Scottish Athletics National Masters Indoor Championships

Kelvin Hall, Glasgow : 12th February 2012

 

Falkirk Victoria Harriers –Bronze Performance

 

Bronze was the order of the day at the recent Scottish Masters Indoor Track Championships at the Kelvin Hall Glasgow last weekend for Falkirk Victoria’s athletes. Several of the clubs Masters athletes 35 and over took part in the event.

First up was Falkirk’s very own world Masters 3000m champion Fiona Matheson on Saturday. Fiona decided to run in the Senior women’s event rather than settle for what would have been an easy gold in the Masters race. Despite being up against athletes half her age Fiona managed to finish in a time of 10.03.12 in 3rd place just 7 seconds behind Lothian’s Sarah Inglis. A fantastic achievement for a Masters athlete.

Next up on Sunday was Tony Devlin in the first heat of the men’s 3000m final for the Vet 40 age group. Tony who only recently returned to serious training from a back injury found the early fast pace difficult to sustain and had to dig in for third place and a bronze medal in a time of 10.18.96 behind Dutch runner Roger Van Gompel.

In the second heat it was the turn of  the Vic’s Alex Bryce Vet 50 to test his speed. Alex was up against some real quality in the form of Stephen Smith –Preston Harriers and eventual winner in a time of 9.32.06 Guy Bracken. Despite this Alex ran his own race and finished in a great time of 10.00.60 earning another Bronze medal for the collection. Alex then went onto win another bronze in the 1500m final later in the day in a time of 4.38.82 just behind Guy Bracken in second.

Finally Falkirk’s Craig Johnston took to the track in 400m final Vet 40 category. Craig who had won Gold the previous year was up against last years silver medallist Lee Henry –South Shields Harriers and Stephen Wallace of Cumbernauld AAC. This turned out to be a very close race and it was nip and tuck all the way to the line. In the end Lee Henry won it in a time of 59.70. Craig finished in 3rd place in a time of 60.00 just behind Stephen Wallace 59.80. So another Bronze medal earned for Craig and Falkirk Victoria.

Further in the vets category was Hugh McGinlay who ran in the Vet 85 age group. Hugh managed to collect two Gold medals winning both the 800m and 400m finals.

The vets team was completed by Christine Eadie in the female masters 45 age group, who ran in the 60m sprint. Christine put in a typical spirited performance to finish second in her category with a time of 9.79s.

Also taking place were the Scottish Indoor combined events which produced two gold and one silver medal. Hollie Lister of Falkirk produced some fine individual performances to win the U18 Pentathlon with a great points total of 3229 which is a new PB. Taylor Nimmo produced a gold performance to win the U/18 men’s’ combined final with a points total of 3571 and also set a new PB.

In the men’s Senior combined Roger Skedd narrowly missed out on Gold to New Zealand’s Brent Newdick the current Commonwealth Games decathlon Silver medallist. Rogers’s points total was 2551.

All in all a very successful weekend for the Vics with a tally of 10 medals.

 

Tony Devlin

 

Final Results:


 
Event
Athlete
Position
Time
Women’s 3000m - Senior/U20/U18   
Fiona Matheson
3
10.03.12
Masters Women’s 60m – Vet 45
Christine Eadie
2
9.79s
Masters Men’s 3000m – Vet 40  
Tony Devlin        
3
10:18.96
  3000m – Vet 50    Alex Bryce          
3
10.00.60
  400m  –  Vet 40    Craig Johnston     
3
60.00s
  1500m – Vet 50     Alex Bryce          
3
4.38.82
  400m  – Vet 85    Hugh McGinlay 
1
1.56.57
  800m  – Vet 85    Hugh McGinlay 
1
4.28.59

 


Combined Events
  Category
Athlete
Position
Points
Women’s
U/18
Hollie Lister       
1
3229
Men’s
U/18
Taylor Nimmo  
1
3571
 
Senior
Roger Skedd    
2
2551

The complete set of results can be found here