Laura Muir named Scottish Athlete of the Year

University of Glasgow student Laura Muir has been named as Scottish Athlete of the Year for 2015.

Muir beat off the challenge of fellow nominees Eilidh Child, Lynsey Sharp and Robbie Simpson to win the accolade from the sport’s governing body at their annual awards dinner in Glasgow on Saturday night.

It reflected a superb 2015 for Muir which featured finishing fifth in the World Championships final in Beijing; becoming the first Scottish woman to break four minutes as she trimmed her own national record to 3.58.66; winning the British 1500m title and a memorable Diamond League race win in Oslo.

The Dundee Hawkhill Harriers and Glasgow University athlete also set PBs at 800m and 3000m over the outdoor season and, early in the year, was fourth in the 3000m final at the European Indoors in Prague.

“I am thrilled and delighted to be named Scottish Athlete of the Year,” said Muir.

“There was terrific competition for this title and not just from those on the short-list – there have been so many good performances by Scottish athletes this past year.

Muir studies veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow. 

First published: 3 November 2015