Scots seek success at Microplus UK Champs and Olympic Trials

Thursday 27th June 2024

Neil Gourley claims gold at the British Champs last year (photo Getty Images for British Athletics)

All roads lead to Manchester this weekend for Scotland’s top track and field athletes.

The Microplus UK Champs and Olympic Trials promises one of the most exciting weekends of the summer.

There is coverage across BBC platforms and we will be updating on our channels, too, hopefully with news of Scottish success in the Manchester Regional Arena.

The UK Champs have been a happy hunting ground in recent years and we make it more than 30 medals achieved over the last three editions of the event.

Gold medals have been prominent among the regular trips to the podium with five champions crowned back in 2022 (Laura Muir 1500m, Jake Wightman 1500, Jemma Reekie 800m, Nick Percy discus, Steven Bryce Para 1500).

We fully exepcte competition this year will be intense with places at the Olympics in Paris up for grabs – and the number of British athletes with qualifying standards in certain events underlines that level of competition.

However, the Scottish cohort numbers around 60 and we’re certain every single one will have their own ambitions to post PB or SB, reach a final or challenge for coveted UK Championship medals.


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Jemma Reekie in action in Manchester last year (photo Getty Images for British Athletics)

Here are a couple of highlights to look our for . . .

*Nick Percy is bidding for his sixth British title and a place at his first Olympics

*Laura Muir will attempt to land the 10th British title (indoors and outdoors) of her storied career

*In the Men’s long jump there is a strong Scottish presence with three athletes currently ranked in the top ten in the UK

Para athletes will be chasing medals, too, like Steven Bryce in the ambulant 1500m and Samantha Kinghorn and Melanie Woods in the Wheelchair 400m.

That only tells part of the story and the entry lists confirm a very large and strong Scottish cohort are making plans for Manchester.

Without necessarily being comprehensive, here are a number of those we expect to see in action this weekend:

Hurdles – Ben Heron, Connor Henderson, Bradley Francis, Jack Houghton, Jane Davidson, Erin Campbell, Scott Connal, Adam Hoole

Sprints – Nicole Yeargin, Brodie Young, Lois Garland , Alyson Bell, Adam Thomas, Ethan Pottie, Stewart Greenhalgh, Rebecca Grieve, Georgina Adam, Brodie Young, Kyle Alexander, Krishawn Aiken, Dean Patterson

Jumps – Murray Fotheringham, Adam Hoole, Alessandro Schenini, Will Grimsey, Bera Ajala, Aidan Quinn, Henry Clarkson, Allie Routledge

Throws – Nick Percy, Dawn Russell, Andrew Peck, Greg Millar, Teddy Tchoudja, Erin Waters, Angus Lockhart, Kirsty Law

Endurance –

Josh Kerr, Neil Gourley, Jake Wightman, Laura Muir, Jemma Reekie, Erin Wallace, Guy Learmonth, Leah Keissler, Jill Cherry, Hannah Cameron, Cameron Boyek, Ben MacMillan, Kane Elliott, Jack Patton, Duncan Robinson, Andrew McGill, Sarah Coutts, Sarah Calvert, Stefanie Tucker, Hannah Anderson, Megan Davies, Sarah Tait, Ben Potrykus, Jamie Phillips

Laura Muir celebrates 1500m gold in Manchester a couple of years ago (photo by Getty Images for British Athletics)


Tags: British Champs, Manchester, Olympic Trials

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