Day 1 National T&F Championships Under 17s & Seniors
The athletes at the National Championships at Grangemouth Stadium were met with very blustery conditions, not ideal for fast times, but thankfully for them the forecast of rain held off for the day.
First away for the Harriers was Abbie Tosh in heat 1 of the Under 17 women’s 800metres. Abbie looked strong throughout and contested well in what was her first year in her age group. It was an excellent time considering the strong wind down the back straight to come home in 2.46minutes just a second off her personal best to finish in 6thplace.
Harry McGill was up next in the 1500m, where there were 2 heats with only the top 4 guaranteed to qualify for the final.
In an extremely cautious opening the whole field were still together, moving at jogging pace for the first 2 laps. From then on it wound up rapidly until the bell, where the top 5 then moved clear of the rest. Into the home straight Harry was under pressure but managed to hold on – with just a little to spare- to take 4th in 4.25 minutes and a place in tomorrow’s final. It was the closest race of the day with just ½ a second separating the first 5 across the line.
It was then the turn of senior men Mark Magee and Scott McCluckie in the heats of the 400metres. In Heat 1 Mark looked very quick over the first 250m, but tied up a little down the home straight, but should be pleased with a season’s best of 54.99 seconds.
Scott in Heat 3 was a bit disappointed with his performance but was just outside his quickest time this season in difficult conditions . Both go again tomorrow in the 200metres.