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Bank of Scotland U15 and U17 Championships

The Scottish National Age Groups Championships took place on Saturday and Sunday 14th/15th August atAndrea Gaffney a very sunny Scotstoun Stadium. VP-Glasgow’s medallists were as follows:

Andrea Gaffney (U17W) won double gold in the Long Jump and Triple Jump with 5.68m and 11.40m respectively and Chloe Lambert was 3rd in the 200m in 25.19s.

Mhairi Patience (U15G) won double gold in the 75m Hurdles and the Long Jump, running 11.80s and jumping 5.09m. Congratulations also go to Mhairi for her convincing Pentathlon win in the Bank of Scotland Combined Events Championships in July. Her overall 2805pts was a PB, as was her Long Jump (5.13m), Shot (8.42m) and High Jump (1.52m).

In the U17 men, Chris Barnes won gold in the Discus with a PB of 49.33m and silver in the Shot with 14.34m. John McCall and John Mulhern took gold and silver in the 100m Hurdles with 14.12s and 14.34s respectively. Another silver went to John Mulhern for the 400m Hurdles (57.67s) and. Ethan Sloan-Dennison also won a silver medal in the 1500m Steeplechase with a PB of 4:40.04.

In the Jamie RobinsonU15 boys, Andrew Barrie continued his winning streak with a Javelin PB of 43.45m to maintain his place at the top of the Scottish rankings. Jamie Robinson won a gold and bronze medal in the Triple Jump and Long Jump with two PBs of 11.76m and 5.56m. Sam Adams became joint Pole Vault Champion, clearing 3.80m, sharing the gold with Shettleston’s Patrick O’Donnell when count-back failed to separate them.

On the track for the U15 boys, Lewis Boyle won silver in the 800m (2:10.30) following an unfortunate clash on the final bend which put him out of winning contention. Congratulations also go to Lewis and Craig Young, who have been selected – on the basis of their performance in the Virgin Mini London Marathon, where they were 1st and 3rd - to attend a development camp at St Mary’s University College London’s specialist Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre. Finally, in the U15 boys, Liam McLoone took 6.42 secs off his PB to win bronze in the 1500m with a time of 4:21.96.

Lynn McGarry

U13 Superteams Euan Urquhart

Saturday 14th August at Scotstoun Stadium also saw the last of the season’s U13 Superteams competitions. Teams of 4 athletes each competed in 100m, Long Jump and Shot Putt, plus a medley relay of 2x100m/200m/800m. The boys A team, of Euan Urquhart, Kyle Thomson, Arron Dickson and Scott Rankine won bronze and came first in the medley relay, whilst the B team came a creditable 11th, considering the team was one man short. The girl’s team came 17th.

The PBs to Po10 standard were: Euan Urquhart 100m 14.19s, Scott Rankine LJ 4.14m.

Lynn McGarry

Scottish Danny CairnsAthletics Senior/U20 4x100m and 4x400m Relay Championships

VP-Glasgow’s Senior men had an excellent day at the above competition on Sunday 15th August at Scotstoun, winning both the 4x100m and the 4x400m relays, in times of 43.16s and 3:23.22. David Martin, Danny Cairns, Calum Innes and Neale Kelly took part in the 100m relay and David Martin, Danny Cairns, Calum Innes and Allan Ramsay ran the 400m relay.

Included in a busy weekend’s athletics at Scotstoun was a Senior women’s 400m trial, in which Diane Ramsay and Jade MacLaren came respectively 2nd and 3rd with times of 57.27s and 57.56s.

Lynn McGarry

Run, Jump and Throw

Kenny has posted the overall results from Thursday the 12th of August.  This concludes the running element of the competition.

There are two age groups, boys and girls in each one.  He also attached the individual scores which lets athletes see what they have scored in each event.

Next week is long jump and high jump!

Boys 7-9 years,  Girls 7-9 years.

Boys 10-12 years Girls 10-12 years.

Individual performances 10-12 Years  -  Individual performances 7-9 Years.

