Laura Muir admits she is pushing into uncharted territory by taking on the UK Cross Challenge in Liverpool tomorrow but the world championship finalist insists she is capable of thriving in the biggest test of her winter so far, writes Mark Woods.
The 22-year-old will head to Sefton Park looking to enhance her CV by earning a place in the British team for next month’s European cross-country championships in southern France.
It will mean running eight kilometres for only the second time in her career, having finished 14th over on her previous Merseyside outing in 2013. But with the trials forming part of her build-up to next summer’s Olympics, she will meet the test head-on.
“I’ve run two cross-country races so far this season but both were 4km so I’ll have to pace myself a bit over 8km,” she said. “It’ll be tough but I’m really looking forward to it.
“The course is dependent on the weather. The first time I ran in Liverpool was 2011 and there was a hard frost on the ground. I ran really well on it and earned my debut for GB, so I’ve fond memories of the trials.”
Warren Gillis claims Glasgow Rocks must be ready to push through their growing pains to chase a spot in the BBL’s top four, starting with tonight’s trip to Sheffield Sharks, writes Mark Woods. The American guard has starred and struggled in his rookie campaign mirroring the inconsistency of Sterling Davis’ men who are still to rack up two wins in a row.
“Mistakes are going to happen,” said Gillis. “We just have to be confident in ourselves and not use those as an occasion.”
Perth’s Kyle Smith missed out on a semi-final spot at the European Championships in Esbjerg, Denmark yesterday, but only after pushing Swedish world champion Niklas Edin to the limit, writes Lorin McDougall. The two men contested an afternoon tie-breaker following Smith’s stunning 12-5 morning victory over Germany’s Alex Baumann. Edin led 2-0 and 5-2, but Smith kept pegging him back. Edin finally prevailed 8-7.
Edinburgh’s David Florence did not enjoy his first look at the slalom course for next summer’s Olympics as he finished 19th in yesterday’s opening test event in Rio, writes Lorin McDougall. The world C1 singles champion was 15th-quickest on his first run, but incurred a 50-second time penalty on his next attempt.