Scottish 3000m titles for Eloise, Ben – and Corey U20 Indoor Record

Saturday 7th January 2023

Ben MacMillan crosses the line to land Scottish 3000m gold at the Emirates Arena (photo by Bobby Gavin)


Eloise Walker proved her class – and her versatility – with a superb Scottish Championship gold over 3000m at the Emirates Arena.

Ben MacMillan won the top men’s race in the GAA Miler Meet to secure his first Senior Scottish title and underline the promise displayed last summer when he went sub four minutes for the mile.

On a good night for East clubs, Corey Campbell of Team East Lothian again demonstrated his potential with an excellent performance of 8:13.97 to land the Scottish U20 Indoor Record for the distance (subject to the usual ratification procedures).

And Garscube Harriers Masters athlete, Lesley Bell, came up with a British Record for W45 with a run of 9:58.19. The mark in that age group had been held by Clare Elms at 9:59.23.

Those were the main highlights on an evening when Lynsey Sharp raced to victory over 600m in her first outing since the Doha World Champs back in September 2019.

Photos by Bobby Gavin on Facebook

Eloise is joined on the podium by Megan Davies and Sarah Tait (photo by Bobby Gavin)

Less than a month after racing at the Euro Cross in Italy to help GB and Ni women to team gold, Edinburgh AC athlete Walker clocked a PB as she returned indoors.

That run of 8:56.77 takes Eloise to seventh place in the Scottish all-time list for women’s 3000m indoors (with some rather illustrious names above her).

Megan Davies of Sale took the silver with bronze for Sarah Tait of Lasswade.

‘I have to be very pleased with that and I knew there were not too many Scots who have run sub nine minutes,’ said Eloise, now coached by Trevor Painter.

‘I am focussing on the Indoor Season now and the cross country is over for the winter. It certainly helped my fitness but I am keen to see what I can now do on the track over the next couple of months.’

Ben with silver medallist Jack Patton (photo by Bobby Gavin)

MacMillan surged over the last two or three laps to get beyond his Central AC training partner, Kieran Reilly, and Kilbachan’s Jack Patton to go on to win in 8:02.47.

Patton was to take the silver medal with a PB run of 8:07.71 as Stephen Mackay of Inverness Harriers claimed the bronze at 8:13.60.

‘It is my first Senior Scottish Championship win and a great way to start the year,’ said Ben, who is coached by Michael Wright.

‘I’ve been close two or three times in the past so it is nice to win. I was ill a few weeks ago so probably wasn’t expecting too much from tonight but Ben Greenwood did a great job pacing and that has helped a few of us to PBs.

‘I see 2023 as a really big year with some key targets. Hopefully I can make them.’

Corey Campbell claimed a Scottish U20 record with a good run in the last race of the night to win the U20 gold.

The Team East Lothian athlete, no strangers to records over the past couple of years, clocked 8:13.97 to take five seconds of the previous best indoor mark at U20.

‘I’m pleased with that and it’s always nice to set a Record so early into the year and into the indoor season,’ said Corey.

Giffnock North’s Cameron Deverill took the silver in 8;28.08 with the bronze headed for Andrew McGill of Glasgow Uni at 8:29.88.

In the lower age-groups the medals were contested over a number of races.

Meredith Reid of Inverclyde AC won the Women’s U20 gold with a run of 9:40.57.

The silver was headed to Fife and Pitreavie AAC athlete, Maya Millar, after she clocked 10:32.86 with the bronze bound for Glasgow University’s Flora Henry (10:50.17).

There was a close race for the medals in the Women’s U17 category. Kilbarchan AAC duo Amy Teasdale and Zara Redmond were only separated by seven hundredths with Amy taking the gold in 9:49.45.

The bronze medal there headed for Glasgow School of Sport athlete, Millie McClelland-Brooks, who ran 9:50.44.

The U17 Men’s gold was won by Oliver Patton of Kilbarchan AAC as he clocked 8:38.34.

That time took him in ahead of others who had previously run – with silver for Jamie Connor of East Kilbride AC at 8:48.85 and bronze for Andrew McWilliam of Lasswade AC at 8:50.40.

*Huge thank you to organisers Glasgow Athletics Association and all their volunteer helpers. And, of course, to our dedicated team of qualified scottishathletics Officials, who help make events happen.



Tags: Ben MacMillan, Corey Campbell, Eloise Walker, Glasgow Athletics Association, Glasgow Miler Meet

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