Vic's Updates 30th Jan 2017

Scottish Senior & U17 Indoor Championships: The Emirates Arena hosted these as the first qualifying event for the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast 2018. However it was a Vic's Masters although whole stole much of the thunder. Fiona Matheson set a new W55 World Indoors Record for the 1500m. Fiona came close to getting this record at the recent National Open and it was clear from the outset she was in fine form, running a very controlled race. She was encouraged by husband Grant along with a group of coaches and club members who had placed themselves all around the track giving her great encouragement all the way. Grant Plenderleith took a fine Bronze in the male 60m sprint. In an incredibly fast race Grant clocked a time of 6.96s breaking the 7 seconds barrier for the first time, Selina Henderson also reached the final of the female 60m sprint finishing in eight place. Euan McCallum came 5th in his heat of the 400m.

Meanwhile in the U17's Olivia Vareille claimed the Gold in the 800m in a controlled race that she dominated in her usual fine style. There were Silver medals for Kane Elliott and Harris Pentecost, both boys were just piped for the gold medal. Sam Briggs finished 5th in the Shot Putt with Katy McGonigal finished in 14th place in the Long jump and 5th in her 300m heat.

SAIL: After the second match several of our teams have a good chance of making the Finals match. With only the top three teams progressing our current standings after match two are. U11's Girls - 7th: U13's Girls 5th, Boys 2nd: U15's Girls 2nd equal Boys 6th: U17's Women 4th, Men 7th and U20 Women 4th. with a strong turn out for the third match on the 19th Feb and if we can fill all spaces many will be in with a shout of the finals.

Masters XC:The weather in Dundee on Saturday was cold, misty and wet but that didn't deter over 450 athletes running at the Masters National Cross Country Championships. Falkirk Vics were fielding 14 athletes in total, 3 ladies and 11 men. Lorna Kennedy was our first lady home in 25th place and she was followed by Nicki Flynn in 43rd and Monica Anderson in 87th. The athletes commented that the course was very wet and in parts slippy underfoot. Almost 300 men set off and Mike McQuaid, a seasoned cross country runner was our first Vic home in 72nd. Wallace Grieve made his Masters debut at this event and finished strongly in 111th. Neil Robertson and Stewart Christie places gave the Masters 50+ team a 5th place finish. Great runs from all the other male runners, Andy Ronald, Mark Johnstone, Malcolm Finlayson, John Martin, Graeme Brown, Tom Purves and Craig Johnstone.

Club AGM: This will be in the clubhouse, Thornhill Rd on Monday 30th at 6.45pm

Jim Dingwall Bursaries: Application close on 31st Jan

Courses: scottishathletics are running a series of course for officials and coaches The club will consider funding these courses so please visit our funding section for further info.