England Athletics Under-15 Championships – Bedford, 26 August 2018
Coirilidh Cook cemented her position as one of the UK’s top young hurdlers after she took a superb silver medal at the England Athletics Under-15 Championships at Bedford.
The 14-year-old from Balfron has been unbeaten in Scotland all season having won every possible Scottish title, as well as the Celtic Games international, but this time was testing herself against the top hurdlers in the UK.
She went into the Girls 75 Metre Hurdles event ranked 10th in the UK, meaning that getting to the final would be a challenge. In her heat, Cook found herself in a close battle for the two automatic qualification spots. She finished a close third, and her time of 11.77 seconds allowed her to progress as one of the two fastest losers over the three heats.
By the time of the final the rain was falling heavily and there was a headwind ruling out fast times. English schools champion Mia McIntosh built a clear lead, while behind her there was a close battle for the other medals with Cook in the thick of it in fourth place at the midpoint of the race. She dug in over the last few hurdles making light of the wet conditions and a great run off the last hurdle and a perfectly timed dip saw her take a superb silver medal in a time of 11.50 seconds. With this result, Cook beat several athletes ranked ahead of her – a great experience for her.
UK School Games, Loughborough, 31 August – 1 September 2018
There was a medal double for both Central AC athletes at the UK School Games in Loughborough as Elizabeth Thompson and Emma Mailer returned with 2 medals each.
Mailer was first in the 300 Metre Hurdles event. The 16-year-old Dollar Academy pupil has been a regular competitor in international events and this time found herself up against European youth finalist, Jasmine Jolly, representing North of England. It was a fast race and Mailer entered the home straight in fourth place. She overtook the Midlands athlete and narrowly failed to catch the South of England athlete. This gave Mailer third place and an excellent bronze medal in 45.50 seconds.
Thompson was in action in the Mixed Relay event. The 16-year-old Balfron High pupil has been a regular in Scotland relay teams this year and this time was given the anchor leg over 100m. She was handed the baton in the lead and made sure of victory as she stretched away from the opposition down the home straight.
The following day Thompson and Mailer teamed up to make up half of the Scottish 4×300 Metre Relay team. Thompson got the baton in a good position but found herself up against two Great Britain internationals, producing a strong run of 40.6 seconds to hand over in third place. Mailer was on the final leg and with a powerful run of 40.5 seconds brought the Scottish team home in bronze medal position in 2:43.51. Thompson and Mailer’s split times were the fastest in the team.
With a gold and bronze for Thompson and 2 bronzes for Mailer it was a successful two days and a great experience to travel away as part of a Scottish team to a multi-sport event.