Dou­ble joy at cham­pi­onship for Jemma

Paisley Daily Express - - A Warm Welcome On A Cold Evening -

Kil­barchan AAC’s Jemma Reekie bagged a dou­ble at the Un­der-20 Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships.

The event in Bed­ford also hosted the Euro­pean Ath­let­ics U20 tri­als. And Reekie con­tin­ued to shine as she raced ahead of the pack to claim the top of the podium in both the 1500m and 3000m.

Satur­day’s ac­tion kicked off with the 1500m, as she had to bat­tle through the pack to catch Har­riet Knowles-Jones to take first place with a time of 4.18.38.

War­ring­ton AC run­ner Knowles-Jones fin­ished in a time of 4.19.06, while Brack­nell AC’s Amelia Quirk took the bronze medal fol­low­ing a run of 4.23.11, to just beat Anna Smith from He­wark AC.

How­ever, Reekie en­joyed a more favourable gap in the 3000m to break clear and win by al­most five sec­onds in 9:37.22.

Phoebe Barker of Ton­bridge AC took sil­ver, while Clau­dia Lance-Jones from Guild­ford and Go­dalm­ing AC clinched bronze. A Kil­barchan AAC spokesman said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to Jemma, coach Andy Young and fam­ily for a mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mance and sea­son so far.”

Reekie added:“They said the dou­ble would be tough and it was, but I’m dou­ble Bri­tish champ over 3K & 1500. Euro­peans here I come, thanks to my group and coach.”

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