Aberdeen AAC’s Zoey Clark is confident of earning selection for her third major international competition of the year when she competes in this weekend’s British athletics championships in Birmingham.
The 400m specialist hopes to earn one of the three available individual places on the Great Britain team for this summer’s European championships in Berlin.
In February she was part of the Team GB 4x400m relay side which struck silver at the world indoor championships, also in Birmingham.
She then helped Scotland set a national 4x400m relay record when finishing fifth at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
Clark also reached the semi-final of the individual 400m in Australia, where she achieved a season’s best time of 52.06secs, which is within the qualifying standard for the European championships.
The Aberdeen runner won the British title last year but knows she’ll need to hit peak form if she is to repeat that success.
She said: “There’s no doubt it’s going to be a big challenge this weekend but I’m feeling quite good about it.
“Six of us have the qualifying time for Berlin but we are all quite close so it’s going to be a good race.
“The first two finishers will be automatically picked with the third place being decided by the selectors.
“I’m happy with that because I do better in a good-quality race.
“I have only done one 400m race since the Commonwealth Games, although I had a run-out in a relay in Switzerland the other week.
“That doesn’t bother me and I feel I am in good shape and ready to do as well as possible.”
Clark will also be in line for a spot in the 4x400m relay squad, irrespective of whether she gains an individual place.
Her Aberdeen and Scotland team-mate Kelsey Stewart is also taking part in the 400m this weekend.
The Stonehaven-based athlete, who is the Scottish title holder, showed good form over 800m when setting a personal best of 2min 6.82secs with a victory in a British Milers Club meeting at Loughborough.