Round-up of a successful weekend for the Harriers who competed in the age group National T&F Championships at Grangemouth stadium. 10th & 11th August 2019. With the highlight being Scott Hannaway’s brilliant Bronze in the U20 mens 400m.
Day one at the Scottish National Age Group T&F Championships:
In the under 15s 300metres Emma Aitken produced the run of the day with a 2 second PB. Having only recently started concentrating on the sprint distance, she covered the 300m in just 47 seconds, a significant improvement. Ben Campbell also ran well as he recorded a new best time by just ½ a second in the 1500m. Francesca McKay was slightly down on her 800m best but put in a strong run in a very quick heat. There was disappointment for medal hope Harris Morrison, who pulled out at last minute, on advice of the physio with hamstring strain he had been suffering with all week.
300m Emma Aitken 47.49
1500m Ben Campbell 4.55.09
800m Francesca McKay 2.55.24
Day two at the Scottish National Age Group T&F Championships:
It was the turn of the under13s & under 20s, and the warm sunny weather from the previous day unfortunately didn’t last – but it didn’t stop all our six under 13 athletes producing their fastest ever times.
1st year girls Sophie, Maria, Summer and Erin gained valuable experience in heat 1 of the 800metres timed final format. Sophie went out strongly from the start holding onto 3rd place throughout with her typical gutsy performance. Maria was more measured in her tactics coming through steadily in the 2nd lap to take 4th. Just behind came Summer and Erin giving their all to produce life time bests in their first National final.
Ava Beaton was in the 4th and quickest of the girls heats, and she kept herself in medal contention. At 600m she had forced her way through to 4th place and was closing down on the Pitreavie athlete in front, but as her rival picked up the pace in response to the challenge, Ava faded slightly in the home straight, but should take great confidence in that she has recorded a PB every time she has stepped on the track at 800m this season.
David Docherty was in the first of the 3 heats of the boys final. It was an impressive run by the youngster, lying 3rd at half way, he powered through to win by 20metres on the line. His time was the 14th quickest overall.
The outstanding performance of the day however came from Scott Hannaway in the U20’s 400metres. He had cruised to a comfortable win in his heat to set up his place in the final, where he would be up against formidable opposition in Pitreavie’s, Billy Doyle, and Englishman Hakan Dalbal 7th and 18th quickest respectively in the UK. By the time the final came the weather had worsened with the wind picking up and the rain lashing down. Despite the conditions Scott was quickly away and into 2nd place, but with the finish line in sight he was overtaken by Hakan. But he can go home happy with a National Bronze medal in his first year at Under 20 and a time a fraction off his best in terrible conditions.
400m: Scott Hannaway 3rd Final 49.75 / 1st Heat 49.91
800m: David Docherty 2:34:84 PB
Ava Beaton 2:30.48 PB
Sophie McGinty 2:52.07 PB
Maria McCabe 2:55.86 PB
Summer Taggart 3:02.17 PB
Erin McEleny 3:04.50 PB