Indoor Series

We have three indoor events to bring you up to date with: The Scottish Nationals, The Northern Championships and the 4th meeting of the Gateshead Indoor Series.

ScottishNationals,EmiratesArena,Glasgow– 3rd February Just a day after competing at the Inter Counties Cross Country, Charlotte Rutter headed North to the Scottish National Indoor Championships. Having certainly been out of her comfort zone at the Inters, our Under 17 sprinter was back doing what she does best, this time in the 60m Hurdles – and a very successful day it was too. After coasting through her Heat finishing in a comfortable 3rd place in 9.77s, she found herself in the Semi-Final. Things went even better here; determined to get through to the Final she gave it her all and dipped over the line in 2nd place, with a new PB of 9.08s!

So onto the Final, an achievement in itself, Charlotte finished an excellent 5th place in an impressive time of 9.14s. A fantastic result, Charlotte, well done!
Northern Athletics Indoor Championships, EIS Sheffield – 3rd February On the same day as the Scottish Nationals, two of our top athletes opted to travel South to the Northern Indoor Championships. For Under 15 Sprinter, Darcey Garbutt, it was the first time at this event. She was planning on entering three events but unfortunately, the timetable didn’t really make that possible. So she dropped the High Jump in favour of the 60m sprint and the 60m Hurdles. But as she soon discovered the timing of these two events were so close it was all a bit of a rush between Heats, Semis and Finals she was literally running from one race to the call up area of the next without having time to get her breath back! Having said that she still managed to make it though to the Finals of both events which is a fantastic achievement.

This is how the races went: 60m Sprint Heat: 1st 8.16s, Semi: 3rd 8.09s, Final 6th 8.09s again which is a new PB and a new Club Record! 60m Hurdles Heat: 3rd 9.85s, Semi: 3rd 9.92s, Final: 8th 10.00s. Certainly a busy time, but with a new club record under her belt, an excellent day’s work. Well done Darcey! Next up was our young throwing expert, Lily Thompson. Lily is still in her first year at Under 15 and is working extremely hard against the older competition. She’s giving as good she gets though, and today her best throw put her in 13th place overall out of 31 competitors. An excellent result, and one we’re confident she will improve on as the season progresses. Well done Lily… stop Gateshead!

Gateshead Indoor Series– Meeting4, 7th February Three of our juniors were in action tonight; Kate Williams, Lily Thompson again, and this time older sister Rosie Thompson made an appearance as well. We haven’t seen much of Under 15 sprinter, Kate this year, so it was great to see her back on the track again. It was the 60m sprint for her tonight where she put in a tremendous performance. Bearing in mind she is still in her first year at this age group, she finished an excellent 2nd place in her Heat, which was 2nd place overall; and the provisional results give a time 8.51s, agonisingly close to her PB of 8.50s!

A great effort, Kate, well done! Both Rosie and Lily are working hard to get back to their top form again. Lily’s best tonight was very similar to the Northern Champs last weekend, throwing 8.75m; still good enough for 3rd place. Rosie is in her GCSE year so is spending a lot of time at her studies. Still, her best tonight was a very respectable 9.06m, finishing in 4th place. Both girls are looking forward to the outdoor season starting again when they’ll be able to compete in the other throwing disciplines. As Rosie says, “I can’t wait to do discus and hammer again!” Top throwing girls, well done!

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