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Sophie Haldane with Bronze Medal

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Erin Wallace -Gold in the 1500 metres

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Reuben Nairne -Hurdles Gold

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David Lambie in High Jump Action

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Rachel Alexander in Long Jump

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Chris Stewart in the Steeplechase

Report by Croy Thomson

THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL AGE GROUP ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS proved a happy hunting ground for Giffnock North AAC, with medallists throughout the disciplines across track and field at Grangemouth Stadium.

On a highly competitive day that attracted athletes from as far away as Shetland, southside winners included Under 20 Jenna Wrisberg, who added lustre to an already rewarding season with a classic sprint double gold in 100 metres (12.25 seconds) and 200 metres (25.32 seconds).

No fewer than three long jump titles were landed by Giffnock athletes. Rachel Alexander claimed the Under 20 long jump crown with a fine 6.05 metre effort; Under 17 Alessandro Schenini flew to the top of the podium with 6.80 metres; Reuben Nairne won Under 13 gold with a 4.75 metres jump.

Nairne also won the 75 m hurdles race in a new club record time of 11.89 seconds, while Under 13 team-mate Fraser Lipp nailed another new club mark with a 34.25 metre javelin throw.

On the fast Grangemouth track, which is the Commonwealth Games surface re-laid from Hampden Park, five Giffnock girls won national gold. In the Under 17 category Iona Menzies claimed the 300 m hurdles (45.35 seconds); Sarah Eunson controlled the 800 m event from start to finish, in two minutes 16.04 seconds; and Erin Wallace was imperious in winning the 1500 metres in four minutes 37.54 seconds.

Wrapping up the day in golden style were Under 13s Alyson Bell (100 m, 13.68 seconds) and Kate Richardson (800 m, two minutes 24.23 seconds).

More reporting to come….

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