Run, Jump and Throw

The results of the Run, Jump and Throw competition up to and including Tuesday the 10th of August are listed on the links below.

Boys 7-9 years Girls 7-9 years.

Boys 10-12 years Girls 10-12 years.

I'll update with the latest results when I have them.

UK Womens League

The Senior Women’s team travelled to Coventry on the weekend of 31 July/1 August for the final match of the UK Woman’s league. This was a crucial match because we had to beat Thames Valley Harriers by at least twoAisling McGhee places to ensure promotion to Division one next season. Unfortunately TVH managed to put out their best team and although we finished second in the match, we finished third overall and narrowly missed promotion.

Nevertheless we had some good performances with some SBs and, because some athletes were covering unfamiliar events, even some PBs. . Maximum points were scored by Stacey in the A Hammer, Erin (McI) in the B 400 and Lucinda in the A High Jump.. There were Seasons bests by Estelle in the Javelin, Lucinda in the Long Jump, Rhian in the 1500m and Kirsty in the 100m. The list of PBs are – Erin (McI) in the 400h, Jen in the Triple Jump, Donna in the 200m, Elizabeth in the Javelin and Erin (McQ) in the 200 and Steeplechase.

We spent the day trying to beat the blue vest of TVH, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Our throwers Stacey, Claire, Kirsty, Elizabeth and Estelle accrued their usual good tally of points. Jade and Erin (McI) were well placed in the 400 but Sarah was our only other specialist sprinter so had to ask Kirsty, Donna and Erin (McQ) to cover. Every point counted so their contribution was really valued. Again we were strong in middle distance with Aisling, Jo, Rhian and Donna. In jumps Jane, Lucinda, Jen and Erin (McQ) all gave us good points but we were without a specialist Triple Jumper so thanks to Jen for filling in again. Our 100h hurdlers, Jane and Kirsty both had good performances. Erin (McI) made her debut in the 400m hurdles and finished an excellent 3rd but the performance of the match came from Erin (McQ) who agreed to do the 2000m Steeplechase. Jennifer Graham

For most of the day we were just trailing TVH by one or two points but they were very strong in the later events and eventually beat us by 31 points. It was a good team effort and thanks to everyone especially those who covered several events. Thanks also to Liz (Scott), Dawn, Ann, Bob, Hilary and Donald. Special thanks must be due to Liz (Wilder) who worked all day on recording because the Coventry official didn’t turn up. Stacey again had another good day and retained her Points Princess tiara but everyone decided that Erin was so brilliant in the Steeplechase she deserved to get it. Claire with her encyclopedic knowledge of the club won the prize quiz so was presented with the Saltire.

It has been an interesting season and am looking forward to next year. I would like to thank all those who competed in particular Stacey, Jane, Kirsty, Elizabeth and Jen who competed at all three matches and in the process travelled over 1800 miles.

Full results are available at this link.

Sandra Branney

Drumchapel Camera Club

Following the visit onPaul Gilmore (click for larger image) Thursday the 29th of July from the Camera Club led by George Monaghan, we have posted the best 118 images on our website.  They can be viewed at this link:

The quality of most of the images is excellent and the best will be used for advertising the presence of the Club at our new Stadium.

Please look through the images on the site and if you find we have posted a picture against you or your Childs wishes, please contact me and I'll remove the image immediately.

George and his colleagues are entering a photographic competition where the subject matter is sports/action.  We are very grateful for the images and hopefully we can have the group back again soon to catch those athletes and groups that were missed on this occasion.

George also works professionally and his work and services are showcased on his website at

Thanks to everyone who wore their Club vest or training top for the occasion.

Endurance Round Up

Glasgow 5k Park Run. Sat. 24-7-10. Pollok Park.

Liam McKeown. 21st 2ndU17 20:41 -7thRun Gy Harkness 36th 21:21

Glasgow 5k Park Run. Sat. 31-7-10. Pollok Park.

