Falkirk Victoria Harriers’ annual Track and Field Championships returned to Grangemouth Stadium over Tuesday and Thursday last week.
The events give athletes the chance to test friendly rivalries, at the same time bettering their own performances. For many, this also acts as a first step on the path to larger events, like national – or even world – championships.
The two nights saw some stunning performances in all areas from competitors young and old; high standards were set in both track and field disciplines.
Tuesday’s track events saw athletes compete in the hammer, discus, javelin and shot-putt.
Under- 17 Ciaran Wright threw an astounding 62m in the hammer, a figure which doubled almost all thrown by fellow competitors. The javelin was a close tussle between two senior athletes, Alex Davidson and Kenneth Robertson. Robertson ended with the longest throw at 43.56m.
Finally the senior shot-putters, who found their performances almost eclipsed in another display of Ciaran Wright’s power watched the teenager record a throw of 13.63m.
On Thursday night the discus events were first; under-20 Jacqueline Plain recorded the longest distance for the women at 28.64m while Wright led the men with a spectacular throw of 40.93m. Then came the turn of the younger shot-putters, with many recording similar times. Abby Gifford (U13) and Sean McLaren (U15) led their respective packs, throwing 7.68m and 10.85m.
The high jump was very closely contested, especially between the younger competitors. In the first group, U13 Adele Bryson recorded the highest jump at 1.25m. Senior, Fraser Weir, jumped 1.90m, a height almost matched by Douglas Paul (U20) at 1.80m. In the long jump, most competitors landed between the three and five metre mark, though Taylor Nimmo landed an impressive 6.58m.
Finally, the 100m races were very close affairs, with all athletes recording respectable performances. In the younger age groups, 13-second performances from U15s Anna Leishman and Robyn Jane Todd and U13 Lauren Tenn-Mills provided the appropriate warm-up for track star, Selina Henderson. Selina wowed spectators with time of 12.5seconds. U15 boys Shaun Lamb and Lewis Mechie aimed to compete with Selina’s time, running 100m in 12.9seconds and 12.4seconds respectively.
Not to be outdone, three of the male U17 and senior athletes recorded runs of 11.5seconds (Ross Callahan and Kieran Ferguson) and 11.3seconds (Taylor Nimmo).
The 300m ended in victory for U17 athlete Julie Nimmo in 45seconds, followed closely behind by U15 Anna Leishman (45.5seconds).
Grant Plenderleith stormed home in the 400m race, crossing the line in 48.9seconds. Finally, the 1500m brought a host of stunning performances, the most notable of which coming from the Vics’ senior and master athletes. Masters F50 runner, Fiona Matheson, led the women with a time of 5.02.3, while senior athlete, Alex Davidson, sped home in 4.29.5.
The 200m, 800m and 3000m races took place on Thursday night, all with little to draw between competitors. However, a particular highlight from the track events was the combined Senior/Masters Men’s 200m race, which saw Grant Plenderleith streak ahead of the pack once again to claim a dazzling victory in the Senior category in a time of 22.00 seconds. In the same race, Ken Moncrieff continued his recent running form to take first in the Masters category with a time of 28.10 seconds. Selina Henderson and Taylor Nimmo found themselves in the same position, both taking first place in their respective U17 and U20 age groups.
In the first race of the 800m, under 17 Natalie McLeod won with a time of 2minutes 42.5seconds after leading for most of the race. Allison Christie (Masters F35) almost missed out on second place as a fellow competitor rushed from behind, but could not overtake. She finished with a time of two minutes 43seconds.
Jessica Christie led from early on in the U11/U13 girls race, finishing in two minutes 39.5seconds. Ross Paton led the U11 Boys in their race with the U13s, Michael Struthers finishing that as leader in that category. Alex Davidson was the clear winner in the mixed Senior/Masters race, finishing 10 seconds ahead of his nearest rival in 2.04.4.
The 3000m race ended the second night of the Championships. With only seven competitors, the race included both male and female athletes from various categories.
There was a tightly fought battle between Stuart Douglas and Fiona Matheson across all seven laps for first place, the former was the eventual victor after a close sprint finish. The pair crossed the line in 10 minutes 21 seconds and 10 minutes 25 seconds, respectively.
Falkirk Victoria Harriers would like to thank all members for their hard work and participation in the events.
All results are subject to further scrutiny, but winning athletes will be presented with their awards at the club’s annual presentation in early October.