Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Scottish Mens League

The third match of the Scottish Men's League was held at Grangemouth on Sunday the 24th of June.

We finished a good 3rd in this match and now lie 5th overall with one match remaining. All 12 members of the team did well, some covering a variety of events. Hard to pick our hero of the Day, several to choose from.

Lewis McGuire won the High Jump with a superb 2.10m, then attempted to improve his own Div 1 record but just failed at 2.15m. He was ably supported by Marcus Morton winning the B event at 2.00m for our only clean sweep of the day. Our best events were the jumps. Jax Thoirs took a cautious pole vault at 4.20m first clearance to secure victory, then scored well in Long Jump (3rd, 6.99m, wind +3.2).

Sean Fontana, back home after a few years' absence, scored a thrilling distance double. In the 1500m, after a steady paced 3 laps he cut loose with 300 to go, was stalked by the Aberdeen athlete, overtaken, then had a ding dong all the way up the home straight before a desperate lunge for the line brought victory by 0.04sec in 3:59.16. In the 5000 (in which he has twice been Scottish champion) he ran cannily with the pace before breaking loose 600m out to take the Division 1 race convincingly in 15.18.50. 32 points for the team!

Another 32 pointer was Cian O'Donnell, who gamely contested the maximum of 6 events for the good of the team.

Top points gatherer was Martin Hayes, who played a captain's part in his first outing in the league this season and scored a magnificent 56 points. He outclassed the field in the 3000m steeplechase to win in 9:39.63, after taking 2nd in 400m Hurdles, 59.72, 5th 800m, 1:59.00, and saving himself for the 110m Hurdles (5th, 19.27, +2.9)!

We didn't manage the heroic relay double of Aberdeen, as our men were too tired to make up a full 4x400 team, but we once again swept the opposition aside in the 4x100, where our quartet blended experience and cool heads, not to mention class and determination, to speed to victory by a margin of 0.89secs. The team was David Clark, Kade Thomas, Jax Thoirs, Cian O'Donnell. Good to have Kade back for his first outing, with a good 2nd in 100m (10.83, +3.8), though his 'voluntary' stint in the 400m, while showing good team spirit, is probably one not to be repeated.

The final match is on 26 August at Kilmarnock. We need to keep the pressure up, as several clubs have been fielding their big guns to maintain their position in the league. We failed to field in 7 events this time, though our athletes on the day showed fine form and commitment. Let's have a bigger turnout next time.

Thanks as usual to our officials Sheila (Field Referee) and Hugh Baillie for their valued contribution on a beautiful, though hot day and to parents and supporters for their loyalty.


100m 2B David Clark 11.39 (+3.3); 200m 6A David Clark 23.19 (+2.8), 3B Cian O'Donnell 23.36 (3.1); 400m 4A Chris Boyle 51.83, 6B Kade Thomas 55.53; 1500m 4B Steven Bryce 4:18.18; Long Jump 3B Cian O'Donnell 6.07m (+2.7); Triple Jump 3A Tim Chan 12.59m (-3.2); Pole Vault 2B Cian O'Donnell 2.70m; Shot 8A Gerry Farrell 8.80m, 6B David Clark 8.42m; Discus 6A Gerry Farrell 31.64m, 6B Cian O'Donnell 25.78m; Hammer 7A Gerry Farrell 30.29m; Javelin 6A Cian O'Donnell 34.61m, 3B Martin Hayes 31.08m


Hugh Stevenson

Men's Team Manager 

SAL Match 2

Match 2 of the Scottish Men's League was held in Aberdeen on the 10th of June.

Our team was much improved for the long trip to Aberdeen, taking 13 athletes compared to the tiny team of 5 which had fought hard to finish 7th in Match 1 at Grangemouth. This time we finished 4th equal (with Central AC) on 247 points and hauled ourselves up to 6th overall in League Division 1. We did this despite a considerable weakness in track events, where we failed to compete in 4 events (110 and 400 Hurdles, Steeplechase and 5,000m) and fielded only one in 3 others. However, we contested every field event except B Hammer and were superb in the relays.

