an excellent 27 minutes exactly helping Scotland lift further team gold in the Celtic Cross Country International. Scotland East representatives Alastair Hay (40th; 27:45) and Matthew Sutherland (49th; 28:05) also tamed the conditions with the East well ahead of their rival teams.

Alongside top class athletes were Central members Neil Ferrier (115), Donald Shaw (122) and Andrew Irvine

Amongst the club entries, Conan McCaughey wore the first of the mud spattered Central vests to finish in 48th overall (27:56) ahead of further good runs from Telfer Gray (93rd; 29:52) and Calum Phillip (99th; 30:13). There was a determined run from Neil Ferrier (134th; 33:55), leading in Donald Shaw (135th; 34:10), Andrew Irvine (136th; 34:22), Jens Subke (138th; 34:36), Iain Dunsmore (141st; 36:09), Iain Elliott (142nd; 36:13), Colin Alexander (148th; 38:32) and Allan Gall (156th; 43:05).

The Under-13 Boys’ race featured Joshua Kennedy in the black vest of Scotland East, his first run at this level. As expected Joshua coped well with both the quality of the opposition and the deteriorating conditions producing a strong effort in 39th overall, recording 13:20 over the 3km course with the East taking silver team medals just one point behind the Scotland West team. Jamie Connor put himself forward to challenge at this high level and should be proud of his 72nd place overall and his 15:43 clocking.

Central were represented by Carys and Leah Gibb in the Girls’ Under-13 Scotland East team, and they ran strongly throughout with fine results of 14:17, 27th and 14:37, 31st respectively.

Central AC was a mainstay of the Scotland East team
Central AC was a mainstay of the Scotland East team. Photo Bobby Gavin.

Connor Bell was always to the fore in the Under-15 Boys race over a 4 kilometre course only headed by Birtley AC’s runner Christopher Perkins. Connor’s second place finish saw him lift individual gold as first Scot home, and well clear, in the Inter-District race with a superb 13:51 effort, a brilliant outcome for someone in his first year in this age group. Indeed Connor led home the Scotland East winning team, backed up by excellent runs from fellow Central runners Cameron Kerr (10th; 14:17) and Cameron MacMillan (18th; 14:50). In the Under-15 Girls’ race Summer McLean gave a fine account of herself with her 20th place in 16:28 contributing to an East team that took the Inter-District title.

Central yellow exchanged for Scotland East black. Photo Booby Gavin.

The Under-20 Mens’ race was played out over a 7 kilometre challenge getting the best of the underfoot conditions, and here Ben MacMillan proved equal to the test finishing 24th with 25:26. Aidan Shea continued to show progress in 29th (25:44) while Sandy Holl fought throughout to finish in 40th overall (28:00).

Jan 032020

Central Athletic Club’s Ian Horsburgh started the year off in style with a win in the 151st running of the traditional New Year Sprint Handicap held at Musselburgh racecourse on 1 January 2020. Ian had proved his fitness with a silver medal 200 Metre performance in the European Masters in the summer of 2019, and had worked hard on his fitness through the autumn to come to the event in fine form.

Ian Horsburgh receives the Eric Liddell Trophy
Ian Horsburgh receives the Eric Liddell Trophy (photo Stewart Attwood)

This was Ian’s third appearance in the final, the previous two being over 20 years previously. Ian said “I ran really well as a junior, especially at 400 Metres, but I then had injuries and didn’t progress. I had 13 years off and had children, but I found some energy to train again when the kids started sleeping. I wanted to let them see me run rather than just telling them about it.”

The Doune-based athlete progressed through the heats on 30 December at Meadowmill and looked to be on track for a good performance with a win in his cross-tie earlier in the day at Musselburgh. Starting off 10.25 metres, the title favourite caught club-mate and training partner Cameron Smith early on and held off the remaining six finalists to win in 11.81 seconds to take the Eric Liddell Trophy, gold medal and a cheque for £5,000. “I knew I was catching Cameron and I stayed relaxed for the rest of the race, but even when I crossed the line I wasn’t sure I’d won it until I heard my name called.”

Cameron Smith had some significant compensation for his efforts by not only taking fifth in the final but also winning the Veterans 90 Metres at Meadowmill two days previously.

Dec 292019
Cameron Milne finishing the fastest lap

Central Athletic Club’s Christmas Handicap moved away from its traditional evening slot to be held in daylight on Christmas Eve attracting a field of 26 enthusiastic runners. This year it was Under-15 Girls Summer MacLean and Mirren Henry who led into the finish with Summer prevailing by some 3 seconds from Mirren. Derek Easton’s handicapping produced further close contests with Andrew Irvine in third overall just a further 2 seconds down followed closely by Fiona Davies, Lauren McCulloch, Iain Dunsmore and last year’s winner Jennifer Wetton, these all within touching distance of each other at the finish.

Cameron Milne’s effort was rewarded with the day’s fastest lap of 12:50 ahead of Under-20 runners Ben MacMillan with 12:57 and Sandy Holl (13:23). Cameron Kerr has shown good progress recently and here the Under-15 ran a classy 14:02. Jennifer Wetton proved to be the fastest female competitor with 14:29 while Under-20 Lauren McCulloch clocked an improved 14:41 with Hazel Dean also improving to 18:11 and once again finishing as the top female veteran.

Dec 222019

The second race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2019-20 Cross-Country Series was held in mild weather conditions on Saturday 21 December in the Laigh Hills Park, Dunblane. A testing course of some 1.5 kilometres saw a field of almost 40 youngsters taking time out from Christmas celebrations to complete the challenge.

Off at the start!

Connor Bell showed his quality throughout the race to finish in overall first place in 4 minutes 47 seconds to lead home the Under-15 Boys age group ahead of another strong run from Euan Docherty (5:11) in second place overall.

Summer MacLean showed her continuing progress and confidence to win the Under-15 Girls category in 5:38 followed in by another good effort from Leona Melville (6:05). This well subscribed age group saw further gritty performances from Zosia Paddon (6:20), Anna Buchanan and Scarlett Roy, finishing together in 6:47, ahead of Brogan MacMillan (7:21).

There was a strong turnout of Under-13 Boys with Aaron Middleton leading home this age group with a fine 5:49 clocking ahead of more useful runs from Fergus Young (6:12) and Jamie Connor (6:26), just a few strides ahead of Connor Carr (6:27). Logan Bell stuck well to the task to finish in 6:54 leading in more determined efforts from Conall Paterson (7:07), Lewis Rodger (7:22) and Scott Hill (8:11).

The Under-13 Girls age group also proved to be competitive led in by Niamh McKinlay with a fine 6:28 effort ahead of Leah Brown (6:37), Emma Anderson (6:44), Robyn McKerracher (7:19) and Amelie Blair (9:02) with all girls passing the test with flying colours.

Joel Gillan was the fastest of the Under-11 Boys on show with an improved 6:20 effort just heading further fine efforts from Jake Drummond (6:21) and Finlay McGregor (6:27). Cole Johnston should be pleased with his 6:46 effort as should Ben Roberts (6:59) and Noah McIntyre-Sim (7:12).

Fia Watkin (6:39) showed her class to win the Under-11 Girls age group ahead of more excellent efforts from Dara Clark (6:47), Ciara Middleton (6:54) and Sienna Melville (6:55). Katy Buchanan (8:48), Hannah Whelan (8:52) and Nora Thompson (9:24) provided a string of pleasing performances.

In the Under-9 category Makenna Melville (7:13) headed in the girls through Eilidh Connor (8:25) and Summer Johnston (8:44), and Grant Rodger’s effort of 7:30 won the boys race, all running with great enthusiasm and endeavour.

Thanks are again due to Derek Easton, Raymond Milne, David Eckersley, and the small army of helpers who provided another excellent event on behalf of Central Athletic Club.

All the results are here in this spreadsheet:

Dec 112019
Andrew Butchart celebrates with his parents
Andrew Butchart celebrates with his parents

Central’s Andrew Butchart tasted GB success as he led the British Senior Men’s team to gold in the European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon.

Andrew made a significant personal contribution to the team victory for the British Senior Men. He started conservatively and worked his way through the field to be in the hunt for an individual podium place until the latter stages – but ultimately had to settle for fifth place, covering the demanding 10.25 kilometre course in 30 minutes 38 seconds. Andrew led his team home to the championship win by just two points from Belgium, with 36 points to 38, as Spain took the bronze medals.

Dec 112019

Central AC’s honours list from the annual East District Cross Country Championships continued to grow with four individual wins and a fine array of team championship medals. A new course at the Piperdam leisure resort near Dundee proved a testing environment for the club’s athletes with a total of three golds, one silver and one bronze in the team rankings to top the unofficial medal table for the event. For individuals, the event was also the trials for the East District teams for the annual inter-district championships taking place at Stirling’s King’s Park as part of the Run Stirling event on 11 January.

Jamie Crowe tears away from the start
Jamie Crowe tears away from the start

The Senior Men’s race saw Jamie Crowe surging to the front from the gun to establish an early lead which he extended on each of the three laps making up the 8.6 kilometre course to lift a well-deserved gold medal in emphatic fashion in 27 minutes 10 seconds, once again proving his class with a win of over 30 seconds.

Ross Houston (41) and Scott Brember dominate the Masters
Ross Houston (41) and Scott Brember dominate the Masters

Ross Houston was making his debut as a Masters’ athlete (Over-40) and came home in 13th place overall (29:09) to take the Masters’ gold some 26 years after first featuring in the Under-15 medal listing. Scott Brember’s solid run in 19th (29:35) was rewarded with the Masters’ silver medal, and with back-up from Matthew Sutherland (21st; 29:37), Dale Colley (23rd; 29:43) and Chris Smithard (26th; 29:50), Central took the Senior Men’s team silver medals, with Corstorphine AAC winning gold. A rejuvenated Luca Fanettoli came home in 28th with 30:13, leading in a large number of Central runners including Will Hensman (67th; 32:24), David Eckersley (124th; 35:00), Andrew Irvine (127th; 35:02), Donald Shaw (135th; 35:22), Charles Graham-Marr (162nd; 36:55), Iain Dunsmore (165th; 37:12), Ben Noad (181st; 38:06), Neil Cobb (198th; 39:02), Colin Alexander (208th; 39:33), Colin Sinclair (242nd; 44:42) and Cameron Campbell (249th; 45:46). Central’s team of Ross Houston, Scott Brember and Will Hensman lifted the Masters’ title for the first time in Central history, and Jamie Crowe’s third consecutive win in this event was his compensation for having narrowly missed out on European Cross Country selection.

