Competition report

From Inga Linklater:

The first athletics competition on home soil since August 2019 took place on 25th and 27th April.  The Pickaquoy Centre sponsored the event, which was run over two sessions on Sunday and Tuesday.  It was fantastic to see the athletes finally being able to put all their hard work at training into use in a competition.  The vast majority of performances were personal bests for the athletes. 

On the field, the stand out performance in long jump came from Charlotte Hume, in the under 20 age group, with a jump of 4.71m in the first round.  There was also good, solid jumping from Millie Flett, Josie Gibbon and Jamie Barber and surprises from Bobby Harcus, Ali Mackenzie, Connor Harcus and Dillon Hume.  

In high jump the stand out performances were from Max Linklater, jumping 1.55m in the under 15 age group, and Bobby Harcus, who jumped 1.60m in the under 17 age group.  Leah Gunn was just 1cm off her PB in the under 17s. 

In javelin, Jamie Sutherland was rightfully delighted with a huge PB of 34.40m in the under 15 age group.  Conal King also greatly improved his previous best with a throw of 31.60m in the under 17s.  As with the long jump, almost all of the athletes achieved PBs in the javelin – so impressive!

The PBs came thick and fast in the shot put as well.  Gemma Montgomery increased her PB to 9.82m and Bobby Harcus increased his to 9.19m, both in the under 17s.  Raegan Dearness was just 1cm off the 9m mark.  In the under 15 age group, Angus Robertson had a great competition, adding a throw of 9.42m to a good javelin PB too.  All of the other throwers made a really positive start to their season as well. 

On the track, all of the sprints coaches agreed that Charlotte Hume stood out again with the improvement she has made with performances of 12.8s in 100m, 28.2s in 200m and 1:03.4 in the 400m – huge improvements on her PBs and what a start to the season.  Also in the under 20s age group, Zander Scott ran excellently with times of 11.00s in 100m and 23.6s in the 200m, and Tegan Spence stormed home in 12.6s for 100m and 27.2s in the 200m.  In the under 17s, Ryan Coltherd and Logan Harcus both had huge PBs in the 100m and 200m of 12.00s and 26.2s, and 12.7s and 27.4s respectively.  In that age group, all of the boys ran great 400m races, with Brogan Russell coming in at 1:02.6, Bobby Harcus in 1:02.9 and Logan Harcus in 1:03.8s.  Christopher Scott was extremely impressive in the 800m under 17s, with a time of 2:13.0.   Ali Mackenzie shaved 38s off his PB with a time of 2:15.4.  For the girls in that age group, Effie Thomson clocked up great times in her sprints, with 13.2s in 100m, 28.2s in 200m and 45.0s in the 300m.  Ava Luke ran a very strong 800m in 2:22.4.  There was strong competition in the under 15 girls sprints, with the top three performances in the 100m and 200m coming from Abi Coltherd, Molly Tulloch and Millie Dennison respectively.  Emily McArthur was extremely impressive in both the 300m and the 800m, with stand out performances of 44.7s and 2:23.0.  Zara Macleod also achieved a good PB in the 800m.  The most impressive track time for the under 15 boys came from Connor Harcus in the 100m with 12.8s.  There were lots of promising performances from the athletes in the under 13s age group as well, meaning the future looks bright. 

Everyone at the Club is extremely proud of all the athletes.  We have been fortunate to have been able to keep training at Picky since the restart on 31st August 2020, with a short break in January, and being able to hold competitions now is another really exciting step forward.  Huge thanks goes to all of the organising team, the officials and our sponsors, The Pickaquoy Centre.

Full results are posted here.


Updated 12th May

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