Interview: Allan Wells’ memories of career forged at Meadowbank

One of the great mysteries of Allan Wells’ Olympic triumph concerns the book he was reading just before the big race. Was it an account of the Nuremberg Trials and how the Nazis were brought to justice for their crimes against humanity, or perhaps the autobiography of a go-to pathologist looking back over a slew of grisly killings?

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Eilidh Doyle is excited to race in Scotland after four years away

Eilidh Doyle can’t believe it has been so long but is relishing the chance to race in front of a Scottish crowd for the first time since the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Hampden, where she won a silver medal in the women’s 400m hurdles.

Eric Liddell is pictured sitting in the front on the right as a member of the Scotland rugby team in 1922.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Eric Liddell’s lost Scotland rugby cap to be ‘re-issued’

Scottish Rugby is to re-issue the lost Scotland cap of Olympic hero and former rugby international Eric Liddell.

Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter tries to hide his face from reporters on his arrival at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Picture: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Nesta Carter in court in Usain Bolt Olympic relay medal case

Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter is at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal against disqualification from the 2008 Olympics in a doping case that cost Usain Bolt a 4x100-metres relay gold medal.

Guy Learmonth reached the 800m semi finals at the World Athletics Championships in London 2017. Picture: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF

UK Athletics funding snub leaves Learmonth furious

Guy Learmonth will appeal against UK Athletics’ decision to leave him off their Lottery funded world-class performance squad.

Laura Muir crosses the line to take the Scottish short-course cross country title, again. Photograph: Bobby Gavin

Four out of five is first-class for vet student Laura Muir

The hours of darkness have become Laura Muir’s norm of late, night shifts tending to stricken stallions and forlorn foals at Glasgow’s equine hospital turning the double European indoor champion’s schedule upside-down.

Callum Hawkins was named FPSG Athlete of the Year after a stellar 12 months for the marathon man. Picture: Bobby Gavin

Coming home to Scotland played part in Hawkins winning award

Callum Hawkins believes returning to Scotland from college in America five years ago helped him on the road to becoming FPSG Athlete of the Year for 2017.

Caster Semenya's dominance in the 800 metres has led to claims she holds an unfair advantage. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

UK Athletics considers third gender plan piloted in Scotland

Addressing the quandary of intersex competitors has vexed sporting organisers for decades, dating back to sprinter Stella Walsh in the 1930s and progressing onward to the present through her fellow Olympic champion Caster Semenya whose dominance in the 800 metres has led so many of her rivals to cry foul.

Sammi Kinghorn celebrates after winning the womens 100m final at the 2017 World Championships.  Picture: PA.

Tanni Grey-Thompson tips Sammi Kinghorn to be Paralympic queen

With two world titles to her name at just 21, Sammi Kinghorn is the new golden girl of British wheelchair racing – yet Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson insists the best is still yet to come from the Melrose star.

Sammi Kinghorn set a new world record in the Women's 200m T53 Final at the IPC World ParaAthletics Championships in London this year.  Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Sammi Kinghorn is prepared to go the extra miles in Chicago

The commute from O’Hare Airport into the heart of the Windy City was merely a taste of things to come in a week of the ever-more expansive life of Sammi Kinghorn. Coach Ian Mirfin, she revealed, had rented “the biggest car I’ve ever seen”, blending in nicely below the imposing skyline that casts mammoth shadows over Lake Michigan.

Double world champion Sammi Kinghorn. Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Laura Muir and Callum Hawkins among big names in line for award

Five top names are in line for the Scottish Athlete of the Year award at a ceremony in Glasgow next month

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Ten reasons to run an ultramarathon in Scotland

With the Ultra Tour of Edinburgh set to launch this month, Jim Mee of Race Adventure Sports gives his top reasons for running an ultramarathon

Andy Butchart is following a strategy developed  by new coach, Terrence Mahon

Andy Butchart’s Oylimpic dream begins with Great Scottish Run

Andy Butchart has one simple instruction to follow this morning on the occasion of his half-marathon debut. “My coach,” he revealed, “just wrote in my plan: ‘do not get injured’. Always sage advice, one would expect, but more so as the Olympic 5,000 metres finalist prepares to embark on a winter in which he – and his new mentor Terrence Mahon – will provide the foundation for a spring and summer with tangible returns on investment.

Callum Hawkins has his winter campaign all mapped out. Picture: John Devlin

Callum Hawkins stays clear of flu on road to Commonwealth Games

The Hawkins household has been under quarantine this week with the baby of the family compelled to stay clear. With 13 and a bit miles to cover in tomorrow’s Great Scottish Run, a splash of the flu is the last thing Callum needs at the outset of a winter campaign that will incorporate, initially,
a winding tour around the streets of Glasgow but then make its way slowly toward the pleasant climes of Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Samantha Kinghorn celebrates winning the Women's 200m T53 Final and setting a new world record at the IPC World ParaAthletics Championships in London.  Picture: Lynne Cameron/Getty Images for Ottobock

Sammi Kinghorn is first para-sport athlete to win top award

Wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn was named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year at the Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards in Edinburgh last night.

Mo Farah races for the line  to win the Great North Run. Picture: PA

Victory in Great North Run for Mo Farah who may target Olympics

Under-prepared, by his own admission, Mo Farah still retained just enough willpower within to deliver a fourth successive Great North Run victory yesterday, able to raise a body fatigued from an arduous season one last time and sprint his way clear as the beaches of South Shields came into view.

Great Britains Melissa Courtney wins the Woman's One Mile race during the Great North CityGames at the Newcastle Quayside. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Call to bring athletics road racing to Princes Street

Andy Butchart believes it is time to bring street racing to Scotland after he rounded off his summer campaign at Saturday’s Great CityGames in Gateshead.

A competitors takes part in the Prime Four Beast Race  at  Loch Ness. Picture: Contributed

Hundreds get muddy at biggest ever Beast Race at Loch Ness

SCOTLAND’S most brutal obstacle course race, the Prime Four Beast Race, saw hundreds of participants get down, dirty, wet and muddy at Loch Ness at the weekend, raising over £128,000 for charity.

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Winning feeling: Peter Hoffmann, left, edges out Roger Jenkins with David Jenkins third in the 1978 Scottish Championships 400m at Meadowbank

Meadowbank is the stadium of dreams for Peter Hoffman

Peter Hoffmann has plundered his diaries to write a book about Scottish athletics in the 1970s and one entry reads: “On a beautiful, crisp, golden autumn morning I ran up to Meadowbank.” Actually, quite a few entries go like this. The seasons may change and produce slush or fog or stair-rod rain but the ultimate destination drives him on.

Britain's Mo Farah celebrates his win in the 5000m at the Weltklasse Diamond League meeting in Zurich. Picture: Robert Hradil/Getty Images

Swiss watch one last Mo Farah track masterclass

Mo Farah was presented with a gold watch from the organisers of the Weltklasse meeting last night in Zurich to commemorate his retirement from the track but his rivals showed no benevolence to the past master, forcing the four-time Olympic champion to expend every ounce of energy to claim a farewell victory in the 5,000 metres.

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