Kilbarchan Athletic Club’s Kirsty Costello from Elderslie, broke her own Scottish under 15 girls Hammer Record at Linwood Open Graded Meeting, last week, her Throw measured at 54.90 metres, which also puts her at the top of the British rankings.
The Kilbarchan Club competed in the National Relays at Grangemouth with some success. In the 3x800metres races, the senior women’s team of Holly Thompson, Rona Tytler and Chloe Simpson won Gold, the under 17 boy’s trio of Craig Kennedy, Andrew MacAngus and Michael Simson took Silver and the under 17 girls trio of Laine Alemu, Libby Sutherland and Eilidh Gibson were Bronze medallists.
The senior women were 4th in their 4x100m relay (Dalia Stewart, Erin Campbell, Zara Craig, Stepanie Lamb) and the under 13 girls also reached their final, finishing 8th.
Jemma Reekie spent the early part of her 2017 season setting records indoors on the track at various distances and is now transferring that to the outdoor track with an expectional run in Manchester last night.
In Heat 2 of the 3000m she finished 10th overall in a mixed race with a super speedy 9:11.20 which puts her second on the Scottish U20 All-time list behind Yvonne Murray who ran 9:04 at U20 level. Only the very talented senior Claire Suck of City of Leeds AC was ahead in terms of the female competition.
Kilbarchan athletes once again travelled to the capital to compete around the streets of London.
Gemma Rankin was first home in a gold & black vest to finish 10th female in a time of 2:44:24.
Euan Carrick was next over the line but a failed chip has prevented him appearing in the finish results as of yet, his watched recorded a 24 seconds PB of 2:58:06.
Norman Groves had a troubled build up to the race but will be pleased with a solid 3:31:12, after some recovery he will be setting his sights on the windy city in the autumn.
Robin Scott returned to London once again, this year competing in the 70+ category where he was 5th overall in 3:38:19.
Martin Dougall was also in action running 3:46:45.
Well done to the Kilbarchan teams in relay action at Grangemouth on Saturday.
They picked up a medal of each colour across three of the 3x800m relay events.
Women’s 3x800m Relay (Sen)
1 Kilbarchan Aac ‘A’ 7:38.59
1) #1822 Holly Thompson
2) #1823 Rona Tytler
3) #1824 Chloe Simpson
Men’s 3x800m Relay (U17)
2 Kilbarchan Aac ‘A’ 6:17.43
1) #1741 Craig Kennedy
2) #1742 Andrew MacAngus
3) #1743 Michael Simson
Women’s 3x800m Relay (U17)
3 Kilbarchan Aac ‘A’ 7:20.92
1) #1777 Laine Alemu
2) #1778 Libby Sutherland
3) #1779 Eilidh Gibson
Kirsty Costello continues her rapid growth at under 15 hammer and featured in a new Kepping Track blog composed by Peter Jardine of Scottish Athletics this week.
National Record announcement extract:
So it is well worth saying well done to young Kilbarchan AAC thrower, Kirsty Costello.
Kirsty is making a big impact on the U15 hammer at the moment. Her most recent throw, at the Linwood Open Graded event on Tuesday evening, reached 54.90m and that is now awaiting ratification as a new Scottish U15 Record in that discipline. She previously threw 54.02 in Blackpool earlier this month.
Many congratulations to Kirsty, her family and coach and those at the club helping in her development as a promising young athlete.
Start lists are now available for tomorrow nights opening OGM of the season at Linwood ONX.
We have record entries this with all events sold out and some 30 athletes in reserve who couldn’t get on the start line.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the event.
The Grangemouth Round the Houses 10K Road Race always attracts a large entry and this year over 600 runners, including several local athletes, took part, with Kilbarchan Athletic Club athletes performing well.
The race was also the Scottish Universities 10K Championship and Edinburgh student Euan Gillham, had a fine run to finish 2nd overall and taking the Universities title, time 31 minutes 4 seconds . Gemma Rankin was also in good form, finishing 2nd in the women’s event, time 35.58 and good support from Catherine Stewart and Holly Thompson, gave the local club a top 3 team finish. Holly was also 2nd under 20 girl.
At the Open Graded Meeting at Ayr, there were winning performances in the 800m, by Lewis Hannigan and by Louise Hastie, in their under 15 age group 800m races.