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1 Re: Marks New year Sprint(Scotland) on Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:40 am



Athletics: Bajo the pick of the young bucks as New Year sprint features influx of fresh blood

The Scotsman
Wednesday 28 November 2012

It’s out with the old and in with the new for the New Year Sprint at Musselburgh Racecourse on Monday, December 31 and New Year’s Day, with many of the veterans missing from the entry this year but an encouraging 
influx of new young athletes.

The back-marker in a field of just over 70 is the remarkable Morro Bajo, the 16-year-old Gambian-born sprinter who lives in Edinburgh with his mother and who is coached by Bill Walker at Meadowbank.

The Edinburgh AC flyer, who is the third fastest senior in the country with his best time for 100 metres of 10.76 seconds 
and second fastest behind 
Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist Tom Holligan in the 200 metres with 21.77, has been allocated 3.5 metres. He will give away starts of up to over 30 metres for the famous 110 metres handicap, which again carries a first prize of £4000.

“It’s a bit of tall order,” commented coach Walker, “but he likes chasing athletes and the handicap system could suit him.”

Another New Year “novice”
Allan Hamilton, who is the Scottish junior long jump champion, is second back marker off 4.00m and appears to have been even more harshly treated as he had no recorded times under 11 seconds last 
season for 100 metres.

The grandson of veteran EAC head coach George Sinclair, Hamilton is a student at Queen Margaret University and is coached by John Scott, but was hampered by injury last season.

Third on the grid off 4.5m is Portobello’s Kieran Kivlin (EAC), who won the big Jed Sprint and knows how to handle pressure in a tight finish.

He has the Scottish 400 
metres champion, Edinburgh-based Jamie Bowie (Inverness), 0.25m up on him, with Londoner Stuart Aimer off 5.00m and the 2012 winner Graeme Lister (Kirkcaldy) off 5.75m.

The draw will take place at Musselburgh Racecourse on Monday, December 3 at 11.30am.

2 Heat Draw on Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:12 am


2013 New Year Sprint
Heat Draw

Heat 1
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 David Allan Dunfermline & WF AC 7.75
2 Ewan Dyer Pitreavie AC 6.75
3 David McKay Kelty 15.50
4 Kieran Kivlin Edinburgh AC 4.50
5 Amy Clancy Peebles 18.75
6 Jordan Charters Lasswade AC 9.25
7 Thomas Bradley Edinburgh 24.00

Heat 2
1 Craig Bruce Selkirk 16.50
2 Susan Young Dundee HH 19.75
3 Michael Burns Dunfermline 7.50
4 Jamie Bowie Inverness H 4.75
5 Wallace McGowan Sauchie 15.50
6 Charlie Carstairs Lasswade AC 8.50
7 Sarah Ross Pitreavie AC 23.00

Heat 3
1 Mathew Fleming Kelso 14.50
2 Holly MacKay Jed AC 21.50
3 William Bates Tullibody 14.50
4 Francis Smith Woodford Green AC 5.75
5 Craig Gillan TLJT 7.75
6 Andrew Hogarth Kelso 11.00
7 Elaine Telford Newcastle 22.00

Heat 4
1 David Rae Hawick 8.75
2 Billy Martin Glenrothes 12.50
3 Richard Eland Little Broughton 19.50
4 Ainslie Chinembrini Edinburgh 4.75
5 Luke Lowther Jed AC 16.00
6 Kerr Gerrard Selkirk 11.00
7 Craig Douglas Selkirk 23.00

Heat 5
1 Sarah Warnock Edinburgh AC 20.00
2 Fiona Cleat Edinburgh AC 20.25
3 Cumbie Bowers Glenrothes 6.50
4 Leigh Marshall Hawick 5.75
5 Christopher Hutton Rutherglen 9.50
6 Graeme Armstrong Edinburgh 17.75
7 Dylan Ali TLJT 9.00

Heat 6
1 Craig Sowerby Seaton AC 9.00
2 John Fleming Kelso 8.75
3 Corey Wilson Hawick 11.00
4 Graeme Lister Kirkcaldy 5.75
5 James Park TLJT 10.50
6 Andrew Bryson Hawick 22.25
7 Jack E Beattie Rosyth 15.25

Heat 7
1 Stuart Aimer London 5.00
2 Toby Harris Edinburgh AC 6.75
3 Graeme Gibson Dunfermline & WF AC 9.50
4 Morro Bajo Edinburgh AC 3.50
5 Jack Wilson Hawick 14.50
6 Gemma Nicol Dunfermline & WF AC 16.50
7 Wendy Nicol Dunfermline 28.75