Ralph Connolly 15th 2ndV45 19:29 - 37thRun Craig Johnstone 17th 2ndU14 19:37 - 3rdRun Liam McKeown 33rd 4thU14 20:37 - 8thRun

Helensburgh Half Marathon. Sun.1-8-10.

Gerry Craig 20th 5thV40 1:21.36 Mark Ashby 24th 3rdV50 1:22.19

Posted by Kenny McVey

Scottish Athletics League

VP-Glasgow were 1st overall in the 3rd match of the Mens League at Wishaw on Sunday the 8th of August.  VP-Glasgow finished on 347 points, ahead of Giffnock with 287 and Whitemoss with 240.

With one match to go in the League, VNeale KellyP-Glasgow lead with 25 points, ahead of Giffnock with 23 and Whitemoss with 20. 

Danny Cairns had a successful day, finishing 1st in both the 100m in 11.24s and the 200m in 22.60s.

Allan Ramsay was 1st in the 400m with a PB time of 50.37s and Sean Fontana was 3rd in the 5,000m with a time of 15:36.67.

Neale Kelly was 1st in the 110m Hurdles with a time of 15.82s and Martin Hayes was 1st in the 400m Hurdles with a time of 60.25s.  Martin was also 1st in the Steeplechase with a time of 10:10.49.

Thomas Campbell was 1st in the Pole Vault with a height of 4.20m and 2nd in the High Jump with a height of 1.95m.

Gerry Farrell was 1st in the Discuss with a distance of 36.47m and 1st in the Hammer with a distance of 32.13m.  Martin Taylor was 1st in the Javelin with a distance of 45.25m.

Our 4x100m relay team of Danny Cairns, Neale Kelly, Mathew Hester and Calum Innes finished in 1st place with a time of 45.25s while the 4x400m relay team of Mathew Hester, Martin Hayes, Derek Watson and Allan Ramsay finished in 2nd place with a time of 3:38.77.

The final match is at Grangemouth on Sunday the 29th of August.

Scottish Young Athletes League Final

VP-Glasgow took part in the final of the Scottish Young Athletes League (SYAL) on Sunday 1st August. In an afternoon which began with fine weather but which ended in near monsoon conditions, the five qualifying teams from Division 1 met with the winners of Division 2 and the first two teams in the SYAL North East Division. VP-Glasgow finished 6th, with some excellent individual performances. Euan Urquhart

Euan Urquhart produced two Grade 1 performances to win gold in both the U13 boys 800m (2:23.00) and Long Jump (4.89m).

Gillian Black took over 8 secs off her PB to win the U13 girls 1200m with a Grade 1 performance of 3:57.20, and together with Abigail McInnes who took the B string gold medal (4:27.33), gained full points.

For the U15 boys: Lewis Boyle was a clear winner of the 1500m with another Grade 1 performance of 4:17.93, whilst Liam McLoone took the B-string gold in a time of 4:30.81, placing him 2nd overall. Marc Rooney won silver in the 800m with a Grade 2 performance, and PB, of 2.09.51, only narrowly missing out on gold in one of the most exciting finishes of the day; whilst Liam Turner took the B-string gold with 2:19.67. Jamie Robinson was 3rd A in the 200m in a time of 25.32s. In the U15 boys Javelin, Andrew Barrie and John Barnes gained full points. Andrew winning gold, with a Grade 2 throw, and PB, of 42.18m and John taking the B-string gold with a PB of 38.28m. Patrick Bowman was a comfortable 2nd in the Long Jump with 5.20m and Steven Thistleton took silver in the High Jump clearing 1.65m. The U15 boys were also 3rd in the 4x400m relay in a time of 3:59.59.

For the U15 girls: Eilidh McEvillMarianna Dentony won gold in the Discus, throwing a PB of 22.69m, and Mariana Denton won silver in the High Jump clearing 1.40m (PB). The U15 girls were also 3rd in the 4x100m relay in a time of 55.83s.

