Grangemouth will be centre-stage at the end of this week – as hundreds of young athletes descend on the venue for the Scottish Schools secondary track and field champs.
The 2017 event on Friday and Saturday has drawn a large entry from across the length and breadth of the country and Scottish Schools are grateful for the support of Rotary International.
This partnership developed following the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when Rotarians were keen to establish a means of encouraging the next generation of young athletes and is an extension of the good links which Rotary clubs already have with their local schools through the on-going involvement of pupils in a variety of projects.
All the timetable information for both days is to be found on the Scottish Schools website with field events starting at 9.30am both days and track at 11am on Friday and 10am on Saturday.
A number of the Bahamas-bound Team Scotland selections for the Commonwealth Youth Games are entered, with 11 athletes selected in track and field for that multi-sport team. Hopefully their progress helps inspire others at the Scottish Schools.
As usual, the Eric Liddell Trophy and Frances Barker Shield will be presented at the conclusion of the champs for the best male and female performances chosen by a Scottish Schools panel.
*Please note that this is not a scottishathletics event and while we will certainly flag-up Results as and when they become available we do not as a rule give this the same coverage we do for Age Group Champs. Thanks.
Entries close on June 19
Grangemouth stages a big weekend of athletics at the start of July with the Combined Events Champs and the Masters outdoor track and field Champs.
These three events will happen over the weekend of July 1/2 with the Masters in action on the Saturday and a special hurdles open graded event on the Sunday. The CE Champs are over both days.
scottishathletics are pleased to announce an additional aspect to that weekend – with a Sprint Hurdles Open Graded now part of the event.
We will offer sprint hurdle opportunities for all ages from U13 to Masters on Sunday 2 July at Grangemouth with that incorporated into the rest of the timetable that day. This includes races at 300m H and 400m H, as well as the short sprints.
Entries are being taken online for each of the three elements to the programme over that weekend and will remain open until June 19. No late entries will be accepted and there are no entries on the day for the championships or for the sprint hurdles open graded.
We see this as an ideal opportunity to try and help grow competitive opportunities in an event specific way and our sprint hurdles Open Graded follows on just over a month after the GAA Sprint/Hurdles Gala at Scotstoun on May 31.
Enter the scottishathletics Hurdles Open Graded
The Virgin Money London Marathon are always looking to support top British athletes and two Scots this year will benefit from that policy.
Callum Hawkins and Robbie Simpson form two of the three-strong Senior Men’s team for GB and NI for the London 2017 World Champs in August.
And it has been confirmed by the Virgin Money London Marathon that they have made a £5000 grant to each of the six British athletes selected for the World Champs.