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Athletics Championships 2023

National Age Group Championships

12th- 13th & 19th-20th August 2023
Grangemouth & Aberdeen

The month of August signals the conclusion of the outdoor season with the National Championships. This year the Seniors and U17s were at Grangemouth and the club had  several success stories.


Callum Newton was first on the podium with a bronze in the high jump with a 1.73m leap. He was followed by Matthew Tait who also took bronze this time in the Senior high jump with a 1.98m jump. Darcie Black, our U20 athlete, completed a field treble with a silver in the Senior long jump, an age group above her own, with 5.60m. First up on the podium for the track events was Sophie Thomas who took a bronze in the U17 100m in a SB of 12.32secs. She returned on the following day to take a bronze again this time in the 200m in a time of 25.4secs ,.


The 80m hurdles saw two DTFC athletes qualify for the U17 final however Amy Jenkinson and Kirstin Penman couldn't make the podium, finishing 4th and 5th respectively. Darcie took on a tough ask in the Senior 100m hurdles where she finished a creditable 5th , she returned the following day and added a 4th spot in the senior long jump and 7th in the high jump.


The U13s, U15s and U20s held their National Championships the following weekend at Aberdeen. There were several DTFC athletes making the long journey north to compete.


It was a very impressive weekend for U20 athlete Darcie Black who took 2 gold medals, for hurdles and long jump and a silver for high jump. Her long jump leap of 5.64m was a PB. The U20 men’s high jump Championship also saw Matthew Tait take gold when he cleared 2.0m. The Thomas sisters, Sophie and Lottie, took silver in the U20 100m and U13 100m respectively. Sophie taking silver in the age group above her U17 normal one in an SB of 12.24secs with Lottie’s silver earned in a PB time of 13.38secs


In the U15 category Arabella Mitchell, competing  in her first Championship ran well in both her 100m and 200m but just  failed to make the final. She had the consolation of setting PBs in both events. Lucy Gibb was an excellent 12th in the very competitive U15 girls 1500m in 5.23mins while Riley Gardiner and Chris Doig were in action for the U15 boys. Riley very unfortunate not to make progress in the 100m after a PB run in the heats and he was just outside qualifying for the 800m final after another excellent run. Chris finished a very creditable 4th in the 300m final and 13th in the 200m.


 The U13s were also in action with Pippa Rambaut making the 200m semi final with Lottie but both just failed to make the final. Sophie Jenkinson was in good form in the long jump with a PB jump of 4.07m to finish 10th, Lily Pritchard finished 9th in the 1500m final with a 5.50mins PB while Poppy Warner can count herself very unfortunate not to medal with a 4th spot in her 800m in a PB time of 2.31mins. Caitlin Chalmers finished 5th in her high jump in a 1.37m PB , 7th in her shott putt with a PB throw of 6.35m and 8th in her javelin. Briony Argo did well with a very creditable 18th place in her 800m and set a new 200m PB of 31.22secs where she just failed to make the semi-final.


These are terrific performances mixing it with the country's top athletes at National level. Congratulations to our medal winners but huge well done to all that competed.

National Outdoor Relay Championships

25th June 2023,
Scotstoun , Glasgow

The Outdoor National relays were earlier than usual this season with the club sending their teams over to Scotstoun in Glasgow. Only the U17 girls made the podium but there were a number of good performances from the other teams.


The U17 girls team of Kirstin Penman, Shayna Asamoah, Sophie Thomas and Amy Jenkinson set a new the club record in winning their 4x100m heat with 50.43secs then broke it again in the final with a time of 50.01secs where they finished a close third behind North Ayrshire and Law & District. The girls almost immediately after their 4x100m final had to run a timed 4x300m final. This proved a tough task, and  subsequently they finished 5th in 2.57mins. A bronze medal in the outdoor relays to go with the gold they won in the indoor relays.


