Two young Lewis athletes’ performances over the winter cross country and recent early track season have caught the eye of the Scotland’s National endurance coaches.
SRAC training partners, Connor MacLean, and Michael MacMillan, both 16, have both been running consistently well, and in March Connor and coach were invited down to a National coaching weekend in Glasgow’s Emirates stadium.
At the recent North District Championships in Inverness in May, Michael and training partner Connor then produced a fantastically exciting 800 metre race - posting impressive improvements to their personal best time for the distance as they both broke the magical two minute barrier for the first time.
Both had been close to breaking two minutes in their opening race of the season in Stornoway in April, and in another great head to head tussle, Connor kept ahead of Michael in the home straight, as the pair took first and second place, well ahead of the rest of the field.
Connor posted a time of 1 min 58:02 and Michael still recovering from his silver medal 400m PB effort at the event, ran 1:59:07 – both Island Games qualifying standards, and putting them in the mix for places for Jersey 2015. The times also seem them ranked number three and four nationally at U17 level in Scotland.
On the strength of these performances, the National endurance coaches have now offered the pair the opportunity to travel with the cream of Scotland’s young talented endurance athletes to the prestigious British Milers Club meets in Manchester.
The boys will now head down in July and August as part of a squad from Scotland as they seek a higher level of competition further afield and push themselves to faster PB times – a fantastic achievement.
The boys are also part of an 11 strong athletics squad from the Nicolson Institute and Sir E. Scott School who are heading for the National Scottish Schools Track & Field Championships at the Commonwealth Stadium at Hampden this weekend.
Look out for a full report in next week’s Stornoway Gazette.
Pictured are Michael and Connor celebrating breaking the two minute barrier.