Our Officials Conference date is November 13; Grant retires; Chris surgery

Wednesday 5th October 2022

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Our track and field Officials are hopefully enjoying a well-earned break after a hectic 2022 summer season.

But we are already making plans for the 4J Indoor Season and next year, too.

So we are asking Officials to make a note of our Officials Conference coming up next month in Dunfermline.

The date for diaries is: Sunday 13 November 2022 from 10am to 4pm and the venue is the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline.

It’s an important opportunity for Officials to get together and meet face-to-face with colleagues in a relaxed and enjoyable setting – including lunch.

There will be presentations from some of the Officials who worked at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and you can increase your knowledge and skills via our workshops.

Booking details will be out soon and the Conference will be listed on our Events section pages.


Grant Plenderleith (on left) as part of Scottish National 4x400m Relay Record holders at Hampden at Glasgow 2014 (photo by Bobby Gavin)

There were mixed feelings across the Scottish athletics community recently when Scotland and GB international sprinter, Grant Plenderleith, announced his retirement from competitive action.

Amid the clear disappointment for many who have followed Grant’s career, there was widespread acclaim and applause for what the Falkirk Victoria Harriers athlete achieved.

That memorably included a National Record at Hampden in the Glasgow 2014 Men’s 4x400m Relay alongside team-mates Kris Robertson, Jamie Bowie and Greg Louden.

Grant also competed for GB and NI at the Worlds Indoors in Birmingham in 2018 – a fine achievement in itself given the strength of British sprinting – and he was part of the 4x400m team who reached the final.

‘All good things must come to an end,’ posted Grant. ‘That time is now. It’s been a pleasure.’

The pleasure was ours, Grant, and we feel absolutely sure all within athletics in Scotland will be keen to  wish you the very best for the next steps (hopefully in our sport, with the family huge contributors).


Chris at the Great Scottish Run event (photo by Bobby Gavin)

Good time for us to wish good luck to Chris Bennett as he prepares to start rehabilitation work after injury.

The GB and Scotland hammer thrower recently had surgery on a shoulder problem which had troubled him for the previous 12 months or so.

‘I can start some gym work soon and all being well will be back throwing before the end of 2022,’ said Chris.



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