Hamish Hickey dominates Under-20
Hamish Hickey dominates Under-20

The Under-20 Men’s race, over 6.4 kilometres, saw Central’s Hamish Hickey improve on last year’s bronze medal with a resounding victory in 20 minutes 51 seconds. Tom Graham-Marr showed his talent to take bronze with 21:30 and with superb back-up by Aidan Shea (seventh, 22:09), Central’s Under-20 Men came home with team gold medals.

Central’s Senior Women were running the same course as the Senior Men and a team of four took fifth place in another packed and competitive field. Morag Millar led Central’s runners in with tenth place in 34:37 followed by Claire Houston (30th; 37:22), Kirsten McStay (41st; 39:36) and Hazel Dean (45th; 39:46).

For the Under-20 Women’s race, Lauren McCulloch ran her best race of the season with a great performance against top opposition to take the bronze medal with a 25:05 timing over the 6.4 kilometres.

Sam Grivell was Central’s sole competitor in the Under-17 Men’s race over a 5.7 kilometre course and continued to show improvement finishing a highly commendable 19th in 21:16.

Grace Tindall continues to produce ever more mature performances and she gained automatic selection for the East District team with a top class sixth place in the Under-17 Women’s race with 23:02.

The Under-15 Boys tackled a 4.2 kilometre challenge and here Connor Bell proved to be the top runner in the field with a fine win in 14 minutes 2 seconds, a superb run as a first year Under-15, having won Under-13 gold in 2018. Back-up came from further excellent performances from Cameron Kerr (fourth; 14:47) and Cameron MacMillan (seventh; 14:55) to see the three Central runners lift team gold medals. Euan Docherty again looked strong in finishing 36th (16:30), as did the remaining Central boys Ruaridh Burns (44th; 16:49) and Ross Lawrie (59th; 18:09).

A strong squad of Under-15 Girls claimed bronze team medals. Summer McLean led the team in with a fine ninth place (16:47) and will have to wait to see whether she gets selection for the East District team. Amy Cully (15th, 17:14), Mirren Henry (18th, 17:36), Catriona Kane (30th, 19:06), Anna McKinnon (31st, 19:26) and Zosia Padden (40th, 20:21) showed the club has fine prospects in this age group.

The Under-13 Boys faced a 3.2 kilometre course and Joshua Kennedy caught the eye in eighth (12:01), leading in further highly competent efforts from Aaron Middleton (20th; 12:28), Alex Dunlop (42nd; 13:22) and Henry Crossley (44th; 13:25) as the boys proved that the green shoots of development are bearing fruit.

For Under-13 Girls, Carys Gibb led her team to fifth team place, just missing automatic selection with her ninth race position in 13:22, and was closely followed in by sister Leya Gibb (16th, 13:40) and Niamh McKinlay (30th, 14:30).

Dec 022019

Erik Escala, Katherine Fowler and Scott Hopper were all on international duty at the Schools Pentathlon International at the Emirates Arena on Saturday. The Central AC trio were representing Scotland as they took on top-class teams of all-round athletes from Ireland, Wales and England.

Katherine Fowler and Erik Escala
Katherine Fowler and Erik Escala

Erik Escala of Dunblane High School was initially selected as a reserve, but the 17-year-old received a call-up to the Over-16 Boys the day before the event to take his place in the starting line-up. This was Erik’s second international appearance after representing Scotland at the schools’ track and field international in July. He had a storming start in the 60 Metres Hurdles to run a personal best 8.67 seconds, knocking 0.5s off his previous mark, for ninth overall. He followed this with another personal best in his strongest event, the Shot Put, adding a metre to his previous mark with a huge throw of 13.53 metres to land fifth place. He then produced another excellent performance in the 200 Metres, fighting the Welsh athlete all the way to the finish, finishing a narrow second but rewarded with another big personal best 23.33s. This was a dream start for Erik and saw him move into third place overall. In the Long Jump, Erik set another personal best 5.90m, however with several other athletes well over 6 metres he slipped to sixth place. He finally lined up in the last heat of the 800 Metres with the main medal contenders and committed completely in the opening two laps, reaching 400m in 62 seconds, but was unable to keep up the momentum and finished in 2:17.34. This was yet another personal best making a clean sweep of five. He finished with an overall score of 3,327 points, adding over 300 points to his previous best score. His final position was ninth, an excellent result in a quality field of 16 international athletes, particularly given his late call-up. Ireland produced strong performances to win overall and England managed to edge Scotland out for second place, but the Scots were still well ahead of Wales meaning a bronze medal with his Scottish teammates as third placed team. Erik will next target the UK Under-20 Heptathlon championships in Sheffield in January.

Katherine Fowler of McLaren High School was making her international debut in the Under-16 Girls after earning her place by winning bronze in the Scottish Schools Pentathlon in June. The Callander teenager had extra cause to celebrate as the match coincided with her birthday. Katherine started well in the Long Jump, with 4.92m for fourth place. She followed this with a superb run in the 60 Metres Hurdles as she smashed her personal best by over a second with 9.49s which lifted her to a lofty fifth place. She cleared 1.44m at the High Jump and threw 7.79m in the Shot Put, both respectable performances, but in a close competition against top class athletes this saw her slip to 11th place. The medal positions were now out of reach but Katherine still ran her heart out in the final 800 Metres and was rewarded with a personal best 2:31.95 to place second in her heat behind a Scottish teammate. These performances combined to give Katherine ninth place with an excellent personal best score of 2,954 points to finish third of the Scottish team and to beat athletes from each of the other teams. This was a very respectable finish on her international debut and bodes well for the future.

Scott Hopper of McLaren High School was also representing Scotland for the first time ever. After a personal best 9.63s in the 60 Metres Hurdles and a near personal best 5.34m in Long Jump, Scott unfortunately hurt his knee in the 200 Metres forcing him to withdraw. We wish him all the best in his recovery.

Dec 012019

The first race in the Central Athletic Club’s 2019-20 cross country series was held on Saturday 30 November in frosty conditions with bright sunshine, on a flat course of some 2 kilometres at Airthrey Castle, Stirling University with a field of 27 runners braving the cold conditions.

And they’re off …

Euan Docherty’s strong running brought him home in first place with a tasty 7 minutes 22 seconds, leading home fellow Under-15 Ross Lawrie who showed continued improvement with 7:56. Joshua Kennedy also looked in good form as he led home the Under-13 Boys with 7:32 ahead of Aaron Middleton’s fine effort of 7:48. There were further noteworthy performances from the Under-13 Boys through Alex Dunlop (8:12), Fergus Young (8:18), Jamie Connor (8:50), Conall Paterson (9:40) and Scott Hill (10:05). Finlay MacGregor (9:10) proved to be the class of the Under-11 Boys race with Oscar Underwood (10:48), Arthur Carrie (10:57) and Gabriel Stewart (11:40) all laying down targets for the future.

Amongst the girls it was Under-15 runner Amy Cully who led the pack home with a gutsy 7:45 performance ahead of further strong runs from Summer MacLean (7:53), Leona Melville (8:23), Zosia Paddon (8:42), Tara Mathewson (9:05) and Scarlett Roy (9:17). Loren Stewart’s fine effort (8:47) saw her at the head of the Under-13 Girls with Niamh McKinlay (8:52) producing another strong challenge in this age group, as did Emma Anderson (9:18). Dara Clark should be pleased with her 9:24 effort to lead the Under-11 Girls to the finish ahead of another fine effort by Ciara Middleton (10:10). The three Under-9 Girls were not daunted by the cold weather or their older opponents and finished closely together with Eilidh Connor (11:25) taking the honours ahead of Hannah Cowley (11:36) and Jessica Walker (11:56).

Thanks are due to Derek Easton, Raymond Milne and indeed all the helpers who made this another successful event.

No. Name Age Group Time
136 Euan Docherty U15B 7.22
233 Joshua Kennedy U13B 7.32
32 Amy Cully U15G 7.45
221 Aaron Middleton U13B 7.48
34 Summer MacLean U15G 7.53
99 Ross Lawrie U15B 7.56
210 Alex Dunlop U13B 8.12
236 Fergus Young U13B 8.18
222 Leona Melville U15G 8.23
129 Zosia Paddon U15G 8.42
105 Loren Stewart U13G 8.47
228 Jamie Connor U13B 8.50
223 Niamh McKinlay U13G 8.52
98 Tara Mathewson U15G 9.05
143 Finlay MacGregor U11B 9.10
101 Scarlett Roy U15G 9.17
164 Emma Anderson U13G 9.18
48 Dara Clark U11G 9.24
100 Conall Paterson U13B 9.40
217 Scott Hill U13B 10.05
218 Ciara Middleton U11G 10.10
156 Oscar Underwood U11B 10.48
162 Arthur Carrie U11B 10.57
225 Eilidh Connor U9G 11.25
182 Hannah Cowley U9G 11.36
216 Gabriel Stewart U11B 11.40
64 Jessica Walker U9G 11.56
Nov 252019

Central AC had a busy weekend both on the country and the award stage: two athletes excelling in the UK cross country trials in Liverpool, and the club winning the Off-Track Club of the Year title at the annual Scottish Athletics awards dinner. Showing how that award was worthy was down to the club at the second match of the East of Scotland Cross Country League at a dreich Broxburn where the Senior Men took top team slot.

