Feb 17 2010 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
CENTRAL AC had a good turnout at its annual cross country championships at Queen Victoria School.
Good underfoot condition in the playing field section, contrasted with the woodland sections with the infamous burn crossings.
The Under 11 Race was held over one lap of the testing 1.25miles course with all the children showing great enthusiasm.
Ailig Struthers lifted the Boys trophy with a quality run of 7min 53secs with Scott Fleming pushing through in second in 7.55 having lost time earlier taking a wrong turn while leading.
Jamie Wastling (8.47) applied himself well to take the Bronze medal while Keir Fairley (fourth; 9.10), Angus Boermans (fifth; 9.39) and Aidan Hume (10.25) will all have taken much from theirconsiderable efforts.
Guest runner George Stanger showed good pace judgement and unleashed a quality finish to complete the course in 7min 48secs.
In the under 11 girls race it was Bethan Evans who took the plaudits with a fine run in 8.21s, with Rena Fleming in silver medal place (9.16) and Emma Fitzsimmons for bronze (9.40, with Blain Adams in fourth (10.47).
Guests runners Claire Stansfield (8.27), Eleanor Hanson (9.15), Catriona Laing (9.32), Laura Keay (9.41), Eilidh Overman (10.06) and Catherine Mitchell (10.25) showed there is plenty of commitment and potential for the future.
The Under 13 Boys competed over a course of 1.75miles and here it was the talented Scott Balloch who powered round in 9min 25secs to take home the Club trophy in this age group. Jack Kerr also looked good as he sped home in 10.04 to lift Silver with Michael McCabe taking Bronze with an improved run in 10.12.
Andrew Shaw was another to run well in finishing fourth with 10min 32secs, as did David Hughes in fifth (11.10).
Eilidh MacCorquodale was once again a stand out runner in the under 13 girls race over the same course, with a fine 9.41 as she took the trophy, with Roisin Bonucchi in second place in 10.31 and a fine run by Sarah Pearson in 10.42 taking the bronze medal place. Shannon Macfarlane (10.46) and Tara Wells (11.17) showed the considerable strength in depth of this age group within the club.
Conor Kerr proved to be the quality in the Under 15 Boys Race, covering the two lap 2.5 mile course in a classy 12min 52secs.
Sam Fraser continues to show improvement and here finished second in 13min 48secs with Gordon Milne taking Bronze in 15.41 with Lewis Sinclair coming home fourth in 18.23.
In the girls race, Amy Hendry took great credit by winning with a time of 16.07, closely followed by Molly Tweedle for the silver medal in 16.21. Rosie Hastings took the under 17 title with a fine run of 15.43.
The Under 17 Men ran with the Under 20 Men, Senior Men and Masters Men over four miles and it was Tom Watson who produced a quality run to take the Under 17 title with 22min 22secs. Ross Milne also stuck well to the task with a 23.10 clocking for Silver with David McInlay having an improved run to come home for Bronze with 23.36.
Andrew Butchart looked to be back close to his best as he raced home in the Under 20 Mens classification in 20min 38secs and it was good to see Sandy MacLarty pushing round for Silver with 26.20 just ahead of Kevin Gall, taking Bronze with 26.31.
Ian McDonald looked determined throughout as he headed the Senior Mens field (22min 19secs) with Graham Harvey in Silver medal position (25.38) in spite of an early fall and Alan Hume taking Bronze in 26.02.
David Armour (22.35) led home with a speedy run in the Masters Mens race.
Steve Laing once again rolled back the years to finish second (23.27) with Liam McCabe lifting Bronze with a strong run (23.54) just ahead of a sound run from Phil Hendry (23.55).
In the senior ladies run with under 17 and under 15 boys, Alison Docherty was a class apart winning in 13.27, with Isla Campbell second in 15.47.
In the Master Women category, Ainsley Normand took the title with a run of 14.06, followed by Hazel Dean in 14.46 and Jane Waterhouse took the bronze with 15.30, with Jenny Fleming fourth in 18.15.
CENTRAL Athletic Club were in action once again at the weekend, in the second of this winter's Scottish Superteam Championships at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.
The combined event competition saw all the Under 13 athletes compete the 60m/Long Jump/Shot Putt and 4 x 200m relay gaining points for their team based on performance in each event.
The Girls A Team - Bevhan Trevis (9.45s/3.06m/6.53m), Isla Burns (9.55s/3.46m/6.15m), Jennifer Downie (9.54s/2.75m/4.60m) and Charlotte Tilley (9.27s/2.65m/4.57m) battled hard to be rewarded with an excellent ninth place.
Girls B Team: Shamsa Scott-Angell (10.09s/3.17m/3.48m), Sophia Baverstock (10.09s/2.73m/4.15m), Amy Gullen (9.57s/2.96m/4.64m) and Jade Henderson (9.96s/2.85m/4.23m) turned in solid performances to place 19th.
Boys A Team: Iain Davies (9.29s/3.48m/5.37m), Callum Pressland (8.57s/4.19m/8.00m), Liam McGregor (9.41s/2.77m/4.63m) and Cameron Taylor (9.85s/3.25m/6.55m) fought a hard competition being rewarded with 7th place.
Boys B Team: Cailean Baird-Chalmers (10.36s/2.01m/5.78m), Robert Burns (10.42s/3.03m/7.24m), Cameron McCorgray (9.42s/3.57m/5.57m) and Tom Marshall (9.50s/2.71/5.46m) all worked hard to gain a credible 11th place.
Central AC conveys a very big ‘well done’ to all athletes who competed and look forward to seeing more great performances at Kelvin Hall on Sunday, February 21 in the 3rd of the Scottish Indoor League matches.
Central AC also had athletes competing at the weekend at the Kelvin Hall in the Scottish Under 15 Indoor Championships battling to lift the title of National Indoor Champion.
Kathryn Gillespie ran a fantastic tactical race in the 1500m to take the Gold medal in 5.05.75m her first National Title.
Kirsty-Ann Forsyth qualified through the heats to make the B Final in the 200m and took the Gold medal in 28.47 setting a new PB in the process.
Emily Greenan had a good competition with a 2.36.52 clocking in the 800m heats missing out on the final by one place.