Aug 24 2012 By Andrew Burns
DUMFRIES teenager Andrew Amos is gunning for athletics glory.
The 17-year-old, of Heathhall, joined Dumfries Harriers last year and has already established himself as a regular podium contender.
And with Rio de Janeiro shining brightly ahead in four years time, Andrew knows exactly what is required to reach the top.
The Dumfries High pupil said: My dream is to make Rio 2016.
The ultimate goal for any athlete is to run at the Olympics and that is my dream.
I certainly dont think its impossible if I work hard enough.
I am constantly training and my level of training is only going to improve over the next few years.
I need to get my track time down but with plenty of hard work theres nothing stopping me reaching the highest level.
Andrew has been running competitively since he was 15 and is now coached by the Harriers Steve Head.
He is training hard at least five times per week while enjoying success at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10k and the Bupa Great North 10k in Gateshead.
Andrew said: I started running a few years ago just as a way to keep fit for playing football. When I was younger I entered the Junior Great Edinburgh Run with absolutely no training and finished seventh.
A few races later I quickly realised that this was something that I was good at and enjoyed. Since then I have been working a lot with Steve to improve my fitness and speed. This involves two sessions on track, two on the road and one or two sessions in the gym every week.
Its hard work and very time-consuming but I love it and I know how important it is to train as often as possible. I have achieved a new personal best in a lot of races recently which is very encouraging for the future. This is my first full year with winter training and already it has paid off.
Recently Andrew finished an impressive 10th at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10k. He set a personal best (PB) at 37.52 and was by far the youngest competitor in the top 50. Earlier this month he cracked another PB in elite company at Gateshead, where Olympic athlete Scott Overall was in the field. Andrew came in 32nd at 37.44 a full two minutes quicker than his 2011 time.
Just last weekend he won his first senior mens 10k on the Isle of Coll, again wiping almost two minutes from last years time.
And now he is eyeing home town success at the Dumfries 10k next month.
The sixth year pupil said: I take my running very seriously and have big hopes for the future. I know this wont happen without a lot of hard work but I want to reach that level and I will do what I can.
I will be going to university after next summer and my decision on where to go will depend a lot on the sporting facilities. This can play a big role in your development as an athlete and hopefully it will help me in the future.