Dedicated winter training has paid off this February for Banchory Stonehaven athletes who have been competing at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow at a number of Indoor Athletics Championships.
Kathryn Christie, 19, is now the Indoor 60m and 200m Senior Scottish Champion, with excellent perfomances in these events at the start of the month. She recorded personal best times of 7.56 and 24.2 respectively. A week later competing at the Scottish University and College Championships, she again won the 60m title with a time of 7.61 and stepped up to the 400m to come second with a new personal best time of 57.98.
Clubmate Alisha Rees, 14, competing for Banchory Academy in the Scottish Schools Under 16 Championships won both the 60m and 200m, recording Indoor personal best times of 7.74 and 25.4 respectively. She also equalled the Championship Best performance times in both events dating back to 2001. A week later, she again won both titles in the Scottish National U16 Indoor Championships, recording 7.78 in the 60m and 25.48 in the 200m. With Kathryn placed top of the overall Scottish rankings for 60m and 200m, and Alisha placed 3rd and 6th, both have worked hard over the winter with coach Willy Russell.
Other athletes to have won medals are Daniel Rees who won a bronze medal at the Scottish Schools Over 16 Championships in the 60m hurdles, and a silver medal in the U20 Pole Vault at the Age Group Indoor Championships. Hamish Leeson won a bronze medal in the U18 60m hurdles at the Age Group Championships.
Maddy Furnival competed well both at Scottish Schools and the Age Groups, recording personal bests times in the 60m and long jump. Craig Strachan also recorded personal bests in the U14 age group. Kate Samuel, Eve Sealy, Kayla and Charlie Webster and Rosa Hare also competed at the Age Group Championships, and all athletes will have benefitted from the experience of competing at this level, and will be looking forward to the Summer season.