Scottish under-18 indoor track and field championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow. Saturday March 2nd
Tynedale Harrier’s Jonny Currie rounded off his indoor track season with a battling bronze medal in the Scottish under-18 championships in Glasgow’s magnificent Emirates Arena on Saturday March 2nd.
27 entrants for the 800m meant for a demanding race schedule of qualifying rounds with three races in little more than three hours. Confident running in both the heat and semi-final saw Jonny line up in the 6-man final with an outside shot at a medal.
Indoor 800m running is usually a very physical affair with competitors battling for the best racing line and this championship proved no exception. Indeed Jonny had to have his wits about him to remain on both feet after a bruising challenge on the first of four laps of the 200m circuit. He recovered to hold a strong position through the second and third laps and was still holding second place at the bell with 200m remaining. Running strongly despite being surrounded by runners with faster times to their credit Jonny had to dig deep into his reserves and despite conceding one place he held third down the home straight to cross the line in the bronze medal position. Remarkably after such an exhausting schedule he had also recorded a new personal best of 2m 00.26seeonds.
After two fourth place finishes over 800m in major championships last summer Jonny was clearly delighted to finally claim a podium place.
Jonny Currie in 2nd place tracks eventual winner Max Lancaster
Bronze medallist Jonny Currie