Len­nie is on her marks to make the French con­nec­tion

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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

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