Athletics meetings reports 2019
Livingston Cross Country Series 2
Dechmont Law, Livingston
16th November 2019
The second of the Livingston cross country series saw a healthy deputation from DTFC make the journey to Dechmont Law.
There were medals for Malcolm McLure in the U17 section over the 3.8km course where he secured a silver in 13.29mins and there was a a bronze for David Cuthbert in the U13 section over the 1.7km course in a time of 6.03mins. There was also a bronze for the excellent Sophie Jenkinson in the U9 race over a 1.3km course in 6.31mins and she was closely followed by her team mate Lottie Thomas in 4th spot in 6.35mins. Jaden Mackay was the only U9 boy and he ran a solid race to finish in the pack.
In the U11 section Rachel Barnett finished a very respectable 7th in 8.44mins however there was a very large DTFC entry in the U13s where Ellie Candlish led the way for the girls finishing 8th over the 1.7km course in 6.48mins. Amy Jenkinson finished just behind her in 7.41mins. Along with David Cuthbert's success in the boys U13 section there was a 5th spot for Callum Newton in 6.21mins whilst Mark Harley was just behind him in 6.26mins. Solid runs from Logan Rand and Matt McGill added to the excellent DTFC showing.
The U17s ran over the longer 3.8km course and the race gave Megan Kyle further opportunity improve her fitness after injury. She finished a creditable 5th in 10.09mins whilst Megan Turnbull was 7th in 11.13 mins. Dominic Drylie produced another solid run in 10.48min in the boys section.
Hard conditions for the team but they can be satisfied with good solid performances throughout the age groups.
National Short Course Cross Country Championships
9th November 2019
In the weekend's National Short Course Cross Country Championship at Kirkcaldy on Saturday there was a small but keen representation from DTFC.
In the U15 girls section Megan Kyle ran a solid 8.09mins to finish 53rd in a field of over 80 athletes over the 2000m course.
In the U17 section Daisy Cumming finished their 3000m course in 12.19mins.Malcolm McLure produced another excellent performance by completing the U17 3000m course in 10.02mins to finish 23rd in a field of over 70 athletes. Well done all for competing so well in tough conditions and amongst such high quality fields.
Lasswade Open Cross Country 1
3rd November 2019,
A strong DTFC contingent headed over to Midlothian last Sunday to compete in the Lasswade Open Cross Country event. The weather and conditions were probably as expected for November with it being cold , wet and very muddy underfoot.
In the U11 girls category Rachel Barnet was the only DTFC competitor but she ran a terrific race over the 1.3km course to finish 10th in a field of 40 runners with a time of 7.10mins whilst in the boys section Oscar Simmons finished 9th in 6.40mins in a field of over 20 runners .In the U13 girls section over 1.7km Ellie and Ruby Candlish provided the DTFC representation with both running strongly in a very large field. Ellie secured 13th spot in 14.33mins and Ruby 33rd in 17.29mins. For the boys Mark Harley was the only DTFC representative with his run of 14.01 mins securing 15th spot in a field of 31 runners.
The U15 girls race provided Megan Kyle with an opportunity to find some form after her injury lay off and she ran a very acceptable 14.54mins over the 2.4km course. In the boys section Sam Simmons and James Cuthbert ran solid races to net times around the 20 minute mark. The U17 section saw the cream of the DTFC cross country athletes with Malcolm McLure winning the 3.7km race in an impressive 24.05mins and Daisy Cumming finishing 2nd in the girls section with an excellent time of 20.33mins.
It was a great team effort from all the athletes in trying and difficult conditions and hopefully this will give the athletes some momentum for the upcoming various cross country events.
East District Cross Country League Fixture 1
19th October 2019
The East District Cross Country League season got underway over the weekend with the first meeting taking place at Stirling University. On a dry,bright but cold day conditions were challenging underfoot but the DTFC athletes put up a very decent show.
In the U11 section over 1.7km the two DTFC girls put in terrific runs with Eva Gasowska finising in 9th spot in a very impressive 6.59mins and Rachel Barnett just behind her in 16th place clocking 7.20mins. The lack of DTCF athletes in this section, a minimum of three are required, resulted in penalty points for the team which was disappointing as with another athlete the team would have finished well up the table and as a result DTFC sit 11th after the first meeting. There was only one U11 boy ,Bradley Moffat ran a super 7.12mins to finish comfortably in the top half of a large field but once again the lack of athletes cost the club.
