Over the weekend in excess of 700 athletes from all over Scotland travelled to Aberdeen for the Scottish National Age Group Championships, with the hope of picking up the coveted title of Scottish Champion for 2014. Four young Chirnside Chasers travelled north on Friday to take part in the under 13 age group events on Saturday. Three boys, Josh Abbott, Jamie Kinghorn and Rory Williams took part in various track events while one girl, Caitlin Black, took part in the shot put.
First up on Saturday morning was the 100m which saw Jamie Kinghorn and Josh Abbott making it through their respective heats and qualify for the B Final. Then later in the morning Jamie, Josh and Rory Williams competed in the 800m and unbelievable all three boys made it through the heats to the final. It is quite an achievement for any club to have three participants in the one track final from the same club but for Chirnside Chasers who have only been in existence for three years it is remarkable. The final took place later that afternoon and in a strongly run race Rory managed to take 2nd place and the silver medal in a time of 2 min 22 seconds finishing just behind the winner from Aberdeen, with Josh finishing fourth while Jamie finished eighth. After winning the indoor title back in February this performance shows the consistency Rory has shown all year.
Finally on the track Jamie and Josh ran the 200m with Jamie making the B final being 9th quickest overall while Josh qualified for the A final 5th fastest. Jamie ran well in the B final finishing 2nd while Josh found the final hard after the efforts of the rest of his races throughout the day.
In the field event Caitlin Black entered in the shot put having only taken it up 2 months ago. Most of the 15 girls in the final had been throwing for a number of years, however after a shaky start Caitlin threw a new PB on her second throw of 7.61 meaning she qualified for the final 3 throws. In the last round Caitlin threw even further with a 7.65 throw which meant she took home third place and the bronze medal. This is an incredible result for Caitlin having only just started throwing a short time ago and ending up with a National age group medal with the third best throw in Scotland this year.
It shows how far Chirnside Chasers as a club has travelled in a short space of time when athletes can compete against the best from all over Scotland and bring home medals in two different events on the track and field is an incredible feat. Also notable for Josh Abbott and Jamie Kinghorn who ran in three separate events and made the finals in them all, which are both sprints and middle distance events is truly fantastic and shows the versatility of both.