Young athletes from Team East Lothian (TEL) were delighted to be back in action on the track and field at the recent Youth Development League (YDL) event, at Grangemouth Stadium on Sunday 20 June. The YDL meet had, like many others, been postponed due to Covid, so it was fantastic to see Match One for ‘Scotland East’ finally go ahead. Despite the cancelled events and months of disrupted training, there were some excellent performances from the participating athletes.
Olivia Robbins was first over the line in the 800m U15 girls ‘A’ race, with a winning time of 2:21, and was awarded an Amateur Athletics Association (AAA) Grade 1 rating. Also, in the 800m U15, Cristina Elliot ran 2:34.
AAA ratings are awarded to athletes from the Amateur Athletics Association in recognition of Track and Field standards. AAA Grade 1 rating is the highest that can be achieved.
In the U15 Boys 800m, John Marshall finished 3rd place in the ‘A’ race, in a time of 2:11, improving his PB by around five seconds, and being awarded a AAA 3 rating. Innes Wright finished 1st in the field in the ‘B’ race, with an impressive time of 2:15, which also clocked him a new PB.
Howie Allison finished 2nd place in the 800m U13 Boys ‘A’ race with a time of 2:27, resulting in a new PB and a AAA 3 rating. Also running the 800m in the U13 Boys, was Joshua Liddell, clocking 2:38.
It was a convincing win, a new personal best time, and a AAA 2 rating for Cerys Wright in 800m U13 girls event! She won the race in a time of 2:32. Freya Brown also took the win in the ‘B’ race, setting a new personal best with 2:33, and being awarded a AAA 3 rating.
Sam Renton placed 3rd in the 75m U13 Boys ‘A’ race with an outstanding time of 11:07, which awarded him a AAA 1 rating! Eilidh Sproule achieved a personal best in the 100m U15 girls ’A’ race, with a time of 15:20.
Jump for Joy
In the High Jump U13 boys, Donald Ross soared to new heights, adding 11cm to his personal best, with an impressive jump of 1.37, placing him 2nd on the day. Meanwhile in the Shot U15 event, Michael Welch placed 2nd, throwing 10:26
Amateur Athletics Association (AAA) standards. Grade 1 to Grade 4, with Grade 1 being the best. The following athletes from Team East Lothian were awarded a AAA rating at Match 1.
Olivia Robbins 800m U15G AAA 1
Sam Renton 75m U13B AAA 1
John Marshall 800m U15B AAA 3
Howie Allison 800m U13B AAA 3
Michael Welch Shot U15B AAA 4
innes Wright 800m U15B AAA 4
The 2nd match is scheduled for 1st August, when hopefully performances will be inspired by Team GB action in Tokyo!