The U13 girls of Sophie Jenkinson, Lottie Thomas, Pippa Rambaut and Poppy Warner competed in a 200m/600m/200m/600m medley relay and in a timed final finished 5th in 4.50mins. In the U15s it was the girls again competing in 2 events with Milly MacKenzie, Hollie Lynas, Freya Kiernan and Lucy Gibb in action. Firstly, a straight 4x100m where they failed to get out of their heat then a 300m/800m/200m/600m medley where they finished 11th. The U15 boys team of Alistair Rimmer, Chris Doig, Riley Gardiner and Luke Hamilton were also in a medley and a 4x100m. In the 4x100m they finished 6th in the final with a time of 54.51secs and in a 300m/800m/200m and 600m medley relay they were 9th in 5.25mins.


The U17 boys team of Oliver Morrison, Mark Harley and David Cuthbert saw then in the 3x800m race. They finished a creditable 7th in 6.20mins taking 12 seconds off the club record they set last year.

East District Championships

13th-14th May 2023,

The East District Championships at Grangemouth in early May were the first National Championships of the outdoor season and saw a large entry from Dunfermline Track & Field Club. The Club had hoped to build of the previous years success where they took 19 medals. They surpassed that with a haul of 23 medals with a stack of PBs to add to the podium finishes.


The gold medals went to Charlie Hunter in the U15 javelin with a 31.70m PB, Callum Newton in the U17 high jump with a 1.87m leap, Amy Jenkinson in the U17 80m hurdles in a 12.24secs PB, Sophie Jenkinson in the U13 long jump with a 4.0m PB and Sophie Thomas in the U17 100m and 200m.


There were silver medals in the U13s for Lottie Thomas in the 100m in a 13.81secs PB and 75m hurdles in a 13.4 SB, Lewis Young in the high jump with 1.11m,Murron Kane in the 200m, Poppy Warner in the 800m in an excellent 2.32mins PB and Caitlin Chalmers in the high jump with a 1.26m PB jump and a 6.02m PB in the shot putt.

In the U15s Rachel Barnett took silver in the javelin with a 12.27m PB throw while Charlie Hunter took a silver in the hurdles in a 14.28secs PB . In the U17s there were silvers for Kirstin Penman in the shot putt with a PB throw of 9.53m and Amy Jenkinson in the 200m with a 26.2secs wind assisted PB.


The DTFC athletes were prominent in the bronze medal category as well. In the U13s Jaden MacKay took bronze with a 3.42m long jump PB while in the U15s Chris Doig took bronze with a 3.78m long jump PB and Finlay Gaughan in the 300m with a 49.39secs PB.


In the  U17 athletes Callum Newton took a bronze with a 6.15m long jump, Kirstin Penman took bronze in both the 80m and 300m hurdles and Amy Jenkinson added to her medal haul with a bronze in the long jump.


Many other athletes put in excellent performances and were very unfortunate not to make their  podiums. Luke Hamilton was 4th in the U15 long jump, Molly Robinson 4th in the U13 hurdles in a 14.5secs PB Briony Argo 9th in the U13 800m with a PB,,Oliver Morrison 5th in  the U17 800m in a 2.02mins PB and Lucy Gibb with a 5.21mins 1500m PB in the U15s.


Well done all. A real credit to your coaches and the club with the hard work over the winter paying off.

U13,U15,U20 National Indoor Championships

18-19th February 2023
Emirates Arena , Glasgow

It was the turn last weekend of our U13,U15 and U20 athletes to make their mark in their respective National Championships. There was success from all the athletes in some shape or form with medals and 19 personal bests (PB)  and 7 season bests (SB) between our 17 competing athletes.


The first success of the weekend came in the U20s where Matthew Tait took gold in the high jump with a 1.98m leap. Darcie Black was an U20 debutant but produced a stunning PB of 9.12secs to take gold in the 60m hurdles. She also added a bronze to her haul in the long jump. Stepping up an age group in the U20 category was Shayna Asamoah who finished 4th in the 60m final. Dominic Drylie was also in action in the U20 800m races Where he ran an excellent PB of 2.25mins but just failed to make the final.


