Ennis set for season opener in Edinburgh

Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis to compete in three events at the UK Women’s Athletic League Premier Division meet on June 8

Jessica Ennis (Mark Shearman)

Jessica Ennis has said she is looking forward to getting back into competitive action as she prepares to compete in three events at Edinburgh Leisure’s Meadowbank Sports Centre on June 8.

It will be the first time that Ennis, who is entered into the hurdles, javelin and long jump at the UK Women’s Athletic League Premier Division meeting, will have competed outdoors since her success at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“I am looking forward to getting back into competition,” said the 27-year-old, who married her long-term partner Andy Hill on Saturday.

“Last year had some wonderful highs for obvious reasons but you cannot stand still for long in any sport – let alone one like athletics.

“I have been training hard with a view to this summer’s events and the World Championships in Moscow in August is the major goal,” added Ennis, who decided against competing during the indoor season following her Olympic gold. “It will be good to compete again for Trafford AC in Edinburgh.”

Ennis’ coach Tony Minichiello agreed, saying the event is the perfect opportunity to “blow the cobwebs away”. He also confirmed that Ennis has a Diamond League meeting in Oslo on her schedule, where she will again compete in two or three individual events, while her first heptathlon competition will be in Tallinn in Estonia at the end of June.

“Edinburgh is a good opportunity for Jessica to blow the cobwebs away and get into competition again,” commented  Minichiello. “The World Championships is the main target for the season so everything before then is looking towards peaking for Moscow. The Women’s League is the top level of club competition in Britain so Edinburgh is a good place to start.”

» Tickets for the event which features Ennis and others in action against hosts Edinburgh AC are now available to purchase online priced at £5 for adults and £2 for children. Click here for more info and to buy tickets.

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