SUCA Outdoors Success
Glasgow University Athletics Club made it five years unbeaten at the SUCA Outdoors in Grangemouth, comfortably seeing off competition from Stirling and Strathclyde.
With the changeable weather conditions making it difficult for athletes and spectators alike, those in attendance were able to witness some excellent GUAC performances. By the end of the day the club walked away with six golds, four silvers and two bronzes, along with the overall trophy for best club and a huge number of pbs.
After a delayed start, Glasgow hit the board running with successes in the hammer throw. Katie Ord took a comfortable silver with a throw of 45.45m whilst club treasurer Ivan Armstrong’s appearance was enough to merit 2nd place.
Moving onto the track, no less than six Glasgow athletes lined up in the 100m heats. Standout performances came from Euan Stewart who made it to the final running a pb of 11.19 and Ellie Wilson who only missed out on a pb thanks to a tailwind outside of the legal limit.
In the men’s 200m, Euan again made the final whilst in the women’s race, Paula Houston, Julie Dobin and Edi Akpan came fourth, fifth and sixth respectively with Paula and Edi also recording pbs. Julie meanwhile took silver in the 800m.
An event of strength in recent years has been the 400m and this year was no different. Krishawn Aitken took another silver for the club whereas Niamh Grahame and Lindsey Young made it a Glasgow one-two in the women’s race. In the 4×400 relays, a fine performance saw GUAC men’s quartet defend their crown.
Katie Ord upgraded her earlier silver to gold in the shot put and the women’s javelin saw a fine debut from Gabija Varnelyte with more certainly to come from her. Concluding the thrown events, newly elected women’s captain Ana Bacallado claimed bronze in the shot. Meanwhile, GUAC best dressed 2016-17 winner Hamish Leeson stormed to 110m hurdles gold, one of the more memorable results of the afternoon.
There was also success for those willing to run multiple laps of the track (forced or otherwise) to help push the club towards team gold. Hares and Hounds defector Heather Addison won a fine 3000m gold with Athlete Izzy Rayner securing bronze in the same race.
The athlete support award of the day went to those by the water jump for Eric Gillespie’s maiden voyage into the 3000m steeplechase; their rendition of Star-Spangled Banner providing great motivation for the American. Special mention too to Alicia Paton for a pb in the same event.
Alongside their 4×400 counterparts, the 4×100 relay team were successful in holding off a spirited attempt from Stirling to claim another gold for the club. Although unable to medal, it was pleasing to see so many competing in the long jump with increased training in this area hopefully leading to success in the future.
This was the last major university club competition of the season as exam clashes with the BUCS Championships making it difficult for many to compete. However, the season is certainly not over with athletes now moving back to their home clubs following the end of the university year to continue training.