Star athletes call for rethink on demise of Great Edinburgh Run

Athletics stars past and present have backed calls to keep the Great Edinburgh International XCountry in its present home after it was revealed that Saturday’s 
edition might be the last in 
Holyrood Park.

Laura Muir breaks the tape at  the Great Edinburgh XCountry 4 x 1000m Relay. Picture: SNS.

Edinburgh to lose world class cross-country event

The Great Edinburgh international cross-country, one of the few world-class sporting events staged annually in Scotland, is facing relocation south of the Border in 2019 after organisers revealed that the City of Edinburgh Council has withdrawn its backing for the showpiece.

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Great Britain's Laura Muir crosses the finish line to win the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry 4x1km relay. Picture: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

Laura Muir anchors Britain to victory in cross-country relay

If yesterday was to be the final edition of the Great Edinburgh XCountry, then Laura Muir can content herself with the most perfect of records.

Steph Twell visited Edinburgh Castle yesterday during her preparations for todays Great Edinburgh XCountry. Picture: SNS.

New coach Geoff Wightman gives Steph Twell fresh stimulus

Those on the guest list for the autumn wedding of Steph Twell and Joe Morwood, her husband-to-be, would be well-advised to spend the next nine months attaining a minimal level of fitness. The venue for the reception, the two-time Olympian confides, will be amid the woodlands of Surrey, a not-unnatural choice for a couple who initially bonded over a shared affection for slogging speedily over fields and dales.

Laura Muir returns to Holyrood this weekend to run in the Great Edinburgh X Country. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Laura Muir on combining vet studies with Holyrood test

Any student entering the business end of their final year at university will recognise the need for an occasional release from the grind of studies, be it a few pints of snakebite at the student union or a binge watch of the Hollyoaks omnibus.

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Calum McWilliam crosses the finishing line at Musselburgh Racecourse to win the New Year Sprint. Picture: Andrew O'Brien.

Calum McWilliam scorches to New Year Sprint victory

East Kilbride’s Calum McWilliam made it third time lucky by winning the 149th New Year Sprint at Musselburgh Racecourse yesterday.

Les Piggot was the Scottish 100m champion several times.

Scottish sprinter Les Piggot crossed the ‘great divide’

The 149th staging of the New Year Sprint got underway on Saturday, with the cross ties and final today at Musselburgh Racecourse.

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Andrew Butchart and girlfriend and fellow athlete Lynsey Sharp model Scotland's Commonwealth Games parade uniform at the Gleneagles Hotel. Picture: Alistair Devine

Mo Farah’s exit increases pressure on Andrew Butchart

Sir Mo Farah’s victory in last weekend’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year was the 
ceremonial full stop to the great man’s glorious track career, leaving behind the biggest metaphorical running spikes to fill in British athletics history.

Athletes Andrew Butchart and Lynsey Sharp model the Team Scotland parade uniform for next year's Commonwealth Games

opening ceremony. The outfits were designed by Siobhan Mackenzie and created by tartan manufacturers House of Edgar. Picture: Alistair Devine

Lynsey Sharp targets medal in one of most competitive events

For some athletes, the Commonwealth Games presents podium opportunities that would be out of reach at a world championships or Olympics but Lynsey Sharp faces a big challenge to repeat her medal-winning heroics from Glasgow 2014.

Justin Gatlin after winning the 100m final at the world championships in London. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Justin Gatlin fires coach and is ‘shocked’ by allegations

World 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin says he has fired coach Dennis Mitchell following an undercover investigation that appeared to show people linked to the sprinter offering to supply performance-enhancing drugs.

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Steph Twell: Commonwealth bronze in Delhi, 2010. Main photograph: Jeff Holmes

A Steph in the right direction

Next year will be the tenth anniversary of Steph Twell being named European Athletics Rising Star after making her senior GB debut at the Beijing Olympics as world junior 1,500m champion.

Jax Thoirs in the pole vault final at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Medal would be jewel in the crown for jumping Jax Thoirs

The Lynsey Sharp-Andy Butchart romance may have dominated the headlines at this week’s announcement of Scotland’s athletics team for April’s Commonwealth Games but it was pole vaulter Jax Thoirs who had a ring to show off.

Scotland named a 25-strong athletics team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Jeff Holmes

Lynsey Sharp and Andrew Butchart hope to be golden couple

Yesterday’s press interviews at the announcement of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games athletics team took on a bit of a Mr & Mrs feel as 800m star Lynsey Sharp followed her 5,000m runner boyfriend Andrew Butchart on the 
rotation to face reporter’s questions.

Allan Wells on a visit to Meadowbank to unveil a plaque. Picture: Esme Allen

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.

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