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Top athletes promote positive coaching

Sports minister Aileen Campbell is to meet some of Scotland’s top athletes today to promote positive coaching.

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Jake Wightman won the 800 metres

Jake Wightman comes in from the cold

Jake Wightman marked his first indoor outing in five years with victory over 800 metres at the Scottish Open in Glasgow

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East Kilbride ACs Tartan Army in full voice. Picture: Katie Dunlop

Peter Jardine: Media head from Hampden to Holyrood

Question: when do you know there really is something significant stirring in athletics in Scotland and – importantly for this correspondent – a reawakening in the media interest and overall profile?

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Carnousties Joel MacFarlane, left, competes in the hurdles.

Carnoustie’s Joel MacFarlane strikes gold in Ireland

Carnoustie High School’s Joel MacFarlane is a talented all-round athlete and he underlined his huge potential by striking gold at the Schools International Combined Event in Ireland.

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Leonard Korir crosses the line ahead of Callum Hawkins to win the men's 8km race at the Great Edinburgh International. Picture: Greg Macvean

Callum Hawkins outshines Sir Mo Farah but misses out on title

Sir Mo Farah, even at 60 per cent capacity, remains a fully-loaded superstar but with the quality of field surrounding the four-time Olympic champion in Saturday’s Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh International, seventh place was probably the maximum return available from his final cross-country outing as a consequence of a post-Christmas bug.

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Callum Hawkins leaps some water ahead of American Leonrad Korir, who overtook the Scot just yards from the finish line.
Photograph: Greg Macvean

Scot Callum Hawkins denied at Holyrood tape

Callum Hawkins did not know whether to laugh or cry as he crossed the line in second place in the Great Edinburgh International Cross-Country. Roared on by a boisterous home crowd, the Scot had grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck and set a pace that only one other runner could live with. Unfortunately for him, that competitor, USA’s Kenyan-born Leonard Korir, had enough left in the legs to sprint past him with the final few strides of the 8km race.

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Scot Laura Muir  is cheered across the line as she wins the relay in Holyrood Park yesterday. Picture: Greg Macvean

Laura Muir’s wise words inspire GB to victory

As team captain, Laura Muir took her responsibilities seriously. Not only did she anchor Great Britain to relay victory, as one of the major draws at yesterday’s Great Edinburgh XCountry, she acted as translator for her colleagues in the hope they could lap up the backing of the enthusiastic Holyrood Park crowd.

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Laura Muir at Holyrood Park ahead of the  Great Edinburgh Cross Country. Picture: Greg Macvean

Interview: Laura Muir on a quest to turn records into medals

Well, this is a first. Before I can meet Scotland’s top athletics star, I have to make a pledge that I will be contamination-free. “If you get even a slight 
sniffle or a ticklish throat,” cautions Laura Muir’s manager in a late-night text, “please promise me you’ll cancel.”

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Mo Farah gets a feel for Holyrood Park ahead of the Great Edinburgh XCountry.  Picture: Greg Macvean

Sir Mo Farah says his latest title is an honour

He is a man with many titles and a long list of honours. The successes meant he has long since been placed on a pedestal by many but the recent knighthood bestowed on him in the New Year Honours
affords him an even more 
elevated status.

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Ian Beattie is  into his second and final four-year stint as the non-executive head of Scottish athletics governing body. Picture: Jane Barlow

Scotland can be great sporting nation, says athletics chief

Ian Beattie isn’t Martin Luther King but he does have a dream. And it’s a good one.

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Laura Muir smashed the British indoor 5,000 metres record on Wednesday evening. Picture: PA

Laura Muir smashes McColgan’s 25-year 5,000m record

Laura Muir started 2017 with a bang last night by smashing the UK indoor record over 5,000 metres – set by Scottish track legend Liz McColgan 25 years ago – at the GAA meeting in Glasgow.

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Greg Kelly from East Kilbride wins the New Year Sprint final at Musselburgh Racecourse.

Picture: Alan Rennie

Teenager Greg Kelly cruises to New Year Sprint victory

East Kilbride’s Greg Kelly 
emulated 2015 champion Cameron Tindle as a teenage winner of the world-famous New Year Sprint at Musselburgh Racecourse yesterday.

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Jordan Charters from Dolphinton won Heat 3 from Lea Stephenson (Tynedale AC) and Jessie Concannon from Dunfermline.

 Picture: Neil Hanna

Worries growing for historic New Year Sprint

Serious questions are being asked about the future of the famous New Year Sprint, the final of which will take place during the National Hunt Meeting at Musselburgh Racecourse today.

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Jordan Charters from Dolphinton wins Heat 3 from Lea Stephenson (Tynedale AC) and Jessie Concannon from Dunfermline.
 Picture: Neil Hanna

Jordan Charters lays down marker for New Year Sprint

In a year marked by a significant drop in entries, the 148th New Year Sprint got off to a decidely low-key start when one of the early favourites Greg Kelly (East Kilbride) was given a walk-over in the first of the 12 heats at Meadowmill Sports Arena, East Lothian, yesterday.

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Josh Kerr is in Sardinia for the European cross-country championships. Picture: Joosep Martinson/Getty Images

Scots athlete Josh Kerr enjoying the high life

There is, signals Josh Kerr, not a shred of buyer’s regret about his decision to eschew home comforts last year and hit the road to New Mexico where the lure of an athletics scholarship tempted him to trade Edinburgh for an American adventure.

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Eilish McColgan will now get Lottery funding. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Eilish McColgan wins appeal to secure Lottery funding

Olympic 5,000 metres finalist Eilish McColgan has won her appeal against her exclusion from Lottery funding for 2017.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill says an image of Tatyana Chernova celebrating in Daegu was imprinted in her mind and spurred her on to gold at the London 2012 Olympics. Picture: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

Jessica Ennis-Hill: Losing image spurred me on to 2012 gold

Jessica Ennis-Hil has revealed the image of her finishing 
second to the disgraced Tatyana Chernova in the 2011 world championship drove her on 
to take gold in the London Olympics.

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Great Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill  with the Daegu 2011 heptathlon silver medal which will be upgraded to gold. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Drug cheat hands Jessica Ennis-Hill another world gold

Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to be awarded her third world championship gold medal – after the woman who beat her to top spot in 2011 was stripped of her title due to a doping offence.

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Laura Muir in full flow at Holyrood Park where she will compete in January's Great Edinburgh International XCountry. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Challenge of Edinburgh mud can get Laura Muir on right track

Laura Muir is hoping to clean up on the track throughout 2017 and she says that starting the year by getting caked in mud is the perfect way to help her do that.

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Laura Muir was voted Scottish Athlete of the Year for the second time. Picture: Jeff Holmes

Laura Muir will push herself to the limit in quest for glory

So often elite performers talk of childhood dreams and lifelong plans, explaining how the quest for success has been a long-term, all-consuming project. But with Laura Muir, it’s different. While there is no doubting the 1500 metres athlete’s standing after a year in which she has delivered records, titles, an Olympic final and now been voted Scottish Athlete of the Year by her peers, hopes of those accomplishments did not dominate her childhood.

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