Local athletes are hoping to set the tone for the new 2014 season

Daniel Rees, 17, from Torphins
Daniel Rees, 17, from Torphins

Two Banchory Stonehaven AC athletes are hoping to set the tone for another successful year for the local club.

The pair will participate in the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country event, and the Inter District Cross Country Championships this Saturday, January 11.

Michael Feguson from Stonehaven in the blue vest

Michael Feguson from Stonehaven in the blue vest

Edinburgh University student Rhona Auckland, 20, from Torphins, will be hoping to emulate her recent performance in Serbia, when she came seventh in the European U23 Cross Country Championships, and was part of the gold medal-winning team.

This time, Rhona has been awarded her first Senior GB/NI vest, and in an interview that can be seen on the British Athletics website commented “to get my first senior vest is really exciting. I love Edinburgh, love the course, and I train there quite a bit so it’s home ground for me”. To read the full interview with Rhona, go to the British Athletics website.

Stonehaven’s Michael Ferguson has been selected for the East District team Junior Men’s Team and will take part in the Scottish Athletics Inter District Cross Country Championship to be held on the same course.

Back in December, Club athlete Daniel Rees, 17, from Torphins was selected for the Scottish Schools Over 16 Pentathlon team, competing against teams from England, Ireland and Wales at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. The Scotland team came third, and Daniel himself set three individual Personal best performances and a new Pentathlon Personal best score.

Over the next few weeks, many of the Club athletes will be travelling to Glasgow for competitions, the first of which is the National Open at the Emirates Arena on Saturday 18th January.

This is followed in February by the Scottish Schools Indoor Track and Field event when many of the Secondary School age athletes from the Club will be competing and contending for medals.