Athletics: Story of mixed emotions sees veteran Davidson’s European masters planning rocked by injury

Fiona Davidson with her daughter Jane.

Fiona Davidson’s dreams of success at the European masters indoor championships in Madrid next month have been shattered by serious injury.

The 45-year-old Aberdeen AAC stalwart ruptured an Achilles tendon at the Scottish masters championships at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.

She now faces a lengthy spell of recuperation.

The day had started perfectly for the north-east woman who was competing in the 45-49 age group for the first time.

She said: “It started with a Scottish and British record of 5.14m in the long jump followed by a Scottish 60m record of 8.25secs. I got another Scottish record of 10.45 in the first round of the triple jump, then something popped.

“I knew it was the Achilles and there’s no way I could continue. I went from being on a high to a low within the space of 10 minutes.

“As soon as we got home I went to Accident & Emergency and the consultant I saw there was really good. I’m now waiting on the results of a scan which should pin-point exactly where in the Achilles the problem is.

“They reckon it’s quite high up, where the Achilles joins the calf.

“If that’s the case it might not be possible to carry out any surgery as there’s nothing to attach the Achilles to in that area. If it’s lower down they will be able to operate.

“I’ll be seeing the consultant again in a fortnight to hear what he thinks might be possible.

“Either way it looks like it’s going to take a long time before I’m back in action. I’m in plaster so I can’t do anything other than keep my foot up.”

Davidson, who won triple jump gold and long jump silver in the 40-44 category at last summer’s European outdoor championships in Denmark,was eagerly looking forward to bidding for more honours in her new age group.

She said: “I had everything planned out. I was going to do the British masters at the beginning of march then the Europeans in the middle of the month. I was so well organised, I had my flights and hotel arranged.

“I had the British record for the triple jump in my sights, but it’s not to be. At least I got the long jump record, but I really wanted them both this season.

“It’s just a waiting game for now until I have that next meeting with the consultant.”

It was a day of mixed emotions for the Davidson family as Fiona’s daughter Jane was also in action at the Emirates, competing in the Scottish women’s under-17 pentathlon championships.

The Hazlehead Academy pupil held the silver medal slot going into the final event, the 800m, but ended up having to settle for fourth.

Jane pulled out all the stops in the last race, slashing just over five secs from her previous best 800m time to clock 2:38.00, giving her a total score of 3,338 points.

That left her just 33 points behind bronze medallist Steph Driscoll (Liverpool Harriers) and 47 adrift of runner-up Nicole Proudfoot (Annan and District). Derby’s Hannah Barnden won with 3,488.

In addition to the 800m, Jane achieved personal bests in the 60m hurdles (8.96) and shot (9.87) and produced solid efforts in the long jump (5.28) and high jump (1.54)

Fiona said: “She was gutsy all the way through. She got three personal bests and getting under nine secs for the hurdles was a big achievement, one of her main targets for the season.

“In the long jump she didn’t even get near the board, but if she had, she might have done even better. It would have been great had she won a medal, but it was still a good series of performances.

“She’s going to compete in the hurdles and long jump at the English age-group championships later in the month to get a bit more experience.”