Glenpark’s young athletes were in the best of form with 5 out of 6 recording personal bests at the National Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
Under13s Summer Taggart and Sophie McGinty got proceedings underway in the 800metres, with both drawn together in the first of 4 heats. They pair went out hard hanging on to the tail of the leader, and were rewarded with lifetime bests; Summer (2:45) slashing 17 seconds from her previous best and finishing second , and Sophie (2:49) improving by 4 seconds holding on for 4th.
Next over 1500metres were Erin McEleny and Maria McCabe. Maria in the first heat, bravely battled round the 7 ½ laps after a niggle in the warm up flared up early during the race, but despite her pain she ground out a new best of 6:02 improving by 4 seconds. Erin followed in the quickest of the girls heats, she was holding on to the pack, but the very fast early pace took its toll and she faded in the closing stages, nevertheless it was an outstanding effort just outside her best. Also competing was Euan Johnson who was drawn in the quickest boys’ 1500m heat. He too went out quickly with the leading pack, but despite drifting off he managed to improve his best by 3 seconds to 5minutes 28sec.
The final race involved Under 20 Scott Hannaway, who had earlier won his heat to set up a much anticipated 400m final. And it didn’t disappoint; Scott who had kept within touching distance of Kilbarchan’s Stephen Johnston for a lap and a half, put in an attempt to strike for gold in the last bend, but it wasn’t to be, as he couldn’t quite get on terms, only to then see Glasgow’s Niall MacLean slip by in the last few strides, with less than 4 tenths of a second separating the 3 medallists. It wasn’t all disappointment for Scott as he clinched Bronze in a new lifetime best of 49.32 seconds.