Young Harriers Top of the Class

Scott Hannaway, Harry McGill and Harris Morrison were Glenpark Harriers ‘Hat trick Hares’ at the Scottish Schools Track & Field Championships, with all three winning National medals.

Scott had an incredible double success claiming the 200m and 400m titles at Grangemouth stadium. On the first day of the championships he lined up for the final of the one lap sprint as one of the favourites for the title. And true to form Scott was soon moving ahead of the competition as the race developed on the back straight. As the athletes negotiated the final bend Scott was in front and continued to flow down the home straight to claim his first Scottish Schools title.

Shortly after Scott’s victory Harry McGill took to the demands of the 3,000m. As had been the case in recent races Harry was among the leaders for the first few laps before striking for home. The increased pace soon separated the field, Harry then opened up a gap from the chasing pack which proved vital as he to strode confidently to the 3,000m title and the second Gold of the championships for the young harriers.

On day 2 Harris Morrison contested the 800m final after progressing through his heat the day before. Running a mature first lap he was positioned outside the leaders, however moving through the gears on the back straight Harris began his assault for the title.  With every stride he began passing the athletes in front of him reaching the home straight in fourth place. Another change of gear and an excited crowd saw Harris soon into 2nd place and getting closer to the leader with both crossing the line within half second of each other; and a well-deserved visit to the podium to collect his silver medal and a new lifetime best by some 4 seconds.

Scott Hannaway then took to the final of the 200m in determined fashion. An electric start saw Scott close the gap on the athletes outside him and lead the race into the home straight; relaxing into top speed Scott held off the chasing pack to claim his second title and a lifetime best.

Ava Beaton had a superb performance in the 800m but was unfortunate to miss out on a place in the final. But she had the consolation of a superb PB of 2.32mins, a time that places her in the top 10 in Scotland.

Also competing were Shaun Wiseman, Abbie Tosh, Ben Campbell and Emma Aitken who all performed exceptionally well in their first National outdoor Championships.

This is no overnight success for the youngsters, but from years of hard work and dedication. In particular Harry and Scott, the more senior of the juniors competing this weekend.

Harry joined Glenpark Harriers in 2011 as a young 8 year old, and has steadily progressed, with this year finally achieving his first national titles and also representing Scotland at International level.

While Scott 4 years ago this week, as a young novice, did the sprint double at the Inverclyde schools championships. Now after development and continual improvement he is now a double National Schools Champion.

Importantly not forgetting the support the athletes get from the coaching teams, their families, and all the training groups who all contribute massively in a team effort for their individual successes.

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