Falkirk Promoted to Division 1 of Scottish Men's league !!

 

This the final match saw a Grangemouth stadium blessed with the odd ray of sunshine and generally dry conditions. Falkirk started the match just 1 point a drift of Shettleston but a comfortable cushion over our promotion challengers Whitemoss and Kilbarchan. Getting a minimum of fourth on the day would be all that was required to guarantee us promotion.

A squad of 17 athletes competed on Sunday, 7 were U20 and 3 - U17. That's not including another 2 regular U17 athletes that were representing us at the Celtic Games instead.

Performance of the day came from Edmund Reid who threw PB after PB in the shot putt to eventually throw a 13:03 which is a massive 68cm on his previous best. What a way to win the A string and mark the end of a fine display in the Men's League this season.

Multi-eventer Fraser Weir kept himself busy, joining Edmund in the Shot Putt as well as doing Long Jump, High Jump and Javelin. He got himself off to a flyer for the day with a PB of 5.89 in the Long Jump. High Jump saw him "Only" jump 1.90, that massive jump won him the A string and Ken Moncrieff took 2nd in the B string. Ken also got 2nd in the A string Pole Vault, his versatilty has proved to be very useful to us over the four matches and won us a cart load of match points. Two U17 boys, Taylor Nimmo and Fraser Baird, represented the club in tremendous fashion by getting a 3rd and 2nd place respectively in the Triple Jump.   

Kenny Robertson showed his class in the Javelin by winning the A string, not throwing quite as far as we know he's capable of but is still able to take victory number 4 out 4 for the season, Fraser Weir also won the B string with a fine thrust.

The sprinters, Ryan Scott , James Muir and Kieran Ferguson, put on a fine display. First up was the 100m. Ryan narrowly missed out on 2nd with swift time of 11:57! James also picked up valuable points after posting his fastest men's league run of the season with a 12.26 . In the 200m Ryan got involved again coming 2nd and posted another SB with a time of 23.29. Young lad, Kieran, put on a strong finish to run a 24.86.

Some fine running from Gary Smith, now one of our older and "wiser" athletes at just 23, saw him take down the 400/800m double. A fast first lap in the 800 meant he could cruise round to hold off the challenge from 2nd place. Scott Stirling followed Gary in the B string knocking a chunk of his PB in a time of 2:02.90 and taking 4th place in the process. Gary then showed just how much strength he has in those legs when he held of the challenge from Shettleston's 400m specialists in a time of 50.73. Lewis Grant then then rounded off our dominance over 400m, taking the victory with a strong finish on a blustery day in 52.77.

Tony "Red Rum" Devlin continued his good form over the steeples. Out of a desire to get valuable points for the team, Tony got himself trained up in the art of hurdling and running with soaking squelchy feet to make this event his own. With every race he has been getting quicker and narrowly missed out on a PB by a couple of seconds on Sunday running 11:11.63. Euan Martin toed the line with myself in the 1500m. Euan was quick to put old boy Davidson in his place and left me trailing from the outset, running a solid race Euan pulled a PB out the bag of 4:10.13, this boy just keeps getting better.

Last but not least Barry "Marathon Man" Patterson and Max McNeil both relished the unenviable task of running the one and only 10000m race, replacing the usual 5000m. Both Max and Barry went out hard running fast 5000m splits that would be enough alone to pick up some high scoring points over the distance. In a race that is as much of a mental battle as a physical one Barry took 4th place and a well deserved rest in a time of 35:12.

There were 3 other consistent athletes that contributed massively to the promotion success of the club, but couldn't compete at the final match. U17 athletes Dale Colley, Douglas Paul and Ryan Steele.

Thanks to our officials - Harry Baird, Margaret Baird, Andy Ronald, Bryan Roy and Jayne Roy and indeed thanks to all our officials for the whole season - without them competing in the league is not possible.

 

Alec Davidson (Team Manager)