28 Jun

Hopes High For Scottish 1-2-3 At Birmingham

Chris O'Hare and Jake Wightman in action fro Scotland

Around 700 of Britain’s best athletes will be in action at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham this weekend at the Muller British Athletics Championships. 

Each will be hoping to become British champion – and secure their place in both the European Athletics Championships and the Athletics World Cup later this summer.

Scotland will be well-represented at the Midlands event, which will run over two days (Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July) and hopes are particularly high for Scotland’s middle-distance runners.

In the women’s race, Inverness-born British 1500m record holder Laura Muir will be taking part in both the 1500m and the 5000m. With a second place finish in the 1500m at the World Indoor Championship earlier this year – she’ll be looking to add to her already significant collection of medals.

In the men’s race, there’s a very real prospect of an all-Scottish podium ­­­– with the winner receiving an automatic place in Team GB at the European Championships in Berlin as well as their gold medal.

Scots Chris O'Hare, Josh Kerr and Jake Wightman (who won a 1500m bronze at the Gold Coast) are all contenders for the top honour, having won gold, silver and bronze at the British Championships last year.

Neil Gourley, who finished fourth at the same event, will also be racing at the weekend as will Jamie Williamson, another Scot with strong prospects.

Speaking about Scotland’s podium hopefuls, former Scottish Olympian and middle-distance runner Frank Clement said: “There’s no doubt at all: it is a great era for our men in the 1500m.”

The men’s 1500m final will be held at 16.08pm on Sunday. The women’s final follows at 16.40pm.