The ‘Harriers’ senior sprint squad were on top form at the recent National Indoor Open Championship held at the Emirates Indoor Arena, Glasgow. 17 year old Scott Hannaway reaffirmed his status as the area’s fastest athlete with two blistering runs over 200m and 400m.
First up in the 400m event Scott faced the country’s top senior athletes, after a steady first 200m Scott eased into another gear which saw him close the gap to his senior competitors, his steely determination not to be overawed pulled him through the field to stop the clock in a top position with another sub 50 clocking to add to his impressive performances. Next up in the 200m a blistering start had Scott flying into the back straight and closing the stagger on the athletes in the outer lanes, before entering the home straight in a top two place. As he was stride for stride with his competitor crossing the line, the photo finish was required to decide who was victorious with Scott placed second with a very quick 22 second run.
Scott McCluckie tackled the shorter double 60m and 200m. Having worked on his start over the last few weeks Scott was out and flying as he covered the shortest race in little over 7 seconds just off his lifetime best to secure victory on the day. In his 200m his start again was impressive before he moved into the back straight and was always contesting the lead holding his position onto the home straight and crossing the line just off his 200m best.
Mark Magee similar to Scott Hannaway contested the 200m and 400m. A mature first lap in the longer sprint had Mark contesting the lead at the bell, and an aggressive back straight saw Mark overtake the leader before being pipped on the line for victory in his fastest time for 2 years. In his 200m, Mark was out of his blocks sharply and moved into the lead on the back straight. With an efficient bend Mark’s lead was cut, however his strength over the last 50m proved valuable as he ran to victory in his fastest 200m for 18 months.
The ‘Harriers’ sprint squad now looking forward to the coming weeks of indoor competition to enhance their preparation for their outdoor summer season.
Photos courtesy of (C) Bobby Gavin.
400m: Scott Hannaway 49.95; Mark Magee 54.33
200m: Scott Hannaway 22.74, Scott McCluckie 24.10, Mark Magee 24.94
60m: Scott McCluckie 7.53