Ross Houston
Ross Houston
Robert Russell
Robert Russell

Central’s Senior Men were well supported with another top class run by Alastair Hay in sixth, covering the 8.1 kilometre, three lap course in 28 minutes 10 seconds, followed in by Matthew Sutherland in seventh with a strong run of 28:19. Ross Houston’s return helped the team performance, finishing in 28:42 for 11th heading in the overall first Master runner Scott Brember, in 12th overall (28:50). Robert Russell made an all too infrequent appearance to finish 18th (29:29) while Luca Fanottoli rounded off Central’s scoring six in 20th with 29:37. Telfer Gray was the first of Central’s Under-20 runners (24th; 29:42) in third Junior spot while another Under-20, Aiden Shea, showed his value to the team finishing 47th (31:00). Will Hensman led home the remainder of the Master’s runners (64th; 31:56) while Donald Shaw (118th; 34:16) put in another strong performance ahead of Alan Hume (123rd; 34:30), Jens Subke (135th; 35:15), and Ian Dunsmore (152nd; 36:26). Talat Aidi stuck to the task well in 168th with 37:01 as did the remainder of Central’s runners Charles Graham-Marr (172nd; 37:10), Ben Noad (178th; 37:38), Liam McCabe (223rd; 41:50) and Allan Gall (237th; 43:25).

Morag Millar
Morag Millar

It was a happy return to racing from a spell off with injury for Morag Millar, who put in a good run for second place with her 21:40 timing over two laps and 5.4 kilometres. Lauren McCulloch was also pleased to put in a strong race with her fifth place in 22:02. The squad effort was completed by Claire Houston (30th, 23:45), Mandy Williams (35th, 24:26) and Hazel Dean (48th, 25:35) with the team finishing in fourth place.

The combined Under-15/Under-17 Girls’ race over 4.1 kilometres featured another strong squad. Grace Tindall produced a top class performance with her sixth place in 16:38, Summer Maclean continued to show promise with tenth in 16:50 followed by strong showings throughout by Amy Cully (14th, 17:06), Mirren Henry (18th, 17:16), Catriona Kane (23rd, 17:42), Anna MacKinnon (26th, 17:49), Heidi Eik-Maxwell (47th, 19:46) and Zosia Padden (50th, 19:53) enabled the squad to take second team placing.

Sam Grivell was Central’s sole runner in the Under-17 Men’s race and did well to finish in the top half of the race in 13th recording 20:58 for his 5.4 kilometre challenge.

Connor Bell was always to the fore in the Under-15 Boys race over 4.1 kilometres finishing second in 14 minutes 10 seconds, a remarkable run as Connor has another full year in this age group. Ruairidh Burns again ran strongly (43rd, 17:16) while Ross Lawrie showed improved form (50th, 17:52) with back-up from Douglas Fleming (64th, 22:07).

In the Under-13 Girls’ race, Niamh McKinlay (36th, 12:25) and Leah Brown (44th, 12:44) ran creditable races and in the Under-11 Girls Dara Clark (19th, 6:32), Fia Watkin (21st, 6:36) and Ciara Middleton (33rd, 6:57) produced a great performance to finish seventh team. The Under-13 Boys ran the same 2.7 kilometre course as the Under-13 Girls and here finished first team through Joshua Kennedy (6th, 10:19), Aaron Middleton (9th, 10:22), and Jamie Oldham (19th, 10:53). Back-up here came from Jack Sutton (40th; 11:40), Alex Dunlop (43rd, 11:47), Jamie Connor (61st, 12:21) and Logan Bell (77th, 14:07). The Under-11 Boys finished seventh team through the efforts of Finlay MacGregor (24th, 5:57), Joel Gillan (29th, 6:09), Jake Drummond (39th, 6:09) and Gabriel Stewart (72nd, 8:07) over a 1.5 kilometre challenge.


Jamie Crowe (1133)

The UK trials for the forthcoming in European Championships in Lisbon were held as part of the UK Cross Country Challenge in Liverpool. Hamish Hickey finished in eighth place at Men’s Under-20 race and Jamie Crowe took fifth place in the Senior Men’s race (eighth place overall but three eligible for the Under-23 team ahead) and both will await selection decisions. Cameron Kerr ran in the Under-15 Boys‘ race coming home in a more than worthy 30th place in a field of over 150 runners.

Nov 192019

Central AC had three runners in a 70 strong Scottish team taking on all three home countries and the Republic of Ireland in the annual British and Irish Masters International Cross Country match over the flat racecourse setting of Aintree.

Scott Brember took a silver medal in the M45 race with 25:54 over the 8 kilometre racecourse circuit. Jane Waterhouse also won an individual silver individual medal in the W65 race with her 27:36 6 kilometre timing, which also brought gold team medals. This was just one of two sets of golds won by the Scottish squad from the 17 race categories. David Eckersley took on the M55 category with 14th place in 31:34.

Scottishathletics report at https://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/50952-2/

Nov 112019

Central AC senior men continued their winning ways at the Scottish Short Course Cross Country Championships over a fast 4 kilometre course in Kirkcaldy. Andrew Butchart took his third title at this short distance, to add to the two over the long course championships and led home a winning Central team with the club’s newest young seniors well to the fore.

Andrew’s post-race interview gave a flavour of the race. ‘I thoroughly enjoyed it and it’s always good to claim a Scottish championship title,’ said Butchart. ‘If that’s five individual golds in cross country then I’m very pleased with that given I’m much more of a track runner now. But my roots were in cross country and I still love it. The mud today made it a bit harder for me than it might have been – I think when the surface is as soft as that it maybe suits others better than me. It was a good race. At one stage I heard the crowd cheering people and realised those behind me were not too far away. I felt the first lap would be quicker and that’s what happened and I put in a bit of a surge to get ahead.’

Andrew finished with a time of 11 minutes 54 seconds and always looked in control over a small set of serious contenders. One of those pressing Andrew was clubmate Jamie Crowe finishing in a close-up fourth place in 12:02 with an individual medal just out of reach. Central were once again the winning team through the efforts of Under-20 runners Hamish Hickey (16th; 12:34) and Ben MacMillan (30th; 12:52) with Hamish taking second Under-20 spot. There was further proof of the health of the Club’s future as another Under-20, Tom Graham-Marr came through in 32nd place with 12:54.

Club stalwart Michael Wright mastered the mud in 48th place (13:12) and there were further signs of progress from Under-20, Telfer Gray (13:29). It was good to see Scott Brember getting his competition year back on track as the fastest in his Masters age group and overall 69th, also with 13:29. Under-20s Sandy Holl (85th; 13:40) and Aidan Shea (90th; 13:43) put in solid performances in this highly competitive race, as did Fraser Logan (91st; 13:44). Kier Howlieson (Under-20) has been missing from recent competition but here showed good form with a tasty performance in 145th with 14:26.

As what seemed like an never ending stream of runners crossed the finish line there were more than worthy efforts from David Eckersley (218th; 15:22), Under-20 Sam Burton (236th; 15:36), Charles Graham-Marr (261st; 16:04), Iain Dunsmore (288th, 16:23), Ben Noad (337th; 17:22) and Colin Alexander (358th; 17:45).

Central’s Under-15 Boys faced a one lap challenge of 2 kilometres over the undulating course and here Central’s Connor Bell again caught the eye with a superb run to claim an individual bronze in a frenzied race to the line. Connor is a first year Under-15 so his 6 minutes 18 seconds showing gives a flavour of what could still be to come. There was also praise for Cameron Kerr’s sixth place run in 6:22 as Cameron underlined his quality start to the season. Euan Docherty and Ruairidh Burns both looked strong as they finished together with both recording 7:09 in 59th and 60th respectively as the Boys finished a fifth team in this age group.

Claire Houston was again Central’s first finisher in the senior women’s race over 4 kilometres with 16:28 for 70th , Trish Milne was 114th in 17:39, Under-20 Elizabeth Thompson was 130th (18:05) and Jane Waterhouse was 172nd (19:18), just outside medals in fourth in her Over-60 category, all in a field of 251 finishers.

A strong contingent of Under-15 Girls had the same 2 kilometre fast track as the boys, with Amy Cully (15th; 7:37) showing the fastest set of heels from the Central team, ably backed up by Mirren Henry (32nd; 7:48), Melissa Turnbull (37th; 7:53), Anna McKinnon (46th, 8:04), Leona Melville (54th; 8:15), Zosia Padden (57th; 8:20), Anna Buchanan (59th; 8:21) and Scarlett Roy (68th; 8:44) to finish seventh team in a highly competitive race.

Oct 282019

Central AC brought home a full set of gold-silver-bronze medals from the National Cross Country Relay Championships, with the Senior Men’s record-breaking seventh title in eight years winning justified plaudits for the performances over the hills of Cumbernauld Park.

Cameron Milne on the first leg
Cameron Milne on first leg
Conan McCaughey on second leg
Conan McCaughey on second leg

The challenge facing Central AC Senior Men was to step to the top of the podium with other top line-up clubs and athletes desperate to cause an upset in the four leg cross country relay over legs of 4km. Cameron Milne was given first leg duties and a well-judged effort of 12 minutes 12 seconds saw Cameron hand over in second place some 4 seconds down on Glasgow University Hares and Hounds. Conan McCaughey ran a nip and tuck battle first taking and then losing the lead with his solid leg of 12:47 to keep Central in second, handing over slightly down on the University Club and chased by Johnny Glen (11:51) who ran the fastest leg of the day to bring strong rivals, Inverclyde AC, into third while Kilbarchan AAC had moved through to fourth.

Ali Hay - leg 3
Ali Hay – leg 3
Jamie Crowe - 2nd fastest of day
Jamie Crowe – 2nd fastest of day

The third leg saw Central’s Alastair Hay pitted against Kilbarchan’s Olympian Callum Hawkins. While Alastair moved Central through to first with a 12:19 leg Callum brought Kilbarchan into second, but crucially only pulling in some six seconds on Alastair to give Central a 14 second cushion. Jamie Crowe had proven his form in recent weeks and here his storming 11:59 effort extended Central’s winning margin to 44 seconds over Kilbarchan with Inverclyde in third a further 16 seconds further down.

Connor Bell - leg 2
Connor Bell – leg 2
Cameron Kerr (C791) wins against Giffnock
Cameron Kerr (C791) battles with Giffnock

It was great to see some eleven athletes supporting the Central AC Boys relay teams but disappointing not to have any Under-17s in an Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 format over three 2.5km legs. Central’s silver medals from 2018 were going to be hard to match but Under-13 Aaron Middleton set off with true resolve and had Central in a close-up ninth at the end of the first leg with a more than handy 9:49 clocking. Under-15 Connor Bell moved through the field with a superb second leg, to bring Central into second with an excellent 8:41. It was left to another Under-15, Cameron Kerr to finish Central’s challenge and here Cameron ran a well-judged 8:51 leg against his older rivals, to bring the team a set of bronze medals.

