Endurance runner Marc Scott, shot putter Sophie McKinna and discus thrower Kirsty Law are due to compete in the exciting new Manchester Invitational on Thursday May 27.

The throws look particularly strong with McKinna and Law joined by hammer throwers Chris Bennett, Jessica Mayho and Osian Jones, together with discus man Greg Thompson.

On the track, steeplechasers Aimee Pratt and Ieuan Thomas are set to race, plus 400m hurdler Chris McAlister and 400m runner Cameron Chalmers.

The British Athletics Supporters’ Club is backing the event too and is providing £1000 for the performances of the day, which will be split between the top male and best female athlete.

The meeting aims to provide timely competition for athletes one month out from the Müller British Championships and Olympic trials which will be staged at the same venue on June 25-27. It will also lay the platform for a Continental Tour event to be staged there next summer.

The date of Friday, June 3, 2022 has already been earmarked and a festival of athletics which will echo the kind of atmosphere associated with the hugely successful Night of the 10,000m PBs, is in the planning.

A winter indoor meeting is also due to take place at the Manchester Indoor Arena on January 28 of next year, right before the World Athletics Indoor World Tour gets underway, as the city throws its weight behind increasing its athletic profile.

The team behind the event is being led by Cherry Alexander, Vice President of European Athletics and former UK Athletics major events director, and Vicente Modahl, husband of former 800m Commonwealth champion Diane, who successfully staged a series of indoor meetings at the Manchester Indoor Arena earlier this year.

His brand Bryggen Sports is backing this event, while the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, which works with disadvantaged children from across the North West of England will also be heavily involved.

Many of the volunteers, including the kit carriers, will be children or young people with whom they have worked as part of their programmes, while a percentage of any ticket sales – should spectators ultimately be allowed in, depending on COVID restrictions – will go to the charity.

The Diane Modahl 800m will also see £250 going towards one young person to support with things like access to training facilities or travel.

Source: AW