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Passing the baton: sporting events for 2015

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2014 will always be remembered as the year Scotland welcomed both the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games. Glasgow also had the honour of hosting the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014 awards in December which crowned Lewis Hamilton as the 2014 winner.

But the sporting fun is far from over. There are plenty of other exciting sporting events to look forward to in 2015. Here are some of our top picks.

 

BUPA Great Winter Run & Great Edinburgh XCountry 

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, 10 January

Put your endurance to the test on this exhilarating run over the muddy rugged terrain of Holyrood Park set against the craggy backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. Stick around afterwards to watch the Great Edinburgh XCountry broadcast live on BBC One and watch some of the world’s best cross-country heroes race to the finish line on the big screen set up in the park.This year will see the return of Mo Farah to the race!

Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match

Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 24 January

Returning for the third time-running to the Emirates Stadium, this year will see teams from Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Scotland, France and Germany fight for the coveted Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match title. Be in the crowd to watch this year’s victors and book your seats now!

Davis Cup 

Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 6 – 8 March

The upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group tie between Great Britain featuring Andy Murray and the United States is coming to Glasgow! This is Great Britain’s second straight year in the World Group after the team maintained their position within the world’s elite by making the quarter-finals in 2014.

Glasgow European Judo Championships

Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 9 – 12 April

Attracting some of Europe’s top judoka, watch Britain’s best face-off with the legendary likes of Teddy Riner for the European Champion title as it makes a welcome return to the UK for the first time in 20 years.

Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s

Scotstoun Stadium, 9 – 10 May

The Scottish leg of this series of nine international Rugby Sevens tournaments held around the world returns for an entire weekend of fast-paced rugby action, with plenty of live music, entertainment, fancy dress and family-friendly frivolity thrown into the mix.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Nevis Range, Fort William, 7 – 8 June

A showcase of the best mountain biking in the world, the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup promises to be yet another unforgettable weekend of exhilarating action. Experience the drama of the downhill racing and discover what’s on offer in the World Cup Village with biking demonstrations, competitions and stalls selling all manner of mountain biking paraphernalia.

IPC Swimming World Championships

Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow, 13 – 19 July

Over 600 competitors from over 50 countries are expected to compete in what is the most highly anticipated event in the para-swimming calendar outside of the Paralympics when it comes to Glasgow.

World Orienteering Championships

Inverness, 2 – 8 August

Witness the world’s best orienteers as they tackle the world-class terrain along the Moray coast and rugged peaks of the Caledonian Forest. Expected to attract thousands of competitors and spectators, the World Orienteering Championships are bound to be one of the most gripping and inspiring sporting events of 2015.

Great Scottish Swim

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, 29 August

Returning for the third time to Loch Lomond, there are few experiences more exhilarating than taking part in the Great Scottish Swim. Located just a 40 minute drive from Glasgow city centre, swimmers can choose from three different distances while spectators can take a break from the action to enjoy tasty treats and a spot of shopping.

FEI European Championships

Atholl Estates, Perthshire, 10 – 13 September

The ancient seat of the Earls and Dukes of Atholl is the setting for four days of outstanding equestrian sport. See the finest riders in Europe compete in dressage, cross-country and show jumping  to secure their place in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon

Loch Ness, Inverness, 27 September

Want to get in shape and experience one of Scotland’s most glorious natural settings at the same time? The Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon might just be the ticket. Offering a choice of distances to suit runners of all abilities, it follows a route along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness before finishing in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.

World Gymnastics Championships

SSE Hydro, Glasgow, 23 October – 1 November

Don’t miss out on the world’s biggest gymnastic event when it comes to Scotland for the first time. Watch top gymnasts, including Team GB’s very own Louis Smith, Daniel Purves and Claudia Frangapane, vie for prestigious world titles and the chance to compete at Rio 2016.

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