With 13 call offs before the Grangemouth Meeting on Sunday David Hand and I sat down with some trepidation to short out our final team sheet. “I think 6th maybe 5th at best is all we can expect”, said David and I agreed with his thinking. We had put together a team riddled with half fit but totally committed athletes and perhaps it is appropriate that our team Captain Ross Finlayson is training to be a doctor.
We started with the Pole vault with veteran John Grant and rookie Fergus Nimmo looking resplendent in the midday sunshine with his new red, white and blue kit. 20 points captured between them and we were off.
It reminded me of the young spitfire pilots in WWII with mission after mission. “Never have so many owed so much to so few”.
Leading team player Colin Menzies exemplified this who after a change of socks and a quick rub down with Vaseline Intensive Care threw himself in to the 110m hurdles just 10 minutes after competing in the 3000m steeple chase. This inspired the rest of the team as the other athletes time after time doubled up in the events and bit by bit the points rolled in.
Great displays from hay fever torn Ross Matheson and stomach cramped Niall Sheenan followed. Dan Mulhare was superb in his 1500m and 5000m races and surely will be the Athlete of the Meeting. Let us not forget we blooded 4 of our 15 and 16 year olds. Robert Ferguson – High Jump, Charlie Carstairs and David Hall – Sprints and as we mentioned Fergus Nimmo in Pole Vault. The future looks bright.
Our Dads Army section Eddie Kopystynski and Tony Weir with trapped nerves and multiple athletic supports battled in the throwing events defying old Mother Time. Ever faithful 2nd claim athletes from Livingston Danny Nicol and Alistair Dalgleish played their part picking us up much needed points.
It must have been England’s lacklustre display in the World Cup that motivated Englishman James Wyman to super effect in the Javelin. Calum Wilson pulled out a season’s best in the Triple Jump with damaged big toe and our Marine Commando debutant Graham Wyatte did well in the Steeple Chase. Finally Zander Lyon had to wait till the last event of the meeting, the 4 x 400m Relay to strut his stuff and support a depleted relay squad.
Well done Guys. We may not run the fastest or jump the furthest or highest but we pull together the hardest.
Andy Sobik Team Manager