Lennie is on her marks to make the French connection
Paisley-born Lennie Waite has been called up for her fourth European Athletics Team Championships following the confirmation of the squad for the French trip.
Waite will compete in the 3000m steeplechase, representing Great Britain in the Lille Metropole competition which takes place between June 23 and 25.
The Scottish athlete has been a regular in the international scene having previously represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.
Waite forms part of a mixture of youth and experience in the squad selected, with one eye on the upcoming World Championships in London.
The 56-strong team will see 14 athletes represent the senior team for the first time in France.
scottishathletics performance director Rodger Harkins said:“I’m delighted for the five Scots who have been selected to compete for the British team in France.
“Eilidh Doyle and Lennie Waite are both coming into form this season at just the right time; it’s also great to see James Bowness, who trains in Glasgow, on the team. Huge congratulations also to the coaches of all these athletes too – we know a lot of hard work has been involved.”
And British Athletics performance director, Neil Black added:“I’m excited and pleased with the team we have selected. It’s a look towards the future. Many of these athletes should be in the mix for Tokyo 2020 and beyond in 2024.
“So it will be interesting to see where they stand against some of Europe’s top names.
“I’m glad so many of those we expect to be selected in the field events for London have made themselves available for this event.
“We will be looking for them to pick up a large number of points for the team.” Kilbarchan Olympian Callum Hawkins is preparing to lead of group of seven elite runners as they look to beat an hour at the Mattoni Olomou Half Marathon next week.
Hawkins will travel to the Czech Republic this week for the race which takes place on Saturday, June 24.
The Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon is the fifth of seven races in the RunCzech Running League.
All seven races have been awarded IAAF Gold Labels, giving the country the most top-level road races in the world.
Since 2014, the Mattoni Olomouc half marathon has hosted three world record holders in Kenyans Wilson Kipsang, Dennis Kimetto and Mary Keitany, as well as world champions Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya.
Hawkins is bidding to build upon his fine showing at the Rio Olympics, where he finished in ninth position having only taken up the long distance months prior to the competition.
He has contined to go from strength to strength over the past 12 months and is also in the process of gearing up to don the Great Britain vest once again having been the first athlete named for the IAAF World Championships marathon in London later this summer.
The 24-year-old became the first British runner to finish ahead of Sir Mo Farah in any race, beating him in the Great Edinburgh International Cross-Country.
And a month later, he won the Kagawa Marugame International half marathon in Japan in a personal best 60- flat, breaking the Scottish record of 62:28 set by Allister Hutton in the 1987 Great North Run.
Hawkins’ stiffest competition figures to come from two Kenyans with sub-60 personal bests, Simon Cheprot and Kenneth Keter.
On his marks Callum Hawkins Ready Lennie Waite