There were dreams of Gold Coast in the air in Shettleston on Friday, as Dundee Hawkhill runner, Kristian Jones, stormed to victory at the Scottish Championships.
Jones, from Swansea, blew away a strong field in the A race in a time of 29.16 and now prepares to try and capture the Commonwealth Games B standard of 28.50 ahead of the event in Australia next April.
“I’m absolutely chuffed with the time,” said Jones, “I just wanted to sit with the pacer for the first 5k and then see what I could do in the second.
“It’s sort of a mental battle doing 25 laps. I didn’t want to go out too hard, especially with the wind.”
He now has until February to hit the standard in a hope of securing a place at the Gold Coast, but will be looking to beat the standard in a few weeks, at Highgate’s Night of the 10,000m later this month – a highly competitive field where personal bests are ever-present.
Previous Male Performances at Scottish 10,000m Championships
Jones also won the cash prize of £200 for beating the bonus time of 30.30, a time that was also broke by Edinburgh’s Michael Christoforou and Fife’s young athlete, Logan Rees, proving the talent at hand in the race.
In the women’s race, Fife’s Annabel Simpson claimed victory in a new personal best of 35.33, just three seconds away from the bonus time. Silver and bronze went to Michelle Sandison of Springburn Harriers, closely followed by Simpson’s teammate, Halina Rees.
Previous Female Performances at Scottish 10,000m Championships
Overall, 71% of athletes achieved a personal best time in the event hosted by the Glasgow Athletics Association Miler Meet.