Laura Muir (coach: Andy Young) today announced that kids can go free to Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix, which takes place at Hampden Park on July 11-12 and will showcase some of the world’s best athletes in action.
To mark the occasion, the European U23 bronze medalist joined children from St Pauls RC Primary School in Glasgow, to promote one of the biggest sporting events in the calendar this year.
The first 1,000 people buying a ticket for each day will receive a free children’s ticket to see the Scottish contingent of Muir, world 4x400m bronze medallist Eilidh Child (Malcolm Arnold), 3000m steeplechaser Eilish McColgan (Liz McColgan), world 1500m finalist Chris O’Hare, Paralympic silver medallists Libby Clegg (Keith Antoine) and Stef Reid (Rana Reider) go head-to-head with the best in the world in the first visit to the UK of the IAAF Diamond League this year.
Muir, who is currently studying for a veterinary degree in the city, was quizzed by children between the ages of 10-11 asked a range of questions from how many races she’s competed in to what inspired her to take up athletics 10 years ago.
Twenty-one-year old Muir said: “Inviting thousands of children to go free to watch world-class athletes compete at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix is a fantastic opportunity to inspire the next generation as well as make for a fantastic family day out.
“This will be the final time fans will be able to see the best Scottish athletes in action on the world stage before the Commonwealth Games, so it would be great to have a full crowd at Hampden cheering us all on.
“The Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix is going to be one of the highlights of the sporting year and it’s great to be a part of two of the biggest athletics events in the same city in 2014.”
After winning European U23 1500m bronze, the Dundee Hawkhill Harrier is aware of the pressure on her as one of Scotland’s leading hopes this summer, but believes the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix will give her a feel for the atmosphere in the stadium and a gauge of the competition she might come up against two weeks later.
“I got to sample the Scottish crowd earlier this year at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match and I know this summer the Hampden crowd is going to be magnified even further.
“However, the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix will give me that opportunity to take in the crowd and also compete against the best in the world. The UK always bring together the best fields for the Diamond League events, and I’m sure that will be no different come July.”
Double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah (Alberto Salazar), Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford (Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo), world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu (Lloyd Cowan) and Yohan Blake, the second fastest man of all time over 100m have all confirmed for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix, with more of the biggest names in athletics to follow soon.
To purchase tickets for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix, please visit britishathletics.org.uk