A large field of over sixty athletes ran in the U13 girls section. Ellie Candlish was first home for the team over the 2.4km course securing 32nd place with a time of 12.37mins. Her teammate Ruby Candlish was not far behind in 13.42mins with Amy Jenkinson completing the teams score by finishing in 14.27 mins. The team sit 11th in a 17 team league after the first fixture but can hopefully improve their position over the next couple of fixtures. The U13 boys also sit in 11th spot after this fixture in a 21 team league with their race seeing nearly eighty participants. Steady runs from David Cuthbert who finished 36th in 11.41mins and Mark Harley finishing 12 places further back in 12.12mins got the team off to a good start. Logan Rand was just behind Mark in 12.15mins to complete a solid start from the Dunfermline trio.
In the U15/17 section only Daisy Cumming ran for DTFC finishing the 3.3km course in 14.01mins, whilst in the boys section James Cuthbert in 14.01mins and Dominic Drylie in 15.13mins were the teams only finishers. The U17 men saw only Malcolm McLure run for Dunfermline on the 6km course and he ran a steady 23.46mins to secure a top twenty spot. The lack of athletes again cost both the U15 and U17 teams in their overall league position though with too many penalty points.
A solid start from DTFC as we move on to Broxburn next month for the next fixture in the season.
Livingston Cross Country Series 1
5th October 2019
Dechmont Law , Livingston
The first Livingston Open Cross Country event of the season took place over last weekend and there was a large representation from DTFC particularly from the younger age groups which was excellent to see..
Malcolm McLure took pride of place for the club gaining a silver medal in the U17 men’s race over the 3.7km course. His time of 14.21mins secured 2nd spot in a high quality field.
In the U9 section the girls ran over a 1.3km course and Poppy Warner finished in 6.50mins with Lottie Thomas just behind her in 7.02mins both securing a very impressive 4th and 5th respectively in their category . For the boys Jaden MacKay ran an excellent 7.26mins to net 5th spot in his race. There were three DTFC representatives in U11 girls section again over a 1.3km distance. Rachel Barnet was first home from the trio in 7th spot with a time of 5.58mins. Freya Kiernan and Holly Spalding were just behind her running an excellent 6.50mins and 7.25mins respectively. Bradley Moffat was the only DTFC entrant for the U11 boys but he ran well to net 10th spot in 6.10mins.
Over the 1.7km course for the U13 girls Ellie Candlish was the pick of the team finishing in 8th place with a time of 6.57mins.Ruby Candlish finished just behind her in 14th spot and 7.02mins whilst Sophie Thomas ran an excellent 8.02mins to finish amongst the pack. Logan Rand was the only DTFC entrant for the boys and he finished 10th in 7.01mins.
The U15 section were running a 2.4km track and for the girls Megan Kyle was 5th in 10.33mins and Megan Turnbull 8th in 11.42mins. Alexander Wilson was the boys only entrant and he ran a solid 10.14mins.
A great start to the outdoor season for the club with a terrific show by the DTFC athletes.
National Outdoor Relay Championships
15th September 2019
The National Relay Championships were held at Piteavie today and DTFC put in a number of teams. Amongst stiff competition, which is to be expected at national level, the teams found the going tough but as usual all did themselves proud with their efforts.
The U13 girls saw 2 teams entered but it was the A team who won their heat to make the final. Despite being only 5th fastest out of the 6 qualifiers the team turned it round to finish 3rd in the final and take 2 seconds off the club record in 54.69secs.The U13 boys ran a solid race but in the high standard of competition failed the make the final.
The U15 girls just missed out on the final by 0.13secs despite an excellent run and the U17 boys were unfortunate to make an error at the changeover which resulted in disqualification.
In the timed 3x800m finals the U13 boys ran a solid race to finish mid- field in 8.07mins and a very young U17 boys team ran a creditable 6.59mins. It was a young U15 girls team as well posting 8.24mins in their race.
Well done all for excellent performances against some very good opposition.
