Gold rush at northern districts

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They went. They saw. And they most definitely conquered.

A 23 strong squad from the Stornoway Running and Athletics Club crossed the Minch in search of sporting glory and they found it in the form of a 30-gong haul of plunder at the North District Track and Field Championships.

Ross Budge kick-started the landslide of gold, silver and bronze as he galloped to glory to bring home the first medal. Running a gutsy race in the boy’s U15 300m Budge took a full second off his PB, taking bronze in 42.88 - a time that sees him ranked no. 18 for his age group nationally!

In the U17 men’s 400m final, SRAC’S Michael MacMillan then went one better as he took a fine silver medal in a new PB time of 53.20 which sees him ranked 15 in the Scottish rankings; and in the senior 400m race there was also another silver for SRAC newcomer, Lewis Grant, in a time of 52.66.

The stadium was buzzing now with action happening on the track with various heats and finals, and in the field, and the SRAC athletes and coaches were kept on their toes to ensure all had their chance.

Andrew Horne had to go straight from his 100m heat to the U15 long jump, but kept his composure to win the competition and SRAC’s first gold with a fine leap of 5.15m! Another gold soon followed – this time in the U17 Women’s high jump from Eilidh MacLeod, with a clearance of 1.40m

One of the most recent and welcoming SRAC developments is the emergence of a good sized throws group at the club, and our U13 boys showed the way with a javelin gold and silver. Evan Trayner won with a new PB of 18.68, and David Morrison threw a fantastic 17.71 on his debut as runner-up. Evan’s throw also sees him currently ranked no. 2 in his age group.

There were also three SRAC athletes in action in the U17 Men’s javelin – Connor MacLean coming out on top with a new PB of 34.58 and winning a silver medal.

To read the rest of the report and to see more pictures from the event, pick up a copy of this week’s Stornoway Gazette, on sale now.