It was great to see Schools Athletics National Championships Taking place after the last few years of COVID. In the last few weeks the club has been supporting athletics at District level as schools get into the swing of our sport. It is a pity events like the Glasgow School Athletic Championships have not taken place this year to allow our new athletes to take the first step into competition but the club continues to give this opportunity in a variety of events.
Grangemouth on Day 1 of the Scottish School Championships saw excellent performances from young Shettleston athletes representing their schools.
Jonathan Hooper took Gold in the Group C Long Jump with a PB of 5.79 with Callum Thomson finishing 7th in 5.25m. Fellow club member, Imante Gkontouin, taking silver in the Group B 100m with a time of 11.10 Wind 0.0. An excellent performance and a PB which hopefully will see him pick for the Schools international later this summer.
Chloe Fox continues to improve and picked up another championship medal in yet another PB performance of 26.99. She took bronze in the Group C Javelin. Another young athlete shining at the moment is Abraham Lanahan, who followed up his Scottish Schools pentathlon medal last weekend, finishing 3rd in the group D 200m in a time of 26.75 wind 1.2.
The 800m races in windy conditions were contested by Matthew Fox who place 8th in the Group C event. Matthew showing great strength running close to his PB in the heat (2.12.27) and then (2.12.94) in the final. Katie Woods in Group C just missed out in the final of her event placing 10th overall (2.28.85) running a solo race in her heat.
Back to the sprints which saw a number of athletes contesting the early rounds all running close to PB performances – Alexia Adelabu 200m 29.58, Tammy Adelabu 100m 14.45 and 200m 30.75, Cole Kilpatrick 100m Group C 12.62, Elijah Jatto 100m Group C 4th 12.91 (+2.8), Ava Millican 200m Group C 29.11, Alicja Taborek 200m Group D 30.88 and 100m 14.94
On Day 2 of the Championships if anything the weather did not improve from Day 1 of the championships with a strong wind blowing throughout the day.
Jonathan Hooper (100m 11.63) and Chloe Fox ( Discus 12.86) both had reasons to smile as they collected their second medals of the weekend . Both collecting silver medals in their respective events.
Lucky Fadun smashed his PB to finish 4th in the Group B 200m in a time of 22.98 . Matthew Fox was one of the busiest athletes of the weekend pacing 8th in the Group C 1500m (4.40.58 & 4.40.10 in heat ) PB
Young athlete, Abraham Lanahan, just missed out in a medal with a 4th in the High Jump 1m 45m
Scottish 10km Championships Roon the Toon 10km Sunday
Shettleston Harriers reclaimed the Scottish 10km team title after a break of 11 years at the popular Roon the Toon event on Sunday -Jamie Burns (4th) rewrote his PB with an excellent 4th place finishing in a time of 30.26, leading his team mates, Peter Avent (6th 30.36) and Chris McGarrity (10th 30.51) to a win over Cambuslang and East Kilbride.
Evergreen Avril Mason retained the W40 title she last won in 2018 with a time of 36.55 .
Also a great run from Brian McGarrity who finished 5th in the M40 (33.50) as he recovers from his broken shoulder he picked up at West District Cross Country Championships in December.
Club results below
Jamie Burns 4th 30.26 PB, Peter Avent 6th 30.36, Chris McGarrity 10th 30.51 PB, Brian McGarrity 45th (5th M40) 33.50, Fergus Donnelly 54th 34.08, Paul Sorrie 67th (11th M40) 34.59, Avril Mason 98th (1st W40), Scott McKelvie 111th 37.21, Ben Fullerton 487th 49.29, Joanne Harkins 704th 55.13.
1354 finished the race
UK Masters Championship , Derby
Carson Graham made the trip to Derby for the UK Masters Track and Field Championships for a successful weekend picking up the 110m Hurdles and High Jump titles, and the silver medal in the Long Jump and the Triple Jump. Well Done Carson !
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