Scots champions will head to Manchester

Maddie Murray won the 1500m last year

Edinburgh AC’s Maddie Murray won the Scottish 1500m title in 2015

Scotland’s track and field athletes have the chance to increase their experience this summer by competing at the Manchester International.

Event winners at the Scottish Senior Championships in Grangemouth will be selected to compete at the new event against England and Wales on 17 August.

“It comes at a stage of the season when athletes and coaches should be targeting best performances,” said Scottish Athletics’ Rodger Harkins.

“We’re looking forward to it.”

The director of coaching said he hoped the fixture at the Manchester Regional Arena would give athletes “an added incentive” to perform well at the Grangemouth event preceding it.

The Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast begin two years from now and Scottish Athletics recently launched their selection policy.

Qualifying standards can be achieved from the start of 2017, and the Manchester International, along with the early-season traditional Loughborough International, is viewed as part of the learning curve.

The Scottish governing body is trying to create more suitable international opportunities for elite athletes.

This year there has been cross-country success in the 4x1km International Relay at the Great Edinburgh XC and a 3km road win for Scotland’s women at the Armagh International Road Race event.

Champions from the Scottish Seniors in Aberdeen last summer included the likes of Great Britain international Andrew Butchart and Glasgow 2014 Team Scotland athletes Sarah Warnock, Jake Wightman, David Smith, Kirsty Law, Zoey Clark, Angus McInroy, Grant Plenderleith and Greg Louden.

GB international Maddie Murray won the 1500m last year and a repeat at Grangemouth would give the Australian-born Edinburgh AC athlete the chance to represent Scotland on the track, after previous cross country appearances.

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