Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) in conjunction with scottishathletics announced the names of a further four athletes who will compete in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games this summer, with two having previous Games experience.
Following the end of the selection period for the marathon, three athletes have been nominated by scottishathletics after achieving the required standard.
Freya Ross, 30, has been involved in the sport for two decades since starting out with her local athletics clubs in Lasswade. Freya represented Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on the track, but the six-times Scottish cross country champion moved up to marathon – and was Britain’s best female performer at the London 2012 Olympics. She achieved the standard for Glasgow 2014 in Japan last winter.
Hayley Haining, 42, works at the Glasgow University vet school – where fellow athlete Laura Muir is one of her students. Hayley represented GB at the 2005 World Champs and was then reserve to Paula Radcliffe for the Olympics (in 2008). She represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 and now, eight years later and a mother, returns to the Games team after two marathon runs at 2 hours 36 minutes during 2013 (with 2.40 the standard required).
Ross Houston, 34, has been a stalwart and regular medallist in the domestic club running scene for a number of years with Central AC. He was Scottish marathon champion at Loch Ness and then posted the qualifying time for Glasgow in Frankfurt last October when he ran 2.18.28.
Also following due consideration by selectors, pole vaulter Gregor Maclean has also had his place on Team Scotland confirmed.
Gregor Maclean, 21, hails from Montrose on Scotland’s east coast and now represents Shaftesbury Barnet and is based in Loughborough. He collected a joint silver medal at the British Champs in 2012 but was injured for part of the 2013 season. He regularly trades Scottish indoor and outdoor pole vault records with his domestic rival and now Team Scotland team-mate, Jax Thoirs.
NAME EVENTS BORN//LIVES
Ross Houston Marathon Dumfries/Roslin, Midlothian
Gregor Maclean Pole Vault Montrose/Loughborough
Hayley Haining Marathon Dumfries/Kilbirnie
Freya Ross Marathon Edinburgh/Stenhousemuir
Photo credit: Mark Shearman