Banchory Stonehaven athletics club in Grangemouth trip medal success

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Seven athletes from Banchory Stonehaven Athletics Club travelled to Grangemouth on the weekend of May 13 and 14 for the Scottish Athletics Districts Championships.

Committe member Angela Elliot said: “It was a brilliant weekend for all athletes, who returned home with no less than five Gold, three Silver and three Bronze medals.

“By far the standout performance came from 14-year-old Craig Strachan, who in competing for the under 15 boys, won Gold in the 200m (23.67) on the Friday evening, setting a new Championship Best performance

“There was more to come on the Saturday, as he set another two Championship Best performances in the 100m winning his heat in 11.57s and the final in 11.45s

“He then went on to win Gold in the 80m Hurdles with a time of 11.78s.”

Alisha Rees, 17, competing in the Senior Women’s 200m, won Gold with a time of 24.01s, a new personal best and a second ahead of silver medallist Stacey Downie, Edinburgh AC.

Angela added: “Alisha’s time was well within the European Youth Games Qualifying standard 24.3s, required for selection to the British team travelling to Georgia in July.

“Lindsey Young won Bronze in the same race with a time of 26.34s

“Maddie Silcock competing in under 17 W proudly came away with two well deserved and hard fought Silver medals in the 100m (12.59s) and 200m (26.52s).”

12-year-old Emma Swanson, competing in her first east Districty Championships won Silver in the 1500m with a time of 5.13.56, and Frances Sealy jumped to a Gold medal in the U17W Triple Jump with a distance of 10.28m and a Silver medal in the Long Jump with a new with a new personal best of 4.94m.

Lindsey Young added to her medal tally on the Saturday with a Bronze in the Senior Women’s 400m (58.82s) and Daniel Rees competing at the same distance for the men, also won Bronze with a time of 49.9s.

Angela said: “All these athletes train exceedingly hard and were rewarded for their efforts with these standout performances.

“Thanks should also go to all the coaches involved with these athletes, who give their time freely several times a week to guide them.”