NINE Oxfordshire athletes will pit their wits against some of the country's best at the British Championships in Birmingham this weekend.

We have profiled all of our competitors, including triple jumper Nathan Douglas who bids for a sixth national title at the Alexander Stadium today.

NATHAN DOUGLAS – Triple jump (1.16pm today)

Oxford Mail:

  • Oxford City AC triple jumper Nathan Douglas, pictured competing at this year's Commonwealth Games, competes this afternoon Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The two-time Olympian, who finished fifth in this year’s Commonwealth Games, is eyeing a sixth national crown. A place in the top two would secure Douglas’ place in August’s European Championships in Berlin.

Club: Oxford City AC

Age: 35

Event history: 1st – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2016. 2nd – 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015. 3rd – 2008. 4th – 2014, 2017

PB: 17.64m

SB: 16.77m (indoor)

TARA KAFKE – 400m (Heats: 1.20pm today. Final: 4.20pm Sunday)

Oxford Mail:

  • Tara Kafke, pictured in action at the British Championships in 2012, makes her second appearance at the nationals Picture: Jessica Mann

Heads into her second British Championships off the back of her 400m victory in the Southern League earlier this year. She has produced strong results in the 800m as well, winning bronze at the South of England Senior Championships earlier this month.

Club: Radley AC

Age: 29

Event history: 5th in heat - 2012

PB: 54.51secs

SB: 56.50secs

ALICE HOPKINS – 100m hurdles (Heats: 1.50pm today. Final: 4.34pm today) and long jump (3.08pm Sunday)

Oxford Mail:

  • Alice Hopkins (left) won U23 gold in the long jump at the England Championships

After an injury-hit 2017, Alice Hopkins has had a fine season so far. Having set personal bests in both events this year, the teenager also won U23 long jump gold at the England Championships earlier this month.

Club: Oxford City AC

Age: 19

Event history: 7th in heat - 2016 (100m hurdles)

PB: 13.94secs (100m hurdles) and 6.46m (long jump)

SB: 13.94secs (100m hurdles) and 6.46m (long jump)

JADE O’DOWDA – 100m hurdles (Heats: 1.50pm today. Final: 4.34pm today) and long jump (3.08pm Sunday)

Oxford Mail:

  • Jade O'Dowda has qualified for next month's IAAF World U20 Championships

Making her first appearance at the outdoor British Championships, the England U20 heptathlon champion competes in two events. O’Dowda has set personal bests in the 100m hurdles and long jump this year and will be hoping to continue her strong 2018 before heading to Finland to compete in next month’s IAAF World U20 Championships.

Club: Oxford City AC

Age: 18

Event history: N/A

PB: 14.21secs (100m hurdles) and 6.24m (long jump)

SB: 14.21secs (100m hurdles) and 6.24m (long jump)

BEN CLARIDGE – 400m (Heats: 3.27pm today. Final: 4.30pm Sunday)

Oxford Mail:

  • Ben Claridge is this year's U23 400m England champion

The Bath University student is another to head into this event in good form after being crowned U23 400m champion at the England Championships. Ranked tenth in the senior standings, Claridge will be bidding to squeeze his way into the final.

Club: Abingdon AC

Age: 20

Event history: 3rd in heat - 2017

PB: 46.59secs

SB: 46.59secs

HANNAH ENGLAND – 1500m (Heats: 6.31pm today. Final: 4.40pm Sunday)

Oxford Mail:

  • Hannah England has won the 1500m national title on three occasions Picture: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

Three-time champion England makes her ninth appearance at the event. The Olympian, now ranked 13th in the country, knows she will need to better her season’s best by more than three seconds and finish in the top two to make the Great Britain team for the European Championships.

Club: Oxford City AC

Age: 31

Event history: 1st – 2010, 2011, 2013. 3rd – 2008, 2009, 2014. 5th – 2016. 8th – 2015, 2017

PB: 4mins 1.89secs

SB: 4mins 10.78secs

LUISA CHANTLER-EDMOND – Discus (11.32am Sunday)

Oxford Mail:

  • Luisa Chantler-Edmond is competing in her second British Championships

The U20 county champion will be bidding to improve on her 10th place finish on her British Championships debut last year. Chantler-Edmond, ranked second in the country in her age group, also won silver at this month’s South of England U20 Championships.

Club: Radley AC

Age: 19

Event history: 10th - 2017

PB: 46.48m

SB: 43.99m

KATHRYN WOODCOCK – Discus (11.32am Sunday)

Oxford Mail:

  •  Kathryn Woodcock, pictured competing in the shot last year, goes in the discus tomorrow

This will be the Radley thrower’s third national championships. Concentrating purely on the discus this year, Woodcock saved her best performance of 2018 for the England U23 Championships where she produced a season’s best of 49.03m to clinch bronze.

Club: Radley AC

Age: 21

Event history: 6th – 2017. 7th - 2016

PB: 50.64m

SB: 49.03m

GEMMA BRIDGE – 5000m race walk (11.35am Sunday)

Oxford Mail:

  • Gemma Bridge only took up race walking full-time at the beginning of 2017 Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Runner turned race walker, Gemma Bridge will be hoping to avoid a third successive disqualification at the British Championships. This will only be her second 5000m race walk this year, but she can take plenty of positives from her last showing – a silver medal at the British Indoor Championships.

Club: Oxford City AC

Age: 25

Event history: DQ – 2016, 2017

PB: 22mins 48.29secs (indoor)

SB: 22mins 48.29secs (indoor)