National Champs Update
England Athletics National Championships: Lewis Pentecost and Olivia Varielle were competing in English Champs. Olivia came 4th and a new PB. Lewis got bronze and a new PB
Scotstoun Stadium was the venue for the Scottish Athletics National U13, U15 & U20. Championships with around one thousand athletes from all over the UK attending. The large entry list creating very tough progression criteria for the athletes, but exciting viewing for the spectators. Saturday was indeed additionally hard for the athletes with strong winds and heavy downpours, thankfully things were much better for Sunday’s competitors.
U20’s: Olivia Varielle stepped up an age group and claimed a double Gold in the 400m & 800m. She took the 400m with a typical dominating performance. In the 800m final she was boxed with 200m to go but managed to get out and produced a kick that took her away from the field, although they did close her down as the line approached, she held them off.
Lewis Pentecost also stepped up an age group to contest the 2000m Steeplechase and produced a measured race to take the Silver medal in 6:17.15
Selina Henderson took the 200m Bronze(25.24s) in a very strong field which included GB Internationalists. Anna Leishman was 9th in the Triple Jump and 6th in her 200m heat Meanwhile Kirsty Snaddon was 13th in the Triple Jump with Abbi Gifford 8th in the Discus
U15’s: Lottie Jeffery looked to be on form by progressing through the 200m heats and semi-finals in commanding fashion. She didn’t disappoint in the final either, she produced a blistering bend and held off the challengers to win the Gold in 26.03s. Nicole Furness reached the semi-final and finished 7th. Abbi Robb was 5th in her 800m heat with Kerry Robertson 8th in the 800m and 5th in the High Jump . Rosie Sharples was 7th in the High Jump and 18th in the Long Jump. Lauren Barclay was 5th in her 300m heat. Meanwhile the boys saw Michael McGarvey clear 1.41m in the High Jump for 8th place and 6th in his 300m heat, with Callan Hogarth 4th in his 800m heat and Nathan Laing was 7th in his 100m and 200m heats.
U13’s: Molli Robb took the Discus Silver with a fine throw of 23.46m. Paige Stephens claimed the Shot Put Silver 9.11m and was 4th in the Long Jump with Leia Gallacher in 14th place and 6th in the 100m semi-final. Katie Christie just missed out on a medal in the 800m by finishing in 4th place. Sam Kane was 5th in the Long Jump. Neil Sharp was 5th in the 100m final and agonisingly just missed the 200m bronze by two hundredths of a second.1500m excellent run from Caitlyn Christie with massive PB of 05:22.02.
Meanwhile Myra Perkins was on international duty at the Manchester International. Representing Scotland in the hammer she claimed a fine victory with a throw of 60.34m.
Grangemouth was the venue for the 125th staging of the Scottish Athletics Senior T&F National Championships with the U17 age group also in attendance. Saturdays proceedings were started with a visit form the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queens Baton. Grant Plenderleith had the honour of being the last baton carrier within the stadium, with a group of young Vic’s athletes escorting the whole relay.
U17’s: Sam Briggs got the weekend off to a great start with a Gold in the Hammer with a fine throw of 53.31m in one off the first events of the weekend. Lauren Tenn-Mills claimed the long Jump title with a fine jump measuring 5.50m. To round off the weekend Kane Elliott had a very impressive victory in the 1500m which rounded off an excellent season for him. Robin Conlin was 5th in her Hammer. Katy McGonigal was 6th in the Triple Jump and 10th in the Long Jump. Molly Sharp was 7th in her 200m heat, Jessica Christie reached the 800m Semi-final and despite finish 4th just missed out on a final place. Robbie Dougall fought his way through to the final of the male 200m and finshed7th. Max Rintoul was placed 8th in his 1500m heat, with Harris Pentecost 5th in the 800m Final. Lottie Jeffery fresh from her U15 title took on the older age group and done very well making their final to finish 7th. Likewise, Rosie Sharples stepped up an age group to finish a very respectable 5th in the High Jump.
Seniors: Myra Perkins continued her very consistent season with victory in the Hammer in a strong field with a best throw measuring 61.48m. Grant Plenderleith who is only just back in training following an injury came through to the 400m final. He looked to have it in the bag before his lack of training saw him tighten up in the final stretch but still took the Silver. James Muir finished 9th in the Javelin.