Scottish National Indoor Championships, Emirates Arena, Glasgow Kathryn Gillespie of Dollar was celebrating her first ever senior medal at the Scottish National Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow last week. A superb run in the 800m gave the 17 year old Central AC athlete silver in a new club senior record 2:14.29. With current world number 1, Laura Muir, resting after her superb Scottish record the previous week the door was open for Kathryn to shine. The race was tactical and Kathryn was not expected to beat Jenny Tan of Fife AC who ran an excellent 2:06 the previous week but Kathryn followed Jenny and timed her run well for 2nd place, holding off Mhairi Hendry of Glasgow AC, for the silver. Kathryn will surely go faster in a properly paced race in the near future. This follows on from her UK under 17 gold last summer in the 1500m and shows she can compete with the best at both middle distance events.

Several of Central AC’s teenagers were performing well against the top senior athletes in Scotland. Crieff’s own athletics superstar, 15- year-old Crieff girl, Caitlin Edgar, found herself up against a formidable field in the women’s long jump, including British Olympic bobsleigher, Gillian Cooke, who still holds the Scottish indoor record, along with Scottish outdoor champion, Sarah Warnock, who has already been selected for Glasgow 2014. Caitlin was undaunted by the opposition and came within a whisker of joining Gillian and Sarah on the podium with a superb club record 5.76m. This was enough for 4th, just 2cm from bronze and edges her to within 10cm of the Scottish under 17 record. With several more competitions to come this could fall before the end of the indoor season.

Another 15-year-old performing well was Amy Gullen from Muckhart, taking part in the women’s high jump in her first ever senior championships. An excellent 1.60m clearance followed by some good attempts at 1.65m was enough for 4th.

16 year old brothers Lewis & Ben McGuire from Balfron were also competing for the first time at this level in the Mens High Jump. Lewis continued his dramatic improvement breaking the senior club record with 1.94m for 5th place with Ben McGuire just missing a personal best clearing 1.84m for 7th.

17 year old Caroline Hilley from Dunblane was also making her senior championship debut in the women’s hurdles and was unlucky not to reach the final after a poor start meant she missed out by a single place.

Bannockburn’s Cameron Wilson, 16, also gained good experience with a seasons best 12.23 in the mens triple jump for 6th.

Central were well represented in the men’s 800m with Sean Reilly and Tom Watson both cruising through to the final. The final was a tactical affair preventing any further improvements to these times. Tom finished 4th with Sean following closely behind in 6th.