TWO athletes from East Lothian enjoyed success at a prestigious international event in Belfast this weekend.
Dunbar Grammar School alumnus Corey Campbell, who now attends George Heriot in Edinburgh, and Aidan Page, who attends Dunbar Grammar School, were part of the Scottish squad at the International Schools Athletics Championships.
The event took place on the iconic Mary Peters track on the 50th anniversary of Mary winning gold at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
The SIAB International is a very important event for athletes, giving them the chance to represent their country, and is often a stepping stone to greater things.
Campbell, a few days off the plane from his trip to Israel as part of the European Under-18 Championships, increased the distance from 1,500m to 3,000m.
The teenage athlete from Dunbar sat comfortably in second place for most rounds, planning his kick to perfection.
Finally, about 200m from the finish, he took the lead and continued to increase his speed to finish quickly, winning gold for Team Scotland in a time of 8m25.70s – over seven seconds. ahead of his closest rival, the Englishman James Dargen. .
Meanwhile, Page represented Scotland in the 1,500m event, which got off to a blistering pace.
The athletes covered the first 400 meters in a time of around 60 seconds and Page worked hard to stay with the pack.
The fast pace continued and they cleared the 800m mark in around two minutes and three seconds – coinciding with the final of the Women’s World Championships in Oregon, where Scotland’s Laura Muir won bronze.
The winner, Henry Dover of England, set a new championship record with his time of 3m51.64s – even faster than world champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya.
East Lothian team athlete Page kept up the effort to finish strong with a personal best 4m00.68s and fifth place.
His Scottish teammate Oliver Paton ran 3m54.46s to win a silver medal for Scotland.
A spokesperson for Team East Lothian congratulated the duo, saying: “Congratulations to athletes Corey Campbell and Aidan Page, their schools, George Heriot’s and Dunbar Grammar, and their club coaches Team East Lothian, for their international success.