Grangemouth will be the place to be this weekend as hundreds of athletes gather for our 4J Age Group Champs.
It promises to be an exciting championship weekend with no fewer than 831 names on the start-lists to chase final places, medals and PBs at U20/U15/U13 level.
The figure is significantly up on last year’s athlete entry tally at Aberdeen for the Age Groups (723) and indeed is 12 athletes more than the 2019 figure at Grangemouth (819).
That 2019 event, of course, was prior to Covid so it is brilliant to see evidence of this kind of the sport’s recovery and the response from clubs and coaches which has made that happen.
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Our U15 athletes compete in their event on Saturday at Grangemouth and on Sunday it is the turn of the U13s. As is now usual , the U20 programme is split over the two days.
And we’re delighted to welcome the team from our broadcast partners, Vinco, to deliver a live stream of Grangemouth action over both days.
Working with Vinco, we also plan to have clips across our social media channels and short highlights packages of each day on our You Tube channel.
Bobby Gavin will deliver us superb photography across our website, Facebook and Twitter through the weekend, too.
New European and Commonwealth champion Laura Muir took a moment out of her training – back in Scotland – earlier this week to wish our young athletes all the very best for Grangemouth.
‘I’ve competed in the Age Group Champs a number of times and looking back I have lots of fond memories of Grangemouth,’ said Laura.
‘In fact, they are mixed because sometimes I would scrape into a final, sometimes I would pick up a medal or two and other times I didn’t even make the final!
‘It is a fantastic event and championship for the development of athletes of all abilities and ages. Please go along and support if you can on Saturday and Sunday or, if you can’t make it, watch the stream via the Vinco coverage.
‘Most of all I’d tell the young athletes to enjoy it. Good luck, have fun and enjoy it – that’s the most important thing.’
Photo by Bobby Gavin