Confidence booster for Eilish

AFTER being disappointed by the wet and windy conditions at an Open meeting at Linwood, Carnoustie’s Eilish McColgan, Dundee Hawkhill, seized the opportunity to have one more outing over 1,500 metres at the British Milers’ Club Meeting at Solihull at the weekend in preparation for the forthcoming Olympic 3,000 metres steeplechase.

At Linwood she was placed third in the mixed 1,500 metres, timed at four minutes 16.10 seconds, behind Kilbarchan runners Conor McNulty, 4:04.02 and Kevin Cornes, 4:13.42.

She then lined up against a top-class field at Solihull keen to replicate her training form over the shorter distance prior to the heats of the steeplechase on Saturday, August 4.

The 21-year-old found herself running wide for most of the race as the field of 16 runners jostled for position with 2011 world 1,500 metre silver medallist Hannah England, 800 metre specialist Emma Jackson, and Jemma Simpson forcing the pace along the inside lanes

Simpson pulled away down the home straight to record a winning time of four minutes 10.07 seconds ahead of England’s 4:10.43, while McColgan in sixth finished with a late burst to celebrate a personal best of four minutes 13.19 seconds, which should boost her confidence ahead of the Olympics.


Kit donations received

MONIFIETH Ladies’ FC has recently received two generous donations and sponsorship from Angus All Trades and PSL Team Sports (Glasgow) towards the costs of new kit for each of the teams.

The season resumes at the end of July and new players of all ages are always welcome. Parents and other family members are also encouraged to participate in training if interested. Further details are available from the club website or by ‘phone on 08443309081.

Gowfers’ Gamble

THERE was no jackpot winner when the weekly Gowfers’ Gamble draw was made at Laing park on Monday evening.

The numbers drawn were 1, 4, 8, 9, 15 and 17. Consolation prizes of £25 each were won by D. Smith, Arbroath, and C. Findlay, Carnoustie.

Jackpot for the next draw on Monday, July 30, will be £2,500.