Jake’s flying visit; BMC Awards; Roland Hill; George Kirk

Friday 2nd November 2018

Jake Wightman article on BBC Scotland

The European Athletics Indoor Championships are delighted to announce a new partnership with Glasgow International Airport for the upcoming Championships in March 2019.

Carrying over nine million passengers per year, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and will play the essential role in welcoming some of the world’s leading athletes as they descend on the Emirates Arena between 1-3 March 2019.

Commonwealth and European bronze Medallist, Jake Wightman, played his part in announcing the new partnership. He was joined by Glasgow 2019 Championships Director, Joanna Sutherland, Regional Director at EventScotland, Jim Clarkson, Glasgow Airport Managing Director, Mark Johnston and of course the recently unveiled ‘Scottee’ the Scottie dog all jumping on board to celebrate the link-up.

In the lead-up to the Championships, Glasgow Airport will proudly display its support of the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2019 with in-airport branding and spread the word of what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable event for the city. They will also play a key role during event time as they prepare to welcome up to 600 athletes, 400 coaches and team staff from over 45 countries.

With a major athletics event next on the cards for Glasgow it was important to obtain strong partnerships in order to make the Championships a truly unforgettable occasion and I’m so delighted Glasgow Airport has committed,’ said Jake.

‘To have an institution like Glasgow Airport supporting us is fantastic and I’m sure by working together with the Championship team, they will make it a special campaign for this wonderful city.

‘I’ll definitely be trying to be there and contesting medals. It’s such a good opportunity in front of a home crowd. My confidence from this year is as high as it probably could be.’

Glasgow 2019 website


Meanwhile, Jake and Laura Muir are celebrating success as awards season kicks in – after being announced as Male and Female Athlete of the Year by the British Milers Club.

Congratulations to Jake and Laura and their coaches, Geoff Wightman and Andy Young.


scottishathletics was sad to learn of the recent passing of Roland Hill, aged 83.

Athletics was a huge part of Roland’s life and he was heavily involved in both coaching and officiating for a number of year. Roland was associated mainly with Arbroath and District AC and was involved in Combined Events coaching in senior roles with the Scottish Schools.

The funeral details are as follows:

George Stewart Funeral Directors Chapel of Rest, 44 Millgate Loan, Arbroath, on Wednesday 7 November at 11.30am. Threreafter to Parkgrove Crematorium Friockheim at 12.30pm.

Roland’s many friends from athletics are warmly invited. scottishathletics sends our condolences to the Hill family.


Funeral details for George Kirk: Tuesday 6 November at 10.45am at Dunfermline Crematorium. More on the Pitreavie AAC website

Tags: British Milers Club, George Kirk, Glasgow 2019, Jake Wightman, Laura Muir, Pitreavie AAC, Roland Hill

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