Boys bronze medalists
Boys bronze medalists

The remaining Central Boys teams, as expected, showed excellent determination throughout and the ‘B’ team of Joshua Kennedy (9:51), Alex Dunlop (11:12) and Euan Docherty (9:55) held their own well to finish 53rd in a large field of Clubs. There was more commitment from the ‘C’ team through Jamie Connor (12:02), Ruairidh Burns (9:49) and Ross Lawrie (11:35) to finish 83rd. The final Central team was incomplete but here Henry Crossley (11:01) and Jamie Oldham (10:25) were in 66th position at the end of their stint.

Start of the Men's race
Start of the Men’s race

It was a massive compliment to the strength in depth of Central Men’s teams to see the ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams finish in sixth and thirteenth overall. The ‘B’ team of Matthew Sutherland (12:55), first year Under-20 runner Ben MacMillan (12:53), Hamish Hickey (12:31) and Michael Wright (12:54) came through the field well. The ‘C’ team held their early position well through Dale Colley (13:00), Fraser Logan (13:36), Aiden Shea (13:31) and Under-20 runner Tom Graham-Marr (12:42) to prove the club is ready for the cross country season ahead.

There was further determination from Central’s Masters team of Jens Subke (16:03), Donald Shaw (15:46), Will Hensman (14:44) and Euan Jack (14:21) with the team finishing 68th team overall and eleventh Masters Team

There was more true grit from a further Masters team of David Eckersley (15:00), Hugh Kerr (16:46), Charles Graham-Marr (16:41) and Stuart Watson (17:51) finishing 83rd team overall and sixteenth in the Masters competition. Iain Dunsmore (16:14) led off yet another Masters team including Hugh Buchanan (16:57), Colin Alexander (17:52) and Colin Sinclair (19:04) with the team in 102nd place at the finish and twenty-second Masters team. Allan Gall was on first leg duty for Central’s Over-50 team that finished twenty fifth in that competitive category through further strong efforts from John Millar (22:14), Cameron Campbell (19:27) and Liam McCabe (18:38). An incomplete team of David Lindsay (14:44), Ben Noad (17:29) and Neil Cobb (18:03) were in 111th place at the end of their effort. All of these runners showing the can-do attitude fostered by Coach Derek Easton and once again showing a great approach to distance running.

After 15 years with interests at the sharp end of the race, the Senior Women’s squad riven by unavailability and injury and then two last-minute illness withdrawals, but Central’s Women’s re-built A team put on a good show. Natalie Stewart led off the team with a strong and steady 17:19, Claire Houston as the only pre-selected team member put in a storming run of 16:18 to move the team forward to 29th, Kirsten McStay kept the forward progress going with 17:37 and 24th place and Amy Hendry brought the team home in 21st place with her strong run of 17:03.

For the Central B team, Heather Scott led off (18:29), passing on to Julia McAfee (18:36), Becky Hay (18:42) and Elizabeth Thompson (18:06) to bring team to 34th.

Women's Masters silver medalists
Women’s Masters silver medalists

Central’s three-leg Over-50 team was led away by Hazel Dean whose 18:17 timing had them into fourth place, Jane Waterhouse held that position with her 19:22 and Trish Milne put in a spirited 17:21 to bring the team forward initially into bronze and then to silver medal position. Alison Curry (23:11) had a solo run as her team mates were moved up into replacement slots

The Girls race had the same course and team mix as the Boys races and a large contingent ran strongly in a packed field. In the first Central team home, Carys Gibb (11:00), Amy Cully (10:35) and Carrie Banks (10:26) all ran with spirit to finish 15th overall with Leah Gibb (11:13) Sumer Maclean (10:38) and Kyra Gibb (10:34) in the next Central team close behind in 21st place. Niamh McKinlay (11:21), Mirren Henry (11:14) and Grace Tindall (10:29) were closely matched as the next Central team in 28th place. Loren Stewart (12:14), Melissa Turnbull (11:01) and Naomi Howlieson (11:55) were 48th place, and Leah Brown (12:17), Mary Kealey (13:01) and Anna MacKinnon (11:12) were 63rd team, with important mentions for Scarlett Roy (12:15), Leona Melville (11:38), Zosia Padden (12:13) and Anna Buchanan (12:07) who ran in incomplete teams.

Oct 212019

Central AC hosted the first match of the East of Scotland Cross Country League on a tough Stirling University course that showed off the diversity of campus. The series of races was finished off by the biggest field of the day, when Central came good with a fine team win and four runners in the top five providing the best home result of the day.

This Senior and Junior Men’s race over a three lap 9 kilometre course saw Andrew Butchart make a welcome return to some grass roots competition, following his World Championship run in Doha, storming into an early lead which he extended on each lap to win in an excellent 28 minutes 8 seconds. Jamie Crowe followed as close in Andrew’s heels as he could and finished in second with a tasty 28:28 clocking while Alastair Hay also ran strongly throughout for a fine third place (29:21). It might have been four from four if Central’s Under-20 runner, Hamish Hickey, had not fallen on the final lap, recovering to finish fifth (29:38), and finishing first Under-20. Matthew Sutherland also impressed in twelfth with 30:23 while Club stalwart Michael Wright had another fine effort in 14th (30:46) as the Senior Men finished first team on the day, well ahead of their closest rivals, Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds. Under-20 runners Ben MacMillan (15th; 30:50), Aidan Shea (20th; 31:34) and Telfer Gray (22nd; 31:46) underlined the potential for the future of the Club with more quality efforts. Fraser Logan battled through in 31st (32:14) leading in Will Hensman (73rd; 34:31) and David Lindsay (110th; 36:47). There were further fine runs from Allan Hume (129th; 37:15), Donald Shaw (134th; 37:24), Neil Ferrier (165th; 39:11), Iain Dunsmore (188th; 40:08), Gordon Appelbe (194th; 40:37), Hugh Buchanan (196th; 40:50), Ben Noad (216th; 41:58), Colin Alexander (227th; 43:19) and Allan Gall (248th; 44:55).

Central’s Senior Women’s team took on a tough two lap 6km challenge and were pleased with a fourth placed team finish. Claire Houston led the team home with a strong 20th place in 25:32, with Kirsten McStay (32nd, 27:52), Heather Scott (38th, 28:21), Julia McAfee (42nd, 28:54) and Jane Waterhouse (57th, 30:10) all well placed in a field with 107 finishers.

The Under-11 races featured one lap of 1,650 metres and here it was Joel Gillan who led home Central’s efforts in 23rd place in 7 minutes 1 second followed in by Max Godsman in 27th with 7:15, a great experience for both boys. For Under-11 Girls, Central was well represented by Dara Clark who gave a great account of herself with 17th in 7:26, well backed within a close finishing race by Ciara Middleton 27th in 7:55.

The Under-13 runners were faced with a single tough lap of 2,400 metres and in the Boys race Aaron Middleton showed good early season form to finish fifth in 10:24 and, with back-up from Joshua Kennedy (11th; 10:33), Fergus Young (45th; 12:04) and Henry Crossley (55th; 12:26), the Club finished fourth team. Central’s Under-13 Girls had a strong team that achieved third team place through some strong running by sisters Carys and Leah Gibb in 10th and 13th (11:42, 11:48) and then Niamh McKinlay (27th, 12:20), Leah Brown (42nd, 13:08) and Isla Henry (58th, 14:25).

Central’s Under-15 Boys made an impact in their 3.3 kilometre challenge with Cameron Kerr backing up his fine run from the previous week in fourth (11:18) while Euan Docherty came through in 23rd (12:31), Euan Campbell in 39th (13:33) and Finlay McAndrew in 53rd (15:10) with the Under-15 Boys finishing fifth team overall. The combined Under-15/17 Girls race covered the same 3.3 km with a team of six from Central. A club trio led this team in with a few personal battles, and it finished with Amy Cully (22nd, 13:30), Kyra Gibb (23rd, 13:31) and Summer McLean (24th, 13:36) all pushing each other to the line. This trio were well backed up by Mirren Henry (31st, 13:57), Anna MacKinnon (34th, 14:04), Scarlett Roy (63rd, 15:56), Naomi Howlieson (67th, 16:01) and Brogan McMillan (70th, 16:22).

Oct 182019
Jamie Crowe - fastest lap
Jamie Crowe – fastest lap

The 2019 edition of the East of Scotland Cross Country Relays were played out in bright sunshine on a testing course in Deans Country Park, Livingston on Saturday 12 October. There was great endeavour from all of Central Athletic Club’s athletes but it was late in the day before this was rewarded with Championship medals and it was Central’s Men’s Team of Ben MacMillan, Michael Wright, Jamie Crowe and Alastair Hay who picked up the silver medals in their event.

Ben McMillan - fastest Under-20
Ben McMillan – fastest Under-20

The Men’s race consisted of four legs of 4 kilometres with Under-20 runner Ben MacMillan on the first leg, bringing the team through in third position, covering the course in 12 minutes 58 seconds, the fastest by an Under-20 runner on the day. Michael’s fine 13:02 effort on the second leg brought the team through into second place but some 34 seconds down on what looked like an extremely competent Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds team. Jamie Crowe soon made inroads into the deficit with the fastest individual leg of the day (12:12) to finish his effort just 2 seconds down and setting up the final leg to be a real battle for gold and silver medals. Alastair Hay put in a fine effort on the final leg, indeed recording the 12th fastest time of the day with 12:55, but had to give way to an excellent run from the Edinburgh University team who won by 17 seconds after some 51 minutes of running.

The day had started with the young athletes’ relays following a three leg format of an Under-13, followed by an Under-15 and completed by an Under-17, each running 2.5 kilometres. The two Central Girls teams finished in the centre of the field but this didn’t tell the whole story with Carys Gibb bringing the ‘A’ team round in ninth place with a fine 10 minutes 46 seconds effort. Scarlett Roy put in a solid performance of 12:15 bringing her team round in 19th while Carrie Banks (10:23) had the opportunity to pass some of her rivals to finish in 15th overall. Leya Gibb also made a strong start of 11:04 for Central’s ‘B’ team in 16th place. Brogan MacMillan’s 12:13 contribution brought the team into 20th place while Kyra Gibb’s final lap (10:21) ensured a 16th place finish, just 14 seconds behind Central’s ‘A’ team and Kyra recording the eighth fastest Under-17 time of the day with Carrie as tenth fastest.

