All roads lead to Grangemouth Stadium this weekend as we welcome back National Championship action in track and field for the first time in two years.
The 4J Studios Senior/U17 Champs are being staged over Saturday and Sunday and it’s exciting to see no fewer than 726 names on the start-lists.
There will be live stream coverage on Vinco for both days as well as Live Results from Grangemouth and all our usual communications activity.
With a £2000 prize-pot on offer if athletes achieve certain standards, the level of competition should be exciting – with Para athletes also chasing prize-money via their performances.
Of course, making the National Championship podium is a huge motivation in itself and this is the 128th version of the Senior Champs. The programme includes U20 5000m races as well as a full U17 Champs.
We want to say a huge Thank You to everyone helping make this a significant event – entered athletes, coaches and clubs, volunteers and our qualified scottishathletics Officials.
Coaches and spectators wishing to attend need to register in advance (as part of our Covid-19 protocols):
Leslie Roy on announcing duty at Grangemouth and looking forward to this weekend’s return of National Championships (photo by Bobby Gavin)
‘When you consider what we have all been through over the past 18 months it is fantastic to see such a huge response from athletes in entering these Championships with over 700 names,’ said Leslie Roy, our Track and Field Commission Convenor.
‘Once again there will be a ‘prize pot’ on offer if a certain time, height or distance mark is achieved. Senior athletes competing this weekend could share the £2000 incentive if they win their event and hit the required standard. The money will only be paid out to those eligible to represent Scotland under Commonwealth Games rules.
‘There will also be a prize pot of £1000 available to athletes competing in Para events.
‘Scottish athletes have been performing with distinction on the world stage since the return of track and field athletics following a very difficult period because of the pandemic.
‘It’s been so exciting to see athletes gain GB and NI selections for the Olympics, Paralympics, European U20 and U23 Championships gaining medals and PB performances. I am sure we were all shouting at the TV/laptops watching the fantastic performances.
‘Vinco Sport will be live streaming the 4J Studios Track & Field Championship, so it is great to see many GB and Commonwealth Games athletes competing over the weekend.
‘I would like to express my appreciation to the officials and volunteers who give up so much of their time to ensure the event is a success.’
There are a number of stand-out events but one to watch will be the RR 100m and 400m where our two Frame Running World Record holders – Gavin Drysdale and Kayleigh Haggo will be burning up the track.
Other athletes to look out for in the Seniors are Nick Percy (Discus), Guy Learmonth (400m), Brodie Young (400m), Billy Doyle (400m), Chris Bennett (Hammer), Jamie Crowe (5000m), Andrew Murphy (PV/110mH), Greg Millar (Javelin), David Smith (High Jump), Bera Ajala (TJ), Nikki Manson (HJ), Kirsty Law (Discus), Holly McArthur (100mH), Heather Paton (100mH), Rachel Hunter (Hammer), Sarah Warnock (LJ), Allan Hamilton (100m), Morag Millar (5000m), Jenny Selman (1500m).
And many more! Join the conversation over the weekend on Twitter via #4Jathletics. Thanks.
Nikki Manson and Nick Percy shared our £2000 prize pot two years ago and there were Para prize pot winners, too, in Gavin Drysdale, Hannah Dines and Kayleigh Haggo (photos by Bobby Gavin)