Record-breaking run for Leask – video
Shetland athletes Emma Leask and Caitlin Watt did well in competitions on the mainland at the weekend.
Leask broke her own Shetland record in the 800 metres at the British Milers Club Grand Prix in Manchester with a time of 2:08.89. The result pushes her up to sixth in the overall Scottish rankings.
She said: “I am delighted to break my personal best again and get below 2.10. I don’t usually go to the front of the group but I was feeling good so I just went for it.
“My first lap was 61 seconds which was a little too fast and I faded in the last 50 metres. I still feel I can go faster if I get the tactics right and it’s all good experience for my next race in two weeks’ time.”
Leask continued her fine form in Guernsey the next night where she ran the 400m and the 200m. She ran a time that was just outside the Shetland 400m record which she set last week. Her time was 58.33 seconds which was just shy of the record of 58.21. She ran a very good time of 26.95 in the 200m the same night.
Watt set a new Shetland record in Dublin at the weekend in the discus throw. She was competing for the Scottish Universities team against the Irish Universities team. She had already broken the record this year with a distance of 30.15 but improved on that distance in the Irish capital by throwing 30.73.
A spokesman for Shetland Athletics Club said: “We would like to congratulate Emma and Caitlin on their fantastic achievements this weekend and hope they keep on improving throughout the season.”
Leask said she would like to thank her sponsors Delta Marine for help towards the cost of her travels.