Scottish Athletics have confirmed a new sponsorship for a number of road race national championship events with Tru Wealth.

The Glasgow-based financial advisors have been strongly associated with athletics in Scotland in recent years – first with sponsorship of VP-Glasgow and then advertising with the governing body.

Now that partnership with scottishathletics is being extended to take in the five-race Tru Wealth Road Race Championship Series (known in recent years as the Road Race GP).

Tru Wealth will also support the Tru Wealth Young Athletes Road Races in Greenock in March and the Tru Wealth National 6 and 4-Stage Road Relays later that same month, when Senior teams compete at Livingston.

The agreement will run for two years from the start of 2020 and is thus envisaged to take in no fewer than 14 Scottish championship events.

Road running has been going from strength to strength in Scotland in recent years andwith Scotland internationalist Annabel Simpson of Fife AC, who was at the launch, particularly pleased with the development. 

"Road is my favourite surface to run on so this is great news," said Simpson.

"We hear a lot of talk about cross country in Scotland, and people get excited about it and also Senior and Age Group medals in track and field – if we can create that kind of status for road events then I think that would be brilliant for athletes and clubs."

Munro and McKnight have been talking for almost two years on proposals with the businessman first involved a few years ago at VP-Glasgow, one of Scotland’s best-known clubs.

Scottish Athletics cheif executitve Mark Munro was equally pleased that the sport continues to attract sponsorship.

"We’re absolutely delighted to announce this new sponsorship agreement with Tru Wealth," said Munro.

"I think one of the real positives for us is that the Tru Wealth Rad Race Championship Series – which has been known as our Road Race GP in recent years – will now have a stronger identity within the sport and beyond."

Graham McKnight, managing director of Tru Wealth, said: "We are delighted to formalise our sponsorship and continue to demonstrate our commitment to scottishathletics by adding the road race series, this is in addition to our support of track and field via clubs and individual athletes.

"We are also excited to explore other avenues of supporting scottishathletics clubs by launching a ‘Cash for Clubs’ initiative, giving members that use our services an opportunity to earn cash back for their local club .

"As official partners, we are pleased to be able to offer mortgage and financial planning advice toscottishathletics members and welcome any members to get in touch if they’d like to discuss this further."

*The Tru Wealth Young Athletes Road Races are in Greenock on Sunday 15 March

*The Tru Wealth 6 and 4 Stage National Road Relays are in Livingston on Saturday 28 March

*Tru Wealth Scottish 10-Mile Champs at the Tom Scott Road Races on Sunday 5 April at Strathclyde Park

*Tru Wealth Scottish Marathon Champs at the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 26 April in London

*Tru Wealth Scottish 5k Champs at the Run and Become race on Friday 1 May at Silverknowes

Scottish 10k and Half Marathon Champs TBC