This years England Athletics U20 & U23 Track and Field Championships took place at the Bedford International Athletics Stadium over the weekend of Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June. Although the English Championships they are commonly seen as the British Age Group Championships and as such anyone taking home a medal can be extremely proud of their achievement.There were 3 athletes from Ayr Seaforth competing at this years event with first year U20 athlete Kirsten McClymont making her debut on the big stage in the 200m.
Conditions over the weekend were favourable for all but those competing in the distance events as the temperature on each day hit a blistering 31 degrees.
First up from the Ayr Seaforth contingent was Kirsten McClymont who ran in the first heat of the U20 Womens 200m with a time of 26.79s which was just outside her pb. The experience will no doubt bode her well for the future.
Next to compete was U23 athlete Carolyn Harvey who was competing in the Triple Jump. Carolyn jumped a distance of 11.79m which was enough to secure the bronze medal in the event.
The final Ayr athlete to enter competition was U20 distance runner Kirstin Oakley who was competing for the first time on UK soil in the 3000m steeplechase which she has been getting a taste for while competing in America. Although not a pb performance owing to the high temperatures her time of 11:11.76 safely saw her take the bronze medal.
This years CCL Land O’Burns 10k Road Race took place in near perfect conditions last Wednesday. Almost 250 runners took part with the race being started by Max Wojtowicz, Digital Marketing Manager of race sponsors CCL Logistics of Troon. The route takes runners along Ayr seafront towards Doonfoot after which they pass through Doonfoot & Alloway before passing Burns Cottage on their way back to the finish line within the Old Racecourse at Seafield. As well as increased prize money being on offer there were numerous spot prizes given out at the finish line. First home and taking the mens race was Richard Mair of Kilmarnock Harrier & Athletic Club with Ruth Joss of Shettleston Harriers taking the womens race. The full race results can be found using the following link RESULTS
The second match of this years Youth Development League (YDL) took place on Sunday at The Ayrshire Athletics Arena, Kilmarnock. Unfortunately owing to illness there were many changes to the teams on the day and several of the young athletes who were in attendance stepped up to the plate taking on events which they were not familiar with. Yet again there were numerous personal best performances on a day which started off with rain but got better as it went on. Full results of all Ayr Seaforth athletes can be found in the tables below:-
U13 Boys - YDL Match 2 - Sunday 21 May 2017 - Kilmarnock
4 x 100m Relay
U15 Boys - YDL Match 2 - Sunday 21 May 2017 - Kilmarnock
4 x 100m Relay
4 x 300m
U13 Girls - YDL Match 2 - Sunday 21 May 2017 - Kilmarnock
4 x 100m Relay
U15 Girls - YDL Match 2 - Sunday 21 May 2017 - Kilmarnock
This years West District Track & Field Championships took place at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena, Kilmarnock last weekend in somewhat less than ideal weather conditions. Numerous athletes represented Ayr Seaforth with no less than 3 Gold, 6 Silver and 4 Bronze medals being won. Several young athletes who are in their first year of U13 competition made their debuts on the big stage with some very impressive performances and medals won.
Special mention goes to Sophie Slider(U15) who broke the Championship record in the 300m, unfortunately as she was 2nd in the final the winner also broke it creating a new record in the process.
Sunday 9 April saw the first of the local Open meetings take place at Dam Park Stadium with the meeting hosted by Ayr Seaforth. A high turn out on the day was very pleasing to see as for the first time an online entry system was used. Good weather helped the smooth running of the competition and no doubt made it a an enjoyable experience for those young athletes competing for the first time. Results for all Seaforth athletes can be found below:-
It has been a busy weekend for members of the Ayr Seaforth Road Race section with several in action at various locations around Britain. On Saturday Tim Downie completed the John Muir Way Trail Ultra Marathon which is a 50km ultra race that primarily takes place along The John Muir Way in East Lothian navigating through places such as Gullane & North Berwick before finishing in Dunbar. Tim was one of 165 runners who took part and he completed the 50km course in a creditable 5hrs 21mins.
Next up was Laurence Baker who also competed on Saturday but this time in a slightly longer race, namely the Glasgow to Edinburgh Ultra Marathon. This is a 55 mile race which starts in Ruchill Park, Glasgow and follows a course along both the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals before taking in the Antonine Wall & Falkirk Wheel before the finish in Edinburgh Key. A truly daunting prospect for most but Laurence completed the course in 10hrs 38mins.
On Sunday 3 athletes took part in this years Manchester Marathon. John Ross and George Ross both completed the 26 miles in 2:58.05 followed by Stephen McDowall in 3:15.34.
Also running was Janice McKellar in the Tom Scott 10 mile race. This race takes place on paths around Strathclyde Loch and Janice completed the 10 miles in 1:29.28.
This years Scottish National Cross Country Championships took place yesterday at an incredibly muddy Callendar Park in Falkirk. Heavy overnight rain had saturated the course making it a true test of cross country running with the course holding so much water that the venue owners actually considered cancelling the Championships on the morning of the event. Fortunately they agreed to a move of both the start and finish areas which allowed it to take place.The area immediately in front of Callendar House where the finish area is usually positioned was flooded with about a foot of water lying which made for a makeshift bathing area for athletes washing themselves down after racing.This year saw yet another record amount of entries with no fewer than 2330 entered. Performance of the day for Seaforth was the 5th place finish of Morven Hubbard in the U13 girls which was closely followed by U15 girl Rosie Davidson who came home in 7th place.
The Senior Men had once again the opportunity to compete against Olympian Callum Hawkins who set out his stall early in the race and claimed his second National title.