Star of the show was Euan Urquhart, who produced two individual PBs: he took 2nd equal in Pole Vault with 3.80m, 3cm better than his previous, and was close to clearing 4.00, a height he can surely get this year; he then blasted to 2nd in 200m, 0.1 behind the winner, with a legal nil wind clocking of 22.35secs, a full 0.4 better than his previous legal best. He was the outstanding link in both our relay winning teams, zooming round the bend on leg 3 of the 4x100 to hand Jax Thoirs an unassailable lead for a 44.14 clocking (slowing down!). He set off on leg 1 of the 4x400 with a mission, was miles ahead at the 130m break, then stretched that to well over 20m at the changeover, and we were never headed, though threatened by speedsters from Falkirk on legs 3 and 4. Our relay heroes (see below) pulled up 18 points to draw level with Central in these last 2 events of the day.

Euan was not our only PB merchant. Steven Bryce, who had been knocking on the door of breaking 4 mins 14 secs in the 1500m for some time, did this in style with 4:12.81 for a good 4th place. He's on song, having also posted a PB in the 800m this summer.

The whole team performed creditably. Other performances of note were: David Clark's return to his old form with a season's best of 23.11 in 200m (-0.7 wind); Adam Orr's B victory in Pole Vault with 3.60m, and narrow failure at a PB of 3.80m; Lewis McGuire's expected win in High Jump, 2.05m, in his first outing for us in this league: our only clean sweep event victory in Javelin through Adam Boyle, 1st A 55.11m, and Alexander Lewis, 1st B in a season's best of 47.68m.

Here are our relay heroes: 4x100m: David Clark, Cian O'Donnell, Euan Urquhart, Jax Thoirs, 44.14 secs; 4x400m Euan Urquhart, Christpher Boyle, Sean McCormick, Jax Thoirs, 3mins 29.11secs. We await official photofinish splits for the 4x4, usually sent out during the week.

Thanks to our volunteer officials, Jim Harvie, Julie Boyle and Lorraine Bryce and to all supporters who made the long journey on a rather misty and chilly day, and to our friends in Kilbarchan AC who shared their hire coach with us.

FULL RESULTS (SUBJECT TO FINAL SCRUTINY) also on SAL website www.scottishleague.org.uk 100m 6A David Clark, 12.1 manual, 5B Cian O'Donnell 11.8 manual Guest 100m 2nd Race 1 Sean McCormick 11.95 (-1.1) 200m 2A Euan Urquhart 22.35 (0.0 wind), 2B David Clark 23.11 (-0.7) 400m 6A Sean McCormick 56.97 800m 5A Christopher Boyle 1:58.11 1500m 4A Steven Bryce 4:12.81 4x100m 1st 44.14 (David Clark, Cian O'Donnell, Euan Urquhart, Jax Thoirs)

4x400 1st 3:29.11 (Euan Urquhart, Christopher Boyle, Sean McCormick, Jax Thoirs) High Jump 1A Lewis McGuire 2.05m, 2B Alexander Lewis 1.60m Pole Vault 2eq A Euan Urquhart 3.80m, 1B Adam Orr 3.60m Long Jump 3A Jax Thoirs 6.71m (+0.7), 2B Alexander Lewis 5.65m (+0.7) Triple Jump 4A Tim Chan 12.39m (+0.3), 1B Jax Thoirs 12.20m (+0.3) Shot 6A Cian O'Donnell 9.46m, 4B Gerry Farrell 9.06m Discus 5A Gerry Farrell 31.58m, 4B Cian O'Donnell 29.62m Hammer 5A Gerry Farrell 29.67m Javelin 1A Adam Boyle 55.11m, 1B Alexander Lewis 47.68m

Next match, Sunday 24 June at Grangemouth. An even better result is hoped for.


Hugh Stevenson

VPCOGAC Men's Team Manager

YDL Match 2

Match 2 of Division 1, Lower Age YDL and U17 T & F Challenge took place at Grangemouth on Sunday 20th May.  Our points total on the day put us in 4th place.  Well done to all our athletes who competed and made this possible.  Performances of note are listed below.


Sarah Bonad was 3rd “A” in the 75m with a time of 10.83s (AAA Grade 3 performance) and 1st “B” in the 150m with a time of 21.16s.

Jenna Hilditch was 1st “A” in the 150m with a time of 20.05s and 2nd “A” in the 70m Hurdles with a time of 11.66s (AAA Grade 1 performance).

