This week in Athletics: 31 January 2022

This week in Athletics: 31 January 2022

ATS is delighted to share the first weekly news roundup covering all things athletics and running in Scotland. This week we have world records and scottish Olympians in action on home turf and oversees.

Indoor Athletics

Al Walker on his way to breaking the 3000m M65 world record. Photo: Bobby Gavin

There was an abundance of PBs and records at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow which comprised of  3 championship events over the weekend.

In terms of world records, the 4J Studios Masters Indoors 3000m championships did not disappoint – with Alastair Walker (Teviotdale Harriers) landing the M65 world record in 9.59.02 and Fiona Mathieson (Falkirk Victoria Harriers) breaking the W60 world record with a fine run in 10.56.89.

There were also some invitational races during the weekend and the stand out performance came from Jenny Selman (Fife AC). She landed a 2:01:84 for the 800m which is just shy of the Commonwealth Games qualifying mark and GB world indoor qualification.

In the shorter distances, Aberdeen AAC Olympian, Zoey Clark proved she is in great form with 53.09 in the 400m, and Pitreavie AC Rebecca Grieve running 55.21, which is a 6th best all time for U20.

In the men’s 800m race, GB internationalist and Falkirk Victoria Harriers, Kane Elliot, ran a PB of 1:50.87, with Stephen Mackay (Inverness Harriers) 8 hundredths of a second back in 1:50.95.

In the 4J Studios Combined Events, it was a senior gold for Edinburgh AC duo Howard Bell and Emma Canning.

In the 4x200m event at the 4J National Club Relay Championships, Kilbarchan AC (consisting of Kade Thomas, Stephen Johnston, Stephen Dunlop and Krishawn Aiken) took the gold and earned a new Scottish club record of 1:27.20. VP Glasgow earned the silver and Pitreavie were 3rd, in times of 1:28.46 and 1:31.20 respectively.

Off-road Running

Even with the storm, this weekend was always going to be quiet in terms of cross country fixtures. However, for Hill Running the hugely popular Devil’s Burdens Relay had to be cancelled due to the storm that enraged the country.

International Races

Josh Kerr winning his Bronze medal at Tokyo 2020. Photo: Sam Mellish / Team GB.

There was a superb performance at the Wanamaker Mile in New York from Edinburgh AC and Bronze Olympic medallist Josh Kerr. He eclipsed Chris O’Hare’s Scottish indoor mile record from 3.52.91 to 3.52.27, just shy of Peter Elliot’s indoor UK record of 3.52.02.

Scottish Races this Weekend

Fri 4 Feb 2022 Metro Aberdeen Proms 3K Winter Series 5 Aberdeen Beach Promenade, Aberdeen Road
Sat 5 Feb 2022 DNA Kids Emirates Arena, Glasgow Track and Field
Sat 5 Feb 2022 Law & District Club Championships (closed event) Lanark Racecourse, Lanark XC
Sat 5 Feb 2022 Lindsay’s scottishathletics National Masters XC Championships Balgownie Playing Fields, Aberdeen XC
Sat 5 Feb 2022 Nairn North District Cross Country League Race Nairn East Beach, Nairn XC
Sat 5 Feb 2022 Edinburgh Winter Warmer 5k & 10k Holyrood Park, Edinburgh Road
Sun 6 Feb 2022 Aberdeen AAC Open Graded Meeting February 2022 Aberdeen Sports Village, Aberdeen Track and Field
Sun 6 Feb 2022 Forfar Multi Terrain Half Strathmore Rugby Club, Forfar MT
Sun 6 Feb 2022 Borders XC winter series 5 White sands, Dunbar XC
Sun 6 Feb 2022 RAAA Road Race Championships Battery Park, Greenock Road
Sun 6 Feb 2022 Sky High Pole Vault – Winter 2021/22 3 Tollcross Jumps Centre, Glasgow Track and Field
Sun 6 Feb 2022 Strathmore Rugby Club MT Race Strathmore Rugby Club, Forfar Road

If you feel there is anything that we have missed or would like to include in this weekly article, then please let us know!