Racing on the British Milers Membership meet in Trafford, Manchester, Ferguson took greater than seven seconds off his private finest to complete ninth in a discipline which noticed a few of his opponents come near breaking the 14-minute barrier.
The earlier membership file of 14:18.90 was set by Ian Matheson in Glasgow again in 1989.
Aberdeen Beginner Athletic Membership’s Michael Ferguson broke a 23-year-old membership file as he surged to a brand new private better of 14:17.96 within the 5,000m.
No Aberdeen athlete had critically threatened Matheson’s file within the intervening years – however Ferguson, who turned 27 earlier this yr, sensed he may need an opportunity when he approached the beginning line at Trafford’s Longford Park Athletics Monitor final week.
He mentioned: “I used to be aiming for sub-14:20, however I knew the file was 14:18, or one thing like that. After I completed the race, I believed I may need been near that file (however) I needed to simply double examine.
“It was a nervous wait on the finish, as a result of the clock had been a bit inaccurate all through the competitors. I believed I had run a 14:17 however I wasn’t 100 per cent certain. When the outcomes got here out and I checked the membership file, I came upon I had run it.
“It wasn’t one thing that was on the forefront of my head, nevertheless it’s fairly good as a result of I’ve been attempting to run a membership file since I used to be about 19. It was fairly good to lastly tick that field.”
As a physics instructor at Bucksburn Academy, Ferguson is aware of a factor or two about ticking bins.
When he isn’t operating, he’ll discover himself marking checks or conducting experiments throughout time period time. However with colleges lengthy into the annual summer season break, Ferguson has been in a position to focus totally on operating earlier than pupils return subsequent month.
The brand new private finest is a welcome achievement for Ferguson, who admits he has struggled to push on within the 800m and 1500m occasions since he set his private bests in 2016. Now, he says, it’s time for a recent focus to make sure he stays motivated in a sport he has been concerned in since he was a teen coaching in his hometown of Stonehaven.
“I’m perhaps not as fast as I used to be after I was 18 or 19,” Ferguson mentioned.
“I might say it has been fairly troublesome to maintain motivated and hold pushing on, as a result of while you’re attempting for 5 to 6 years it may be mentally difficult to beat that (psychological barrier of not setting a PB).
“That’s one of many causes I’m attempting to step up (the space) a bit of bit – to have a brand new focus. My 1500m PB is fairly good, so when your 5,000m PB isn’t nearly as good, it’s fairly good to run faster and get your confidence going once more.”
Since veteran Aberdeen coaches Ken and Joyce Hogg retired in 2019, Ferguson has been coached by Mark Pollard, the pinnacle of efficiency at Scottish Athletics.
However with Pollard being primarily based in Glasgow, Ferguson has to seek out a lot of his motivation from inside, with out a coach shouting break up instances from the aspect of the athletics monitor. Together with his working hours as a instructor pretty common, nevertheless, Ferguson manages to see the positives.