HIPPO Open Graded Competition

14 Athletes travelled to Inverness to compete in the HIPPO (Highlands and Islands Performance Participation Opportunity) open graded competition. Conditions were nearly perfect – dry, hardly any wind and sunny spells.

Chris Mackay competed in his first 80m hurdles event and came home an impressive 2nd place and then went on to compete in the 100m and Long Jump.

Also in the Long Jump pit were Fergus McIvor, Jodie Drever, Dana Sutherland and Evie Peace who were all drawn in the same pool with Fergus and Jodie both securing pb’s.

Dana went on to secure a pb in the Javelin of 20.92m.

In the 200m Fergus McIvor stormed home in 2nd place in his heat with a personal best of 26.62 secs, with Taylah Spence and Joe Gregg also gaining pb’s in the same heat with Jodie Drever narrowly missing out on hers. But they all ran well and qualified to the Finals.

Kirstin Flett ran well in her 200m with a pb of 32.96 secs and also competed in Long Jump and 100m.
Jack Duncan didn’t have much time to recover from his 200m before he was back on the track for his 800m along with Andrew Davis, both boys ran a strong race with Jack taking 5 secs off and Andrew taking 2 secs off with 2.24 and 2.26 respectively. Andrew finished off his day with another pb in the Shot Putt.

Joe also competed in the 400m were he narrowly missed out on a pb.

Amy Davis was the only Orkney athlete who took on the challenge of the multi-event, competing with another 5 girls, they competed in Shot, Long Jump, Hurdles, High Jump and 800m. With the first 3 events being Amy’s weakest, she still managed a pb in each one, so with her confidence high she starting the high jump, taking home first place with a pb of 1.39m. Final event for the day was the 800m she was just pipped on the line for 2nd place. Overall coming 3rd in the multi-event.

Alex Stevenson came right off the 100m to compete in Javelin and High Jump at the same time, taking alternative jumps and throws, this however did not effect his performance as he managed to secure pb’s in both events.

Louise Sutherland competing in her first competition south did well running the 100m, Long Jump and 800m securing pb’s in all 3 events.

Jennifer Bichan bravely battling with a knee injury competed in long jump, shot and 800m where she still took an impressive 4 secs off her 800m pb.

Overall a very good day of competition with over 20 pb’s. The Orkney Athlete of the Competition was awarded to Fergus MacIor. Many Thanks to go Northlink Ferries for their continued support and assistance.

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