Club scoops title double

BANCHORY Stonehaven Athletic Club secured two victories at the Halliburton Athletics League Final, which was held in Dundee on Sunday, September 7.

There were eight clubs in each age group from U11 up to seniors competing from the North and East regions of the Grampian area.

The U17 women won their age group with commanding performances from start to finish, with nine wins from eleven events. Catherine Smy was juggling the Long Jump, and the (A) string 100m which was taking place at the same time, this did not put her off her stride as she won the 100m in a new personal best of 13.0s, she then went on to take first place in the Long Jump with 5.23m, which also gained her the field athlete of the match award. She finished of her day with a first in the (B) string 300m with a time of 42.2 seconds.

Emma Cloggie won all her track events gaining a personal best in the 100m (B) string with 13.1s, then taking the 300m in a time of 41.8s and finishing with the 1,500m at 5.17.7mins.

Daisy Higginson took part in the (B) string Long Jump with a winning jump of 4.73m and a third place in the (A) string Shot Putt with 6.67m. Kylie Davidson had a good (B) string win in the Shot with 6.43m and a good second place in the (B) string 1500m. Iona Ingram then joined up with Catherine, Daisy and Emma to win the 4x100m relay.

The U11 Girls had an equally good day. They became joint winners with Aberdeen in their age group.

Eleanor Workman was not going to be deterred from winning the 800m, taking on all the runners, right from the start, and keeping the pressure on until a fine sprint finish gave her first position in a time of 2.44.3min, taking a good nine seconds off her personal best.

Eleanor also gained first place in her Long Jump with 3.62m and the Shot Putt with a throw of 6.20m to give her two more personal bests.

Stonehaven based Emily Granfell had excellent results in her events gaining first (B) string in the Shot Putt with 5.90m and second (B) string in the Long Jump with 3.36m both personal bests for her.

Rhona Auckland had a strong run in the 800m (B) string to take first place in a time of 3.11.3min and with solid performances in her 80m and 100m sprints she had an excellent day.

Melanie Christie was back on form after her recent illness and had fast runs in both her sprint events to take second (B) string in the 100m and third (B) string in 80m.

The club's U11 Boys finished a credible third position with only three athletes making up the team. Stewart Clark competed with attitude in his blue and white bandanna, taking first place in the 80m (B) string with a time of 12.1s, winning the (B) string 100m in 15.6 s and finishing with an

excellent first position in the Long jump with 3.83m.

Andrew Gunn had some good solid performances taking third (A) string in the 80m with 12.3s and second (A) string in the 100m with 15.2s and a new personal best. Andrew finished his day with second (A) string in the Shot Putt with 5.32m.

Completing the trio was William Tubby who ran in the 800m with a time of 2.47.4min, which is a new personal best, then competed in the Shot Putt with 5.32m and the Long Jump with 3.09m.

The U17 Men had some stiff competition, but still went on to take fourth position overall. Ross Gray took second (A) string in the 400m in 52.8s with Grant Ingram in the (B) string winning in a time of 54.3s, which is personal best and club standard for both men.

Ross and Grant then clocked new PB's in their 100m and 1500m respectively. Rory McAlpine competed in the Shot Putt with a throw of 7.64m and the 100m and with Andrew Ferguson making up the team they then went on to a storming victory in the 4x100m relay.

The U13 Boys finished in sixth position with some good performances by the team, which comprised of William Smy, Roger Davies and Michael Fawcett.

Michael achieved a PB in the 200m with 31.3s, William clocked up two PB's in the 100m with 15.5s and the shot with 5.86m, as did Roger Davis also in the 200m with 34.0s and the 1500m with 5.37min.

The U13 Girls also finished in sixth position with Sarah Thompson, Melissa Muir and Theresa Christie making up this team. Theresa gained a personal best in her 100m with 15.1s, as did Sarah in the 200m with 30.8s.

Members are reminded that the last day of the Club Championships will take place on Sunday, September 14, at the Alexander Park in Banchory. The first event gets underway at 11am.

The annual presentation evening is on Friday, September 19, at the Learney Hall, Torphins, starting at 7pm, followed

by a Ceilidh dance.