Great medal haul for Borders youngsters

TLJT's Adam Leighton won gold in the Under 13s High Jump at the Scottish Age Group Championships in Glasgow's Emirates Arena.
TLJT's Adam Leighton won gold in the Under 13s High Jump at the Scottish Age Group Championships in Glasgow's Emirates Arena.

Young Borders athletes returned from the Scottish Age Group Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow with an impressive haul of medals.

Competing at the Emirates Arena the local track and field stars of the future took on the best in Scotland in their age categories to run out with a string of titles.

Moorfoot's Ellie O'Hara won gold in the Under 13s 60 metres hurdles and bronze in the Under 13s long jump at the Scottish Age Group Championships in Glasgow's Emirates Arena.

Moorfoot's Ellie O'Hara won gold in the Under 13s 60 metres hurdles and bronze in the Under 13s long jump at the Scottish Age Group Championships in Glasgow's Emirates Arena.

Cardrona’s Ellie O’Hara notched a double. In the Under 13s 60 metres hurdle heat the Moorfoot athlete ran 9.78 seconds, setting the fastest time in the UK this season and coming within 12 hundredths of a second of the Scottish Record of 9.66 as well as recording a new PB. Ellie went on to win gold in the final with a time of 9.93.

The 12-year-old also competed in the long jump where she added a bronze medal with a jump of 4.46 m.

Ellie has subsequently ran two further sub 10 second 60m hurdles in other competitions cementing her place at the top of the UK rankings. In the long jump Ellie is fourth in the UK rankings. Ellie was introduced to hurdling by Peebles long jump coach Linda Nicholson who spotted her great potential.

Laura Munro was the TLJT star at the weekend after scooping silver in the under 15 girls 60m, incredibly beating her lifetime best three times when recording 8.22 in the preliminaries, 8.19 in the semi final and 8.07 seconds in the final where she chased Scotland’s number one Lauren Greig all the way to the line, beating Ireland’s national champion Anna McCauley into third place.

TLJT's Laura Munro won silver in the 60 metres final at the Scottish Age Group Championships in Glasgow's Emirates Arena.

TLJT's Laura Munro won silver in the 60 metres final at the Scottish Age Group Championships in Glasgow's Emirates Arena.

Other notable TLJT performances came from Jasmine Tomlinson, fifth in the under 20 women’s 200m final, Matt Dougal, who reached the final of the under 17 men 1500 final and Cameron Clamp, who reached the final of the under 17 men in the 400m.

Lasswade’s Adam Leighton, who switched from TLJT recently, cleared 1m 50cm in the under 13 high jump to take the gold medal. Adam, a pupil at St Mary’s preparatory school in Melrose, just missed the bronze in long jump when finishing fourth.

Following in the footsteps of his big brother, 2014 Commonwealth Games finalist Chris O’Hare, West Linton’s Dominic O’Hare claimed the Under 20s 1500 metres final running under the Edinburgh AC banner. Kobe Steven’s, also from Peebles, finished sixth in the same final.

Also from Peebles Niamh Shaw (Moorfoot) took bronze in the Under 20s 1500 metres.

Other local finalists were Selkirk’s Zaynah Aziz (U17s 1500m) and Galashiels runner Matt Dougal (U17s 1500m).

Gala Harrier Rhiannon Fagan couldn’t quite repeat her bronze medal success from last year in the 800m, finishing an impressive third in her heat but it wasn’t quite quick enough to take her through to the final.