Pitreavie Young Athlete
Pitreavie Athletics Stadium
1st September 2019
A number of DTF athletes were competing in the Pitreavie Young Athlete Championship at the weekend on their local track. They all produced excellent performances with a few adding medals to their collections.
In the hurdles Amy Jenkinson continued her good form reaching the U13 girls final but was 5th in a strong field despite running an excellent 14.47secs. There were solid runs in the U11 section of the 100m from MacKenzie King and Freya Kiernan but both just failed to make the final. In the 200m Oliver Morrison reached the U13 final but just missed out on a medal finishing in 4th spot despite an excellent time of 28.75secs. Oliver’s disappointment was short lived though as he took gold in the shot putt throwing 8.01m and a silver in the high jump by clearing 1.40m.
In the 100m for the girls Amy Jenkinson and Kasey Cook ran solid races but just failed to make the final and in their respective field events although Amy set a PB for her high jump and Kasey a PB for her shot putt.
The field events continued to see the DTF athletes come up with the goods. In the U11 girls long jump Freya Kiernan finished 5th with an excellent 3.09m with Lucy Gibb 9th with a jump of 2.74m. MacKenzie King made up for earlier disappointments by taking gold in the U11 shot putt by throwing 6.26m and there was also gold for Alannah Ewan in the U15 girls javelin with an excellent throw of 22.04m and a bronze in the shot putt with a throw of 7.51m. Erin Giraldes and Eilidh Gallagher made solid throws in both the shot and javelin but fell short of the medals. Erin also just missed out on a medal in the U15 girls long jump finishing 4th after a leap of 3.47m.
A good show from the DTF boys and girls in difficult windy conditions so great credit to them for their achievements and PBs.
Scottish Athletics National Outdoor Championships
10th/11th August 2019
The National Outdoor Championships at Grangemouth this weekend saw a number of DTFC athletes competing. The fields were very high quality as to be expected in a National Championship. The U15s on Saturday saw success for Rory Voss with a silver in the long jump and a bronze in the 100m. There was also a bronze for Maia Helm in the high jump after she cleared 1.54m whilst Darcie Black produced a brilliant PB of 5.17m in the long jump but finished 4th. There was also a PB for Adom Akuoko in the shot putt where he threw 9.12m to finish 7th overall.
The DTFC U13 athletes were competing on the Sunday when conditions were very difficult with rain and strong winds for much of the day. Callum Newton bagged a gold in the hurdles in a time of 13.51secs and a bronze in a long jump of 4.37m. There was also a bronze medal for Brook Ferguson in the hurdles and Shayna Asamoah in the 100m. Shayna also made the final of the 200m but just missed out on the medals despite an excellent time of 28.38secs.
Ellie Candlish finished the girls high jump in 4th spot after clearing 1.42m and was very unfortunate not to make the podium only missing out via the countback. On a day of difficult conditions there were PBs for Amy Jenkinson in the 100m and high jump and mentions to Sophie Thomas who made the 100m semi finals, Kirstin Penman in the 70m hurdles and David Cuthbert in the 800m who put in solid performances but failed to make their respective finals.
The DTFC athletes deserve enormous credit for their peformances against some of the best athletes in Scotland and Northern England in very high quality fields.
Livingston Open Combined Events Championship
28th July 2019
A healthy representation from DTFC made their way to Livingston for the annual Livingston Open Combined Events Championships and were well in the mix in many of the categories and leaving with a couple of medals despite very tiring conditions on a wet and miserable day.
In the U11 girls Quadrathlon where the events were 80m sprint, shotput, long jump and 600m Rachel Barnett finished a very impressive 6th in a field of 22. She produced 3 PBs and equalled her PB in the 80m the highlight being putting 40cm on her shot putt PB.
In the boys U13 category Callum Newton stormed to victory winning comfortably by 90 points. Callum produced a PB is his shot putt and 800m where his time of 2.35mins took 5 seconds off his previous PB. Brook Ferguson took 7th spot with his highlight a new PB in the shot putt of 6.80m.
The U13 girls also had two Dunfermline representatives. Kirstin Penman finished a solid 7th and although she didn’t manage any PBs she was 2nd overall in the hurdles and 3rd in the long jump. Amy Jenkinson was competing in only her second ever pentathlon and although she also didn’t make any PBs she gained from the experience and will be ready to go again hopefully during better conditions.
