All roads lead to Aberdeen this weekend for our 4J Age Group Champs.
Grangemouth delivered the backdrop to a fine spectacle last weekend at the 4J Seniors and U17s with some top performances.
Now, certainly at U15 and U13 level, the focus is more on enjoyment, improvement and development as the youngest athletes in our clubs take steps into competition.
The U20 programme is split over the two days as athletes bid for Personal Bests and National Championship medals.
Thank you to all who entered with more than 650 athletes contributing 1194 event entries. This is up by six percent on the last time the Age Groups were held in Aberdeen (two years ago).
We will very much be keeping an eye on events in Budapest this weekend, with top Scots competing for GB and NI at the World Champs.
But we still expect to deliver significant coverage of the Age Groups.
‘Everyone is looking forward to the 4J Age Group Champs at the wonderful Aberdeen Sports Village facility,’ said Leslie Roy, Convenor of our Track and Field Commission.
‘A superb weekend of athletics lies ahead from the youngsters of our sport who will travel the length and breadth of Scotland and beyond with aspirations of getting a PB, reaching a final or becoming a Scottish Age Group Champion.
‘Meanwhile our U18 athletes have been mixing with the best in the world at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad; a fantastic experience for Dean Patterson (100m/200m); Caleb McLeod (800m/1500m); Millie McClelland-Brooks (1500m); Amy Teasdale (1500m); Jenna Hilditch (High Jump); Reiss Marshall (1500m) who are all entered for this weekend’s events.
‘Other U20 athletes to look out for include: Hannah Ryding (1500) – competed for GB at the World Cross earlier in the year; Dawn Russell – recently broke the Scottish U20 Javelin record; Connor Bell, Oliver Patton, Andrew McGill and Andrew Thomson in the 1500m; Louis Whyte – Scottish Schools long jump and triple jump champion; Amy Kennedy and Meghan Porterfield in the Shot Put and Discus and Holly Ovens, Olivia Clarke and Scarlett Wilson in the 800m.
‘In the younger age groups, we will no doubt be astounded by the talent these young athletes possess in what for many will be their first Championship event.
‘I would like to thank in advance the management and staff at Aberdeen Sports Village for ensuring the facility is well prepared and express my appreciation to the Officials and volunteers who give up so much of their time to ensure the event is a success.