It’s games gold as Patience pays off

mhairi athlete
mhairi athlete

A TALENTED up-and-coming athlete has won gold in the Sainsbury School Games in London’s Olympic Stadium.

Competing in the 80m hurdles, Mhairi Patience was up against youngsters from 12 different regions throughout the UK.

The Victoria Park-Glasgow Athletics Club member said: “I was really lost for words afterwards.

“My time was 11.69 seconds and my previous personal best had been 12.25secs.”

However, the Milngavie athlete (16) admitted to being a bit nervous beforehand, adding: “I just put on a brave face, but afterwards felt so good.

“It was weird to think I was running on the same track that Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis will be on in less than three months.

“That was going through my mind at the time too.”

The Douglas Academy student reckoned the Olympic track was the best surface she had ever run on.

She said: “The track was great. It is completely different to the park we have up here. It is so bouncy and really fast.”

Mhairi had not been expecting to win a medal and said she had gone down just to make an appearance. She had been out of racing for most of last year because of injury.

The teenager qualified for the games in early March after winning the Scottish National Championships at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow.

She competed in the 60m hurdles with a personal best of 8.8secs and also picked up gold in the 200m.

Colin Sinclair, Mhairi’s coach at the club for the past three years, said: “We expected Mhairi could win a medal at the School Games but to win a gold, we are absolutely delighted.

“She has worked very hard injury free for the last six months and is starting to produce some of the potential we know is there.”

On the future Sinclair added: “She is potentially top draw. I think she will make the GB team as long as she doesn’t pick up an injuries and has a very very bright future in the sport providing she carries on working hard and dedicating herself to training.”

Fellow Douglas Academy pupil Greg Docherty also competed in the 4x400m relay team at the games and finished sixth.