Sophie Sinclair was 3rd “A” in the 1200m with a time of 3:57.96s (AAA Grade 1 performance).

Rebecca Barnett was 3rd “B” in the 1200m with a time of 4:21.10s.

Zoe Loughrey was 3rd “B” in the 70m Hurdles with a time of 14.13s.

Holly Hailstone was 1st “A” in the Javelin with a throw of 19.99m (AAA Grade 3 performance).


David Kirkpatrick was 3rd “A” in the 800m with a time of 2:29.57s.

Saul McGlennan was 3rd “A” in the 1500m with a time of 5:02.13s.

Brodie Wright was 3rd “A” in the 75m Hurdles with a time of 14.16s.


Evie Greig was 1st “A” in the 100m with a time of 13.17s (AAA Grade 3 performance); 2nd “A” in the 200m with a time of 26.88 and 1st B” in the High Jump with a height of 1.50m (AAA Grade 3 performance).

Beth Bushell was 1st “A” in the 800m with a time of 2:28.35s and 3rd “B” in the Long Jump with a jump of 3.97m.

Holly Kirkwood was 1st “B” with a time of 2:28.29s and 1st “A” in the Long Jump with a jump of 4.67m (AAA Grade 4 performance).

Ellie Davidson was 2nd “A” in the 75m Hurdles with a time of 11.84s (AAA Grade 1 performance) and 1st “A” in the High Jump with a height of 1.50m (AAA Grade 3 performance);

Katie Burr was 1st “B” in the 75m Hurdles with a time of 12.25m (AAA Grade 3 performance); 3rd “A” in the Shot Putt with a throw of 9.92m (AAA Grade 2 performance) and 1st “A” in the Javelin with a throw of 26.81m (AAA Grade 3 performance).

Eva Fraser was 3rd “B” in the Shot Putt with a throw of 7.06m and 2nd “B” in the Javelin with a throw of 15.45m.


Ben Chatham was 1st “A” in the 80m Hurdles with a time of 12.05s (AAA Grade 2 performance); 3rd “A” in the High Jump with a height of 1.50m and 1st “A” in the Discus with a throw of 29.54m (AAA Grade 3 performance).

Josh Sumpter was 2nd “B” in the Discus with a throw of 18.67m; 3rd “A” in the Hammer with a throw of 16.58m and 3rd “B” in the Javelin with a throw of 19.58m.

Cameron Weir was 3rd “A” in the Javelin with a throw of 23.15m.


Jojo Littlefield was 2nd “A” in the 800m with a time of 2:28.05s.


Jamie Stevenson was 1st “A” in the 200m with a time of 23.03s and 1st “A” in the 100m with a time of 11.54s.

Ross Whitelaw was 1st “A” in the 800m with a time of 1:57.48s.


Linda Innes

Men's League, Grangemouth

The first match of the Scottish Men's League was held at Grangemouth on Saturday the 5th of May.

Our Men's Team was ravaged by fixture clashes, exams and a bout of minor injuries, resulting in a team of only five athletes being available for the opening fixture. They all performed creditably, however and earned two league points in seventh place, which may be crucial if we are to stave off relegation from Division 1 after the four matches.
We welcomed three young debutants to our team and were delighted with their efforts. Sean McGraw (U17) had a splendid 2nd place in the A 100m in 11.59 (wind -0.3), only 0.03 behind the winner and backed it up with 3rd A in 200m in 23.74 (+0.8). He was ably partnered by Sean McCormack (U20), who took 2nd in B 100m in 11.95 (-1.7) and 3rd in B 200m in 24.05 (+2.0). Gavin Wilson (U17) placed an excellent 3rd in High Jump with 1.80m, narrowly failing what would have been a new pb of 1.85.
Euan Urquhart earned very useful points with two 4th places: Long Jump, 5.98m (nil wind) and Javelin 34.73m. Highest scorer on the day was our ever steady Master Gerry Farrell, with a great 2nd in Discus, 32.22m, backed up by 4th in Shot, 9.30m and 6th in Hammer, 28.53m, for a total of 30 points.
Needless to say we have to improve significantly in the next match at Aberdeen on 10 June, when fixture clashes and exams should not be at issue, and with luck our crop of injuries will be alleviated.

Hugh Stevenson
Men's Team Manager