Carmen Neat took the England Athletics U17 gold in the high jump a week after winning FPSG Scottish U20 title at Aberdeen (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Scottish athletes headed for Bedford at the weekend for the England Athletics Age Group champs at U17 and U15 level with high hopes of making an impact on the podium.
And they didn’t disappoint with more than a dozen athletes enjoying medal success – including four golds at U17 level.
Add in a Scottish U15 Record (pending the usual ratification processes) for Aidan Brindley in the pole vault and there’s plenty of promise for the future around many of our younger athletes.
At scottishathletics communications, we do tend to place a greater emphasise on the older age groups, simply given those athletes have been in the sport for longer.
So it was terrific to note gold medal wins in three field events for Carmen Neat (Aberdeen AAC) in the high jump with 1.73m and Edinburgh AC duo, Keira Waddell and Ellie O’Hara, in the javelin (46.41m) and the triple jump (11.50m).
Max Leslie also won the U17 Men’s 400m with the Edinburgh AC athlete clocking 49.64.
Triple jumper Miraji Ahmed (Glasgow School of Sport) added to the medal haul in that age group with a silver in his event while there were bronzes for Falkirk Vics athlete Kane Elliott in the 1500m and Scott Brindley in the pole vault.
Scott’s younger brother, Aidan, took silver in the U15 pole vault and the North Ayrshire AC athlete has again raised the bar on the National U15 Record with his 3.71m clearance at Bedford.
Edinburgh AC’s Katie Johnson took gold in the 1500m with a run of 4.33.44 and there were silver medallists in the younger age group in Central AC’s Coirilidh Cook in the sprint hurdles, Alexander Poustie-Williamson of Edinburgh AC in the 300m and Vivian Duruh of Law and District AC in the shot putt.
In addition to those athletes, there were bronze medal performances by Alyson Bell of Giffnock North over 100m and Kyle Wilkinson of Elgin in the long jump. Looking through the results, there were also a couple of fourth places for Scottish athletes.
Many congratulations to all those athletes, coaches and parents who made the trip to Bedford to compete at the England Athletics Age Group Champs and to the clubs involved in the key development work.
*There were a number of Scots involved in the England Athletics Disability champs in these age groups and we’re seeing medals for Nathan Fleetwood, Alexander Thomson, Freya Howgate, Abbie McNally and Fraser Owen in various categories and disciplines.
Aberdeen celebrate at a wet Kilmarnock on Sunday after their division one success
Aberdeen AAC clinched the Scottish Men’s League division one title for the fourth successive year after winning the final match of the season at Kilmarnock. Kilbarchan AAC took second place with Falkirk Victoria Harriers in third.
Corstorphine AAC took the second division title for the first time in their history after winning the last match – their third of four – to top the table from Edinburgh AC and Lasswade AC.
Division 1: Aberdeen 356, Kilbarchan 328, Inverness 276, VP Glasgow 243, Shettleston 179, Pitreavie 170, Central 143, Falkirk 100.
Final Positions: 1 Aberdeen 32, 2 Shettleston 22, 3 Falkirk 18, 4 VP Glasgow 17.5, Inverness 16, Central 15.5, Kilbarchan 14, Pitreavie 9.
Division 2: Corstorphine 286, Edinburgh 269, Giffnock 249, Lasswade 192, Law 175, Inverclyde 130, Clydesdale 115, Whitemoss 114, Arbroath 0.
Final Positions: 1 Corstorphine 35, 2 Edinburgh 33, 3 Lasswade 24, 4 Giffnock 23, 5 Inverclyde 21, 6 Law 17.5, 7 Whitemoss 12.5, 8 Arbroath 7, 9 Clydesdale 6.
A number of Scots headed to Birmingham over the weekend to compete in the British Masters Championships at the Alexander Stadium.
Conditions were far from ideal and thanks, as always, go to the Officials involved in making the event happen despite the grim weather.