There was also an encouraging turnout of Central’s Boys with the ‘A’ team comprising Under-13 Aaron Middleton (9:27), backed up by another Under-13 Jamie Connor (11:39) and completed by Under-15 Cameron Kerr (8:55), with Jamie and Cameron both running up an age group, so a real test of stamina and character. Although the team finished 17th, Aaron was the third fastest Under-13 on the day and Cameron the fourth fastest Under-15. The ‘B’ team of Joshua Kennedy (9:32), Owen Eckersley (11:11) and Euan Docherty (9:39) – another Under-15 competing in the Under-17 leg – finished 22nd overall. The Central ‘C’ team of Henry Crossley (11:02) and Douglas Fleming (11:53) didn’t have a final leg runner to complete the race and were in 33rd place at the end of their effort. It is fair to say that all of the Girls and Boys proved their training was heading in the right direction to enjoy the forthcoming Cross Country Season.

The Senior Women raced over three legs of the same 4 kilometre course as the Men and here we saw Under-20 runner Lauren McCulloch bring Central’s ‘A’ team to the first changeover in ninth with a tasty 15:46 clocking. Claire Waterhouse had only been promoted to the ‘A’ team on the morning and shouldered her responsibility admirably with a 16:47 leg and the team now in 14th. A typically storming run from Fanni Gyurko (15:22) rounded off the team’s effort, finishing in ninth overall. The Women’s ‘B’ team proved to be a fine effort from three of the Club’s Under-20 runners, Heather Scott (18:22), Rosie Eckersley (17:54) and Elizabeth Thompson (18:24) to finish 26th. There were further good efforts from Julie McAfee (18:48) and Kirsten McStay (17:51) with this incomplete team running in 33rd place at the end of the second leg.

Central Men’s ‘B’ team came home in an admirable tenth place overall through Fraser Logan’s first leg of 14 minutes 7 seconds followed up by Dale Colley (13:34) and two Under-20 runners Sandy Holl (13:59) and Tom Graham-Marr (13:22). Central’s ‘C’ team was led off by Under-20 runner Telfer Gray (13:35), and with Gordon Appelbe (17:23), Ben Noad (18:19) and a further talented Under-20, Sam Burton (15:21), the team finished in 45th place overall. There was a more than useful effort by Central’s top veteran’s team through Charles Graham-Marr (16:45), Will Hensman (15:02), Jens Subke (16:20) and David Eckersley (15:34) with the team in 43rd at the end of their efforts. There was also a fine effort from Central’s final veteran’s team of Cameron Campbell (22:42), Colin Sinclair (17:54), Allan Gall (19:27) and John Millar (22:32), who were caught up in a tussle towards the back of the race, finishing in 72nd place. Liam McCabe (19:33) rounded off Central’s efforts on the day in an incomplete team.

Oct 062019

Andy Butchart improved his Scottish 5,000 Metres record at the Anniversary Games in London in July, running 13:06.21. In June, Andy took the 1,500 Metres club record with 3:38.84, just pipping the previous record set by Ali Hay in 2010 by 0.06s.

Over in the US, Aidan Thompson took the club 3,000 Metres Steeplechase record below 9 minutes with 8:59.16 in March in Raleigh, North Carolina. This took 10 seconds off the previous mark of 9:09.53 set by Scott Green in 2015.

Fanni Gyurkó improved her club marathon record at the London marathon with 2 hours 38:47 in April and Morag Millar set the club 5,000 Metres record with 16:09.66 minutes in Nottingham in July improving her own record by 40 seconds.

In the age groups, Jack Houghton improved the club Under-20 400 Metres Hurdles record 3 times finishing with 55.33s as he won the Scottish junior title in Grangemouth in August. This also took him third on the club senior all-time list. The previous record of 56.46s was set by Calum Laing in 2002.

Louise Carroll also improved her Under-15 Girls Triple Jump record 3 times in the season finishing on 10.12m at the club championships in August.

A notable performance was recorded by Scott Hopper in the Under-15 Boys Javelin as he threw 51.87m to go fourth on the Scottish all-time list, although not enough to beat the club and Scottish record held by Ryan Stewart since 2006 at 54.65m. Notable performances are recorded for performances worthy of mention but not official records e.g. wind assisted performances, unofficial events or, as in Scott’s case, where they get in the Scottish all-time list but don’t break the club record.

Other new entries in the club senior all-time list came in the 10,000 Metres with Jamie Crowe and Ali Hay entering the men’s top 5 and Fanni Gyurkó in the women’s top 5.

Here’s a spreadsheet of all the records:

Well done to all.

Kenny Pearson (Central AC Statistician)

Sep 172019
Ian Horsburgh on the podium
Ian Horsburgh on the podium

Ian Horsburgh of Central AC finished his 2019 Season with a silver medal run in the M40 category of the 200 Metres at the European Masters Championships in Jesolo, Italy. Ian’s season had been a bit stop-start with calf niggles and it was a gamble to travel, self-funded, to Italy to compete in these Championships especially as it meant three races over two days.

Ian set down a marker in the heats on 11 September with the third fastest time of the round qualifying with a win in 22.97 seconds. The semi-final and final were both played out on Thursday 12 September with fluctuating wind conditions. Ian knew that his main threat came from Sweden’s Lion Martinez and they were both drawn in the same heat, with a 1.3 metre per second following wind Lion won with 22.43s with Ian less than a stride behind in 22.51s with both comfortably qualifying for the final as the two fastest sprinters.

Conditions weren’t quite as favourable in the final with a 0.5 metre per second head wind as both athletes were locked together down the finishing straight. In the final shakedown both were given the same time of 22.62s and it was only after studying the photofinish image that Lion was given the gold by less than 0.01 second.

Central AC are proud of Ian’s efforts to stand on the second step of the podium as the second fastest M40 European athlete over 200 Metres.

Sep 162019
Silver medallist U17G relay team
Silver medallist U17G relay team

Central AC’s Under-17 Girls sprinters finished the outdoor season in style as they took a superb silver medal at the Scottish National Relay Championships. The team of Coirilidh Cook, Briagha Cook, Lucy More and Shona McLay came into the 4×100 Metres event with high hopes. Coirilidh and Briagha Cook had taken a superb sprint hurdles 1-2 at the Scottish championships in August and Lucy More had won her first ever medal at the district championships in May over 200 Metres and then dipped below 13 seconds for the first time at 100 Metres. Shona McLay was returning after an injury-interrupted season however had also run the 100 Metres below 13 seconds at the Scottish schools in June. The team safely negotiated the heats, winning their heat in 50.53 seconds to qualify second fastest overall behind a top class Giffnock team running 48.67s.

Come the final, Giffnock proved too strong, but Coirilidh, Briagha, Lucy and Shona got the baton round safely and held off a fast Pitreavie team to take second place and silver medals in 50.84 seconds.

Such is the strength in depth in this age group, Central almost had two teams in the final. The B team was composed of a mix of hurdles and combined events specialists. Molly Cornes, Mavia Duncan, Rebecca Cumming and Lois Burch had real ambition of making the final, however illness hit three of the team and they almost never made the start line. However, they pulled together to run of 52.91s and place fourth in their heat meaning they had to wait and see. Unfortunately, their time put them seventh fastest overall, and with only six lanes available this meant they just missed out on the final.

And it was a similar story elsewhere with teams just missing out. The Under-13 Boys team of Dylan McCulloch, Sam Gardiner, Jamie Oldham and Lewis Miller ran a respectable 57.03s for seventh quickest in their heats and the Under-15 Girls team of Ellie Beavan-Whitty, Hannah Tams, Ella Wilson and Katherine Fowler got the baton round in 54.50s to also place seventh just 0.1s off making the final.

In the Under-13 Girls 4×100 Metres, Leah Brown, Niamh McKinlay, Laura Matthews and Jessica Hanson ran 62.80s in their heats.

Central also had one team in the longer relays with Erin Miller, Brogan McMillan, Ellen Montgomery and Amy Cully taking on the 4×300 Metres placing a respectable sixth in 3:11.64 minutes.

It was good to see so many Central teams out. Well done to everyone who took part.

Sep 022019

The final match of the Scottish Division One track and field season saw Central Athletic Club Men’s Team competing in Grangemouth. Heavy rain prior to the meeting and a blustery wind throughout the day made for challenging conditions for all the athletes.

With the normal league format the first track event, the 400 Metres Hurdles, saw Michael Wright and David Lindsay once again shouldering responsibilities with both providing strong performances. Michael finished fifth ‘A’ runner, clocking 67.90 seconds with David finishing in second ‘B’ place (68.67s). The 800 Metres races saw Under-17 Lewis Dow clocking 2 minutes 4.00 seconds for fifth ‘A’, on a day where personal bests were hard to find. Under-20 athlete, Ben MacMillan, was a late replacement in the ‘B’ race so a 2:18 clocking for seventh was a welcome bonus for the team. Ian Horsburgh was proving his fitness ahead of the European Masters Championships and powered to a tasty 11.18s in the 100 Metres in third place. Unfortunately a calf tweak saw Ian take no further part in the meeting but the Club wish him well with his endeavours in Venice in mid-September. Under-17 sprinter, Jamie McNaught, was making his debut in the league and produced a swift 12.38s performance placing him sixth ‘B’ runner in the 100 Metres. Erik Escala (11.87s), Daniel Ferguson (12.08s) and John Wilkie (12.30s) all showed good sprinting form as guest athletes in the 100 Metres. Michael Wright and David Lindsay again provided classy performances in the 3,000 Metres Steeplechase with Michael finishing second ‘A’ runner with 10 minutes 1 second and David second ‘B’ with 10:35. It was good to welcome Dale Colley back to the team providing a useful run for fourth ‘A’ placing in the 1,500 Metres in a useful 4 minutes 15 seconds while Under-20 Hamish Hickey weighed in with 4:19 for third ‘B’ points. Erik Escala is another Under-17 athlete proving his ability in the Men’s League and here ran to 54.98s over 400 Metres to place fourth in the ‘A’ race. The 5,000 Metres race saw Under-20 athletes Ben MacMillan and Hamish Hickey back on the track and always up with the leading group. In the final fast last lap Ben charged home for fifth ‘A’ spot (15:32) while Hamish came home with third ‘B in 15:36, having recovered from a trip earlier in the race while leading. Michael Wright continued his busy day running as a guest in the 5,000 Metres clocking 16:09 and finishing second out of a long list of guest runners.

