Megan Keith of Inverness Harriers on her way to the Scottish U20 Women’s 3000m title at Linwood (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Championship action returned to Scottish track and field after a lengthy absence at Linwood – as athletes once again savoured the GAA Miler Meet experience.
Issues over Covid-19 restrictions and Glasgow being in Level 3 – up until midnight on Friday – led to a late switch of venue but once again the endurance community robustly dealt with the challenges.
And it was brilliant to see a whole host of top performances as well as our Scottish U20 and U17 3000m Championships within the overall 800/3000 meet, which is organised by the GAA alongside the British Milers club and which delivered a PB rate of around 60 percent.
Inverness Harriers athlete Megan Keith took the U20 Women’s title with a 9:19.05 run that was inside the Euro U20 qualifying standard and also sixth best all-time.
The silver and bronze medals both went back to Aberdeen, as sisters Kirsty and Caitlin Purcell joined Megan on the podium.
Garscube Harriers athlete Louisa Brown is a convert from swimming not so very long ago and her switch to athletics continues to be very impressive.
Louisa clocked 9:45.04 to win the U17 Women’s gold and that is also a sixth best all-time run in her age group. Valencia Wright of Giffnock took the silver and Olivia Clarke of Corstorphine landed the bronze.
Great to be back . . . GAA Miler Meet action from Linwood (photo by Bobby Gavin)
In the Men’s U20 medals, Kane Elliott led the way with a run of 8:14.73 that was inside the Euro U20 qualifying time. Duncan Robinson of Giffnock took a superb silver given he has only recently come into track and field (via can-fit) and the bronze was claimed by Peter Bradshaw of Inverclyde AC.
Team East Lothian’s Corey Campbell won the U17 Men’s gold with 8:36.09 as Giffnock duo Duncan Deverill and Reuben Macdonald took the silver and bronze respectively. Corey’s run was the seventh best all-time for U17 Men.
There were a whole host of good performances across the distances including those from Sarah Tait (9:21.78 for 3000m) and Masters athletes Fiona Matheson and Paul Forbes. Central AC’s Morag Millar was among those to relish a PB.
Big thank you to all involved in delivering the GAA Miler Meet – great to see these meets come back!
Podium photos by Bobby Gavin