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Thumbs up from Neil Gourley after winning the 1,500m UK title with an assured run in Birmingham. Picture: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Neil Gourley’s late surge nails down place in British team

Latterly, a Scottish monopoly of the men’s 1,500 metres podium has become something of a tradition at the UK Athletics Championships in Birmingham, as certain as death, taxes and other surefire bets. The only variation has been a shuffling of the faces involved. And as the bulldozers prepare to demolish Alexander Stadium, it was Neil Gourley who flattened his Caledonian cohorts to wrestle the title away.

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Lynsey Sharp, right, finished second in the 800m at the Muller Birmingham Grand Prix and Diamond League event at Alexander Stadium. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Revitalised Lynsey Sharp finding her form at just the right time

Amid two years of frustration
and toil, some wrote Lynsey Sharp off as a contender. At times, she was a sceptic herself. No longer, however, is the 29-year-old mired in the middle of the pack. The former European champion has 
resurrected the self-belief to charge ahead and let others take their shot and it was evident in the latest in a string of assured performances at yesterday’s Diamond League in Birmingham.

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Eilish McColgan has spoken of the impact of period pain on her running.  Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Eilish McColgan urges athletes to talk more about periods

It felt, Eilish McColgan declared at the time, like being “kicked in the ovaries” for 20 laps that felt like they’d never end. A race where the European Championship medallist had hoped for a smooth pace but where the onset of her period during the warm-up had knocked body, and then mind, off track.

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