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And the winner of Scottish Athletics Master of the year is …

On Saturday 23rd November Scottish Athletics held their annual awards night at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow. With guest speaker Paula Radcliffe and Scottish Running A listers including Calum Hawkins attending the evening it was a certainly a night that one certain Teviotdale Harrier will never forget.

It was the second year in a row that this individual was nominated for the coveted Master of the Year award, unfortunately missing out last year.

However good things come to those who wait( along with a lot of hard work) and it with delight we can announce Alastair ‘Sammy’ Walker as Scottish Athletics Master of the Year 2019 .

A massive well done to Sammy on this superb achievement, you have done the club proud!

We may be a small club, but we have huge hearts and a body full of determination … “Get in there Sammy boy!”

More Masters Medals

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.

British Masters Gold medal winners Jim Pittillo & Sammy Walker

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.

Diary dates

A reminder that THERE IS NO Wednesday Junior Training and NO gym on Thursday during the school holidays.

THC Diary Dates
April
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

May
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

June
Sat 1st Coffee Morning, Trinity Church

Another World Final For Welsh

Colin Welsh has secured a second World Masters finals spot with a gutsy run in todays 1500m first round.

Racing in a tight heat, Colin got his tactic’s spot on and with his teeth clenched he crossed the line fifth and secured one of the eight fastest loser spots.

Stopping the clock at 4:11.40, finishing just behind M35 800m gold medallist and fellow GB & NI runner, Aaron Brown, qualifying Colin eighth fastest of the 12 finalists.

“My plan was to just follow Aaron and that worked out great,” explained Colin.

There’s not much time for recovery as tomorrow mornings final is scheduled for a 09:46 start.

So what would an athlete do the night before a World final?: “Going out for tea at 8pm and then just back for a wee chill before an early start,” said Colin.


Welsh At the Worlds

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.