A damp cloudy Saturday morning found us heading to Wishaw Sports Centre for the last track event of the summer season. The day started with the disappointing news of Emma Henderson unable to run due to illness and Cara-Jay Murdoch out due to injury. Gary lindsay also ended up sidelined due to injury despite attending to compete. 
As usual, the 100m sprints were early in the programme and the club had 7 young athletes competing at this distance....Lauren Mulligan and Susan Wilson in under 15 girls, Alexander Young in under 13 boys, Nicola Lyttle and Lauren Shanks in under 13 girls and John Lees and Alexander Wilson in under 11 boys. For some of these youngsters this was their first competative race outwith the club and the performances were great with most achieving Pb's and a silver medal each for Alexander Young and Lauren Shanks. 
Field events ensued with Alexander Young, John Lees, Alexander Wilson, Ewan Wilson and Blair Kemp competing in the long jump and again all improving on their Pb's. David Lees was our only athlete taking part in the shot putt event and despite being disappointed with his performance, he managed to win a silver medal with a throw of 7 metres 16cm. David also won a bronze medal in the under 13 boys javelin but was again disappointed as his throw was far from his best. 
As the skies became brighter it was time for the middle distance runners to step up to the start line in the 800m races. Christina Whitelaw was our only senior at the championships today and did not let us down by bringing home a silver. Morven Miller, Ross Little and David Lees all run in their relevant age groups and performed well but unfortunately were out of the medals. Elle Henderson had the bit between her teeth in the under 13 girls 800m and brought home a much deserved bronze medal. In the under 11 boys 800m race John Lees and Alexander Wilson lined up for the starters pistol and John decided to take the race up and lead from the front for around 700m, but despite the cheers of encouragement from much of Wishaw sports centre, he was beaten to only earn a silver medal but what a race! Alexander gained a Pb in the same race and gained much needed experience at this distance. 
The last event of the day for our athletes was to be the under 13 girls 200m race with Nicola Lyttle and Lauren Shanks and again Lauren bringing home a silver. 
13 of our athletes competed and a total of 6 silver medals and 3 bronze medals were won. Unfortunately the gold was too elusive for our depleted squad but nevertheless a good day was had by all and a fruitful end to a great summer season. Its now time for all to knuckle down and apply themselves to some hard winter training so that next summer that Gold will be less like The Scarlet Pimpernel.