In Pictures: Thousands take part in Great Winter Run

thOUSANDS of runners kick-started the new year by taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run in Holyrood Park at the weekend.

Harry Henriksen en route to victory in the under 13 boys race at the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country, Saturday 7 January 2017.

Budget cuts put an end to world class race in the Capital

The cash-strapped city council has pulled the plug on the Great Edinburgh international cross-country run, one of the few world-class sporting events staged annually in Scotland, as part of a budget saving measure.

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Meadowbank Stadium. Picture: Jane Barlow

Anger over ‘lack of work’ at Meadowbank Stadium revamp

One of Scotland’s top athletics clubs has hit out in frustration at the lack of work going on at the now vacant Meadowbank Stadium.

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Jake Wightman in action during the Great Edinburgh Country 4x1000m relay

Jake Wightman heads for sun after being bogged down at Holyrood

Jake Wightman today admitted swapping the soft mud of Holyrood Park for the warm sun of South Africa will come as a relief after the Capital prospect got bogged down at Saturday’s Great Edinburgh International XCountry.

Laura Muir breaks the tape at  the Great Edinburgh XCountry 4 x 1000m Relay. Picture: SNS.

Edinburgh to lose world class cross-country event

The Great Edinburgh international cross-country, one of the few world-class sporting events staged annually in Scotland, is facing relocation south of the Border in 2019 after organisers revealed that the City of Edinburgh Council has withdrawn its backing for the showpiece.

Steph Twell ahead of the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh International Country

Steph Twell to use Great Edinburgh X for Gold Coast

Team Scotland runner Steph Twell says today’s Great Edinburgh Cross Country race will be all about preparing herself for this year’s Commonwealth Games.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JULY 07:  Jake Wightman of Great Britain in action during qualifying for the mens 1500m on day two of The 23rd European Athletics Championships at Olympic Stadium on July 7, 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Great Winter Run: Jake Wightman out to put things right in 2018

Jake Wightman admits that reliving his horror show from last year’s IAAF world championship was the stuff of nightmares but the Capital star insists it can help him fulfil his dream of a major title this year.

Calum McWilliam shows off the New Year Sprint crystal trophy. Pic: Andrew O'Brien

It’s third-time lucky for Calum McWilliam in New Year Sprint win

East Kilbride’s Calum McWilliam made it third-time lucky by winning the 149th New Year Sprint at Musselburgh Racecourse, pushing his club-mate and defending champion Greg Kelly down into fourth place as he failed to become the first repeat winner since Willie McFarlane back in 1934.

Emily Dagg, right, wont be taking part at the Meadowmill trials due to her studies. Pic: TSPL

Teenagers lead intriguing field for 149th New Year Sprint

All eyes will be on the young guard for the 149th New Year Sprint, which gets under way today and builds to a climax with the final taking place during Monday’s National Hunt horse racing meeting at Musselburgh Racecourse.

Lynsey Sharp launches a bespoke tartan for the Commonwealth Games alongside her boyfriend and fellow Scots runner Andrew Butchart. Pic: SNS

Lynsey Sharp has gold in her sights for 4x400m relay

For some athletes, the Commonwealth Games presents podium opportunities that would be out of reach at a world championships or Olympics, but Lynsey Sharp knows she faces a big challenge in repeating her medal-winning heroics from Glasgow 2014.

Josh Kerr

Scots chief explains reason for Josh Kerr squad omission

Scottish athletics chief Rodger Harkins has admitted telling Capital prospect Josh Kerr that he was being left out of his Commonwealth Games squad was the most painful phone call he had to make.

Andy Butchart with partner Lynsey Sharp

Lynsey Sharp and Andrew Butchart aim to be Scots’ golden couple

Yesterday’s press interviews at the announcement of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games athletics team took on a bit of a Mr & Mrs feel as 800m star Lynsey Sharp followed her 5000m runner boyfriend Andrew Butchart on the rotation to face reporter’s questions.

Lynsey Sharp celebrates winning 800m silver in Glasgow in 2014

Capital athletes selected for 2018 Commonwealth Games

Edinburgh 800m runner Lynsey Sharp will go for Commonwealth Games medal glory again next year after being selected by Scotland to compete on the Gold Coast.

Steph Twell won gold in the senior race

Mhairi MacLennan targets the track after first gold

Mhairi MacLennan wants to target track success next summer after the Edinburgh athete returned home from the European cross-country championships in Slovakia with her maiden international gold medal.

Chris O'Hare

Chris O’Hare is dropped by Uk Athletics

UK Athletics chiefs have defended the decision to leave Capital star Chris O’Hare out in the cold from their Lottery funded list despite his record-breaking season in 2017.

Lynsey Sharp

Lynsey Sharp returns home to study at Heriot-Watt

Lynsey Sharp has revealed she is coming home to the Capital to prepare for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Andy Butchart

Andy Butchart wants athletics in Princes Street

Andy Butchart insists it is time to bring street racing to Princes Street after he rounded off his summer campaign at Saturday’s Great CityGames in Gateshead.

Lynsey Sharp is looking forward to representing Scotland again in the Commonwealth Games

800m runner Lynsey Sharp looks to 2018 as a fresh start

Lynsey Sharp has revealed she’s ready to bounce back from an athletics season of frustration to set her sights on a double mission for 2018.

Timothy Cheruiyot, right, won in Zurich

Jake Wightman aims to close gap on African middle-distance runners

Jake Wightman today claimed the door is open to break open Africa’s middle distance monopoly after coming a respectable seventh in Diamond League’s 1500 metres final in Zurich last night.

Jake Wightman won the mile race at  the Muller Grand Prix Birmingham last week

Jake Wightman aims to topple world’s best – again

Jake Wightman insists he’s ready for more big-name hunting in Zurich tonight.

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