Medal delight for athletes in Aberdeen

It was a successful weekend of competition at a national level for Team East Lothian athletes in Aberdeen on 28 & 29 August.

As well as many athletes producing lifetime best performances, there were an impressive number stepping on the podium. Adam Hoole competed in three events and medaled in two of them. Hoole got gold with victory in the long jump with a PB of 7.05m, and a silver in the 110m hurdles with a PB time of 14:73s. Hoole also ran yet another PB time of 11:02s in the Men’s U20 100m heat to qualify for the final, and just narrowly missed out on a third, finishing in 4th place with a time of 11:03s.

Grace Brennan won a silver medal in the women’s U20 pole vault, with a height of 3.00m, superseding her previous best height at the discipline. Also achieving a silver medal, was Donald Ross in the U13 boys high jump competition. Ross jumped a PB height of 1.47m. Ross also won a bronze medal for his performance in the 75 metres hurdles, with a PB time of 13.08m. It was another bronze medal for Team East Lothian in the U15 boys shot put event, with Michael Welch throwing 10.84m and achieving a new PB.

In the middle distance events, the 1500m were exciting races, with most medals not decided until the finish line.

Cerys Wright showed great tenacity in the U13 girls 1500m, and won a silver medal with a PB time of 5:05.12. Olivia Robbins fought all the way in the U15 girls 1500m to smash her PB, with a time of 4:43.64 and win a bronze medal. Eily Sinclair ran a PB time in the 1500m heats of 5:10.77.

In the U15 boys 1500m, Innes Wright easily qualified for the final and then finished in a credible 6th position with a PB time of 4:34.58. In the U13 boys 1500m, Jake Page ran a PB time of 4:52.51, in a very fast race, with both the 1st and 2nd places beating the previous championship record. Page finished in 7th position overall.

In the U15 800m, John Marshall qualified for the final and ran 2:14.20 to finish in 7th overall. Fraser Lupton ran a time of 2:20.85, which was a PB of more than five seconds. In the U15 girls 800m, Freya Brown, from Haddington RC, ran a PB time of 2:29.89 to finish in 4th place overall.

In the sprints, Ethan Schulenberg, also ran a PB of 11:59s in the 100m, and then 24:12s in the 200m.
Grace Brennan, ran a PB time of 70.16s to finish 3rd in her heat for the U20 women’s 400m hurdles.

In the field events, there were fantastic PB performances from Laura Buchan in both the long jump and the triple jump. In the long jump, Buchan reached  5.15m and 7th place overall, and 10.25m, in the triple jump; 6th place overall.  Joanna Welch competed in both the women’s shot put and women’s; hammer, throwing  7.83m and 29.08m, respectively.

It is great credit to these athletes and their coaches at Team East Lothian for bringing their very best performances to national level competition, with many being rewarded with a position on the podium.

Photo credit: Bobby Gavin, That One Moment (Scottish Athletics Twitter)