Murphy and Connal post CE Records on busy weekend

Monday 18th February 2019

Andrew Murphy had a superb weekend at the FPSG CE Champs to claim a new Scottish Record at heptathlon after 20 years (photo by Bobby Gavin)


GB international Andrew Murphy has landed the Scottish Men’s heptathlon indoor record – with a superb performance over the weekend at the Emirates Arena.

Murphy, who went close to this Record a few weeks ago in the Cardiff International Meet, took his tally to 5662 points with a fine run over 1000m in the last event.

And that means the Kilbarchan AAC athlete surpassed the record held by Jamie Quarry (5640) – which had stood for some 20 years. It was also a Native Record for Murphy.

Many congratulations to Andrew, his family, coach Colin Sinclair and all involved in his development at Kilbarchan AAC and, previously, Ayr Seaforth.

Adding to the CE feelgood factor on a great weekend was yet another U20 heptathlon record – with Edinburgh AC athlete Scott Connal the latest to break the mark (traded recently by Joel McFarlane and Scott Brindley).

Connal, who has recovered well from injury issues for the past couple of years, has now pushed on the record even more by reaching 5367 points after a superb weekend at the Emirates. Well done to Scott and coach Iain McEwan.

Scott Connal on his way to U20 gold and a new National Record in the heptathlon at the Emirates Arena

On the Women’s side of things, there were strong performances by visiting athletes from England and Ireland in a number of the age categories. The Senior and U20 titles went to Joanna Rowland of Crawley (4130) and Steph Driscoll of Liverpool (3621) respectively. Livingston’s Eve Allison took bronze at U20.

Murray Fotheringham of Giffnock North took the U17 gold with a tally of 4785 points. Katie Burr of VP-Glasgow won gold in the U17 Women’s event with a tally of 3480 points.

There was U15 success for Paige Stevens of Falkirk in the Girls and Fergus MacGilp of Pitreavie AAC in the Boys. And the U13 winners were Ashleigh McArdle of Lifford Strabane in the Girls and Callum Newton of Dunfermline in the Boys.


The Senior Women’s podium for our FPSG Club Relays with VP-Glasgow delivering a CBP

Many congratulations to VP-Glasgow and Edinburgh AC on success at our 4 x 200m Relay Champs at Senior level in Glasgow yesterday.

VP-Glasgow took the Women’s gold with a CBP performance of 1.40.75 thanks to the efforts of Robyn Taylor, Lauren Greig, Emily Miller and Chloe Lambert and were joined by Giffnock North and Pitreavie AAC on the podium. That VP-Glasgow quartet also took National Club and Native Club Records.

Edinburgh AC won the Men’s golds in 1.30.50 thanks to the performances of Max Leslie, Bera Ajala, Stuart Drummond and Rohan Green and were joined on the podium by Pitreavie AAC and Cumbernauld AAC.

In the U17, U15 and U13 age groups it was great to see the commitment – and enjoyment – of many young athletes at our clubs all competing for the right to race again back at the Emirates on Friday 1 March.

Giffnock North set an U17 Women’s National Record with 1.43.38 thanks to the efforts of Alyson Bell, Katie Foss, Rachel Callan and Caroline MacConnell.

That evening, of course, comes on the first night of the European Indoors and being part of the Glasgow 2019 buzz should be a terrific, inspirational experience for all those teams who have won through to the latter stages of these 4 x 200m Champs.


Masters Results

Photos on Facebook by Bobby Gavin

Scottish Masters athletes were out in force for their indoor track and field championships at the Emirates on Sunday.

Medals were on offer in five-year age categories from V35 with a number of our Masters looking for good performances ahead of other competitions later in the year – starting with the British Masters on March 9-10. The World Masters is also next month, taking place in Poland.

In Para competitions held alongside the Masters, there was a fine T37 performance in the long jump by Lewis Clow. The Aberdeen AAC Senior athlete reached 4.88m for what is believed to be a Scottish best in his classification.

Maria Lyle also recorded a PB in her T35 class with a 9.09 run over 60m that is a UK and Scottish best.

Well done to these athletes and their coaches.

Maria Lyle on her way to a 60m PB at the Emirates


Tags: Andrew Murphy, Combined Events, Edinburgh AC, Emirates Arena, FPSG Club Relays, Lewis Clow, Maria Lyle, Masters Champs, Masters Cross Country, Scott Connal, VP-Glasgow

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