Tindle sets two new records

Cameron Tindle.
Cameron Tindle.

Berwick athletes Guy Learmonth and Cameron Tindle were both in action at Sheffield in the British Indoor Finals at the weekend, where they both made their respective finals.

In the 800m Learmonth coasted to a comfortable heat win on the Saturday, but the final, on Sunday, was a slow tactical race, and he missed out on top two places.

Learmonth was disappointed with his performance, but will now concentrate on qualification for the GB Olympic squad in Rio, the qualifying time of which has been set at 1.45.8 secs.

Tindle, meanwhile, lined up in his heat against Elliot Powell, the European Junior silver medallist from last year and Ben Snaith the southern counties senior champion, knowing that he would have to turn out a massive personal best performance to progress to the semi-finals.

Tindle, running from lane six, ran a fine race to record an incredible 21.14 seconds.

Coaches Bruce Scott and Henry Gray, both registered the significance of his time when it came up on the electronic screen. Not only had he broke his own Scottish Junior men’s record but he had also taken over a tenth of a second off the Scottish Senior all time 200m indoor record.

Tindle faded in the semis and only qualified as a fastest loser for the final, finishing a distant sixth.

Scott said: “What a great way to end his indoor season. The indoors was a nice distraction from the winter work and it gives us a snapshot of where we are now. What he has achieved today is magnificent. If you want to produce a championship runner you need to train them for fitness. The difficult part to train is speed. The fitness aspect will be worked on in the coming months in preparation for the World Junior Championships in July.”