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Lemoncello commits to Celtic Cup

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Andrew Lemoncello

The UK’s top male steeplechaser Andrew Lemoncello, who recently clocked of a new PB of 8:23.74 to beat the UK Athletics qualification guideline for this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Osaka, is the latest athlete to be confirmed for the Bank of Scotland Celtic Cup on Tuesday July 31 at Grangemouth Stadium, Falkirk.

 

Lemoncello (Fife AC) will line up in the Bank of Scotland Dream Mile alongside Australia’s Craig Mottram, where he will be aiming to go sub-4 minutes for the first time in a bid to become only the 20th Scottish athlete to achieve the feat.

 

He said: "If weather conditions are fair and the home crowd really get behind me, then I'll never have a better chance to go sub-4 minutes, especially with Craig in the race to push the pace," he said.

 

The 24-year-old, who has just completed his studies at Florida State University, has made clear his intentions to race more in Scotland: "I'm really looking forward to the Bank of Scotland Celtic Cup. Racing in a Scottish vest in front of a packed stadium live on Sky TV will be a fantastic opportunity.

 

"Further down the line I'm aiming for the World Cross Country Championships on home soil in Edinburgh 2008, so Craig and I may well meet again. I definitely want to get the Grangemouth crowd on my side on July 31st!"

 

Tickets are free to scottishathletics members on a first-come-first-serve basis, at a limit of four tickets per member. To claim your four free grandstand tickets send an email to celticcuptickets@scottishathletics.org.uk stating your membership number and mailing address.

 

All participants in the ScottishPower Youth Festival will also receive complimentary tickets.

 

scottishathletics affiliated clubs can enter athletes for the ScottishPower Clubs Road Races as part of the ScottishPower Youth Festival, but with limited availability, only the first 500 club ticket requests received will be guaranteed seats.

 

The first 20 clubs to make a booking can claim a £250 donation to coach travel by contacting the scottishathletics office on 0870 145 1513. Clubs will be responsible for transport arrangements and payment will be made directly to the club.