Congratulations to Kirstin Oakley who is making a habit of breaking club records these days having broken another 2 records last night making it 5 records in less than 3 weeks. Last night in Normal, Illinois, USA she achieved a time of 4:40.33 in the 1500m breaking both the U20 and Senior Womens records.
Congratulations to Kirstin Oakley on setting both an U20 Womens & Senior Womens 3000m steeplechase record with her time of 11:13.63 in her first ever outing in the event at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic in Carbondale, Illinois. USA.
It has been a busy weekend for members of the Ayr Seaforth Road Race section with several in action at various locations around Britain. On Saturday Tim Downie completed the John Muir Way Trail Ultra Marathon which is a 50km ultra race that primarily takes place along The John Muir Way in East Lothian navigating through places such as Gullane & North Berwick before finishing in Dunbar. Tim was one of 165 runners who took part and he completed the 50km course in a creditable 5hrs 21mins.
Next up was Laurence Baker who also competed on Saturday but this time in a slightly longer race, namely the Glasgow to Edinburgh Ultra Marathon. This is a 55 mile race which starts in Ruchill Park, Glasgow and follows a course along both the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals before taking in the Antonine Wall & Falkirk Wheel before the finish in Edinburgh Key. A truly daunting prospect for most but Laurence completed the course in 10hrs 38mins.
On Sunday 3 athletes took part in this years Manchester Marathon. John Ross and George Ross both completed the 26 miles in 2:58.05 followed by Stephen McDowall in 3:15.34.
Also running was Janice McKellar in the Tom Scott 10 mile race. This race takes place on paths around Strathclyde Loch and Janice completed the 10 miles in 1:29.28.
This years Scottish National Cross Country Championships took place yesterday at an incredibly muddy Callendar Park in Falkirk. Heavy overnight rain had saturated the course making it a true test of cross country running with the course holding so much water that the venue owners actually considered cancelling the Championships on the morning of the event. Fortunately they agreed to a move of both the start and finish areas which allowed it to take place.The area immediately in front of Callendar House where the finish area is usually positioned was flooded with about a foot of water lying which made for a makeshift bathing area for athletes washing themselves down after racing.This year saw yet another record amount of entries with no fewer than 2330 entered. Performance of the day for Seaforth was the 5th place finish of Morven Hubbard in the U13 girls which was closely followed by U15 girl Rosie Davidson who came home in 7th place.
The Senior Men had once again the opportunity to compete against Olympian Callum Hawkins who set out his stall early in the race and claimed his second National title.
Last Sunday saw this years Indoor U12 superTeams competition take place at The Emirates Arena,Glasgow and once again it was massively over subscribed event with a huge number of teams taking part. The 2 girls teams from Seaforth had an excellent day with the ‘A’ team finishing in 2nd place just narrowly missing out on the title and the ‘B’ team finishing in 4th place. The format for this event is teams of 4 athletes competing in a relay and then each athlete competing in the 60m, Long Jump & Shot Put.
Massive congratulations must go to U15 athlete Gemma Bruce after her performance in the 300m at last weeks Scottish Schools Indoor Championships. Gemma came home in 2nd place in the final of the U16 Girls age group but as an U15 her time of 41.56s,pending ratification, set a new Scottish U15 Indoor record. Congratulations also to coaches Lauren Dickson & Ricky Taylor.