On Friday night was the Scottish 5km Road Championships in Edinburgh. In a stacked men’ s race Lachlan Oates finished 3rd in a time of 14.39 losing his title to Kris Jones of Dundee. Peter Avent continues his rehabilitation after serious injury finishing 23rd in a time of 15.14. As mentioned many times Lachlan has had a fantastic few months picking up many national medals.The same could be said of Fionnuala Ross and like Lachaln she was on the rostrum taking the bronze medal in a fast time of 16.18 smashing her PB for the distance. She was well supported by Ruth Joss (12th 17.38) and Jennifer Martin(27th 18.51) and the girls were unlucky not to take a team medal finishing 5th just two points behind the 3rd team.
Next up was the Men’s Scottish League Track and Field Match at Grangemouth. Last year the club finished 2nd in a event dominated by a very strong Aberdeen team. Traditionally the club usually struggles in the first match to field a strong team but the club’s track captain was delighted to report we finished a clear 2nd in the first match behind Aberdeen. Leagues depend on athletes covering events with gaps and this was the case on Saturday with some excellent performances over the events. Full results are attached to this report but we can highlight the excellent performances of our field athletes with Olympic athlete Chris Bennet back on club duty winning the hammer with a distances of 68.88m. New member Murdo Masterson showed what a raw talent he is winning the shot with a distance of 14.84m (this moves him in to the top 10 all time performances of the club). He also picked up a Discus for the first time finishing 3rd with a distance of 35.24. Supporting these athletes was David Little who continues to support the club with well over 20 years of appearances at this league picking up valuable points in all throws. Amit Kumar and Carson Graham were another pair on the jumps who performed well with Carson getting a PB in the long jump.
The track athletes again pulled together with special mention to William Bardsley who covered the 400mH, 3000m S/C and 1500m. David Martin nursing an ankle injury, which did not let him jump, was awarded his track and field athletes of year (2018) by Dr David Low at the event. David also found time to run a fast 200m in a time of 22.48 on a cold and windy Saturday which certainly affected the track athletes.
Thank you to our officials John Duffy ,Elaine Mackay and Liz Burns who gave up their Saturday to allow the athletes to compete – an you help the next time ?
Next match is at Grangemouth on the 16th June.
Go to Live Results at the following link – Match results
1st Aberdeen, 2nd Shettleston, 3rd Edinburgh, 4th Inverness, 5th Central , 6th Falkirk , 7th Corstorphine, 8th Victoria Park Glasgow
Tollcross – 5th John Duffy, 9th David Murphy, 11th Simon Gay Pollock – 1st Tom Owens Strathclyde – 7th Brian Scally PB
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