The club came third once more in the Scottish Athletics League at Grangemouth on 17 July and now sit third overall in Division 1 behind Aberdeen and Central with one match to go this season. This is a great improvement after a weak showing in the first match.
Seventeen athletes took part, so we fielded a virtually complete team. Once again Martin Hayes played a captain's part, contesting five events - a comfortable win in B 400 hurdles, followed immediately by an imperious first in B 800 (1:56.91), 2nd A Steeplechase ( 9:40.77), then straight to the 110 hurdles , earning 10 points for 5th A, before winding up by bringing us up to 3rd on the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay.
We had only one A string winner - Sam Adams, Pole Vault, 4.40m, but several seconds - Steven Beattie, 100m 11.15, Max Ralston, 1500m 4:08.48, Marcus Morton, High Jump, 1.90m, Alexander Lewis, Javelin, 46.07m. We welcomed two new athletes for their League debut - Cian O'Donnell for a great pb in the long Jump 6.35m, 11.50 in the Guest 100m and a leg of the 4x100m, and Afwerki Haile, who took 4th in 5000m in 15:31.33.
Among other good results, some admittedly helped by a strong wind, were David Wilson's Triple (13.45m) and Long (6.33m) Jumps. On the other hand, it was hard for middle distance runners, so Stephen Bryce's near-pb of 4:17.96 in 1500m was worthy of note. A final word for our relay runners who amassed a critical 24 points with third places in the final two events, some agreeing to a bit of persuasion - 4x100m Ramesh Sapkota, David Wilson, Cian O'Donnell, Steven Beattie (45.09), 4x400m David Wilson, Chris Boyle, Iain Wilson, Martin Hayes (3:33.84).
Thanks as usual to those who performed the vital job of volunteering to officiate, Hugh Baillie, Field Referee, and Julie Boyle, and also to coaches, parents and supporters who came to encourage the team. The final match will be at Grangemouth on Saturday 27 August, when we hope to consolidate our fine showing this season.
Hugh Stevenson, Men's Team Manager