Training helped Ciaran Wright secure the under-17 Scottish wire hammer record, but almost earned him a different, unwanted record.
The 17-year-old, and his fellow Falkirk Victoria Harriers, risked being handed ASBOs as part of the training schedule that successfully earned the St Mungo’s athlete a Scottish record at 67.27m.
But common sense prevailed and a resolution was found to suit both sides. Now Wright and coach Willie Robertson are back in the throwing circle within Grangemouth Stadium aiming to take his personal best closer to 70m mark.
“We were told we couldn’t train in the stadium because there was football on the field and the wire hammer obviously makes huge dents in the surface,” Wright told The Falkirk Herald. “We used some spare ground close to the stadium until we were stopped. The parkies and anti-social behaviour people banned us as individuals and said it was criminal damage and could go to court; but we just asked what we were meant to do, how we could train?
“It was resolved, though, and agreed we come down to train a bit earlier - obviously when the club has the stadium for training there are a lot of people around, and it’s not the safest for a hammer to be flying through the air.”
But since being allowed back into the circle he’s known all his athletic life, 17-year-old Wright has felt an improvement in his throwing.
“Before then (beginning of June) I wasn’t throwing in the circle so I had problems with my footwork and I kept mucking things up last year without some practise in the circle.
“Now, I don’t foul as much at the front of the circle.
“Obviously there are other factors too, like conditions and the state of the circle itself - it has to be dry and the circle needs to be good. Not too grippy, but not slippy - the Grangemouth one is fine. It all comes together and as soon as you release it you know, as soon as it’s left your fingers you know, it’s going far.”
Practise made perfect for Wright who won the Falkirk Victoria Harriers club championship and was a ruler’s length off extending his personal best en route to gold at the recent UK Schools Games in Sheffield.