Learmonth sets new PB in build-up to Commonwealth Games

Guy Learmonth has won his third indorr BUCS title at the EIS in Sheffield.
Guy Learmonth has won his third indorr BUCS title at the EIS in Sheffield.

Guy Learmonth from Berwick was in superb form in the IAAF challenge 800m race against some of the world’s top runners in the famous Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing. last week.

Learmonth finished the race in sixth place, but set a new PB of 1.46.85 sec which is the fastest run over 800m by a Scottish male athlete this century, and the fastest since 1996 when Paul Walker ran marginally quicker.

Learmonth finished just behind three of the world’s top 800m runners - Andre Olivier of South Africa, Erik Sowinski of the USA and Edwin Melly of Kenya.

Over the next few weeks Learmonth will be running in some top races all over Europe in his build-up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

This will be a fantastic occasion for the runner and the highlight of his career so far.

Cameron Tindle from Berwick was also in superb form this week in a number of competitions.

Tindle came first in the English Schools’ qualifier in morpeth in midweek in the 100m 10.59 sec and 200m in 22.08 sec, which were both hand timed.

He then went on to Tweedbank in the open athletics circuit first races of the season and won the 90m handicap off minus one metre in a very fast time of 9.87sec.

Tindle then went on to narrowly lose the 200m in another superb time of 22.94 sec off minus seven metres.

Tindle has been chosen for the Scotland senior select team to run this weekend at Grangemouth against the Scottish and Irish Universities.

To be chosen for your country as a senior international at only 15 years old is an absolutely amazing feat says his coach Henry Gray.

Nathan Cox from Berwick was also in outstanding form this week winning both his English Schools’ qualifiers at Morpeth in the 800m and 1500m.

Cox then went on to win the 1400m at the open athletics meeting at Tweedbank in a superb time of 3min 42 sec off virtual scratch mark.

Rory Williams from Chirnside finished second at the East District championships at Pitreavie in the 800m in a superb time of 2min 19 sec which is one of the fastest times in Scotland and great Britain this season for a 12 year-old.

Maria Lyle from Dunbar, who smashed the world Paralympic record for the 100m last week, beat her existing world record for the 200m with a fine time of 30.90 sec on Friday evening at the East District championships at Pitreavie. Unfortunately the time will not be ratified as the electronic timing system failed.

:yle now goes on to the Bedford Games this weekend where she will be looking to lower both her current world records in both the 100 and200m in the T35 category

Lyle and her coach Henry Gray are part of the British Paralympian squad who have been invited down to the world famous Nike headquarters in London where they will be presented with a clothing sponsorship deal leading into the Rio Paralympics in 2016 in Brazil.

Patrick Swan from Chirnside recently had a welcome return to form running a fast 400m in 48.7 sec to make a late bid for a potential 4 x 400m relay squad place in the Scotland team for Glasgow, pending the team hitting the qualifying time.

It is looking increasingly likely that the Scotland team will hit the time and there may well be places in that squad for both local athletes Guy Learmonth and Patrick Swan.

Harry Fuller and his brother Archie from Swinton achieved a remarkable family double at the weekend in the open athletics meeting at Tweedbank with Archie winning the 600m and Harry winning the 1400m.