In the field the throwing duties were again covered by Donavan Webster and Ron Todd. Donavan achieved a superb personal best in the Discus with a best of 38.25m for third ‘A’ place and picked up more useful points in the Shot Put (11.48m) and Hammer (33.64m). Ron’s busy day saw him take more useful points in the Javelin (27.82m), Shot Put (7.88m) and Discus (26.88m) again showing a superb can-do attitude throughout. Ron had started his busy day by taking maximum ‘B’ points in the Pole Vault with a 3.00m clearance and encouraged Erik Escala to ‘A’ victory in the event with a 3.40m clearance while Colin Christie cleared 2.40m as a guest competitor. The Under-17s scooped up more points in the jumps through Daniel Bruce 5.46m and Jamie McNaught 5.09m in the Long Jump and Daniel Ferguson (10.95m) in the Triple Jump. Daniel Bruce was again our sole competitor in the High Jump, clearing 1.55m: a great effort in the windy conditions.

The 4 x 100 Metres and 4 x 400 Metres Relays were left to the four endurance runners prepared to take responsibility. The running order for both races was Michael Wright, Dale Colley, Ben MacMillan and Hamish Hickey with Michael, Ben and Hamish taking to the track just 10 minutes after completing their 5,000 Metres races. Neither team looked out of place as Central finished seventh in the sprint relay (53.09s) and sixth in the 4 x 400 in 4:04.

As always there was great back-up from the Club’s officials through Stuart MacPherson, John Dickson, Tom McMenemy, Bill Gault and Richard O’Grady.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 353; Falkirk 324; Edinburgh 243; Inverness 235; Victoria Park Glasgow 220, tying with Central also on 220; Corstorphine 192 and Shettleston 123. Overall positions and points at the end of the Season saw Aberdeen retain the league trophy with a maximum 32 league points; Edinburgh second with 23; Inverness 20; Central 18.5; Shettleston 18; Falkirk 13; Corstorphine 10; Victoria Park Glasgow 9.5. So Corstorphine and Victoria Park Glasgow were relegated to Division 2 with Lasswade and Giffnock North gaining promotion.

Sep 022019

Scott Hopper was on top form as he took a superb silver medal at the England age group championships in Bedford on Saturday. The 14-year-old from Callander was making the long trip down to Bedford for his first UK championships after an unbeaten season in Scotland which had included victories at East Districts, Scottish schools and Scottish championships. At the Scottish championships, Scott had won by 15 metres with a throw of 49.59 metres to put himself into the top 10 all-time in Scotland for the Under-15 age group. He was now looking for the bigger challenge of UK wide competition. He went into the event ranked 7th in the UK so knew it was going to be tough.

However in the second round he launched the spear beyond the 50m tape for the first time ever, recording a superb personal best 51.87 metres to go into second place. He wasn’t able to challenge the winner who threw beyond 57 metres and there were other challengers to his position with several other athletes coming close. But his throw was enough to hold onto runner-up spot and a silver medal, a fantastic achievement at this level.

His throw lifts him to 4th on the Scottish all-time list and puts him within touching distance of the Scottish and club record of 54.65m set by former Central AC athlete, Ryan Stewart in 2006. With few competitions left this season, the record may well elude Scott but he can look to build on this achievement for the future and aim for further success as he progresses through the age groups.

Aug 302019

The final club time trials of summer 2019 took place at the Stirling University track on Thursday 29 August. Here are the results.

100 Metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
12415.82JohnMcIntyre MU11
6215.28Hannah PercevalFU15
7313.911Hannah TamsFU15
12513.114Molly CornesFU17
8312.216Daniel FergusonMU17
800 Metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
Long Jump
NumberDistance ForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
1092.89AmyFaunce SmithFU17
Shot Put
WeightNumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group

Aug 192019

127th Senior National Championships

Central AC’s senior athletes were on top form at the 127th Scottish National Championships held at Grangemouth over the weekend. In changeable blustery conditions fast times were hard to come by but Central won a brace of silvers in the men’s and women’s 5,000 Metres along with a Hurdles medal.

Fanni Gyurko was contesting the Women’s 5,000 Metres on the Saturday. Fanni has been a Central member for several years since moving from her native Hungary to Dunblane and has clocked up some impressive marathon performances, setting the club record at 2 hours 39 minutes in Frankfurt two years ago. She was stepping down to 5,000 Metres as preparation for upcoming marathons in Budapest in September and Frankfurt in October. In a tactical race Annabelle Simpson of Fife proved too strong as she set a new championship record but Fanni stuck to her race plan and finished in the silver medal position with a time of 17 minutes 22.23 seconds.

The Men’s 5,000 Metres was run on the Sunday in wet blustery conditions where Jamie Crowe and Ali Hay lined up for Central. Jamie has just returned from a scholarship at Lamar University in America where he has run some impressive times while Ali is a former Scottish champion and Commonwealth Games finalist, so both were looking for a podium spot. In another fast race both Central athletes stuck with the pace. Christian Jones of Dundee ultimately proved too strong and set a new championship record, but Jamie Crowe stuck behind him and took silver in 14 minutes 28.93 seconds, a time also inside the previous championship record. Ali was just outside the medals in fourth with 14:40.22 minutes, both impressive times in difficult conditions.

Afterwards Jamie commented, “I’m pleased to get the medal, but it was rough out there! It’s been a long season. I’ve been racing since March so will take some time off now before the cross country starts. But I’m happy with my season.”

Jack Houghton was returning to Grangemouth a week after winning the Scottish Junior 400 Metres Hurdles title, this time looking to take on Scotland’s senior athletes. In a top class 400 Metres Hurdles race the top three were too good for Jack but he held his stride to finish in fourth with 57.08s, a respectable place against a top class field. However, he was not finished there and returned an hour later to take on the 110 Metres Hurdles. And here he did manage to get on the podium as he ran 16.81 seconds, a personal best at the senior height, to win the bronze, Jack’s first ever national senior medal.

There were several other good performances. Stirling marathon champion, Michael Wright, placed fifth in the 3,000 Metres Steeplechase in 9:46.22. Personal bests were rare in the difficult conditions but Iain Davies managed two of them at 800 Metres, with 1:55.33 in his heat then 1:55.19 in the final to place seventh in a fast race won in 1:48. Jack Kerr’s 1:58.88 in his 800 Metres heat was not quite enough to progress. In the 5,000 Metres ‘B’ race Hamish Hickey put in a decent show as he placed third in a time of 15:25.65 minutes.

In the sprints Ian Horsburgh placed fifth in the 200 Metres final with 22.67s (22.60s in heat), an impressive result from an athlete who is now in the Masters category where he is ranked one of the top in Europe in his age group. Kieran Halliday set a new personal best in the 100 Metres with 11.62s to progress to the semi-finals then ran 23.76s in the 200 Metres.

Peter Muirhead had a tough time in the Long Jump with the changing conditions making run ups difficult but managed 7.10m in the Long Jump for a respectable seventh.

Under-17 Championships

In the Scottish Under-17 Championships Central AC’s hurdlers were at the fore with club athletes winning three medals through a sprint hurdles 1-2 from Balfron sisters Coirilidh and Briagha Cook and a silver from Denny teenager, Daniel Bruce over the one lap hurdles.

In the Girls’ 80 Metres Hurdles the preparation for the event for Coirlidh and Briagha could not have been more contrasting. Coirilidh, the younger sister at 15, came into the event as the top ranked in the field and unbeaten in Scotland this season. However the main story for the Balfron based family was the return of her 16-year-old older sister Briagha after a long 15 month injury lay off. The pair of them had previously both been winning national titles in their respective age groups, but Briagha’s career had abruptly been put on hold after she picked up a serious foot injury in early 2018. This meant while Coirilidh had been winning multiple national titles, Briagha had been forced to cheer from the sidelines as she went through a lengthy rehab process including two operations. Briagha finally made her first tentative steps back to competition only 10 days ago and came through strongly with a personal best 12.01s putting her top five in Scotland showing she was ready to take on a national championships. In contrast, Coirilidh’s preparations had been much more to plan with wins at the Scottish indoor & Scottish schools championships. She was looking to complete the set with the Scottish outdoor title.

In the heats Coirilidh and Briagha were drawn in the same heat and came through first and second to take automatic qualifying places for the final as Coirilidh ran 11.95s and Briagha, a new personal best 12.00s.

When the final came the rain was starting to come down and the wind constantly changing making conditions difficult. When the gun went Coirilidh found herself in a battle with an athlete from Morpeth. Briagha had opted to not use starting blocks as she was still protecting her foot, and found herself adrift in third place, but gradually picked up speed. Coirilidh started establishing a lead and pulled clear to take the win. But behind her Briagha was in full stride and gradually reeled in the Morpeth Harrier then pull ahead after the final hurdle to take an unexpected silver medal making it a 1-2 for Central AC and the family.

Coirilidh had stopped the clock in a superb new personal best 11.77s earning her a gold medal and gold award standard while Briagha had dipped below 12 seconds for the first time ever with a personal best 11.92s. Afterwards the sisters were delighted to finish in a 1-2 together. For Coirilidh it was another national title after a fantastic season. For Briagha though it was a return she thought might never happen. She commented “I was just thinking on the start line would I get over the first hurdle?” She certainly did that and a lot more and can hopefully inspire others going through injury problems that with patience and perseverance you can come back and be a medal winner again. They will take on the Central AC club championships next week then travel to Bedford for the UK championships the following week.

