Wood strikes gold at Scottish National Championships

WINNER: Ashleigh Wood athlete with gold medal.

WINNER: Ashleigh Wood athlete with gold medal.

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ASHLEIGH Wood, pictured, struck gold when she headed north of the border to compete at the Scottish National Championships.

The gifted Hartlepool athlete recorded a season’s best 14.56 seconds when she won the Under-20 100 metres hurdles in Glasgow.

And to complete a successful trip to the Scotstoon Stadium, the 19-year-old grabbed silver with a leap of 5.60 metres in the long jump.

Collecting gold and silver at such a prestigious event was a major step forward for the Gateshead Harrier.

The former Hartlepool sixth form student is going through a transitional season.

Heptathlete Wood, coached by the highly-rated Peter Stanley, has swapped her jumping leg for events like the high jump and long jump.

It has meant a season of intensive training and patience.

“I’ve had to go backwards a bit in order to go forwards,” Wood told SportMail.

“During tests it was found I could jump higher off the opposite leg I had been using previously.

“I’ve had to totally retrain and it means I have not competed as much as I normally woould.

“But it’s going well and I’m training hard.

“The change has not affected my hurdling so I went and did that at the Scottish Nationals.

“I could have gone to the World Trials in Birmingham, but thought going to do a couple of the events in Glasgow would be good experience.”