Kayleigh Haggo (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Personal Bests, Season Bests, British Masters Records and a World Para Record – just another weekend on the athletics scene in Scotland!
Kilmarnock and Livingston hosted Grand Prix events in the Jumps and Throws, with additional competition at Masters 5000m taking place in Ayrshire.
We’ve done our best to cover a fair bit of ground below with a few highlights noted . . .
The Jumps GP event in Kilmarnock completed a very successful three-meeting series as our Jumps Project for 2021 took shape.
There were a number of PB and SB performances:
*SB for Murray Fotheringham in High Jump (1.98m) to go top of the Scottish Junior rankings
*SB for Calum Newby (British Junior Decathlon Champion 2021) in the High Jump 1.93m
*SB for Claire McGarvey of 1.73m in High Jump
There was great competition in Pool 2 of the triple jump which saw a number of our female athletes go head-to-head and only 26cm separating the top five. There were PBs from Imogen Lewis, Rachel Callen and Morgan Findlay.
In the long jump there were fine performances by Molly Reville at 5.89m, Nikki Manson 5.79m, Samuel Kane (top U17 Scotland) 6.80m, Alessandro Schenini 7.55m.
The Pole Vault saw SB performances from Grace Brennan and Sara Barbour and also Hannah Lawler in her first competition this year.
With thanks to Allan Hamilton
There have been seen top class performances from Scottish Masters athletes in recent months – and that continued at our Masters 5000m Champs at Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Fiona Matheson took down another British Masters Records in the W60 category as she clocked 18:37.75 in another remarkable run by the popular Falkirk Victoria Harriers athlete.
And Alastair Walker, of Teviotdale Harriers, added another British Record to his considerable list of achievements with a 5000m run of 17:03.01 for new mark at M65. Records subject to the usual ratification procedures.
We did it!! 5000m WORLD RECORD (subject to ratification) 🤩 20:08.94 😱
— Kayleigh Haggo (@kayleigh_haggo) July 24, 2021
What a performance from Kayleigh Haggo in the punishing heat of Kilmarnock (yes, really) as she moved up to 5000m in RaceRunning and duly posted a new World Record (subject to ratification).
Kayleigh clocked 20:08.94 with Kyle Brotherton offering support in the track and coach John Owens from the side-lines.
Many congratulations to Kayleigh!
Friends through Throws! Huge thanks to @scotathletics @AliGrey73 for the amazing series of Throws Grand Prix's hosted recently. Great opportunity for Athletes to compete and make friends throughout Scotland 🏴 Also thanks to all the Officials who make these events possible👏❤ pic.twitter.com/9xySZdCl8w
— Angela Gray (@AngelicaFrim) July 24, 2021
Fine conditions and performances were the order of the day at the final scottishathletics Throws GP of 2021 in Livingston.
In the Hammer, Danny Gracie (Border Harriers) improved his U20 Personal Best out to 57.68m while the Hammerama Awards presented annually to athletes who have supported and performed with distinction in Hammer throughout the Throws Grand Prix series were presented to David Little (Shettleston Harriers) and Mhairi Porterfield (VP-Glasgow).
Other highlights included Kiera Maxwell (VP-Glasgow) who threw the Discus out to 40.30m for a personal best in the U20 Women‘s event.
Meanwhile, Meghan Porterfield (VP-Glasgow) continued her dominance of the U17 Women’s Shot Putt & Discus events with solid throws of 14.28m and 37.19m.
With thanks to Alison Grey