Thanks, coach . . . Josh is reunited with Eric Fisher on his return to Edinburgh AC (photo by Gary Leek)
Dozens of young athletes – as well as coaches and parents – were thrilled to welcome Olympic medallist Josh Kerr back to Edinburgh on Thursday evening.
The America-based Scot had promised to bring his Olympic 1500m medal back to Edinburgh AC and he did exactly that with Josh winning widespread praise across social media for the time he spent with youngsters.
There was also an informative and inspirational Q and A, with Brooks Running adding to the excitement with a series of goody bags and giveaways (thanks to Lee Emmanuel, Brooks Running UK manager).
The Saughton audience also included folk from Harmeny AC and Corstorphine AAC and there was even a small group visiting from Giffnock North AC.
And there was also a free draw to win a pair of Brooks shoes of choice. Run and Become worked in partnership with Brooks to supply the prizes.
Josh’s parents, John and Jill, were also in attendance and a huge thank you is offered to Josh from EAC, Harmeny and Corstorphine for a great evening
With thanks to Gary Leek, Edinburgh AC
Eilish McColgan went back to her grassroots last week with a visit to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers.
It was a special moment for Eilish as the triple Olympian recalled her early years at the club and training on Tayside.
The 30-year-old took time to chat to young athletes and also had some key messages about body image in a special video interview with Chris Cooper.
‘It does not matter what you look like and unfortunately I receive message from young athletes saying they are being bullied for being too skinny,’ Eilish told Chris.
‘I’ve been trolled online about it but those commenting are the really sad ones, to be honest.
‘As an athlete, you should be looking to eat well, sleep well and recover well.
‘Nobody on the start-line at the Olympics is starving themselves. They are fuelling themselves correctly.’
Great to have @eilishmccolgan back home this morning. After a 1k x8 session Eilish very quickly found herself surrounded by our aspiring athletes. Thank you for visiting and, as always, INSPIRING the next generation 🟦⬜️ @scotathletics pic.twitter.com/SIl6vzfxtp
— Dundee Hawkhill Harriers (@dundeehawks) September 19, 2021