Alisha clocks 11.30 for 100m best; Bedford medals; SIAB in Belfast

Monday 18th July 2022

Photo by Getty Images for British Athletics (from Muller British Champs)

Alisha Rees has broken the Scottish National Record for the Women’s 100m once again.

Alisha went into the outdoor season with her sights firmly set on seeking to eclipse the 11.40 mark set by Helen Golden some 48 years ago.

A run of 11.39 in Dagenham at the start of May duly did so – and now the 23-year-old has pushed the time on even further (with the Record subject to the usual ratification processes).

Alisha won at Stratford on Sunday with 11.30 as she edged out Kristal Awuah in a photo-finish. The wind speed was legal, with Alisha having had three strong windy runs at the British Champs in Manchester.

‘I’m delighted to improve my PB and the Scottish Record again and the timing is good with the Commonwealth Games coming up soon,’ said Alisha.

‘I can’t wait to represent Team Scotland and see what I can do in Birmingham.’

Congratulations to Alisha, her family and coach Leon Baptiste.

At the same meet, Krishawn Aiken had a 10.45 100m run and Heather Paton a 13.82 (-2.1) in the 100m Hurdles. Jack Lawrie was at 47.92 for 400m.


Brodie Young (photo by Bobby Gavin)

Scottish athletes were in Bedford over the weekend at the England Athletics U20 and U23 Champs.

On the Saturday, there were four medals and all of those in the U20 age-group.

In the women’s events, Teddy Tchoudja of Shettleston won silver in the shot putt with 14.39 and Rachel Callan of Giffnock North took bronze in the 400m Hurdles with 62.57.

In the men’s, Ben Sandilands of Fife AC took bronze in the 1500m with 3:50.42 and Peter Bradshaw of Inverclyde AC landed bronze in the 3000m in 8:19.70.

Then, on Sunday, there were three golds achieved.

Brodie Young of Airdrie Harriers went to number two on the all-time U20 list for the Men’s 400m as he won the title with a new PB of 46.69.

At U23 level, Bera Ajala won the Triple Jump with 15.84 and Georgina Adam won the Women’s 200m title with 23.40.

Well done to all these athletes and their families and coaches and indeed all the Scots who competed in Bedford.


Young Scots were in action at the SIAB International track and field match in Belfast.

It was an excellent day of competition with some fine performances by teenagers as they represented Scottish Schools.

The Scots to take event wins in Belfast were Dean Patterson (Glasgow School of Sport), Corey Campbell (Team East Lothian), Libby White (Ayr Seaforth), Meghan Porterfield (VP-Glasgow) and Tehillah Okonkwo (Law and District AAC).

There were also two fine performances in an all-time, age group context.

Ben Heron of North Ayrshire AAC landed a Scottish U17 Record in the 400m Hurdles as he finished third in 52.67.

And Tehillah, with a win in the 200m, posted a Scottish U15 Record in the 100m with 12.10 as she finished fourth.

There were two performances in the steeplechase which went to number two on the all-time U17 list – from Olivia Clarke of Corstorphine AAC and Reiss Marshall of Fife AC.


Tags: Alisha Rees, Bedford, Belfast, Bera Ajala, Brodie Young, Georgina Adam, Helen Golden, Leon Baptiste

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