Big Journey, Big Team, Big Bus, Big Performance.
Last season our Men's League team took 4 athletes and one official to Aberdeen. It was quite a tough day for all involved. Fast forward 13 months and we took 14 athletes and 5 officials to the same venue. The minibus we booked turned out to be a coach, which meant that we had plenty of space to spread out - maybe a bit too large.
Events kicked off at noon with strong results in the Long and High Jumps. Both B string athletes (Scott Hamilton and Jacob Scott) won their events, with A string athletes Ryan Kyle and Tom Hunt in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Ryan set a large personal best in the Long Jump, with 3 events to go.
Track events started with a sparse 400m Hurdles field, meaning that a sub 75s finish garuanteed Patrick Millar a B string win. As it happenned, he beat James Harrison (4th A string) by a comfortable margin, suggesting that he should run this event again in the future.
At the same time as those hurdles, the Hammer was beginning. Martin Beattie has resumed his athletic career this season after some time away from the sport and found himself finishing 3rd, with the promise of big improvements as the season progresses. He and Geroge Key picked up a total of 39 points between them in Hammer, Discus and Shot today. A really important part of the team and one we're not ideally equipped for in terms of facilities.
Ryan and Tom finished 2nd and 1st in the Triple Jump for another big points score. Middle distance races had been difficult to persuade some athletes to travel for but Cameron Thores ran both 800m (8th A) and 1500m (4th B in a new personal best) admirably following races at the Scottish Schools Championships over the previous couple of days. Ryan doubled his distance to try 800m, finishing inside the minimum point scoring standard of 2:20 and preserving himself for a later 400m - a 52.85s run for 2nd in the A string race. Patrick's second of three 400m races left him 4th in a pleasing 55.84s.
A problem with the barrier at the water jump led to a short delay for the Steeplechase. A sparse division 2 field meant more big points, 2nd A and 1st B to James Harrison and Jonny Carpenter. Tom Hunt won the 110m Hurdles immediately afterwards and Tom Ferrington ran with Jonny Carpenter in the 5000m, finishing 4th A and 1st B string.
100m sprints were contested by Cole Milne (5th A) and Tom Hunt (3rd B). Cole improved his placing for 4th in the 200m, Jacob Scott also 4th in the B string race. Cole's afternoon ended with both relays. Our teams finished 2nd in the 4x100m (46.51) and 6th in the 4x400m (4:00.29), just outside a 60s average.
A large team, full team sheet and high placings are a recipe for lots of points. Unfortunately the points don't offer prizes on the day, but the outcome was a good one. Corstorphine comfortably led the standings throughout the afternoon. I'll add the results in a reply when they become available as a *pdf but am able to report that we won the match with 299 points to Edinburgh AC's 250. Having also won the first match of the season we lead the league table by 2 league points from Edinburgh AC and 5 from Lasswade AC in 3rd.
Thanks must go to the officials who volunteered to allow the match to happen: Chris Peggie, Janet Grigor, John Ross, Alastair Brockie and Annette Harrison. We are always obliged to provide officials but the Scottish Schools meet over the previous couple of days meant that the League's team were concerned that there would not be enough to allow the match to take place. The fact that all those mentioned came is greatly appreciated by all those who took part and the success of the teams performance belongs to us all.