What an amazing weekend for Murray Fotheringham. On Friday night he dipped below two minutes to go top of the Scottish U15 rankings for 800m with a superb time of 1.59.69. We await confirmation of Scottish All-Time records but in the data kept by the Scottish Association of Track Statisticians (SATS) it’s certainly the fastest for his age.“Giffnock’s Murray Fotheringham set a new Scottish age 13 best of 1:59.69, two days before his 14th birthday. Murray bettered the previous best of 1:59.75, held by David Boyd since 1981.” said SATS’ Arnold Black.Murray’s 1.59.69 effort superseded his very recently claimed 800m club record and came in a well executed race at the GAA Miler Meet on a sunny Scotstoun track where excellent pacing enabled many club athletes to achieve PBs .To cap this feat, at the Scottish Schools Pentathlon Championships in Grangemouth the very next day, Saturday 3rd June, Murray took gold with a record score, and more PBs to win the trophy appropriately called the Murray Shield.We await clarification as to where this score places Murray in the all time U15 Scottish rankings but we understand that it becomes a Scottish Schools record (or Championship Best Performance as SSAA have it).Congratulations Murray on these brilliant performances.And all on the weekend of his 14th birthday .Certainly will make this birthday memorable.
Photo of Murray Fotheringham at the finish line
Courtesy of Bobby Gavin at GAA Miler meet