2nd Sept Pitreavie AAC Young Athletes’ Trophy Meeting
GAA Sky High Pole Vault 2018 (The Final)
Now in its’ 27th year and still attracting 200 plus competitors the Young Athletes’ Trophy Meeting occurs at the end of the outdoor season and always produces great spectacle in the track and field competitions . With it scheduled so soon after the National Age Group championships it often offers a final chance to collect a medal , improve a PB, or a chance to re-challenge many recent National gold medallists. It also provides U11 athletes a competition to earn a first trophy at something almost akin to National level with the many competitors it attracts in this age group from far and wide.
With fair temperatures and the occasional sunny spell it turned into a memorable day for two of Giffnock’s U13 Boys. Ryan Davie collected his first individual Gold in the High Jump with a 1.40m clearance and only narrowly missed a 1.44m PB. Ryan, being a first year U13 performed at an admirable level for his age bettering several boys a year older. He also competed in the Long Jump finishing 5th with 4.14m and outdid himself again with a PB finishing 3rd in the third heat of the 100m with 14.80secs. This earned him a spot in a very competitive final. He was actually late for his original heat as he was on his last attempt at high Jump at the time and luckily got a move into heat3 when he eventually made it to the start line. Fortuitously for him though, this was the fastest heat of the day and brought the best out of him, and the time he produced was better than the winner of the heat he should have ran in. Ryan was a bit slower in the final due to a strong headwind and after all the exertion and finished 6th , but was very pleased overall with his day. More to come next year.
Daniel Martin also had bumper day with the medals, earning 3 Golds. His first of the day being at Long Jump. Having just returned from running his 75m hurdles heat, he and two others had 3 rounds to complete as all the other competitors had finished. Daniel had some nervy moments with 2 fouls but calmed himself to ensure a safe effort in his final jump to produce 4.38m which won the competition by 5cm. This was much to his surprise afterwards as he wasn’t best pleased with that particular jump. The distance being a good bit down on his performances of late. He followed this up with a safe run in the final of the 75m hurdles winning comfortably in 12.88 secs. This was his third gold in the event this year after the West Districts and an excellent PB in the National champs a fortnight ago. Finally in the 100m Daniel executed another safe run along with Ryan in Heat 3 making the final. After managing his effort well throughout the day he stormed through to win the 100m final by 4metres in 13.75s. A very decent time contending with a strong 3.2m/s headwind.
Sky High Pole Vault 2018
Finally after a whirlwind week, Reuben Nairne pulled off his second Pole Vault Grand Prix victory of the year winning the GAA Sky High Pole Vault competition. This was the fourth meeting of the series and just like he did during the winter season he became summer season champion. It’s been a successful season for him in Pole Vault with him achieving a recent U17 club record of 4.35m which puts him top 5 in the UK and 5th best on the Scottish all-time list. Added to his superb Silver at the UK School Games on Saturday in Loughborough in 100m hurdles, and a 4th place in PV competing at the England Athletics Champs in Bedford the previous weekend, it’s been a demanding but rewarding week for him. A massive well done Reuben.
Report by Brian Martin