TOMORROW marks the official start of what could be one of the most exciting outdoor athletics seasons for many years when the Lothian Trials and Edinburgh AC club championships take place, appropriately, at Meadowbank Stadium where both the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games were held.
At least one potential Glasgow 2014 Scotland team member will be taking part, with Capital thrower Kimberley Reed entered in the hammer.
The 19-year-old Edinburgh University student made a bright start to her campaign when she threw a new personal best of 59.84 metres at Grangemouth last weekend, but may lack serious senior competition in her bid to reach the Games qualifying distance of 61.00 metres.
Clubmate and Glasgow 2014 pick Susan McKelvie has not entered on Sunday, presumably as it does not fit her competition schedule.
A number of other leading EAC seniors have also declined to enter, which has disappointed organiser Bill Walker, who will donate proceeds from the meeting towards the cost of the club travelling to Portugal for next month’s European Club Championships.
But he is delighted with the response from the younger athletes and has had to close the entries. “We’ve got over 360 athletes taking part and nearly 1000 individual entries for different events - I hope to raise nearly £1000 for Portugal,” said Walker.
Another highlight could be the men’s 100 metres and 200 metres in which two of Scotland’s best young sprinters, Morro Bajo and Michael Olsen, will clash.
Olsen, still only 15, could surprise his older rival, but both will be hoping for a little warmth and no easterly headwind.