Weekend Round Up: Fifth Avenue to the Pyramids

September 13, 2021

A packed weekend of sport with Scots in action across some truly iconic venues – 5th Avenue New York to the Pyramids of Giza. Catch up with all the action in our round up:


Jemma Reekie and Jake Wightman made it a Scottish double at the 5th Avenue Mile in New York, Reekie winning the women’s race in 4:21.6 before Wightman quickly followed with victory in the men’s race in 3:49.6.

Eilish McColgan had a brilliant half-marathon debut as she finished second to Kenya’s Hellen Obiri at the Great North Run. Her time of 67.48 is the third fastest ever recorded by a British woman with only her mother Liz, three times a winner of this race in the 1990s, and Paula Radcliffe having gone quicker.

Adam Thomas put himself third on the Scottish all-time list for 100m with a 10.18 run at Newham, shaving four hundredths of a second off the personal best he set at last month’s Welsh Championships. He was just seven hundredths off Allan Wells’ Scottish record and puts himself in the running for a place at next year’s Birmingham Commonwealth Games with his second time below the 10.23 standard.


Gordon Reid lifted the US Open title with Men’s Wheelchair Doubles partner Alfie Hewett, beating Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Japan’s Shingo Kunieda 6-2 6-1 to become the first wheelchair doubles pair ever to complete the Grand Slam (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open) in the same year. It is their eighth successive Grand Slam title together and 13th overall.

The Men’s Doubles title eluded Jamie Murray though as he and partner Bruno Soares lost out to Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram in the final after taking the first set 6-3.

Lawn Bowls

Scotland’s men took top spot and the women second place behind England at the Home Nations International at the National Centre for Bowling, Ayr. Two teams were fielded in both men’s and women’s events – Scotland Alloway and Scotland Culzean – and it was Alloway who lead the way for the Scots in both, the Culzean sides placing sixth in the men’s and fourth in the women’s competition.

These results followed a strong showing by Scotland last weekend at the Para-Bowls Home Nations and, with these Home Nations events being the last competitive international games before the final team selection for Birmingham 2022, will give the selectors valuable information in their decision making.


Duncan Scott became the first British man to break the 52 second barrier in the 100m Individual Medley at the International Swimming League in Italy, his 51.92 swim a new British and Scottish record for the distance.

Also in record form was Katie Shanahan who erased a Scottish record that had been on the books since before she was born. Her 1:00.46 swim, also in the 100m IM, bettered Alison Sheppard’s mark set 18 years ago.


Anna Shackley took overall victory at Ireland’s international stage race Rás na mBan in Kilkenny, finishing five seconds clear of GB teammate Abi Smith over the six-stage, five-day race.

The trails of Cannock Chase, set to host the Mountain Bike events at Birmingham 2022 next year, was the venue for the British Mountain Bike Series where Anna Flynn and Joanne Thom finished 2nd and 3rd to make it a two Scots on the podium.


Lisa Aitken was in great form at the Egyptian Open, powering through to the last 16 where she faced third seed Camille Serme in the iconic setting of an all-glass court in front of the Pyramids of Giza. Aitken brought her best play, taking the opening game 11-9 and going 5-1 up in the second, but the Frenchwoman would eventually prevail, winning that game 7-11, followed by the next two, to take the match and a place in the quarter-finals.

Greg Lobban was also in action, beating Spain’s Bernat Jaume 3-0 in round one. He faced Egypt’s Karim El Hammamy in round two in an epic battle lasting 77 minutes. Unfortunately for Lobban it was El Hammamy who edged ahead to take the win.

Meanwhile Alan Clyne was in PSA World Tour action at the Marietta Open in the USA, making the semi-finals before losing out 3-1 to Egypt’s Aly Abou Eleinen.

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