It was PBs galore for the Moorfoot runners who took part in the East District Championships at Pitreavie.
On a cool Friday evening, Beth Hobbs was four seconds inside her previous best to take an excellent bronze medal in the U13 girls’ 1,500m in 5 minutes and 21 seconds.
And team-mates Calum Johnson and Ethan Elder both smashed their PBs by huge margins, finishing midfield in the boys’ equivalent final, in 5.15 and 5.18 respectively. Zaynah Aziz was a bit short of her best and disappointed with her fifth place finish in 5.02 in the U15 girls’ 1,500m, but Ellie O’Hara was delighted with her first sub-30s run in the U13 girls’ 200m, only just missing out on the final.
On the Saturday, the PBs continued. Kobe Stevens was third fastest qualifier for the final of the U17 men’s 800m with a four-second 2.06 PB, only just losing out on bronze in the final after a shoulder-to-shoulder battle from 200m out.
Novice Charlotte Clare, having only her second ever race on the track, ran a highly commendable 10-second PB of 2.38 in the U13 girls’ 800m to qualify for the final where she came fifth. Zaynah Aziz qualified for the final of the U15 girls’ 800m in 2.29, but was again running well below her best, and with something clearly not right, she wisely withdrew from the final. Unfortunately, the Championship rules did not allow for the 7th fastest qualifier, clubmate Ailsa Innes, who had run a four-second PB of 2.31 in her heat, to step up to take her place in the final.
Niamh Shaw, with 2.32 in the U17 women’s 800m, and Sophie Collins with 2.29 in the U20 version, also both set PBs, but just missed out on qualifying for their respective finals, as did Ellie O’Hara in the U13 girls’ 100m.