Photo by Bobby Gavin
It was quite a weekend for Scottish athletes and the good news included another World Record by a Scot in Masters athletics!
The British Masters Champs at Sheffield was the stage as Fiona Matheson clocked 11:01.55 in her 3000m track run.
That’s a new global best mark for the distance indoors in the W60 category, with the previous best set only a few weeks ago by Spanish athlete, Maria Esther Pedrosa (11:08.45).
‘I think my husband (Grant) had more faith in me than I did to be honest,’ Fiona told the Falkirk Herald.
‘I’ve been training for the 3000m but with my recent injury issues I’ve not been 100 percent.
‘I always set my own goals for what I think I can achieve and I knew what the UK record was and I wanted to beat that. To go on and beat the world record was a bonus.
‘For me, I am enjoying the social aspect of the events just as much as the competitive elements of them these days.’
NEW WORLD RECORD 🌍
Fiona Matheson crosses the line in 11:01.55, taking nearly 7 seconds off of the world record!
— Masters Athletics UK (@Masterathletic) January 23, 2022
Fiona, of course, is no stranger to Records and has been in superb form over the past year or so.
The Falkirk Victoria Harriers athlete recently also landed a World Best in her age group for 5k on the roads to add to a European 10,000m track record set in 2021.
We are reliably informed that Fiona will be at the Scottish Masters 3000m Champs at the Emirates Arena this coming Sunday for another crack at the distance.
Many congratulations to both Fiona and Grant from all at scottishathletics.
The reaction across our social media demonstrates once again the high esteem in which Fiona is held and her inspirational role to many in Masters athletics (and indeed all ages).
— jogscotland (@jogscotland) January 24, 2022