scottishathletics has announced that women’s world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe will be Guest of Honour at their FPSG Awards Dinner in Glasgow later this year.
The event, to be held on Saturday 23 November, will reveal the 2019 FPSG Athlete of the Year and FPSG Para Athlete of the Year, as well as acknowledge the contributions made by volunteers, coaches, officials and clubs. Nominations for the awards themselves will open in a few weeks.
Radcliffe said: "It is an honour and a pleasure for me to come to Glasgow in November as Guest of Honour for the scottishathletics FPSG Awards Dinner.
"Scottish athletics is so strong and inspiring right now and I am sure 2019 is going to see that impact continue to grow and follow the pattern of recent years.
"I am pretty certain my visit will confirm that it’s the enthusiasm of clubs, jog groups and volunteers at grassroots level which has been the solid platform for excellent elite level performances."
Radcliffe was not short of praise for Scottish athletes, especially the women: "The successes of Laura Muir inspire so many people, and her courageous and attacking style of racing is exciting and fun to watch.
‘Eilidh Doyle and Zoey Clark have had a lot of success on the track in relay events and we saw Beth Dobbin make a breakthrough at 200m last year in Berlin by reaching the European final.
"Eilish McColgan continues to go from strength to strength and I look forward to seeing what she can do this year. Steph Twell is another Scot who so often comes up with good performances and we are seeing that now from Steph on the roads.’
Radcliffe also felt that the UK men’s middle distance ‘was clearly in safe hands’ thanks to the Scots, with Jake Wightman, Josh Kerr, Chris O’Hare, Neil Gourley and Guy Learmonth ‘all showing good form’ in her view.
She added: "It’s also exciting to see Andy Butchart bounce back from his injury and pick up where he left off."
Radcliffe also reflected on fellow marathoner Callum Hawkins, saying ‘what a joy it was’ to see him run so well at London after his troubles at the Gold Coast Games.
"Callum, who is coached by his dad Robert, has shown real toughness and willingness to work hard and commit – which I think is reminiscent of his advisor, Steve Jones. In London, Callum clearly showed that he is back to his best with much more to come from him."