Eton war for struggling Edinburgh

Gillian Cooke will take part in three events
Gillian Cooke will take part in three events
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Is the Glasgow 2014 effect already wearing thin?

Certainly it is if the performances of the Scottish clubs in the British Athletics Leagues is anything to go by.

City of Glasgow AC, whose rise through the four divisions of the men’s league to the premiership was nothing short of meteoric, have lasted just one season and are already certain to be relegated to the first division come what may in their last match in London tomorrow.

They have been last in all three of this season’s meetings, the last humiliatingly at home at Scotstoun last month.

Now Edinburgh AC, the UK Women’s League champions in 2014, are in relegation danger going into their final match at Eton tomorrow.

Granted a season opening home match, like Glasgow, Edinburgh could not capitalise on it and finished only third at Meadowbank, short even of cover in several events, and are now fourth just three points above the drop zone.

Team manager Anne Scott is reluctant to point the finger especially as the likes of Commonwealth 800 metre silver medallist Lynsey Sharp, who has often turned out in the past, has had a strict race programme this year mapped out to get to the World Championships which she competes in shortly.

Scott is optimistic her team can pull through and cites the example of Maddie Murray, who is improving in the 800m and 1500m and will run the shorter race plus the 4x400m relay tomorrow.

Former World bobsleigh champion Gillian Cooke will compete in the pole vault, long and triple jumps, and multi-eventer Ellie McGinty joins Emma Lowry in the high jump.

“As long as we finish no worse than sixth we should be ok,” said Scott.