Silver lining as Tindle runs off with medals

Berwick runner Cameron Tindle has added to his recent stash of gold medals with two more in 60m and 200m at the age group championships in Sheffield collecting a Scottish record along the way
Berwick runner Cameron Tindle has added to his recent stash of gold medals with two more in 60m and 200m at the age group championships in Sheffield collecting a Scottish record along the way

Berwick schoolboy Cameron Tindle claimed a double silver at the British AAA Junior Indoor Championships in Sheffield at the weekend.

The 15 year-old Berwick Academy pupil, who runs for Edinburgh AC, won silver in the 60m and 200m.

Competing in the 60m on Saturday, Tindle was second in his heat, and also took second place in his semi-final. In the eight-man final he also finished second in a time of 6.98 seconds, making him the first Scottish U17 runner to dip under seven seconds for the distance.

Event winner was Rechmial Miller of Hercules Wimbledon AC, who won in 6.94.

Sunday’s 200m saw Tindle qualify for the final by winning his heat in a time of 22.28 seconds, which was the fastest of the seven races.

In the final he ran even quicker, setting a new PB of 22.08, but was beaten to the gold medal by Oliver Bromby of Southampton AC,who won in a time of 21.99.

In what was a successful weekend for the local athlete, he was also named as one of the ‘Newcomers of the Year’ at the Berwick Sports Awards on Friday, after being ranked as Scotland’s number one 200m runner at U17 level.

Tindle was so close to former Chirnside athlete Kris Stewart’s Scottish record of 21.99 sec.

The two fastest times ever recorded in this age group have now been trained by father and son Henry Gray senior and Henry Gray junior .

“Cameron in his first year of athletics has really set the world of junior sprinting on fire,” said Gray, “and when you think that he is faster than Alan Wells, the former Olympic champion and other top sprinters like Ian Mackie, Cameron Sharp and Ryan Oswald at the same age, he really is a talent for the future.”

Tindle will have one more race indoors in the Scottish Indoor League in two weeks time at the Emirates in Glasgow where he will have one more chance to beat the Scottish under 17s 200m record.

l Nathan Cox from Berwick will be running in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships in Birmingham and will be the junior captain for the north east of England team.