Daniel Bruce was contesting what many regard the toughest of events, the 400 Metres Hurdles. Due to an administrative error Daniel had been unable to contest the Scottish Schools but as the second ranked in Scotland with a best time of 58.97s, he was looking to show what he could do. His main rival from Dundee set off strongly and established a big lead and Daniel found himself in a three-way tussle for the other medals. But Daniel dug in and ran a strong second bend to pull clear into second place, then in the home straight set about chasing down the leader. Ultimately, his opponent had too much of a lead to catch, but Daniel finished strongly to take the silver medal in a superb time of 57.93s, smashing his previous best by over a second. Last year Daniel had won a Scottish Schools bronze but this was a proud moment as he won his first ever medal at a national championships. Daniel went on to show his versatility as he placed seventh in high jump with 1.62m and ninth in Long Jump with 5.75m.

There were nearly more medals for Central in the hurdles. Celtic games international, Daniel Ferguson, was contesting the 100 Metres Hurdles. He started strongly and while the top three were too fast for him, he was rewarded with a fourth place and personal best 14.23s.

Amy Gibson was competing for the first time ever in the Girls’ High Jump and had the daunting task of taking on the best in Scotland. She managed 1.42m for seventh but with more training and experience will look to come back and challenge for the podium next year.

Lewis Dow placed 10th in a tactical 1,500 Metres in 4:23.14 minutes. Sam Grivell managed 4:49.80 at 1,500 Metres and 2:23.82 at 800 Metres.

In the sprints, Lucy More was not far off the 100 Metres final after 13.29s in her heat, then ran 28.11s into a headwind in the 200 Metres.

Aug 182019

We are delighted to announce a new range of club kit – hoodies, tracksuits, t-shirts and more. The kit is from Joma, who provide the Scotland kit for Scottish Athletics, and who are one of the largest sports kit manufacturers in Europe.

The kit will be available for purchase through a Central AC specific webshop, hosted by TTL, one of Joma’s value added resellers in Scotland (Total Teamwear Ltd, http://teamwearscotland.com) – the Central AC webshop will be going live shortly. TTL also have premises in Glasgow with a small showroom area with samples of kit.

There’s a full list of the Joma kit range with prices on the Club kit page.

Under our agreement with Joma, club members get a discount on list price, and TTL customise garments with the club logo and your initials.

TTL are bringing a range of sample kit to the club at the August time trials on Thursday 29 August at Stirling University track for club members to try on. That will help you see the style and choose the right size. Since the kit is customised, once it has been delivered, refunds won’t be possible.

The new Joma kit range will not replace our existing arrangement for competition vests and crop tops – we will continue to source these through Ron Hill, and they will continue to be available for sale from Run4It in Bridge of Allan or from Hugh Buchanan.

Aug 142019

Scottish Under-20 Championships, Grangemouth, 10-11 August 2019

Jack Houghton was on superb form as he became Scottish junior 400 Metres Hurdles champion at the Scottish Under-20 championships at Grangemouth at the weekend. The 19-year-old from Dunblane has had an excellent season so far after setting two new club Under-20 records this season and just missing the UK championship final in June. Jack has been a Central AC member for many years and has won Scottish schools titles but a Scottish championship title has so far eluded him. His first attempt at the Under-20 championships two years ago did not go to plan as he lost his stride and hit several hurdles. However this year, with two years more experience he was looking to finally land a Scottish gold medal. When the gun went he set out strongly holding his 15 stride pattern all the way up the back straight to open up a 5 metre gap on the opposition. However on the bend, as he changed his stride down, he was challenged by the athlete on the lane outside him. However he held his form and stride up the home straight and, after negotiating the final hurdles, surged away from the field to win with an excellent 55.33 seconds. This not only improved his personal best and club Under-20 record but moved him up to third on the club senior all-time list. This was significant as it beat his coach, Kenny Pearson’s lifetime best and former club record of 55.47s. Jack will compete at the senior championships next week with realistic podium ambitions and will also be targeting the club senior record of 55.1s.

There was further success for the club in the 1,500 Metres races. The men’s event saw three Central athletes taking part. In the heats Hamish Hickey ran a personal best 4:11.95 seconds to just miss a final spot. However Ben MacMillan (4:06.58) and Sandy Holl (4:06.61) both managed to get through their heat and qualify for the final.

In the final Ben hung onto the leaders as long as he could. When the bell came he found himself in fourth place and dug in for the final lap. He didn’t manage to make any headway on the top three but held off the rest of the field to finish an excellent fourth with 4:02.01 minutes.

In the women’s race Lauren McCulloch found herself in a similar position and held on for fourth place with an excellent new personal best 4:41.21 minutes.

Scottish Under-15 Championships, Grangemouth, Saturday 10 August 2019

Scott Hopper was on top form at the Scottish Under-15 championships at Grangemouth on Saturday as he took a superb gold and silver medal. The 14-year-old from Callander has been unbeaten at Javelin throughout the season and has been steadily improving with a personal best of 46.76m in July. He has also showed his versatility with good performances at High Jump and Pentathlon this season. However, it was in his throwing events he was looking to succeed at the national championships. And he certainly achieved that in the Javelin as he stamped his authority in the first round and launched the spear out to a superb new personal best 49.59m. This put him over 15 metres clear of the field effectively putting the competition beyond doubt. He then had five further throws to try and throw beyond the 50m tape and was well over the 40m line with each throw, but his first throw ended up as his best. This distance puts Scott eighth on the Scottish Under-15 all-time list for the event and is within 5 metres of the club and Scottish record held by former Central AC athlete Ryan Stewart since 2006.

Competing alongside Scott was Robb Ferguson who is also a versatile athlete having won the Scottish Schools Under-14 Javelin title and medalled at hurdles earlier this season. The 13-year-old from Tullibody knew he was up against it as one of the younger athletes in the Under-15 field but threw an excellent 31.45 metres in the first round to take third place and the bronze medal. This distance was a personal best and the first time Robb has thrown over 30 metres with the 600g weight of javelin. Robb has another year in this age group and will look to retain the title for the club next year.

Both athletes had further events to do. Scott went on to the Shot Put event where he set another personal best 12.94 metres for second place and an excellent silver medal.

Robb took part in the 80 Metres Hurdles and found himself in fourth place at the mid-point of the race. He chased the leaders down all the way and was gaining on the third place athlete but couldn’t quite get there and had to settle for fourth. However he smashed his personal best with 13.01s and can be proud of his achievements as a first year in the age group.

There were several athletes just missing out on podium positions. Connor Bell was competing in the 800 Metres and at 13 was young for the age group but ran hard and while he couldn’t keep up with the top three he took an excellent fourth place, just outside his personal best with 2:10.02 minutes.

Louise Carroll took a respectable fourth place in the High Jump with a near personal best 1.49m, not quite getting the 1.54m which would have got her a personal best and a medal. She then set a new personal best and club record in the Triple Jump with 9.90m, just missing the 10m mark. Katherine Fowler was also just outside the medals with fourth in the 200 Metres in 26.84s (26.74s in heat) after placing fifth in the long jump with a near personal best 4.95m.

Ellen Montgomery has made good improvements this season and placed a respectable fifth in the Discus with a personal best 20.21m after setting a personal best 13.32s in the 75 Metres Hurdles. Megan Dunlop placed seventh in the Discus with 19.33m after 14.41s in the 100 Metres. Ella Wilson set a personal best at Triple Jump with 9.43m for eighth after 14.71s in the 100 Metres.

In the 1,500 Metres Mirren Henry and Cameron Kerr reached their respective finals. Mirren ran 5:21.47 minutes for ninth place in the girls’ final and Cameron 4:39 (4:36.16 in heat) for 10th in the boys’ final. Also in the 1,500 Metres, Anna MacKinnon ran a season’s best 5:44.94 minutes.

In the 800 Metres Ruaridh Burns ran 2:25.25 minutes in the boys’ heats and East District champion, Amy Cully ran 2:36.06 minutes in the girls’ heats.

In the sprints Finlay Marchant ran 13.31s in the 100 Metres and 26.81s in the 200 Metres, Hannah Tams ran 14.40s in the 100 Metres then just missed out on the 200 Metres semi-finals with a season’s best 29.82s in her heat. Brogan MacMillan ran 30.11s in the 200 Metres after 1.24m at High Jump.

Well done to all Central AC competitors for taking on the best in Scotland.

Scottish Under-13 Championships, Grangemouth, Sunday 11 August 2019

Central AC’s Under-13s were well represented at the Scottish championships. A wet day at Grangemouth made new personal bests hard to come by but there were several fine performances.

Top performer of the day for the club was Danielle Abel who took on the 70 Metres Hurdles. The 12-year-old from Alloa reached the final at the Scottish schools in the older Under-14 age group earlier this season and was looking to do the same at the Under-13 age group. She had a fast heat and smashed her personal best with 12.36s to qualify for the final as a fastest loser. She then finished in a respectable sixth place, beating athletes who beat her in the heats, with 12.45s.

Lewis Miller narrowly missed the 100 Metres final after running 14.38s then just missed the half way cut in the Long Jump with a best jump of 3.83m after three rounds. Jamie Oldham was placed ninth overall in the 800 Metres after placing third in his heat with 2:30.32 minutes then ran 31.17s in the 200 Metres. Jamie Connor placed 20th overall after finishing fourth in his heat with a new personal best 2:49.17 then ran 31.59s in the 200 Metres. In the girls’ 1,500 Metres Niamh McKinlay took an excellent second place in her heat to finish 11th overall with 5:31.39. Sophie Morgan ran a new personal best 14.94s in the 100 Metres and Alice Cameron placed 10th in the Discus with a season’s best 11.00m then ran 33.73s in the 200 Metres.

Well done to all Central AC competitors for taking on the best in Scotland.

Jul 292019

Central pair Erik Escala and Coirilidh Cook were on international duty at the weekend as they represented Scotland in the annual school track and field international. This event brings together the top schools athletes from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland and this year was hosted by Wales at Swansea.

Relay team with Ciorilidh Cook (second from left)

Coirilidh Cook was competing in the 80 Metres Hurdles and 4×100 Metres Relay after winning the Scottish schools hurdles title in June. The 15-year-old from Balfron has previously represented Scotland in both these event at the Celtic games last year where she won double gold, but this was her first international for Scottish schools. In the 80 Metres Hurdles she placed an excellent fifth place in a top class field with 12.08 seconds. She then won bronze as part of the 4×100 Metres Relay team as her third leg run helped the team to third place. Coirilidh has another year in this age group so will look to make more impact next year.

