Plenderleith marks call-up by lowering time

Grant Plenderleith.
Grant Plenderleith.
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Grant Plenderleith of Falkirk Victoria Harriers has celebrated his first international call up since returning to athletics from junior football.

The former Stenhousemuir player lowered Brian Whittle`s Central and South of Scotland League record for 400m at a wet and windy Grangemouth Stadium on Sunday.

The Polmont teenager was timed at 48.36 seconds to dip inside the former Olympian Whittle’s time set back in 1986.

It capped a great weekend for Plenderleith who learned he had been rewarded for winning both the 100m and 200m at the first match of the Scottish Athletics League with a call-up to the Scottish relay squad which will travel to Loughborough this weekend for the annual match against England, Wales, British Universities, and a Great Britain under 20 team.

With full results from last weekend’s match still awaited, at the time of going to press, the Vics had performed well across all age groups from under 11’s to masters to finish in second position on the day.

Fiona Matheson was in action in the Glasgow women’s only 10km, recording yet another excellent time of 35 minutes 59 seconds.

This followed recent Scottish 5km and 10 mile title successes and international duty last weekend which saw her f leading the Scottish team in the Lillebaelt Half-Marathon in Denmark and finishing fifth lady in the race.

Barry Paterson also led the team in the Loch Leven half marathon. in 76.05. Other Vics results are: Colin Thomson, 17, 1:24.56; Mark Bowman, 23, 1:26.27; Jim McLaren, 91, 1:38.11; Nicola Flynn, 141, 1:42.10; Fiona Anderson, 215, 1:48.27; Allison Christie, 269, 1:51.59; Michael Allison, 343, 1:57.41. The senior men return to action this weekend in the top division of the Scottish Athletics League at Grangemouth at 12 p.m.