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Lynsey Sharp hits best 800m time of season at Diamond League

London is calling Lynsey Sharp. All points en route are merely background noise. However, the former European­ 800m champion is showing signs of easing along a trajectory that will afford her the opportunity to pitch for a place in the final at August’s IAAF world championships and then see where the fates take her then.

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Zoe Clark has come on in leaps and bounds after the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Picture: Sammy Turner/SNS

Five years of hard toil pays off for Zoe Clark

Zoey Clark spent five years striving for a landmark day out in the sun in the summer of 2017. She toiled incessantly, diligently putting in the long hours required for continuous self-improvement and absorbed the lessons along the way. From such investments, now come rewards.

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Scotland's Jack Wightman, centre, wins the 1500m at the Diamond League Bislett Games in Oslo.  Picture: Vidar Ruud/NTB scanpix via AP

Jake Wightman stuns world-class field to win at Bislett Games

Jake Wightman produced the run of his life in a stunning 1500 metres victory at the Bislett Games Diamond League meeting in Oslo.

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Scotland's Zoey Clark ran 40m in 51.84secs. Picture: Sammy Turner/SNS

Zoey Clark looking good for London

Zoey Clark threw herself firmly into the mix for a world championship debut this summer by rocketing to the top of the British 400 metres rankings in Geneva.

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Freya Ross says she needed a break from competiton after devoting her ife to running. Photograph: Bobby Gavin

Freya Ross not in the running, but still in the race

As an Olympian and an accomplished exponent of her craft, Freya Ross was well-used to fielding calls and emails laying out invitations and available bounties to race on roads here and there.

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Eilish McColgan will excel as a 10,000m runner, according to her running legend mum Liz. Picture: John Devlin

Liz McColgan hails ‘world-class’ crop of Scottish talent

Liz McColgan-Nuttall’s flying visit back home to Scotland last weekend featured a hectic round of media activity and her first marathon run for several years in Stirling.

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Zola Budd talks with fellow runners before the Stirling Marathon. Picture: PA.

Beth Potter takes British title and place in World Championship

Beth Potter had the leeway to lap up her charge towards a maiden British title on Saturday night at Highgate, securing her place in the 10,000 metres at this summer’s world championships in London. “I was grinning and looking at my coach and thinking, ‘This is good’,” admitted the 25-year-old Glaswegian, whose time of 32:04.63 placed her almost 12 seconds ahead of fellow Scot Steph Twell.

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Emma Nuttall in training at Meadowbank. Picture: Greg Macvean

High-jumper Emma Nuttall aims to impress again

Three years, a mere eight competitions, Emma Nuttall’s recent diary contains blank pages aplenty. When she was crowned as British high jump champion in 2013, the schedule was crammed with invites and enticements on both sides of the Atlantic, her calendar divided between her home in Edinburgh and university on Canada’s Pacific coast with opportunities beckoning across the globe.

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Liz McColgan-Nuttall and Zola Budd-Pieterse at Stirling Castle ahead of the Stirling Marathon. Picture: Jeff Holmes

Zola Budd returns to Scotland, 32 years after apartheid demo

Softly-spoken and slight of frame, both now and back in her running pomp, it is difficult to imagine Zola Budd-Pieterse attracting such intensely ferocious opprobrium that the televisual censors deemed her unsuitable for family viewing.

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IAAF president Sebastian Coe has welcomed the 'debate' over proposals to rewrite the sport's record books. Picture: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Sebastian Coe welcomes debate on plan to rewrite record book

Sebastian Coe has “welcomed the debate” caused by European Athletics’ controversial proposals which plan to rewrite the sport’s record books.

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Radical Road event to be staged in October. Picture: Contributed

New ultra running tour set to challenge Edinburgh visitors

A NEW 50km running tour of Scotland’s capital city is to be staged later this year.

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Norrie 'Tomsh' MacDonald and Angus McCormack. Picture: Contributed

Western Isles athletes in the running thanks to wind farm

COMMUNITY wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust have made it easier for a group of athletes to represent the Western Isles on the world stage this summer with a donation of £1,000.

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Scotlands Andrew Butchart will race against a first-class field in the 3,000m in Doha next weekend. Photograph: Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images

Andrew Butchart warming to the task as Doha test awaits

The planes taking Andrew Butchart to his first outing of this summer’s athletics season will cross nine time zones today, departing his training base in the mountains of Arizona before touching down in Qatar where, on Friday, the new Diamond League campaign will begin in Doha.

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Seilebost beach, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides. Picture: VisitScotland/Richard Elliot

Hebridean Way walking route offers new way to explore islands

Scotland’s newest walking route has opened for business, taking visitors to the Outer Hebrides on a scenic journey from through a chain of islands from Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis.

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New walking trail gives stunning views of Peebles valleys

New walking trail gives stunning views of Peebles valleys

FOREST Enterprise Scotland has opened up a new section of a popular walking trail that now boasts amazing 360 degree views of the Tweed and Cademuir valleys.

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Scotlands sports have earned their place  not cuts, says  Ian Beattie. Picture:  Jane Barlow

Scotland’s sports have earned their place – not cuts

Scottishathletics chief Ian Beattie says the Scottish Government should be making sport an important priority instead of cutting its funding

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Lynsey Sharp proudly carries the Saltire after winning silver in the 800m at Hampden Park during the Glasgow 2014 games.

Lynsey Sharp aims to fly flag for Scotland at 2018s Games

Lynsey Sharp wants to fly the flag for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Australia – as she plots a path towards competing in three major events in 2018.

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The Novotel Twin Waters resort. Picture: Fiona Laing

One year to go: Inside Team Scotland’s Gold Coast resort

In a year’s time, Team Scotland will be focused on the opening of the Commonwealth Games in the Australian Gold Coast.

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Lily Evans Haggerty is the first Scottish U15 GB Schools Cross Country champion. Picture: Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics.

Multi-talented Lily picked for Scotland triathlon squad

Kelvinside Academy’s Lily Evans Haggerty continues to shine in a variety of disciplines – and her talents have been rewarded with a glut of victories and a place in the Scottish triathlon squad.

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