Silver success for Stornoway speedster

Donnie Macleod
Donnie Macleod

DONNIE MACLEOD’S sideboard was already bursting at the seams with athletic silverware racked up over the years including a haul of five Island Games gongs – which makes him the islands most successful ever Island Games male athlete.

But the 24-year-old had to make space for one more recently after sprinting to his first ever Scottish Indoor Senior medal.

Having taken a break over the festive period to nurse an injury Macleod headed for the Kelvinhall unsure of his own expectations but he shrugged any doubts out of his limbs to produce a blistering race pace of 1min 55:45 to notch a personal best and clinch his own, and Stornoway Running and Athletic Club’s, first ever indoor senior medal.

“It is a big achievement for me as I had never won a medal at the Scottish Seniors before,” explained Macleod.

“I didn’t know how I was going to get on down there as I’d had some time off over Christmas because of an injury so I wasn’t sure how fast I’d be able to run.

“One thing I did know though was the big favourite for the race wasn’t going to be there so I knew it would be open and between myself and four or five others of a similar standard.

“I could have won and only finished two tenths of a second of the winner. I think I would have won it had I run a more sensible race. I wasn’t overly confident going into it after having that time out and I sat back a bit. It was a slow race, which suited me as I used to be a 400m runner, but when the sprint happened I was just a bit far away to make up all the ground.

“I was last at the bell but I then passed everyone except for the leader and I feel had I paced it a little better then I could have won it.

“A little bit of regret there but not much as I’d never won a medal at the Scottish before and it was also a personal best for indoor too.

“On the strength of my performance there I was invited to run for Glasgow this weekend in London so that’ll be a good standard so I hope I can get a good time.”

For the rest of this article please see the current issue of the Stornoway Gazette, published Thursday, March 1, 2012.