Frost sets sights on Scottish hammer title

Fresh from British Championships victory, hammer thrower Andy Frost has made regaining the Scottish title his next goal

Andy Frost (Mark Shearman)

This year has had its fair share of ups and downs for hammer thrower Andy Frost, but having secured the British hammer title in Birmingham with a season’s best 78.28m just under a month ago, the Woodford Green thrower is looking forward and has set his sights on claiming the Scottish title too.

Ahead of the Scottish Athletics Senior and Para Success Disability Championships which take place this weekend at Scotstoun Stadium and with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow less than a year away, Frost will line up as part of a competitive hammer field on Sunday as one of three competitors who have already posted multiple Commonwealth qualifying standards.

Another of those three athletes is Mark Dry, who won the Scottish title in 2012 during a period when he threatened Chris Black’s national record. Chris Bennett has also met the mark for Glasgow, as he threw a personal best bettering 70m in a league fixture at Grangemouth in July.

Frost, who finished fourth at the last two Commonwealth Games, admits he’s looking forward to trying to regain the Scottish title he won a couple of years ago, but knows it won’t be easy.

“I won the title in 2011 but I didn’t get to defend it in 2012 as I was injured,” Frost told scottishathletics.org.uk.

“It was a long year but thankfully after an operation on the bone for wear and tear I was able to get back into things after January. I started throwing again and thankfully it has been quite a good season with the British title win.

“I am looking to add the Scottish to the British title obviously, but Mark Dry and Chris Bennett will want to have their say I am sure.

“Chris threw a PB the other week, over 70m and that was pretty impressive. If we could have all three of us throwing over 70m at the Scottish Champs that would be really good for the hammer event.”

Reflecting on his British hammer title win, Frost continued: “It was an emotional day at the British Championships at the Alexander Stadium after the death of Alan (Bertram, Frosts’s coach) and my mum earlier in the summer.

“It felt good to win it on the day – to honour their memory if you like,” he added. “A title double would be great but you can’t take anything for granted in sport and we will see what happens on the day at Scotstoun.”

Looking to the not too distant future, he added: “I threw 72.28 that day in Birmingham and my PB is 72.79 so I am not too far away.

“It would be great to get my best this season but if not I feel sure I can PB again in 2014. A good winter of training will help.”

» You can next see Andy Frost in action at the Scottish Athletics Senior and Para Success Disability Championships where he will compete against the likes of Mark Dry and Chris Bennett. The timetable can be found here, with action starting at 12.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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