Local athletes face a busy weekend at home and abroad

Sarah Warnock, left, will go for the Scottish indoor record. She is pictured with fellow long jumper Jade Nimmo who has opted for the 60m

Sarah Warnock, left, will go for the Scottish indoor record. She is pictured with fellow long jumper Jade Nimmo who has opted for the 60m

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Capital-based Mark Mitchell, the former Scottish 800 and 1500 metres champion, will bid to win the Scottish Indoor 1500m title at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow on Sunday, only a week after dropping out of the 3000m in the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International.

“It was mainly a cold which put paid to my 3000m attempt last weekend and thankfully it’s cleared up,” said the former Edinburgh University student. “If all goes well I’ll look to run the 3000m in the UK Trials in Sheffield next week.”

Sunday’s meeting has attracted another huge entry despite the fact that a number of leading Scots have opted out, some to chase competition elsewhere.

One who will be there is Ryan Oswald (Pitreavie) who believes he can erase Elliot Bunney’s Scottish indoor 200m record of 21.28 seconds after coming within a few hundredths of it recently. Last year Oswald took the title in 21.37sec.

Jayne Nisbet (Edinburgh AC) flies out to the Czech Republic today for a high jump-only competition tomorrow which she hopes will tune her up for Sheffield. Another Capital high jumper Allan Smith, who suffered a surprise defeat and lost his Scottish native record (2.23m) to fellow Scot David Smith (2.24m) last weekend, will also give the National a miss. Last year’s runner-up, Edinburgh University student Ray Bobrownicki, will look to regain his 2.20m form.

British women’s champion Emma Nuttall (EAC) meanwhile competes in a small meeting in Canada tomorrow without easing the intensity of her current training.

Another clubmate Sarah Warnock will be favourite to add the Scottish indoor long jump title to her outdoor one, particularly as main rival and fellow Glasgow 2014 choice Jade Nimmo (Falkirk) has opted for the 60m sprint instead.

Allan Hamilton (EAC) will look to improve on his recent indoor best of 7.44m in the men’s long jump.

Former EAC clubman Kris Gauson has run two 1500m in Austria this week, the first in Vienna and the second in Linz last night and believes he is coming into form: “I’ll head for Sheffield now,” said 
Gauson, who won 400 dollars and a chocolate cake for his 3:45.0 effort last night.