There was also a medal in the U15 girls with Darcie Black securing a silver. She had led for much of the event despite not logging any PBs but was just caught after the 800m.She had won the long jump and 75m hurdles and second in the shot putt. It was a terrific achievement from Darcie to net second spot overall in a very competitive field .
Well done all who competed.
National Combined Events Championships
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 2019
The National Combined Events Championships were held at Grangemouth over the weekend.
The only DTFC participant on Saturday was Oliver Morrison in the U13B section who finished 6th out of 14. His highlights were an excellent 2.35mins in the 800m and a shot putt throw of 7.95m.
On Sunday it was the turn of the girls to shine. In the U15 section Darcie Black started her campaign with a stunning PB of 4.97m in the long jump. She kept a top 3 spot for much of the day however her weakest event being the 800m would return to haunt her and her time in that resulted in her still finishing a very creditable 7th out of 16.
There were 3 DTFC girls in the U13 section out of a large field of 34 athletes. Kirstin Penman was the highest finisher for DTFC with 15th spot and 1811pts. Her highlight was a high jump PB of 1.30m. Ellie Candlish finished just behind Kirstin in 18th spot and her highlights were PBs in the high jump of 1.46m and the shot putt of 6.12m and her overall total of 1786pts. Amy Jenkinson was tasting the combined events experience for the first time. She produced excellent performances throughout the day finishing with 1286pts and PBs in shot putt, where she put almost 1m on her previous best, and hurdles.
Well done all girls in what was an intense day of competition amongst very strong fields
U12 Outdoor Superteams
15th June 2019
Scotstoun Stadium Glasgow
The annual outdoor U12 Superteams was held this year at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow and attracted 2 teams from the boys and girls of DTFC whilst for many of the athletes it was a first chance to compete for the club in an official competition . The day consisted of all athletes doing a 100m sprint. Long jump , a turbo javelin and a 4x100m relay. The event was well attended with teams from as far afield as Peterhead and Annan. There were 51 boys teams and 67 girls teams with 200 boys taking part and 270 girls.
The Dunfermline boys A team started well with Jack Reid leading the way in the 75m posting a time of 11.26secs and finishing overall 5th and as a result 96 points for his team. He was supported by Matt McGill with his time of 11.85secs. Jack was in excellent form throughout the day and a 3.38m long jump and a throw of 15.1m in the javelin where he finished 14th gave the team an excellent return of 242 points. Alfie Sim took 62nd spot in the javelin and with Joe McInnes stepping in the relay team finishing 20th in 1.03mins this secured 18th spot for the team with an overall points total of 355.
The Dunfermline boys B team also got off to a fast start with Caleb Munro and Oscar Simmons posting sub 13 second runs in the 75m . Caleb produced an excellent long jump of 3.46m to finish 38th and Oscar was back in form with the javelin where he threw 14.5m finishing 21st . Angus Marshall was experiencing competition for the first time and he produced a solid performance to gain vital experience for the months ahead. The relay team finished a creditable 24th in a time of 1.04mins.
There were also 2 Dunfermline girls teams involved in the action. Firstly the A team saw an excellent return in the 75m . Sarah Kane finished 24th in 11.59secs , Sophie Thomas 27th in 11.69secs and Amy Jenkinson 61st in 12.03secs. These impressive performances gained 192 points from the 75m alone and with all four girls producing long jumps over 3.40m this event gleaned 217 points for the team. The solid start slowed with the javelin as only Sarah scored any points throwing 10.01m and netting 53 points. Their strong relay team produced an excellent time of 59.95secs to finish 7th and their overall points total of 462.5 saw them gain a very respectable 11th spot.
The younger Dunfermline girls B team enjoyed a solid day with Milly MacKenzie’s highlight an excellent 12.29secs in the 75m. Rachel Barnett and Katie Curran leaped 3.13m and 3.09m in the long jump and with Ruby Candlish strong the relay team finished 48th in 1.08mins and an overall 46th at the end of the day.
It was a most enjoyable day for all involved with enormous credit to all the athletes, coaches and parent helpers who helped make it.
