PITREAVIE AAC returned to action in the Scottish Athletics Men’s League Division One last Saturday and enjoyed a respectable fifth-place finish.

Despite travelling to Aberdeen Sports Village with a depleted team, the side produced some good performances which started with under-20 pole vaulter Dylan Thomson, who produced a vault of 3.95 metres to give him first place and the team 16 points.

Michael Mellon, returning from injury, took to a highly competitive field in the javelin and earned six points as his 32.29m throw was enough for sixth position, before adding another six with a throw of 8.38m in the B string shot put.

Dave Williamson competed in the A event and, on his first league event with the club, took first place with a throw of 10.97m to add Pitreavie’s second 16-point haul of the day.

Ben Potrykus won the A string 800m with a time of 2:02 while Conor Allan, in his first year in the men’s league as an under-17, took fourth in the B event, just missing the standard for points by a few milliseconds.

Cameron Sinclair brought the team 14 points with a second place in the 100m while Thomson earned seven with a jump of 1.65m in the high jump.

Williamson threw 21.01m in the hammer for eight points while, back on the track, Potrykus finished second in the 400m B race (53.00) and Ben Grant finished third in the A race (51.82), both of which were good runs from middle distance runners against experienced sprinters from Aberdeen and Kilbarcan.

Discus was the last field event of the day, with Williamson and Mellon competing in the A and B events respectively; Williamson was pipped to fourth place after a throw of 31.25m, while Mellon just missed the points standard.

In the 200m, Sinclair was third in the A race (22.64) and Potrykus was fourth in the B race (24.05), while in the relays, Potrykus, Grant, Thomson and Sinclair ran in the 4x100m, while Sinclair, Grant, Potrykus and Allan ran the 4x400m. A fifth and second place respectively handed Pitreavie another 14 points that saw them place fifth overall.

Meanwhile, in April’s Pitreavie AAC Endurance handicap, 26 runners took part in the five-mile event and saw three compete for the first time.

Donald Nethery was first to cross the line in a time of 58:23, with Pam Pattison second (58:32) and Campbell Blair third (58:45).

Three new club runners who have joined recently after completing the C25K program with Ready, Steady, Go Pitreavie! opted for the 3-8-mile handicap with Angela Lorimer (56:23) taking the first prize, and Christine Marsh and Louise Mackay crossing the line for a close second position in 59:13.

The next handicap race is on May 30. If you are interested in running with a group then contact paacendurance@gmail.com.