Learmonth wins county and Scottish 800m titles

GUY Learmonth was in superb form at the weekend winning both the Northumberland county and the Scottish U20s 800m titles.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 16th June 2010, 10:57 am

Learmonth, who is coming in to a rich vein of form, received high praise from world famous coaching guru Frank Dick and former fitness coach to five times Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker, who said that the young Berwick athlete was potentially the best young middle distance athlete he had seen in Great Britain since Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe.

Over the next few weeks Learmonth will be chasing the world junior and Commonwealth Games qualifying times. He also featured in a major article in Athletics Weekly this week along with his arch rivals Adam Cotton of Birmingham and James Bowness of Cumbria.

Meanwhile, Chirnside runner Patrick Swan had a superb run in Poland last week running for Scotland. He ran a new personal best of 47.02 for 400m, which ranks him second in Scotland this season, and puts him in a great position for one of the relay places at this years Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

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* ATHLETES from Berwickshire and North Northumberland excelled at the weekend in both Scottish and Northumberland schools competitions.

It is not by chance that Guy Learmonth and Andrew Crichton, both from Longridge Towers, and ranked first and fourth in Scotland at 800mtrs, both qualified for the all-England Schools Finals and Scott Wilson from Eyemouth High and Kate Turnbull from Berwickshire High both won silver medals in the hammer in the Scottish Schools.'

Head PE teachers Andrew Philips (Longridge Towers), Colin Richardson (Eyemouth High), David Douglas (Berwickshire High) and Rob Harvey (Berwick High), are all actively encouraging athletic talent to join up with coaches in various athletic disciplines.

Learmonth, one of the Great Britain's top athletes is coached by Henry Gray and Wilson and Turnbull have been coached by one of the world's top hammer coaches, Alan Bertram.

There has been a major resurgence in athletics in the east of the region in the last few years and the future is looking rosy for the sport of athletics for the foreseeable future.