Edinburgh Athletic Club’s Scottish Women’s 100 metres and 200 metres champion Kathryn Christie provided a rare beam of light in what has been a largely dismal season for Scottish sprinting when she won the English Inter-Counties 200 metres title at Bedford last weekend in a startling 23.55 secs with the wind reading a tantalising 2.1mps, just 0.1 sec over the legal maximum.
Tomorrow she is planning another challenge at the East Lothian Championships at Meadowmill where she will move up a distance to experiment over 400 metres, which some say may yet be her best distance.
Provided the wind is not blowing a gale, the 19-year-old student can be reasonably confident of substantially improving her personal best of 57.98 secs, especially as she has run under 55 seconds on a relay leg for EAC in a UK Women’s League match.
Stacey Downie (EAC) who has returned to close to her best form recently and the promising Musselburgh sprinter Elizabeth Musgrove, who was second to Kelsey Stewart for the 400m at the Scottish Under-20 Championship at Aberdeen last Sunday, provide the one lap opposition tomorrow at 12.15pm.
Christie, who has just clinched a sponsorship deal with the Bancon Group, had already run under 24 seconds on more than one occasion before the Inter-Counties, with a best of 23.71 secs from the Loughborough International in May, but Bedford was a real breakthrough.
But for that mere puff of wind, her time would have been good enough to qualify her for the now past Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Christie was second in the 100 metres in a windy 11.77 secs to England sprinter Louise Bloors, who won in 11.66w.
Capital sprint youngsters Cameron Tindle and Michael Olsen (both EAC) will both be at Bedford this weekend for the England Under-17 Championships with Tindle out to repeat the Scottish Under-17 double he achieved in Aberdeen.
Olsen, who pulled a hamstring muscle at the Celtic Games in Dublin earlier in the month, felt unable to continue after his heat at the Aberdeen Sports Village.