Athletics: EAC win National Youth Development League

Kimberley Reed accepted the team trophy. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Kimberley Reed accepted the team trophy. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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Edinburgh AC won the British National Youth Development League Final in convincing fashion at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham yesterday, finishing nearly 40 points clear of runners-up Blackheath and Bromley.

Windsor were third and Team Glasgow back in seventh spot.

This year’s Northern Premier Division champions, EAC, were second in the first season of this new league last year but made no mistake this time and had some outstanding individual wins.

The team was made up of athletes from Lasswade AC, Corstorphine AAC and Edinburgh AC.

World junior Championship hammer thrower Kimberley Reed accepted the team trophy after not only winning her own event (57.28m), but also the discus, setting a season’s best of 33.32m.

Josh Kerr had another emphatic victory, taking the 3000 metres by 28 seconds in 8:41.88, following his success in winning the under-17 boys 1500 metres for Scotland at the Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester two days prior.

A double winner of the 1500m and 3000m at the England Under-17 Championships at Bedford the previous weekend, the 16-year-old George Watson’s pupil had narrowly defeated Markhim Lonsdale (North-East) in a time of 3:58.70.

Other A string winners in Birmingham were Ruaridh Miller, who won the 2000m steeplechase (6:17.18), Jade Carlyle, who won the high jump (1.63m) and Ellie McGinty (5.19m) and Natalie Robbins (48.49m) who won the under-17 long jump and hammer respectively.

Two of Kerr’s Capital clubmates shone in the 200m in Manchester, Cameron Tindle finishing second in a near-best 21.82 while Sandy Wilson was third in a new best of 22.12secs.