The double European indoor champion begins in earnest her preparations for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham
Double European indoor champion Laura Muir tops the bill for the GAA Miler Meet in Glasgow on Sunday, a meeting which incorporates the Scottish 3000m Championships.
Competing at the Emirates Arena, Muir will start in earnest her preparations for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in March.
At this meeting last January, the 24-year-old began her 2017 in superb style as she smashed the UK indoor 5000m record, clocking 14:49.12 to improve on the mark of 15:03.71 set by compatriot Liz McColgan-Nuttall back in 1992.
In a mixed race this time, there will be no record attempt but the veterinary medicine student will no doubt have an eye on bettering her 3000m indoor PB of 8:26.41.
“I’m really looking forward to another GAA Miler Meet event at the Emirates as I love to race in Scotland when I can,” said Muir, who claimed 1500m and 3000m European indoor titles in Belgrade last March.
“It is the first of two, of course, with the Great Edinburgh XCountry at Holyrood Park the following week when I am involved in the 4x1km international relay.
“Sunday should be a really good afternoon of athletics at the Emirates so hopefully people can come along and support the athletes and their coaches.”
This weekend Muir will run in the top men’s race in the first Scottish championships of 2018, with medals up for grabs over 3000m at senior, under-20 and under-17 level as well as for masters athletes in five-year categories from V35.
With a couple of 600m races also planned, it is set to be a great afternoon at the Emirates, with action taking place from 14:00 to 17:00. Admission is £3 for adults or free for under-16s.
Muir will line up alongside athletes such as her training partner Sol Sweeney, a GB cross country international, while the women’s 3000m race will be paced by Charlene Thomas as the likes of Katie Snowden and Melissa Courtney chase the 8:50 qualifying time required by British Athletics for the World Indoors.
In terms of the men’s medals on offer in Muir’s race, the contenders could well include the likes of Sweeney, Grant Muir, Ben Potrykus, James Donald and Irish athlete Daniel Mooney. Pace-maker Adam Craig could well be the favourite, however.
The start-lists also include Kelsey Stewart and Jill Cherry (600m), plus Erin Wallace and Josephine Moultrie (3000m), while the masters clashes will see the likes of husband-and-wife team Grant and Fiona Matheson in action in the same race.