Athletics round-up: Fiona Matheson breaks another record

Veteran runner Fiona Matheson notched another women’s 60 level achievement last Friday, beating her UK record with an excellent run at the GAA Miler Meet in Glasgow.

By Ben Kearney
Thursday, 9th June 2022, 1:03 am
Updated Thursday, 9th June 2022, 1:03 am

After clocking 10:58.85 at Linwood last year, the evergreen Falkirk Victoria Harriers athlete was at 10:57.95 this time.

“I’m absolutely delighted with that because, as each year goes by, you are really happy if running similar times – so one second quicker, I’m happy with that,” she said. “It was a really well organised GAA Miler Meet, like the Monument Mile, and I want to thank the officials and volunteers because, without them, we’d not have an event.

"It has been a brilliant year so far and one I really didn’t expect. To have broken so many records and to have won a few races is more than I could have hoped for. At my age, it is all about the enjoyment and social aspect of the events but it is a nice bonus to be doing so well and competing at the top end of the races, especially at different distances.”

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Runner Fiona Matheson (Picture: Bobby Gavin/SA)

In the top men's 3000m race, fellow Vics’ athlete Kane Elliott finished in second spot with a time of 8:16.28, being beaten by James Donald, who notched an impressive 8:10.96 time.

Linlithgow’s Andrew McGill won the men’s 800 race with a time of 1:15.93, while in the women’s 800m, Vics’ Abbi Macleod came second with a time of 2:13.26.

At the recent Loughborough International meeting down south, Falkirk’s Paige Stevens threw 15.79m in the shot to land a GB qualifying standard for the European under-18 championships coming up in Israel.