Personal bests bonanza at Saughton

From grassroots sports to the Olympic Games, this is what athletes train for – achieving, or setting a personal best performance (PB). And there was an abundance of excellent PBs recorded at both the Magnificent Seven Track Endurance Races in Edinburgh and the Scottish National Junior League in Grangemouth at the weekend.

The Magnificent Seven (reference to the seven organising clubs) were held at Saughton Complex in Edinburgh on Friday 16 July. The runners enjoyed the warm, sunny conditions and there were many strong performances from East Lothian runners over both the 1500m and 800m distances. The event was organised between clubs Corstorphine AAC, Edinburgh AC, Harmeny AC, Lasswade AC, Livingston AC, Lothian Running Club and Team East Lothian.

In the 1500m Andrew Brown (M40) from Dunbar Running Club clocked the 2nd fastest time in the event, in a tough battle with Tendai Nyabadza (U17) from Harmeny AC. Tendai just got the edge and finished in 4:12.00. with Andrew in 4:13.20.  Robbie Anderson (U20) from Team East Lothian was 3rd in the same race and smashed his previous PB to set a new best time of 4:25.30. There were personal bests aplenty in the 1500m, with ten of the 13 East Lothian athletes achieving new PB times over the distance.

Under 17 athletes setting new PBs were Ella Nicholson, TEL (5:31.10) and Jessica Bullen, TEL (5:40.70). Under 15s with improved times were Isaac Stevenson, TEL (5:12.80), Charlie Pugh, TEL (5:11.10) and John Marshall, TEL (4:39.20), and Eily Sinclair, TEL (5:26.70). The U13 runners delighted with their new personal bests over 1500m were Freya Brown, Haddington (5:06.70) and Jake Page, U13 TEL (4:57.00). Also competing in the 1500m were Innes Wright, U15 TEL (4:39.20), Flora Henry, U20, TEL (5:11.50) and Cerys Wright, U13 Haddington (5:11.90).

In the 800m, Adam Connolly, at aged eight from Dunbar Running Club was one of the youngest competitors. Adam picked a good day to run his first ever track event, and ran a superb time of 3:28.90 in the U11 category. Big brother Matthew Connolly, also of Dunbar, ran 2:42.70 in U13 800m even. Other U11s, all from Haddington Running Club, clocking their first, and fast, times for the 800m were Morven Kenny (2:44.10), Alfie Pugh (2:45.10) and Branna Kenny (3:11.90).  Also competing in the 800m and running well on the evening were Robyn Lupton U11 (3:24.70) from Haddington, Imogen Turner U11 (3:02.40) and Cohen Hardie U13 (2:56.50) – both from  Musselburgh.

[Photo credit: Athletics Digital]