Olivia keeps the O’Hare racing legacy going

Olivia O’Hare showed that the talent in her family does not end with brother Chris by securing a double middle-distance win at the Scottish Schools Championships.

The Peebles High pupil claimed the 15-to-17 year-old girls’ 800m and 1,500m titles at Grangemouth last weekend, following her older sibling’s record-breaking one-mile performances while studying at Tulsa University, US.

Louise Mercer of Hawick High was fourth and Kerry Sandilands of Earlston High was sixth in the 1,500m final.

Fellow Peebles HS students also enjoyed success. Faye Nicholson launched herself to the over-17 girls’ long jump crown with a 5.59m leap, while Naomi Symonds took the 15 to 17 shot putt competition with a throw of 9.97m.

Galashiels Academy’s John Glen powered his way to the 15-to-17 boys’ 200m and won bronze in the 100m.

And among other notable performances from Borders schoolchildren was Sophie Elder of Jedburgh Grammar, who came fifth in the over-17s 400m final, but had earlier collected a 60.71-second new personal best time in her heat.

Galashiels Academy’s Demi Yorke was fourth in the girls’ 15-to-17 100m final, while Adam Craig was also fourth in the boys’ 15-to-17 1,500m contest.