It’s not every day a world record is set at an event in Scotland .Multi world record holder Gavin Drysdale of Red Star powered round the Crownpoint track in the race runner event to add to his impressive list of records as he recorded 2mins 46.69secs for 800m in a world record time.
Gavin is a well know competitor in the Race Run event and is coached by Janice Eaglesham MBE. Congratulations to both on this great achievement.
Shettleston Harriers have been amazed by the interest in their two open graded events support by the Milnbank Housing Association .Entries have needed to be closed well before the original closing dates. Close to 600 athletes will compete over the two evenings. Gerry Scott of the Milnbank Housing Association and local MP,Alison Thewliss, were treated to an excellent night of high class and grass root athletics on a warm August night. This again illustrates the progress athletics has made in recent years and can claim to be the most successful Scottish sport with 16 Scottish Athletics at the recent World Championships. Shettleston have been lucky to have athletes competing in Olympic and World Championships and the increased profile of Scottish athletes have helped to promote our sport.
The main event on night one was the Alex Naylor Memorial 3000m race .Alex was a well know endurance coach and great servant to Shettleston, Scottish and UK athletics for well over 60 years. Scott McKay ,Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers , was a surprise winner of the event out kicking Lachlan Oates ,Shettleston Harriers, on the last lap to record a PB performance of 8.37.47 to collect the Alex Naylor Memorial Trophy. Ross Gray,Inverclyde AC ,took 3rd place. The ladies race was won by Scottish internationalist Annabel Simpson, Fife AC (9.36.31PB), from fellow international athlete Mhairi McLennan .Sarah Potter took 3rd place. In the B event U/15 athlete Anna Hedley had a great run to record 9.55.14 PB to add to her Scottish title she had won the previous weekend.
The heats for the Derek McLean Memorial race also took place with most of the top ranked U/15 800m boys due to contest the final on the 29th August.With the Senior Scottish championships due to take place over the weekend 26/27th August many senior athletes were missing. An interesting competitor in Heat 1 of the 800m was Calum Kepler from the USA. Calum is the son of a well know Scottish athlete from the early 80’s, Annie Reid, who was one of the first athletes to take advantage of the USA college scholarship scheme.
The 800m series also featured Commonwealth Games 1500m Youth Champion ,Erin Wallace, of Giffnock North, who had recently returned from Nassau, Bahamas.It was great to see her support grass roots events.
With a new shot and hammer circle in place for the events a host of PB performances were achieved .Multi Scottish Champion, Jay McCarthy
Shettleston Harriers, recorded a PB in the Shot and the Hammer competitors also achieved many PB performances .
The club would like thank all the officials who made the meeting possible. Without them these events could not take place.
The support of the Milnbank Housing Association and the local Tesco Extra Parkhead store has allowed the club to put on an excellent event. We are already looking forward to night 2 on the 29th.
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