Sarah 800m Gold at Scottish Age group Championships last weekend
Oliver Silver in the Steeplechase last weekend
REPORT by CROY THOMSON
Five athletes, two medals and a title at the 3A’s in Bedford
GIFFNOCK NORTH AAC junior athletes earned themselves podium finishes and top-ten placings at the AAA of England Championships in Bedford last weekend.
Erin Wallace ran a cool-headed tactical race to win the 1500 metres title against top-flight UK opposition, waiting patiently on the leader’s shoulder until the last 300 metres before accelerating smoothly away from the pack for victory in four minutes, 33.14 seconds, just shy of her personal best.
In the 800 metre event, having safely negotiated her qualifying heat the day before, Sarah Eunson took the race by the scruff of the neck with 200 metres to go, surging clear of the bunch and fighting every inch of the way down the finishing straight only to be outgunned in the final 50 by two rivals. Bronze and an excellent outdoor time of two minutes 11.03 seconds added lustre to a year that has seen Eunson eclipse Lynsey McDonald’s 35-year-old Scottish indoor 800 record.
Alessandro Schenini was another Giffnock athlete to make the long journey south, the U17 club record holder delivering a 6.63 m long jump to land a notable fifth place, while high jumper Chris McKay recorded a 1.86 m clearance for seventh. Oliver Watson-Sweeney was rewarded with another commendable top ten finish, in the U17 1500 metre steeplechase, posting a new personal best of four minutes, 39.6 seconds.
Coach Dudley Walker is delighted with the weekend success of these members of his Middle Distance squad and added that ” their commitment has paid off” .
Well done to all the Giffnock Athletes who made such a success of their long trip to Bedford