Kathryn ends track season on a high note

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Kathryn Christie (19), international sprinter and member of Banchory Stonehaven Athletic Club, has finished her most successful season ever.

She claimed the 400 metres and long jump competition titles at the East Lothian Track & Field Open last Saturday, 30 August.

Kathryn also runs for Edinburgh Athletic Club to gain access to a higher level of competition.

She has reduced her Personal Bests at 60m (from 7.71s to 7.56s), at 100m (11.86s to 11.74s) and at 200m (24.20s to 23.71s).

Over the year she was selected to represent Scotland on three occasion: the Glasgow British Athletics Indoors International Match in January at 60m and 150m; the Loughborough International in May at 100m and 200m, as well as the 4x100m and 4x400m Relays; and the 4x100m Relay Team for the Diamond League Meeting at Hampden in July.

Kathryn’s championship record this year within Scotland is impressive.

Indoors, she is Scottish and Scottish Universities Champion at 60m as well as Scottish Champion at and 200m.

Outdoors, she is the Scottish and Scottish Universities Champion at 100m and 200m. She set a new championship best in the Universities 200m and the Scottish Championship double is her second in three years.

On the UK stage, Kathryn won a Silver Medal in the England Under 23 Championships at 200m and was fifth in the 100m. She also won the UK Inter County Championships at 200m and was second in the 100m. Only two other Scottish females have won a Sprint Title at the Inter Counties in the last 20 years, with the last being Lee McConnell in 2009, also at 200m.

In the course of the summer, Kathryn entered many competitions in Scotland, England and Europe in an attempt to qualify for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

She just missed qualifying for the 200m by 16/100 of a second. For the past two years the Bancon Group has generously provided financial assistance towards the cost of travelling to such competitions.

In recognition of her achievements, Kathryn has just been awarded a grant by the SportsAid Foundation.

On Saturday at East Lothian, where the wind was unfavourable, strong and blustery, Kathryn did 58.35s for the 400m and 5.13 metres in the Long Jump, the latter being a Personal Best.