WORLD’S BEST AGAIN

PIC Gary Hutchison, 31/05/10, FHS   FALKIRK. Nr Falkirk High station. 1 Styles Place. FK1 5BD.  Pic of 49-year-old runner Fiona Matheson.
PIC Gary Hutchison, 31/05/10, FHS FALKIRK. Nr Falkirk High station. 1 Styles Place. FK1 5BD. Pic of 49-year-old runner Fiona Matheson.
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uFALKIRK’S world-record holder has claimed another global gong.

Runner Fiona Matheson ran 3,000m at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow in a nine minutes and 56.39 seconds - the best time in the world for female runner over-50.

The Falkirk Victoria Harrier already holds the world’s best 10,000m run for her age-group. She grabbed that title outside, at Coatbridge, but her latest was an unusual feat for Matheson coming under a roof.

“I usually run outdoors, I always have,” the mum of five told The Falkirk Herald. “Running inside isn’t something I’d ever done. I was asked to enter the race, but I didn’t plan to - but just because I hadn’t done it before wasn’t a good enough reason to miss out on this event.

“I thought I would give it a go and look what happened - that’s very true of my running in general.”

I’ve always said ‘give it a go’ - that’s how I started running and again - look what can happen.”

The event, the Yuletide Indoor Open, asked runners to predict their times and Matheson’s research told her to expect a longer time inside than she achieved out.

“But that didn’t happen,” she added. “I have run 3,000 outside in 10.07 and this was 11 seconds quicker - but I would like to give it another try.

“I entered with no pressure. It was my first time indoors so I was obviously going to achieve a personal best - I was surprised to achieve a world record at the same time.

“It just goes to prove what I’ve always said, ‘give it a go, you never know what will happen’.”

Matheson was a late starter to running, taking it up as a hobby through jogScotland aged 42 before linking up with The Falkirk Vics. And despite achieving two world records in 2011, she’s not setting her sights too high for 2012.

“I just want to keep enjoying myself - that’s always been the key, not world records or anything like that.

“Running is my hobby, my relaxation, that’s how it started and that’s what it continues to be. Maintaining my fitness this year is my goal, though I would like to give indoor running another go.”

She’s already entered her second indoor event next month and has her eye on re-running her first half-marathon, in Alloa, on its 30th anniversary later this year.