The Scottish Multi- Events Championships took place at Grangemouth on 11th and 12th July with Giffnock represented by Reuben Nairne and Murray Fotheringham in the Boys Under 13 Pentathlon on the Saturday. Both boys set out with high hopes but their ambitions were rather different. Having already won the Indoor version earlier in the year, Reuben was the hot favourite and had his eyes set on the Scottish Outdoor Record of 2020 points. Murray, however, was aiming to improve on his 5th place in the indoor event . Both their targets seemed extremely ambitious but within reach if a few PB’s could be obtained!
The day started with the High Jump where Reuben took second place , equalling his outdoor High Jump PB of 1.45M. It seems Murray does not jump well early in the day, and as he did in the previous year had a slightly disappointing start with 1.36 M to leave him in 4th.
Next up is Reuben’s speciality , the 75M hurdles. A superb time of 11.89 s ( second on the Scottish all time list) puts him in first place and on schedule for the record. Murray manages a PB (16.25 secs ) but finishes 6th and drops him to 5th place.
Shot Putt was the next event and PB’s for both boys – 7.2M for Reuben (1st) and 6.2 M for Murray (3rd) – meaning Reuben extended his lead to over 400 points with Murray maintaining 5th place but closing the gap slightly.
Reuben still has thoughts of the record as the long jump starts and needs over 5 meters to keep the dream alive. He wins with 4.93 M but the record now looks out of reach, although overall victory is his with 1 event still to go. Murray almost equals his PB with 4.20 M for 5th and maintains 5th overall but with his best event still to come he is still optimistic and 2nd to 5th are still pretty close.
After a long and tiring day the 800M must seem like a mile but the Boys all lined up for the final trial and gave it their all. As expected, Murray was off in the lead on his own and despite fading slightly towards the end, came home in 1st place with 2m 28 secs. Reuben battling with 3 other boys down the home straight pushed himself to second place and yet another PB ( 2 m 31 secs). The calculators were out but it was too close to call and we waited for the official results.
No Scottish Record for Reuben this time but another gold with the astounding total of 1961 points. The best in Britain this year and third on the Scottish All Time List. Not too shabby !
Big smiles on Murray’s face too, as he collects a Bronze medal (by 4 points) with 1363 points.
A great day for the boys and a great achievement for the Club with 2 Giffnock vests on the podium .
Report by The Nairne/Fotheringham Supporters Club