Magnificent seven: Edinburgh and Lothians award-winning athletes for 2022

<p>Jake Wightman was crowned world champion in the 1500m this year</p>
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Jake Wightman was crowned world champion in the 1500m this year

The most prestigious award – Athlete of the Year – went to Jake Wightman, the 1500 meters world champion who also won bronze and silver at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships. He was represented by his parents, Susan and Geoff, at the gala dinner in Glasgow. Sign of the growing influence of Scottish athletes on the world stage, Jake had to overcome fierce competition from Eilish McColgan and Laura Muir. There were a series of other trophies returning along the M8. Here are the winners.

Jake Wightman

Geoff and Susan Wightman receive the award for their son Jake

Athlete of the year. Simply incredible. The year of his life. Jake won gold in the men’s 1500m at the World Championships in Oregon and followed that up with bronze in a Commonwealth Games rapid final in Birmingham. He moved up to the 800m and duly won silver at the European Championships, breaking Tom McKean’s long-standing Scottish record. Jake also set Scottish records in the mile and 1000m.

Corey Campbell

Corey Campbell

Under 17 Athlete of the Year. Team East Lothian’s Corey demonstrated his potential across disciplines and distances – including indoors, outdoors and cross-country. Corey set age group records in the 1500m and 3000m and won a number of significant events including the National Cross Country, Scottish Indoor 3000m, Welsh Under 20 International 3000m years and the 1500m indoor athletics in England. At Under-18 level, Corey represented GB and NI at the European Championships and finished sixth in the 1500m final.

Megan Keith

Megan Keith

Under 20 Athlete of the Year. The University of Edinburgh Hare and Hounds member, from Inverness, is the first Scotsman to win a European cross-country gold medal, a victory that contributed to the GB team golds and NEITHER. Megan then ran fifth in the World Universities Cross Country in Portugal. Tendai Nyabadza, a promising player from Harmeny AC, was a finalist in this category after a year in which he picked up a 1500 bronze medal for Team GB and NI at the European Under-18 Championships.

Stuart Donnelly

Stuart Donnelly (right) with para-athlete Ross Paterson, who presented the award

Volunteer of the year. The chairman of the East Lothian team, as well as being a qualified coach and official, he regularly volunteers up to four nights a week in addition to supporting weekend events. His fundraising efforts have also had a significant impact on the sport both in East Lothian and nationally. Stuart was instrumental in the progress of the club.

Sandra Hardcastle

Sandra Hardacre

Honorary Life Membership. Sandra first made her mark on cross country winning the national under-13 title in 1975 and 21 years later started officiating to assist at world championship level in 2008. At Livingston AC , Sandra has trained endurance athletes from club level to GB vests. She is now Secretary of the Scottish Athletics East District Road and Cross Country Commission; president of the Eastern District Cross Country League; and member of the road and cross-country commission.

Catriona Whitelaw

Catriona Whitelaw

Edinburgh-based Catriona has won the SAMH Mental Wellbeing Award for helping joggers gain confidence in running and for helping some overcome difficulties such as illness and bereavement. All of this while helping to raise over £2,000 for the hospital ward where another member of the Loanhead and Dalkeith-based Milestones Group received treatment.

Charlotte Morgan

The Edinburgh-based hill runner won the Masters accolade in recognition of his competition across Europe to win the World Series of long-distance mountain races. She also finished second in the Women’s Mountain Running World Cup Series. A finalist in this category was Paul Forbes of Edinburgh AC who completed an 800m and 1500m double at the World Masters. Development Club of the Year.

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