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Rachel Keeps Commonwealth Dream Alive

Ayr Seaforth hammer thrower Rachel Hunter produced a personal best throw at the British Under 23’s Championships at Bedford in June where she threw a personal best of 56.78 meters which resulted in her taking the bronze medal.

This in turn then led the 19 year old to receiving an invitation from British Athletics to compete at the British Senior Championships which were being held on 12/14th July at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

Rachel went into the competition as the youngest athlete and seeded 9th.  Some of the best athletes in Great Britain were competing over the weekend but this didn’t phase young Rachel at all. She was totally focused on her own performance and she had to be as after the first 3 rounds only the top 8 would qualify to throw in the final 3 rounds. Rachel and coach Chris Black’s aim was to make the final which was a big ask due to the caliber of athletes that had entered. Her coaches and parents nerves were relieved slightly when she threw another personal best of 57.44 meters in the 1st round. This proved enough to make the top eight and into the final. A truly fantastic result for the youngster.

Not resting on her laurels, Rachel then went to throw another personal best of 58.31 meters in the 5th round, which was enough for her to finish in an astonishing 5th place.  Rachel was the only female thrower in all 4 throwing events, hammer, discus, javelin and shot put to throw a lifetime best.

Not only a great result for Rachel, Chris and her family, it has also put her very close to the Commonwealth Games Standard of 61 meters. There are 5 competitions left this season where Rachel can achieve the qualifying standard. One of these is the Scottish Senior Championships in August at Glasgow, with the other 4 being down south.  The qualifying period ends in June 2014 and with Scottish Athletics head coach, Stephen McGuire and assistant Michael Johnson watching from the side lines at Birmingham, young Rachel is definitely heading the right way towards Glasgow 2014.

u12 superTEAMS – Grangemouth – 13 July 2013

Ayr Seaforth had 3 girls teams entered in the u12 superTEAMS competition which was held on Saturday 13 July at Grangemouth Stadium. In excellent summer weather the girls did extremely well and all seemed to have enjoyed the day. There were a total of 28 teams entered from all over Scotland and Seaforth ‘A’ team finished in 7th place, the ‘B’ team in 13th place and the ‘C’ team in 10th place on equal points with Pitreavie ‘A’ team who were awarded 9th place on countback.

The competition consisted of 4 events with these being 100m, long jump, shot putt and 4x100m relay with each athlete participating in each event and gaining points for their respective team.

The ‘A’ team members were Charlotte McDowall, Carla Blockley, Jena Anderson and Gemma Bruce, the ‘B’ team Eilidh Morrison, Emma Struthers, Sophie Oxenham and Melissa Miller, the ‘C’ team Robyn MacDonald, Stephanie Craig, Abby Woodall and Laura Paisley.


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Scottish National Combined Events Championships – Grangemouth – 13 & 14 July 2013

Ayr Seaforth had 5 multi eventers taking part in the Scottish Combined Events Championships at Grangemouth on Saturday and Sunday 13/14 July. In the U18 Womens Heptathlon Carolyn Harvey came away with an excellent 3rd place finish amassing 3393 points over the seven disciplines, the results as follows. Long Jump 4.95m, Javelin 14.78m, 200m 28.62s, 100m hurdles 16.48(pb), High Jump 1.32m and shot putt 8.04m.


U16 Boy Lewis McMillan competing in his first ever pentathlon finished a creditable seventh. His results being, High Jump 1.53m (pb), 100m hurdles 20.03s (pb), Long Jump 4.15m, shot putt 8.34m (pb) and 800m 2:25:74m, for a total of 1657 points.


U14 girls Caitlin Chilton, Katie McAlpine and Kirsten McClymont were also competing in their first pentathlon and finished in 9th, 15th and 19th place respectively. Their results being, Caitlin Chilton, High Jump 1.25m, 75m hurdles 14.01s (pb), Long Jump 3.83m (pb), shot putt 5.28m (pb) and 800m 2:4:69 (pb) for 1857 points. Katie McAlpine High Jump 1.37m, 75m hurdles 15.30s(pb), Long Jump 3.88m, shot putt 5.28m (pb) and 800m 3:08:67 m (pb) for a total of 1641 points. Kirsten McClymont, High Jump 1.19m, 75m hurdles 19.23s (pb), Long Jump 1.83m, shot putt 5.44m (pb) and 800m 3:14:19m (pb) for a total of 924 points.