Charlie Hunter was also in action for the U15s where he leapt 4.86m to finish 5th in the long jump. He also ran an impressive SB in his 60mH of 10.72secs but just failed to make the final. Luke Hamilton competed in 3 events for the U15s where his best performance was an 8th spot with a 4m PB long jump while Milly MacKenzie was in action for the U15 girls where she recorded SBs in both her 60m and 200m but just failed to make the later stages of the events.


The U13s were on the medal podium, and it was Lottie Thomas who took the first one with a gold in the 60m sprint. She ran a PB of 8.59secs to take the title and added a PB of 29.18secs in the 200m where she finished 6th.  Murron Kane can count herself very unfortunate not to make the podium in any of her events. She set PBs in the 60m, 200m and shott putt with a 4th spot in the 200m with a PB time of 28.55secs which she ran in the semi-final. Sean Asamoah did earn a bronze medal in the U13 boys 200m where he also set a PB of 28.63secs. He added a fine 6th spot in the long jump with a PB of 4.23m. There were countless top performances from the other competing U13s during the weekend. Poppy Warner ran a brilliant 2.36mins PB in her 800m where she finished 6th, Caitlin Chalmers finished 5th in her shott putt and 7th in the high jump with 1.18m SB and Molly Robinson recorded 2 PBs in the 60m hurdles, where she finished 11th, 200m and an SB in her long jump. Sophie Jenkinson made the 200m semi-final and produced an SB of 3.74m in the long jump to finish 12th while Briony Argo ran a 2.49mins PB in her 800m to finish 14th and also added a long jump PB and Ana Stobie also added 2 PBs to her collection in the 60m and 200m.


Well done all on what was a quite outstanding performance from all our athletes.

National Indoor Relay Championships

12th February 2023
Emirates Arena , Glasgow

The National Indoor Relay Championships which took place at the Emirates in Glasgow over the weekend saw two Dunfermline Track & Field Teams competing after qualifying a couple of weeks previously. There were medals for both teams.


The U17 Girls Team of Kirstin Penman, Amy Jenkinson, Shayna Asamoah and Sophie Thomas had qualified as top seeds whilst taking 4 seconds off their own previous Club record in their semi-final. They were up against a strong field of six teams including the well fancied Law and District AC and North Ayrshire AC teams but were confident of success with Sophie and Shayna providing the third and fourth legs as the second and third ranked 200m U17 girls in Scotland. Kirstin had led the team off and produced an excellent run to send Amy off in the second leg in third place, Amy ran superbly to keep her place when handing the baton to Shayna who tore in to the lead that Law had built up and by the changeover to Sophie had got the team almost tied for first place. A poor changeover by Law coupled with a perfect one from Dunfermline gave Sophie a vital lead which she never looked like surrendering and she crossed the line victorious to take the gold medal in 1.44.02mins , a new Club record and only half a second outside the all time U17G Scottish record.


The U13 Girls quartet of Sophie Jenkinson, Lottie Thomas, Poppy Warner and Murron Kane had qualified as second seeds for the final and faced strong competition from Edinburgh AC , Kilmarnock, Giffnock North and Pitreavie in their quest for the gold medal.  It was a solid start by Sophie to hand over in third spot and with Lottie and Poppy running well to keep the team in touch with the leaders Murron was handed the baton and began to chase down the leaders. She ran a quite superb leg to take second spot behind Edinburgh and in front of Kilmarnock in a time of 1.59mins.


Congratulations to both teams for what are magnificent achievements at a National level.

U17 National Indoor Championships

4th February 2023
Emirates Arena , Glasgow

The U17 and Senior athletes at our club had their National Championships at the Emirates and it was a procession of titles and medals.

There were gold medals for Amy Jenkinson in the 60m hurdles where she ran an excellent 9.2secs in the final and Callum Newton in the 60m hurdles with a Club record, PB and time of 8.63secs and a High Jump gold by clearing 1.90m. Sophie Thomas also took a gold this time in the 60m with 7.84secs which was just outside the club record she had set 3 days previously. Matt Tait completed the gold medals for DTFC by clearing1.96m in the Seniors High Jump , even though Matt is actually U20.

