Murray sets personal best to finish second at Eton

Maddie Murray is in great form. Pic: Bobby Gavin/
Maddie Murray is in great form. Pic: Bobby Gavin/
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Scottish cross country champion Maddie Murray will bid to add the national track 1500 metres title when the Scottish Championships take place in Aberdeen next weekend after setting a new best of 2:03.66 for the 800 metres at the British Women’s League final at Eton on Saturday.

Murray’s gritty second place behind the host club’s Leah Barrow, who set a league record of 2:03.22, was one of several quality performances which helped champions Edinburgh AC comfortably escape relegation.

With Scottish champion Susan McKelvie winning the hammer with a heave of 60.36 metres, Hannah Evenden taking the B event (53.02m) and former world bobsleigh champion Gillian Cooke winning the B long jump (5.61m) as well as doing triple jump and pole vault, EAC grabbed third place on the day and fourth place overall.

“We showed that when we’re a team we’re as good as any of them,” said manager Anne Scott, who praised captain Sarah Warnock and previous captain McKelvie for the way they they supported and encouraged their athletes. “I’m proud of them – we’ve finished the season with a good solid performance and we’ll be back next season to bid for the title again.”

Beijing-bound British star Dina Asher-Smith turned out for Blackheath and Bromley to set a 200m league record of 22.72 secs and Aberdeen’s Zoey Clark took the 400m in 53.37 secs for hosts Thames Valley Harriers, who clinched the title.

It was a different story at London’s Lee Valley Stadium where stricken City of Glasgow finished last for the fourth successive Premiership outing and go straight back to Division One next season.

Several Scots turned out for London clubs including Pitreavie 400m hurdlers Jack Lawrie and Ewan Dyer who both set personal bests, Lawrie fourth in 51.52 secs and Dyer second in the B race in 52.10 secs.

Edinburgh University high jumper Ray Bobrownicki cleared 2.10m to finish 3rd equal for Glasgow, with Dalmeny’s Allan Smith fifth for Shaftesbury Barnet with the same height.

Scottish number one Mark Dry won the hammer for Woodford with 72.12m, Capital-based Andy Frost taking the B event for the London side with 64.98m.