Adam Clayton On The Podium
Report from Craig Fotheringham
English Athletic Championships
Three Giffnock North athletes made the long journey South at the weekend to compete in the English Athletics Championships at Bedford International Athletics Stadium.
First up, in the sunshine on Saturday was Scottish Champion, Reuben Nairne in the Pole Vault, attempting to replicate his success earlier in the year at the English Indoor Championships. Reuben has been hampered slightly by a hip injury recently but started strongly and cleared his initial heights with ease and was looking to be in good form. He exceeded his own Club Record to achieve 3.51 Metres (3rd on the Scottish Under 15 All Time List) and only very narrowly failed 3.61 – hitting the bar on the way down. An excellent effort and he failed by the narrowest of margins to win Gold – losing on count back.
Reuben Nairne on the Podium
Reuben and Murray Fotheringham were then scheduled to take part in the Long Jump but the timetable put paid to this – Reuben was still in the middle of His Pole Vault Competition as Murray started his quest for a medal. After 3 rounds, Murray qualified in equal third place but out of the medals on count back with 6.06 Metres. His fourth round jump was also 6.06 Metres which promoted him to the Bronze medal position. Fingers were crossed and Murray was still in 3rd with only 4 jumps left in the completion. As Reuben was on the podium getting his PV Silver medal, Murray sailed out to a New Club Record of 6.23 Metres (5th on the Scottish Under 15 All Time List ) to snatch second place and another Silver medal for Giffnock.
The timetable also put paid to Murray’s chances in the 800 Metres as he had only 4 minutes from his final jump till the start of his 800 Heat. He changed his shoes on the start line but could not find that little bit of extra energy he needed to make the final, coming home 8th with a time of 2:07.31.
Next up was Adam Clayton in the 100 Metres. Expectations were high as Adam has achieved some tremendous times this season and he cruised through to the final. At 80 Metres he seemed assured of a medal but the pack engulfed him right on the line and Adam finished a slightly disappointing 5th in 10.83 seconds, just outside his PB.
Murray Fotheringham on the Podium
A good night’s sleep and the athletes woke up to a blisteringly hot day with no wind – perfect for some good performances. Unfortunately, Murray was hampered a little with a back injury, aggravated in the Long Jump, and he bowed out of the High Jump earlier than he had hoped in 6th equal with a clearance of 1.72 Metres.
The last chance for a medal was Adam in the 200 Meters. After a night of reflection and some words of encouragement from Coach Ryan, he qualified comfortably for the final with a superb new PB of 21.85 , breaking the 22 seconds barrier for the first time. He exploded out the blocks in the final and ran a magnificent bend to be in with a chance down the straight. As the Giffnock contingent held their breath he stormed down the home straight , maintaining his form right to the line and winning Gifnock’s third Silver medal with an astounding New Club Record of 21.66 seconds (3rd on the Scottish Under 17 All Time List headed only by Elliot Bunney’s performances 34 Years ago ). A great way to end the weekend.
Well done to all the boys, their coaches and to their supporters.
Thanks Craig for the report and the Photos from Helen Nairne also.
3 Silvers, 3 Club Records 3 Great efforts, All time rankings and 2nd in current GB 2017 rankings for 200m for Adam
Some weekend for our much travelled Trio.