Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson competes in the 100 metres final at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, September 1988. Picture: Tony Duffy/Getty Images

Ben Johnson reveals hopes of reclaiming Olympic gold medal, selling it, and coaching kids

Meeting Ben Johnson, just out of the bath with a small white towel preserving his modesty, in a hotel in India before sharing a platform with him at a literary festival there to discuss a book that doesn’t exactly paint him in a flattering light... Richard Moore recounts his strange experience on the 30th anniversary of the dirtiest race in history when Johnson was stripped of 100m gold for failing a drugs test at the Seoul Olympics

Lee McConnell will be inducted into the Scottish Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Interview: Hall of Fame inductee Lee McConnell on her highs and lows

Those of a nervous disposition would run a mile from the ghoulish
goings-on in Netherlee.
The Greater Glasgow suburb a few stops down the line from Mount Florida looks to have achieved peak Hallowe’en. Just about every front door is covered in spray-on cobwebs, plastic skeletons hang from garden trees and junior ghosts and witches stalk the avenues, munching fang-shaped sweets. But surely no one would be able to run faster than the woman who lives in the house at the top of the hill.

Laura Muir helps launch the new European Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2019 mascot - Scottee the Scottie dog. Pic: Craig Williamson/SNS

Canadian adventure the perfect tonic for Muir

“I love a dog,” Laura Muir proclaims. Even a costumed canine, it would appear, a happy coincidence yesterday at the unveiling of Scottee – the mascot for next March’s European indoor championships in Glasgow, the latest super-sized beast to have entered the orbit of the Scot in recent weeks as one glorious season has ended and another looms speedily on the horizon.

Scottish athlete Luke Traynor at Stirling Castle to promote the Simplyhealth Great Stirling XCountry which will take place on 12 January. Picture Mark Gibson/Great Run Company

Brendan Foster disappointed cross country event is leaving Edinburgh

Brendan Foster’s curriculum vitae is rich and impossibly varied. An Olympic medallist with a European title to boot. A lengthy spell as a BBC commentator whose Geordie tones were the accompaniment to many a British victory on the international stage. Now 70, his greatest legacy might be the events company that grew out of the Great North Run, a vehicle for millions to hit the streets in the cause of fitness, fun or financing a charitable cause.

Stephen Maguire is the director of performance and coaching at Scottish Athletics. He has recently returned north of the border after a successful spell at UK Athletics as the body's head of sprints and relays.

New Scots athletics chief working to find next Laura Muir

When Stephen Maguire imagined what a return to Scotland might be like after four years of rewarding but personally testing exile in the backwaters of Loughborough, a B&B on the fringes of a business park on the periphery of Edinburgh was surely not what the Northern Irishman pictured as his idyll.

Laura Muir competes in the Women's 1000m during the Muller Grand Prix at Alexander Stadium,  Birmingham. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Laura Muir happy despite missing out on Kelly Holmes’ record

Another week, another impressive victory for Laura Muir. Yet for once yesterday, the endeavours of the newly-crowned European 1,500m champion did not go precisely to plan at the Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham. Her tilt at Kelly Holmes’ British best at 1000m came up well short. Not that it will trouble her unduly. With a maiden major outdoor title tucked away for keeps from her trip to Berlin, the Scot has plenty still to savour.

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