Our young athletes made the long trip to Aberdeen to compete in their National Track and Field Championships over the weekend. The journey was rewarded with a number of medals and PB performances .
Jack Guthrie (thank to Bobby Gavin for the photo of Jack) got the club off to a perfect start on Day 1 winning the silver medal in the U/20 100m. Jack moved up an age group and recorded an excellent time of 11.13secs. PB performances continued throughout the first morning with Jessica Grant (2.43.47) and Violet Campbell(2.47.92) running PB’s over the 800m in the U/13 event. Not to be undone, Ethan Ofoegbu ( U/13) also recorded a PB over 800m 2.32.71 and
followed this up with an excellent 6th in the Long Jump Final (3.82m).Violet’s older brother Ruairidh also excelled himself when finishing 5th in the U/13 200m final running 28.50secs just slower than his heat time of 28.45 – Yet another PB !
At the afternoon session it was the turn of 1500m runners in the U/20 and U/13 age groups. Jamie Burns was unlucky not to medal finishing 4th in another slow run race with a burn up over the last 300m, his time of 4.04.87 included a last lap of 58secs. Last weekend it was the same story when he made the senior final. His younger brother Johnny experienced a National championships for the first time running a time of 4.58.06 to finish 7th overall.
International athletes finished off the club competitors on Saturday in the field events. Multi National medal winner, Shona Crossan, won the Shot in a distance of 11.11m and a 4th in the Discus (33.24) .Competing for their school, Aidan Quinn finished 2ndin the Triple Jump just ahead of Miraji Ahmed .
The sunny weather of day one was replaced by heavy rain and much cooler conditions in Day 2 of the Championships. The star for the club was the 3rd member of the Campbell family to compete – Gregor ran a well judged race to win by 0.05secs in a time of 4.22.90 in the U/15 1500m race. Jay McCarthy also made the journey worthwhile taking silver in the U/15 Discus ( 30.46) and a 5th in the Shot (11.76 PB). It took a Championship Best Performance by an English athlete to erase the Club’s Allan Mackay’s mark from 2004 to win this event.
It was then over to the endurance athletes Erin Ellor (1500m) and Lewis Raeburn (2000mS/C) to completed the clubs athletes at the championships – Erin ran 5.30.39 and Lewis finished 6th in a PB performance .
The experience for all the athletes of travelling to Aberdeen will only help them and they are all grateful to their coaches and the club for the support to allow this to happen.
As the track season draws to a close the 10km season starts again .One of the biggest of these is the Paisley 10km which sees over 2000 runners compete .The club was well represented not only at the front end but throughout the race. Multiple Scottish champion Lachlan Oates finished 2nd behind a local Kilbarchan athlete ,Euan Gillham, in a time of 31.14.Daniel Bradford continues to improve finishing 3rd and with Tewodle Mengisteab in 5th an easy team win was taken. Fionnuala Ross went one better than Lachlan when finishing 1st lady in a fast time of 34.11
2nd L.Oates, 3rd D.Bradford, 5th T.Mengisteab, 9th P.Sorrie, 15th K.Brydon, 16th F.Ross ( 1st lady), 32nd P.Mackie (6th M40),60th R.Joss (4th lady), 73rd D.McCauley, 324th C.Shannon
3rd Kasey Fraser PB, 12th Ethan Wilson, 38th David Murphy
1st Robert Simpson, 2nd Chris Lipman
4th Denis Williams
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