Round-up: BUCS, Armagh, Coach Course

Monday 23rd February 2015

Aberdeen athlete Zoey Clark was in fine form at the British Universities indoor championships at Sheffield over last weekend.

The Team Scotland 400m runner, who raced in the relay at Hampden, won gold in the 200m final on Sunday and a bronze in the 60m on the Friday.

Clark clocked a PB of 7.52 in the 60m semi-final and then came up with 7.53 in the final. In the 200m final, it was a Scottish 1-2 with Zoey winning the gold in 24.05 from Beth Dobbin, with the Edinburgh AC athlete at 24.08 to claim silver.

Zoey was not the only Scottish gold medallist with Giffnock North AAC athlete, Nikki Manson, winning the women’s high jump with a 1.78m clearance. There were two other bronze medals – as Faye Nicholson picked up third in the long jump with 5.78m and pole vaulter Sam Adams went over 4.90m to continue his fine indoor season.

Well done to all the athletes, coaches and in this instance their universities who competed at BUCS.

(Thank you to those who alerted us to some of these performances via scottishathletics social media. It is massive assistance for us and is appreciated, particularly during a hectic weekend featuring a National championship and elite Grand Prix).


Derek Hawkins

Kilbarchan AAC ‘s Derek Hawkins was in a spectator’s role at the National XC on Sunday following a very fine 5k road run in Ireland last week.

The GB international took on the Armagh International Road Race and finished at 14.06.16 for 8th place on Thursday night.

That’s the sixth-best 5k road run of all time by a Scot and Central AC’s Cameron Boyek’s 14.07.31, for seventh on the night, also places him highly in the all-time list.

With Commonwealth Games athlete, Jake Wightman (Edinburgh AC), at 18th place in 14.20.65, those performances helped Scotland to third place in a team contest in Armagh. Robbie Simpson (Deeside) ran 14.24 and Tewolde Mengisteab (Shettleston) was at 14.29 and Stuart Gibson (Ronhill Cambuslang) 14.39.

In the Women’s 3K, there was a 7th place finish for Josephine Moultrie (VP-Glasgow) in 9.40.01 with Laura Dunn (Edinburgh AC) only one place below at 9.40.75. Jenny Bannerman (Inverness Harriers) ran 9.50. Reports from Armagh are online.

In Stockholm on the same night as the Armagh Road Race, Laura Muir took on a high quality field in the Galen Indoor Meeting.

Laura clocked 4.12.10 before heading back to Britain to race in the 3000m at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix.


Coach Development

Foundation Course Flyer

There are two new scottishathletics Foundation Courses coming up in April and October.

In partnership with the world-renowned coach Kelvin Giles (Movement Dynamics), scottishathletics are pleased to announce the introduction of the new Foundation Course.

This coach development opportunity is specifically design to help newly qualified coaches (Coach Assistant and/or Athletics Coach Award) to develop their skills in delivering warm ups and in-session planning in the club environment. This new programme is integral to the National Coach Development Programme for scottishathletics, which targets the athletic development of the athlete, in addressing the athletes’ physical and technical competencies.

This Foundation Course will take place over two days, and will consist of both theory and practical workshops. The cost of the course will be £30 for scottishathletics coach members (£50 for non-members).

The courses are on April 11 and 12 and October 24 and 25. The April venue will be Heriot Watt, near Edinburgh.

To book yourself on the course, please email Mary Anderson at


Tags: Beth Dobbin, BUCS, Cameron Boyek, Coach Development, Derek Hawkins, Faye Nicholson, Jake Wightman, Laura Muir, Nikki Manson, Sam Adams, Zoey Clark

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