Sunday, 12 February 2017

Indoor Juniors Do Well - Medals for Ethan and Ailsa

A few of the juniors, including some who are Moorfoot trained but run for Lasswade, performed well at the Scottish Age-Group Indoor Champs over the weekend.

On Saturday, Ailsa Innes, after a handful of National 800m finals over the last 2-3 years, finally got a well-deserved national medal with bronze in the U20 800m, taking a full second off her recently set PB with 2.17.14. Patrick Cannon was also in action on Saturday in the "time-trialled" U13 800m and smashed his PB for 7th place overall in 2.29.13, a six second improvement.

Scottish Athletics U/13/15/20 Champs(C)Bobby Gavin

On Sunday,  Ethan Elder finished 3rd in Heat 1 of the U15 1500m and with only the top two qualifying by right for the final, had to wait to see if he his time of 4.38.55 would be good enough for one of the four fastest loser spots from the two heats. He felt confident that it would be and was duly proved correct. Not only that but he then went on to take the silver medal in the final with a sensible run, letting the runaway leader go and focusing on the race for the other medals. Leading the chasing pack at half-way, he throttled back to sit in, then kicked again into silver medal position with 200m left and stayed half-a-second clear to the line. His time of 4.25.47 was a PB by 0.1 of a second, an excellent return to form after a slow winter build-up following an autumn virus.

Scottish Athletics U/13/15/20 Champs(C)Bobby Gavin

Niamh Shaw was only just over a second outside the bronze medal in finishing 4th in the U20 1500m in 5.07.54, albeit in a small field of five.

The U17 Indoor Championships were held alongside the Senior Champs two weeks previously where Charlotte Clare ran well to qualify for the U17 800m final where she came 5th, just marginally outside her PB. Euan Hood had a solid run for 6th in his U17 1500m heat in 4.31.76.

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