Saturday, July 2 2022

THE Three Towns have a new national champion athlete after a teenager from Stevenston emerged victorious in Scotland’s Under-20 five-kilometre road race.

Meredith Reid, 18, was competing in the age group for the first time at the Sri Chimnoy 5K event in Edinburgh, and much of her opposition had two more years of experience at that level.

Although that didn’t hold her back, her time of 17 minutes and 41 seconds saw her win by 20 seconds, and Meredith can now call herself a national champion.

Addressing the Heraldshe said: “It’s really exciting and it’s good to know that my hard work is paying off as I put a lot of effort and time into my race.

“It’s really good to have a title, it’s there now, it’s in the history books, I’m an under-20 champion.”

She has dedicated many years to sport and for the past three years has attended a sports school program in Glasgow where she receives much of her training.

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Although his journey began here in North Ayrshire.

Meredith explained: “I actually started doing the North Ayrshire cross country when I was in primary school and was winning so when I realized ‘oh I’m actually pretty good at it’ and I really enjoyed it and that’s how I got into this.”

She now trains twice a week with her club in Inverclyde, spending the other five days of the week training here in the Three Cities.

All of that hard work and dedication was balanced with a typical teenage life – school, her part-time job, a social life, and her future college plans.

In addition to her athletic talent, Meredith is also due to attend the University of Strathclyde from September, where she will study law.

She commented: “It’s really manageable trying to balance a social life and running. Obviously running comes first, sometimes you don’t have to go out and see your friends one day, but honestly that’s fine with me .

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As for the future, she has big plans ahead of her: “I would really like to turn professional, I would really like to do it, so I will do my best and see if I can make it possible.

“My trainer is Norrie Hay, I started training with him when I was about 13, and he’s really driven me on and it’s been really good so far.

“I am going to university in September and I will continue to be coached by him and hopefully I can continue to progress with him.”

Meredith was also just 22 seconds from qualifying for the World Junior Championships after a race earlier in the season at Loughborough.

With over two years to go in the Under 20 age group, the future is sure to be bright! Congratulations from all at HeraldMeredith.

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