Banchory-Stonehaven AC’s Alisha Rees has been shortlisted for the Scottish under-20 athlete of the year award while her mentor, Willy Russell, is in line forthe national development coach award.
The winners will be announced at the Scottishathletics annual awards dinner in Glasgow next Saturday when Team GB Olympians Jenny Meadows and Kelly Sotherton will hand over the prizes.
Rees enjoyed a fantastic season during which she represented the Great Britain U20 side on three occasions.
Her most notable performances at this level came at the European junior championships in Italy where, despite recovering from illness, she was part of the 4x100m team that won bronze. She was also fourth in the individual 200m.
The former Banchory Academy pupil, who is now studying at Loughborough University, also won the Scottish senior 200m title for the third year in a row.
She also became the fastest Scottish U20 age group 100m runner of all time in the 100m when recording 11.62secs.
And her best 200m time of 23.32, set when winning the Manchester international this year, is the second quickest ever in the U20 age group and is the sixth best at senior level.
Aberdeen AAC’s Fiona Davidson has been nominated for the masters athlete of the year prize. The veteran jumps specialist, who also manages the Aberdeen team in the Scottish women’s league,picked up two medals at the European age group championships in Denmark.
She won the over-40 triple jump by clearing a season’s best of 11.39 metres which was the furthest she has achieved since 2005. Davidson also finished second in the long jump with a season’s best of 5.21
There could be a double family celebration as Fiona’s husband Mark has been shortlisted for the volunteer of the year prize.
The Commonwealth Games hurdler has been a member of Aberdeen AAC since 1978 and is now club President. He spends a huge amount of time carrying out coaching and officiating duties.
Aberdeen AAC is also in the running for the track and field club of the year award following another successful season when the Scottish men’s athletics league title was won for the third year in a row.
Numerous club members have enjoyed success across a variety of age groups with sprinter Zoey Clark hitting the headlines by helping Great Britain collect silver medals in the 4x400m relay at the London world championships.
Clark’s coach Eddie McKenna is another north-east personality to find his way on to a nomination list. He is a strong contender for the performance coach of the year award.
And Aberdeen AAC’s Frank Gauld is shortlisted for the club coach of the year title after guiding a large number of younger athletes to success at national level.
Hamish Battle is among the favourites to win the Monymusk hilly half marathon which returns to the fixture list tomorrow after a two-year absence.
The Metro Aberdeen runner, who is due to compete in today’s Scottish cross country relay championships, finished runner-up in his last half marathon outing, at Stonehaven in July.
He has, however, been showing excellent form on the hill-running circuit in recent months and the terrain on Sunday should suit his style.
Battle’s opponents are likely to include the Garioch Road Runners duo of Mark McCluskie and Chris Hill.
Aberdeen AAC’s Rachel Armitage has won the women’s title on each of the previous two occasions the race has been held, and although not among the pre-entries, she could still make an appearance.
Arnmitage won the Aviemore half marathon earlier in the month and could be difficult to beat.
However, if she does take part she will face some tricky opposition led by veteran Carolyn McLeod who is a six-time winner of the Stonehaven half marathon title, veteran Scottish hill-running race series champion Veronique Oldham (Cosmic Hillbashers) and Jess Parson (Jogscotland Kintore) who was second in July’s Ballater 10-mile road race.