For the U17 men, Max Aitchison won the 1500m Steeplechase with a Grade 2 performance of 4:42.60 and also took bronze in the 800m with 2:01.96. John McCall won silver in the 100m Hurdles with a Grade 2 time of 14.23s, whilst John Mulhern won the B-string gold with also a Grade 2 performance of 14.25s. John Mulhern was also 3rd in the 400m Hurdles with 59.80s. Craig Young was 3rd A in the 3000m in a time of 9:24.64. In the field, Chris Barnes won gold in the Shot with a Grade 1 performance of 13.48m and Sam Adams took gold in the Pole Vault clearing a Grade 2, 3.75m.

For the U17 women, Kim Creechan won silver in the 300m with 44.49s, Deborah Hannah took bronze in the 1500m with 4:53.57 and Hannah Moultrie was 3rd A in the Shot with a PB Putt of 8.00m.

Finally, a special mention goes to Andrew Lynch who, in driving rain, was running well in the U13 boys 75m Hurdles, before catching a hurdle and producing an injury which required a hospital visit and seven stitches. Hope you’re OK Andrew.

Lynn McGarry

British Athletics League

The third of four matches in the British Athletics League took place at Scotstoun Stadium on the 31st July and 1st August. Ten VP-Glasgow athletes competed, as members of Glasgow City AC. The team won the match for a second time, by a comfortable 54pts, extending their lead at the top of the table to 3pts. Calum Innes

Calum Innes won the 110m Hurdles in 14.76s and Neale Kelly was 1st B with 15.31s. Danny Cairns was 2nd in the 100m in a time of 10.97s and 2nd A in the 200m in 22.33s. David Martin was 2nd in the 400m Hurdles in 53.57s and Gregor Innes was 1st B with 54.49s. David was also 1st B in the 400m in 50.18s. Martin Hayes was 1st B in the 3000m Steeplechase (no time given).

Jamie Sinclair and Thomas Campbell were 1st A and B respectively, in the Pole Vault, both clearing 4.00m. Thomas was also 3rd in the High Jump, clearing1.95m, and Jamie was also 2nd B in both the 100m (11.28s) and 200m (22.54s).

Gregor Innes, Alan Ramsey and David Martin were part of the winning 4x400m relay team with a time of 3:19.04, and Glasgow City were also 3rd in the 4x100m relay in 44.46s, with Danny Cairns, Jamie Sinclair and Calum Innes taking part.

Lynn McGarry

Endurance Round UP

Monklands Half Marathon SMark Ashbyun. 6-5-10. Drumpellier Country Park.

Mark Ashby 12th 1stV50 1:23.15

Helensburgh 10k Thu. 20-5-10.

Alex Potter 48th 14thV40 37:33 Mark Ashby 49th 10thV50 37:34 Clair McCracken 76th 3rdFV35 38:46 Donald Branney 209th 29thV50 43:36 Stella Bartram 212th 10FV35 43:43 Christine Catterson 222th 13thFV35 44:02

Edinburgh Marathon Sun. 23-5-10.

Gerry Craig 89th 2:58.89

Clydebank 10k. Thu. 27-5-10.

Mark Ashby 46th 8thV50 37:10 Duncan Thomson 89th 39:11 Chris Sheridan 153th 41:39 Donald Branney 194th 22ndV50 42:31

Dumbarton 10k. Thu. 3-6-10.

Mark Ashby 56th 7thV50 3Claire McCracken7:40 Duncan Thomson 86th 38:59 Clair McCracken 95th 4thLV35 39:14 Donald Branney 191th 22ndV50 42:41 Christine Catterson 278th 29thLV35 45:53

Frank Sinclair 10k. Sat. 5-6-10. Greenock Kenny McVey 19th 12thVet 42:46

Sunbeams Nursery 10k. Sat. 12-6-10. Toward Castle.

Kenny McVey 3rd 1stVet 44:37

Vale Of Leven 10k. Sun. 13-6-10.

