Success for a number of Deeside athletes

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Three young athletes from Banchory Stonehaven Athletic Club travelled to Scotstoun stadium at the weekend for the Scottish National U14 Championships.

Competing in the girls competition, saw 12 year-old Alisha Rees from Torphins win the bronze medal in a strongly contested 100m, achieving a personal best time of 13.16s in the final. She then contested the 200m, running a new personal best of 27.1 in the heats and after tiring, finished 5th in the final.

With this time she has broken the U13 girls club record for the 200m.

Eve Sealy, 13, from Banchory narrowly missed going into the semi-final of the 800m with a time of 2.36.46s in another strongly contested event.

Thirteen-year-old Matthew Duguid from Stonehaven had a terrific day returning with a clutch of medals.

In the Field events he took the gold medal in the High Jump with 1.55m and a bronze medal in the discus with a throw of 22.93m. On the track he competed in the 200m achieving the bronze medal in the final, with a time of 27.10s (26.8 in the heat) all these performance were personal bests for Matthew .

Two athletes from the club were on International duties competing for Scotland in the Aviva U17 Schools International Track and Field Championship in Cardiff on Saturday against teams from England, Ireland and Wales.

Kathryn Christie from Finzean made the team for the 100m and 200m and 4x100m Relay, finishing 3rd in the 200m with 25.48s, 3rd in the 4x100m Relay and 4th in the 100m with 12.38s.

Stonehaven’s Michael Ferguson gained selection for the 400m and the 4x400m Relay, finishing in 7th in the individual 400m with a time of 51.49.