Carolyn Harvey
Carolyn Harvey



Ayr 5 mile and 3k river races will take place on Sunday 22nd September 2013 .

Both races start and finish on the Dam Park stadium track and follow a multi terrain course through Craigie Park alongside the River Ayr. The course is suitable for runners of all fitness levels.

Minimum age for the 5 mile race is 15 years on the day of the race.

The 3K race is open to runners of all ages, but runners under 9 yrs should be accompanied by an adult.

Registration opens at 10.00am with the 3K race starting at 10.45am and the 5 mile race starting at 11.30am.

The 3K race is entry on the day only and entry fee is £1 .

The 5 mile race entry fee is  £6 (SAF registered), £8 (non registered) and can be pre entered:

  1. Online at http://www.entrycentral.com/index.php?raceID=101197
  2. Cheque made payable to ‘ Ayr Seaforth’ and sent with River Race 2013 entry form to

Laurence Baker

10, Mainholm Smallholdings




or entered on the day.

For further information


e mail – roadrace@ayrseaforth.co.uk

phone – 07887794882


Girvan Half Marathon – Sunday 14 July 2013

Sunday saw this years Girvan Half Marathon take place in unusually hot conditions which for most would have been a hindrance rather than a help for such a race.

The notoriously undulating course usually means that times are slower than usual, though splendid efforts from Steven Eaglesham and Aimi Barker resulted in PBs.

The race also doubled as the West of Scotland half marathon championship and Steven Reid picked up a bronze medal.



3rd Steven Reid                    1.20.35

8th Steven Eaglesham           1.28.40

11th Laurence Baker             1.31.09

46th Gael Riddle                   1.49.20

47th Neil Nisbet                    1.49.33

58th Aimi Barker                   1.56.07

68th Janice McKellar             2.04.33

Aimi Barker

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Tuesday Training Sessions Summer 2013 – Craigie

Summer Road Race Training Sessions

7th May (1,2,3mins)x5(1min recovery)
14th May 5k TT Seafield Lights
21st May 6 Hill Circuits
28th May 6*3min Circuits (3min jog) Seafield
4th June (1,2mins)x10 (1min rec)
11th June 5k TT Seafield Lights
18th June 12*Hills
25th June (1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5)1 min recs
2nd July 15*2mins(1min recs)
9th July 5k TT Seafield Lights
16th July 6 Hill Circuits
23rd July (3,2,1mins)x5 (1min rec)
30th July 7*3min Circuits (3min jog) Seafield
6th August (5,4,3,2,1,1,2,3,4,5)1min recs
13th August 5k TT Seafield Lights
20th August 12*Hills
27th August (4*4mins)x2 (1min rec) (3mins between sets)
3rd September (3*5mins)x2(1min rec) (3mins between sets)
10th September 5k TT Seafield Lights
17th September 12*Hills
24th September 8*3min Circuits(3min jog) Seafield

CSSAL Division 1 – Kilmarnock – Saturday 29 June 2013

The second Central & South of Scotland Athletics League match took place yesterday at a dry but cold and windy Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock. The results of the Seaforth athletes competing are shown below with PB’s as indicated :-

u11 Girls

Scarlett Ross  Long Jump (A)  2nd  3.11m(PB), 600m(A)  4th  2:05:4(PB)

Gemma Bruce  150m(A)  2nd  23.3s

Carla Blockley  Long Jump(B)  3rd  2.78m, 150m(B)  5th  25.5s

Morgan Brown  600m(B)  3rd  2:15:1

Relay Team 4x100m  3rd  Gemma Bruce, Scarlett Ross, Carla Blockley, Morgan Brown  65.8s

u13 Girls

Emma Lowe  70mH(A)  6th  15.4s, 1200m(B)  3rd  4:30:1

Amy Leith  Shot Putt(A)  1st  6.09m(PB)

Jaime Hood  200m(A)  3rd  29.7s(PB)

