scottishathletics are keen to advise athletes, coaches and parents that we intend to continue our Manchester Middle Distance Project again this summer.
The goals of the project are to accelerate the development of male and female Scottish athletes over 800m, 1500m and 3000m.
To that end, we plan to send a minibus of athletes/coaches down to the British Miler Club Gold Standard Races (North) at Longford Park Stadium, Manchester, over the 2017 summer season.
This is being planned in order to encourage their progression and development by assisting them to participate in a challenging competition environment.
The programme is primarily aimed at senior school pupils, further education students and late developing seniors – as well as their coaches.
We are putting the information out now – in terms of the dates – to assist athletes/coaches with the planning process; and we are now looking for expressions of interest for the project.
So, in order to assist with effective planning, would interested athletes/coaches please email Mark Pollard on Mark.email@example.com by Thursday 13 April.
Tue 25 April; Tue 16 May; Tue 27 June; Tue 25 July; Tue 29 August
The provisional standards for being involved in the project are:
Male 800m: sub 1:56 runners only (of which there were 37 athletes in Scotland 2016)
Male 1500m: sub 4:00 runners only (of which there were 43 athletes in Scotland 2016)
Male 3000m: sub 9:00 runners only (of which there were 43 athletes in Scotland 2016)
Female 800m: sub 2:16 runners only (of which there were 36 athletes in Scotland 2016)
Female 1500m: sub 4:40 runners only (of which there were 34 athletes in Scotland 2016)
Female 3000m: sub 10:20 runners only (of which there were 34 athletes in Scotland 2016)
Depending on the level of uptake, coaches and athletes may need to prioritise the dates they would like to compete on – to ensure as many athletes as possible are given the opportunity to participate in the project.