Fife Athletic Club veteran athlete, John Thomson, has just returned from a successful three week trip to Australia where he has been flying the flag for the sport in Scotland on the prestigous Victorian Athletic League circuit.
Coaltown of Balgonie man John contested races at the ‘Gift’ meetings at Maribyrnong, Burramine, Bendigo and Eurora.
At the Maribyrnong meeting he made good use of his 250m handicap to see off 27 rivals to win the 1600m handicap in a time of four minutes 20.215 seconds.
Next stop was the higher profile two day Bendigo meeting, and this time he contested the Frontmarkers 1600m Handicap, and once again produced an excellent run to come through from the 70m mark to claim victory in four minutes 37.132 seconds.
At Burramine, he lined up with 15 others for the Leo Burke Memorial Mile, and despite another good run he had to settle for fourth place - beaten only by one 1000th of a second for third - in four minutes 16.243 seconds.
Twenty-four hours later however, on his final appearance ‘Down Under’ he got back to winning ways in the 1600m Handicap at the Euroa meeting.
Running from a reduced handicap of 205m for his previous successes he maintained his form and timed his run to perfection and claimed his third ‘Sash’ of his visit, crossing the finish line in four minutes 19. 515 seconds.
John’s only regret is that he had to return home before the climax of the Aussie season, the World-famous Stawell Gift meeting which takes place over Easter.
John is a well-known and respected figure at athletics events and particularly on the highland games circuit, where he regularly features among the prizewinners.
Earlier this year, he won the Scottish Athletics Masters M55 1500 metres Indoor Championship,