East District Championships
11th & 12th May 2019
The East District Championships at Grangemouth recently resulted in an excellent medal haul for the DTFC athletes. Not only medals but new Championship and Club records were set along with numerous personal bests for many of the other DTFC athletes.
A new Championship and Club record was set by Callum Newton whilst gaining gold in the U13B 75m hurdles in a very impressive time of 12.66secs. Callum also came very close to setting a new club record in the long jump when netting a silver medal in jumping 4.84m but the record failed to stand due to the wind being too strong. Rory Voss was also setting club records in the U15B section and adding medals to his collection with golds in the 100m and 200m whilst posting a new club record in the 200m of 24.11secs. His time of 11.74secs in the 100m was only 0.04secs outside the club record for that distance. He added a silver medal to his collection in the long jump creating a new club record of 5.98m beating the previous record which had stood since 2009.
In the U13G section the 100m and 200m saw Shayna Asamoah earn two silver medals also in the process creating a new 100m Club Record in 13.36secs. Her impressive time of 27.66secs in the 200m would have also been a club record but for the wind speed deeming it invalid for record purposes. Shayna also added a silver to her haul in the shot putt with a throw of 6.05m and Ellie Candlish earned a bronze with a 5.96m throw.
Kirstin Penman earned gold in the U13G 70m hurdles with an excellent time of 12.48secs and further gold medals for DTFC were gained in the U13B and U15G high jumps with Oliver Morrison clearing 1.41m and Maia Helm who cleared 1.49m. Oliver also netted bronze in the 200m in a time of 28.78secs.
The team gained further silver medals with James Cuthbert in the 80m hurdles and Mya Mcmahon in the shot putt throwing an excellent 8.50m. There were bronze medals added in the U13B 75m hurdles and shot putt for Brooke Ferguson and in the U15B section Adom Akuoko also in the shot putt with a PB of 8.59m.
Overall a total medal haul of 18 for the club whilst there were a number of other DTFC athletes very close to a podium finish but were consoled with a number of PBs. These included an excellent three PBs for Amy Jenkinson in the U13G section for the 100m, 200m and high jump. Also on the PB trail was Sophie Thomas in the U13G 100m, Darcie Black in the U15G long jump and 75m hurdles and Cameron King in the U15B 200m.
It was quite simply an excellent performance by the DTFC athletes as a whole and as always they can all be very proud of their achievements.
Dunfermline Track & Field Club Championship Events Day
6th April 2019, Grangemouth Sports Stadium
The inaugural Dunfermline Track and Field Club Championship Events Day took place at the Grangemouth Sports Stadium on a damp and cold April afternoon with the stage being shared by Pitreavie Athletic Club.
There were healthy entry lists from both clubs and the scoring was based on points awarded relating to times and distances. Each athlete had to do one running event, one throwing event, one jumping event and one other making four in total. The accumulated points from each event would decide the winners in each age group.
The U11 boys saw Charlie Potter dominate much of the event. He scored heavily especially in the two running events with 14.8secs in his 100m but was strong in all his four disciplines. He finished the winner with a total of 609pts followed by silver medalist Noah Carson who totalled 516pts and in bronze medal position Bradley Moffat with 492pts.
In the U11G section Rachel Barnett took the spoils with a very impressive total of 468pts helped by an excellent 600m run. Katie Curran secured a silver medal as she completed 4 events and there were bronze medals for Milly MacKenzie and Eva Gasowska who only competed 3 events.
The U13 girls was a closer affair with Kirstin Penman just edging out Shayna Asamoah for the gold medal position by only 12 points. A strong 70m hurdles run from Kirstin in a time of 13.3secs gave her an early lead which she held on to despite Shayna edging Kirstin in the 200m and Shot putt. Both girls produced identical long jumps of 3.79m. Ellie Candlish secured the bronze medal after solid high jump and 800m performances.
The U13 boys section was won by Callum Newton who won comfortably as Oliver Morrison who was in second spot only completed 3 events as did Mark Harley in third spot. Callum produced excellent performances with a high points return in the hurdles where he clocked 12.9secs and a long jump of 4.28m.
In the U15 girls Darcie Black took the spoils which a 200 point win over Maia Helm in second place and Rachel Robertson clinched a bronze medal in third spot. Darcie produced fine performances across all four of her events but a 75m hurdles run of 12.8secs and high jump of 1.50m were particularly fruitful for her. Maia produced an excellent high jump and Rachel was very strong in her 200m but Darcie had a lead she comfortably retained throughout the event.
