Kris is on track for Glasgow 2014

Kris Robertson
Kris Robertson

A talented runner has played his part in ensuring home representation in the mens 4x400m relay at this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Kirkintilloch Olympian Kris Robertson joined fellow athletes Grant Plenderleith, Jamie Bowie and Greg Louden at an event in Belgium recently to run a speedy 3:06.58.

The run was enough to beat the qualifying standard for the Commonwealth Games by 0.42 seconds.

The quartet’s performance in Namur also placed them second on the all-time list for Scottish men in the 4x400m event.

The time has only ever been beated by the quartet of Mark Davidson, Tom McKean, David Strang and Brian Whittle, who went on to land a silver medal in the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Since then no men’s team has successfully qualified, but that wait will come to an end when Kris and company run in front of a home crowd at Hampden.

It will be an appropriate swansong for Kris, who is reaching the end of his competitive running career.

He said: “Being my last year of serious competition in athletics I am delighted to have been selected to compete for my country in a home games.

“It makes the years of hard work, early nights, strict diet, injury and missing important occasions all worth it.

“I wouldn’t have had it any other way and I am grateful to all the people that have believed in my ability and stuck by me all the way.”