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.
Scottish Athletics Report
Callum Hawkins confirmed his stature as a top world class performer on Sunday, when he finished 4th in the World Marathon Championships round the thronged streets of London. The 25 year old from Elderslie, cheered on by the huge crowds, maintained his pace, finishing strongly and just missing a medal position, time 2 hours 10 minutes 17 seconds, a personal best and the best by a British athlete in the World marathon event for 20 years.
Elsewhere at the weekend, 2 of Scotland rising stars, fellow Kilbarchan Athletic Club members were representing Scotland in the Celtic Games International in Dublin.
Kirsty Costello, also from Elderslie, set a Scottish age group record of 57.83m to finish in 2nd place in the Hammer competition and David McNair from Paisley and competing in the 800 metres also won Silver, breaking the 2 minute barrier, his time 1.58.85.
Congratulations to Kirsty Costello who threw @scotathletics age group record 57.83 to finish in 2nd place at the Celtic games.
Jemma Reekie continued her remarkable season at theEuropean under 20s Championships in Grosetto, Italy at the weekend. Jemma, from Beith and a member of Kilbarchan Athletic Club, had earned GB selection bywinning the 1500metres and the 3000m under 20 titles at the UK trials at Bedford last month and she celebrated with a fantastic victory in the 1500metres. Jemma took the lead with 200 metres to go and accelerated away to win Gold by 20 metres, time an impressive 4 minutes 13.25 seconds.Jemma also compete in the 3000metres and she just missed a medal position finishing 4th in 9.24.81..Altogether an outstanding weekend competing against Europe’s best young athletes.
Congratulations to Kirsty Costello and David McNair who have been selected to represent Scotland at the Celtic Games in Dublin on Saturday 5th August, Kirsty in the U18 girls Hammer and David in the U16 Men 800metres.
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.