The 4J Indoor Season concluded with our second day of the 4J Age Groups taking place on Sunday as another raft of Scottish champions topped the podium.
Our U13 athletes were centre stage for much of the day while the U20 programme, which began on Saturday night, was also completed.
And that brought the curtain down on a truly hectic few weeks for scottishathletics, our volunteers and Officials and of course our athletes, coaches and clubs.
It’s been a big effort to bring back the 4J Indoor Season after Covid-19 restrictions in 2021 – and indeed there were remaining issues in January which caused frustrations around events at the Emirates Arena.
But, ultimately, a championship schedule has been delivered across all manner of age groups with hundreds of performances recorded, medals won and Records set.
We forward our warm thanks to all in the track and field community in Scotland and in particular to our Officials who put in an ‘extra’ shift to cover over re-scheduled Senior track races on Friday evening.
‘I can’t thank everyone enough for their efforts in the 4J Indoor Season,’ said Colin Hutchison, chief executive, echoing the thoughts of Leslie Roy, our Track and Field Convenor.
‘We’ve had hundreds and hundreds of athletes compete in our championship events and our staff team, volunteers and Officials worked really hard to deliver those events – especially with a lot of Covid-19 restrictions early on.
‘It was important for the sport to get these events back and likewise cross country. In track and field, we now look forward with a lot of anticipation to the outdoor season in Scotland and the championship programme which people expect and enjoy.’
Fantastic weekend at @scotathletics Age Group Championships with age group records, Championship Best Performances and PBs galore. Well done to all athletes. A huge thankyou to all officials and volunteers for their assistance in making it such a great weekend.
— Leslie Roy (@leslie_roy1) February 20, 2022
U13 track action from Sunday’s event at the 4J Age Groups (photo by Bobby Gavin)
English athlete Sophie Walton set a Championship Best in the U20 Women’s 200m final as she went sub 24 seconds with 23.99 after a CBP earlier in the day, too.
Among the Scottish champions in that age group were familiar names like Sara Barbour, Molly Reville, Ben Sandilands, Amy Kennedy and Murray Fotheringham.
Barbour took pole vault gold for Kilmarnock Harriers and Lewis Tidy gave the Ayrshire club another gold later in the Men’s 200m final as he held off three Edinburgh AC challengers.
In the U13s, there was a Championship Best performance from Angus Weir in the long jump competition. The Giffnock North athlete leapt out to 5.38m and that is also a Scottish U13 Record for Angus. Well done!
Visiting English athlete, silver medallist Michael Maguire, was also beyond the previous CBP in that long jump competition with 5.20m.
VP-Glasgow youngster Rhuairdh Laing was another to smash the championship records with a 1500m run at 4:40.17. That’s also a new Scottish U13 Record for Rhuairdh. Well done!
Our Scottish title-winners were as follows:
U13 Girls 60m Hurdles: Leanna Elliot (Airdrie Harriers) 10.36
U13 Boys 60m Hurdles: Alan Hallinan (Craughwell) 10.56
U13 Girls 60m: Layla Rowlands (VP-Glasgow) 8.60
U13 Boys 60m: Angus Weir (Giffnock North) 8.23
U13 Girls 800m: Dionne Maguinness (Airdrie) 2:33.63
U13 Boys 800m: Cameron Mitchell (Giffnock North) 2:28.79
U13 Girls 1500m: Isla Gourley (Pitreavie AAC) 5:06.98
U13 Boys 1500m: Ruairidh Laing (VP-Glasgow) 4:40.17 CBP
U13 Girls 200m: Lola Barrett (Kilmarnock Harriers) 27.34
U13 Boys 200m: Abraham Lanahan (Shettleston Harriers) 27.82
U13 Girls Shot: Mia Fairweather (Pitreavie AAC) 8.70m
U13 Boys Shot: Murray Robb (Pitreavie AAC) 7.76m
U13 Girls Long Jump: Enya Doran (Airdrie Harriers) 4.39m
U13 Boys Long Jump: Angus Weir (Giffnock North) 5.38 CBP
U13 Girls High Jump: Dionne Maguiness (Airdrie Harriers) 1.41m
U13 Boys High Jump: Charlie Hunter (Dunfermline T and F) 1.38m
Fife AC athlete Ben Sandilands added U20 Men’s 1500m gold to a bronze in the 800m the previous day (photo by Bobby Gavin)
U20 Women’s 1500m: Hannah Taylor (Aberdeen AAC) 4:38.83
U20 Men’s 1500m:Ben Sandilands (Fife AC) 3:55.36
U20 Women’s 60m Hurdles: Ashely Watson (Hartlepool) 8.77
U20 Men’s 60m Hurdles: Cameron Forbes (Edinburgh AC) 8.23
U20 Women’s 400m: Sofia Vidak (Glasgow School of Sport) 56.23
U20 Men’s 400m: Murray Fotheringham (Giffnock North) 49.15
U20 Women’s 200m: Sophie Walton (Horwich) 23.99 CBP
U20 Men’s 200m: Lewis Tidy (Kilmarnock Harriers) 22.38
U20 Women Long Jump: Molly Reville (Edinburgh AC) 5.57m
U20 Men’s Long Jump: Samuel Kane (Falkirk Vics) 6.69m
U20 Women’s Pole Vault: Sara Barbour (Kilmarnock Harriers) 3.59m
U20 Men’s Pole Vault: Lachlan Gray (Edinburgh AC) 3.86m
U20 Women’s High Jump: Jade Muirhead (Craughwell) 1.64m
U20 Women’s Shot: Amy Kennedy (Cumbernauld AAC) 14.15m
Action from the two U20 400m finals . . .
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