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Sharman to lead way in Glasgow

William Sharman, the world 110 metres hurdles finalist, has been named as captain of the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team for next week's Indoor International Match in Glasgow.

Greg Rutherford, the Olympic long jump champion, and Robbie Grabarz, the high jump bronze medallist in London, have also been confirmed in a 30-strong squad for the Emirates Arena meeting on January 25.

Holly Bleasdale, the European indoor champion, will mark her return to action in the pole vault after the injuries which kept her out of the 2013 outdoor season.

"It's a great opportunity, not only for senior athletes, but for our less experienced team members to go up against some of the best in the world," said Neil Black, performance director of British Athletics. "2014 is another busy year with the World Indoors, European Championships, Commonwealth Games and IPC European Championships all on the horizon. Glasgow [Indoor Inter­national] will give an indication of where everyone is in performance terms at the start of the season, and I'm really looking forward to it."

Jonnie Peacock, the Paralympic champion, has pulled out of the 60m because of injury and will skip the rest of the indoor campaign. "It's unfortunate that a slight injury has resulted in me having to withdraw. I spoke with my coach and we agreed that the sensible decision is to rest and concentrate my training on the outdoor season," he said.

n Edinburgh has been confirmed as the host of the annual Great Run International Cross Country until 2018 after signing a new deal with race promoters Nova. The event, considered the strongest outside the world championships, moved from its previous home in Durham in 2005, with the UK team winning the latest edition on Saturday.

Nicky Homes, the commercial director at Nova International, said: "We're delighted that the event will continue to be staged in Edinburgh. Our aim for this event has always been to create a world-class festival of cross country running."

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