Eilish podcast; Dumfries half; Beth Q and A; Officials Conference

Wednesday 19th September 2018

Listen to the podcast

It’s been quite a year for Eilish McColgan with some fine performances on the track culminating in that superb silver medal at 5000m at the European Championships.

And it’s always good to share opportunities for the athletics public in Scotland to gain a greater insight into our top athletes.

The ‘Backstraight Boys (and Girl) Athletics Chat’ podcasts are hosted by Claire Thomas and her latest interview with Eilish is a really good listen.

‘Eilish is now a formidable athlete in her own right with PBs like 4.01, 8.31 and 14.48 rubbing shoulders with very top Brits even though the road has not been smooth,’ said Claire.

‘The last few seasons have been transformative so it was fascinating to catch up with her at the end of her 2018 campaign. Hope you enjoy listening to the podcast.’


Enter Dumfries Half Marathon

The Dumfries Half Marathon takes place this Sunday and doubles up as the West District Champs for the distance.

Entries are restricted to 250 in total and online entries close on September 21 – with an 11am start on Sunday.

Runners of all levels can enjoy a superb course which starts in the historic Crichton grounds before heading along Bankend road towards Caerlaverock Caster and then turning right towards Gelncaple to enjoy a great view of the Solway Firth. The race follows the banks of the River Nith to finish within the grounds of the famous Crichton Campus.

Details on the race prizes available (not West medals) are on the Entrycentral page.


Officials asked to sign-up for Conference

The scottishathletics Officials Commission would like to invite all Officials to their conference on 21 October 2018 at Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline.

The day will be packed with keynote speakers, annual updates, discussion on scenarios, workshops and not forgetting an amazing lunch.

If you would like to attend, please book your place online here. Ensure you read the ‘details’ section before completing the booking form, as this should answer any questions you may have about the booking process.

(If you experience any difficulties with reserving your place online, please contact the scottishathletics Events Team)

Spaces are limited to 100, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Should numbers exceed this limit, names will be added to a reserve list. Online booking is available until Friday 12 October, unless spaces fill up before this date.


Beth Dobbin returned from her European Championships debut delighted with her 2018 season after reaching the final in Berlin.

This season, of course, saw Beth break the 200m Scottish record a number of times after it had been held by Sandra Whittaker for fully 34 years. Then, in July, Beth competed in Birmingham where she became the British Champion.

So, what was it like to be called up for Team GB, what are her hopes the next few years bring and what was it like winning the title in Birmingham?

Read Q and A with Beth Dobbin on tresamagazine.com



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