The road race season for young athletes is short, with just a few opportunities to compete. The Tru Wealth Scottish Athletics Young Athletes Road Races are a first class event that attract the best talent from across Scotland. After benefiting from a solid cross country season, the pace of road races tends to be fast and furious!
Battery Park in Greenock was the location for the road races this year, with host club Inverclyde Local Athletic Partnership (ILAP) working with Scottish Athletics to look after everything required to put on a race of this standard.
Given the location on the west coast, there is a skew towards runners from local clubs in the area and nearby Giffnock North demonstrated their strength and depth by topping the table in every single team category! However there were some stellar performances from the Team East Lothian athletes who travelled the distance to run against the fastest in Scotland.
In the Under 13 Girls race, Cerys Wright just missed out on the medals coming in a fantastic fourth position over the 3k route, in an excellent time of 11m2s.
It was a fight from the start line in the Under 13 Boys race, with both individual medals and team medals up for grabs. Howie Allison sped round the 3k loop in 9m50s to battle his way to individual bronze, with team mates Jake Page (10m23s) and Joe smith (10m30s) pacing the race perfectly to finish in 8th and 11th, securing a silver spot on the podium for the Team East Lothian trio.
Olivia Robbins had a great run in the Under 15 girls race, finishing in 11th place and running 15m3s for the 4k route. There were also strong performances in the boys Under 15s 4k race with John Marshall (13m 20s) achieving a top ten finish, and Innes Wright in 11th (13m23s).
It was a blistering pace in the Under 17 Boys race with the winner completing the 5k distance in an incredible 15 minutes and 1 second. Angus Wright ran to an excellent standard, finishing in 9th place with a time of 15 minutes 53 seconds. Team mate, Jamie Smith was 37th in 18m10s.
Although there were many winners from the West, Team East Lothian certainly achieved some impressive victories on the day.