Ben lands World T20 mark for 800m; Adam CE silver; Edinburgh Marathon

Monday 30th May 2022

Ben pictured at the 4J Age Groups in Aberdeen last summer (photo by Bobby Gavin)

The top performances by Scottish Para athletes keep on coming and we now have another World Record to celebrate!

Subject to checks and ratification, Fife AC athlete Ben Sandilands will be confirmed as the holder of  the World T20 Record at 800m.

Ben clocked 1:52.55 in his race at the Manchester BMC meet and that should give him a global best in the T20 classification.

Many congratulations to Ben, his family, coach Steve Doig and all at Fife AC!

Owen Miller clocked 3:51.15 in his 1500m run for a PB and that is second only to Ben in the World rankings for T20 for the distance this year.

*Ben’s performance a day or so after Sammi Kinghorn clocked a fine PB of 16.18 in her T53 100m in Switzerland.

That gave Sammi second place in a race which saw a new World Record set by Catherine Debrunner and, indeed, Sammi’s time was inside the previous global best.

In the T54 events, there was a personal best for Mel Woods who crossed the line in 17.33 (1.4). Her previous best was set earlier this month in Stoke Mandeville – 17.45 – so this was a big improvement for the Paralympic finalist.


Scottish U20 athletes at the Combined Events in Bedford (photo by Jamie Bowie)

England Athletics website

Well done to all the Scots who competed in the England Athletics Combined Events Champs in Bedford over the weekend.

Adam Hoole of Team East Lothian came up with the standout performance as he took silver in the U20 Men’s Decathlon category with a new points PB of 7065. That takes Adam to second on the Scottish U20 all-time list.

Will Hodi of Nairn was sixth with 6469; Craig Moncur of Birmingham Uni was seventh with 6399 and Alister McKay of Inverness was 10th with 6073 – and we understand all of those were overall points PB performances.

Hannah Wallace of Cumbernauld was seventh in the U20 Women’s Heptathlon with 3877 and Tom Chandler was the best-placed Scot in the Senior Men’s Decathlon with 6913.

Well done to the athletes and coaches.


The Men’s 1-2-3 at the Edinburgh Marathon (photo via Twitter)

The Edinburgh Marathon event was back with a bang at the weekend with huge numbers taking part on a series of races.

Here are the 1-2-3 for the Marathon itself, which took place on Sunday.


Matthew Gillette 2:17:57;  2 Peter Avent (Shettleston Harriers) 2:21:29; Ollie Garrod (South London Harriers) 2:22:55


1 Virginie Barrand (Metro Aberdeen RC) 2:45:03; Sophie Delderfield (Vale of Aylesbury AC)  2:51:43; 3 Christina Strauss 2:54:18

Men’s Half Marathon

1 Kieran Walker (North East Project) 65:19; 2 Lewis Rodgers (Fife Ac) 65:24; 3 Mike Christoforou (Cambuslang Harriers) 65.41

Women’s Half Marathon

1 Rebecca Burns (Pitreavie AAC) 77:30; 2 Sarah Brown 77:48; 3 Claire Bruce (Metro Aberdeen) 77:57


Tags: Adam Hoole, Ben Sandilands, England Athletics CE Champs, Para athletes, Sammi Kinghorn

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