Photo by Laurence Bissett at Bedford
It has been clear for some time now that the Combined Events scene in Scotland now harbours athletes with great potential.
And once again over the weekend there were excellent performances by Joel McFarlane and Scott Connal at the England Athletics CE Champs in Bedford which saw them take second and fourth place respectively.
Arbroath and District AC athlete Joel tallied 7258 points and subject to clarification and checks that could be a new Scottish U20 Record and a Euro U20 qualifying standard for British Athletics selection later this summer.
Joel was beyond the 7250 mark being asked but some of the performances may be windy.
Edinburgh AC athlete Scott scored 7057 which is also beyond the previous U20 Record (held by Joel at 7038).
*We are advised via Arnold Black that Joel’s score will be revised to 7172 for Record purposes (taking into account a legal Long Jump performance which brings down the windy average). That is a new Scottish U20 Record subject to ratification.
Jo Butterfield was back in action at our Throws GP at Livingston
There were some notable throws performance at our second scottishathletics Throws GP, with a record number of athletes making their way to what was a rather wet and cold Craigswood Sports Centre in Livingston.
There were nonetheless numerous PB performances and the emergence of some talent in particular in the U17 Men’s age group is an encouragement in this strand of our sport.
Danny Gracie (Annan & Dist) continued his good early-season form with another Hammer Personal Best of 58.25m and a 41.35m Discus, close to his best of 41.44m set earlier this season.
In the same age group Segae Ugbe (Montrose) a new comer to athletics was impressive with a personal best of 14.42m in the Shot to extend his lead in the Scottish rankings this season.
In the Senior age group, Natalie Robbins (Edinburgh AC) had a consistent series, throwing the hammer 53.13m and in the Para events it was great to have both Stephen Miler (Gateshead) and our own Jo Butterfield (Forth Valley Flyers) deliver good early-season throws of 29.99m and 22.22m respectively.
As always a huge thanks to our amazing scottishathletics Officials, spectators and athletes.
Saturday 27 July at Livingston (Entries close July 18)
Saturday 24 August at Livingston (Entries close August 15)
Aberdeen Sports Village was then the focus of attention on Sunday with two events taking place.
The first of our Jumps Series events was part of our Event Specific Series for 2019 and the event also staged an open 5000m meeting with Masters Championship medals up for grabs.
Che Richards came up with the best performance in the long jump with 7.48m as Calum Henderson also went beyond 7.00m.
Conditions were by no means favourable for the 5000m races but still good to see fine performances and gold medals for the likes of Richard Mair, Darran Muir, Gordon Barrie and Ross McEachern among others.
And, in the V75 and V70 age groups, great to see stalwarts like Bobby Young and Colin Youngson competing on the track.
Sammi Kinghorn was in the United States at the weekend, taking to the track in the WPA Grand Prix meet in Arizona.
And it was a very solid return to action at the shorter distances for the Scottish wheelchair racer, who competed at the marathon and 1500m at Gold Coast 2018.
Sammi picked up no fewer than four golds with the following performances: 100m 16.65; 400m 55.68; 800m 1.54; 1500m 3.47 .
It’s next stop Switzerland for Sammi with two meetings coming up over the next week or so.