What Katie did next

Team Borders Athletes show-off their new kit. From left: Katie Browne (Gala Harriers), Zaynah Aziz (Moorfoot Juniors), Ewan Jackson (CEO Borders Sport and Leisure), Zoe Pflug(TLJT) and Amy Campbell (Teviotdale Harriers).

Team Borders Athletes show-off their new kit. From left: Katie Browne (Gala Harriers), Zaynah Aziz (Moorfoot Juniors), Ewan Jackson (CEO Borders Sport and Leisure), Zoe Pflug(TLJT) and Amy Campbell (Teviotdale Harriers).

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COMPETING in her first East District Championships, Gala Harrier Katie Browne had a turbulent time of it last weekend.

On Saturday, she was leading her heat in the Under-14 girls 100m when she tripped and fell with two metres to go.

The Borders athlete had the presence of mind to get up as quickly as she could to cross the line, but couldn’t be sure if she had qualified for the final.

After a four-hour wait, due to administrative issues, she found out that she had finished second in the heat and had indeed made the final.

After another lengthy wait and further timetable changes, Katie got to her marks in the final, where she ran an excellent race to win by a comfortable margin.

Sunday was to prove slightly less dramatic, but still had a twist for the Berwickshire High School pupil.

She qualified from her 200m heat in 28.15 seconds without too much difficulty, despite extremely windy and cold conditions. She then had her opening jumps in her long jump, and qualified for the final with a leap of 4.07m, but that was the best she could manage for fourth place.

During the long jump, the officials had decided to add a semi-final to the 200m event.

Undeterred, she progressed to the final, winning her semi in 28.52.

In the final itself, Katie got off to a very good start into a now almost gale force wind, coming off the bend with an advantage before speeding down the home straight to her second gold medal of the weekend in 28.27.