11 Feb

Scottish athletes shine at British Championships

Laura Muir at the 2019 British championships

Scottish runners were on fine form at the Spar British Championships this weekend, claiming a total of eight medals.

The event, held in Birmingham, also helped decide which Scottish athletes will contest the coming European Indoor Championships.
Five of the eight medals awarded to Scots on Sunday were gold, transforming their owners into UK champions – meaning they can be assured of their places on the GB and NI team at the Glasgow event in a few weeks’ time.
First of the Scottish runners to earn a medal was sprinter Adam Thomas (Bracknell), who claimed silver in the Men’s 60m. 
Not long after Thomas’s trip to the podium, Laura Muir (Dundee) reaffirmed her position as women’s 3000m champion. 
First to earn a medal on Sunday was Neil Gourley (Giffnock) in the Men’s 1500m. He told scottishathletics: ‘I’m pleased with that. I can’t get complacent now because the big challenge comes in two weeks in my home city at the Europeans.’
The disqualification of another runner moved Guy Learmonth (Lasswade AC) up to silver from bronze in the Men’s 800m.
Zoey Clark (Thames) earned her place in the Glasgow games with a gold-medal performance in the Women’s 400m, with Eilidh Doyle finishing fourth. 
Despite being new to the 3000m distance, Chris O’Hare (Edinburgh AC) bested a field including Andy Butchart (Central AC), who finished third, to claim gold.  
The final event of the meet, the Women’s 1500m, was won by Jemma Reekie (Kilbarchan). She told scottishathletics: ‘I knew the competition was going to be hard and I was going to have to work and I really wanted to make sure I was at the Europeans.’
‘I tried to do as little as possible to qualify on Saturday and I had a wee scare when I got boxed in but I’ve learnt from that. There’s no better crowd than a Scottish crowd and all my family and friends can come and watch me.’
Image: Laura Muir on her way to gold (scottishathletics)