Six Scots are in the Czech Republic for the European Indoor Championships with GB and NI.
It is a great moment for the sport in Scotland with this our largest representation on a GB team for this particular event – which began as long ago as 1966.
Hopes are high for an impact with four of those selected – Guy Learmonth, Kirsten McAslan, Laura Muir and Allan Smith – having won British Championship gold medals at the trials at Sheffield. Following the announcement by British Athletics, Chris O’Hare and Jamie Bowie joined them in the 38-strong GB selection.
Olympian Brian Whittle has already declared he believes elite performances and role models are helping raise standards of the sport in Scotland in our preview piece.
Now here’s a guide to when the Scots are due to compete over Friday, Saturday and Sunday with BBC TV coverage lined up and, hopefully, places in finals to come …
10.o0am: Kirsten McAslan 400m Round 1
11.41am: Guy Learmonth 800m Round 1
12.25pm: Laura Muir 3000m Round 1
4.10pm: 400m Women’s semi-finals
10.00am: Allan Smith high jump
10.50am: Chris O’Hare 1500m Round 1
5.25pm: 800m Men’s semi-final
5.50pm: Women’s 3000m final
2.30pm: Men’s 800m final
3.30pm: Men’s 1500m final
4.35pm: Women’s 4 x 400m final
4.55pm: Men’s 4 x 400m final
There’s been some good coverage in the Scottish media on the Prague contingent and here’s a flavour of some of the comments from the athletes (with thanks to Mark Woods, the Sunday Herald, Scotland on Sunday, The Herald and The National).
Guy Learmonth: ‘I don’t want to be going just for the experience. I have worked really hard to get here, having missed out on selection a few times in the past. So I’d be gutted if I went out in the heats.’
Laura Muir: ‘I have been through a lot in the past year – more bad than good unfortunately – but that has actually been a positive thing because it has prepared me for races to come. And it has taught me how to cope with different scenarios.’
Kirsten McAslan: ‘I went to Moscow with the relay squad and the preparations were useful. I had prepared myself not be running but I did what the others did. I took a look at the environment, how the girls warmed up and got ready. It made me realise how much I wanted this; to go a major championships and compete.’
Jamie Bowie: ‘It is good to be back in the fold again and be part of the British team. It is nice to know I have not been forgotten. Sometimes in relays people don’t value your medals as much but it is so competitive to get into the team; that’s why we’ve been successful at championships.’
Good luck to the Scottish six in Prague and their coaches and families as well as the clubs involved in their development over a number of years.
*We will be looking to track the performances on our Facebook page and Twitter feeds – with website coverage once the Championships are concluded.