ATHLETES with Pitreavie AAC excelled on their way to winning an astonishing 19 medals at the recently-held 4J Studios scottishathletics East District Track and Field Championships.

The event at Grangemouth Stadium showcased talents in the under-13 to under-17 age categories, and co-hosted the Outdoor Open for under-20 and senior athletes.

Day one of competition began in style with three gold medals for under-17 competitor, Alex Thomson.

He took to the track and sprinted to 100 metre hurdles glory in a time of 14.48 seconds, before a powerful throw of 11.09m landed him the shot put title.

Dunfermline Press: Alex Thomson struck gold for Pitreavie.Alex Thomson struck gold for Pitreavie. (Image: Simon Wootton.)

Thomson then returned on day two to win the 200m with a new personal best time of 22.97.

Under-15 athlete, Esme Deacon, also enjoyed a golden competition, winning both the 100m and 200m sprint.

The talented youngster, who is coached by her dad, Jared, topped the leader board in both events after the heats, and went on to produce two new PBs of 13.00 in the 100m and 26.29 in the 200m respectively, with the latter 1.12 seconds quicker than Dunfermline Track and Field's Lottie Thomas, who was second.

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There was a silver medal for Michael Massey, after a run of 12.87, in the 75m hurdles, and a bronze for Faye Allan, in the same event, in a time of 12.83.

Under-13 athlete, Campbell Watson, produced a massive PB when it counted, by nearly a full second, of 14.17 to win his first silver medal, in the 100m.

Millie Ovens, a newcomer to the club, competed in her first-ever championships in the under-15 age group, and she showcased her talented and determination in the third heat of the timed 800m finals by running a PB of 2:18.62 to secure third place overall and a bronze medal.

One of Pitreavie's youngest athletes, Freya Stobie, followed suit in the under-13 girls 1500m.

Despite the high temperatures, she ran a fantastic time of 5:41.48 in her first attempt over the distance on the track to claim a fine bronze medal.

In the field, several athletes made the finals of jump events, whilst four secured a total of five podium finishes.

Faye Allan was in fine form in both the high jump and long jump, winning gold in the latter after leaping to a new best of 4.85m, before jumping 1.37cm in the former, only three centimetres below her best, to win bronze.

There were medals for under-13 duo Reuben Blake, who won high jump silver with a leap of 1.32m, and Charlotte Leitch, who won high jump bronze with a 1.17m clearance.

Murray Robb, the Dunfermline and West Fife Sports Council Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2023, produced two personal bests in the shot put and discus.

He remained on top of the podium for the shot put with a throw of 13.12m, and was second in the discus, after a phenomenal effort of 32.59m.

Inspired by his efforts, Pitreavie's under-13 girls enjoyed a one-two in the shot put, with Summer Dunnett winning gold with a PB of 6.23m ahead of Isla Mills, who threw a distance of 5.44m.

In the Outdoor Open, Ella Cheshire placed first in the pole vault with a jump of 3.41m, whilst Katie Dinwoodie (12.40) and John Tindle (12.42) ran in the 100m.

Additionally, under-20s Caleb McLeod and Lily Simon ran 49.75 and 64.61 respectively in the 400m, whilst senior Emma Pedrana ran 59.57.