Yesterday's final match of the season saw 16 athletes take to the track and field to score our second highest points total of the season. A brief analysis of the results shows a great number of positives and some very obvious areas for improvement for next season, which in itself is another big positive. Corstorphine AAC continues to progress towards the competitive end of the division. It wouldn't take much improvement to be promoted to Division 1 next season. Shettleston and Falkirk are promoted this year, with Lasswade and Arbroath relegated to Division 2.
Total points scores for the past 4 seasons are:
2015: 515 (+32%)
2016: 591 (+15%)
2017: 797 (+35%)
Match results have been close. At Crownpoint we finished 6 points behind Edinburgh AC, at Grangemouth last month we were 7 points ahead of Shettleston and yesterday we finished only 6 points behind Inverclyde. That's the difference between 4th and 1st in a single contest, or fielding a single B string athlete who meets the standard in their event.
As well as our progression, the biggest positive for me has been participation. Lewis' sprint group have been swung into action, with a lot of help and persuasion from Ryan, whose competitive and logistic efforts haven't gone unnoticed - thank you. This young squad formed roughly half our team this season and will become stronger and more skilled over the next year or two, something I look forward to seeing. George Key met the throwing standard in all of the events he has attended, taking the opportunity to learn from more experienced athletes at matches. Many of you have taken part in events you perhaps didn't expect to and we took part in 7 of the 8 relays on offer this season.
Obviously the end of one season means the beginning of another! I look forward to the same kind of progression then. It also means that athletes moving into the U17 age group become eligible to take part. There are a couple who have already stated an intention to come along and a few more who I plan to get in touch with through the winter. If you are aware of anyone who might be even vaguely interested in taking part, or learning more about track and field, whether a member of our club, another or none, please put them in touch.
Lastly, thank you to all those who gave their time to officiate this season: John Ross, Janet Grigor, Chris Peggie, Kirsty MacRuary and Annette Harrison.
Wishing you all a fine end to the summer season (particularly those taking part in the National Championships later this month), excellent cross country and indoor seasons.,