Jemma Reekie followed up her senior 800m Scottish title with a blistering run over 800m in Manchester last night at the Trafford AC Grand Prix.
Jemma was the only female in a classy mixed field and finished 7th overall in a time of 2:04.25 to sit top of the European U20 rankings and over 1 second off her previous PB.
We also hear a hint of one more track race this season, so maybe another brilliant performance report on it’s way again soon.
Photo above by Bobby Gavin
The Scottish Track and Field Championships were concluded at Scotstoun at the weekend with a number of successes for Kilbarchan Athletic Club athletes.
Gold medals were won by Jemma Reekie for the Womens 800metres (2.08.39); Krishawn Kirwan the 200metres (21.65s); and Cameron Wright under 17s 1500m steeplechase (4.27.47).
There were also fine performances by Ross Paterson, representing Red Star and winning the ambulatory 100m (12.31s) and 200m (25.11s).
Other medallists included Andrew Costello who won Silver for the Mens Hammer (53.78m) and there were Bronze medals for Kerry MacAngus, Womens 1500metres (4.31.85); Cameron Stark under 17s Hammer (42.22m) and Cameron Wright under 17s 1500m (4.04.66).
Also at the weekend, after her success in the Scottish under 15 Championships the previous week, Kirsty Costello travelled to Bedford to compete in the English under 15 Championships.
Kirsty was in superb form again, competing in the Javelin and Hammer. Her first Javelin throw of the day, measured at 43.70metres, not only won her the Gold medal but was also a Scottish Under 15 girls record.
Later in the day, it was Gold again for Kirsty, this time in the Hammer with her best Throw, measured 57.11m.
Jemma Reekie turned her attention to the shorter distance to race over 800m (only her second outdoor 800m this season) against some serious senior competition, including defending champion Mhairi Hendry(VP Glasgow).
Jemma drove off the final bend to pass Hendry in the home straight, running 2:08.39 in a gutsy run to take gold.
Kerry MacAngus followed later in the 1500m senior women’s race with a fine 3rd place in 4:31.85.
Also over 1500m, Cameron Wright was 3rd place in the Under 17 men’s race in a time of 4:04.66, with Andrew MacAngus following him home for 4th in 4:05.25 & Michael Simson 6th in 4:06.30.
In the Senior Men’s Hammer Andrew Costello struck Silver with a good opening throw of 53.78m, following on from his U20 gold last weekend at Scotstoun.
Cameron Stark was also in medal form in the hammer, taking bronze at Under 17 level with 42.66m his best on the day.
Kirsty Costello was in superb form again at the weekend, travelling to Bedford to compete in the Javelin and Hammer at U15 level.
Her first Javelin throw of the day turned out to be the winning one as her 43.70m Scottish Under 15 record throw earned her the first Gold medal of the day.
Next up in the Hammer it was Gold again as 57.11m was enough to win the event.
Congratulations to Kirsty and coach Jim Green on this performance and a superb season of record breaking throwing.
The Scottish Age groups Championships started at Scotstoun last weekend and there were some top performances by local athletes representing Kilbarchan Athletic Club.
In the under 15 girls events, Kirsty Costello won the Hammer throwing 55.18metres, a Championship best performance and Kirsty also won the Javelin with 37.73m.
In the under 20 boys events, Cameron Wright won the 2000m steeplechase, time 6 minutes 14.12 seconds and Andrew Costello won the Hammer with 55.89metres.
There were Bronze medals for Shona Ross for the under 20 girls Triple Jump (11.80m); Ellie Fulton under 20 girls Javelin (39.67m), Kerry MacAngus under 20 girls 1500m (4.56.09) and Praise Olatoke for the under 20s 100m (10.82s). Also for Michael Cairns under 17 boys 400m Hurdles (59.95s) and for Jack Patton under 15 boys 1500metres (4.21.65).
European Junior 1500m Champion Jemma Reekie was running for the GB Junior Team over 1 mile last night in a classy field at the English Manchester International, Sportcity.
The youngest athlete in the race (in what was her debut mile) stormed away from Charlene Thomas (PB of 4:27 over 1 mile) with 200m to go to win convincingly in a time of 4:40.55.
Congratulations to Jemma on another fantastic performance.