Feb 082020

Central AC’s Briagha Cook was on great form at the Scottish National Indoor championships at the Emirates Arena on Sunday. The 17-year-old from Balfron set a new club record in the 60 Metres Hurdles as she finished seventh in the Senior Women’s event. Briagha had previously won national titles in her younger years before a foot injury put her out of action for two years. She finally got back into competition last summer and marked her return with a silver at the Scottish Under-17 championships. Now competing in the Under-20 age group, she has had to master the full senior hurdles height and made a tentative start at the national open a week earlier when she ran a respectable 9.34 seconds to go second on the club all-time list.

Briagha Cook in 60 Metres Hurdles
Briagha Cook in 60 Metres Hurdles

This week she was taking on the top senior women in Scotland and had no idea how it would go. She opened well with a personal best 9.22s and was delighted to realise she had reached the final. When the final came she ran even faster to take seventh place in a time of 9.15s. It came as a pleasant surprise when she realised she had broken the club senior record. She was really pleased to set a personal best in each race and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of her first senior championships. Her next target will be the Scottish Under-20 championships and with her currently ranked third she will be looking to get on the podium at this event.

Ian Horsburgh was returning to indoor action after a superb win in the prestigious New Year Sprint event. The European Masters silver medallist was showing the younger athletes he was still a capable sprinter. He eased through his 200 Metres heat in 22.54s then ran 22.61s for third place in his semi-final. This put him joint sixth place but with only six lanes available, after further scrutiny, he was dropped to seventh place meaning he unfortunately missed the final by less than a hundredth of a second. Also competing in the 200 Metres was Kieran Halliday who was happy with a season’s best of 24.05s.

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