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Athletics

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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