F.V.H started the
new track season in the best possible way by taking an excellent second
place in the opening match of the Central and South of Scotland
Athletics Division 2 at Scotstoun in Glasgow.
All the Falkirk
athletes were in splendid form with many setting new personal bests in
events despite the wet conditions.
There were notable double wins by several Falkirk athletes –
Joanne Miller (
Under-13 100m and High Jump)
Moira Davie (
Under-5 800m and Long Jump)
(Under-11 80 m and Long Jump)
Kenneth Robertson (
Under-15 Shot Putt and Javelin)
Alastair Boyle (
Under-15 Discuss and Javelin)
(Under-17 Shot Putt and Discus)
However, it was the
all round strength of the team which produced this excellent result.
This was demonstrated in the 4x100m relay races where there were
victories for the Under-11 and Under-15 boys teams with all the other
teams finishing either second or third.
In the S.A.F
National Road Relays for Men and Woman there were excellent performances
by the F.V teams in both events. Michelle
McCormack, Lynn Clement, Caroline Laverless and Janette Stevenson
finished in a creditable 4th place.
Kerr Johnston, Mike McQuade, Michael Ross, Kenny Rankine, Stephen
Moore and David Hart finished in an excellent 9th position.
produced some top class performances at the first McDonalds Young
Athletes League match of the season at Grangemouth Stadium on Sunday 6th
May 2001. The boys were 4th
from 8 and the girls 5th.
Top F.V individual
performer was Under-17 Alastair McDiarmid who was named ‘Field Athlete
of the Match’ after
winning discuss, hammer and shot.
Also in the Under
17 there was double success for sprinter Allistair Tatton, while James
Elliot took the 100m – B race in 12.7sec.
In the younger age
groups there were wins for Scott Campbell, Gregor Hastings, Kenneth
Robertson and Chris Tatton.
supported by a series of excellent second and third placed finishes in
both A and B events throughout the competition.
This was also the
case in the girls competition where an excellent winning double in the
Under-15 girls long jump from Kim Skinner and Sam Duncan.
F.V.H were well
represented in the East and West District Championship held at
Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Although
it was a hot day with a strong head-on breeze in the home straight, this
did not hamper some excellent performances.
The most impressive
male athlete was Alastair McDiarmid competing in the Under-17’s who
came away with four gold medals in the hammer (52m 51cm), a new
championship best performance discus (44m 93cm), javelin (44m 95cm) and
shot putt (13m 05cm).
Richard Harren produced a vault of 4m 10cm for a new championship best
in the pole vault, while on the female side 13 year old Kim Skinner
recorded a new championship best height in the Under-17 pole vault with
3m 15 cm.
An inspired team
performance on the day produced a splendid win for Falkirk Vicoria
Harriers in the second match of the Central and South of Scotland
Athletic League Division 2. This
performance and news that the team was promoted to first place following
scrutiny of the result in the first match result puts the Vics in a very
strong position at the top of the league with one match remaining.
performances included Alasdair Stewart who ran an impressive race to win
the Under-17 1500m in 4 min 36.4sec.
Gordon Munnoch with a determined finish to win the veterans
men’s 200m in 26.2sec.
Richard Hurren who won the senior men’s long jump A and B separated by
only 2cm with jumps of 6.11m and 6.09m respectively.
Kenneth Robertson a double winner of the Under-15 boys shot putt
9.73 m and the discuss 26.25m. The
1500m senior and veterans race produced a Senior Men’s A first for
Kerr Johnston in 4 min 10.4 sec, and a second in the B for Andy Ronald
in 4min 22.9 sec as well as a first in the veterans A race for Alex
Bryce in 4min 15.4 sec and David Murray first in the B race 4 min 25.9
It was the same
story for the woman’s side with victories for Racheal Collier Lumsden
and Joanne Miller both first in the Under-13 70m hurdles 13.0 sec and
13.8 sec respectively. Hazel
Robertson Under-15 shot putt first 9m 54cm, discuss first 27m 86cm.
In the Veterans
Scottish Championship at Pitreavie there was outstanding performances
from Alex Bryce in the 800m finishing first in 2min 05.9 sec and second
in the 400m in 53.5 sec. Hugh
McGinlay ran in the Over-75 group and had first in the 400m 83.77 sec,
800m 3 min 01 sec, and 1500m 6 min 30 sec.
Others who competed well were Kenny Rankine, David Murray and
Railtrack Scottish Woman’s League Match was held at Aberdeen on Sunday
The Forth Valley
Team is made up from 3 clubs Falkirk Vics, Central Region and
Dunfermline and West. Fife
finished an excellent 4th on the day and after two matches
now lie in 3rd place.
who took part all had good results in their events with Sam Duncan
recording a personal best in her long jump 4m 62cm
Richard Hurren won a bronze medal in the Under-20 Athletics
international in Greece. The
17 year old set a new personal best height in the pole vault with a
clearance of 4.40 metres.
The second meeting
of the McDonalds League and the boys team went one better than their
first outing to take a strong third place finish.
A good number of
personal best performances were achieved on the day especially by the
sprinters who benefited from the prevailing wind along the home
The girls also
finished one place higher than their first match.
Kim Skinner ran two personal bests in the 100 and 200 metres.
Sam Duncan had
personal bests in the hurdles and long jump and Gillian Mulholland added
almost 4 metres to her javelin. All
in all it was a good day for the team which finished in fourth place.
In the European
Indoor Championships in France Alex Bryce had a superb run to win the
800m silver medal in 2 min 04.32 sec.
In the European
Veterans 10km road race Championships in Malta Janette Stevenson
produced another outstanding performance to win the woman’s over-50
gold medal in a time of 36 min 57 sec finishing 3rd
overall in the race.