Gerry Craig 30th 8thV40 37:43 Mark Ashby 51st 9thV50 38:58 Ralph Connolly 74th 20thV40 40:16 Christine Catterson 175th 11thFV35 45:09 Donald Branney 185th 26thV50 45:24

Kirkintillouch 10k. Thu. 17-6-10

Gerry Craig 17th 4thV40 37:26 Mark Ashby 19th 2ndV50 37:33 Peter Ramsay 69th 12thV50 44:05

British Masters 5k Championships Sun.20-6-10. Horwich

Clair McCracken 74th 5thFemale 3rdFV35 19:03 Gerry Craig

Jog Scotland 5k. Wed. 23-6-10. Glasgow Green

Donna Finlayson 42nd 7thFemale 18:47

Calderglen 10k Trail Race. Fri. 25-6-10. East Kilbride.

Jaqui Thomson 41st 5thFemale 2ndFV45 45:37 Tom Ord 49th 26thVet 26thV50 46:58

Glasgow 5k Park Run. Sat. 17-7-10. Pollok Park.

Craig Jardine 21st 2ndU15 18:57 2nd Run. Ralph Connolly 26th 6thV45 19:15 36th Run. Liam McKeown 40th 2ndU15 20:34 4th Run. Gy Harness 73rd 22:08 4th Run.

Posted by Kenny McVey

National Junior Athletic League

The 4th match of the NJL Northern Premier Division was held at Scotstoun Stadium on Sunday 25th July 2010 in mainly dry conditionsAndy McFarlane. Team Glasgow achieved 2nd place on the day ensuring their place in the Final which is to be held in Derby on Sunday 12th September 2010.

There were several VP-Glasgow athletes competing and their positions and times are listed below.

Andrew McFarlane was 3rd “A” in the 110mH with a time of 15.42s. On the Field he was1st B” in the Long Jump and 2nd “B” in the High Jump with distances of 6.61m and 1.75m respectively.

John Mulhern was 2nd “B” in the 400m Hurdles with a time of 59.31s and Max Aitchison was 2nd “B” in the 200m Steeplechase with a time of 6.45.82s.

Chris Barnes was 1st “A” in the Discus with a throw of 43.46m and Jax Thoirs was 1st “A” in the Pole Vault with a height of 4.60m.

Chloe Lambert was 2nd “A” in the 200m with a time of 25.21s. Chloe was also a member of the 4 x 100m Relay team which was 2nd . Andrea Gaffney

Diane Ramsay was 3rd “A” in the 400m with a time of 58.50s. Diane was also a member of the successful 4 x 400m Relay team with came 1st .

Debs Hannah was 2nd “A” in the 3000m with a time of 10.55.31s and Sarah Potter was 2nd “B” in the 1500m with a time of 5.05.10s.

Kirsty Yates was 1st “B” in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 16.62s, 1st “A” in the Shot Putt and 3rd “B” in the Hammer with throws of 11.58m and 32.15m respectively.

Andrea Gaffney was 2nd “A” in the Long Jump with a distance of 5.76m and Erin McQuarrie was 3rd “A” in the Pole Vault with a height of 2.15m.

Hollie Young and Rhian Dawes were 5th “A” and “B” respectively in the 800m and Hollie was also a member of the successful 4 x 400m Relay team which came 1st.

Alison Innes was 4th and 6th in the Javelin and Discus respectively.

Well done to all VP-Glasgow athletes who assisted Team Glasgow to reach the Final.

Linda Innes

Scottish Senior National Championships & Commonwealth Games Trials

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July 2010

The above Championships took place over the weekend in an extremely windy Pitreavie Athletics Centre. The wind was at its worst unfortunately during the Men’s 110m Hurdles Final with a Wind SpeeAbbey McGheed of -5.1 making it impossible for Chris Baillie to achieve a further required qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the weather to be kinder to Chris at his next event.

The medal winners at the Championships were as follows:

Women Carly Sharp was 3rd in the 200m with a time of 25.61s.

