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New Year Sprint Scotland - 30th Dec & 1st Jan HEATS

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147th New Year Sprint.
Musselburgh Racecourse.
12 Heats will be staged on Wednesday 30th December. The cross-ties and final are due to be held on Friday 1st January.

Heat winners and the 8 fastest losers progress to the 4 cross-ties (semi-finals).

Cross-tie winners and the 4 fastest losers make up the 8 strong final.

Heat 1
1 Albert Eland Broughton 30
2 Scott Richardson Jedforest AC 10.5
3 Ryan Charters Dolphinton 11
4 Kieran Kivlin Edinburgh AC 6.25
5 Craig Bruce Selkirk 12
6 William Hutchison Lasswade AC 11
7 Sarah Ross Pitreavie AC 24
8 Laura McCracken East Kilbride AC 19

Heat 2
1 Rory Muir Dundee HH 9.5
2 John Fleming Kelso 11.75
3 Corey Wilson Hawick 12.5
4 Greg Turnbull TLJT 6.75
5 Liam Halliday Central AC 10.5
6 Callum McWilliam Giffnock N AAC 9.5
7 Bethan Malley Whitemoss AC 23.5
8 Steven Beattie Wishaw 9

Heat 3
1 Thomas Bradley Edinburgh 28.5
2 Cara Murdoch Larkhall AC 19.5
3 Cameron Grieve TLJT 10
4 Moro Bajo Edinburgh AC 5
5 David Rae Hawick 12.5
6 Craig Sowerby Seaton AC 11.5
7 Daniel Paxton Hawick 10
8 Victoria Stephen Dunfermline T & F 23

Heat 4
1 Stacey Downie Edinburgh AC 17.25
2 Geoff Keen Selkirk 15
3 Kevin Wilson Kelty 12
4 Craig Knowles Costorphine AC 6.5
5 Jazmine Tomlinson TLJT 20.5
6 Cameron Smith Tullibody 11.5
7 Colin Bruce Selkirk 15
8 Billy Martin Glenrothes 12

Heat 5
1 John Armstrong Leith 11.25
2 Doug Donald Oakham 17.5
3 Martin Barr East Kilbride AC 12
4 Cameron Tindle Edinburgh AC 2
5 Ryan Houten Cardrona 9
6 Sarah Malone Edinburgh AC 19.75
7 Darren Towart Tynedale 12

Heat 6
1 Claire Routledge Carlisle 23
2 Connor Gillan Kelso 10
3 Cal McLennan Edinburgh AC 9.5
4 Sandy Wilson Edinburgh AC 7
5 Wendy Nicol Dunfermline T & F 32.5
6 Francis Smith Woodford G AC 9.5
7 Jessie Concannon Dunfermline T & F 20.5

Heat 7
1 Kevin Eddie Kelty 10.75
2 Kieran Halliday Central AC 12.5
3 Richard Eland Broughton 20
4 Greg Gillan Eyemouth 8.5
5 Leon Ali Hawick 11.25
6 Gordon McPherson Hawick 14
7 Glyn Desport Hawick 10

Heat 8
1 Allan Stewart Chiltern AC 11
2 Scott Elliot Jedburgh 17
3 Jack Wilson Hawick 12.75
4 Steven Charters Dolphinton 8
5 Angus Johnstone TLJT 12
6 Cumbie Bowers Glenrothes 8.75
7 Jordan Charters Dolphinton 11

Heat 9
1 Craig Douglas Selkirk 26
2 Joe Capocci Newcastle 9.5
3 Steven Park Edinburgh 8.5
4 Michael Olsen Edinburgh AC 6.5
5 Liam Collins Tynedale 10
6 Rachel Robertson Lasswade AC 21.5
7 Gabby Rothwell-Blake Manchester 23

Heat 10
1 James Beattie Kelty 33
2 Emily Dagg Edinburgh AC 21.5
3 Daniel Njal Blyth RC 9.5
4 David Brand Dunfermline T & F 8
5 Lee Goodfellow TLJT 11.5
6 Eoin Lowther Jedburgh 12
7 David Rothwell Manchester 25.5

