British Masters XC; GPVS Grand Prix; Ultra; Schools

Monday 19th March 2018

Forres Harriers were the hosts for the British Masters XC at the weekend as athletes from across Scotland and beyond headed for Grant Park.

It was a highly successful event for all those who competed and credit must go to Forres and their team of volunteers.

Results are now online and there were a string of Scottish successes both in the individual medals and within the team podiums, too, with the likes of Inverness Harriers, Moray Road Runners and Forres themselves enjoying top three team finishes.

Results (via Power of 10)

On the individual front, among those to take medals were the likes of Tony Martin of Falkland Trail Runners, Fiona Matheson of Falkirk Victoria Harriers and Donnie McDonald and Alex Sutherland of Inverness Harriers.

This is by no means an exhaustive list and the nature of the event is such that there are many medals awarded across the various age brackets. Well done to all those who competed and indeed to the host club.

Photos (by Pete Bracegirdle)

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The success of the Glasgow Pole Vault School Grand Prix over the winter season has been evident in improved performances and PBs by a number of the athletes involved.

And the fifth meeting of the indoor season, at Tollcross in Glasgow, was no exception at the weekend as U15 Aidan Brindley set a new age group record – subject to ratification – as he cleared 3.36m. The North Ayrshire AC athlete did so only a week after his brother Scott had set a new U17 Record during the CE Champs in England.

At U20 level, there was a new PB of 4.75m for Dylan Thomson of Pitreavie AAC  – the Scottish U20 champion a week earlier – while Reuben Nairne of Giffnock North cleared 4.14 for a new PB and seventh best of all-time at U17 indoors.

Well done to all the athletes and coaches involved in the GPVS Grand Prix initiative.

Results highlights (via Scotstats.net)

1 Dylan Thomson PIT-U20 4.75, 2 Scott Brindley NAY-U17 4.34, 3 Reuben Nairne GIF-U17 4.14, 4 Hannah Lawler VPG 3.48.

Pool 2: Aidan Brindley NAY-U15 3.36 (Scottish U15 record).

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Donnie and Rachael Campbell after ultra trail medals in Mallorca (photo via Twitter)

There were some fine performances by Scottish ultra runners at an event in Mallorca over the weekend.

Rachael Campbell is due to represent GB and NI in May at the IAU/ITRA World Trail races and she proved she is in good form by taking the win in the 43K Galatzo Trail race in a time of 4.56.58.

In the men’s race, the was also a Scottish victory as Casey Morgan came home first in a time of 4.02.22 with second place going to Donnie Campbell (Rachael’s husband) just under seven minutes behind in 4.09.12 – despite taking a fall during the race.

There’s no doubt now that ultra running in Scotland is feeding off good performances at the very top with other athletes inspired and motivated to improve their own performances and compete at international level.

With thanks to Adrian Stott

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There’s now a set of Results on the Power of 10 from the Scottish Schools Secondary XC event which took place at Hopetoun House last weekend.

Well done to all the schools and athletes involved as well as those organisers who of course had to rearrange following the initial cancellation:

http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=235182

Tags: Aidan Brindley, British Masters XC, Casey Morgan, Donnie Campbell, Forres Harriers, Glasgow Pole Vault School GP, Rachael Campbell, Ultra running

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