Teviotdale Harriers Masters were at it again on Sunday, claiming two golds at the British Masters 10km Road Championships held in Blyth writes Bruce Hughes.
Sammy Walker and Jim Pittillo both stormed to victory in their respective categories on another successful day for the clubs seasoned contingent.
The event, hosted by Blyth Running Club, had competitors race on the footpaths and cycleways of the Northumberland Town, from Blyth Quayside to Seaton Sluice before returning.
Sammy, who is currently collecting wins like Imelda Marcos collected shoes, won his M60 category by over two minutes. Finishing 20th overall, Sammy flew around in 35:18 with Doncaster Athletics, Kevin Newman (37:45) second and Jonathan Haynes running for Bishop’s Stortford (38:14) finished third.
In the M85 age group, Jim Pittillo, the oldest runner competing on the day, earned his win by finishing the 10km course in 1:04:54.
A reminder that THERE IS NO Wednesday Junior Training and NO gym on Thursday during the school holidays.
THC Diary Dates
Wed 3rd SCHOOL HOLIDAY NO TRAINING
Thu 4th SCHOOL HOLIDAY NO GYM
Wed 10th SCHOOL HOLIDAY NO TRAINING
Thu 11th SCHOOL HOLIDAY NO GYM
Wed 17th Time trial 1, museum, Wilton Lodge Park
Thu 18th Gym – Think Fitness
Wed 24th Junior training – Teviot Parish Church
Thu 25th Gym – Think Fitness
Wed 1st Time trial 2, museum, Wilton Lodge Park
Thu 2nd Gym – Think Fitness
Wed 8th Junior training – Teviot Parish Church
Thu 9th Gym – Think Fitness
Tue 14th Uphill Mile
Wed 15th Junior training – Teviot Parish Church
Thu 16th Gym – Think Fitness
Wed 22nd Time trial 3, museum, Wilton Lodge Park
Thu 23rd Gym – Think Fitness
Wed 29th Junior training – Teviot Parish Church
Thu 30th Gym – Think Fitness
The final of the M35 800m at the Indoor World Champs in Toruń, Poland featured Teviotdale Harriers Colin Welsh.
In a highly competitive race Colin Welsh couldn’t quite replicate his run from the heats but gave his all and finished 9th in 2:02.31.
Fellow Great Britain & Northern Ireland runner Aaron Brown (1:58.70) claimed Gold, improving on his Bronze from the outdoor World Masters in Malaga last September. France’s Jeremie Nattes (1:58.76) claimed silver with Artur Mroz (1:59.11) from Poland the bronze.
Reflecting on the race (a little tongue in cheek); “The spikes are back out the bin now that I’ve had time to think about it,” said Colin.
“I just didn’t perform and I am disappointed, but on the whole I have to be pleased. It’s been an amazing experience.”
Competition is not yet over for Colin as he’ll be back on the track again; “I’m also entered for the M35 1500m, so tonight I’ll rest up and get ready to go again tomorrow.”
Colin races in the second of tomorrows heats, with the first on track at 17:25. If he can navigate his way to the final, it will be on Saturday morning around 09:45.
In what’s undoubtedly been a stellar season for Eilidh Jaffray, the best is yet to come.
Hawick High School pupil Eilidh (17), has made great strides
over the last 18 months and her dedication to running has been rewarded with the
chance to represent Scotland at next month’s Virgin Money Giving London Mini
An event previously won by four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Mo Farah, there is two age groups (Under-17 & Under-15) competing with both boys and girls categories. The races follow the last three miles of the World-famous Marathon route from London’s Old Billingsate to the finish on The Mall.
Eilidh secured Under-17 Women’s selection with a fine performance at the recent Young Athletes Road Races held at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, by finishing 5th.
Eilidh’s 2018-19 District and National CV is quite an impressive read –
18th at the National Short Course Cross Country Championships at Lanark in November
5th at the East District Cross Country Championships at Aberdeen in December
12th at the Inter Districts Cross Country at Stirling in January
5th at the Scottish National Cross Country Championships at Falkirk in February
5th at the Young Athletes Road Races held at Ingliston in March
“It’s an honour to be selected to run for Scotland,” says a delighted
Eilidh. “I’m very surprised at how far I’ve come from being a very awkward
looking runner (her own opinion) and even on one occasion accidentally wearing
my mum’s trail shoes at the National Cross Country Championships.”
And ‘very far’ she has certainly come, for things might have been totally different if a highly talented swimmer had stuck to her original sport of choice.
“I started swimming when I was about nine-years old and I
joined the Borders Elite Swim Team when I was 11,” explains Eilidh. “The
training regime involved getting up at 4:30am up to five times a week to train
in Gala or Selkirk and I also trained three nights a week in Hawick.”
Eilidh ultimately found herself in need of a change. “I fell
out of love with swimming, so I started running,” she openly admits.
Dad Raymond, a long-time runner himself, provided plenty support
towards the prospect of eldest daughter Eilidh trying out another sport, one so
close to his own heart.
Eilidh remembers those first tentative running steps; “My
dad definitely encouraged me to start running, although I do remember the first
time he took me up the ‘Flex,’ when I was dead on my feet and he was jogging
along, however, now I can give him a good run for his money.”
The devotion and commitment it takes to train and compete as
a swimmer has probably been a huge catalyst that’s allowed Eilidh to adapt so
well to the rigours of running. “I really enjoy my training,” says explains.
“I train six days a week with Friday as my day off and at
the weekends I usually go for a long off-road run. I follow my dad/coaches
Having stanchly dedicated herself to training, Eilidh is now reaping the rewards. Alongside five teammates she will don the Scottish colours in the Under-17 girls race in London and compete against runners from Wales, Northern Ireland and the nine regions of England.
But competing and competing to a very high standard seem to
come hand in hand for Eilidh. In her previous guise as a competitive swimmer,
Eilidh again, was no stranger to success.
“I managed to win a bronze medal in the 100m fly at Scottish National Age Groups and also swam for Scotland East at the British Inter-Counties,” she said.
And Eilidh will never forget her time in the pool but knows
running is now the sole focus; “I think swimming will always be a big part of
my life because it taught me so much.
“This September I will be going to Edinburgh University and
I’m excited for the new challenges that this will bring. I will be joining the Uni
Running Team (Hare and Hounds) and hopefully I will keep progressing in my
With her education and running future clearly mapped out, Eilidh can hopefully now focus on her training. Come the 28th of April, she will find herself in the deep end as she races some of the best young runners this country has to offer but with her enthusiasm, dedication and no lack of talent, it will surely all go swimmingly.
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