This years National Indoor Relay Finals took place on Saturday at The Emirates Arena, Glasgow and took place alongside the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix which featured some of the worlds best athletes. There were 5 teams from Seaforth who had qualified to compete in the semi-finals on the day hoping to gain a place in the finals which were competed immediately before the start of the main event giving the young athletes the chance to compete in front of a large crowd.
First on the track were the u13 boys team of Lewis Martin, Fergus Muir, Magnus Friel & Alex Crooks who were doing well until a dropped baton at a change over. The team picked it up and continued but unfortunately as per the rules they were disqualified.
In the u15 girls age group there were 2 Seaforth teams who had been drawn against each other in the first semi-final. The ‘A’ team of Sophie Slider, Bethany Haugh, Emma Struthers & Gemma Bruce qualified for the final with a time of 1:52.95 but for the ‘B’ team of Holly McIntyre, Megan Smith, Georgia Brown & Sophie Woods who were 6th with a time of 1:58.87 it was the end of their participation in this years event. In the final the ‘A’ team were a creditable 4th in 1:53.78.
The u15 boys team of Euan Duff, Marc Mulgrew, Jamie McCullough & Jack Edwards came 2nd in their heat with a time of 1:47.10 qualifying for the final later in the morning. In that final they came home in 4th place with a time of 1:47.23 narrowly missing a medal.
The u17 mens team of Stuart Dunlop, Michael Bargh, Callum Meldrum & Rory McCrindle were 4th in their heat with a time of 1:38.90 but as one of the 2 fastest losers outside the top 2 in each semi-final they qualified for the final. In that final despite their best attempts they could only narrowly improve on their time coming home in 5th place with a time of 1:38.66.
Overall this was a valuable experience for each of these young athletes with the bonus that they were given tickets to stay and watch the International competition which followed.
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