Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Scottish Athletics League - Match 2

2nd Match, Grangemouth, 16th June 2019


Jax Thoirs, Scottish record holder in the Pole Vault, was the star of the show at a rain soaked Grangemouth. A heavy downpour at the start of the meeting threatened the viability of the event, but it went ahead eventually, with Jax waiting a long time before his opposition was eliminated, during which time he switched over to the Long Jump, where he took 2nd with an impressive 6.88m. Back at the Pole Vault, he dealt well with a slippery runway and a damp landing area to soar to a season's best of 5.25m, a huge 40cm in excess of his own League record, which had stood since 2011. He ended the day by anchoring our sprint relay team to 3rd place. Thanks, Jax!

Our hopes of a high finish in the match were dashed by several key withdrawals caused by minor, and we trust short lived injuries to key athletes. Ten athletes covered 12 of the 19 events and all performed up to our optimistic wishes.

We took maximum points in 2 events, the Pole Vault, where Adam Orr was 1st B with 3.60m and the High Jump, where Lewis McGuire, 1st A  (2.00m) and Gavin Wilson, 1st B (1.85m) did the business. The other jumps were strong too, with David Wilson 2nd B Long Jump (6.04m) and 4th A (12.71m) Triple, with brother Gavin 2nd B (11.67m).

The sprints were also a fertile source of points. New member Christo Hristov made the best possible debut, winning the 100m A in 11.19  while David Wilson took 5th B in 11.65. In the 200 Christo took 3rd A in 23.00 and David stormed round the bend in lane 8 to enter the straight in the lead, holding on impressively under pressure to cross 1st B in 23.05, only 0.01 outside his pb. All times and horizontal jump marks noted above were inside the legal wind limit. Christopher Boyle opted for the 400m and performed to expectation, 3rd A in 51.77.

We were almost non existent in middle distance and hurdles with the exception of Steven Bryce, who rose to the occasion in 800m when switched up to the blisteringly fast A race. He ran wisely and strongly to take 7th in a fine 2:02.61, a fraction outside his new pb set earlier in the week.

Andrew Peck, who had won the Discus at Match 1, was up against stiffer opposition this time, slipping to 3rd with 40.53m, still a good points-earning throw. Ever faithful Gerry Farrell took 2nd B with 30.20m and also contested Hammer (4th A, 28.48m) and Shot (7th A, 9.22m) 

Christo, Gavin, David and Jax wound up their busy day with a solid 3rd in the 4x100m relay on 44.7 secs. Our late surge of strong events took us well above Falkirk but short of 2 or 3 teams above us, whom we may have caught with just a couple of our missing members. We finished 7th on 210 points and lie 8th after 2 matches on 3 league points. There is still a chance of lifting ourselves up out of the 2 relegation spots if we can perform to this standard while covering more of the events. Spread the word, we need you for Aberdeen on 21 July and Grangemouth on 31 August!

Thanks again to our officials Sheila (field referee) and Hugh Baillie for their hard and lengthy stint in wet conditions and also to our coaches and supporters for their commitment.

Hugh Stevenson

Men's Team Manager 

Scottish Athletic League - Match 1

Our men's team, hit by examMartin Hayess and fixture clashes on Saturday the 4th of May, numbered only seven, and finished a distant 8th, but the single league point gained may yet prove invaluable providing we field good teams in the remaining fixtures.  Our only event winner was Andrew Peck, in his league debut, who threw a superb pb of 43.18m to win the Discus (16 points). Top points scorer was captain Martin Hayes, who amassed 49 points in 400m, 400m Hurdles, 1500m, Steeplechase and Javelin.  Allan Ramsay earned 20 points in 800 and 1500m, Paul Wishart 18 in Shot and Hammer, David Clark 10 in 100m and Javelin, Sean McCormick 9 in 100 and 200m, Steven Bryce 5 in 800m.

Well done to all who competed.  With the ten or more who were unavailable we could mount a good challenge for Division 1 survival.  Remember we were 4th last season after finishing 7th in Match 1.  Thanks as usual to our officials Sheila (Field Referee) and Hugh Baillie and to Gordon Innes and Allan Bryce for their support.Paul Wishart



Indoor League Final

Congratulations to all of our teams who represented the club in the Scottish Athletics Indoor League finals and relays today. There were some fantastic results.Zoe Loughrey

The U15 girls finished as league champions, the U17 women finished as league champions and the U20 women finished as league champions.

The U20 men finished 2nd overall in their league final and the U13 girls finished 3rd in their league final.

The U11 girls team finished in 4th place only 1 point away from a medal. The U11 boys team finished in 4th place, only 2 points out of the medals. The U17 men also finished in 4th place, only 10 points away from the medals.

In the relay competition, the U15 girls team of Holly Kirkwood, Catriona Scott, Jenna Hilditch and Evie Greig broke their own national and league record in the 4 x 200m heats with a time of 1:46.21. Unfortunately Jenna was injured late in the day and the team had to pull out of the final.

The U20 women’s relay team won gold, the U11 boys relay team won silver, the U13 boys relay team won silver, the U17 women’s relay team won silver and the U13 girls relay team won bronze.

Thanks to all the team managers for getting the teams out, your efforts aren’t recognised nearly enough.Adam Hannah

It was also a very long day for the officials who once again did a great job. Special mention as always goes to Billy Glasgow for organising the event.

What a great day for the club.

The full results are at this link: https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx…

There was lots of praise for the organisation of the event and the Club.  Perhaps the best comment came from Louise Bain who said on Facebook: "Our performance as a club yesterday was a perfect example of everything that's good about sport in general and our club in particular - kids having fun and working hard as part of a team; families and friends shouting on the kids they didn't know as much as the ones they did; VP athletes all celebrating our various teams' successes and commiserating on the ones that didn't go our way. I can barely watch the news at the moment, but I could watch any one of our races yesterday every day of the week. Well done all you VP athletes and coaches - brilliant effort all round".

Indoor League

This year’s Scottish Athletics Indoor League has so far been our most successful to date.  8 teams have qualified for the final on Saturday the 16th of March.  We’ve had 7 teams reach the final on several occasions but this is our best yet.

The following teams finished in the top three places after 3 rounds and go on to the final.  The U11 Girls were 3rd, U13 Girls were 2nd, U15 Girls were 1st, U17 Women were 2nd, U20 Women were 2nd, U11 Boys were 3rd, U17 Men were 2nd and U20 Men were 3rd.

Good luck to everyone in the final.