Despite exams getting in the way for many, a small group of available athletes made the trek down to Bedford for the British Uni and College Championships with a few notable performances to commend.
A particular event of focus for those down there was the 400m with Krishawn Aitken and Jill Cherry both going down hoping to challenge some of the best runners in the country. Indeed, that was exactly what we saw.
In the men’s event, Krishawn opened up his competition with an impressive victory in his heat, running 49.50 on a blustery day in England. Qualifying automatically for the semi-finals, he then went on to run a pb of 48.13 to secure second place, defeating some exceptional athletes on the way.
However, with only the winner guaranteed a spot in the final, there was a tense wait to find out if Krishawn had taken a fastest loser place. Sadly as it turned out, just a couple of hundreds of a second stopped him qualifying for the final. Nonetheless, the competition offered an excellent opportunity for a personal best performance.
In the women’s competition, Jill also started with a win in her heat, running a comfortable 56.86. In the semi-final, her pb run of 54.89 secured a second victory and an automatic place in the final. Given the small size of Glasgow’s squad in Bedford, this proved to be the team’s best chance of a medal.
Lining up against two other Scots in Zoey Clark and Kelsey Stewart, there was real hope for a strong Scottish performance. Sadly, Jill fell just short of a medal, coming fourth in another pb time of 54.59, extremely impressive given how windy it was on the day.
Among the others that went down, Julie Dobin won her 800m heat and managed fourth in her semi-final which included eventual winner Jess Judd. In the 100m meanwhile, Aimee McGinley came fourth in her heat whilst a strong headwind in the 200m ended any hopes Ellie Wilson had of running a pb.
Overall, those that went down enjoyed the experience of running at such a well organised event. However, until the date of the competition changes to a time when it falls out with the exam schedule, Scottish universities in general will struggle to send down large teams.
Full results available at Power of 10.