Lisgo and Caldwell on form in United States

Monday 5th May 2014

Luke Caldwell in cross country race

Stephen Lisgo is the latest new name on the list of Scottish athletes who have achieved at least one Commonwealth Games qualification standard.

And Luke Caldwell (pictured) is also very much in contention for Hampden having dipped under the 29 minutes required once for 10,000m ñ with Luke having already achieved one of the two standards required for 5000m.

Leeds-based Lisgo declared for Scotland way back when he was 11 years ago courtesy of his Scottish mother and his 8.39.35 run at the Payton Jordan Invitational event in the United States was a 3000m steeplechase standard.

Now the former U13 National XC champion needs to break 8.40 on another occasion to state his case for selection.

Caldwell (pictured), meanwhile, ran 28.59.63 to just make the time required at 10,000m ñ with Andrew Lemoncello and Callum Hawkins so far having bettered that time.

There were mixed fortunes for other Scots involved at the Payton Jordan meet. Kris Gauson and David Bishop featured in the second-top 1500m race but were unfortunately outside the Glasgow 2014 qualifying standard for Scottish men which is 3.42.20.

Kris went closer with his 3.43.22 run with David at 3.44.20. In a different race, Ross Matheson ran well to clock 3.43.55.

Lennie Waite has 3000m steeplechase standards against her name and ran 10.02.11 on this occasion.

Check out results from the event here


*Elsewhere, Chris O’Hare, now a Team Adidas professional athlete, made the journey to Jamaica to feature in a high profile Invitational event.

It was his first outdoor 1500m run of 2014 and Chris was relatively satisfied with third place in a race that was won by Will Leer. The Scot ran 3.42.55 in Kingston with Leer’s winning time at 3.41.31.

Lynsey Sharp, of course, has been coming back from injury and took on the 800m distance for the first time in almost a full year in the United States. Lynsey ran 2.06.26 at Bloomington.


*Scottish duo Samantha Kinghorn and Meggan Dawson-Farrell finished fourth and fifth in a 1500m event at the British Wheelchair Champs in Stoke this weekend.

That’s the distance they will race at the Commonwealth Games and, already selected for Team Scotland, both posted times well inside the qualification standard, with Sammi at 3.48.64 and Meggan at 3.54.67.

Later there were T54 Scottish records for Dawso-Farrell at 100m at 19.08 and 800m at 2.01.65 and Kinghorn a T53 400m at 60.52. That 400m performance by Sammi takes her top of the European rankings.


*The mountain running community are eagerly looking forward to the World Mountain Running Championships that are coming to North Wales in 2015

and, this weekend, some of the most talented juniors from England, Scotland and Wales headed to Betsw y Coed for a sneak preview of the proposed course.

A training camp, that was provided as a joint venture between the three countries, not only provided the athletes with the chance to look at the course but to train together and attend workshops designed to help them progress towards this exciting target.

Scottish athletes involved in Wales over the weekend were: Jacob Adkin, Emma Dunnett, Andrew Lawler, Louise Mercer and Logan Rees.

They were joined by Malcolm Patterson, the scottishathletics Impact 2018 hill-running event mentor.

Thanks are due to Anne Buckley, Bashir Hussain, Steve Livett, Jackie Newton, Malcolm Patterson and Duncan Richards for putting this camp together and for their coaching input. The group hope to provide several more opportunities for junior mountain runners who are aiming for the 2015 World Championships over the next 15 months.


*Marathon runner Derek Hawkins was second in the Sunderland Half Marathon with 65.25 (Scottish lead for 2014 rankings and into top ten GB for the year).

The race was in 65.07 by Yarod Hagos with Derek not long back in Britain following altitude training in Colorado.




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