Kane Elliott (on right) and Joe Ewing at an indoor event in 2019 (photo by Bobby Gavin)
The latest BMC meet in Manchester on Saturday proved popular for Scots – and conducive once again to Personal Best performances.
All sorts of eye-catching performances are to be found among the Results but Kane Elliott takes pride of place.
The Falkirk Victoria Harriers athlete came up with the best U20 run at 1500m by a Scot for more than 40 years as he clocked 3:40.65 for a Commonwealth Games qualifying mark as well as World and European U20 marks. Graham Williamson’s record of 3:36.60 stretches back to 1979.
Jenny Selman of Fife AC is well worthy of attention, too. Jenny won the A race in the Women’s 800m in a new PB of 2:02.16 with her previous best being in 2014.
As well as Kane, great to see another two Scottish men go sub 3:45 in the 1500m thanks to the runs of Ben Macmillan (Central AC) with 3:44.00 and James Donald (Dundee Hawkhill) with 3:44.51. Jack Patton clocked 3:46.32.
There was an 800m PB for Joe Ewing (Edinburgh AC) at 1:49.04 with Ben Potrykus (Inverclyde AC) at 1:50.27.
For Joe, this was a fine follow-up to a PB last Thursday over 1500m of 3:44.43 – which is inside the U20 European qualifying time for British Athletics.
In the 5000m races, Jamie Crowe (Central AC) was fourth in the A race with 14:07.26 and Max Milarvie (VP-Glasgow) second in the B race at 14:10.91.
As well as that terrific run by Selman, it was good to see other 800m runs from Olivia Vareille (Falkirk Vics) at 2:05.82 and Jill Cherry (VP-Glasgow)at 2:06.72 as well as U17 Katie Johnson (Edinburgh AC) at 2:07.91.
Sarah Tait won her 3000m steeplechase in 10:16.95 to go seventh on the all-time list and Steph Pennycook won the 5000m A race with a strong run in 16:11.10.
*Philippa Millage was in action the Belfast Milers Meet and came up with a W40 British Record for 800m.
Philippa was sixth in the top race in a time of 2:06.48 to claim a new Masters mark. Congratulations!
Photo via Twitter (Jamie Bowie)
There were strong Scottish performances – and medals – at the England Athletics Combined Events Champs over the weekend.
In fact, it was a Scottish 1-2 in the Men’s U20 decathlon event as Callum Newby of Edinburgh AC took gold with 6878 points and Adam Hoole of Team East Lothian landed the silver with 6309. Callum’s tally is third best U20 all-time.
Howard Bell led the way with fourth place in the Senior Men’s event with 6780 points as Cal McLennan finished in fifth with 6622. Edinburgh AC athlete Cal was top U23 and third in that age category went to Matt Chandler (Kilbarchan AAC) with 6022.
Well done to these Combined Events athletes for once again proving very competitive at British level.
Photo by Mark Shearman
Across the Atlantic, Sarah Inglis landed a Commonwealth Games qualifying standard over 5000m.
Sarah won the race in Burnaby, British Columbia, at the Saturday Night Lights Endurance Series with a new PB of 15:24.17 as she returned to the track after the London Marathon Olympic trial.
Nikki in action in the wind and rain at Kilmarnock at the 4J Invitational meet on May 8 (Photo by Bobby Gavin)
There was great news coming in from England late yesterday as it emerged Nikki Manson had leapt to a new outdoor high jump PB.
Nikki cleared 1.90m for her best ever performance outdoors as her 2021 season moved forwards with the British Champs coming up later this month. Well done!
The Scottish Record for Women’s outdoor high jump is Jayne Barnetson‘s 1.91m from 1989.
*Carmen Neat leapt to a new PB of 1.78m.