Ellie Campbell  High Jump(A)  6th  1.10m, Shot Putt(B)  5th  4.06m

Emma Frew  1200m(A)  1st  4:05:7(PB)

Niamh Graham  200m(B)  4th  30.9s

Charlotte McDowall  High Jump(B)  3rd  1.00m

Relay team 4x100m  4th  Jaime Hood, Charlotte McDowall, Niamh Graham, Ellie Campbell  61.9s

u15 Girls

Jennifer McVeigh  75mH(A)  4th  13.1s, High Jump(A)  4th  1.38m

Kirsten McClymont  200m(A)  3rd  28.0s(PB)

Ella McMeechan  Shot Putt(A)  8th  5.96m(PB), Javelin(A)  3rd  14.18m(PB)

Mia CUllis  1500m(A)  8th  6:11:5

Rebecca Martin  75mH(B)  6th  17.2s

Anna George  200m(B)  6th  31.5s

Relay Team 4x100m  4th  Jennifer McVeigh, Anna George, Kirsten McClymont, Rebecca Martin

u17 Women

Ailie Shanks  80mH(A)  6th  17.9s(PB), 200m(A)  7th  30.1s, Shot Putt(B)  4th  5.24m

Kirstin Oakley  1500m(A)  1st  4:53:1, 200m(B)  5th  32.1s(PB)

Sophie Lewis  Shot Putt(A)  7th  6.02m, Discus  2nd  24.59m

Rachel King  1500m(B)  1st  5:40:6

Relay Team 4x100m  5th  Ailie Shanks, Rachel King, Kirstin Oakley, Sophie Lewis

Masters Women

Sharyn Ramage  1500m(A)  4th  5:42:9, 200m(B)  1st  37.1s

Kat McCubbin  200m(A)  4th  43.3s

u11 Boys

Marc Mulgrew  Long Jump(A)  6th  3.52m

Finlay Milne  150m(A)  2nd  21.7s

Findlay Williamson  600m(A)  3rd  1:56:7

Lucas Short  Long Jump(B)  2nd  3.4m

Lewis Lennox  150m(B)  5th  24.3s, 600m(B)  3rd  2:11:1

Relay Team 4x100m  1st  Josh Martin, Finlay Milne, Findlay Williamson, Marc Mulgrew  61.4s

u13 Boys

Declan McGhee  75mH(A)  4th  15.3s(PB), Long Jump(B)  2nd  3.89m(PB)

Sam Brotherston  200m(A)  4th  30.8s

Blair McMeechan  High Jump(A)  3rd  1.25m(PB)

Robbie Swift  Long Jump(A)  2nd  4.15m(PB), 200m(B)  3rd  31.4s

Daniel Martin  1500m(A)  1st  4:57:7(PB), 75mH(B)  2nd  15.9s

Callum Laurie  High Jump(B)  3rd  1.25m

Scott Sprang  1500m(A)  1st  5:01:2(PB)

Relay Team 4x100m  1st  Robbie Swift, Declan McGhee, Blair McMeechan, Sam Brotherston  57.3s

u15 Boys

Fraser Angus  80mH(A)  1st  13.5s, 200m(A)  1st  24.8s

Kieran Struthers  High Jump(A)  2nd  1.50m, 200m(B)  2nd  26.9s

Fraser Stirling  1500m(A)  2nd  4:35:5(PB)

Callum Meldrum  Javelin(A)  6th  22.51m, 80mH(B)  1st  15.1s(PB), Long Jump(B)  1st  4.74m

Peter Mangan  High Jump(B)  1st  1.35m, Javelin(B)  3rd  19.29m(PB)

Jamie Brotherston  1500m(B)  1st  4:53:3

u17 Men

Alan McQueen  Triple Jump(A)  4th  10.43m(PB)

Niall McHugh  Javelin(A)  3rd  25.04s(PB), Shot Putt(A)  5th  8.27m

John Hamilton  200m(A)  2nd  24.5s, Javelin(B)  1st  20.89s(PB), Shot Putt  1st  7.31m

James Pettigrew  1500m(A)  4th  4:30:7(PB)

Matthew Brawley  200m(B)  1st  24.8s, 1500m(B)  1st  4:54:6(PB)

