Beth Potter wins the 2013 National XC at Falkirk – photo by Bobby Gavin
Olympian Beth Potter has taken the decision to commit full-time to athletics after quitting her job in London as a teacher.
‘It is now or never and I want to give it a go while I’m young enough,’ said Potter, who of course has been prominent on the Scottish scene for 10 years or more.
Beth represented Scotland at the last Commonwealth Games in the 10,000m (finishing what is now fourth place) and raced at her first Olympics with GB and NI in Rio.
Read more in the Herald’s article, which followed a 14th place finish at the Great Edinburgh XC.
*We understand National XC 2016 champion Beth is making plans to compete at Falkirk again on Saturday 25 February to defend her title at her favourite cross country venue.
And we’re urging clubs to start thinking now about submitting entry forms ahead of the deadline of Monday 13 February.
Enter now for Lindsays National XC
Great to hear this week from Ian Mirfin of two Scottish selections in a GB and NI team for the Deaflympics taking place in Turkey later this year.
Sprinters John Ruddy of Shettleston Harriers and Mitchell Graham of Central AC have both been called up to join the British athletics squad for the event in Samsun.
There’s more details on the British Deaflympics selection online. Many congratulations to these athletes and their families and coaches!
Eilidh Doyle isn’t ruling out a bid to compete at the next Olympics, according to her long-standing coach Malcolm Arnold.
The Rio relay medallist had the London 2017 World Champs as her more immediate target but the suggestion that the Commonwealth Games in Australia thereafter might be her swansong don’t chime with her coach.
Arnold, 76, is committed to part-time coaching work with Doyle and revealed the Scottish 400m Hurdles Record holder has no imminent plans to hang up her spikes.
‘Eilidh has ambitions to go on to Tokyo in 2020, so she tells me,’ said Arnold. ‘Her next big one is the World Champs in London and then pretty soon thereafter it is the Commonwealths, which is a big Scottish thing of course.’
There’s a significant vacancy in the team for the European Indoors Athletics Championship – coming to Glasgow early in 2019.
The role of EIAC Sport Championship Manager is a key role in the successful delivery of the 2019 event. The post holder will be responsible for all aspects of the Championships and will lead the delivery of the Championships.
Reporting to the Director of Strategic Partnerships and the Championship Steering Group which is made up of all key partners, including Glasgow Life, EventScotland and British Athletics, you will work alongside the 2018 European Championships Team to make use of any synergies as appropriate, lead the procurement of a range of services including broadcast, sports presentation and transport.
The successful applicant will be responsible for, and manage, a £3.5m budget and ensure that all financial policies are adopted and adhered to. You will recruit, manage, plan and co-ordinate the EIAC Team across all functions and develop and implement an operational plan for the Championships.
Check out the Glasgow 2019 vacancy on our Jobs in Athletics section