Harriers secure two firsts at Pollok Park

Grangemouth 10K Round the Houses, 'First woman in Fiona Matheson gets a hug from daughter Anna Matheson 'Pic by Alan Murray  24-03-13
Grangemouth 10K Round the Houses, 'First woman in Fiona Matheson gets a hug from daughter Anna Matheson 'Pic by Alan Murray 24-03-13

Two Falkirk Victoria Harriers’ athletes toed the narrow start line on the British Masters’ 10 km road race’s return to Scotland.

Fiona Matheson warmed up for Senior Scotland duty in Dublin next weekend by leading the ladies’ field for much of the race at Pollok Park, Glasgow, before being over-hauled by fellow Internationalist Joasia Zakrzewski in the W35 category (36 minute six seconds). Fiona finished in 36.20, leaving her in overall second place and first in the W50 catergory. In a great day for the Vics, Beryl Junnier ran well to win the W50 Silver medal in 40.35, finishing 13th overall.

In what is believed to be a first for the club Ian Donaldson competed in the road walking race over the same course, finishing second in 73.49.

Harriers also claimed a haul of medals at the National Age Group in Aberdeen, where they competed against the best in Scotland in their age category.

In the U14’s Abby Gifford just missed out on reaching the final of the 200m whilst producing a good personal performance in the long jump.

The field events proved more fruitful for Abby with her finishing second in the Javelin to earn a silver 
medal.

Erin Collier competed in three field events producing podium performances in the Discus and Hammer to collect Gold and Bronze, respectively.

On the Sunday Selena Henderson showed she could continue her form from the recent Celtic Games, producing storming runs to finish 1st in her 100m and 200m heats, however she had to settle for silver in each final, beaten by 0.06 and 0.02 seconds.

In the U20 group Jacqueline Plain produced a fine set of throws to earn silver, whilst Dale Colley finished 1st in the 1500m and Taylor Nimmo was pipped into second place in the 110m Hurdles to earn silver. Douglas Paul competed in both Long and High jump, being more successful in the latter to win bronze, while Ben Stevenson finished sixth in the 800m.