A look ahead to the event in Aberdeen held August 15-16

This year’s Scottish Seniors Championships has a healthy list of entries and a number of GB and Scotland internationals are set to compete.

Held in Aberdeen on August 15-16, it is believed to be only the second edition of these championships in more than a century held outside the Scottish central belt.

While major names are preparing for GB duty at the World Championships in Beijing, there’s still a significant section of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games team lined up, including Sarah Warnock (long jump), David Smith (high jump), Kirsty Yates (shot), Angus McInroy (discus), Chris Bennett (hammer), Grant Plenderleith (400m), Zoey Clark (400m), Rachael Mackenzie (high jump), Emily Dudgeon (800m) and Greg Louden (400m).

The women’s hammer has arguably the best depth of any event with three athletes who competed at Hampden – reigning champion Susan McKelvie, GB international Rachel Hunter and Myra Perkins  – set to be joined by 2014 World Juniors finalist, Kimberley Reed.

GB international and Scottish national cross-country champion Andrew Butchart is set for a 1500m and 5000m double at Aberdeen Sports Village following his 5000m PB of 13:29 recently.

“I can’t wait to race in Aberdeen and I am planning to try and do both the 1500m and the 5000m,” he said.

“I will certainly race the 1500m heats on the Saturday afternoon and then the 5000m final the following day. I believe there is about an hour and a half between the 5000m final and the 1500m, so hopefully I can double up.

“I’ve not won a Scottish track title before,” he added. “It would be good to put that on to the CV for this season, which is looking pretty decent, but I’m not taking anything for granted.”

The women’s cross-country champion, Australian-born Scotland international Maddie Murray (pictured above, right), will defend her 1500m title.

“It was good to win the Scottish last year and I’d love to do it again now I’ve had my eligibility sorted out and won a Scotland vest at cross country,” said Murray, who has taken her PB from 4:20 to 4:13 this season.

“I am pleased with the improvements on the track this summer but even now I’ve half an eye on Liverpool and the Euro Cross trial in late November.”

A link to timetables and results once available can be found here.