Diane Ramsay was 2nd in the 400m with a time of 56.48s.

Abbey McGhee was 2nd in the 1500m with a time of 4.22.38s.

Stacey Wilson was 3rd in the Hammer with a throw of 49.83m.

Estelle Kagambega was 1st in the Javelin with a throw of 38.83m.

Lucinda Logan was 3rd in the High Jump with a height of 1.63m.

Jennifer Graham was 1st in the Pole Vault with a height of 3.40m. Jennifer Graham

Men Chris Baillie was 1st and Calum Innes 2nd in the 110m Hurdles with times of 14.48s and 15.54s respectively.

David Martin was 1st in the 400m Hurdles (wearing the biggest smile on his face which seemed to last all day!) with a time of 53.32s.

Ray Bobrownicki was 1st in the High Jump with a height of 2m18 which broke the VP-Glasgow Club record which he already held. Well done, Ray.

Chris Bennett was 3rd in the Hammer with a throw of 61m28.

The Scottish Athletics 4 x 100m Junior Sprint Relays were also held at Pitreavie on Sunday when the U15 Boys Team won Bronze medals with a time of 50.15s. The team consisted of Ross Black, Patrick Bowman, Russell Findlay and Jamie Robinson. The boys done good!

Linda Innes

UK League 4 July at Stevenage

While Glasgow was battered by wind and rain, our senior women basked in the sunshine at Stevenage on Sunday. The second UK match is always a difficult one for us coming at the start of the holiday season but despite several call-offs due to injury, work commitments and in the case of our club captain Lucinda, selection for the Scotland team for the Flanders Cup, we kept ourselves in contention for promotion. Jo Moultrie

Maximum points were scored by Stacey in the A String Hammer and B String Shot Putt, Elayne in the B String Long Jump, Jen in the A String Pole Vault and Kirsty in the A String Shot Putt. There were several season’s bests with Jo equalling her PB finishing a good second place in the 3000m.

The call-offs mostly affected the strength of our Sprint and Jumps team but everyone pulled out the stops and covered the gaps where possible. Diane and Erin covered extra events with Beccy and Cara being drafted in to cover B String in the 100m and 400m respectively. Beccy deserves special mention for finishing 6th in the 100m off a standing start. Jane, Elayne, Jen and Kirsty between them managed to cover all the jumps with the exception of the B String Pole Vault. Again we had no 400m Hurdlers but Jane with her usual strong performance finished 4th in the 100mH. To all of their credit their total points scored was only 15 lower than at the previous match. Our middle distance squad of Cara, Beccy, Beth, Rhian, Jo and Donna managed to accrue a massive 35 points and all ran really well despite the heat. Our throws squad of Elizabeth, Elayne, Kirsty and Stacey were in typical good form and despite being without two regular members, Claire and Estelle, the managed to score almost the same points as the previous match.

Being without some specialist sprinters had an effect on our relay squads. Jane, Diane, Kirsty and Elayne ran well in the 4x100. Our 4x400 squad of Erin, Cara, Beth and Diane finished third but were less than 2 second slower than the winning Wakefield squad.

The final match result was

  1. Newham and Essex Beagles 199

  2. Herts Phoenix 187.5

  3. Havering Mayesbrook 187

  4. VP-Glasgow 166

  5. Thames Valley 160

  6. Medway and Maidstone 130

  7. Wakefield 103.5

  8. Coventry 85

A full set of results are available at this link.Stacey Wilson

The London area clubs managed to field better teams for this match and this caused us to drop to fourth place but interestingly TVH who won the Wakefield match, finished one place behind us. We could still be promoted if, in the last match, we finished two places ahead of TVH or one place and 31 points ahead. Everyone gave their best and we managed to cover most of the events but we finished off with two very tired relay squads. The next match is on 1 August in Coventry and hopefully a few more athletes will be available.

Thanks to everyone who competed especially those who covered several events, and to our officials Pam, Magnus, Dawn and Donald. Again our Points Princess was Stacey with 25 just missing a perfect score by one place.

