Edinburgh Athletic Club are back in Europe after another title triumph in the final of the UK Women’s League Premier Division at Eton.
“Now we’ll have to get down to work doing some more serious fund-raising,” said a delighted team manager Anne Scott, whose side had finished fifth in the European Club event in Portugal in May and were desperate to clinch another tilt at the bigger prize.
The champions were expecting a battle royal on Saturday with close rivals Birchfield who led them by one league point after the first two matches but, in the end, EAC swept to victory by nearly 30 points with the Birmingham club only third behind Thames Valley.
“The team had a taste of Europe this season and were determined to repeat it next year – it was a superb team effort in all three matches,” said Scott, who was quick to praise all her Scottish Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games athletes for their support.
Three Games picks had wins on Saturday: Susan McKelvie, hammer, with a throw of 63.08 metres; Jayne Nisbet, high jump, with 1.80m and, despite a pit which had a dangerous, unpegged board; Sarah Warnock, long jump, with 5.97m, while a fourth, Kirsty Yates, was third in the shot with 13.62m.
Other Edinburgh winners included Laura Dunn with a double in the 3000 metres (9:34.30) and B 1500 and Maddie Murray in the A 1500m (4:23.67), while Katie Purves was third in the 400m hurdles in 60.20 secs, the third fastest all-time by a Scottish under-20 female.
“The rivalry between ourselves and Birchfield could be seen when Gillian Cooke picked up a pole and finished third in the vault for us and World junior triple jump champion Laura Samuels ran an 800 metres for them,” added Scott.
Former world bobsleigh champion Cooke, who missed out on selection for Hampden, also picked up second place points in the B long jump while Stacey Downie had a season’s best of 24.75 secs in winning the B 200m.
EAC won the 4 x 400 metres relay helped by a last leg of 54.60 secs from Kathryn Christie, who held off Scottish Games choice Zoey Clark for Thames Valley as well as beating her in the 200m in second place (23.94).
• HANNAH TARVER, who had won for EAC in an earlier meeting, won an 800 metres in 2:02.72 in Belfast where Scottish Games choice Kirstin McAslan was second in the 400m in 54.30.