For Erik it was a particularly proud moment as he made his international debut. The 16-year-old from Dunblane was selected in the Shot Put event after winning silver at the Scottish schools in June. Erik managed 12.38 metres for seventh place overall, a respectable result for a multi-eventer up against a field of top class shot put specialists. Erik will be aiming to make more of a challenge in the combined events international later this year where he will be able to show his prowess, not only in throwing but in jumps and sprints as well.

Jul 292019

The monthly club track and field time trials took place at Lornshill on Thursday 25 July. Here are the results:

100 metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
2814.34TeaganMcIntoch BlacklockFU15
200 metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
2830.23TeaganMcIntoch BlacklockFU15
800 metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
1,500 metres Series
NumberTimeHeatForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
Long Jump
NumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
133.25 WillowHopperFU11
323.09 CiaraMiddletonFU11
11.99 AlexandraMontgomeryFU11
24.39 EllenMontgomeryFU15
313.32 TylerGibsonMU11
214.100 LewisMillerMU13
333.41 AaronMiddletonMU13
82.63 ScottHillMU13
305.04 RuairidhBurnsMU15
44.32 FinlayMarchantMU15
73.33 RossLawrieMU15
32.84 HamzahAhmedMU17
263.52 GarethMarchantMSEN
WeightNumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group
Shot Put
WeightNumberDistanceForenameSurnameGenderAge Group

Jul 242019

Central Athletic Club men’s team travelled to Aberdeen on Sunday 21 July to compete in the penultimate match of the Scottish Division One Track and Field season finishing in second place on the day with great performances from all the athletes.

With the normal league format the first track event, the 400 Metres Hurdles, saw the welcome return of Jack Houghton as he strode to victory in the ‘A’ race in 58.22 seconds. David Lindsay again provided valuable points in second ‘B’ place with a pleasing 66.56s clocking. The 800 Metres saw Jack Kerr take control in the ‘A’ race to win with 1 minute 59.78 seconds and likewise Jamie Crowe show good racing instinct to win the ‘B’ race in 2:06. It was good to see Pete Muirhead powering down the track in the 100 Metres to record a close up third place in 11.58s backed up by Kai Ligertwood in seventh place in the ‘B’ race with 12.96s. Michael Wright again proved his class in the 3,000 Metres Steeplechase winning in 9 minutes 48.33 seconds while David Lindsay continued to prove his worth to the team taking second ‘B’ place with 11:17.99. Jack Kerr shouldered responsibility in the 400 Metres ’A’ race, clocking 53.47s for third, and more useful points. The 1,500 Metres saw Jamie Crowe ensuring maximum points for the team with a classy run of 4 minutes 3 seconds in first ‘A’ spot and Michael Wright finishing off his busy day with 4:23 in third ‘B’ place. The 200 Metres saw Jack Houghton back on the track picking up fourth ‘A’ points with 23.62s. The 5,000 Metres saw Central field two Under-20 athletes, Hamish Hickey and Ben MacMillan. Both youngsters showed great determination and were up with the lead pack throughout the twelve and a half laps with Hamish finishing in fourth ‘A’ spot (15:14) and Ben in first ‘B’ (15:17).

In the field the throwing duties were covered, once again, by Donavan Webster and Ron Todd. Donavan won the Discus with a best throw of 35.96m and produced personal bests in the Shot Put (12.31m) and Hammer (36.73m). Ron Todd’s day saw him rake in points in the Javelin (27.2m), Shot Put (8.27m), Discus (26.30m) and Hammer (23.35m) showing a great attitude throughout. Ron had started his busy day by winning the Pole Vault with an excellent 3.40m clearance. Peter Muirhead continues to make progress towards his goal of top performances in the Long Jump and here had a best effort of 7.09m into a headwind for second ‘A’ placing. Daniel Bruce provided Long Jump back-up with a 5.70m effort for second ‘B’ points. Daniel was our sole competitor in the High Jump, clearing 1.55m and three close efforts at the next height. Jack Houghton stepped up in the Triple Jump with one effort, as he rightly conserved energy for other events, hitting 10.76m in fourth.

A much changed 4 x 100 Metres Relay quartet of Daniel Bruce, Kai Ligertwood, David Lindsay and Jack Houghton came through well for third clocking 46.45s. The 4 x 400 Metres Relay quartet of Jack Kerr, Hamish Hickey, Ben MacMillan and Jamie Crowe were competitive throughout taking fourth in a season’s best of 3 minutes 47.75 seconds.

As always there was great back-up from the club’s officials through Stuart MacPherson, John Dickson and Tom McMenemy.

Points on the day were: Aberdeen 383; Central 318; Inverness 259; Shettleston 251; Edinburgh 207; Victoria Park Glasgow 186; Corstorphine 141 and Falkirk 99. Overall positions and points prior to the final match are Aberdeen 24; Shettleston 17 with 797 match points; Edinburgh 17 with 750 match points; Central 15 with 766 match points; Inverness 15 with 763 match points; Corstorphine 8; Victoria Park Glasgow 6 with 520 match points and Falkirk 6 with 450 match points.

Jul 222019

Under-15 and Under-17 report

Scott Hopper was on great form as he won an excellent bronze medal at the Scottish combined events championships. The 14-year-old from Callander was competing in the Under-15 Boys age group in his first ever Pentathlon. Scott was looking for a good start with his strongest event, the Shot Put, up first, and a superb final round personal best throw of 12.89m opened up a 100 point lead on his opponents. However, he knew his lead was vulnerable as the next event was the 80 Metres Hurdles, an event he has never done before, and he had some of Scotland’s top hurdlers lining up against him. However he was undaunted and produced a respectable time of 13.21s which was just enough to maintain his lead. Scott found himself in a high class High Jump event and cleared 1.64m for second, but with a rival clearing 1.73m Scott lost his lead and dropped down to second place overall. He then produced another good performance for second place in the Long Jump with 5.40m, but good performances elsewhere put Scott down to third place overall. Going into the final 800 Metres event, just 21 points separated the top three, which is just 2 seconds in the 800 Metres so everything was still to play for. Scott ran hard but was unable to make inroads against the two athletes ahead of him as one took victory and the other stuck right behind Scott to take overall silver. Scott dug in and finished in a big personal best 2:25.69 minutes and was rewarded with a bronze medal with a final score of 2,574, a superb performance considering he had never done a Pentathlon before and had so little experience in some of the events.

Also competing for Central in the event was Ruairidh Burns who set personal bests in the Shot Put (7.20m), 80 Metres Hurdles (14.34s) and High Jump (1.55m) and finished second in the 800 Metres with 2:17.93 minutes to score an overall personal best 2,065 points for a respectable fifth place. Ruaridh has another year in this age group so will look to challenge for the medals next year.

Central were well represented in Under-15 Girls age group with Scottish schools bronze medallist Katherine Fowler joined by Ellen Montgomery and Brogan MacMillan. In the opening Long Jump event Katherine placed fourth with 4.67m, Ellen set a personal best 4.12m and Brogan jumped 3.36m. In the 75 Metres Hurdles Katherine set a personal best 12.96s for fifth place with Ellen running 14.00s and Brogan 16.27s. Brogan set a personal best in the Shot Put with 6.27m as Katherine threw 7.20m and Ellen 6.73m.

In the High Jump Katherine was on superb form as she cleared an excellent personal best 1.53m, the second highest of the competition. Brogan and Ellen both managed season’s bests with 1.29m and 1.26m respectively.

The 800 Metres saw Ellen and Brogan run in the first heat. Ellen ran a good season’s best 2:52.41 minutes to finish on a personal best score 1,942 points for 12th place. Brogan ran 2:54.56 minutes for a personal best score 1,585 points and 14th place.

The final heat saw the event leaders go head to head. Katherine’s excellent High Jump had lifted her to fifth place but she still needed to pick up 100 points to get into the medals. In the end she finished with 2:39.27 minutes and though she had overtaken some of the athletes ahead of her the final scores saw her in fourth place, just outside the medals, with 2,628 points, a very respectable position but slightly down on her personal best.

In the Under-17s, Molly Cornes was taking on her first ever Heptathlon with the challenge of competing over two days. She started with a personal best in the 80 Metres Hurdles with 13.90s for fifth place then produced a superb High Jump of 1.59m, second highest of the day, Shot Put of 8.22m and 27.16s at 200 Metres to put her in fifth place at the end of the first day. In the second day, 4.74m at Long Jump then 15.95m at Javelin moved her up to fourth going into the 800 Metres. Molly ran a personal best 800 Metres of 2:41.81 minutes to do all she could to get a medal as she beat the third placed athlete by eight seconds but this was not quite enough to get on the podium. However Molly can be proud of fourth place with a score of 3,671 points in her first ever Heptathlon.

Under-13 report

Central had three Under-13 pentathletes competing with Dylan McCulloch in the boys and Loren Stewart and Niamh McKinlay taking on the girls event.

Dylan opened well with 1.19m in the High Jump then had an excellent run in the hurdles finishing second place with 14.09s, to move up to fifth place overall. He followed this up with another personal best in the Shot Put with 6.85m then a near personal best at Long Jump (4.11m) and finished with 2:47.27 minutes in the 800 Metres. This gave him a personal best final score of 1,260 points and a respectable seventh place out of 17 athletes.

The Under-13 Girls Pentathlon saw Loren Stewart and Niamh McKinlay taking part. Both athletes are young for the age group so were looking for experience for the future. They started in the High Jump where Niamh cleared 1.15m. However Loren had a superb competition as she jumped successive personal bests at 1.31, 1.34 and 1.37m, to win her pool and place third overall. In the 70 Metres Hurdles Niamh set a personal best 15.34s and Loren ran 17.42s in her first ever attempt at this event. In the Long Jump Loren managed 3.96m and Niamh 3.05m. Loren set another personal best in the Shot Put throwing 5.38m with Niamh just missing her personal best with a throw of 4.41m. Both girls had good runs in the 800 Metres, Niamh placed second in her heat with 2:47.38 minutes while Loren set a personal best 2:52.85 minutes for third in her heat. Overall Loren set a new personal best score 1,626 points and Niamh finished on 1,327 points. Both girls have another year in this age group and will look to improve for next year.

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