Golden days for youngsters

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BORDERS athletes shone at the Scottish Schools Indoor Track and Field Championships, bringing a sparkling array of medals back to the region.

Top of the shop were Peebles High School long jumper Faye Nicholson and Gala Academy shot putter Gary Robertson who both clinched gold in their respective events. The 16-year-old Scottish age-group champion improved on her winning jump of last year with a leap of 5m 51cm in the over-16 girls’ event, notching a new PB in the process. Faye is coached by her mum Linda who also trains the under-16 girls’ winner Rachael Robertson from Gorebridge at Tweedbank.

Galashiels thrower Robertson achieved dominated the 19-strong field in the under-16s shot putt with a winning distance of 13m 6cm.

Jed sprinter Seb Harrison was the only local to notch a double when he grabbed silver in both the 60m and 200m sprint, while fellow Jedite Sophie Elder just lost out on a place in the final by a 10th of a second, running an indoor PB of 43.9sec in her under-16 300m heat where she finished second.

Medallists: Gary Robertson (GA) gold in U16 shot putt, 13m 06cm; Faye Nicholson (Peebles HS) gold in O16 long jump, 5m 51cm; Seb Harrison (JGS) silver in O16 60m, 7.24sec, and O16 200m, 22.8sec; Olivia O’Hare (PHS) silver in O16 800m, 2min 17.8sec; Craig Gillan (JGS) in O16 60m, 7.29sec; Louise Mercer (Hawick High School) bronze in U16 1500m, 4min 58.8sec; Fraser Wardhaugh (Earlston HS) bronze in U16 400m, 57.8sec; Demi Yorke (Gala Academy) bronze in U16 60m, 8.28sec; Lisa Robertson (GA) bronze in O16 shot putt, 10m 41cm.

Finalists: Emily Douglas (JGS) O16 200m, 4th, 27.7 sec; Mhairi Henderson (EHS) U16 300m, 6th, 46.3sec; Kerry Sandilands (EHS) U16 800m, 7th, 2min 36sec; Rowan Marr (Selkirk High School) U16 1500m, 10th, 4min 43sec; Euan Pettigrew (Kelso High School) U16 400m, 4th, 58.7sec; John Glen (GA) U16 60m, 5th, 7.32sec, and 200m, 4th, 23.8sec; Naomi Symonds (PHS) O16 shot putt,9m 97cm.

z TEVIOTDALE Harriers held their club championship races last Saturday.

Results: under-11 boys’ champion: Callum Murray. Handicap: 1, Gareth Williams; 2, David Mercer. Under-11 girls’ champion: Ishbel Inglis. Handicap: 1, Eilidh Jaffray; 2, M. Marshall; 3, Emma Grieve. Under-13 boys’ champion: Harry Marshall (5.34 min).Under-13 girls champion: Iben McMillan. Under-17 boys’ champion: Kyle Potts. Handicap: 1, Keith Learmonth, 2, Charlie Marshall. Ladies’ champion (Borthwick Trophy winner): Louise Mercer. Handicap: 1, Joanne Gilfillan; 2, Zoe Williams; 3, Catherine Mercer. Men’s champion: Raymond Jaffray. Handicap: 1, Colin Nichol; 2, Keith Murray; 3, Derek Scott.

The next race for club members is the Cup Races held on Hawick Moor on March 5, with registration from 12.15pm and the first race going off at 1pm. For more information contact Rob Halliday on 01450 376995.

z AS SHE prepares for the European Masters indoor championships in Belgium in March, Peebles athlete Linda Nicholson won two Scottish Masters titles at Kelvin Hall on Sunday – the long jump and the 60m.

Her long jump of 4.66m was a new indoor PB and Scottish W50 record, breaking the previous record of 4.62m set back in 1997.

In the 60m Nicholson’s 8.78sec was only 0.01sec outside her championship record set last year.

Her successes as an athlete in her own right came only two days after double success in the same pit as a coach, both her athletes winning their respective Scottish Schools over-16 and under-16 long jump titles on Thursday.