Heat 11
1 Keiran Reilly Lasswade AC 8.75
2 Callum Fields East Kilbride AC 10.5
3 Lynsey Cooch Dunfermline 24
4 Dylan Ali Hawick 5
5 Daniel Moore Morpeth 10
6 Iskan Barskanmay Jedburgh AC 9.5
7 Bob Douglas Balerno 26

Heat 12
1 Cameron Fisher Jedforest AC 12.5
2 Amy Clancy Peebles 21.5
3 Darren Tomlinson TLJT 16.75
4 Greg Kelly East Kilbride AC 8
5 Jonathan McKenna Edinburgh 15
6 Hope Robertson Lockerbie 22
7 Charlie Carstairs Lasswade AC 9.25



Athletics: Charters brothers bid for New Year Sprint

The Scotsman
Thursday 17 December 2015

As family-friendly sports go, there can be few that surpass the 147-year-old New Year Sprint and its supporting events.

They cater for both men and women, young and old, and boys and girls, with even events for those as young as nine.

But this year marks a new first for the famous professional athletics festival.

Three brothers have entered the main race, the 110 metres handicap, the heats of which take place for the first time on the all-weather surface at Meadowmill, East Lothian on Wednesday, December 30, with the cross-ties and final two days later at Musselburgh Racecourse on New Year’s Day.

On their marks and determined to make even more sporting history by bagging the £4000 first prize or one of the big supporting prizes are the Charters brothers from Dolphinton.

The eldest, Steven, 29, is a biology teacher at Knightswood in Glasgow. Ryan, 23, teaches PE at Holy Rood High in Edinburgh and Jordan, 20, works full-time with his father George as a painter and decorator.
George has already made his sporting mark in basketball, having earned Scottish junior caps when he played for Dalkeith Saints, but he has long been a committed support staff member for his sons in their chosen sport.

He would love to see all three make the final, as would their mum Donna and their sister Marie, who all expect to be there to cheer them on.

All three boys attended Peebles High School and dabbled in rugby for a while and eldest son Steven even played some basketball with Tweeddale Tigers. He also trained for a time with another famous Peebles FP, European 1500 metres medallist Chris O’Hare, under the guidance of Edinburgh AC distance coach Dave Campbell before moving on to train for sprinting with Innerleithen coach Charlie Russell.

“I’ve won quite a few Border sprints but I’ve never even made the final at New Year and that’s the one you want to win, it definitely carries the biggest accolade,” said Steven. “To have your name on that trophy, you have it for a lifetime.”

Steven also believes it’s the hardest race to win. “It’s because of the time of year, the conditioning required and the track conditions – it’s pretty tough,” he explained.

“I’ve only twice made it to the cross-ties (semi-finals.)”

It could be even tougher this time too as Steven, off 8.0 metres, has been drawn in the same heat eight as Jordan, whose start is 11.00m – their father actually drew the names out of the drum at the draw – but at least under the modern rules defeat does not mean curtains as fastest losers also progress and could come through other cross-ties to the final.

Yet sprinting is not even the first priority for Jordan but the long jump, in which event, under the guidance of coach John Scott, he has already reached a useful 7.19 metres. “My targets are to get fast, jump further and earn some pocket money,” he said.

“I grew up doing the Border Games. I’m injury free for the first time and in the best shape of my life,” said the man who was fourth at his first attempt when Ben Robbins took the crown three years ago.

“I thought I was going to win then but fell away in the last 20 metres – I did manage to finished second in the 60m,” added this year’s winner of the Telford College Apprentice of the Year Award who may go to the World Skills final in Abu Dhabi next year.

Ryan, who was seventh in 2010 then fifth in 2011, was the third name out of the drum in heat one, where he is also off 11.00 metres and from which, provided he is fully recovered from injury, he must have a strong chance of progressing.

“I quite enjoy the buzz about it – I was teaching in Rothesay for a year and couldn’t train but now I’m back I’ve got the bug,” said Ryan, who has started an athletics club at Holy Rood HS.

“I definitely believe all three of us can make the final as we’re all running well.”

So will it be a case of all for one and one for all when it comes to divvying up the prize money?

“Oh no, it’s winner takes all!”

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