REPORT BY CRAIG FOTHERINGHAM

4 Golds at Scottish Schools Indoor Championships – Day 1
The Scottish Schools Athletic Association Indoor Championships sponsored by Rotary – West of Scotland – started this morning at The Emirates Arena. Competition was tough and a host of Giffnock North members were participating but this time representing their schools instead of wearing the Yellow and Blue vest! Many were participating against competitors much older than usual.
The day started with the Under 16 Girls 1500 Metres. Helen Chong, Emma Chamberlain, Hannah Ryding, Francesca Davidson, Jill Carswell, Kate Richardson and Abby Thomson all chased a place in the final but only Kate managed to qualify – winning her heat in a time of 4:51.41. She managed to improve her time in the final to 4:49.69 for sixth place.
Ross O’Brian, Ethan Carolan, Reuben MacDonald and Harris Paterson attempted qualification in the Boys Under 16 1500 Metres with only Ethan qualifying – 4:29.05 being good enough to place second in his heat. The pace in the final was just a bit too hot for Ethan and he finished a very creditable 5th in 4:22.95.
In the Over 16’s 1500 were Clare Wallace, Calum Young, Nikolai Gajic, Nicholas Boyle and Andrew Robertson. Nikolai and Clare both ran well in the heats to make their respective finals but found the two races in a day just too demanding.
The other track race of the day was the 200 Metres with Under 16’s Alyson Bell, Niamh Smith, Rachel Callan, Nathan McNee, Adam Deverill and Max McHarg all participating. Rachel, Max and Alison progressed to the semi-finals with the latter two also making it the finals where Max finished in 24.06 for 5th place. Alyson was involved in a tremendous race for the medals and with 50 to go she looked second best. Even with 15 to go she was 2 feet back but kept her form to the line as the other girl faded – no-one knew who had won and even the picture on the screen looked like a dead heat. After a huge delay, Alison was eventually awarded Gold by 1/100th of a second with 25.67.
Adam Clayton, Amine Hifi and Kyle McLean all made it to the semi Finals of the Over 16 Boys 200M with Adam cruising through to the final. He was in total control over the one lap event, easing to Gold in 22.05. Eve Denholm and Freya Cowan ran in the Over 16’s Girls 200 M with Eve making the semi-final with a best time of 27.36.
There were two more Golds from The field events. Reuben Nairne won a comfortable Gold Medal with 3.70 Metres in the Under 16 Boys Pole Vault with Clark Marshall 4th. Murray Fotheringham was the only boy jumping over 6 metres in the under 16 Boys Long Jump and eased to Gold with 6.50 Metres.
Iris Williams and Jennifer Dallas participated in the Under 16 Girls Shot Putt but failed to make the final eight.
Apologies for any errors or omissions but with schools vest being worn it is very difficult to isolate Giffnock athletes.
Well done to everyone who achieved the qualifying standards and competed today. Hope they all get a good night’s sleep and are ready to do battle again tomorrow.

Thanks to Craig for report and Photos
We will update at the conclusion of today

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