The U15 boys event was dominated by the very impressive Rory Voss who took the gold medal by almost 500 points from Adom Akouko in second spot. Rory produced an outstanding long jump of 5.44m as well as 12.0secs in his 100m both of which resulted in a very high overall points total.
The U17 categories were rather scarce in competitors but Morgan Robertson secured the ladies section and Kieron McDonald the men’s. Morgan produced an impressive shot putt of 7.76m and a javelin throw over 20m which contributed well to her points total. Kieron was very strong in both his 100m and 200m sprints with times of 12.7 secs and 25.8 secs and again these were instrumental in his final points total.
An excellent day was had by all despite the awful weather and credit must go to all the athletes who produced such good performances on the day.
SAL Young athletes Road Race Championships
17th March 2019, Ingliston , Edinburgh
A selection of the DTF Middle Distance Group could be found at the Scottish Young Athletes Road Races at Ingilston in Edinburgh recently despite some of them spending a long day at the Emirates the day before
There were some excellent performances notably Ellie Candlish in the U13 girls 3km with 11.33mins and David Cuthbert for the U13 boys in 10.57 mins. There were also excellent performances in the U13 boys from Mark Harley in clocking 11.12mins and Alexander Wilson running his first competitive middle distance race who crossed the line in 12.14mins.
In the 5km U17 races Malcolm McLure led the way with 17.26mins and for the girls Daisy Cumming clocked 18.21mins and Katy Lancaster 18.43mins. The U17 girls were very unlucky not to pick up a bronze medal in the team prize.
Overall a very solid performance from all DTFC athletes.
National Indoor Relays Finals
1st March 2019, Emirates Arena Glasgow
The reward for the DTF U13 girls excellent performances at the National Relay Championships qualifying was a place in the National final at the Emirates Stadium on the first night of the European Championships.
The quartet of Shayna Asamoah, Sarah Kane, Sophie Thomas and Aaliyah Adebisi stormed to a silver medal in the final finishing in second place just over a second behind the Giffnock North A team in an unconfirmed club record time of 1.57mins.
It was an outstanding performance from the girls especially since two of the team are first year U13s.
The video can be viewed on the DTF youtube channel
Scottish Indoor Combined Events Championship
16th & 17th February 2019,
Emirates Area Glasgow
The Scottish Indoor Combined Events Championship at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow attracted a number of DTFC athletes to make the journey west. All had to do a high jump, long jump,shot putt ,60m hurdles and an 800m in one day. A tough ask but all rose superbly to the challenge.
On day one it was the turn of the U13 boys and girls and it was a very fruitful day for Callum Newton. A stunning start in the 60m hurdles where he clocked a time of 10.1 seconds and gained 522 points, almost 200 points more than his nearest rivals and it was a gap that was never breached. During remainder of the day Callum added PBs in the shot putt with a throw of 5.78m, high jump by clearing 1.26m and clocking 2.40mins in the 800m to secure the gold medal with a total of 1455 points to win by just over 50 points.
Also in action for the Dunfermline U13 boys were Oliver Morrison and Brooke Ferguson who also performed superbly over the day securing 6th and 9th places overall in a high quality field of 18. Oliver added three PBs, the highlight being an excellent 1.38m in his high jump, and Brooke one PB during their day in his 800m. Both boys secured PBs for their final points totals.
The only U13 girls representative for Dunfermline was Kirstin Penman. She produced three PBs out of the 5 events in long jump with an excellent jump of 4.11m ,60m hurdles and 800m. Her overall total of 1895 points was also a PB and secured a very respectable 14th place in a very high quality field of 37 athletes.
On day two it was the turn of the U15 girls to shine. There were four entrants from Dunfermline and Mya McMahon, Maia Helm, Darcie Black and Alannah Ewan certainty produced some excellent performances.
All these girls were competing at U15 level in the combined events championship for the first time so their performances were excellent. Darcie Black produced three PBs in the high jump, long jump with a brilliant jump of 4.61m and shot putt securing a 14th place finish overall in a field of 32. Maia Helm produced PBs in the high jump with a stunning clearance of 1.55m and shot putt whilst finishing in 12th spot.
