TWELVE young swimmers from Forfar Amateur Swimming Club took part in the Dundee City Aquatics (DCA) Stars of the Future gala at the Olympia recently.
Stars of the Future is a meet designed with younger swimmers in mind, and only open to 10, 11 and 12 year olds.
Those swimmers who are 10 and 11 on the day swim 50 metres in all four strokes and a 100m individual medley (IM).
Swimmers who are 12 years old swim 100m in all strokes.
The club achieved one gold medal and a relay bronze against some strong teams, including Aberdeen Dolphins.
Rohan Brown was the gold medal winner in his 50m backstroke swim after a tricky start in the final.
He was also fifth in his freestyle swim.
The 4 x 50m freestyle relay team was made up of Becky Laird, Molly Sinclair, Kirsty Richardson, Rohan Brown, Mac Whyte and Jack Green.
Kirsty Richardson, Mac Whyte and Calum Kelman reached two finals, and Jack Green, at the lower end of his age group, also reached the final of the 100m butterfly.
There were also some superb personal best swims from the other youngsters competing – Becky Wilmshurst, Chloe Reilly, Niamh and Matthew McSheffrey, and Cameron Murray.
All the swimmers should keep their personal record cards up to date (these can be downloaded from the website).
Thanks must go to Wilma Richardson and Karen Kelman for helping on pool-side, and the other technical officials on the day.
Anyone interested in swimming or helping with the club should contact president Ian Cochrane on 01307 461318 or look at the website for further information www.forfarfalcons.com
IN-FORM Craig Stewart was first home in the Forfar Road Runners’ second six mile time trial of the season last Wednesday, finishing in an impressive 35 minutes and 8 seconds.
In second place was Gavin Durston (41.12), followed by Neil Ironside (42.01), and Jack Davies, who set a new personal best for the course in a time of 43.19.
The other finishers were Ron Milne (43.32), Stuart Irving (45.30), Pam Horn (first female 45.30) and guest runner Bob Thornton (51.58).
Wet and windy conditions greeted runners for Friday evening’s six-mile Templeton Trail Race round the Templeton Woods in Dundee.
Dundee Hawkhill’s Billy Gibson managed to hold off clubmate Iain Anderson to win by seven seconds in a time of 35mins 8 secs, with Ian McNulty, also of Hawks, taking third in 36.02.
First home for Forfar Road Runners was Donna Pass, who had a strong run to finish third V40 in 45 minutes dead, followed by Beverly Smeaton in 53.11.
Other local runners included Ralph Brand (41.43), Roy Campbell (44.04), Karen Campbell (48.16) and Jaimi Bruce (55.26).
The weather stayed poor for runners at the Kintyre Way Ultra on Saturday, with strong winds and driving rain combining with the hilly course to make for a challenging event.
The 66-mile race from Tarbet to Campbeltown was won by Mark Caldwell in a new course record of 11 hrs 51 mins, more than an hour ahead of second placed Steven Bell (12 hrs 55 mins) while Gary Morrison took third in 14 hours 25 mins.
First home in the 36-mile Tayinloan to Campbeltown event was Cath McInally of Forfar RR, winning outright her first attempt at the ultra distance in a time of 7hrs 13mins (even though she had to double back after missing the first checkpoint).
Despite fading badly over the last nine miles, Ron Milne of Forfar RR managed to dig in to take second place, finishing in 7hr 26mins, six minutes clear of third placed army runner Seb Hinds.
Meanwhile, in the six stage relay race Campbeltown Running Club took first and second place in 9hrs and 10hrs 12 mins respectively, while their ladies team broke their own course record to finish in 11hr 9mins.
This weekend sees two more races in the club’s Off-Road League and Ultra Championship, with the 96-mile West Highland Way Race on Saturday and the Lairig Ghru Hill Race on Sunday.
The inclement weather has certainly had an effect on the angling up at Lintrathen Loch over the past weeks. Whilst many anglers have blanked on the colder days, those who have persevered with lures on these days and buzzers and small flies on the better days have had some good catches.
The fish seem to be well down during the early part of day then coming up to about a foot from the surface later on. Nymphs, buzzers and small gold headed flies have taken fish under the surface while Cormorants and various black lures have done well at deeper levels.
The East of Scotland Open Pairs were fished on Sunday with the winners being B. Robertson and A. Ramshaw with five fish for 7lbs 10ozs. Runners up were R. Mather and P. Moir with six fish for 7lbs.
Club results: Leslie & Glenrothes AC - 4 boats, 20 fish for 34lbs 13ozs, Pitcarmick AC - 4 boats, 32 for 61lbs, Bank of Scotland (East) - 5 boats, 24 for 39lbs 13ozs, Change Fly Fishers - 2 boats, 10 for 19lbs.
Individual boats: A. McAlister and A. Robertson - 10 fish for 18lbs 7ozs; G. Milne and G. McKenna - five for 7lbs; Paul Chambers and P. Hastie - 10 for 16lbs 14ozs; Moira and Stuart Ferrier - seven for 12lbs; Andy Forster - five for 8lbs; Campbell Wilson - five for 7lbs; Neil Duff - five for 7lbs 8ozs; A. Doig and Partner - nine for 15lbs; Peter Auchterlonie and partner - 10 for 16lbs 2ozs; D. Purvis and partner - six for 9lbs 8ozs.
FRIDAY, May 25 saw Forfar Academy lift two Angus Cups at Links Park, Montrose.
The S1-S3 girls and the S2 boys teams played against their respective opponents from Arbroath High School.
Arbroath came close to takeing an eaely lead when they hit the post about 15 minutes into the game.
The Forfar girls’ nerves were settled a few minutes later however, when Ellice Brannan scored from eight yards.
Forfar then started to dominate the game and Rachelle Milton in the Forfar goal was a mere spectator for long periods of time.
Just as half time was creeping up, Ellice scored a second with a great strike from outside the box to put Forfar well and truly in the driving
Forfar started the second half in the same fashion that they finished the first and were causing Arbroath all sorts of problems at the back.
Some great work in midfield from Rebekah Brown created scoring opportunities for the strikers.
Another great strike from Ellice completed her hat-trick and sealed the win for the Forfar Girls.
Forfar - Milton, Cameron, Balfour, Meek, Simpson, Young, Brannan, Brown, Buchanan, Valentine and Gordon; subs - Milton, Guest, Watson, Stewart and Torrie.
The S2 boys’ game was up next and the girls had set them a hard-task to follow.
The early stages saw a sturdy defence restrict Arbroath High to a few long range effort, but nothing that troubled Aaron Smith between the sticks.
Forfar started to get a foothold on the game and created two wonderful opportunities. First Gary Speed hit a fierce strike that took a late dip and swerve past the post.
Then Aaron Mitchell was extremely unlucky to see his looping effort come back off the bar.
As the game reached its final moments Forfar were unlucky not to grab a winner, generating a number of late chances.
Extra time saw two tiring sides cancel each other out, the highlight being a remarkable goal-line save from Aaron Smith.
And then the final whistle, and penalties followed.
With two excellent saves from Aaron and a couple missing the target, Fraser Edward was given the chance to seal victory for the Loons.
In spectacular fashion he fired home to clinch the silverware.