GGH Specsavers Junior T&F Championships 2018 – Sunday 17th June Ravenscraig Stadium
To mark the Year of Young People Greenock Glenpark Harriers held a junior athletics championship at Ravenscraig Stadium. Not only did the junior athletes participate – many of them helped to plan and organise the successful event too. They were involved in everything from devising the timetable of events to promoting it, and they did a fantastic job with 44 youngsters taking part, many in their very first T&F competition.
The youngest athletes taking part were the under 9s, who were every bit as competitive as their older club mates. Leo Beaton was dominant on the track winning at 100m, 300m and 600m with Patrick McCabe and Cameron Crawford taking the final podium places. But in the Long Jump Patrick struck gold from Cameron, with Oliver Jones claiming 3rd. Aimee McEleny was a whirlwind on the track winning all 4 of her events with Stella McCabe and Orla Trainer providing her with stiff competition.
The under 11 girls was the most competitive category with 7 different medallists over the 4 events, Sophie McLaughlan and Maria McCabe were strongest over the longer distances, Sky Arthur in the sprints and Charlotte Jones in the long jump.
The Under 11 boys competed well with David Docherty doing the double by winning the Long Jump and 100m, Douglas Campbell prevailed in the 300m and Euan Johnson showed his strength in the endurance race by taking the 600m title.
The titles for the under 13 girls were shared between Ruby McGill, Katie Johnson and Ava Beaton, with Francesca McKay claiming a double bronze. Aidan McElwee and Ethan Cooper were in fierce competition throughout the day, with Aidan successful with 3 titles to Ethan’s win in the 100m. Jamie Gallagher was pleased with his collection of 4 bronzes.
In the Under 15s Abbie Tosh was top girl in the 800 and 300, Alyshia Singleston was quickest in the sprint, whilst Mhairi Moore out-leapt her rivals in the long Jump. Harry McGill had a clean sweep with Ewan Ferguson putting up a strong challenge making him work for his wins.
U17 Beth McKenna made a welcome comeback after a frustrating 12months out through injury, and she was impressive over 100 and 300metres. Another returning after injury was Dunoon athlete Alan Mollins, who renewed his rivalry with Ryan Brown. Alan just edged the track events whilst Ryan claimed the Long Jump title.
Thanks to the large contingent of volunteers who made the event run smoothly. All the Inverclyde Leisure staff and management for their assistance and support and to Jonathan Dry from competition sponsors Specsavers who came along and presented medals to the winning athletes, .
Full Results Results-GGH T&F Championship2018