Thomson takes Masters Athlete of the Year title

John Thomson receiving Masters Athlete of the Year award

John Thomson receiving Masters Athlete of the Year award

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Glenrothes veteran athlete John Thomson was in celebratory mood on Saturday evening after winning a top award.

The runner was announced as Scottish Athletics ‘Masters Athlete of the Year’ at the association’s annual awards dinner at Hampden Park.

Thomson, who represents Fife AC, has had an exceptional year competing in the M55 Masters category.

He kicked off with gold in both the 800 metres and 1500 metres events at the Scottish Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

He replicated that at the British Indoors at Lee Valley before picking up a silver at the World Indoors in Budapest.

Outdoors, he added to his medal haul with 1500 metres gold in the Scottish Championships at Pitreavie.

It was then on to the European Veterans Championship in Izmir in Turkey, where he picked up a silver medal in the 1500 metres and just missed out on a medal with a fourth place finish in the 800 metres.

It was not only at the Masters Championships that the Fife AC member excelled, as Thomson continued to pick up prizes with regularity on the Highland Games circuit.

Another notable success came in the Markinch Miracle Mile, a race run to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first four-minute mile.

Last month in Wales he ended his season as he started it, on a winning note, with victory in the Cardiff Festival of Running Road Mile. Scotland’s Athlete of the Year was 400 metres hurdler Eilidh Child from Kinross.