Mark lands Edinburgh Uni post; Eilish, Derek set for Berlin; Brodie PB

Monday 27th March 2023

Mark Munro pictured with Jack McConnell, Honorary President of scottishathletics, in 2019 (photo by Bobby Gavin)

Website announcement by UK Athletics

UKA’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Munro is set to leave the organisation following a successful 12 years working within athletics – and move to a significant role in Scotland.

Munro, who joined UKA in early 2021 as Development Director, had previously served as our chief executive (and Head of Development). Within UKA he fulfilled the role of Interim CEO until Jack Buckner’s appointment in Summer 2022 and more recently fulfilled the role of COO.

The former athlete who represented Scotland at age group level in hill running is set to join the University of Edinburgh as Director of Sport and Active Health.

UKA Chair Ian Beattie, who worked alongside Mark at scottishathletics, said: ‘Athletics will greatly miss Mark’s drive and determination that he has brought to all his roles in the sport.

‘I’ve been fortunate to work with him across two organisations and whilst it is a big loss to athletics to see him move to a different sector, I have no doubt he will be hugely successful in his new role.’

Everyone at scottishathletics would like to thank Mark for his efforts for the sport and wish him well for the new role at the University of Edinburgh.


Photo by Bobby Gavin

There’s half marathon action coming up in Germany this coming weekend – and Eilish McColgan and Derek Hawkins are expected to race in Berlin.

Eilish of course is preparing for an eagerly-awaited debut over the marathon distance in London April.

The Scottish triple Olympian had to call off from the New York Half Marathon recently but has now signalled her intention to race on Sunday. Eilish clocked a British Record of 66:26 in February of last year at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the United Arab Emirates.

Derek for his part has a PB of 63:53 and posted 65:32 at the Great Scottish Run last autumn before then running 65:02 in Valencia. Derek is on the scottishathletics Marathon Project.

Best of luck to both Derek and Eilish and their coaches for Berlin.


Brodie Young enjoyed a fine Indoor Season in his first year in America and that has continued with his opening event outdoors.

Brodie clocked a new PB of 46:09 for the 400m and that takes the New Mexico university athlete, who came through the ranks at Airdrie Harriers, to fifth in the Scottish all-time list.


Tags: Brodie Young, Derek Hawkins, Eilish McColgan, Mark Munro

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