Edinburgh AC are in a strong position to win the UK Women’s League Premier Division for only the third time in club history at Norman Park, Bromley tomorrow.
The Capital outfit fly down to London later today for this final match tied on league points with Trafford AC, but with a slender lead of 2.5 points over their North of England rivals while Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow, who won the last match in Manchester, are third just one league point behind.
Edinburgh, with a good muster of their best athletes available, are poised to take advantage of any weaknesses among the seven other clubs, notably City of Manchester (Sale) who will be without Scottish 400 metres champion Kirsten McAslan, who is away to the pre-Moscow preparation camp in Barcelona with the British team for the World Championships as is another GB cap Kelly Massey.
“It’s a good position to be in – we’re safe but it would be nice to win and we might as well go for it,” says Edinburgh team manager Anne Scott who helped steer her side to the title in 2006 to match the success of veteran coach George Sinclair in the early days of the league and has kept the club in the top division through all the intervening years.
With several of their top internationalists making themselves available including Scottish Commonwealth Games qualifiers Emma Nuttall (high jump), Sarah Warnock (long jump), Susan McKelvie (hammer) and Emily Stewart (steeplechase), plus experienced campaigners Kathryn Evans (400m), Avril Jackson (400 hurdles), Lisa Ferguson (long jump) and 2006 Commonwealth Games pole vaulter Kirsty Maguire who is making her first outing of the season, EAC look to have sufficient depth to carry the day.
Stewart, after her successful trip to Belgium last weekend to bag her first Glasgow 2014 qualifier in the chase, will revert to the flat where she takes on an interesting double, the 800m and 3000m.
The sprints too look well covered with Scottish 100 m champion Kath Christie, Beth Finlayson and Stacey Downie all turning out.
Hammer ace Kimberley Reed too is coming into form just at the right time, with a throw not far short of her Scottish age record at the Hammerama meeting at Livingston recently and will be looking for a big throw before the Scottish Championships at Scotstoun a week tomorrow and Sunday as of course will be Scottish champion Susan McKelvie.
Missing tomorrow will be Edinburgh’s former Scottish high jump champion Jayne Nisbet, who has still not fully recovered from the injury she sustained during a weights session in Lougborough last month; steeplechaser Sarah Hood, who has injured her foot, and 800m runner Emily Dudgeon, who is concentrating on training as she prepares for the Scottish Nationals.