The track and field scene is definitely quieter whilst the main event goes on in London but there are still some meetings taking place around the country.
Last night saw the second "Friday Night Miler Meet" take place at Glasgow's Scotstoun stadium. These meetings now in their second year are run under the banner of the hugely successful British Milers Club and provide seeded races with pacemakers to help athletes on to new personal bests.
Corstorphine had a decent collection of athletes out last night and i'm pleased to report that every one of them performed well recording seasons or personal bests and it's not often i can say that!
First up in the men's 1500m C race Calum "Meekness" McKenzie blew out the cobwebs with a pb clocking 4.05.33. Edging closer to the 4 minute barrier, i'm sure he can get there this season on fresher legs.
Kris Berry continued his return to form in the men's A race where he was competitive throughout just fading slightly in the run in but recording 3.49.27 his best time since 2007. Kris' effort and application in returning from several years in the athletics wilderness should be applauded. Even last summer watching him plod round some of the track sessions he might have been forgiven for thinking he might never get back to his previous best. I'm sure now he can only get stronger and will be looking to produce some big performances for the club and himself over the winter and into next year.
Next up was Pilky in the men's B race who has had a fairly subdued couple of years but has started to look pretty decent in training of late as he has focussed and knuckled down. A sensibly paced run in the early stages and a wonderful strong finish to streak away from the field produced an excellent time of 3.53.65 his best in three years. With a few more races available this season i believe he can go quicker yet and really worry Bezza. Of course Kris claims it was all down to him towing the "long fellow " round numerous sessions this summer.
Finally, after the undercard, the scene was set for the real men to step up in the 5000m. Dougie Selman in his new guise as a distance man took the race on with vigour once the pacemaker dropped out and produced CAAC's second victory of the night in a new pb of 14.45.64. Further down the field i was fairly chuffed to trundle round my first 5000m for five years in 15.41.83, claiming a pound for my efforts from Ewan for beating his pb! I'm claiming it as another "post op" pb. Not far behind was BC fresh from his recent maiden sub 16 performance recording yet another pb going comfortably under 16 mins this time with 15.55.78.
A successful night at a really well organised and enjoyable meeting. If you have any aspirations on the track over the middle distances, regardless of your standard, do try to get along to these events next year as you won't be disappointed.