Kris Jones wins as Andy Butchart tumbles in Stirling cross-country

If only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, what to make of the thousands of Scots and fellow Britons insane enough to venture forth amid pummelling rain and vicious winds in Stirling yesterday to feed their affection for cross-country running? Admirable and bonkers, in equal measures, there were sodden squelches aplenty in mud, glorious mud.

Katherine Grainger is frustrated over the  SFA's objection to a UK football side. Photograph: Ker Robertson/Getty Images

Katherine Grainger believes football should benefit from Team GB set-up

New Year 2020 inhabited a very different kind of vibe for Katherine Grainger. The bells tolled for an Olympic campaign. For the first time during the present millennium, she had no need to moderate her celebrations. No rowing sessions of any import lie ahead. No exerting herself to the physical limit. Normalcy, of sorts, with a haul of four silvers and an adored gold now mere reminders of a competitive life well-lived but consigned to the past.

Keanna Mcinnes believes elevation into the world-class performance squad is encouragement but no guarantee of an Olympics place. Picture: Getty

Keanna Macinnes wary on meeting 2020 Olympic expectations

Keanna Macinnes was tabbed as a prodigy at a young age coming through the ranks of Heart of Midlothian. It was never football igniting her fire, though. The eponymous aquatic club, not a huge stone’s throw from Tynecastle, cultivated her ability to plough through water with fascinating ease.

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Freya Anderson has golden future after European glory

The whispers that have hyped Freya Anderson’s immense potential in the pool were replaced by loud applause last night in Glasgow as the teenager earned what many anticipate will be the first of many major individual titles at the European short course swimming championships.

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Scott McLay  and Hannah Miley reveal the official medals for Glasgow 2019, the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships. Picture: SNS.

Revitalised Hannah Miley emerges from her dark hollow

The parade that awaited Hannah Miley when she returned from last year’s Commonwealth Games was flooded with pummelling rain. A silver medal, another trinket to add to a haul of more than 20 from major events, was hard won under the open skies of Gold Coast. Still a worthy accomplishment, a feat to stand and applaud.

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Andy Butchart wins the Lindsays Short Course cross country in Kirkcaldy. Picture: Bobby Gavin/scottishathletics

Andy Butchart swaps heat of Doha for sodden Kirkcaldy

The pulverising heat of Doha felt a universe removed from the sodden chill of Kirkcaldy as Andy Butchart was transplanted from displaced sand into treacherous mud. A month after surprisingly missing out on the 5,000 metres final at the World Championships, the 28-year-old dusted himself down and returned to his humble roots on the outdoor terrain.

Scotland coach Shane Burger. Picture:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland coach Shane Burger employs super scout to seek inside edge for World T20 bid

If there was any conclusion to be drawn from the excellent cricket documentary, Death of a Gentleman, it was how the odds continue to be stacked against the sport’s smaller nations amid the self-interest shown by the establishment towering above. By chance, its creators became curious witnesses to an overt attempt to wrestle control of the ICC five years ago by means of a coup, instigated by India but with England and Australia as the henchmen roped in for extra cover.

Jake Wightman will be going for gold in the men's 1,500m final in Doha on Sunday night. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA

Scots trio Wightman, Gourley and Kerr take local rivalry to world stage

Jake Wightman is recounting his early athletic encounters with Neil Gourley with a smile, but also a wince. Inter-District cross-countries, Scottish Schools Championships, under-15 leagues. Jogging together, ignominiously, in the middle of the pack. “Neither of us would be winning,” he complains. “Because neither of us hit puberty until we were 16 or 17.”

Laura Muir in the women's 1500m semi-final at the 2019 IAAF Athletics World in Doha. Picture: Karim Jaafar/AFP via Getty

Laura Muir safely through to world 1500m final in Doha

Laura Muir’s days of anguish are done now. Weeks when she worried a torn calf would cause her to miss the world championships in Doha, or at the very least, arrived without a prayer. In last night’s 1,500m semis, the 26-year-old resembled her vibrant self – poised and assured.

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