Sunday, 29 April 2007

Scottish Medals for Young Vics

Callendar Park in Falkirk provided a challenging course as the Scottish Cross Country Championships returned last Saturday for the second year of a three year sponsorship arrangement with Falkirk Council. Local club Falkirk Victoria Harriers were once again praised for the design and marking of the course, with special thanks going to the members who braved the elements to steward the races as well as assemble and dismantle the course.

At mid day the action started in very difficult windy conditions with the under 13 girl’s race over 3,200 metres. Sarah Hamilton led the young Vic’s home in 43rd place closely followed by Hollie Lister in 57th. Lucy Mitchell battled hard for 83rd place and Jane Ainslie completed the team finishing 106th in the large field, as the girls finished 16th in the team competition. The under 13 boys were next in action over the same distance. Ben Stevenson continued his good winter form to finish 20th, Scott Stirling ran well in 50th place whilst Gavin Ferguson 79th and Gavin Weir 81st had a ding dong battle throughout the race as the boys team finished in 9th place in the team competition.

Megan McLeish, the clubs sole competitor in the under 15 girl’s race, produced a typically determined effort to finish an excellent 11th over the 4km lap.

The highlight of the day for the Vic’s came in the next race for under 15 boys over the same one lap of 4,000 metres as six young Vic’s, three of whom had recently run for the East of Scotland team, lined up in the large field with an outside chance of a team medal. Each one played his part as Jamie Stevenson led the team home in a magnificent 8th place, just two seconds in front of the fast finishing Darren Weir who was 10th with Graeme MacGregor only a few seconds further back in 18th place. Euan Martin was the crucial fourth counter producing a strong run to finish 47th as Ewan Murray chased hard in 57th just piping Andrew Crone 59th by a few seconds. The boys were rewarded for this magnificent team with the bronze team medals.

Gary Smith started fast in the under 20 men’s race, which consisted of two laps of the 4,000 metre course, before settling into 21st position which he held until the end. Colin McCluskie, in his first year at this age group ran well to finish 29th as the under foot conditions deteriorated further as more races covered the same ground.

Three of the Vic’s Master athletes lined up in the large senior women’s field to tackle the two laps which made up the 8,000 metre course. Fiona Matheson returned from illness with a strong run in 23rd place, just holding off Janette Stevenson who finished a couple of strides back in 24th. Both magnificent efforts by masters’ athletes. Fellow master athlete Caroline Lawless also ran well to finish 60th as the team finished 8th.

Ten Vic’s were amongst the large field of over 400 athletes who observed a silence in memory of Vic’s coach and event commentator Bob Gray prior to the start of the senior men’s race over 12,000 metres. Masters athlete Mike McQuaid led the Vic’s home continuing his excellent recent form with a strong run in 46th place. After fast starts by both, Alasdair Stewart’s finish held off Andy Ronald as both ran well to finish 63rd and 65th. Stephen Moore continued his return to form with an impressive run in 86th whilst Alex Davidson also ran well to make the top 100 finishing 97th. Keith Boardman, 173rd, had a good run chasing John Stevenson who finished 168th. John Martin battled hard in 189th closely followed by an all too rare Neil Roberton outing in 203rd. David Bunyan continued his improvement to finish 384th as under foot conditions continued to deteriorate with each passing lap. This improved team performance, the first time in many years the Vic’s had finished five athletes in the top hundred finishers saw the men finish 7th in the team competition.

Athletes from Falkirk Victoria Harriers have also been busy on the indoor scene in the last few weeks. Richard Hurren, following his Scottish Indoor Championship success was selected for the Scottish Team which travelled to Cardiff for the Celtic Cup indoor international. Richard finished second in the pole vault competition clearing 4 metres 70 cm to help the Scottish Team win the match. The Kelvin Hall in Glasgow was a much more inviting proposition than windy Callendar Park for masters Alex Bryce and Hugh McGinlay and under 13 boy Brian McKie. Brian was competing in the under 13 boys pentathlon championships and after a 3m99cm long jump, 11.84 sec 60 metre hurdles, 4m 76cm Shot Putt, 1m 27cm high jump finished with a 2 min 56.28sec 800metres to complete the com[petition with 940 points in 5th place. Alex and Hugh were both in medal winning form over 800 metres in the Scottish Masters indoor championships. Alex won bronze in the over 45 age group with a time of 2 min 08.60 secs, whilst Hugh successfully defended his title in the over 80 age group winning gold in a time of 3 min 53.27 secs. Alex also contested the 1500 metres where he finished 5th in 4 min 25.12 secs.

Indoor League Meeting Final & Relays

Indoor League Meeting Final & Relays.Both the U13 Girls and U15 Boys teams won their Team Events.Victoria Harriers also picked up 4 Medals in the Relays including a Championship Record by the U15 Girls.And Lots of PBs set on the day

Well done to all.

Long Jump Record

Congratulations to Jade Nimmo, (coached by ex International Long Jumper, Darren Ritchie) who set a new Scottish Under 17 Women's Long Jump Record last night at the Norwich Union Jumps International with a jump of 5.86m