After the disappointment of last season when we moved down to Division 2 of the Men’s Scottish League, it was a great results in windy Aberdeen over the weekend. A good blend of youth and experience made sure we won the match from Inverclyde by 78 match points.
We had a number of winners over a number of events but league meetings depend on athletes covering as many events as possible to rack up the points.
David Little and John McLeod proved to be the power house in the throwing events. John winning the A Shot (12.45).2nd in the A Discus( 35.88) and a win in the B Hammer (29.42). John was on stand by all weekend with his first child due and it was great he found the time to support the club. John is based in Aberdeen after spending many years in Glasgow when at University. David again piled up the points for the club – Winning the A Hammer (44.66) and placing 2nd in the B Discus (21.03) and B Shot (8.29)
Meanwhile Carson Graham took 1st in the 110H (17.65) and followed it up with three 3rd places in the A Long Jump (5.85) ,Triple Jump(10.98) and High Jump (1.65). A busy day from this talented athlete.
Four of our younger athletes made the trip to Aberdeen to experience the senior league for the first time and came away with good performances. The strong winds proved to be a bonus in the sprints but a disadvantage in the endurance events. Jack Guthrie (U17) finished 2nd in A 100m in PB of 11.10( +3.7m/s) supported by Paul Easdale who took 3rd place in the B event 11.99(+3.0m/s). Paul also competed in the 200m finishing 6th( 24.27 +4.4m/s) and with Robert Ferrol 4th (24.76+3.9m/s) it was a good point source.
William Bardsley (U/20) did the hard double of Steeplchase and 1500m taking 2nd in the A steeplechase (10.53.50) and then followed it up with a 3rd in the A 1500m (4.22.28). Andy Jackson supported William in the steeplechase finishing 2nd in the B event(11.26.24) after finishing 3rd in the opening event of the day the 400mH(71.26).
Young athletes, Lewis Raeburn (U17) and Jamie Burns(U17), also travelled to Aberdeen. Lewis took first in the B 1500 ( 4.22.79) well clear of the 2nd athlete.Lewis also found time to pop over 1.50m in the High Jump to secure valuable points when finishing 2nd.
As mentioned earlier the strong winds badly affected the endurance events and this can be seen from the 800m times. In the A event Callum Drummond who regularly breaks 2 minutes had to settle for 2nd in 2.03.16. Jamie Burns running his first 800m of the season finished 2nd in the B event (2.05.37).
Callum also ran the 400m finish 2nd in 53.56 supported by Robert Feroll (60.44) to finish 4th.
Tewodle Mengisteab slowly returning to fitness gained maximum points in the 5000m ( 15.52.09) and Mark McColl finished 2nd in the B event ( 18.27)
With a 3rd in 4x100m and a 2nd in 4x400m it was a good day for the club.
A big thanks to Elaine Mackay who looked after the team and as always to David Wallace (Official)
The next match is at our home track, Crownpoint, on the 11th June. This is the first time a match has been at Crownpoint for over 15 years and lets try to get a full team out.
1st Shettleston 314, 2nd Inverclyde 236, 3rd Edinburgh 210, 4th Corstorphine 138, 5th Whitemoss 112, 6th Clydesdale 110, 7th Falkirk 93
The recent international feel to races for club members continued this weekend in Lisbon. Anton Manley experienced the furnace of a Lisbon day with temperatures of 34C during the race. Running his first 1/2 marathon (21km) his target was to crack the 2 hour but it was not to be. Suffering badly in the last 5km due to the heat he recorded a time 2hrs 1min 50secs. When he returns to the delights of a Scottish summer he will be sure to crack the 2 hours barrier. Its great to see our runners pop up all over the world, Costa Rica, France ,USA and Portugal in recent weeks.
Closer to home but over the border in England, Weynay Gheberesilassie continued his recent good form when he finished 2nd to GB international athlete, Jonathan Taylor(Morpeth), in the Sunderland 10km. In a slow race hampered by strong winds Jonathan pulled away from Weynay in the last 2km to win in a time of 31.02 with Weynay recording a time of 31.26. This is a step forward for Weynay in his quest to get back to his Olympic form.
Some of the Club’s athletes were competing for Team Glasgow at Basingstoke in British League Division 1, no results available at the moment .
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