THREE Borders athletes will be looking for success and a plane ticket to the World Championships this weekend.

Former champion Chris O'Hare will be looking to retain his 1500 metres at British Championships in Birmingham.

And also book his place in the British team heading for Doha later this year.

But the 28-year-old from West Linton will need a swift return to form after a disappointing run on the same track last weekend.

Chris appeared in trouble during the final two laps of the Diamond League race and drifted backwards, eventually finishing tenth.

On Saturday evening he will line up against perhaps the strongest middle-distance field to have graced the Championships since the days of Coe, Ovett and Cram.

Also facing a tough field is Berwickshire's Guy Learmonth in the 800 metres.

The 27-year-old finished fifth in Sunday's Diamond League meeting with two of this weekend's opponents, Elliot Giles and Jamie Webb, in front of him.

Both O'Hare and Learmonth are still needing the World Championships qualifying standard time.

Although West Linton sprinter Stacey Downie is ranked 30th in the women's 400 metres on best times, the 32-year-old recent victory at the Scottish Championships shows she is in form.

Stacey told us: "I feel I'm getting stronger all the time so you never know.

"My aim is to get through to Sunday's final."

Stacey will line up in the heats of 400 metres at 1.20pm on Saturday, Guy takes to the track for his 800 metres heat at 6.02pm, and Chris will be looking for qualification from the 1500 metres heats at 6.50pm.