Kirsty Costello was on top form competing in the Throws Grand Prix at Livingston last weekend. The 14 year old form Elderslie, beat her own Scottish record twice in the competition, throwing the 3Kg hammer, 55.81m and later 55.91m., which also keeps her at the top of the UK rankings for the event.
Also last week,Euan Gillham won the Kirkintilloch 10K in the good time of 31 minutes 39 seconds.
And ultra runner Lesley McKerral completed her longest by far, the West Highland Way race, over 90 miles from Milngavie to Fort William, in some of the worst conditions of wind and rain for many years, Lesley finishing time 27 hours, 23 minutes and 24 seconds, finishing 100th from 209 starters.
Jemma Reekie continued her emergence as one of Britains stars of the future at the weekend. Jemma was competing in the under 20s British Championships at Bedford, which were also the trials for the European Athletics under 20s Championships and she competed a remarkable double, against Britain’s best, winning both the 1500m and 3000m events.
On Saturday Jemma won the 1500m in a close finish, time 4:18.38. Then on Sunday, Jemma won the 3000m breaking clear to win by 25 metres in 9:37.22, making it a memorable weekend.
Locally, Callum Hawkins won the Brian Goodwin 10K at Bellahouston, time 29.12, and it was a double for the Kilbarchan club with Elspeth Curran winning the Womens race, time 36.25..
The Mens 10K was also staged in Glasgow at the weekend and there were top performances by two of Kilbarchan’s more senior athletes, Robert McCulloch, who won the over 50s award in 36.21 and by Donald Petrie who was first in the over 55s category, time 37.36.
With the women’s 10k two weeks previous it was the turn of the men to pound the streets of Glasgow on a warm Sunday morning. The route took the runners from the Riverside Museum, over to Glasgow Green before returning to the finish in George Square.
Robert McCulloch showed his form once again to come home 1st M50 (15th overall) in a season’s best of 36:21.
Donald Petrie followed not far behind with a very impressive 37:36 to finish 31st (1st M55-59) in one of his final races as an M55.
Martin Begg finished 78th in 39:46 & Neil Maclean 1523rd in 57:59.
Callum Hawkins and Elspeth Curran both ran out dominant winners at the Brian Goodwin 10k in Pollok Park last night. Callum broke the course record in a chip time of 29:12, Luke Traynor (Giffnock North) was neck and neck with Callum at halfway but pulled away midway through and won comfortably.
Elspeth Curran ran 36:25 to take the win in the women’s race.
Tony Carroll was 91st in 39:07, Andy Cochran 237th in 46:25 with Brian Graham 346th in 53:04.
Well done everyone who ran in warm but nice conditions.
The West District 10k championships were hosted down in Kilmarnock this year at the second running of the Roon the Toon 10k which saw over 1200 finishers complete the race.
Stuart Kerr and Ryan Waldron race fairly closely the whole way round, Stuart finishing 27th in 37:54 and Ryan 29th in 38:12. Elaine Eadie was the only female competing for Kibarchan and finished 106th in 42:45.
Closely followed by Steven Hill (42:57) in 112th and Gavin Highgate (43:03) in 122nd.