Mya McMahon was just short of her PBs but amassed an excellent 2842 points overall to just fall short of a podium place in 4th. Alannah Ewan was solid throughout and finished just below her team mates in the middle of the field.
An excellent by all Dunfermline athletes on show and hopefully all can push onwards and upwards from this excellent start to the year.
National Relay Championships Qualifying
16 February 2019
Emirates Arena , Glasgow
The National Relay championships qualifying took place over the weekend at the Emirates arena with any teams making the final sharing the stage with the European Championships athletes on the 1st of March back at the Emirates.
The U13 girls A team were the only DTFC team to make the finals but there were close calls for the other teams all of whom put on an excellent performances. The U13s comfortably made it through the 1st round being 2nd fastest overall in a sub 2 minute performance. Their semi –final proved to be much of the same with a storming last leg by Shayna Asamoah to see the girls safely in the final with another sub 2 minute run. They can now look forward to sharing the stage with the great and the good of European Athletics on the 1st March. The much younger and less experienced U13 girls B team put up a terrific performance hopefully taking away valuable experience for when they return next year.
The U15 girls won their 1st round heat with a strong consistent run throughout their team. The semi- final proved a step too far despite a sub 2 minute run from the team but again a terrific run from the girls.
With only 3 heats and only the winning team in each heat making the final and 3 fastest losers it was always going to be tough for a young DTFC boys U13 team. The boys however acquitted themselves very well and finished amongst the pack when all the final times were published.
A very good showing for the club from the athletes all of whom can be very proud of their achievements on a very competitive day amongst the best club relay teams in Scotland.
U12 Indoor Superteams
10th February 2019,
Emirates Arena, Glasgow
The annual indoor U12 Superteams championships took place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow recently and there were four DTFC teams entered for the event. This is a massive event with over 500 athletes participating and making up 45 boys teams and 64 girls teams
The Dunfermline girls A team performed strongest with an 8th place overall out of 64 teams. This was helped greatly by a very strong track performance from the girls with Sophie Thomas claiming 5th overall in the 60m and the supporting girls from the team in 13th and 19th places. Their 4x200m relay time was exceptional with a 4th spot and 97 points towards their total. Unfortunately their field showing was not as strong and although Kasey Cook , Sarah Kane and Sophie Thomas produced solid long jumps but a disappointing shot putt showing meant they fell just short of a podium place.
The girls B team were solid throughout the competition for such a young team and will take away lots of experience from their day with Eva Gasowska the highest points scorer for the team.
Both Dunfermline boys teams finished comfortably in mid table. For the B team Charlie Potter scored heavily in all three disciplines and for both teams the relays were very fruitful. The boys A team and B teams claiming 17th and 18th spots respectively but the A team just edging out their club-mates but less than half a second.
The individual top boys and girls scorers were Charlie Potter with 235.5pts and Sarah Kane with 247.5pts. Well done to all competing DTFC athletes for putting in such a terrific show.
Scottish Athletics Indoor Championships
2nd & 3rd February 2019
Emirates Arena, Glasgow
The Scottish Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow over the weekend saw a number of DTFC athletes make the journey hoping to make an impact and they didn’t disappoint.
On Saturday the under 13s and under 20s were in action and there were numerous personal best times and distances for almost all the athletes. On the podium there was a gold medal for Callum Newton in the U13 boys 60m hurdles with a time of 10.27 secs, Brooke Ferguson took a bronze in the same race in 10.93 secs. In the women’s U20 1500m Daisy Cumming also took a bronze in a time of 4.44mins. In the field Ellen Ranklin netted a bronze medal in the U20 women’s shot putt with a throw of 9.72m.
Amongst the U13s there were close calls for Shayna Asamoah in the 60m and 200m and for Kirstin Penman in the 60m hurdles both missing their finals by a fraction of a second. Sophie Thomas was also close in the 60m but just failed to make the final.
In the 200m Jack Reid ran well but just failed to make the final whereas in the 800m boys event David Cuthbert was excellent in achieving 6th spot overall a time of 2.32mins. The U20 women’s 1500m saw Lucy Johnson and Minnie Brocklesby record PBs with Lucy also breaking the club record for U17 women. In the field Ellie Candlish produced an excellent performance in the high jump clearing 1.38m but lost out on a bronze on the countback whilst in the long jump Amy Jenkinson and Kasey Cook both posted new PBs.
