GALASHIELS athlete John Glen is all set to pull on a Scottish vest for the first time next month for what he hopes is just the beginning of a highly successful international career, writes Fiona Scott.
Galashiels Academy pupil Glen, 16, produced the run of his life at the recent Scottish Schools Athletics Championships, at Grangemouth, winning the 200m in a new personal best time of 22.63 seconds.
Due to that, Glen has now been selected to represent Scotland in a four nations event at Cardiff in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay on July 16 and has a real prospect of running for his country at the UK Championships in September.
This will be the first time Glen, pictured right, will wear the Scottish vest and it has always been his dream to do so.
He told TheSouthern: “It’s just been brilliant. I have been working really hard with TLJT’s Bruce Scott and now with the Edinburgh AC Club, and it’s great for me – and everyone who has helped – to now see all that effort pay off.”
The talented teenager first made a name for himself in 2009, winning the New Year sprint at Musselburgh, athough he only began running the previous summer at the Langholm Border Games.
He went on to gain a silver medal at the Scottish indoor championships over 200m and shattered the record over the same distance at the Border Schools Championships in the same year. Now part of the regional development squad aimed at training and bringing talented athletes through the system, Glen has got his sights firmly set on a future in running and, in particular, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
“It’s definitely a possibility,” he added. “I am currently training three times a week in Edinburgh, but will require even more to bring me up to the standard required to reach my goals.
“I am very much looking forward to that challenge.”
Glen’s aim is to be very much involved in Scottish Athletics and as well as running he has already achieved his level one coaching certificate and has expressed an interest in applying to Napier University to study sport science next year. He also has a keen interest in sport photography and has designed his own website, for which he has won two awards from his school.