Kilbarchan AAC teenager Gavin McArdle set a new Scottish and British under-17 indoor record last week with an impressive time of 8.42.23 in the 3000m at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. It was a short-lived British record, however, as Jack Crabtree of Trafford AC eclipsed it three days later with a run of 8.33 in Sheffield, but the Scottish record remains intact.
15-year-old McArdle achieved fourth place in the Miler Meet section of the 3 January event ahead of former record holder Ryan Thompson who took fifth place in 8.44.81. The Glasgow Athletics Association event was held over two days at the Glasgow venue with over 1300 athlete entries.
Stephen Maguire, director of coaching with scottishathletics, said: "It is always easy in athletics to talk about the promise of developing athletes. But there is clear evidence of that currently in Scotland and naturally that's exciting for us and the coaches and clubs involved.
On McArdle's record, Maguire said: "To run a British age group indoor best is a very good effort by Gavin McArdle. Even if it only 'lasted' for three days! That's just a wee bit unlucky."