|Stornoway Running and Athletics Club
Tri-club Match - September 14th 2013
Stornoway RAC v Giffnock North AAC v Corstorphine AAC
In what has become a key annual fixture, SRAC welcomed teams from Giffnock North Amateur Athletics Club and Corstorphine Amateur Athletics Club to the 3rd Stornoway Tri-Club invitational athletics match on 14th September.
Fortunately the weather was better than last year and a superb day of competition resulted in a remarkable tally of well over 100 “personal best” performances across all 3 clubs.
A small number of under 11s from Stornoway and Corstorphine competed on the day, and this was the first track and field competition for some. Both Kate MacSween and Fergus Horton achieved personal best performances in the 75m sprint, followed up by Mollie MacSween and Euan MacLeod in the 150m. Cameron MacLeod produced a superb run in the 600m, with Callum Mighton close on his heels, although both boys lost out to slightly older athletes from Corstorphine. Similarly in the girls 600m Darcy McIntosh and Aimee MacMillan did well to keep the Corstorphine girls in their sights.
Moving to the field, both David Morrison and Gina Stewart achieved excellent Shot Putt PBs and Krysta Bray, Mollie MacSween and Aodhan Finnegan all achieved long jump PBs.
It is encouraging to see the very youngest SRAC members participating in formal competition and achieving such excellent results. It is testament to the club’s excellent development coaches that so many youngsters train with the club every week and clearly enjoy athletics, and this will only add to the growing success of the club in future years.
Under 13 sprinter Sian MacDonald produced a double PB performance, running 14.52s in the 100m and following up with 30.92s in the 200 metres. These performances earn her rankings of number 41 and 67 respectively in Scotland for her age group. Also on the track, Finlay Emmott rounded off his debut track and field season with an outstanding 800m, taking 8 seconds off his PB and narrowly missing out on a win in the process. This was enough to see him break into the Scottish rankings at number 64. Watch out for Finlay in the forthcoming Cross Country season! Proving what an all round athlete he is, Finlay then went on to PB in the Javelin with a throw of 10.52m and high jump with 1.10m.
Meanwhile on the field Emily Munro ended the season ranked at number 23 in Scotland for Shot Putt with a PB throw of 6.5m. Competing in the under 15 category in the javelin event, Emily followed up with a second PB of 10.91m, narrowly missing out on a second win.
The strength of the SRAC sprinters also came through in the U15 age group with both Eilidh MacLeod and Andrew Horne running 100m PBs of 13.65 & 12.63 respectively. Eilidh’s performance sees her break in to the national rankings at 54, while Andrew capped off a fine debut season with a performance that sees him ranked at 38 amongst the U15 Boys.
They both also had fantastic performances in the jumps. Eilidh jumped a stunning new PB of 1.51m in the High Jump in what was a brilliant jump off with Giffnock North’s, Storm McMurrich. Having added 11cm to her PB over the season, her latest performance means she is now the no. 9 ranked high jumper in Scotland at U15 girls’ level – a fantastic achievement. Andrew meanwhile in only his second competitive outing in the Long Jump jumped a brilliant 5.02m to finish second for SRAC in the U17 boys – with the U15 athlete gaining more valuable points for the team. This sees him ranked at 29 in the country for his age group.
In the 800m Hugh McKenzie also smashed his PB – this time by 12 seconds - running 02:20.10, which sees him also make his national age group rankings at no. 57.
Hugh followed up with another PB of 6.92m in Shot Putt competing in the U17 age group, while Uisdean Russell Smith threw 7.68m (shot putt) and 11.30m (javelin) to also notch up a double PB on the day.
For the girls Caitlin MacKenzie also produced a double PB in the throws. Caitlin’s javelin throw of 18.50m in fact sees her break into the girls U15 national rankings at 36! Not content with this, Caitlin then produced a 3rd PB on the day, clearing 1.30m in the high jump.
In the under 17 age group sprints, both Alasdair Rigby and Ross MacTaggart competed well against top class competition, with Ross running a fine PB of 25.88 in the 200m, and Alasdair running 25.71.
This sees Ross move to no. 39 in the national U15 boys 200m rankings, and with Andrew Horne at 41 (25.90) and Alasdair Rigby at 13 (24.89) there are 3 SRAC sprinters ranked in the top 50 U15 Scottish boys!
With another PB of 4.98m, Alasdair also finished the season with a ranking of no.32 in the Long Jump.
Peigi McKellar (u17 girls) finished off a fine season running another big 800m PB – 02:22.76 which takes her up to 21 in the national U17 girls rankings. Peigi also ran a strong 1500m PB of 05:07.83 which sees her ranked at 25 over the longer distance. To complete another hat-trick of PB’s Peigi finished 2nd in the javelin with a throw of 11.41m.
In the shot putt Georgia MacLennan produced a fine PB throw of 5.86m to take second place.
There is no doubt that the calibre of competition was key to the standard of performance witnessed and all participating clubs thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity. At the end of the day, eventual and deserving winners of the Tri-Club Trophy for 2013 were Giffnock North.
With amateur athletics clubs from all over Scotland already expressing an interest in attending next year, the annual Stornoway Tri-Club match is fast becoming a sought-after invitation on the athletics calendar. Needless to say SRAC juniors are determined to bring the trophy home to Stornoway in 2014.
As always the success of the event is as much down to a huge number of volunteers as the athletes themselves. SRAC wish to thank all those who contributed as track and field officials and in the office working on timings, results and photo finishes, event sponsors Wiliam Wilson, Jewson, Lewis and Harris Sports Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Sport & Health, CJC Media and FES FM; also all who helped with catering on the day and for the evening social, Stornoway Scouts and TA for loaning and erecting tents, and especially coaches and helpers from Giffnock North and Corstorphine for their commitment to the event and support on the day.
Adjustment is made by dividing team points by events participated in and multiplying by total events available