Relay Team 4x100m  1st  John Hamilton, Matthew Brawley, Allan McQueen, Niall McHugh  47.1s

Senior Men

Andrew McElwee  200m(A)  6th  24.9s, 1500m(A)  4th  4:52:8(PB), 110mH(A)  2nd  18.7s, High Jump(A)  2nd  1.60m

James Gaffney  Javelin(A)  1st  39.84m

Robert Tossnie  Discus(A)  4th  22.77m(PB), Javelin(B)  1st  34.37m

Ben Steven  200m(B)  2nd  25.0s, 1500m(B)  2nd  5:01:9(PB), Long Jump(B)  2nd  4.53m(PB)

Masters Men

David Hughes  1500m(A)  3rd  5:09:9(PB)



National Relays and Masters Championships – Grangemouth – Sunday 16 June 2013

Sunday 16 June proved to be an excellent day in the Grangemouth sunshine for 2 of the Seaforth teams competing at this years National Relay Championships. There were several teams competing in both the 4 x 100m and 3 x 800m championships at the various age groups for both girls and boys. After the vast number of heats were run Seaforth had teams in the girls u14 3 x 800m final, boys u14 3 x 800m final, boys u16 3 x 800m final, boys u14 4 x 100m final and the boys u16 4 x 100m final.

First up were the u14 girls 3 x 800m where Seaforth had 3 teams competing. In heat 1 the B team finished in 5th position while the C team were 7th in heat 2 and the A team were 3rd in heat 3 qualifying for the final.

Next up were the boys u14 3 x 800m where Seaforth had 2 teams entered. In heat 1 the A team comprising of Ross Nicolson, Steven Martin and Daniel Martin won by a 10 second margin thus qualifying for the final. In heat 2 the B team were simply outrun by much bigger and stronger boys and finished in 6th place but their time will surely come in this age group.

The girls u16 3 x 800m teams were next on the track with Seaforth having 2 teams running although this was in no small part due to Hannah Birrell agreeing at very short notice to fill a space in a race, she had to borrow kit to run a distance she had never ran before so a big thanks to her for that. Unfortunately neither team made the final with the A team finishing 5th in heat 2 and the B team 5th in heat 3.

In the boys u16 3 x 800m there was a solitary team entered comprising of Fraser Stirling, Lewis Ross & Jamie Brotherston, they ran a very difficult race in heat 2 working very hard indeed for a creditable 3rd place finish and a place in the final.

The first final was the girls u14 where the A team ran well to finish in 6th place. Following on was the boys u14 final which was led from start to finish by Seaforth. The first leg narrowly went to Ross Nicolson who handed the baton over to Steven Martin. Steven who is ranked 1st in Scotland and 9th UK in his age group for 800m was never in any danger of being caught and opened up a very healthy lead to hand over to his twin brother Daniel. Daniel who amazingly is ranked 2nd in Scotland and 14th UK in his age group for 800m less than a second behind his brother increased their lead to bring home the gold medal.

Next was the turn of the 4 x 100m teams. First up was the girls u14 where we had a single team entered. Despite a 2nd place finish in heat 1 their time unfortunately didn’t see them reach the final.

The single boys u14 team had a comfortable win in heat 1 qualifying them for the final.

The boys u16 team were 3rd in heat 1 with a time that saw them reach their final later in the day.

In the boys u14 final the team of Robbie Swift, Callum Meldrum, Declan McGhee and Fraser Angus ran an excellent race to finish in silver medal position by the merest of margins…they were 0.7seconds behind the winners Giffnock North A team.

The boys u16 final only had 7 teams competing instead of the usual 8 owing to the fact that an amazing 5 teams had been disqualified in the two heats. Unfortunately the Ayr teams efforts couldn’t carry them to a medal position with them finishing in 5th place.

Also in action were Gwen McFarlane (W55) and Bobby Stevenson (M60). Gwen won gold in the discus ( 20.19m ) and javelin ( 18.58m ) as well as silver in the hammer ( 23.32m ) and shot putt ( 7.31m ). Bobby won gold in the 300m hurdles ( 45.46secs ).

Amy Palmer

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