Cameron Tindle and Nathan Cox have a lot in common. They are 16 years of age, live in Berwick and are in the same class at Berwick Academy, writes John Slorance.
There is much more though, for Galashiels-born Tindle and former Gala Harrier Cox are two young athletes with tremendous potential and promise. What’s more, they are both under the wing of top Borders coach Henry Gray, a highly-respected name on the athletics scene.
In a remarkably short period of time, Tindle has really made his presence felt and the Borders teenager told The Southern: “I only started to take running seriously last June. Up to then I had enjoyed competing at local school level, but that was more or less it.
“Henry (Gray) had heard that I was doing quite well at the school and asked if I would like to get into athletics more. I took him up on this and I am glad that I did as I am really enjoying what I am doing.
“So far I have managed to do quite well, but I didn’t expect to do quite as well so soon. My times keep improving and that’s what it’s all about – getting better.
“Mainly I run in school athletics or in my age group in amateur athletics. I was born in Galashiels so I am Scottish and have represented Scotland in my age group.
“This season I have run at the games circuit a few times. This is completely different as I am giving runners starts, but I have been enjoying it. I just like to run and the 200m is my favourite distance.”
Distance runner Cox has also excelled on the track and has a lot to offer. He told us: “Henry has looked after me since I started to run.
“He first got me to join Gala Harriers and this was a good experience for me. I am now with Morpeth Harriers and I enjoy running for them.
“Like Cameron, I am always trying to improve my fitness level and times. Henry works me hard on this.
“Although most of my running is as an amateur, I turn out at the games as well. I am always a back marker, though, and I once ran from minus 15m in a race. However, I have managed to win a few races at the games, which is good.
“I have some important races coming up at school level soon. I am hoping to do well in either the half-mile or the mile.”
Coach Gray, who has helped guide another Berwick athlete, Guy Learmonth, to the top level in the amateur world, including the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, has seen Tindle and Cox come on leaps and bounds and his two young protégés look like they’ll be taking further leaps and bounds right to the top.