SUNDAY, February 19 saw NAAC travel once again to The Emirates Arena in Glasgow for the third match in this seasons Scottish Athletics Indoor League (SAIL). Over the three matches a record shattering 66 athletes from under-11 to under-20 have represented the club with numerous debutants, and personal bests for the majority.
It’s amazing how far the club have come since their debut in the competition in 2012 when it was staged at the Kelvin Hall.
Back then the club had six athletes on show. All bar two of the athletes are still members of the club and appeared at this year’s event. To achieve an increase of 110 per cent is testament to the dedication and drive of the fantastic band of volunteers and coaches the club has on board.
The recent event saw the great performances, Personal Bests and debuts continue with a number of notable performances throughout. The pick of the bunch were under 11s Jack Bruce and Blair Sutherland finishing joint fifth overall in the 60m, Dylan Gee who finished fourth overall in the 600m and second in the standing long jump. Ben Heron performed well at under 13 with an impressive 29.99 in the 200m and four metres in the long jump.
At under-15s for the boys the star performer was Aidan Brindley who ran 10.02 in the 60m hurdles and 60.74 for the 400m both 4th overall. For the under 20’s Mark Holliman finished second for both 60m and 400m with impressive times of 7.69s and 51.51 seconds.
For the girls, Shannon Brown managed 9.52 in the 60m - second on the day. Adele Street ran a fantastic 2.74 for the 600m.
At under-15 Leah Murray clocked up a time of 30.37 for the 200m, claiming fourth, as well as throwing 7m 46 in the shot put, which proved to be the best throw of the day. For the under-15s Jilly Lefebvre impressed again at high jump finishing first clearing 1m 50cm.
The club left the arena happy and content with another day’s work but even more good news was to come when it was announced a few days later that the boys and girls A teams had qualified for the league finals on March 26.
The club will be taking two teams at every other age group to the relays on the same day- so it promises to be another adventure for the young athletes.
Saturday, February 25 was yet another adventure for the NAAC youngsters. Three under-13s and three under-15s braved the conditions to attend the National Cross Country event in Falkirk. Mary Jane McInally, Leah Murray and Ben Burns ran the 3.2km course with Emma Donachy, Megan Pettigrew and Carla Murray running 4.2km.
Huge fields in all races and a heavy course made for a testing day for the youngsters who all ran fantastically.
Senior member Alan Donachy ran in the seniors 10k version and came 256th out of a field of 647 in 44m 52s.