Berwick athletics duo Tindle and Cox have so much in common

Berwick Acadamy trio: Rebecca Murray, Nathan Cox and Cameron Tindle who are all off to the English Schools Championships in Birmingham
Berwick Acadamy trio: Rebecca Murray, Nathan Cox and Cameron Tindle who are all off to the English Schools Championships in Birmingham

Cameron Tindle and Nathan Cox have a lot in common.

They are 16 years of age, hail from Berwick and are in the same class at BerwickAcademy.

There is much more though, for Tindle and Cox are two young athletes with tremendouspotential and promise.

What’s more they are both under the wing of top Chirnside coach Henry Gray, a highly respected coach on the athletic front.

Should it be on the amateur and school scene or on the games circuit Tindle and Cox area real dynamic duo.

In the fast lane they certainly are.

In a remarkably short period of time, Tindle has really made his presence felt andreflecting on matters the Berwick teenager says, “I only started to take running seriously last June.

“Up to then I had enjoyed running at local school level but that was more or lessit. Henry Gray had heard that I was doing quite well at the school and he approached meand asked if I would like to get into athletics more.

“I took him up on this and I am gladthat I did as I am really enjoying what I am doing.

“So far I have managed to do quite wellbut I didn’t expect to do quite as well so soon.

“My times keep improving and that’s whatit’s all about – getting better.

“Mainly I run in school athletics or in my age group inamateur athletics. I was born in Galashiels so I am Scottish and have representedScotland in my age group.

“This season I have run at the games circuit a few times. This is completely different as I am giving runners starts but I have been enjoying this. I justlike to run and the 200 metres is my favourite distance”.

Distance runner Cox has also excelled on the track and has a lot to offer.

Talking of his involvements in athletic circles, Cox says, “Henry Gray has looked after mesince I started to run. He firstly got me to join Gala Harriers and this was a gooexperience for me.

“I am now with Morpeth Harriers and I enjoy running for them. Like Cameron I am always trying to improve my fitness level and times. Henry works me hard on this.

“Although most of my running is as an amateur I turn out at the games as well. Iam always a back marker though and I once ran from minus 15 metres in a race.

“However, I have managed to win a few races at the games, which is good. I have someimportant races coming up at school level soon, I am hoping to do well in either the halfmile or the mile”.

Coach Gray, who has helped guide another Berwick athlete, Guy Learmonth, to a toplevel in the amateur world, including the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, has seenTindle and Cox come on leaps and bounds.

Gray’s two young proteges show all the signs of making it to the top.

And they will take their next step this weekend when they will be amongst a trio of Berwick Academy athletes who will compete in the English Schools’ Championships in Birmingham.

Tindle (200m), Cox (800m) and fellow pupil Rececca Murray (shot) have all qualified for the finals after coming through the District, County and Inter-Counties Championships.

Tindle and Murray both posted England Standard qualification marks along the way, whilst Cox was invited to compete as a result of his level of performances.

* Cox ran a superb race on Friday evening in the £1,000 first prize 800m at Meggatland, the rugby ground of Boroughmuir.

Running off the back mark of 30m in the final, Cox came with a late surge to finish in a fine third place.

* Liberty Holloway, a pupil at Berwick Middle School, has been in great form lately and smashed her PB in the 800m finishing third at the county sports held recently at Gateshead, where she recorded a time of 2min 33 sec, which also smashed a Berwick Middle School long standing record.