With the newly designed YDL this season; Team Glasgow travelled to Sheffield to compete in the 'playoff' match in the hope of gaining a place in the UK Final. Against five very strong teams; Team Edinburgh, Team Kingdom, Forth Valley, Leeds and City of York, the team knew it would be a tough competition with everyone looking to raise their game for this match.
Despite a depleted team in numbers, due to Team Glasgow athletes: Adam Clayton, Alessandro Schenini and Erin Wallace representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games, the athlete kept at the forefront that this was a team match and subsequently endeavoured to cover as many events as possible.
With team captains Andrew Costello and Emma Thomson continuing to lead the Under 20s positively, this match saw Ben Shaw and Emily Crusher take the reigns for the Under 17s. From the first event on both track and field it was clear that the level of competition had most certainly increased; however our athletes still continued to give their all to each event.
Sophie Haldane demonstrated her fine form this season, posting her second fastest time in the Under 20 400m to take the win then backing this up with a PB in the 200m to place second. To aid the team, Sophie then covered the 800m gaining another second place and finished off her day with a superb relay leg to take the fastest split time of the day!
Our Under 17 captains also led by example tackling new events such as the 400m hurdles for Ben, taking first place in the B and Emily covering a variety of distance events being the sole female Under 20 distance representative.
Furthermore, there were particularly impressive runs From Andrew McAngus to run a PB in his 800m for second, Andrew Love to run a PB in his 3000m for second and Hamish Armitt to run a PB in his 3000m taking first in the B race.
Whilst the above athletes train for these distances to race so impressively, runs from Holly Shearer and Dion Ingram in the Under 17 800m along with runs from Robyn Connolly, Rhea Campbell and Grace Thompson in the 1500m steeplechase and Heather Fawcett in the 3000m epitosmised the spirit o Team Glasgow. Whilst these events are far from the norm for these athletes; following the completion of their specialised event, they performed for the team to gain valuable points which is to be admired.
Following the final event, Team Glasgow placed third overall after a tough competition from Team Kingdom and Edinburgh. Whilst this does not automatically qualify us for the final, we will now be entered into the paper final where hopes are high for a final place.
A massive congratulations must be passed on to athletes, coaches, parents and finally to John and Evelyn Melvin and the officials who work so tirelessly to allow Team Glasgow to go ahead.