Support Glasgow Jaguars at Scotstoun as they seek strong NAL finish

Thursday 3rd August 2023

Entry to Scotstoun is free on Saturday to watch Glasgow Jaguars in the National Athletics League (photo by Gordon Innes)

Jaguars finish third in London

Preview by Moira Maguire

Glasgow Jaguars will be delighted to welcome Chelmsford, City of Sheffield, Shaftesbury Barnet, Thames Valley, Trafford and Woodford Green with Essex Ladies to Scotstoun on Saturday for the final fixture of the National Athletics League Premier Division.

Glasgow Jaguars are currently lying in sixth position in this 16-team league and are looking for good performances in this home fixture.

Entry to the stadium is free and with around 400 athletes involved it should be a thrilling day of track and field action.

The sprinters have shone this season against strong opposition and Jamie Stevenson joins Ethan Pottie, Cian O’Donnell, Finlay Waugh and Struan Linton in a strong sprints squad, while Greg Kelly races the 400m with Scott Hannaway looking for good points in the B event.

Scotland internationals Sarah Malone and Lois Garland head up the women’s sprint squad where the 4x100m relay team will be hoping to improve still further on their fourth on the all time list performance at Woodford.

Kathryn Christie and Lorne Kerr are a formidable duo in the 400m and teaming up with Georgia Morrison and Rachel Callan will be looking to repeat their victory in the 4x400m.

Taking advantage of the opportunity for guests, newcomer Ben Heron guests in the 400M and comes into the relay pools along with Ally Mitchell, guesting in the 200M.

There is a welcome return to the team for Chloe Lambert guesting in the 100m and included in the relay pool.

The hurdlers are looking strong as Bradley Francis is in PB form in the 400MH and Connor Henderson continues to make a strong return to competition.

Scott Connall makes a welcome return to competition after injury in the 110MH while Emily Craig and Catriona Scott( 400MH) and Erin Campbell (100MH) will be looking for good points.

The Wallace family have a busy day with mum Donna officiating, Hannah going in the 100MH, High Jump and her number one event the Long Jump, while Euan takes on the 110MH and the High Jump.

He joins Amit Kumar, another jumper in good form this season. The jumps have proved to be high scoring this season and newcomer Louis Whyte, in PB form this season, joins  Euan Urquhart in the Long Jump while Louis and training partner Henry Clarkson form a strong partnership in the Triple Jump.

Mark Herbert -Ruiz makes his debut for the team and joins Andrew McFarlane in the Pole Vault. Sara Barbour will be hoping the weather is kind and the women’s vault is an opportunity to further improve her PB.  Anna Forbes( LJ and HJ). Carolyn Harvey and Robyn Taylor(TJ) complete a fine jumps team.

Dawn Russell will be hoping to continue her record breaking summer in the javelin and Andrew Peck (Discus), Callum Hendry and Lewis Craigie (Hammer) will be looking to better their PBs set at Woodford.

Amy Kennedy (Shot, Javelin), Meghan Porterfield (Shot and Discus), Kiera Maxwell (Discus) and Katie Ord (Hammer) complete a strong women’s throwing squad.

Start-lists and Timetable for Scotstoun

Euan Urquhart joins Andrew Peck in the Shot and David Lees makes his debut for the team in the Javelin, joining team stalwart William Bailey, who also competes in the discus.

The men’s middle distance team is at full strength for the first time this season with Jamie McKinnon (1500m),  Gavin Smith (3000m), and Mark McDermott (3000m) making their debut for the team. Sam Brown (800M), Sam MacNeill (Steeplechase) make their season debut.

They are joined by Ross O’Brien(1500m) and  Gavin Cooney (800m) both in PB form this season. Magnus Tait races the Steeplechase and Becky Dunphy (Steeplechase) will be hoping for a run in this fixture after her debut in Eton was a non starter because of the weather.

Despite gaps in the 800m and 1500m there is high quality as Carolyn Cameron and Alicia Paton(3000m) and Margot Wyroll (1500m) look to repeat their strong performances without the game  force winds of Woodford.

Andrew McFarlane in the vault (photo by Gordon Innes)

Beth Ansell makes her debut for the team in the 800m and Lauren Stoddart will once again give a wonderful demonstration of how to negotiate the water jump and barriers in the Steeplechase.

It is an early start for the women hammer throwers at 9.35am and the first track event is at 11.00am.

In a warm Scottish welcome to the visiting teams international decathlete athlete Andrew Murphy will pipe team captains of the teams onto the track at 10.50am.

Andrew Peck and Lauren Stoddart have been given the honour of carrying out this role for Glasgow Jaguars.

Thanks to our sponsors Glasgow Life and Joma, without whose help this pathway would not be available for as many Scottish athletes.

Huge thanks also to numerous Scottish Officials, who are supporting this event, to Scotstoun staff and to the many volunteers, who are working behind the scenes.

Lauren Stoddart and Andrew Peck are team captains for Glasgow Jaguars at Scotstoun alongside (photos by Gordon Innes)

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