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15 May 2014

Athletes selected to compete at Loughborough International

Eilidh Child - Photo by Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics
Eilidh Child - Photo by Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics

Athletes from across the UK will be competing at the annual Loughborough International event this weekend on Sunday 18th May.

Now in its 56th year, the event is seen as the traditional curtain raiser to the domestic outdoor athletics season.

The athletes will be looking to make an impression on the track and in the field with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games now less than 100 days away.

Graduate and Olympian Rhys Williams (400m hurdles) will line up as part of the Loughborough past and present squad that will take on teams from England, Scotland, Wales, GB & NI Juniors, and British Universities.

Rhys will be joined by current students Jake Wightman (800m), Rachel Johncock (100 m) and Izzy Jeffs (Javelin) who all recently claimed gold medals at the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships.

The England team will include Lawrence Clarke, who finished in fourth place in the 110m hurdles at the London 2012 Games.

Also selected are fellow Olympians Sophie Hitchon (Hammer) and Loughborough graduate Goldie Sayers (Javelin) – who will make a welcome return back to the University.  British indoor record holder Luke Cutts (Pole Vault) is also in the English team.

Eilidh Child will feature for Scotland in the 400m and the 4 x 400m relay. It will be Eilidh’s tenth appearance at the Loughborough event.

Also in attendance are Loughborough based athletes Mark Dry (Hammer) and Jayne Nisbet (High Jump) who along with Eilidh Child have already been selected for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In the Welsh team Olympian Christian Malcolm has been selected to compete in the 4 x 100m relay event.

For the GB & NI junior team sprinter Dina Asher-Smith returns after a breakthrough performance at last year’s event.  Dina stormed to double gold at the European Junior Championships in Rieti last summer, winning the 200m and the 4x100m relay.

In the field promising heptathlete Morgan Lake, third on the all-time junior lists behind Jessica Ennis and Katarina Johnson-Thompson, will compete in the long jump and high jump.

The event is held at the Paula Radcliffe Athletics Stadium situated on the University’s campus. Gates will open at 10.00 am, with the first event starting at 11.30 am.

Tickets for the event are £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and under 12’s free.

Further information, including the online purchase of tickets can be found here.