Edinburgh’s Princes Street, having just shaken oh the tourists who crammed in iorthe Festival, is about to put on an amazing show tor the citizens themselves. The snappin-named Standard Liie Princes Street International Mile races will take place on Sunday 13 September, and have attracted some oi the world’s finest athletes.
All races begin on Manor Place and finish in tront oi the Waverley Centre. Race director John Anderson wants spectators to enjoy the spectacle, but warns against any hopes at world records. ‘The wind’s a major iactor- Edinburgh’s iamous ior its blustery easterly wind,’ he says. ‘And there are some gradients on the route.’ However, should Princes Street produce one at its westerly tornados, we could see a world’s best that will never be broken.
Forthat to be the case, oi course, you need top class athletes at the peak at their iorm, and that is certainly evident at this meeting. The men’s race is outstanding with Olympic champion Fermin Cacho pitted against world record holder Steve Cram, who is returning to something like his best iorm. There are also the explosively talented Kenyans, David Kibet and Joseph Chesire.
It anything, the women’s race is oi even higher quality, teaturing world champion Hassiba Boulmerka, new
Olympic champion Ellie Van Langen and iormer Olympic champions Doina Melinte, Tatyana Dorovskikh and Yelena Romanova. Musselburgh’s Yvonne Murray will also be competing, and will be looking to re-establish herselt alter a disappointing Olympics.
Also featured on the day will be a spectacularwheel-chair race, in which you can expect the athletes to cover the course up to halt a minute taster than the runners, and a veterans race which includes BBC commentator (and still the second fastest 5000 metres runner in history) David Moorcrott and tormer mile world record holder, Sydney Maree. (Philip Parr)
All races along Princes Street, Edinburgh:
Wheelchair race, 2.30pm. Masters’ Mile, 3pm. Women’s Mile, 3.30pm. Men’s Mile, 4pm.
I Princes Street Mile Princes Street Edinburgh. 1.30pm. Free. An intriguing road race along the length of the capital's main shopping thoroughfare. The men's race starts at 4pm and features Olympic champion Fermin Cacho as well as Steve Cram and Scottish h0pcful Tom Hanlon. The women‘s mile at 3.30pm includes top names like Van Langen. O'Sullivan, Dorovskikh and Melinte. At 3pm old crocks Dave Moorcroft and Sidney Maree lead the way in the Masters Mile. The afternoon also includes wheelchair events and an opening parade.
I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday, Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road, Glasgow. There are ten races in each meeting. starting at 7.45pm. £2.
I Race Days Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh. Each meeting includes ten races. starting at 7.30pm. £2.50 Stand. Race programme free with admission.
FOOTBALL ‘ Saturday 12
I Airdrie v Dundee United Broomticld. Airdrie. 3pm.
I Celtic V Hibs Celtic Park, Gallowgate. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Dundee v Motherwell Dens Park, Sandeman Street, Dundee. 3pm.
I Hearts v Aberdeen Tynecastle Park. Gorgie Road, Edinburgh. 3pm. An interesting game in prospect, with Aberdeen looking useful early in the season and Hearts stringing together some encouraging results.
I Partick Thistle v Rangers Firhill, Firhill Road, Glasgow. 3pm. The mighty Thistle hammered Dundee recently, but might ﬁnd the champions a somewhat sterner prospect.
I Ayr V Cowdenbeath Somerset Park , Somerset Road. Ayr. 3pm.
I Hamilton v Dumbarton Douglas Park, Hamilton. 3pm.
I Meadowbank Thistle v Clydebank Meadowbank Stadium, London Road, Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Raith Rovers v Morton Stark‘s Park, Pratt Street, Kirkcaldy. 3pm.
I Stirling Albion v Kllmamock Annficld. Stirling. 3pm.
I St erran V Dunfermlina Love Street. Paisley. 3pm.
I Albion Rovers v Montrose Cliftonhill, Coatbn'dge. 3pm. This fortnight‘s glamour game as the Wee Rovers take on the Gable Endies (best nickname in the Second Division). Who needs Lazio v Sampdoria anyway?
I Alloa Athletic V Arbroath Recreation Park. 3pm.
I Oueen’s Park V Clyde Hampden Park. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Dundee Utd v Dundee Tannadice Park. Tannadice Street, Dundee. 3pm. The Tayside derby should be a comfortable enough home fixture for United, but when they were last in the Premier their neighbours from over the road occasionally pulled off a surprise win.
I Falkirk V Celtic Brockville, Falkirk. 3pm. I Hibs vAirdrie Easter Road Stadium. Albion Road, Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Motherwell v St Johnstone Fir Park. Motherwell. 3pm.
I Rangers v Hearts Ibrox Stadium. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Clydebank v Stirling Albion Kilbowie Park. Clydebank. 3pm.
I Cowdenbeath v Raith Rovers Central Park. Cowdenbeath. 3pm. Will Raith continue their surge? It seems to depend on their opponents dreading a trip to Kirkcaldy so away games may prove more problematic.
I Dumbarton v Ayr United Boghcad. Dumbarton. 3pm.
I Kilmamock v St Mirren Rugby Park. Kilmarnock. 3pm.
I Morton V Hamilton Cappielow Park. Greenock. 3pm.
I Duntarrnline v Meadowbank East End Park, Dunfermline. 3pm
I Clyde V Fortar Douglas Park. Hamilton. 3pm.
I East Stirling V Alloa Firs Park. Firs Street, Falkirk. 3pm.
I Ayr Ayr Racecourse. 2 Whitletts Road. Ayr. Club £10, Eglinton £6. First races 2pm. The Western meeting draws Ayr‘s season to an end. with the highlight being the Ayr Gold Cup. This is a particularly fine opportunity to blow your money on one of a large field of fair-to-middling sprinters.
I Edinburgh Races Musselburgh Racecourse. Musselburgh. 2.10pm. Club £8, paddock £4. An afternoon meeting featuring six races along the ﬂat at the racecourse only a few furlongs from the sea. Damn windy too.
I Edinburgh Gull Oil Monarchs v Glasgow Clyde 2 Tigers Powderhall Stadium. Edinburgh. 7.15pm. This weekend sees the last Scottish derby clashes ofthe season. Edinburgh have dominated so far but Glasgow have improved and could run them close this time.
I Glasgow Clyde 2 Tigers v Edinburgh Oult Oil Monarchs Shawficld Stadium. Glasgow. 6.30pm. Two days later. a return clash in the Homcfire League again promising to be a close encounter.
the old athenaeum
scotland’s youth arts centre
the grave of every hope
- by Lara Jane Bunting Thurs 24 — Sat 26 Sept, 7.30pm — all seats £2.00
Destiny, fate. the power of gods. Music and drama combine in a powerful premiere based rouan Celtic mythology.
Plus music from Colour the World after (’Zli'Il show. (Perionned by xsyt productions. A project presented by scotrish your}: theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Sainsburys.)
Drama fun and activities for the October holidays
skint knees workshops (ages 7—I2)
IOam—noon, Mon |2-—'-Sat I7 October. 75p per session
SCOTTISII youth theatre WOIkSIlOpS (ages l3—I8) 2pm—4pm, Mon l2—Sat l7 October. £ | .00 per session
green (ages 3—5) Sat l7 October, I lam and 2pm
8 crazy compost of comedy, puppets and live music
box office - O4| 332 2333
I79 Buchanan Street, Glasgow—and all Ticketlink outlets
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