2014 medal bid - Gregor has it covered

Pole vaulter Gregor MacLean (centre) is pictured with Neil and Lynda Paton of Montrose Rope and Sail.

Pole vaulter Gregor MacLean (centre) is pictured with Neil and Lynda Paton of Montrose Rope and Sail.

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MONTROSE pole vaulter Gregor MacLean is the envy of the competition circuit after taking delivery of a new and unusual kit bag.

With up to nine 16-foot fibre glass poles to transport at any one time, keeping them contained for transporting on the roof of his car can be something of a problem.

But local company Montrose Rope and Sail has come to his rescue for the second time by supplying a new custom-made PVC cover - in the Scottish colours of blue and white - which keeps the poles in pristine condition for training and competition.

The company supplied Gregor’s first bag three years ago and, while used to dealing with bespoke jobs, it was the first time it had been approached with such a request.

A Commonwealth Games hopeful, Gregor (19), who is based and trains in Loughborough, already holds the Scottish pole vault record, having set a height of 5.3 metres last month at a Pole Vault Carnival in Finland.

Although he broke his previous best of 5.22 on several occasions in training, it was the first time he had topped that in competition, making the record official. Even with is previous best, he had already exceeded the commonwealth selection height of 5.2 metres

His next step will be the United Kingdom Championships, which will be held in Birmingham this weekend.

Gregor said: “The games are three years away and I’ve already jumped to that standard and I’d be looking to jump 5.7 metres at the Commonwealth Games, which would easily be a medal. If I can jump 5.6 metres twice that would be standard for the Olympics. If I can jump 5.73 metres twice, that would be an automatic Olympic qualification.”

Montrose Rope and Sail director Lynda Paton said the company was happy to support Gregor.

She said: “We wish him well in everything he does and we’re just delighted to see someone local get so far.”