Report from Gerry Duggan
Thirty-one of our young athletes hurdled, sprinted, ran, jumped, threw, vaulted and putted their way into the Highland Capital on Saturday the 1st of September. They were in pursuit of PB’s and even a few qualifying standards for next June’s Gothenburg event, before the end of the current Track and Field season.
Inverness Harriers welcomed us to their open graded meeting where our athletes competed in hurdles, 100m, 200m, 800m, Discus, Shot Putt, Javelin, Long Jump and Pole Vault.
Our athletes set off at lunchtime on Friday (everyone was devastated at having to miss an afternoon’s schooling) for the long journey north, where we set-up overnight camp in Elgin. We arrived in plenty of time for tea, before inventing the new Olympic sports of “Rugby in the Dark” and “Luminous Yellow Frisby”. It let us all burn off a bit of energy before lights out.
After a good nights rest, all the athletes were up bright and early, eager to compete, but not before consuming the Breakfast of Champions. Full fry-ups all round.
Our hosts, Inverness Harriers, were brilliant. Realising we were keen to land some Gothenburg qualifying times, they set up the 100m and 200m to “go with the wind”. So our athletes ran the wrong way down the home straight for the 100m and used the 800m stagger mark to set off for the 200m. Thanks guys!
Giffnock’s athletes put their usual heart and soul into the events and we hope that everyone was pleased with their performances. There were too many PBs and SB’s to list out individually, you can see the full results on-line or on Power of 10 (speedy work again on the part of Inverness Harriers).
One performance does merit special mention. Darcy McNeil (pictures below) set a PB and U13 Club Record in the discus with a whopping 18.70m. Well done Darcy.
Symon Lipp was busy with his iPhone round the track and captured as many of the athletes in action as possible. You can see the pictures in the Highland Capital online photo album.
All the coaches (Jackie Alexander, Sara Lang, Billy Glasgow, Gerry Duggan and Symon Lipp) would like to thank our athletes on their outstanding performances and exemplary behaviour throughout the trip.
Report with thanks to Gerry Duggan