Local athletes enjoy success at championships

As the doors closed for the final time on a Scottish Athletics Indoor Championships at the Kelvin Hall, before moving to a new indoor arena in the East of Glasgow next year, four Banchory Stonehaven AC athletes travelled down to compete in the U14/U18/U20 National Championships on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March.

Finzean sprinter Kathryn Christie, who tops the U20 Scottish ranking for the 60m, took on athletes from England and Ireland.

In a straight final for the 60m Kathryn took the gold medal in a time that equals her PB and club record of 7.77s, second place went to Chloe Lambert of Glasgow in 7.94s and third to Katy Wyper of Blackpool in 8.00s.

Kathryn then went on to take the bronze medal in the 200m in a seasons best of 25.33s and gaining the clubs 200m senior record behind first place Chloe Lambert of Glasgow in 25.09s and second place Zoey Clark of Aberdeen in 25.17s.

On Sunday 4th March next up in the medal hunt was 12-year-old Alisha Rees of Torphins. She was competing in both the 60m and 200m and had to contend with heats, semi-finals, and final in both events.

In the 200m she took her time down in each race to be rewarded with the silver medal in 8.23s which is a new PB. Molly Scott of Ireland took the gold and Beth Leckie of Gateshead the bronze.

At the afternoon session Alisha geared herself up for the 200m, going one better this time she took the gold medal in a close finish in a time of 27.56 which is a season’s best. Silver went to Sophie Haldane of Giffnock North AC in 27.92 and the bronze to Ashlyn Bland of Gateshead Harriers in 28.11s.

Lindsey Young of Torphins, who has been selected to represent Scotland in the UK School Games in May at the new Olympic stadium in London, went in the U18 age group in both the 60m and 200m, just missing out on the medals in the 60m finishing fourth in a time of 8.07s and fifth in her 200m with a season’s best in her heat of 26.6s.

Stewart Clark of Stonehaven went in the U20 age group for the 60m and Long Jump, he was rewarded with a new personal best in the 60m with a time of 7.44s.

Congratulations must also go to the club coaches, who give their time freely to help the athletes achieve their success, with a special mention to Willy Russell of Banchory who is the driving force behind the success and Kathryn, Lindsey and Alisha.