HANNAH England was delighted with her performance at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix after clinching fifth place in the 1,500m, writes STUART WEIR.

The Oxford City athlete finished behind four African-born athletes, with Ethiopian-born Dutch runner, Sifan Hassan, taking victory at the Emirates Arena.

England’s time of 4mins 9.69secs was four seconds faster than her time in Stockholm last week.

And the 28-year-old, who stayed at the back of the pack for the first 1,000m before moving up through the field, was pleased with her display.

She said: “My plan was to sit off a bit and come through, but sometimes it doesn’t work.

“I was really quite aware that I was last for most of the race and you have to keep your nerve and listen to your own body.

“After struggling last year it was great to run like that and it was nice to be feeling normal.”

City’s Nathan Douglas also competed in Glasgow, opening his season with 16.23m and fifth place in the triple jump.

The 33-year-old managed only two legal jumps and three fouls before passing on his last attempt, feeling “a bit tight”.

He said: “It was a bit of an up and down competition, it was my first one of the season so I was a bit rusty.

“I found it difficult to find the board which made it hard to attack, so I kept fouling.

“It was a poor series of jumps, but I feel in good shape and so overall it was confidence boosting.”

Lawrence Clarke finished fourth in the 60m hurdles.

The 25-year-old, from Christmas Common, near Watlington, crossed in 7.75secs, behind winner Wenjum Xie, from China.

Earlier in the day, Clarke had qualified from his heat in 7.68, but was less than impressed with his performance in the final.

He said: “It was a bit slow. I felt a bit tired.

“I expected to do a bit better.”

England, Douglas and Clarke will be competing in the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield this weekend.

The event also serves as the selection trials for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland.