Medal joy for club

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The Scottish Schools Indoor Athletic Championships took place at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow on February 9 and Banchory Stonehaven Athletic Club had seven athletes taking part in the competition representing their various schools.

Aboyne Academy had two pupils, Kathryn Christie and Kate Samuel, taking part. Kathryn was competing in the under 18 age group and after qualifying for the final of the 60m, Kathryn won the gold in a thrilling race, in a new personal best and club record time of 7.77 seconds. Kathryn also went on to win bronze in the 200m.

Kate had a busy day competing in the under 16 shot putt, long jump and the 60m where she recorded a new pb time of 8.87 seconds.

Banchory Academy pupils Daniel Rees, Eve Sealy and Alisha Rees competed in the under 16 boys and girls respectively.

Daniel had a fine day, winning a bronze medal in the high jump and in doing so also recorded a new pb of 1.65m.

Daniel’s sister Alisha, not 13 until April, qualified for the semi-finals of both the 60m and 200m as well as taking part in the long jump.

Eve Sealy recorded an indoor personal best for the 800m and like Alisha also competed in the long jump.

Hamish Leeson of Albyn School was competing in the under 16 boys for the first time in the long jump and the 60m.

For Robert Gordon’s, Lindsey Young competed in the under 18 girls 60 and 200m sprints. Lindsey just missed out on a medal in both races, finishing fourth in both finals and in doing so recording a new pb of 8.01sec in the 60m final.

Meanwhile, Rhona Auckland kept up her good form as she won the National 3000m Indoor Championships at the Kelvin Hall last Saturday in a personal best time of 9:56.2.

Rhona became part of a leading group of three early on and then stuck with Sarah Inglis of Lothian Running Club as she stretched the lead. Rhona kept her head and stayed with Sarah all the way and then in a very exciting finish, managed to pass her just before the line to claim the gold medal.

Banchory Stonehaven athlete Stewart Clark also won gold at the weekend in the Scottish Indoor Combined Events Championships. Competing in the event for the first time Stewart amassed a fine total of 3,645 points to take top spot on the podium.