Athletics: Edinburgh AC aim to bounce back

Sarah Warnock
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Still reeling from the disappointment of being relegated from the First Division of the European Club Championship in Turkey last weekend, Edinburgh AC must regroup and open their defence of the UK Women’s Premier League title at Meadowbank tomorrow.

The Capital side actually tied on points with a Dutch club for sixth place in Mersin, but were pushed down to seventh because they had no individual winners.

Though they will be competing in the European Second Division next year if they do retain their UK title, EAC are determined to bounce back and have another go, not least because the next venue promises to be much nearer home, whereas the First Division is destined to return to Turkey.

Team captain Sarah Warnock will tackle both long and triple jumps tomorrow when the action begins at 12 noon field and 1pm track. Her fellow Glasgow 2014 Games reps Susan McKelvie (hammer) and Kirsty Yates (shot) will also be in action against seven other clubs, including last season’s runners-up Birchfield and London sides Thames Valley and Blackheath and Bromley.

Maddie Murray, who set a personal best in Mersin, is planning a double shift this weekend, competing in the 800 in the GAA Miler Meet in Glasgow tonight and the 1500m at Meadowbank tomorrow as a rehearsal for the European Under-23 Championship Trials.

EAC have Scotland’s best two javelin throwers this season with Aileen Rennie (best 44.17m) being pipped for the one Turkey place by Paula Gass (44.78m) and tomorrow, with two per event, the two women will go head-to-head for the hosts.

Meanwhile, at Birmingham on Sunday, Guy Learmonth (Lasswade) and Jake Wightman (EAC) are among the five Scots competing in the first of the season’s UK Diamond League meetings.

Learmonth faces a tough 800m field including, while Wightman goes in the 1500m from which club-mate and Commonwealth bronze medallist Chris O’Hare has withdrawn because of an injury “niggle”.