At the weekend Giffnock athletes were competing on both World and National stages.
In Tampere, Finland, Erin Wallace was flying the flag in the World u20 Championships. Erin put in a magnificent two race shift in the 1500m. In Fridays heat she easily qualified for the final in third place in a time of 4.21.60. In a very tough final Erin ran a very good tactical race clocking 4.17.61 for 7th place. She was first Brit and third European. The race was won by Alemaz Samuel of Ethiopia in 4.09.67. 7th in the world a fantastic performance.
Interview with Erin after the race.
In London Neil Gourley accepted his first senior GB&NI vest at the inaugural Athletics World Cup. Neil, also competing in the 1500m, stormed the last 200m to take the bronze medal and 6 points for the team. The race initially slow and tactical, worked in favour of Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski as he took the win.
‘I came into this knowing that this was my first senior international event and I wanted a lot more,’ said Neil, who recorded 3.53.24, with the race won at 3.52.88.
‘Some people thought that it was unrealistic to win but I really was going in there to win it. That’s got to be your attitude every time. But I can’t really complain. It was one hell of an experience and I am just excited about having the opportunity to do it.
‘I thrive in this environment and if someone else is depending on me then I want it so much more. I hope I did my bit knowing the team was depending on me.’
Neil’s race (Polish commentary)
Back in Scotland it was the Masters and Combined Events Championships at Grangemouth.
Angela Kelly did the 100m & 200m double in the W55 category taking gold in both, in times of 15.16 & 33.07 respectively.
Colin Wylie was also in good form taking the bronze medal in the M45 400m, his time of 60.89, a new club record.
In the u17 Men’s Decathlon, Murray Fotheringham was in the wars. Despite injuring himself in the warm up and limping through the hurdles, he threw a pb in the Discus and still managed to complete the event. Murray accumulated 5886 points, a new club record , and took the Silver medal. The winner was Scott Brindly of North Ayrshire AC.