To strengthen the infrastructure of sport in Tayside & Fife, to bring sustainable increases in participation and performance for our developing athletes.
The first meeting of the scottishathletics Open Graded Grand Prix series took place in Grangemouth on Wednesday. The series consists of five meetings, culminating in a Final in Dundee on Saturday 25th August, is designed to help raise the standard of competition across Scotland. There is a total prize fund of £14,000 designed to entice Scotland’s top athletes out to compete head to head more often.
On Tuesday Tayside & Fife were well represented with many athletes making the journey to compete in this inaugural meeting. The journey proved worth while as many scoped top places in a hard fought competition and took home some well-earned prize money to make the evening even more enjoyable.
The most prominent success came in the Javelin where Chris Smith of Arbroath & District AC dominated proceedings to win with 61.41meters. He was then followed home by another four Tayside & Fife athletes filling four of the next five places, including Ryan Stewart (Pitreavie) who was first Under 17 and Ryan Knight (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers) who was first Under 20.
In the women’s javelin Paula Murray (Montrose & District AC) took second place and first Under 20 with the Michelle and Melissa Durbidge (Arbroath) claiming fourth and fifth places, Melissa being the Under 17 winner. Michelle then went on to finish as first Under 20 in the shot while Melissa was second Under 17.
The sprints were also highly successful as Jamie Coull of Pitreavie won the 100m from clubmate Ryan Oswald and another Pitreavie athlete Francis Smith claiming fourth. Meanwhile Dunfermline & West Fife’s Gemma Nicol (running under her English Club of Shaftsbury Barnet) took the honours in the women’s 100m.
Jamie Coull and Francis Smith both also went onto run in the Invitation 300m event, which was put in the programme to help the Scottish Selectors pick the team for the upcoming Loughborough International match. Jamie again claimed first place to top off a highly productive evening while Francis this time climbed onto the podium showing the strength of a 400m Hurdler with a 2nd place finish.
Not to be outdone Jude Beimers (Fife AC & Shaftsbury Barnet) was a dominant winner in the men’s Long Jump with a lead of 7.10meters.
For full results from the evening’s Grand Prix events, with all Tayside & Fife athlete’s highlighted in blue click here.
For further details about future Grand Prix events and the structure of the Grand Prix series please follow this link:
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