WITH 100 days to go until the European Athletics Indoor Championships, excitement is building for Eilidh Doyle.
Team Scotland’s flagbearer and a silver medallist at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the hurdler is aiming for more success when the event comes to Glasgow in March.
“It’s a reminder that there’s still a lot of hard work to do, it’s not too far away and there’s that excitement building up,” she says.
The 31-year-old, from Perth, is looking forward to the backing of the home crowd, which has been thrilled in recent years by the 2014 Commonwealth Games and this year’s outdoor championships.
“The highlight of my career so far has always been the Glasgow 2014 games and purely because of the crowd,” she says.
“Being able to do a lap of honour with that Scottish crowd there was just incredible. To have the opportunity to go to another championships in Glasgow, in Scotland, is going to be fantastic.”
Eilidh, who is Scotland’s most decorated track and field athlete of all time, reckons Glasgow has proven itself capable of putting on big championships, with the whole city and country getting behind them.
“They’ve shown they can put on a good show, can get the crowd and all the athletes want to come here to compete,” she says.
“When you know you’ve gone somewhere and it’s been a good event you want to go back there again.”
Spread across three action-packed days in March, hundreds of athletes will compete in qualifiers and finals.
Medals for events such as the Women’s 3000m and Men’s Shot Put will be up for grabs on day one.
Meanwhile, the Men’s Pole Vault and Women’s 400m will be among the highlights on day two, with both the Men and Women’s Long Jump, 4x400m Relay, and 1500m all featuring on an exciting final day.
Tickets are now on-sale on the event’s website: www.glasgow2019athletics.com