Beith’s Jemma Reekie was among a trio of Scottish athletes to be crowned performer of the year.

The 22-year-old scooped the award alongside training partner Laura Muir and Jake Wightman at the annual Scottish Athletics awards which this year were held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Reekie has enjoyed a breakthrough season going unbeaten in all but one 800m race throughout 2020 and has run five of the world’s top 14 times.

Stephen Maguire, director of performance and coaching, said: “I’d like to congratulate all our athlete winners in the 4J Studios Annual Awards and their coaches.

“It has been a strange year, of course, and a tough year for so many people in our sport. But we still witnessed Scottish athletes starring on the global stage and the level of some of the performances really was remarkable.

“In the end, after a lot of discussions, our awards selection panel felt they simply could not split the achievements of Laura, Jemma and Jake. It was felt that a joint award was the most suitable and fitting outcome and I’m hoping not too many people will disagree with that.

“There is always a matter of opinion at play when you try and assess performances up against other performances... But the bottom line is that these three athletes delivered real quality despite long periods without competition.

“Jemma had a very fine indoor season even before excellent performances in the summer; Laura went sub four minutes for the 1500m on three occasions and has the world lead; Jake’s Scottish Record for the 1500m took our men’s under three minutes 30 for the first time and went number two on a stellar British all-time list. So they all had very strong claims indeed and that’s why we couldn’t separate them in the photo-finish.”