Kintyre Sports Hall Athletics

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There was an entry of 49 young athletes for the Kintyre competition of Sports Hall Athletics held in the Victoria Hall in Campbeltown last Sunday.

This is the 25th year this form of indoor athletics has been held in Kintyre and was the last of four local area competitions held in Argyll this winter.

After just over three hours of competition, Castlehill School dominated in the girls’ age groups with Dalintober successful in the three youngest age groups in the boys events.

Jack Green from Dalintober was arguably the top performer on the day winning all six events in the under nines and was very impressive in the two running events recording 19.4 seconds for the two laps and an amazing 42.1 seconds in the four lap race.

Jack Green (centre) watches Ryan Johnstone throw.
Jack Green (centre) watches Ryan Johnstone throw.

Jack was the Argyll under seven champion at Oban last year and holds the Argyll age records in both the two lap and four lap set at Atlantis Leisure in March.

When this form of indoor athletics was first held in the Victoria Hall back in November 1994 Jack’s mother Laura, then at Carradale Primary School, was second overall in the under nines contest and later that winter was under nine champion at the Argyll final held in Lochgilphead.

Two Dalintober boys shared first place in the under sevens contest with Kian Campbell and Charley Gilchrist equal on points after six events. Kian won the long jump and two lap race and Charley won the javelin, triple jump and four lap race recording 52.2 seconds.

Oliver Reid, Dalintober, was the under 11 champion winning all six events and had a long throw of 17.25 metres in the javelin in addition to fast times of 19.2 seconds in the two lap race and 41.4seconds in the four lap.

The boys under 13s competition was so close and also of a high standard and at the end of the afternoon only half a point separated the top two boys.

Ruairidh Campbell, front.
Ruairidh Campbell, front.

Ruairidh Campbell from Castlehill was the winner ahead of Lewis Gilchrist from Rhunahaorine Primary thanks to wins in the triple jump, shot putt and two lap race recording 18.1 seconds but only just pipping Lewis.

Lewis reversed the order in the four lap race inches ahead of Ruairidh in 37.5 seconds and also won the long jump and speed bounce.

Lochlain Ellis was the under 15 winner ahead of Aaron McAllister. The boys were so close in the two running events it was impossible to separate them without a photo finish, Korri McMillan was under seven champion just ahead of another Castlehill girl Carla Renton.

Korri was an impressive winner of the four lap race in 52.8seconds and also won the long and triple jumps plus the speed bounce. Carla won the
two lap in 24.4 and the javelin.

Erin Ralston (front) and Ayla Campbell.
Erin Ralston (front) and Ayla Campbell.

Erin Ralston from Castlehill dominated in the under nine contest which attracted an entry of 11 girls. Erin won the long jump, triple jump, speed bounce and javelin with an 11 metres throw.  In the same age group Lucy McFadzean won the two lap race in 21.1 and Ayla Campbell, Dalintober won the four lap in 46.1.

Castlehill girls filled the top two places in the under 11s with only two points between champion Violet Campbell and runner-up Kirstie Renton. Violet won the long jump, triple jump, javelin and two lap race in 19.4 seconds.

Violet’s winning throw of 15.25 metres in the javelin was not too far off the Argyll age record. Kirstie won the speed bounce with 76 jumps in 30 seconds and fairly close to the age record set back in 2002. Kirstie also won the four lap race in an excellent 43seconds. Anna Gemmill was the under 13 champion and Caryn Kerr the under 15 winner.

Caryn Kerr.
Caryn Kerr.

Florence Chrystie, who retired as Kintyre’s primary schools PE teacher seven years ago, was welcomed back to help officiate on Sunday and also present trophies and medals at the end of the day with Susan Turner also officiating and presenting awards to the young athletes.  Florence was very involved in this annual event from the start in 1994 up until she retired from her role in the PE department.

Successful athletes from Sunday’s competition are now invited to compete in the Argyll Final to be held at Atlantis Leisure in Oban on Sunday, March 25 starting at 12noon with registration between 11am and 12noon.


Under 7 Girls

1 st Korri McMillan Castlehill 19

2 nd Carla Renton Castlehill 17

3 rd Emma Johnston Castlehill 13.5

4 th Louise Ralston Castlehill 10.5

Under 9 Girls

1 st Erin Ralston Castlehill 19

2 nd Ayla Campbell Dalintober 12

3 rd = Ailie Renton Castlehill 9 3 rd = Lucy McFadzean Castlehill 9

5 th Taylor McMillan Castlehill 7

Under 11 Girls

1 st Violet Campbell Castlehill 21

2 nd Kirstie Renton Castlehill 19

3 rd Cara McFadzean Castlehill 14

4 th Niamh Quinn Castlehill 3

5 th Emma Millar Castlehill 2

Under 13 Girls

1 st Anna Gemmill Grammar

Under 15 Girls

1 st Karyn Kerr Grammar

Under 7 Boys

1 st = Kian Campbell Dalintober 17 1 st = Charley Gilchrist Dalintober 17

3 rd Sean McArthur Castlehill 8

4 th Lewis Shields Dalintober 7

Under 9 Boys

1 st Jack Green Dalintober 22

2 nd Ryan Johnstone Castlehill 15

3 rd Jake McEachran Castlehill 11

Under 11Boys

1 st Oliver Reid Dalintober 20

2 nd Conor Morris Dalintober 12.5

3 rd Daniel Semple Castlehill 12

4 th Daniel McEachran Castlehill 3

5 th Robert Kerr Dalintober 2.5

Under 13 Boys

1 st Ruairidh Campbell Castlehill 20

2 nd Lewis Gilchrist Rhunahaorine 19.5

3 rd Callum Ellis Grammar 14.5

4 th Ewan O’May Castlehill 6

Under 15 Boys

1 st Lochlain Ellis Grammar 19

2 nd Aaron McAllister Grammar 15

All the above athletes qualify for the Argyll Final at Atlantis Leisure in Oban on Sunday March 25 starting at 12noon with registration from 11am. Entry is £2 for competitors and £1 for adult spectators.

Organiser Bill MacCallum watches with Florence Chrystie.
Organiser Bill MacCallum watches with Florence Chrystie.