Hundreds prepare for National Open

Thursday 12th January 2017

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The National Open marks the start of the Indoor Season at Saturday for many of the hundreds of athletes and coaches who will descend upon the Emirates Arena.

A couple of Open Graded events and the Scottish 3000m Champs have been staged already but there’s always a new season feel about the National Open, early in the New Year.

And, with over 700 athletes on start-lists, there’s sure to be a very hectic programme for organisers and scottishathletics officials – with more events coming up in the weeks ahead.

Among some of the prominent names are a string of Scotland internationals from events like Glasgow 2014, Loughborough and age group events like the Commonwealth Youth Games and the Celtic Games.

That list would certainly include (but not necessarily be all-encompassing): Jake Wightman, Grant Plenderleith, Emily Dudgeon, Jax Thoirs, Greg Louden, Allan Hamilton, Cameron Tindle, Lewis Clow, Mhairi Patience, Rachel Alexander, Jemma Reekie, Avril Jackson, Alessandro Schenini, Owen Miller, Michael Olsen, Gillian Cooke, Alisha Rees, Cameron Steven, Andrew Peck, Howard Bell, Emma Canning, Rachel Robertson and Christopher Boyle.

James Bowness, the Glasgow-based athlete who helped GB and NI to the Stewart Cup win at Holyrood Parkis lined up for the 1500m.

Check out the start-lists on our Events page.

There are live results available 10am on Saturday. The timetable, which is also lodged on that page as well as Athlete Information, runs through to 5.30pm.

Admission to the event happens on Level Three of the Emirates and is £3 for adults, with coaches and competing athletes free. It is also free for U16s.

Declarations are from 6pm to 8pm at the Emirates Arena on Friday evening (13 January) and from 8.30am on Saturday.

While this event is staged under UKA Championship rules, we would point out that the National Open has an open graded format and, as such, there are no medals issued.

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*There could also be a Commonwealth Youth Games element to the National Open – as athletes seek qualifying standards for Bahamas 2017.
Depending on the event (mixed race rules etc), among those who may have an eye on chasing standards could be Sam Brown, Adam Scott, Erin Wallace, Shona Crossan, Alessandro Schenini and Calum Henderson. We wish them well.

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