Cameron Tindle (Edinburgh AC) will be hot favourite to capture an under-17 sprint double in the Scottish Age Group Championships at the Aberdeen Sports Village tomorrow, especially as his closest rival, clubmate Michael Olsen, will miss the meeting after pulling a hamstring muscle in the Celtic Nations match in Dublin earlier this month.
Tindle’s coach Henry Gray, who also guides Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games finalist Guy Learmonth and previously coached European Paralympic double sprint champion Dunbar’s Maria Lyle, is confident that Tindle can dip below 22 seconds for the first time in the 200 metres given favourable conditions.
Much to the delight of Scottish Athletics, there is a huge record entry of 1072 athletes for the two-day meeting which incorporates four age groups, under-17 and under-13 tomorrow and under-20 and under-15 on Sunday.
Lasswade’s Rachel Robertson will bid for three under-20 titles on Sunday, the long and triple jumps and the 200m. Another from coach John Scott’s jumps stable, Jordan Charters, goes for the junior men’s long jump crown where his duel with Falkirk’s Taylor Nimmo, brother of Glasgow 2014 long jumper Jade, should be worth watching.
Charlotte Robison (EAC) is entered in both the 100m and 100m hurdles with especially good chances in the latter while Katie Purves (EAC) will be a clear favourite for the under-20 400m hurdles and might go under 60 seconds if the weather improves. Male clubmate Morro Bajo should capture an under-20 sprint double.
Josh Kerr (EAC), who would have been favourite for an 800m/1500m under-17 double, is not competing this weekend. Instead he is at Twickenham on a London Marathon sponsored training weekend for distance runners.
Kerr’s training partners Dominic O’Hare and Robert Bough (both EAC) are among the entries for the 1500m.