Busy weekend for TEL Athletes – indoor relays, multi-events and cross country

Team East Lothian Athletes had a busy weekend with both the Scottish Athletics Indoor Relay Championships and the Scottish Athletics Indoor Combined Events Championship taking place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, and the Scottish Schools Athletics Association Secondary Cross Country Championships happening in Livingston.

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Highlight of the weekend came from Cera Gemmell who built on her 3rd place result the previous weekend at the Scottish National XC Championships and ran for her school to take the win in the Girls 15 – 17 race in Livingston.

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Meanwhile in Glasgow, Team East Lothian athletes competed in the Indoor Combined Events Championships with Adam Hoole competing in the U15 boys and Paul Serpenskas and Max Evans in the U13 boys.  Max had a great day and took the bronze medal in 3rd place, with Paul finishing in 11th.  In the U15 boys Adam made good progress, particularly with his jumps and finished in 5th.

Back at the cross country, despite a different set of criteria for age groupings, turn out was good with big fields in each category. Team East Lothian athletes ran for their schools to all deliver improved performances from the previous week at the Nationals.

In addition to Cera, the North Berwick High School team also included Bridget Harley who finished in 5th in the Girls U14,  Robbie Anderson who ran well in the Boys 14 – 15,  and Esme Callander who finished 33rd with a good run in the Girls 15 – 17.  In the Boys 15 – 17 race, Joe Donnelly and Eric Gallagher ran together for much of the race, with Joe moving up the field in the last kilometre to finish in 30th.

Fraser Kelly and Cameron Bullen also ran strongly in the Boys 15 – 17 race, representing Dunbar Grammar School, with Fraser finishing 24th to complete a good cross country season.

In Glasgow at the Indoors Relay Championship TEL had an U15 girls squad, and two U17 mens squads and a Musselburgh and District AC team in the U13 boys.

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TEL U17 mens ‘A’ team of Lewis Goodall, Charlie Hamilton, Chris Stewart and Alistair Loudon ran their heat well but missed a finals place by 0.14seconds.  The U15 girls squad of Joanne Welch, Laura Buchan, Grace Brennan and Eloise Grey were similarly frustrated when they missed the final by 0.46seconds.