John strikes golden double

John Thomson
John Thomson

COALTOWN of Balgonie veteran athlete John Thomson struck double gold at Sunday’s Scottish Athletics Masters Championships.

Running for the first time in the M55 classification Thomson raced to victory in both the 800 metres and 1500 metres events.

His time of two minutes 15.88 seconds in the 800 metres was a championship best performance.

In winning the 1500 metres in four minutes 31.91 seconds, John accounted for many athletes who were running in younger age categories. The Fife AC man has been a regular winner over the years at the Masters Championships and can now boast gold medals at M45, M50 and now M55 age groups.

Just 24 hours earlier Thomson was in action at the Selkirk Border Games where he finished runner-up in the 1600 metres Open Handicap behind fellow veteran Alasrair Laurie , Kelso.

Two Glenrothes athletes were in the prizes at the Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games, sprinter Billy Martin finished in third place of the finals of both the 90 metres and 200 metres handicaps with Dylan Lindsay runner up in the final of the Youth’s 90 metres handicap.

Markich middle distance runner Euan Paton made his debut at Cupar where he finished in third place in the 1600 metres Open Handicap and fifth in the 800 metres .