There were silvers for Shayna Asamoah in the 60m in 7.94secs and Sophie Thomas in the 200m where she ran 25.39secs, which is a new Club record, while Shayna also added a bronze in the 200m in a time of 26.01secs . Callum added a bronze in the long jump when he jumped a new PB of 6.22m also adding a new club record with this jump.

There were also excellent performances by Kirstin Penman who just failed to make the hurdles final, Brooke Ferguson who finished 4th in his hurdles final adding an SB and David Cuthbert who made the final of the 1500m adding a PB and club record of 4.17mins in his semi-final.

Many congratulations to all our other athletes who competed.

Multi Events National Indoor Championships

28-29th January 2023
Emirates Arena , Glasgow

Our multi-event athletes were busy recently at the Emirates in Glasgow as they competed in their National Championships.


The U13s were first up with Caitlin Chalmers , Molly Robinson and Lily Pritchard tasting their first competitive pentathlons for some time. They finished solidly in the pack with Caitlin 12th, Lily 14th and Molly 15th and with PBs in their final totals for Caitlin and Lily with Molly recording an SB. Each had their own tales to tell but Caitlin had two PBs firstly in the 60m hurdles with a run of 13.45secs and a 3.33m long jump. Molly ran an excellent hurdles PB of 11.87secs and an SB in her 800m of 3.06mins. Lily added PBs in the 800m of 2.58mins and a 13.23secs 60m hurdles time. Sha also added an SB with a 3.32m long jump. Each were not too far away from their own PBs in the other disciplines but all can be happy with their overall performance.


The following day saw the U17 indoor pentathlon National Championships with Kirstin Penman cutting a lonely figure as the only DTFC athlete on show. She started her quest very well with a 8.93m shot putt which had put 60cm on her PB however despite SBs in her 800m of 2.46mins and a 4.72m long jump her hurdles and high jump let her down and also with a PB total of 2725pts she finished 13th overall in a field of 30 athletes from around the United Kingdom and the 7th Scottish Athlete.


More experience gained for all the athletes and now they start their work for the outdoor season.

Superteams Indoor Championships

22nd January 2023
Emirates Arena, Glasgow

The annual Indoor U12 Superteams event took place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow and saw 3 teams from Dunfermline Track and Field Club make the trip with 2 girls teams and one boys team.


The structure of the event is each team members do individual 60m sprints, shot putt and long jumps with an added team relay. The points are then allocated depending on performance.


The girls A team of Alice Thomas, Poppy Buchanan, Evanne Carson and Kelseigh Wilson fared best in the final standings where they finished 10th out of the 48 girls teams. The girls scored an impressive 228 points in their relay and Alice Thomas led the way with 175 points individually, her 9.77secs in the 60m sprint her highlight which saw her finish 39th in the overall girls order of merit. Poppy was just behind her with 174 points and a 40th overall place whilst she ran another fast 60m time in 9.75 secs. She also added an excellent shot putt of 4.19m. Evanne and Kelseigh were solid throughout the day with points totals of 165 and 152 respectively. Evanne threw her shot putt an excellent 4.60m whilst Kelseigh’s highlight an excellent long jump of 3.00m.


The younger and less experienced girls B team finished a creditable 40th however they will undoubtably gain from the experience of this their first team competition. Paige Wilson led the way with 151 points, a 10.33secs 60m sprint her highlight while Millie Gordon was just behind her with 141 points and an excellent 3.65m shot putt being her best effort. Bobbi Talbot scored 139 points with a solid 10.79secs in the 60m sprint and Jessica Colburn can take great credit with her shott putt of 2.98m.


The boys team of Sean Asamoah, Lewis Young, Finlay Gibson and Brodie Huntzinger finished 18th out of 44 teams. Sean Asamoah finished a very successful day as 5th boy overall with an outstanding total of 239 points. A lightening quick 8.97secs in his 60m as well as a 4.10m long jump were his most impressive performances. Sean was well supported with Lewis Young amassing 174 points, his 4.29m shot put the highlight for him. Finlay Gibson ran the 60m in 9.77secs and Brodie was also fast over the 60m with a run of 10.62secs.


Well done to all our young athletes

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