On Sunday it was the turn of the U15s and again they produced podium finishes and numerous PBs.
On the podium was Rory Voss with gold for the long jump in 5.99m and a bronze in the 60m with a time of 7.54secs. Mya McMahon joined him on the podium with a bronze for the high jump by clearing 1.48m. Also in the high jump Maia Helm and Darcie Black finished joint 5th just missing out on joint 3rd by the countback . Also in the field Alannah Ewan and Adom Akouka netted PBs in the shot putt. The younger athletes also did well in the long jump with Amy Jenkinson and Kasey Cook both posting new PBs.
A strong showing by DTFC in the 60m hurdles where both Mya McMahon and Darcie Black made the final.
Overall the 2 days proved to be very fruitful for the DTFC athletes. Whist they were up against some very strong fields, as you would expect in a National Championship, they acquitted themselves very well and can be very proud of their performances.
Scottish Athletics U17 Indoor Championships
26 January 2019
Emirates Arena, Glasgow
Daisy Cumming broke both the club record and U17 record with 2.17.03 for the bronze medal in the 800m at the Scottish U17 Indoor Championships today at the Emirates.
This was a great reward for a very hard working Athlete .
Congratulations also to Morgan Robertson, Katie Lancaster, Jan Janik & Malcolm McLure who also competed well on the day and represented the club very well.
East District Cross Country League Match 3
19 January 2019
Dechmont Law, Livingston
The third and last of the East District League Cross Country matches took ace on Dechmont Law in Livingston and DTFC were strongly represented.
On a cold but dry day the U11s started the proceedings with a field of over 60 runners on the 1600m course.Eva Gasowska produced excellent run to finish 9th in a time of 6.47mins. She was assisted by team mates Ruby Candlish, Kasey Cook and Rachel Barnett who put in solid performances to leave the team in the top half of the table for the day.
The U13 girls all put in hard shift in a very competitive field and were led home by Ellie Candlish in 14.58mins over the 3200m course. She was backed up by Megan Turnbull and Corey Bain.
The U13 boys all showed well with Callum Newton's run of 12.54mins the pick of a solid show. David Cuthbert and Alexander Wilson were just behind him and Mark Harley finished well despite picking up an injury early in the race.
The U15 girls and U17 women produced the best performance of the day with Daisy Cumming finishing 2nd over the 4000m course in 15.24mins. The other DTFC athletes Katie Lancaster and Minnie Brocklesby produced good runs to ensure the team finished 4th on the day and 5th overall for the season.
The low numbers at a number of the events cost the club vital points over the season. Hopefully next season the club can attract more athletes along.
Scottish Athletics Indoor Open Championships
Emirates Arena Glasgow
12 January 2019
A number of DTFC athletes were busy over the weekend at the recent Scottish Athletics Indoor Open at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow and the Stirling Winter run.
At the Scottish Open there were over twenty PBs from the twelve athletes with some outstanding performances from them. In the 60m Rory Voss ran an amazing 7.8secs and he coupled that with a blistering 24.69secs in the 200m. Darcie Black was also very impressive in the 200m with 27.79secs and there were also PBs for Oliver Morrison , Kirstin Penman and Amy Jenkinson. In the 800m David Cuthbert took 2 secs off his PB and Maia Helm also netted a PB.
In the field at the high jump Maia Helm put 7cm on her PB by clearing 1.52m and Rory Voss put 30cm on his long jump PB by jumping 5.59m.
A busy but very fruitful weekend for all athletes.
Inter District Cross Country Championships & Stirling Winter run
12 January 2019
Over at the East District Team Inter-district x country champs Daisy Cumming competed for the East District Team. She did extremely well coming in 14th place helping the U17 womens team to the gold medal.
The Stirling Winter run over 7km saw two DTFC athletes competing. Minnie Brocklesby continued her fine form clocking 35.46mins and finishing 92nd overall whilst 2nd in the female U19 category. Katie Lancaster finished just behind Minnie in 35.47mins and 3rd in the same category.