LAURA MUIR is one of six athletes who is in the running to be crowned FPSG Athlete of the Year 2019, but she faces stiff competition for the overall crown.

Joining Muir, who retained her 1500m and 3000m titles at the European Indoors in January before finishing fifth in the 1500m at the recent World Championships, is Callum Hawkins, Eilish McColgan, Jake Wightman, Jacob Adkin and Andrew Douglas.

The winner will be announced at Scottish Athletics FPSG Awards dinner, on the 23rd of November, with former women’s marathon world record holder, Paula Radcliffe, the guest of honour.

Hawkins has also has an outstanding year, with his stand-out result being his fourth-place finish in the marathon at the World Championships, to back-up his fourth-place the previous year.

McColgan became British champion at 5000m for the first time, as well as reaching the World Championship final and setting new personal bests at both 10,000m and 10 miles. Jake Wightman led the charge in men’s 1500m running, in which Scotland remains dominant within the UK. The 25-year-old ran a hugely impressive race to finish fifth ion the World Championship 1500m final, setting a Scottish record in the process.

Completing the shortlist, are two mountain runners, Jacob Adkin and Andrew Douglas. The pair have impressed over the past year, winning the European Championship and WMRA World Cup respectively, with the duo set to contest the World Championships in just over two weeks time.

Nominated for Coach of the Year, are Robert Hawkins and Andy Young, who have both won this award in recent years, as well as Liz McColgan and Sophie Dunnett.

The shortlist for para athlete of the year will be announced following the World Championships.