James Hoad will compete in the Scottish East District 5,000m track championships at Glasgow’s Scotstoun stadium tomorrow evening with the aim of edging closer to the Aberdeen AAC senior men’s record for the distance.
Ian Matheson’s time of 14min 19.90secs has topped the city club’s charts since 1989 but Hoad recently became the first man in the 29 years since then to get anywhere near that mark.
He slashed 20secs off his previous best when recording 14:25.72 in a British Milers Club meeting at Loughborough last month to become the eighth fastest 5,000m runner in the city club’s history.
Only two Aberdeen athletes have won the East title over the past 30 years, Matheson clocking 14:20.61 for top spot in 1989 and Michael Ferguson striking gold with 14:38.14 in 2016.
Hoad faces some tough opposition, however, led by Great Britain international Kris Jones (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers).
Will Mackay, also Aberdeen AAC, should be in the mix for a podium position.