Eilidh Child starts 2019 in great form

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EILIDH DOYLE is rel­ish­ing the prospect of com­pet­ing at an­other home cham­pi­onships, par­tic­u­larly as she feels she is run­ning with­out pres­sure at this stage of her ca­reer.

Scot­land’s most dec­o­rated track and field ath­lete got her 2019 up and run­ning by clock­ing 24.29 to fin­ish third in a mixed 200m race at the re­cent GAA Miler Meet.

She will be look­ing to con­test the 400m at the forth­com­ing Eu­ro­pean In­door Cham­pi­onships in Glas­gow but, with Olympic, world, Com­mon­wealth and Eu­ro­pean prizes to her name, the 31-year-old ad­mits her ap­proach is now a lit­tle more re­laxed.

“I have got my medals now, I can just go out and run for the love of run­ning,” she says. “I def­i­nitely feel pres­sure-free, more so the last cou­ple of years. Rather than think­ing I must be in shape for this or that champs, I’m much more chilled out than I used to be.”

Eilidh Doyle: in ac­tion in Glas­gow

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