After double U20 age group championships Gold medals Jemma Reekie was in sparkling form at the World Championships Trials at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
Recent selection for the European U20 Championships has buoyed Jemma who qualified for Sunday’s final with a new PB of 4:14.27 for 4th in the heats on Saturday afternoon.
Going into Sunday’s final the field was stacked with the likes of Laura Weightman and Jessica Judd leading the way. Jemma ran superbly well digging deep to finish 7th and taking another 2 seconds off her PB with a 4:12.28 which has her 2nd on the Scottish all-time list at U20 age group.
Also an overall Kilbarchan club record, quicker than Claire Gibson’s senior 4:13.56 record set at Scotstoun BMC meeting back in August 2012.
Kirsty Costello was on top form competing in the Throws Grand Prix at Livingston last weekend. The 14 year old form Elderslie, beat her own Scottish record twice in the competition, throwing the 3Kg hammer, 55.81m and later 55.91m., which also keeps her at the top of the UK rankings for the event.
Also last week,Euan Gillham won the Kirkintilloch 10K in the good time of 31 minutes 39 seconds.
And ultra runner Lesley McKerral completed her longest by far, the West Highland Way race, over 90 miles from Milngavie to Fort William, in some of the worst conditions of wind and rain for many years, Lesley finishing time 27 hours, 23 minutes and 24 seconds, finishing 100th from 209 starters.
Jemma Reekie continued her emergence as one of Britains stars of the future at the weekend. Jemma was competing in the under 20s British Championships at Bedford, which were also the trials for the European Athletics under 20s Championships and she competed a remarkable double, against Britain’s best, winning both the 1500m and 3000m events.
On Saturday Jemma won the 1500m in a close finish, time 4:18.38. Then on Sunday, Jemma won the 3000m breaking clear to win by 25 metres in 9:37.22, making it a memorable weekend.
Locally, Callum Hawkins won the Brian Goodwin 10K at Bellahouston, time 29.12, and it was a double for the Kilbarchan club with Elspeth Curran winning the Womens race, time 36.25..
The Mens 10K was also staged in Glasgow at the weekend and there were top performances by two of Kilbarchan’s more senior athletes, Robert McCulloch, who won the over 50s award in 36.21 and by Donald Petrie who was first in the over 55s category, time 37.36.
Jemma Reekie travelled South again this weekend to head for the Bedford track at the U20 British Championships which also hosted as the European Athletics U20 trials.
Jemma enjoyed double gold in both the 1500m and 3000m events to cap a memorable weekend of tough track racing.
In the 1500m on Saturday it was a close finish but Jemma closed down Harriet Knowles-Jones to edge home first in 4:18.38.
She enjoyed a more favourable gap in the 3000m to break clear and win by almost five seconds in 9:37.22.
Congratulations to Jemma, coach Andy Young & family for a magnificent performance and season so far.
Post race comment from Jemma:
They said the double would be tough and it bloody was but … I’m double British champ!!! Over 3K & 1500. Europeans here I come🎉 thanks to my fab group and coach 👏🏼
Shona Ross was also in action to finish 6th in the U20w Triple Jump with an 11.94m (w/a) jump.
Jemma Reekie travelled to Gothenburg, Sweden at the weekend to take part in the Folksam Challenge over 1500m.
In a stacked race Jemma pulled out a massive PB in 4:15.90 to finish 7th overall. This puts Jemma 3rd U20 over 1500m in the 2017 UK rankings. Continue reading Reekie runs a Swede PB in Gothenburg
GAA MILER MEET and SCOTTISH 3000M CHAMPS U20/U17(C)Bobby Gavin
The GAA Miler Meet for races over 3000m & 800m took place on at a sunny Scotstoun in Glasgow on Friday evening.
Callum Matthews had a strong run in the 800m C heat running a PB of 1:58.17 for 2nd place.
Jemma Reekie was 3rd in the 800m women’s E race running 2:07.65, impressive racing once again as Jemma has been busy recently following her 4:20.49 1500m PB at Sportcity last weekend where she broke her own U20 club record. Continue reading GAA Miler Meet 3000m/800m Results, Fri 2 Jun 2017