Another great weekend for lots of athletes but what about Sarah Eunson and her fabulous Under 17 , 800m time at the Senior Championships on Sunday – 2.10.28!. Her coach Dudley Walker is delighted to see Sarah’s talent, hard work , focus and commitment paying off.
He is just waiting for this to be ratified as a Scottish all time record at U17- a record which was Linsey MacDonald’s until Sunday . The time takes Sarah to seventh on the British all time records.
Arnold Black of SATs notes on this performance by Sarah:
“One of the longest-standing indoor records was Linsey Macdonald’s under-17 800 metres record of 2:10.3, set nearly 35 years ago at Cosford in March 1980. It was finally removed by Giffnock’s Sarah Eunson, still aged 15, fifth in the senior final with 2:10.28. It has been a remarkable improvement for Sarah, who entered the indoor season with a best of 2:18.58 before showing dramatic progress with a 2:12.92 run at December’s Yuletide Open.”
While Sarah was eating up the track David Smith was High Jumping par excellence and with 2.25m sharing Allan Smith’s Native Record and only losing the first place medal on countback. We add Arnold’s comments below regarding this great High Jump Competition:
“2 February 2015. “I won’t share you” sang The Smiths, “With the drive and ambition, the zeal I feel, this is my time”. Scotland’s own high jumping Smiths, Allan and David, showed the drive and ambition but did not quite follow the lyrics as they both shared a championship best performance and the Scottish native record, clearing 2.25 metres at the Scottish National Championships at the Emirates on Sunday. But it was Allan, putting aside the misery of last year, who proved it was his time, winning the national title on countback. With four-times winner Ray Bobrownicki clearing 2.20 in 3rd, this was the first time three Scots have cleared 2.20 indoors in the one competition. It was good to see our top athletes competing head-to-head in a national championship – shame that others don’t follow suit.”
Up next was Rachel Alexander leaping to new lengths ,exceeding her PB not once ,but four times, to finish with a brilliant 5.93 taking the bronze medal in the Senior Championships. More High Jump success saw Nikki Manson taking bronze and Catherine Palmer continuing her progress in the vertical jump.
Excellent early season times too from Grant Muir in the 1500m to take the Senior bronze medal and from Jack Walker in the 800m to take the silver.
At the Masters event on the Saturday ,Giffnock’s leading track Veteran Angela Kelly added lustre to her already distinguished career with double gold in the Scottish Masters Finals 60 and 200 metres, while John Birkett earned a fine bronze in the M55 shot putt.
Meanwhile ,down the water at Greenock, in the usual Battery Park venue for the Renfrewshire road race championships but with the snowy vistas of the surrounding hills making for picture postcard photographs , lots of success for the troops.
The Under 11 boys were off first and took the team Gold medal with an excellently timed run by Michael Moynihan to take individual gold, and a great 3rd place for Aidan Flynn and 8th for Hugh Shiels. In the Under 11 Girls Race Lauren Agnew raced to an excellent third place, with Nuala O’Donnell and Kate Paul in support for team bronze.
Elsewhere in the age-group races, Emily Crusher won the U15 Girl’s race, leading Lynn (third) and Charlotte McKenna to team gold. Oliver Watson-Sweeney took U17 Men’s silver and further silvers went to Annabel Ballantyne and Ethan Carolan (both U13). Annabel led Sofia Kirkpatrick and Kate Richardson to the team crown, while Ethan’s team mates Eoghan O’Donnell and Andrew Robertson helped him lift team silver.
The southside club’s Luke Traynor was the only athlete who dared take on Kilbarchan’s international marathon star Derek Hawkins over the senior five mile event, and Hawkins’ relentless pace over the pancake-flat course eventually proved too strong, but Traynor fought on for a good second place, and his 24 minutes, six seconds effort is third fastest in the UK this winter.
Reporting also from Croy Thomson