Kane Elliott in action last summer (photo by Bobby Gavin)
There was great news from our Manchester Middle Distance Project with some fine results at the BMC meet on Wednesday 12 June.
Pride of place is reserved for Falkirk Vics athlete, Kane Elliott, who clocked a superb 3.46.84 in his 1500m race to move to the top of the all-time rankings for U17 in that event and take a Scottish Age Group Record (subject to ratification). Both Adam Scott and Josh Kerr have held this record in recent years.
Well done to Kane, his family and his coach and all at Falkirk Vics helping in his development.
Isla Calvert of Livingston also made a big leap forward with her 800m PB of 2.06.99 which is only a fraction away from the Scottish U17 Record (held by Erin Wallace at 2.06.59).
Both those performances are inside the standards being asked by British Athletics for the European Youths this summer, although a restricted team size may impact on selections.
In Manchester, there were other PB and SB performances as follows: 3000m: Joe Arthur 8:27.92 pb; Freddie Carcas 8:28.20 pb; Max Milarvie 8:47.24 pb; Christian Graham 8:50.37
800m: Katy Brown 2:06.84; Isla Calvert 2:06.99 pb; Sarah Calvert 2:09.09; Grant Muir 1:52.67; Robbie Barr 1:52.97;Alex Johnston 1:53.92 pb; Michael Ferguson 1:53.30; Jonny Currie 1:59.51
1500m: Ben Potrykus 3:46.45 pb; Kane Elliott 3:46.84 Sco U17 best; Stephen Mackay 3:56.50; Andrew MacAngus 4:09.83; Kerry MacAngus 4:30.81
With thanks to Mark Pollard
Two Scottish athletes will join Britain’s best to cross the channel in July to compete at the inaugural Inas Summer Games as part of the UK Sports Association (UKSA) Great Britain Team.
British representation spans the four sports of athletics, cycling, tennis and swimming and includes previous international Nathan Fleetwood of Whitemoss AAC as well as six others making their GB international debuts for UKSA. Sam Fernando of Fife AC, an endurance athletes, is among the new faces.
The full AKSA athletics team is as follows: Declan Manning (Bungay, Suffolk); Nathan Fleetwood (Lanark, Lanarkshire); Sam Fernando (Gateside, Fife); Chris McMillan (Leicester, Leicestershire); Charlotte Cox, (Cambridge, Cambridgeshire)
And there is a Scottish element to the team management/coaches with the group being led by Jane Coia, who now lives in Wales. Tommy Patterson is Deputy Team Manager/Coach.
The UK Sports Association (UKSA) is the only official Great Britain member of Inas, the International Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment, Down syndrome and autism. Hosted by Fédération Française du Sport Adapté on behalf of Inas Europe, the event takes place in Paris from 14 -22 July.
The recent GAA Sprint Gala proved popular and they are looking to come up with another good night of competition on Wednesday 11 July.
It’s the second Sprint Gala of the summer and offers athletes the perfect chance to chase a PB and prepare for the FPSG Age Groups and the FPSG Seniors/U17s coming up around a month or so after the GAA meet at Scotstoun.
The July 11 meet will feature will feature Sprint Hurdles, 200m, 400m, Mixed 4 x 200m Relay, Discus, Long Jump and High Jump.
Entries are online only. Entries close on Wednesday 4 July at 5pm.
The GAA have their first relay team entered, (2 men & 2 women, U15+), can anyone take them on? U13G Hurdles also looks to be filling up fast, don’t miss out!
Talking of sprinters and also Falkirk Vics, we will take the opportunity to highlight recent media coverage on GB and Scotland international, Grant Plenderleith.
The 400m runners has made a strong start to his season with wins and PB performances as he prepares for the British Champs and European Trials.
STV Sport spoke to Grant at training at Grangemouth with the former Stenhousemuir player delighted with the way his switch from professional football not long before Glasgow 2014 has worked out.