Fionnuala Ross again showed her international class when she ran away with the Scottish Inter District title in Edinburgh at the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Cross Country Event on Saturday. Fionnuala is on a rich vein of form, just returning from the European Cross Championships and the Antrim international Cross Country races the previous week. Such was the quality of her run she would not be out of place in the international race which took place later in the afternoon. Fionnuala also helped her West team mates to finish 2nd in the team competition only one point behind the East team. She was joined in the race by team mate Ruth Joss who finished 27th and Avril Mason. Avril was unlucky to fall on the first lap and she was unable to finish.
In the men’s race Lachlan Oates also performed very well to finish 2nd behind Welsh internationalist Kirstian Jones leading his team to the bronze medal in the team competition. Also in action was Ross Gollan running for the Scottish Students Team when he finished 14th helping his team to the silver medal. Robbie Simpson also competed in the race making his first appearance for the West team, he finished 32nd in the high quality race.
In the younger age David Woods made his first appearance for the West team and performed very well to finish 36th.In the older age group U/17 Lewis Raeburn finished 26th but Jamie Burns missed out suffering from the flu bug which has affected some of us over the last few weeks.
Again the Emirates Arena saw a busy weekend with the FPSG Scottish Athletics National Open on Saturday. Carson Graham did a couple of events running the 60m Hurdles recording 9.56i and jumped 5.99i in the Long Jump. Under 20 athlete, Lewis Young ran 7.70 for 60m and 24.11 for the 200m. Two athletes competed over the 1500m with Matthew Turner timed at 4.03.62 and Andrew Gibson 4.23.66.
The field events saw Aidan Quinn getting closer to the 15 metres Triple Jump with a jump of 14.86 and a personal best, taking him to 5th in the club’s all time list. Teammate, Miraji Ahmed, also became a 14 metres Triple Jumper for the first time when he recorded 14.12. Amy Thomson finished 3rd when she jumped out to 10.04m
Angus McInroy throw a season best of 13.50m in the Senior Men’s Shot Putt.
Congratulations to Charlene Manly who kept up the international feel to the club when she claimed first female at the Paris (France) Parkrun -she promised her husband Anton a romantic weekend – Not sure watching a Parkrun fits that bill!
7th Gareth Ellor, 14th David Murphy, 15th Erin Ellor PB (3rd F), 44th Nasser Babazadeh
9th Andy Pollock
19th Robert Ferrol, 71st Rhona Galloway
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