Heat 8
1 David Agnew Pitreavie AC 7.75
2 Colin Bruce Selkirk 12.25
3 David Brand Pitreavie AC 7.50
4 Allan Hamilton Edinburgh AC 4.00
5 cameron Grieve Jed AC 9.50
6 Iain D Heard Jedburgh 22.50
7 Scott Richardson Jed AC 7.00

Heat 9
1 Keiran Reilly Edinburgh AC 8.75
2 Seb Harrison Jed AC 6.50
3 David Low Fife AC 15.00
4 Craig Grieve TLJT 5.75
5 Kevin Amos Jed AC 14.00
6 Lewis Hunter Pitreavie AC 9.50
7 Cameron Smith Tullibody 7.75

Heat 10
1 James Bryce Alva 34.00
2 Stewart Harris Longtown 26.50
3 Allan Carr Gorebridge 24.50
4 Iskan Barskanmay Jed AC 5.75
5 Ben Robbins Edinburgh AC 7.50
6 Martha Douglas Jed AC 23.00
7 James Beattie Kelty 29.00

"Let's Go While We're Young"

3 Re: Marks New year Sprint(Scotland) on Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:28 am


Published on Tuesday 1 January 2013 00:00

THOUGH some Border raiders are hovering ominously and less than 0.3 seconds covers the entire field, a wonderful tribute to the handicapping, Gemma Nicol (Dunfermline) is still on course to open 2013 with a blow for equality by becoming the first female to win the historic “Powderhall” 110 metres handicap.

The 26-year-old twice Scottish Commonwealth Games 400m runner who wants to make that a treble at Glasgow 2014 is the evens favourite to win the £4,000 first prize for the 144th New Year Sprint to be decided at Musselburgh Racecourse later today. A promising Scotland youth rugby winger and George Watson’s College pupil Ben Robbins (Edinburgh AC) is also in the frame at 5-4, though, after yesterday’s heats – he won heat 10 easily in 12.31sec, the day’s fastest – and Nicol has been there too many times before to take anything for granted. Five times a finalist and the runner-up in 2006, Nicol first has the task of beating experienced Borderer Leigh Marshall (Hawick), the winner four years ago, whom she meets in her cross-tie (semi-final) at just after noon today.

Marshall, troubled by injury for as much as eight months of 2012 but with the speed endurance of a hardened 400m man, looked focussed as he took heat five in 12.44sec.

Both can reach the final, however, with eight slots for fastest losers from the four cross-ties in what looks a remarkably open event which drew praise yesterday for the Kirkcaldy handicapper Adam Crawford from athletes and spectators. Nicol, who insisted that she had done no special training, certainly impressed with her strength on the soft grass track in winning heat seven in 12.33sec, the second fastest of the day for the 110m.

Also in her cross-tie will be Edinburgh clubmates Allan Hamilton and Sarah Warnock, who both came through as fastest losers, Warnock in heat five with the most impressive swallow dive over the line, one of several on the day, and Hamilton in heat eight after struggling in the mud behind David Brand (Pitreavie).

“It was far too wet – I was just sinking into the ground,” said Hamilton, the Scottish long jump silver medallist, who however regrouped and returned to win the Backmarkers Invitation 110m Handicap in 12.56sec. Not to be written off in the fourth cross-tie is Marshall’s Hawick training partner David Rae, who took heat four in 12.44sec, while Portobello schoolboy Keiran Reilly (EAC) impressed in winning heat nine in 12.33sec.

Ewan Dyer (Pitreavie), a junior 400m hurdler and a recent surprise addition to the Scottish Commonwealth Games training squad, came through as a fastest loser in a nippy 12.39sec, the same time as Kelso winner David McKay, while Kieran Kivlin (EAC), Iskan Barskanmay (Jedforest) and Jordan Charters (Lasswade) all broke 12.40sec in progressing as fastest losers.

Nicol was later given another boost when Jessie Concannon (Dunfermline), an athlete she is jointly coaching with East 
Lothian development officer Jamie Bowie, won the Pat Chester Memorial 90 metres handicap. A pupil at Woodmill High, 16-year-old Concannon won the £300 first prize from a start of 20.5m.

“It’s a brilliant performance from Jessie and I’m gutted I didn’t see her run,” said Nicol, who has only been helping Concannon for a month and had left the racecourse early to rest up for today’s bid. There was disappointment also for Dundee Hawkhill’s Susan Young who went out in heat two of the big sprint.

Dominic O’Hare (West Linton), the younger brother of Scotland’s top miler US-based Chris, took the youths 800m handicap in an upset ahead of EAC teammate and favourite Josh Kerr, who was giving away 55 metres.

There was one final run yesterday, with 40-year-old Dollar Academy teacher Cameron Smith, off 7.25m, winning the veterans’ 100m sprint.

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