I will be away during the Scottish Championships so wish everyone all the best.

Sandra Branney Team Manager

British Athletics League

The second of four matches in the British Athletics League took place on the 3rd and 4th July. Ten VP-Glasgow athletes competed, as members of Glasgow City AC, in the Division 4 match which took place at Bedford. This is Glasgow City’s first season in the league, having qualified to take part last September. David MartinThe team won this weekend’s match comfortably and moved to first place on the table.

Notable performances from VP-Glasgow athletes include a win from David Martin in the 200m with 21.88s. David was also 2nd in the 400m Hurdles in 54.71s, with Gregor Innes coming 1st in the B race in 55.54s. In the 110m Hurdles, Calum Innes won, with 14.77s, and Neale Kelly came 1st in the B race in 15.77s. Thomas Campbell was first in the High Jump clearing 1.98m. John McCafferty was 2nd in the Pole Vault with 3.80m and Thomas Campbell was 2nd B with 3.40m.

Glasgow City was also 2nd in the 4x400m relay in a time of 3:20.42. Gregor Innes, David Martin and Alan Ramsey all featured.

The third league match will take place at Scotstoun Stadium on the 31st July.

Lynn McGarry

Scottish Young Athletes League

Match 3 of the SYAL which was held on Sunday 4th July at Grangemouth Stadium was remarkable in many ways and so I would like to change the usual format of our “Match Report”.

Firstly, the weather conditions were absolutely horrible for all concerned. (Well, except for everyone sheltering in the Stand, that is.) A huge thank you must go to all our Officials who turn out for us on aJude Sloan Dennison regular basis but really pulled the short straw on this occasion. I have never known rain like it at an Athletic Competition – not even at Wishaw!

It could not have been easy to run and jump into driving rain so, very well done to all the athletes who achieved P.B.s on the day. In the U15 age group alone there were a total of 15. Patrick Bowman managed P.B.s in all 3 of his events before having to stand down from the Relay due to becoming unwell.

In the Sprints events Mhairi Patience achieved a Grade 1 in the U15G 75m Hurdles and a Grade 2 in the 200m with times of 11.63s and 26.65s respectively and both P.Bs. In the Distance events Lewis Boyle achieved a Grade 2 in the U15B 1500m with a time of 4.26.51s; Gillian Black also achieved a Grade 2 in the U13G 1200m with a time of 4.08.43s. She was placed 2nd in what was definitely the most exciting and determined sprint finish of the day and had us all on our feet, cheering.

However, my unstinting admiration goes to all those athletes (and there were many of them) who competed in events which would not have been their first choice or, more to the point, never their choice. Due to holidays, injuries, illness and a couple of athletes not turning up there were more events to be covered than we had athletes for but everyone who was asked to “fill in” did so without complaint. Due to this, the Club managed to progress to the SYAL Scottish Final which will be held at Grangemouth on Sunday 1st August. Please make sure that this is put on your calendars. Gillian Black

So, a very big thank you to EVERYONE who competed on Sunday but a wee mention for a few athletes who caught my eye (and wished they hadn’t!).

Jude Sloan-Dennison for her spirited run in the U15 Girls 1500m in which she came last but was delighted with the thought that it was probably a P.B. Ethan Sloan-Dennison for competing in the U17 Men’s 4 x 100m Relay and making us all agree that he should remain a Middle Distance runner. Lewis Boyle for competing in the U15 Boys 4 x 100m Relay having just finished the 1500m. (Which he won, by the way.) Andrew McCormack for taking part in the U17 Men’s Discus when he had never done it before and really, really didn’t ever want to do it. Marc Rooney for not complaining when I tried to force him to take part in the U17 Men’s Shot even although he’s an U15 Boy. (By that point it obviously didn’t matter to me how the points were gained!!)

Thanks again from your roving reporter, Linda Innes. I’m very proud of you all.

Linda Innes

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