Freddie makes a big leap at schools championships

Henry Clarkson (left) and Freddie Rooke (right
Henry Clarkson (left) and Freddie Rooke (right

Borders athletes dominated the U17 boy’s triple jump at the recent Scottish Schools’ Championships with three 15-year-olds, all from the same training group, securing places in the top six of their event.

Berwickshire schoolboy Freddie Rooke produced a life-time best of 12m 87 to win the Championships on his last jump of the competition and take him to the top of the Under-17 Scottish rankings, with Henry Clarkson from Selkirk collecting silver with a personal best of 12m 33, taking him to second in the rankings in Scotland.

West Linton’s Jack Gray, in his first season with the training group, picked up sixth place, equalling his best ever jump of 11.29.

Linda Nicholson, coach to the Borders-based jumps group which also boasts Faye Nicholson, long jump silver medallist in last month’s England U23 championships, and Bryony Patterson, Scottish Schools’ finalist in both long jump and 100m, was delighted when Rooke and Clarkson were both named in the Scottish Schools’ team for this weekend’s schools’ international in Cardiff. She said, “I am thrilled with how the boys performed at Hampden and despite still having another year in this age group they are already dominating the event in Scotland.

“They will gain a lot of experience in their first international in this very demanding event.”

There was further good news for Rooke with an Under-18 Scotland selection for the forthcoming Celtic international in Dublin in August.