GREAT DAY AT GRANGEMOUTH: VP GLASGOW STAR WINS SCOTLAND'S BEST EVER HIGH JUMP COMPETITION
Ray Bobrownicki is our latest club hero. Representing VP Glasgow in the Scottish Ahletics League Division 2 competition at Grangemouth on Sunday 13 July, he was up against fellow Commonwelth Games high jumpers David Smith (Giffnock North) and Allan Smith (guesting), both of whom had taken part in the Diamond League at Hampden. They were all chasing last minute European Championship qualification as well as a final work out before the Games, and David's League record of 2.17 was an added incentive. That fell as all three soared over 2.10, 2.15 and 2.20. Ray was leading as the bar went to 2.24, but David leapfrogged him with an earlier clearance, raising his arms in triumph. At the new Euro qualifying height of 2.28, however, Ray was the only one to clear, with a superb determined effort, typical of his confident demeanour throughout the afternoon, and he celebrated with a leap in the air that was almost as high. He then had a brave go at Geoff Parsons's Scottish National Record of 2.31, but this height, 9cm above Ray's previous best, proved to be over the limit. His 2.28 is the best ever by a Scot on home soil, tying Parsons's silver medal height at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games of 1986. It will go forward for ratification, but more importantly Ray now has the qualifier for Zurich, so let's hope the British selectors take heed.
How can we follow such a great athletic display? Not easily, but our Men's team did their very best, winning their match by a thumping 60 points from Pitreavie, with title chasers Shettleston a further 13 points behind (pending final results check). We had 16 athletes on parade, too many to detail individually, but apart from Ray, Calum Innes, back from Canada, cracked the Division record in 110m Hurdles with 14.44 secs, though assisted by a wind of +3.2. He felt he might have beaten his pb of 14.20 but for a stumble over the last hurdle. We took maximum points from A & B wins in the 400m Hurdles (David Martin 52.80 secs and John Mulhern 59.89) and in the Pole Vault (Sam Adams and Jamie Sinclair, back from USA, both 4.20m). Other A winners were David Martin (400m, 50.38secs) and Alex Lewis (Javelin, 38.05m). Our 4x400 relay team won again, while our 4x100 team was pipped by Pitreavie by a mere 3 hundredths, Scotland's top sprinter Ryan Oswald just getting the better of Jamie Sinclair in a thrilling finish, where we posted a time 4 hundredths faster than our Scottish Championship win on 15 June. It was good to welcome young athletes competing for the first ime in the Men's League - Chris Boyle, Fraser Glass, Craig Jardine and David Wilson, all of whom earned valuable points. Thanks also to Jim Harvie and Ken Gray, who joined me in performing the official match duties without which we are not able to compete in these matches. Also good to see a number of coaches, parents and supporters there to cheer us on.
The last, deciding match is at Scotstoun on 30 August . We may not have so many stars on show, but must do well again to stay in the top two promotion spots. Top three contenders are Shettleston 25, VP Glasgow 22 and Pitreavie 21. Keep that date free!
Hugh Stevenson, Team Manager