A number of now household names have used the event as a stepping stone to stardom; think Jonnie Peacock, Adam Gemili, Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

But who are the ones to look out for this year?

Representing England North, Stockport’s Abigail Pawlett, will be the one to watch, having dominated the combined events in her age group, last season taking the School’s International and National Combined Events titles. Also a talented sprinter, Pawlett took the national title in that event last year and the Northern title this season.

Also in the England North squad is Jacob Clark, the English Schools pole vault champion having cleared over 20cm more than anyone else in Britain this year. In the discus, England South’s Joshua Douglas is also a clear ranking topper and has the English Schools discus title to his name. Both athletes also won the Schools International title.

Scotland will also head to Loughborough University with a talented squad, headlined by field eventers Miraji Ahmed and Kirsty Costello. Ahmed holds two age group triple jump medals and in 2018 has won the Scottish, Scottish Schools and Schools International titles, so will be the one to watch at the end of the month.

Costello meanwhile is a talented thrower, gold medallist in both the hammer and javelin at the U15 England Athletics Championships last season. In 2018 she has carried on where she left off, winning the Celtic Games hammer title and adding the Scottish U17 hammer record to the U15 record she broke last year, indicating she has a bright future in the event.

In the middle distance events, Isla Calvert will contest the 800m, having recently set a fine personal best of 2.06.99, a time that is just 0.4 seconds shy of the Scottish U17 record – she still has another year in the age group. Add to that she also holds the Scottish, Scottish Schools, Celtic Games and Schools International titles – quite the resume. On the male side England South’s Oliver Lill is the English Schools silver medallist over 1500m, winning bronze in the same event at the Schools International.

For Northern Ireland, Caelen Campbell is one to watch, the young hurdler taking silver in the Ulster Schools Championships 400m hurdles; he is also Northern Ireland and Ulster 300m hurdles champion in his age group.

The ambulant events boast the presence of both F20 World Junior champions in the form of Esme O’Connell from England South and Karim Chan of England Midlands. The talented duo, who took gold Switzerland last summer, start as overwhelming favourites, Chan hoping to successfully defend his School Games title.

Ethan Kirby, also competing for England Midlands, is another IPC World Junior Championship medallist, landing bronze in the 400m twelve months ago. He, like Chan, also won gold at the School Games National Finals in 2017.

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Pictured above: Abigail Pawlett competing in high jump