HIPPO Grand Final

The HIPPO (Highlands and Islands Performance Participation Opportunity) Grand Finale took place at Queens Park, Inverness on Saturday. A total of 36 Athletes took part from Orkney in their final track and field competition of the season.

Despite the rain all day, this did not deter the Orkney contingency and they managed to record a total of 21 personal best performances and 1 Championship Best Performance.

Under 11’s

Erina Brown and Amy Davis were the first on the track competing in the 800m. Erina came 1st and took 6 secs of her pb and also recorded a championship best performance. Amy came home in 3rd place and took 2 secs off her pb.

Amy and Erina were joined by Kirsten Flett for the Long Jump but with conditions far from ideal it was only Amy who managed a 3cm pb.

All 3 of the girls competed in the 150m. Amy went in the 1st heat and won the heat in a Championship Best Performance, unfortunately this was short lived as the winner in Erinas heat, Lauren Bell, then beat Amy’s time, giving her the CBP. Kirsten ran hard in the 3rd heat and came 2nd and also had a pb – not bad for her first competition south.

Under 13’s

Andrew Davis and Archie Macphail took 5th and 8th place respectively in the 800m. Jennifer Bichan came 5th in her heat and took 2 secs off her pb.

Taylah Spence, Dana Sutherland and Kayla Smith ran the 75m coming 2nd, 4th and 5th respectively with Kayla getting a pb. It was 100m for the boys and Fergus MacIvor and Sam Croy both won their heats comfortably and taking 2nd 14.33 and 3rd 14.39 place overall.

Dana and Fergus both came 2nd in their Long Jump and both secured pb’s. At the High Jump Taylah came 1st and Archie Macphail despite being the only entrant jumped a massive 1.35, 10cm more than ever before.

Over in the throwing circle both Kayla and Sam came 4th in the shot putt event, with Sam then coming 2nd in the discus – pretty good going considering it was only the 2nd time he’s tried it.

Taylah, Kayla and Dana lined up for the 150m with Taylah taking 1st place and a pb and the other 2 lasses taking 2nd in their heats. For the boys it was the 200m with Fergus and Andrew, Fergus won his heat and was 2nd overall with Andrew 3rd in his heat and 4th overall.

Under 15’s

Jason Cook along with Alex Stevenson, Lee Rendall and Steven Skea all did well in their long jump with everyone getting pb’s except Steven but he did come 2nd.

Alex came 3rd and Thora came 2nd in the Javelin but they were both outside their pb’s.

In the 100m and 200m Liam Drury and Aiden Milne had their usual battle but on the day it was Liam who was just ahead in both events with Liam getting a pb in his 200m. Alex, Lee and Steven also ran well in the 100 with Lee getting his second pb of the day. Evie Peace led the girls in the 100m with Jodie Drever, Bea Watson, Jamie Cooper, Maggie Nicolson and Lillie Flett also running well. In the 200m it again was Evie ahead with Jodie, Maggie and Bea following.

In the High Jump, Steven came 3rd only 5 cm away from his pb with Sarah Macphail increasing her pb by 5cm.

Jodie Drever, competing in her 1st competition south recorded 3 pb’s in her 100m, 200m and Long Jump.

The rain eventually cleared for the last track event of the day, the 1500m, Magnus Bichan came 2nd in the 1500m and took a whopping 12 secs of his pb in a time of 5.15. Ellen Clyde and Jason both ran well and were close to their pb’s.

Under 17’s

Rhian Mackay ran both the 800m and 1500m but was outside her pb’s both times.

Polly Thompson and Lucy Cairns came 4th and 5th respectively and Magnus Blair came 3rd in the 100m. Polly also came 4th in the 200m.

It was Polly and Lucy up again in the Long Jump, with Polly getting 3rd and unfortunately Lucy unable to make her jumps count.

Over at the throws Erica Downie took 2nd in the Shot and 4th in the Javelin with Andy Leslie just behind with 5th place.

Magnus Blair ran a blistering 400m taking 3rd and almost 3 secs off his pb with 57.55 secs.

Under 20’s

Carolynn Leslie was the only female entrant in the U20’s for the 100m so ran alongside James Watson and the other U20’s men. In the 200m she secured a pb with 27.28 secs and James took 3rd place with 24.70 secs.

It was a good end to a very good season and next year looks as promising. Orkney Athletic Club would like to thank DE Coaches for getting them there safely and Northlink Ferries, Orkney Islands Council and NatWest for their continued sponsorship.

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